For a few months now I've been working on a new website featuring my own prints for sale. This week is the official launch of FolkloreForge.com! In the future I hope to add other artists whom I respect and who would like the opportunity to showcase their work, broaden their audience, and get in on the ground floor of a select community of talented artists and storytellers.
In the meantime, I urge to to explore it and offer any comments or suggestions on how to make it better.
As most of you can tell I rarely post journals, only updating them if I have something to say (even more rare if it's anything intelligent) but something happened over the weekend that I must talk about.
On Saturday, Ralph McQuarrie passed away.
For many of you, his name may not be that familiar but you knew his work regardless. He was the primary concept artist George Lucas hired back when he was still trying to pitch Star Wars to studios. He's the man who would define what the legendary film saga would look like for the next 3+ decades. Without him, there very well would never have been a Star Wars. At least not in the way we know it.
Frank Frazetta has left this world at the age of 82. Yesterday was a very sad day for any of us who even have a minor inkling to pick up a drawing pencil. Another of my heroes has passed and his influence on me and countless others is immeasurable. Our world is a much darker place without him and his passing will leave ripples across the fantasy art landscape for generations to come.
Not that the mainstream media will notice of course. I don't know why, but this really bothers me. I know he wasn't a major media star, but is his impact any less significant than, say, Lena Horne's? Even IGN, who claims to have the pulse of popular culture, par
I want to give a huge thanks to everyone for their advice, thoughtful words, and good feelings. I really appreciate you all putting up with my bitchin' and moanin.'
To give you all an update, my wife is fine. The growth showed signs of pre-cancer cells, but it was benign. She'll have surgery to remove it, but she'll be fine. It's a huge relief and, at the same time, a wake-up call to how essential it is to cherish every moment of life. I know, I know, what a cliché right? But it's true. I'm as guilty as anyone of taking all of it for granted.
So let me express my gratitude to all of my friends and family for their compassion and suppor