Saturday, December 17, 2011

a growing up, of sorts

i've always been a dreamer. my head is mostly in the clouds, and i've always figured i'd rather shoot for the moon or an entire galaxy than settle for anything less. the upside being that i, more often than not, cross over the line into optimism, the downside is that i am too often disappointed. expectations are a bitch. it's best to do away with them, and remember that if you want something done right, you should probably do it yourself. if you're looking to have a good time, be content staring at a wall, that way, anything better is incredible. part of being a dreamer is playing tricks on yourself.

it also means that you can't quite settle for less. which is sad when everyone around you is finding their perfect companions, getting married and making families. the hope in it, is that we want more out of life. there's an entire world around me that i want to explore, and i want to push myself as far as i possibly can.

in the past year or so i've grown up a lot. more like, i've become more myself.  a bit more calm, cool, and collected, a little bit weirder, less sensitive, and i've cried a whole lot. everything has hurt deeper, but i've laughed harder. fair trade? right?

so as i change and reinvent, it's about time for this blog to move onward and upward, and grow to it's fullest potential.

in order to give it the accurate attention, i needed some help.  i decided to merge with KB, fellow artist + genius + mad scientist, to make The Common Rat it's own entity.  keeping the things you've said you loved, and adding some things we think you'll really enjoy.  in which, we hope to bring attention to great artists, cultivate a healthy competition among artists, and continue to share life with you. most importantly, i want to continue what you and i have. which means, you have the freedom to critique and suggest, because i value your opinions.

we'll be launching at the beginning of March. i'll keep you updated along the way, and once it's live we'll post primarily through there (which will also host our personal blogs). i think we have a lot of great things to share with you.

i like you a lot.


Friday, December 16, 2011

found : document (chicken scratch)

all you need to recognize is where it says "taco's ecclesiastes". 
it's all merely chicken scratch, and i can't make sense of it. 
the profanity is underneath the folded part, but for the sake of my dad reading this, i figured i'd leave it out. 


Monday, December 12, 2011

hands & patterns

i have a strange obsession with hands.
a few years back i made it my personal goal to be able to draw the most beautiful hands... probably after i had seen an illustration or painting by audrey kawasaki (which if you haven't seen her work, you should probably take a few minutes).
last year i stumbled across the illustrator, Sandra Dieckmann, who i've been trying to keep up with since i saw her work.  she has incredible use of design and patterns, and it's pushed me to incorporate and explore that world a little more.

hands and patterns. here we go.

big things are happening. be ready.


Friday, December 9, 2011

found : poem

try on the red
now try on the blue
now take it off baby let me see you
give that smile and that beautiful

- k