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June 30, 2013

Farewell, for now

(Editor's note: This is Mason's last post here on DA as a guest blogger. He was only supposed to contribute during the month of May, but we liked him too much and extended his stay into June. Thanks Mason! Next time, in Texas!)

I wanted to add one last post during my residency as guest blogger here to show you a little more about good old me. I guess in my time here I wanted to spread the wealth of some coverage to the creative community here in Austin. There are so many great artists and maybe in the future I can share some more.

Anyways, this is me, below.



As you can see, I'm just your ordinary thirty-something, adult living in the year 2013. I'm not perfect. I don't make a ton of money or do anything super crazy, but I love to draw and do it very often, like every day. Somedays you feel like just sitting in the living room with a bag on your head, hoping that the art makes itself, but getting started is the hardest part.



You've got to do the hard work of making the first mark. Once you do that, you'll follow with a second mark and a third. Eventually, you'll have done more than you can count. That's when you look at the work and think, "Man, that's cool!" or "Man, that sucks!"



Either way, you'll feel better at the end and have accomplished more than most people do during the day. Then you can smile and feel great!



As of right now, I'm working on making some handmade patches. I've made about six of them, but I can't wait to see what the 100th looks like because I know improvement will be made along the way. You can get your own handmade patch right over here: POWER PATCHES



I hope my time here has inspired you to go find other creative friends and encourage each other to try new things with your art. I've found that it will make your life a bit more enjoyable, help you learn about yourself and make some good friends along the way.

Talk to you later on,
Mason

June 20, 2013

Rad Man Russell Etchen

Russell Etchen is that big brother you never had that shows you cool things and makes you wonder how he grew that awesome beard. He's also really nice and a good hearted dude with a true love for art.

I'm a big fan of Russell's doodle work. His repetition of shapes and faces makes it clear these works are meditative and easy on the mind. Almost like a strange obsession, but a good one that brings a smile when you wonder what all those characters are thinking.



I've been lucky to do some drawing with Russell and I must admit, his technique has been mastered. There is no cut and paste in his work, each face drawn with intricate care and placement.

Just looking at his work makes me want to get doodling. Russell, let's set up some draw time soon!

June 17, 2013

Great Pal Alexandra Valenti



Alexandra Valenti is a great photographer here in Austin. She can shoot just about anything that moves or doesn't move, too, I guess. But the true artist comes out when she adds her hand work to each photo. Instead of using Photoshop to make the photos amazing, Alexandra prints them and then paints directly on top of them.

She also makes great drawings and doodles, as well. Here are a few below:


June 10, 2013

Drawing Machine Kevin Munoz



Kevin Munoz is a good buddy who I met through mutual friends here in Austin. Kevin does super rad drawings of characters and lettering and works as a designer here at an agency in town. When he's not cranking out the logo and design jams, he's drawing or spending his time with his wife and kiddo, walking around shooting photos and whatnot.

I like Kevin's childlike view on making artworks. Finding a way to get back to early instincts in your drawing is a good way to let go and let the brush do the work. Kevin does that in a great way.

June 2, 2013

Rad Dudes from LAND



Ryan Rhodes and Caleb Owen Everitt work as a company called LAND. I can't really say enough about these guys, they're good friends and rad dudes all around. Plus they make some of the coolest work I've seen in ages. Their sketches are very classic in nature and reminiscent of a simpler time.





These dudes do some great branding work, but my love for them lies in their hand drawn artwork and graphics. See more

June 2, 2013

Good Dude Aldo Ramos

Aldo Ramos is a good friend I met early in my years moving to Austin. He and I met through the internet, both looking for people to make art with and hang out around town. We ended up being good friends going to music and art shows, doing some street art along the way. Here's an old collaboration (above) from those days.



Aldo's style is a strange mix of super-doodly work with some collage mixed in between. He keeps a super loose style and colorful palette, both of things that I enjoy in artwork. His doodles remind me of the sketching that happens in the margins of your notebook in school, where many an artist find their style in between learning biology and the other courses taught in school. See more

May 29, 2013

Super Sweet Jay Geurink

Jay Geurink, a good homie down here in Austin is also a rad maker of sorts. He works with found objects and wooden pieces to form colorful, often animal related works. His detail with a paintbrush is pretty killer and his type work is top notch in my books.



Jay also collaborated with Jessica and myself on a Crummy House zine in the past and has contributed to many art projects in the past. He also kitty sits our cats when we go out of town, so he's A-plus in our books.






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