THUNDER BABIES: DAY 2. Let’s start off with an innocent little origin story, which you can read HERE ON MY BLOG: I’ll be updating my progress and process as regularly as I can. I mean, when I’m not drawing necro-planet-fucking-Gods.
The past year and a half has been a little odd professionally. Not as odd professionally as Lady Jenner’s hormones or the million-dollar-menopause-haircuts of Howard Wolowitz, but nonetheless odd. I have met some long-term goals and done some personally incredibly inspiring things, like finish a movie (!), travel with my Bunnywith show, and gallivant across the country to share the experience of my girlfriend excelling at an amazing new photography career.
But also within that time I’ve worked on collaborative art projects that will never be finished, animated cartoons that will never move, designs for movies that for all I know may have gone straight to the garbage, and I got to go places that I can never talk about. And while all of it was awesome and exciting, I’ve felt a little distant from my own world, my own art, my own company and my own evolution.
Then I went to Detroit with no plans and no expectations and just absorbed everything. I returned with a 5-gallon-bucket full of inspiration and a new perspective on my creativity, however vague and silly that sounds. I also saw Guardians of the Galaxy 3 times in 3 days and that added another 5-gallon bucket of inspiration.
Now that I’m home, I’m reenergized and re-inspired. So I’m going back to doing what made me happy for years: telling stories, whether they’re good or bad, and making some kind of art that goes along with those stories and worlds, whether it’s good or bad.
So, that being said, I’m giving myself a challenge: Over the course of the next 30 days, I’m going to create a new world. I don’t know what that means, but I’m not going to over think it. I’ll come up with a story and the general world first, and then I’ll spend some time populating it and fleshing it out with paintings, drawings, scribbles, bad photoshops and even worse puns. Then, after a month, I’ll collect all the drawings and paintings and scribbles and whatever else rears its head, and put them all up for sale on ZEROFRIENDS. This experiment will be a mixture of creating a new body of work for an imaginary art exhibit, creating a new IP for myself to laugh at, experimenting with materials, and pushing myself to create, build, solidify and present a cohesive and expandable world all while I share my progress (and failures) online periodically.
If you don’t already, and you’re interested in watching me share scribbles and paintings of something I have yet to figure out, make sure you follow me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for them sweet tweets!
OK, now I have to go figure out what kind of world I’m going to laugh at and have fun with….
The best part about Halloween are the Rocky Dennis’es. I mean the MASK’s! And I love the old vintage masks from my childhood. So we teamed up with the ultra hustlin @crimson_mask_studios to release a limited amount of these full size wearable Zero vacu-formed hand painted masks that will be released tonight on zerofriends.com as part of our @zerofriendsart Halloween Collection. $30. Limited quantities.
pumpkinHEAD’S UP! Our Halloween Collection is launching tomorrow evening and the first 50 orders of $50 or more on anything on zerofriends.com tomorrow after 5PM PST gets this FREE special 5x7 “Orange Lantern” collab print by the mystical @craola and myself! Signed by both of us, even tho on this photo my signature is invisible like…a GHOST! See you tomorrow! @zerofriendsart for more details.
Today it was announced that my favorite visionary madman, Zack Snyder, will be directing Justice League movies all the way through 2019, which means that at least once a year for the next 5 years I’m going to get really excited and uncontrollably paint things like this in anticipation. Zack Snyder and his entire team of creatives at Cruel & Unusual Films are THE most inspiring team I’ve ever had the chance of working with in the past and I couldn’t be happier or more excited about what they cook up. Congrats @cruelfilms!!