Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Interview for Join the Studio

Recently I was contacted by Kris over at Join the Studio to do an interview for the site. A big thanks to Kris! You can read the interview here: http://jointhestudio.com/2012/01/interview-jon-macnair-a-world-of-monsters/

Thursday, January 26, 2012

December Issue of FRONT magazine

Forgot to post about this earlier, but my skateboard from the Open Casket show curated by Corpse Corps Boards, made an appearance in FRONT magazine.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Computer Arts Projects Magazine

Back in the fall I was asked to partake in the December issue of Computer Arts Projects. They wanted me to do a tutorial for their Character Design issue, regarding how to create an illustration using monsters. It was pretty much right up my alley, and I had a lot of freedom in what I created. The limitations were pretty much only in word counts for written descriptions and the number of steps required etc. This issue features a lot of really interesting work by great artists. I've posted some pictures below. Also, there is an animation tutorial by James Wignall using one of my characters from my tutorial. I think one of my favorite things about the issue is seeing artists sketches and initial thoughts in designing a character. It's really hard to find this magazine around where I live, so I was very pleased to get a copy sent to me by the magazine. Thanks guys :)

below is a better image of my finished piece for the magazine.

below is the original work before the digital coloring.

detail shot

Click the link below to see the short animation James Wignall created using one of my characters :)

Thanks Again Juxtapoz!

Juxtapoz Magazine graciously featured me on their website again in the illustration section! Thanks guys!


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Harbinger of Anxiety

New piece for an upcoming show.

"Harbinger of Anxiety"
India ink on paper
8" x 10"

Monday, January 9, 2012

Savage Bouquet

A twist on the traditional flowers in a vase still life.

"Savage Bouquet"
India ink on paper
8" x 10"


Sunday, January 8, 2012

PFTE artwork 2012

This is the piece I created for the 2012 "Postcards From the Edge" show.

"Down Below with the Fishes"
India ink on paper
4" x 6"

Pictures from the show at Cheim & Read in NY.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Pencil Sharpener

Check out this pencil sharpener I got recently. My aunt came to visit and it was a Christmas present. Here's the backstory: About 5 years ago, my grandparents both passed away. During the visit for the funeral, we stayed at my uncle's (their eldest son) house. He had all all their things laid out in the dining room and people could take things they wanted. I saw a pencil sharpener just like this one and really wanted it. Being an artist, I would surely make good use of it. For one reason or another, I didn't get it. Fast forward some years later, and my aunt gives me a very similar one to my great surprise and delight. She said it was another one that belonged to my grandfather, and this was the one that was attached to his workbench. He used to make a lot of different things, like furniture and wooden boxes etc in his spare time. So I know he used this one a lot and that made it all the more sentimental. I'm really happy I have it. Right now, I don't have anything to attach it to, but I find that if I hold it a certain way between my knees and carefully turn the handle firmly but slowly, I can make it work. Still a great sharpener, and by the looks of it, it's old. I've tried finding out exactly when these were manufactured, but no luck. But I'd say it's probably at least 60 years.

Postcards From the Edge 2012 - this weekend!

The "Postcards From the Edge" show officially starts today and goes through tomorrow. If you live in NYC, don't miss this chance to snap up some great artwork for cheap!

Cheim & Read
547 W 25th St, New York

Saturday - 10am-6pm
Sunday - 12pm-4pm

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Postcards From the Edge 2012

It's almost here! I'm participating once again!

If you live in NYC, go check it out! Great art and at a great price for a great cause. Can't beat that!

Monday, January 2, 2012


Alright, so I decided to make a tumblr account today. I'm not sure if I have everything set up correctly yet, but it seems to be working ok for the most part. Kinda new to this whole tumblr thing......but hopefully it will prove beneficial in the future in terms of getting my work out into the world. We'll see.....in the meantime, please follow me if you have an account and are a fan of my work. Thanks to anyone who already follows me here on blogger. I appreciate each and every one of you!


p.s. I'm still keeping my blog here :)

Sunday, January 1, 2012

My sister sent some phone pics of the drawings I made for her, now hanging on the walls.