Last night digital illustration #2 took a dramatic turn for the better. 5 minutes after I decided that digital illustration #2 was going to be another Abraham Lincoln portrait I realized my drawing of Honest Abe was only 72dpi. I tried to salvage the drawing with a little photoshop magic but my wizardry failed to save Abe from getting another bullet in the head. So Abe is dead again. And another monster has risen to replace him. I’m happy to say that digital illustration #2 is 90% finished and I’m happy with the monster I have created. The illustration is inspired by vintage Marvel comic book covers and vintage plastic halloween masks. Here is a little sneak peak of the work in progress. If you want to see the final product you will need to visit the Diver Studio on Halloween and party with the 12 FINGERED HAND.

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This weekend I locked myself inside the nerd cave and diligently worked on a new batch of artworks for the “12 FINGERED HAND” exhibition while I binge-watched horror films and listened to Joy Division. I conquered the urge to indulge in Wichita’s many distractions, such as GOODING’s live performance at the Murdock Theatre and The Tallgrass Film Festival and the October At The Oldtown Horror Festival to name a few. Now is not the time for indulgences. I must focus and stay productive and create some delicious eye candy for all the little monsters. I have one digital illustration 100% finished and I’m very happy with the final outcome. It took many detours and wrong turns to get there but It got there. It doesn’t help that my iMac has one foot in the grave and struggles to process my madness. But I have to keep riding this dinosaur until it dies the true death.

I’m now hard at work on digital illustration #2. Illustration #2 was going to be a hot pink praying mantis and then it was going to be an ice cream truck and then it was going to be a bird perched on a zombie’s hand and then Illustration #1 ate up so much valuable time that I decided to dig up Abraham Lincoln’s corpse for one more party. I already had a new Abraham Lincoln portrait in the works and people seem to enjoy my Abraham Lincoln portraits so It seemed like a no-brainer to bring Honest Abe back from the dead.

As I’ve stated before, it is easy to abandon ideas when I have the “TWO-HEADED BEAST” exhibition right around the corner.

So expect more skulls and giant bugs and dinosaurs and ice cream trucks and monsters and more in the “TWO-HEADED BEAST” exhibition in 2015.

I’m in the midst of a creative fury trying to create something special for the “12 FINGERED HAND” exhibit at Diver Studio. The majority of my work will be small abstract works but I’ve been eager to experiment with the cross pollination of analog and digital. In the past I’ve always kept my analog and digital work separate but I’ve been thinking about ways to merge the two and create a new kind of monster. I wanted to create one big ugly beast.

I started working on a new digital illustration in the hopes that it would become the first test subject in my analog + digital Frankenstein experiments but now I’m beginning to think that this particular monster is perfectly happy being a strictly digital creation. I have to listen to my lizard brain and follow his guidance. I’m not against abandoning an idea if something interesting reveals itself. I’m happy with where this crazy floating skull is going.

So… I’m abandoning the idea of mixing analog and digital for the moment but I will revisit the idea with gusto when I begin working on the “TWO-HEADED BEAST” exhibit.

At the moment this new digital illustration is called “All our ghosts weigh the same” but that is subject to change.

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My creativity pulls me in different directions and I often struggle with the logic of painting / drawing this way or that way. But instead of standing in the way of my lizard brain I think it is probably more beneficial to my sanity if I just let the lizard brain run amok and let my creativity flow in whichever direction it chooses. The lizard will change colors and grow a new tail and possibly evolve into a completely different creature but the basic DNA of whatever I do is still “Dustin Parker.” I need to allow myself that creative freedom even if that freedom makes me less marketable or unpredictable or less attractive to my audience.

That being said…

I am currently working on a fresh batch of paintings for the “12 FINGERED HAND” exhibition at Diver Studio. My mind has been bouncing back and forth trying to find the right path to follow. Painting always comes with a cloud of negative thoughts that showers me with cold droplets of doubt. The act of painting is always an existential crisis. But the storm inside my head is a little less thunderous and a little less foggy. I’m exploring the abstract again and all of my work in the “12 FINGERED HAND” exhibition will be abstract. My lizard brain has spoken and I have listened.

I am digging up pictures of my old abstract paintings and examining what I did right and what I did wrong and what I might do differently this go around. Here are a few abstract paintings from the past that have returned to haunt my brain tissue.

I look forward to showing you some new paintings on October 31st. Until then…

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