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Wedding Hiatus

I haven’t been updating as much as I should (like always)—this time, I have a good reason. If anyone’s been following, I’m getting married in June, so I’m focusing most of my energy on DIY wedding crafts. I’ve been updating vague, experimental bits and pieces on my sketchbook blog

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this screenshot is an old concept for my wedding invite. i’ve scrapped this idea since.

Once I find a break between those projects, I will be posting the results and all the colored pencils work—from tattoos to art book cover—that I’ve been neglecting to display on social media.

-aKino

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It’s almost 2:30 AM, but thanks to two cups of ice coffee, I have the energy to finally post the process shots of “Frank”. Also, I’m currently working relatively big commission for a co-worker and I’ve taken enough progress photos to do another one of these “step-by-step of what I’ve been up to” post, so may as well get this one over with. I have a bad habit of starting more projects than I can finish, so sorry for the lack of consistency.
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Let’s start with a blank goat.

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I drew out the design with sharpies. At the time, I was still attempting to wrap him in hair. When I finished drawing on him, I found it hard to work the “hair monster” concept into a goat, so I ditched that idea.

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I still kept the flying ends on his belly though.

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Just getting all the darks painted.

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The colors on the rag looked prettier in person.

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 The above two images are my “blooper” moments. When I drew in the stitches I thought, “Hey, maybe if I paint the patches different colors like Sally (Nightmare Before Christmas) he’ll look less creepy!” He didn’t look creepy—just hella ugly.

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Whitewashed the patches and filled in the eyes.

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Started working the “flesh tones” in on the other side while I waited for the whitewashed side to dry.

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Beep boop meow—filling in on step at a time. Most painters encourage people to work every part of the canvas simultaneously, but I’ve always been the steady type that starts in one corner and spreads out.

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After covering him up, I sprayed him with fixative until my throat closed up several times.

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Yay, he made it into my car! The new owner coated him with car varnish to protect the painting. The red sharpie turned pretty bright and showed through the paint, but the audience was convinced that I’ve magically created his veins. Happy accidents are nice.

Alright, this post has been done!

-aKino

p.s. Bonus pics:

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Probably my favorite part of the goat.

All goats are assembled at the Matterhorn Mini Golf! A little blurb from the Canton Compass for some local hype here. I’ve had the process photos (and then some) sitting in my phone for the longest time. Sorry for the lack of updates, but they will e v e n t u a l l y make it on this blog.
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Whomever took these photos did a great job making it look real grotesque.

-aKino

Hey y’all~

Here’s a potential publication shot of my commission for Matterhorn Mini Golf.

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I’m proud of his chest piece. He’s simply titled, “Frank” because “Frankengoat” was too long for me. My client and I agreed that he will be the goat kids love and parents hate. Needless to say, he is VERY different from the other artists’ goats.

I can’t wait to see his placement on the course with others! Will be uploading process photos soon.

-aKino

Goat Progress Shot

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-aKino

Hairy Goat

After scribbling down many ideas, I end up going with covering my goat with creepy crawly hair and then some. The owner of Matterhorn Mini Golf was very open and told me “creepy is good, as long as it’s not offensive”. Still, I figured I’ll e-mail here the designs to protect the families and their children (I say that as I cringe).
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The colored version is scarier looking than the full body sketches.

-aKino

Things Lately

I’m a really bad blogger. Lately, the most I do on the internet is answer e-mails and bookmark reference images. Since there are so many people pouring their feelings out online, it feels gratifying to keep things to myself. Anyways, before I start ranting:
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Go to my new sketchbook blog to see shots of my amateur tattoo portfolio! Finished products will be cleanly scanned and posted here.

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I will be painting a goat for Matterhorn Mini Golf! It was a little bigger than I expected, but it’s a good challenge. Contemplating whether I want to keep it simple and go straight to painting or add any sculptural elements to it.

Thanks for stopping by.

-aKino