Thursday, March 06, 2008

bear's gotta come out of his cave someday...

Once again I've fallen behind on my posts-but this time I have a good reason...

fatherhood!

My wife Mary gave birth to our beautiful daughter Audrey Olivia Smith, last November. I've spent the last 4 months figuring out how to take care of this new, amazing little person-as well as keep up with all the work I seem to want to pile on myself. I'm working hard on some new promotional materials which I'll post soon; in the mean time I've decided to post my submission for the new Beasts! volume from Fantagraphics. The competition is pretty fierce,
over 200 artists submitted work, so my chances are slim. Although I don't think it's my best work, doing this project got me in gear and I'm ready to jump back into the fray of creating art again.



And here's my piece for Beasts!-



The Red Cap, here's the wikipedia entry for this little beasty:
A Red Cap or Redcap, also known as a powrie or dunter, is a type of malevolent murderous goblin, elf or fairy found in British folklore. They inhabit ruined castles found along the border between England and Scotland. Redcaps are said to murder travelers who stray into their homes and dye their hats with their victims' blood (from which they get their name).[1] Indeed, redcaps must kill regularly, for if the blood staining their hats dries out, they die. Redcaps are very fast in spite of the heavy iron pikes they wield and the iron-shod boots they wear. Outrunning the buck-toothed little demons is quite impossible; the only way to escape one is to quote a passage from the Bible. They lose a tooth on hearing it, which they leave behind.

2 comments:

ARR said...

I was at Fantagraphics a couple of weeks ago and thought of you. WOW who a guy who used to buy underaged art school kids beer in SF now has a kid of his own hahaha.
Any ways if you get a chance you should go to an art shoe in Chicago called the Outdated Polaroid art show
the person who's putting it on is someone you used to hang out with during your art school years. haha

Danielle said...

Would you mind if I use your image on my folklore blog entry on the Red Cap? Thanks, Danielle.