Saturday, December 3, 2011

Self Portrait, Digital. 2009

Sunday, November 20, 2011


Run/Jog, 2011

The Curse of the Visiting Beetle:

sliding from panic and don't panic
and caving in
a sprinting sinkhole

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Sword in The Stone / Tools of The Last Embryo

Sword in The Stone / Tools of the Last Embryo, 2011
Graphite + Digital Color
35 cm x 60 cm

Here's the process I went through:

This was the first composition I tried using. I was fond of how I had the anvil splitting below the sword, and was basically trying to 'plunk' in stuff around it to make a picture. The dead guy was fucking it up the most. Eventually I admitted to myself that the stuff that I liked just wasn't working, and I drew it all out again. The symmetry of the split-anvil-sword combo contrasted really poorly with any asymmetrical elements I tried putting in, and the whole scene seemed too far away, like I was witnessing this event in my front yard from my bedroom window. I was also having difficulty adjusting the horizon line from the ultra-trad horizontal plane without making it look 'wacky'.

I decided to draw the split-anvil-sword concept over and over until I figured out how to remove the symmetry. By drawing it out of balance, it became much easier to then stagger the weight of the composition. The sword is heightened on the left, then the anvil on the right, then the arches of the wall on the left along with the wall itself on the right. I liked how the dead guy before kind of introduced a passage into the anvil with his feet, but the notion of just seeing a dead guy's feet was too 'Clue' for me, and so I used roots instead for the same effect. I still wanted a personage in there, so I carved statues into the wall. I had seen a documentary by PBS on fractals some time before, and while fractals are ultimately too psychedelic for anyone to enjoy properly, the observations the documentary had on trees really helped me on getting the limbs of a tree to split correctly. My intention was to populate the setting with yew trees, but they're short and squat, so I went with the good old generic fantasy tree.

Here is the finished linework, drawn on a piece of laser printer paper I found, with an office supply pencil named 'IBM Electrographic'. It feels like a 3B. The laser paper was dumpy.

I then scanned in my drawing and flatted it, a fact that is boring but true. Random but easily distinguishable colors.

Then I tried finding the values I wanted, but I was never totally satisfied with the outcome. What should be made dark? What should be made light? I envisioned an overcast autumn day, before noon, with dry weather. Directional shadows are almost totally lost in overcast weather, but I also wanted to keep up with the 'arcade-style' direction I had taken so far with the image, so I started making shit up. Which is a terrible idea, if your aim is verism.

And here is the colors. I colored exclusively in yellow-violet complimentary colors, in true arcade fashion. At this point some things came to light. First was that my linework was extremely thin and diagrammatical. It would have been better, I think, to have drawn in most of the values in pencil, so that I would have better 'containers' for my fields of color, rather than trying to trick the fuck out of my photoshop brushes and textures making it look natural. Maybe i'll change my tune once I figure out how to paint grass. Second was that my values, as pleasant as they seemed to be, were messing with what I wanted in terms of focus. Framing the sword against the overcast sky really sucked the life out of it. Overcast weather is basically just a gray container brimming with light. Half the time it's too bright to look at directly.  How can a little old blade compete with that? I considered included some flashy shadow on the sword, but I'm someone who usually works in subtleties and my brain couldn't handle the flashiness of it. I guess I couldn't take arcade style to the very end.  

My 'finishing touches' were some light textures applied overall and a few gradients. I also added a layer of violet at a 1% opacity to the whole image to unify the colors.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011


Dear Everybody on The Planet,

i'm in a group show at the brand-flabbin'-new
SO HI TEK Gallery

it is a yo yo show
with plenty of yo yos
and drink and song, et al

6 PM to 9 PM

NW 6th Street (between Everett and Flanders)


Cameron of Wyoming, Son of James, Son of George

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The style of the N R E

N R E, Ink, Digital Color 2011

N R E style is anti-pixel psychedoolick style

Quoting Hogarth's Chief Mess Cook: "I'm angry and open-minded, which is why I feed the N R E when they stop by. Ultimately, I'm hopeful."

Friday, September 16, 2011

Piping Can

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Banana Split!


To The Seven Continents,

Who is this guy, and why does he like my shirt so much?
He told me it was because it made his dumpy ass jeans look cooler.

Because, you know, something on your body has to carry the day,
and your Nordstrom rack jeans aren't going to be there forever.

My shirt, however, will hug you and never let you go-
don't forget that, my eternal friends, and vote now.

Facemelter Awareness

-Respectfully Yours,

King Prince Cameron, CEO
Amalgamated Sugar Co.

Friday, August 12, 2011

yesterday K slipped on a jellybean
and I dropped a raspberry

today i put my face on a dog
and got a curse on my face

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Towne Ande Countrye


it is here
the people's culture
for all hands far and wide


a treatise on a power of a commonwealth
ecclesiastical and civil

nah, just kidding

it is really rad though!

3 winds

3 winds
ink, watercolor, digital
ref. China

Friday, July 29, 2011

slip newt

these letters are fresh out of the cameron department store bakery

i just read a quote from an old issue of U&lc whilst eating my pancakes:
"what will save people from television? good type, and lots of it!"

futura is the new papyrus

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

dooling truths

there ain't never gonna be no separation of church and state
even religious folk have a right to vote

sometimes you want to go everywhere
but you keep going back to cambodia

if you don't change your direction
you'll end up where you're heading

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Saturday, July 16, 2011

an excerpt from Strategies of the High Plains

once there was a pencil sharpener
mounted to the left inside of a kitchen doorway
whose bedroom hallway had been modified into a closet
and unshelved contents of which spilled out

the pencil sharpener was installed under the can crusher
and my knuckles would rap
against the muscle blue foam handle
and sometimes the metal lip of which
the foam wrapped.

the pencil sharpener was made from several different
sensibly unattractive browns except for the aluminum handle
which was spray painted tannish.
it clung resolutely behind boxes of unrecycled glass bottles
and despite that all six of its six pencil sharpening sizes
were somehow too large for pencils
it was still used
once in a while


list of things that are also jobs that are the things

pencil sharpener
lawn mower

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

plein aiiirrrr

I need more plein air painting in my life
there's nothing i want more
too bad portland is a gray soup
and can be real bland

who wants to paint stupid boxy parking garages

let's all live in forest park

Monday, June 20, 2011

not too-o senti-mental

Saturday, May 28, 2011

me'n Kaney West having a good joke
2011 is the summer of buddies
hereafter known as Muddy Buddy Crew
of which Kaney is an honorary member
who has yet to pay his dues

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Four and Four Disciples, 10 x 14, Ink

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

-a poem for the barechested-
whoa whoa
the blacker the berry
ohh whoa whoa whoa
i wanna be free-ee-ee

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

finished the cover design for my science fiction story

to nowhere everywhere
big plans, secret plans

Thursday, April 14, 2011



the storm inside my soul

el tough guy putting his face to the news,
w/ vein tank doing the threaten

newports and nike
matches and mongols

two v.big deals in everybody's opinion

also cleaning your teeth

and two eyeball men who are ON
top of celebrating prosperity in a spoon

oh it's all a game anna rolla the dice


just a life in the day of the yellowy man

also check kinoko's out

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


from the haunted comic vault show
up this month


ohhh ohhh ohhhh

Friday, April 8, 2011

this one's for ballard

spef. concentration city


Tuesday, April 5, 2011


O YES i'll be in three shows this month:

TO TO TWO strips of bacon in the Pony Club Show
A WHOLE CASE of sketchbooks in the PNCA Library
and then a real sticky bun in the PNCA ILLUSTRATION JURIED SHOW

come one come all

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

ho yes

18 by 24
rapidograph and a computer i found

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

with a hint of mint