I got this in the mail today! Bec Brown did an amazing job of putting it all together, and I am very grateful for having been included in it! Can't wait to see future issues :)
Monday, September 26, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Just a quick post about some upcoming shows/receptions:
Monsterbation 2, Pony Club Gallery, Portland, OR - Oct 6th - 6-10 pm (I have 1 piece in this show)
Nature of the Beast, Flatcolor Gallery, Seattle WA - Oct 6th - 5-9 pm (I have 4 pieces in this show)
Bewitching, Stranger Factory, Albuquerque, NM - Oct 7th - 6-9 pm (I have 3 pieces in this show)
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Been drawing like a madman lately, usually about 15 hours a day. I think it may be taking a toll, but it won't be for much longer so that's good. I sent off two shipments of art today. One box is going to Oregon and the other is going to New Mexico. I just finished a pretty intricate piece today for a show in Seattle at Flatcolor gallery, where I have enjoyed showing before. So pleased they asked me back! I will be sending then 4 pieces very soon (probably another trip to UPS on Monday). So I still have to scan this sucker and I already cut plexi glass for it (not risking it with the real glass this time). I have been hurrying to get it done because the show is quickly approaching. In fact, the three shows I have mentioned are all in the first week of October (two on the 6th and one on the 7th I believe). Not only that, but I got a freelance job to work on this past week and I knew I would have to get this gallery stuff done first because it has to travel across country. But the freelance job deadline is pretty soon too, so I guess I have my work cut our for me after I finish scanning and framing this piece. By the time that freelance job is over, I should be just about ready to leave on a trip for Louisiana. I hope that's how it all works out anyway.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I did this interview with BLKFRMT recently. It's an awesome illustration/design site with lots of good interviews with other artists. Be sure to check it out if you have a chance! Thank you to the kind folks at BLKFRMT :)
Monday, September 12, 2011
I'm excited to share this interview I did recently for Illustration Mundo. If you're an illustrator, it's damn near impossible that you have not heard of this site before, as it is a great resource for illustrators. Nate Williams sent me an email and asked if I'd like to do the interview. I of course accepted. A big thanks to Nate!
Hope you find the following an interesting read.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
This piece is already finished, but I though you'd like a sneak peek of it. It's going to New Mexico this month. Stay tuned....
Things have been so crazy lately with projects. And it doesn't help that I have been getting these waves of afternoon sleepiness where I just want to lay my head on the pillow. And there's no good reason for this. Maybe I have a vitamin deficiency (even though I take vitamins). I've been invited to partake in quite a few shows lately, with a bunch coming up in October. Perhaps this is because it's the month of Halloween and a lot of these shows have kind of dark themes (?). I'm grateful to be in these shows, but I just need to put the nose to the grindstone to get the work done. I always do in the end, so it should be fine.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Alright folks, the time has finally come to let you know that I have a new website up! It was WAY overdue, and after about 2 years of feeling guilty for my sadly outdated and dead looking site, I got it together and worked long and hard to put this new one up. I had a ton of help from my friend Reid who thankfully knows all about these things. Thanks Reid! We live in different states, so we were doing this all on the phone and via skype. But after about 6 sessions we finally wrapped things up late last night.
I made a site years before, but that was purely in the design view of dreamweaver and there were many little things that were never quite right. I was also using some horrible tables and framesets, pop-up windows, and bad fonts.......ugh, the list goes on and on. Every time I would see that I was getting traffic to my blog or flickr from my site, I would cringe a little. Not only did the site design need to be updated, but the content did as well. Here is what the old site looked like (note the outdated pop-up window):
The challenge with making the new site was learning styles, html and getting comfortable looking at code in general. It wasn't my cup of tea for sure, but I did learn a lot in the process. That said, I don't need to hear the word "div" for a while.
I have a lot of new content on the site. The illustration page (which is the homepage) pretty much has all new content on it. The info page has a bunch of links to interviews I have done and sites of nice people who have featured my work online. There's also a few links to places where you can buy my work as prints, a flickr link, and a totally updated resume you can download. The overall look of the site is very simple. I wanted it to be easy to navigate and streamlined, with a white background to make the artwork the focus and plain black and gray text. No frills.
As soon as I get some more content I am going to switch out a few of the illustration pieces, but I am pleased with the way it looks at the moment. At least my phone number is correct now!
Here is what the NEW site looks like.
By the way, the "coming soon" piece in the upper left-hand corner is an album cover that is soon to be released. I will of course post about that on here when it comes out.
In the meantime, please check out the new site! www.jonmacnair.com