Hey there blog followers. *waves* Things are changing. Lots of things. Relationships, responsibilities, my view of myself, my view of the world, the world itself, and my body. Funny how drastic the changes have been to my body in my 30′s. I recently turned 39 and I can’t tell you how incredibly different my body […]
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I need to draw. I need to draw every day. Sometimes I just can’t get into it. I tell myself I’m exhausted, which I am, from having to deal with all the noise and all the talking down to I get all day from people I work for and with that make 3 or 4 […]
My newest painting has begun! Motoko Kusanagi. More purples. You’d think after Batgirl I’d avoid purples. Acrylic. 30 inches x 40 inches.
I got to do something I had never done before. I got to paint something for someone and keep it a secret. It all started when my friend Amy announced she was getting married. I realized at some point I would need a wedding gift. T & I discussed this and decided that we did […]
When I was little and even when I was medium-sized, I would go out in my yard for hours and play. My play was all about creating things. We had these hedges that ran the length of one side of the yard that butted up to the chain-link fence that separated our yard from the […]
Here is the latest painting I’m working on. It’s something quite a bit different than cartoons or comics. I’m really enjoying it. I’m hoping to get it finished and ready to go into a watermedia show. We shall see.
I wrote a Children’s Book about 10 years ago. I wrote it while I was working at Border’s with the intent of getting it published and seeing it in the store on the shelf. Then that job went to hell. It got stuck in the file cabinet and I haven’t done anything with it. I […]
I decided the best way to deal with rejection is to paint. Alright! A healthy way to deal! We celebrate Solstice at my house and I have always loved the Santa legend, so I decided to paint an old world Santa Claus. It was just going to be a quick, flat, yard decoration, but I […]
December 1st came and went without a word from the Weather Biennale Art Committee. December 1st was the notification date. I checked my e-mail like 100 times that day. Okay, two, but still. I was hopeful. Nothing. I told myself to give them one more day. How on earth could they not pick my work? […]
Many people are participating in the internet social site tradition (yes, it IS a tradition) of posting every day what they are thankful for this month. I always enjoy this tradition because it makes me happy to see that some of the people that seem soulless and uncaring do have a bit of depth to […]
It’s November. By far my favorite month of the year. I won’t lie either. It’s my favorite because it’s the month I was born. Most people I know don’t really celebrate their birthdays. They don’t want to talk about them. They don’t really want a party. They treat the day like it’s an average day […]
I’ve started sketching and work on the Xena Web Comic. I’m determined to do this. Even through all this serious depression I’m facing. Depression sucks, btw. Anyway, I set up a poll over on my Xena Facebook page & asked which hairstyle the fans liked on Gabrielle best. I didn’t get a huge response, only […]
I entered a painting into an art show. Not any old art show, but the very first National Weather Center Biennale. I entered my artistic interpretation of the strength and structure of a tornado. It’s 34″ x 36″ Acrylic on Wood. The deadline was today. I finished it this weekend. BEFORE the deadline. I’m happy […]
The hand/wrist is still healing. I can grip a pencil again. I did a bit of drawing & rode the motorcycle to work. Taping it up with athletic tape seems to be helping. Gives it a bit of support. So I was feeling happy about that. Then the allergies struck. I’ve been sneezing my head […]
Heya Campers! I’m pretty excited about this weekend. Why? Well, lots of reasons. First off is the theatrical release of the latest (and possibly last) Resident Evil flick. I’ve been an RE fan since the very first game came out & a Milla Jovovich fan since…well, Married with Children. Of course her role as Lelu […]
As much as I wanted to believe that maybe my luck was changing, it looks like it isn’t really. In the post below you read that I went to a old school metal show. A 5 to 6 hour metal show. Well, I love to throw the metal horns while I’m rocking out. And I […]
Many of you know about my Armadillo story. If you don’t, remind me to tell you some time. The long & short of it is I was short $100.00 for rent & an Armadillo brought it to me. I’m not even kidding. Seriously. We now refer to that particular encounter as the Karmadillo encounter. What […]
Here’s a couple shots of the newly rearranged bedroom to art room. As you can see, I managed to decide to move everything BEFORE I finished Jem. No excuses now. I also managed to make really good space for the shirt Screen printer. Hopefully I’ll be able to utilize it now. There are a few […]
Sometimes we do things because that’s they way we learned things are supposed to be. We don’t even realize we are doing things that don’t make a lick of sense. For example, the biggest bedroom in my house is what I was using for sleeping. The Master Bedroom. It always sounds so fancy when you […]
Look! Jen Elsner’s new book is available for pre-order! Don’t forget. You know you want one. Go here: Amazon Jen E. is very excited about this. She worked long & hard & I really hope it’s a success. The book drops on September 1st! Get some for any of your football loving family for the […]
I truly believe the more confidence you are filled with in childhood, the more secure & successful adult you will be. Of course this is just a theory. Still, what can it hurt to instill confidence in a child or anyone for that matter? So, every Monday I am going to try & come up […]
Every once and a while there is an artist that comes along that is bold. Courageous. Free. The general population hates those people. The normals call them show off’s, media whores, attention whores, etc. They lack the intelligence to understand what they are seeing. The freedom they are witnessing. The art right in front of […]
Anytime I create I have to set up my space & set up the mood. This requires three essential things. Nag Champa, a tasty beverage, and music. I have a 60 disc changer & the Mac in the art room. So, I have a choice. I-tunes, Spotify, or actual CD’s. I know! Who uses CD’s […]
Well, I have to go in for an MRI on my right leg today. Apparently the excruciating pain I have been having is a possible stress fracture. I’m a little down about it. I really was very happy with my work-out routine. I was starting to already see results & I felt way better. Now, […]
This weekend was wonderful. I finally got a weekend to do exactly what I love to do. Paint & work-out. I’ve needed it pretty badly. I slept in until 4PM, got up, got some food, went & got a few supplies & then worked out hard & then painted. I painted until 7 in the […]
My sidekick is on vacation in Ohio. Her family lives there & we rarely have enough money for both of us to fly back. It seems we can never both get the same days off work either. So generally 2 or 3 times a year, I get left alone for a week or so. Well, […]
I just wanted to let everyone know that T’s book is now available on Amazon.com for pre-order. It’s $14.99 & chocked full of great yummy recipes. This is her first Publication & we are very excited about it! Please go check it out & if you love good food or like hosting game-day parties, pick […]
Well, it’s been about three weeks since Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! and I have yet to paint. It’s okay. Don’t panic. I’ve been drawing. Back to basics, right? The hardest part of starting over is knowing where to start. When I first started out, it was easy. I just start at the beginning. Starting over […]
Wow. I can’t believe I almost decided NOT to go to the Spectrum Fantastic Art Live! in Kansas City. My anxiety almost got the best of me. Luckily, I made a promise to my friend Cindy that T & I would come visit & stay at her place. I also made a New Year’s resolution […]
Wow! Today was chocked full of so much information, I thought my head would explode. T & I had to tag team it today. I took some & she took others so that we didn’t miss too much. We started the day off together in Room H in the Grand Hall to hear the panel […]
I made it! I can’t believe it! So far, I am so glad I did. I’ve already gotten some great art tips & I feel really relaxed with the crowd here. So many of the artists are very friendly & ready to share with you & answer questions! It really is Fantastic! As soon as […]
Tomorrow, my beautiful bard, Turayis, graduates with her Masters in Professional Writing. I am so proud of her. 15 years ago, when I met her, she worked at Arby’s. You know, the roast beef sandwich fast food joint. She always smelled like roast beef when she came home. She had no direction really. She had […]
Working some more on the Skywalker digital art. Digital sure isn’t anything like traditional. I just want to break out the paint & tape!
(Picture Copyright Jen Tucker) Friday was my Religious Holiday! May 4th! Star Wars Day! This year it was little more special because the wonderful bard I share my life with was defending for her Masters. She became a Master Jedi Bard. How cool is that? It’s no easy accomplishment, but she sure made it look […]
I’ve been working on this one today. I really need to invest in a Wacom tablet, but I really don’t have any money right now. I’ve been wearing my glasses for over a month because I can’t afford to go to the eye doctor & get contacts. I’ve done all of the coloring on this […]
I do need to clean up the outline just a little, but other than that, it’s done.
I decided to see what I could come up with for the Sesame Street “Letter S” design for Threadless. What do you think? Pretty cute so far, right? 4 hours worth of work. Pencil sketch scanned into the computer & colored with the trail version of Photoshop 6.
If you want to break into commercial design & start making a name, contests are sometimes a great way to do this. People start associating your style with your name & your name becomes familiar. The more contests you enter, the more people see your name & art & the more likely you are to […]
I am going to attempt this. What is it? Well, it’s lots of different things. It’s sort of an Artist Convention. It’s sort of an Art workshop weekend. It’s sort of an illustration & graphic art expo. It’s kind of a gathering of weirdos with drawing skills. I’m pretty excited. I have hopes. That’s sort […]
Hey, I have a Flickr Page that I would LOVE for you guys & gals to go check out if you haven’t yet. Head on over to http://www.flickr.com/artistjentucker Thanks!
If you look over at the top right hand corner of this here blog, you will see that i have added a gallery called Sketches & Misc. Art. This is stuff that has been hidden away in random sketch pads & has never seen the light of day. Some of it was drawn with the […]
I was going through my old sketchbooks & found this. I used to be obsessed with the CBS TV show “Beauty & the Beast” and would sketch “Vincent”, the beast, all the time. This sketch really held up, so I thought I’d share.
This is a piece I did by taking an ink & pencil drawing, scanning it in, & then working to finish it in Photoshop. Turned out pretty nice. The photo here has a few reflections in it due to it being under glass. I just don’t have the lighting set-up to shoot it without getting […]
Well, I finally got the eyes painted. I feel a sense of accomplishment there. Those eyes were scaring me. Xena’s eyes are after all one of the very most important aspects of capturing her character. I think I got them. I still have to bring more depth to the one on the right, but I’m […]
Progress on the Xena painting so far.
So, my beautiful companion Turayis just found out yesterday that her book proposal has been accepted. This is fantastic news! Her goal was to be published BEFORE she got her M.A. & with this deal she will have reached that goal. I am so proud of her. It’s not exactly what she thought she’d publish, […]
Good grief! Did the planet’s rotation speed up or something?! I’m so busy, it’s hard to find a moment to spare. I haven’t even gotten to my paintings this last month. I have two more I am ready to start. The weekends are going by so fast that I don’t even believe they exist anymore. […]
Cool things have happened since my last post. So many cool things. I’ve met new people, published an article on Xena for real honest to gods $$$, and just made a deal with a publisher. Weird. I don’t know if I’m just more confident about saying yes or if things just keep aligning right. One […]
Well, Obviously I need to figure out how to set a Spam filter on WordPress. Good lord. Anyone wanna help me out with that? Chris, I’m looking at you.