Thursday, December 31, 2009

Should Old Acquaintance Be Forgot?

Ah. The end of another year. And not just that this time...the end of a decade. Where does life go? Like the wind, it is but a moment. Don't waste one minute NOT LIVING IN IT. As a favorite poet of mine once said, "We are once in a lifetime." This fact comes to our attention ever New Year's Eve: the want (or need) to make a resolution to change or live better. This year, this...new decade...try to actually accomplish that. Many of the new years of my life were not lived working toward a new resolution. It can be hard with everything that goes on in our lives: work, school, heartbreak, obstacles, etc...but dwell not on the pattern of this broken down world, my friends. Be transformed by the renewing of your minds. Make the effort to LIVE LIFE TO THE FULLEST in this new era ahead. Sure, the way may seem bleak, and the road may look tough, but press on for the sake of a new beginning. As Gandhi put it, "Be the change you want to see in the world."
Well, I've just about ranted myself into a coma, and probably for the last time this year, too. In case you were wondering, this one was inspired by new year's resolutions. We all look back at the year and think of all the things that went on and wonder to ourselves how we can make the new year better. The subject matter for this one actually came from old Frank and Ernest comics: with the old year coming back up into the clouds sending the new year down to Earth. So in that sense, this one is not that original, but who knows? Maybe you'll still like it. See you all on the other side...

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
3...2...1...cheers.
~J

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Awkward One:...and After

And where are the people who made fun of this girl in high school? More than likely they're washing the windows this ad is stored in...or possibly flipping burger's across the street from wherever this store is. They're probably wishing they hadn't made fun of her now, huh? So people...always think twice before criticizing someone you don't know or is different from you. You may end up wearing their fragrance (or working for them in Bill Gates' case.) Last picture of 2009 up tomorrow. Tune in!

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Background image Courtesy via Google Images
Cheers.
~J

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Awkward One: Before...

9-times-out-of-10 the ones who get made fun of the most in school are the ones who turn out looking the best later in life. I've seen this first hand: how a kid can look so homely in their early years and then turn out to be one of the most beautiful people I'll ever know (at least on the outside, anyway.) I'm doing this in two parts because I'm really tired tonight and didn't have the gusto to make an "after" picture (the "before" picture is kinda sloppy anyway.)

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Monday, December 28, 2009

A Tribute to Facial Hair #1: The Wilderbeard

One more new segment before the close of this year, and it could, in fact, be the most important one. You see, I have shared and affinity with beards for quite some time now, and was excited to grow one. But to my utter dismay, I found that the hair-follicles on my face were having a 24/7 strike because they're not being payed enough, and since I have no money to spare, I will remain beardless for a while to come.
Nevertheless, my love of beards will never die. I have, therefore, decided to pay respects to them in the best way I can. Each new picture will feature a new and exciting facial apparatus and, most likely, a schpeal on why I care so much for that particular beard.
This one is most commonly known as The Wilderbeard: it's the one that is not taken care of, and therefore has free-range over the face it resides on... preferably a man's. It doesn't take orders, it doesn't put up with much, and it won't take crap from anyone. It likes to take residence on the faces of men who either: a) are lumberjacks, or b) have a very loud voice and use it extensively. I'm not sure I'd like a beard such as this one day, but who knows? Things change every day.
Enjoy this one. I did.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Say It With An Irish Accent

You know what I mean.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Huhwhahuh #8

I had a full day at work, I'm tired, and the picture I started today would've taken forever to finish (it turned out to be a better idea then I'd originally thought.) You'll see it tomorrow. Anyway, this one was another one of those pictures that just comes out of nowhere. The concept is probably not new, but what the hey...live with it. See you tomorrow.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Friday, December 25, 2009

We Wish You a...

Merry Christmas!


© 2009 Jeremy Owen
~J

Thursday, December 24, 2009

You'd Probably Complain a Little Too, You Know

There is no intention to be sacrilegious with this picture at all. I just wanted to do something a little different. All of the Christmas pictures you usually see depict Mary of Jesus as being happy or calm. You hardly ever get a picture of what it was like for Mary to go into labor, or those many long, bland months it took for the Wise Men to reach Jesus (come to think of it, that might make a good picture too.) This is just something I though of one day, and again I don't mean any disrespect by it. Hope you enjoy it.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Famous People Who Are Actually Kinda Cool # 3

This picture is to showcase Rachel Ray. The idea for this one actually came about two years ago from an earlier picture I did. It looked similar to this, but I wanted a colored updated version. She always seems to do so much on the show, taking little time to do each thing, but having turn out perfectly anyway, it seemed only natural to show everyone how she really does it all. I needed it to go with the Christmas theme, but that wasn't too hard to do. Sorry if it's a bit weird. Just try and work with me on this one.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

...On a Three Child Laiden Sleigh...

Everybody fantasizes about getting on their sled and going down the perfect hill.: this is just an exaggerated version. I'm not really that into sledding, or even going out into the snow for that matter, but I know a great many people who love the snow and would rather have it than rain. I think that's absurd, but that's probably because snow froze on the road recently and caused me to crash into the back of a parked car (and no, I wasn't going fast.)
But with Christmas time comes snow, and snow in pictures leads to not-so-much coloring on my part. So I think for the next few posts I'll try to get as much snow in the pictures as I can (this one took about 1/3 of the time yesterday's picture took.) Hope you like it.


© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Monday, December 21, 2009

You Better Watch Out

The old phrase means US, but what if the tables were to turn? What if Santa got a taste of his own medicine? Staying good ALL YEAR is hard, and whadda we get? A bunch of presents we don't want and coal in our stockings. Santa can't keep getting away with this every year. He needs a message to tell him we mean business...
...or at least that's the idea one of my friends came up with. I've told everyone that I'm wanting some Christmas themed ideas for this weeks posts, and this was one of the first ones I was given. I'm sure it's been done before, but I think you'll get a laugh out of it anyway. Took me awhile, so try to look at it extra-long.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Ho ho ho. (as in laughing)
~J

Sunday, December 20, 2009

A Barrage from the Past 13

Sorry if it seems I'm going with the same subject matter two days in a row, but that's just how it ended up. This was the only picture I had scanned from last year, and I didn't feel like coloring a whole new picture far into the night. And that whole story is the truth. And I'm hungry.
I did this one in time for Halloween last year, and got it up just in time for...Christmas this year? I don't know. All I know is that this one was inspired by (again, sorry if this seems cheep) Tim Burton. The characters he comes up with are so funny looking and lovable to me. Morbid, yes, but also enjoyable. I thought I'd have a stab at coming up with my own characters to fit into his world. This one was colored pre-Photoshop. I added a few filters and changed the lighting and color-scheme up a bit. I'll try to have some legitimate pictures (from this year) up by tomorrow. Thanks for your patience.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Friday, December 18, 2009

Burtonesque in Nature

So it's a week before Christmas, and I thought I should start doing some Christmas themed pictures. I know this isn't really a "Christmasy" picture, but the characters have (somewhat) something to do with the holidays. If you don't like it...too bad.
It's actually another one for a (different) friend. It was a long time coming, but I think it turned out ok. I love these characters. They're very different and fun to draw. It's kind of a stereotypical placement and backdrop, but I hope you like it all the same. More up soon.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Characters © Tim Burton
Cheers.
~J

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Guitar Sounding Mouth Noises Post

I'm tired and completely fed up with everything computer related in my life being slow. I'm not going to write much: only that I really like how this one turned out. It was an idea from a friend, and it was mostly accidental, but I guess sometimes that's what makes for the best pictures. Enjoy.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

A Barrage from the Past 12

Again, another one from last year. Added some color (not much creativity after today at work?, but it seemed to need that older look to it. Not sure what to say about the subject matter: hunter with a trophy and a skull in his hand (very Shakespearesque?) I don't know. It's just a picture after all, right?

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Monday, December 14, 2009

A Barrage from the Past 11

For the next couple of days, I'll be posting some older pics to save time. I've been trying to hit 100 posts before the end of the year, and the next couple of days are going to be long and stressful at work. I can't afford to miss many more days without posting something if I want to reach that goal, so bear with me: this too shall pass.
This one was yet another inspired by The Dark Knight, which was gaining much momentum before its release and which inspired me to draw some picture that were Batman related. I colored this one with markers (as at the time I didn't yet have Photoshop), so the quality of this one was kind of bad. I tried to tweak it a bit with Photoshop, to make it looks at least a little less crappy. Like I said, these old ones are just temporary. More new material on soon, although it's fun to look back and see how far I've come in my style even from last year.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, December 13, 2009

I'm a Black, Scottish...Cyclops.

This is my entry in an art contest being held by VALVe Corporation, a computer software company. They are updating one of their games, Team Fortress 2, and want you to draw one of two characters you want to see upgraded: either a Soldier and a Demoman. I've chosen the Demo, not only because he's fun to play, but he's also fun to watch and listen to. I love the art style of the game and thought I'd try my hand at trying to win something from the contest. As far as contests go, I haven't been known to win many, but it should give me a little exposure into the world of art that I so long to be a (professional) part of. Hope you like it. It's sort of a step away from what I normally do: I guess I was trying to mimic the style of the game a little. It was kind of nice doing something different.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Character © 2007 VALVe Corp.
Cheers.
~J

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Your Breakfast Steak, Sir...

Either you know this character and get this picture...or you don't. I wouldn't be surprised if a great, great, great many of you don't know who this is. It doesn't matter though...it's still random enough to be funny to those of you who don't know what's really going on here. Or at least I think it's funny...
This one came out pretty quick actually: about 45 minutes to draw and color. More up soon.
Enjoy.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Character and Catch-phrase © 2009 VALVe Corp.
Cheers.
~J

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Would You Love Me More If... #1

...We Were Both Zombies?
Welcome to another new segment. The idea came to me from...big surprise...personal experience. There is so much emphasis in our lives on trying to please others/everyone, and we cannot please everyone: it's just not possible. But we so often lose sight of that fact and continue with whatever stupid, new means we've come up with to try to impress, humor, or entertain people in order to make them happy/make them like you. It's a waste of time, because someone either enjoys your company and wants to be around you...or they don't. To catches, no strings, no pop-ups. That's just the way it is...at least in my experience.
And so I've come up with the idea of asking the question, "Would you love me more if...?" and then adding a random phrase on the end of it, then drawing something to fit that particular phrase. I thought I'd do something really off-the-wall for the first one. Hence, zombies. I know it's dumb, but I hope it at least makes you smile.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Huhwhahuh #7

I don't know why this is the scene I came up with for this, but I think it fits the randomness of these two. The characters are from the show "Community," a show I've come to enjoy very much over the time it's been around. The Abed (left) and Troy (right) moments are some of the funniest parts of the show, and if you don't believe me, watch the clip below. I wanted to put some words to this one, but I couldn't think of the right thing to say: sometimes...you just can't. I had great fun doing this one.
Enjoy.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
"¿Dónde está la biblioteca?"
~J

Monday, December 7, 2009

Friends I Have Known #10

This is the friend that has followed my art with the most fervor, even from my humble beginnings back in grade school. He's encouraged me the most in it, reminding me time and time again just how fortunate I am to have this gift I've been given. I do what I do for people like him: to use my gift to the best of my ability, whether out of fun or for the entertainment and benefit of others. I'm lucky to have a friend who genuinely believes in me and what I can accomplish if I but set my mind to it. Thanks, man: you might never know what it means to me.
As for the subject matter of the pic, it comes from his aspiration to become a police officer after finishing college, and let me be the first to tell you...we couldn't have a finer person to server and protect. Buddy, this one's for you. Hope you like it.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, December 6, 2009

"What Kind of Insufferable Fool Drops a Hotdog?"

I recently sat down and watched "Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium" again, and I must admit I still adore it. Dustin Hoffman is still a great actor in my opinion, and the randomness of the film only adds to that: almost everything in the movie overflows with imagination and fun. I was inspired by the style and look of the film: very uppity and colorful, and the design for Magorium was great. The part of the movie I decided to capture is a sad one *spoilers ahead if you haven't seen it*, the part where Magorium chooses to die peacefully after a long and wonderful life. It's not my favorite part, but it's the emotional apex for the film (aside from the ending) and challenged me to do some things I hadn't done before in my work.
Enjoy.
© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Monday, November 23, 2009

Tenor Eleven

Sorry for the bad pun. Not quite sure what else to say about this one, though. Started it at home, carried on with it in class when I should have been paying attention, and morphed it into this. The only thing I will say about it is that it looking like it's old is intentional. I wanted it to take on the feel of one of those posters you see nailed to a phone-pole in big cities. And being that I'm about a 2 hour drive away from Seattle, I decided to set the date and venue there. Sorry more of these haven't been coming sooner. Break is coming soon, or so I'm told. For the full effect of the pic, try listening to "Progress" by MUTEMATH. It's what I listened to while finishing it up, and I think it fits quite nicely. It should be in the player at the bottom of the page.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers. Hopefully I'll have more up soon.
~J

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A Little Somethin'

There's probably a really amazing story behind this one...
...who knows?

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Monday, November 2, 2009

The Holidays Are Coming

I wanted to do a few holiday season type pictures in the coming months. This one was supposed to premier before Halloween, but schedules get crammed or broken up unexpectedly, and therefore I haven't put a lot of time into creating new pictures. I did this quick one to try to make up for the lack of timing on my part, but that still doesn't excuse my laziness. Hopefully I can get my priorities straight one day. And yes, the woman is pregnant. I gotta stop doing that.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Huhwhahuh #6

Not really sure where this one came from. The closest I can come to an explanation is a picture I saw a while ago from on of my favorite (and, sadly, deceased) artists Mike Wieringo. He drew comics for franchises such as Spider-Man and Fantastic Four but also had many creations/series entirely his own. And one thing he used to do was take a comic character/ordinary situation...and draw it with animals in the place where humans should be. There was one where he used a bear, and that's kinda where this started...except I think the bear was in military commander uniform. It's great to look at and fun to imagine. So I guess this subject matter is a kinda of homage to his memory.
As for this specific situation...hmmm. I've been trying to draw more animals lately since I draw people almost every post. We'll see how many different animals I can get on here. I think these turned out ok.
You can find a link Mike Wieringo's blog here. See if you can find the picture I was talking about. I think it's kinda old...toward the end.
Anyway, hope this one was worth the wait.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Friday, October 16, 2009

The Wild Things Are Here

Here is the first of my tributes to Where the Wild Things Are. I remember liking it as a child: the illustrations were so good, and I recently had time to sit down and look through it again. It's not a long book, but the pictures are quite good. My interpretation is a tribute to both the book and the new film coming out (which I'm very excited to see.) Plus, I added a few things in to give it my own little twist. The characters are so fun to look at and draw, and hopefully this will be far from the last picture I'll post with this subject matter. Hope you enjoy it. I thrilled me immensely to draw it.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Let the Wild Rumpus Start!
~J

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Friends I Have Known #9

I don't plan the order of the pictures or when the subject matter will hit me. It just happened that I started a pic of a friend while sitting across from him in class, and it morphed and before I could stop myself...I had finished it. So, yes, another friend picture...but a good one, I hope. He doesn't exactly look like this. I did his hair and glasses a little different and gave him the French facial hair, but I think it adds. We'll see what he thinks.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Friday, October 9, 2009

Huhwhahuh #5

Well. Can't take credit for coming up with the idea for this one. A friend asked me to do it, and he can't remember how it came about either, so if you know me personally, don't ask. I don't have an answer.
I like doing these 'full page' pics once in a while. They take longer, are more frustrating, and most times turn out 'wrong', but I hope this does justice to however this idea came about. I think it does. I'm only sorry I didn't come up with the idea first. It seems so obvious now...

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, October 4, 2009

A Showcase of Bands #4

The next band picture is of Muse. I'd always liked Muse, but with the release of their new album, "The Resistance", they've hopped back into one of my top spots. A lot of the subject matter of the new album has to do with conflict, and with the title being "The Resistance", I quickly latched onto the idea of a wartime setting for the picture. I know I say this a lot, but I really like how this one turned out. The buildings, smoke, and ashes were all made from scratch in Photoshop, but I like the feel of how it looks...organic in a way. So for all of you Muse fans out there, this one's for you. And if you don't actively listen to them, or haven't heard of them at all, I recommend you go out and get some of their schtuff. It's very good.


© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Muse logo © respective creator(s)
Cheers.
~J

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Friends I Have Known #8

Ah. Another friend picture. This friend is actually quite new. A couple of weeks ago she was just an acquaintance through other friends, but I've been getting to know her better through school. At least I think she considers me a friend. Hopefully something better than just a 'friend of a friend', or, as she would say, "That Guy I sit next to in Math Class." She'll understand what I mean. hee hee hee
The picture itself combined some elements I'd been waiting to try out in Photoshop, namely the use of layers...and more importantly the possibilities they offer. The plaid of the jacket is not my design (I don't have that much patience, people...), rather a pattern found on Google Images...but used in just the right way...
I really like how the coat turned out. It actually was exactly what I was hoping it would look like.
Enjoy this one. I certainly did.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Oh, and by the way...that W on the bag...it's actually not a W. It's an upside-down M. She'll understand that as well.
Cheers.
~J

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

The Old Me

Sorry for the gap in posts. School and work combined is slowing me down a lot, both physically and conceptually. And perhaps mentally. Anyhow, I sat down today with idea of drawing one of my professors at college, a music historian and practitioner (figured I'd make it sound exciting so you'd be all 'Ooooo...impressive'.) I got the general idea down, but I couldn't quite make the face shape right or the eyes do just what I wanted. And then the thought came to me..."This looks somewhat like me...why not draw an 'old me'?" (Yet another one of my terrible puns...)
It was another hairbrained scheme, but I really like how it turned out. And it only took about 90 minutes to make the whole thing come together. Hopefully this is good filler for the gap between last post. I'm thinking of making a promise like a friend of mine did to post a picture once a week to stay on track.
So, if nothing else, expect one picture a week. We'll see if I can't be inspired to raise the bar.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Have a good week.
~J

Sunday, September 20, 2009

"Watch Out for the Sneak Attack Boss Battle!"

My bosses at work are always pretend feuding, trying to convince me that 'they' are better than 'the other'. So I decided to depict it, this 'fake rivalry', for even I, in all my years of life, know how to detect tomfoolery. At first, I was going to go for a James Bond type theme, but it wasn't working out. Then one of them suggested that I give it a superhero angle. That seemed to turn out a little better, and here's the end product. A lot of planning and worrying over about 2 hours of actual work. Hope they like it. Hope you like it too.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Background photo Courtesy via Google Images
Cheers.
~J

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Famous People Who Are Actually Kinda Cool #2

I can't really say that I've seen a movie with Morgan Freeman in it that I didn't enjoy. Of course I haven't seen all of his movies, but I'm working on it. I'm not really sure what else to say other than he's got one of the best voices in the world. Whether he's narrating something or just talking, I can't help but enjoy it. His presense onscreen always commands a certain respect since he's been doing what he does best for a long time. This picture is an homage to him and all the great acting he's brought to us. Way to go Morgan. This one's for you.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Monday, September 14, 2009

Inspiration Cometh

This one was inspired by two songs: "Collect Call" by Metric, and "Believe Me Natalie" by The Killers. I just enjoy both songs and thought I could incorrporate elements from both songs into a picture (i.e. phonebooth = Collect Call.) I don't know...it makes sense to me in my head. It doesn't have to have a deeper meaning to you, although I do reccomend you listen to both songs for the full effect of the picture. This, again, was a quick one. Sometimes I'm inspired. Most times...I'm not. This is a product of one of those inspirational times. If you're not already asleep with this explaination, enjoy the picture.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Can't promise I'll have more as soon as these, but I'll try.
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Huhwhahuh #4

Today's was a quickie but ended up turning out cool.
And no...I don't know, so don't ask.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Oh, No!

Ha! It would seem I've followed up on my word to try to have new pics quicker...at least this week, anyway. It's hard to come up with good ideas sometimes, and then doubly hard to actually portray what you're thinking in your head. Today's wasn't that hard to whip out, and I must say I'm quite impressed with myself. I usually hate to toot my own horn, but the idea was there...I drew it...colored it...and posted it, all within about 3 hours. Stayed with it until the end, if you will.
The reason why today's was so easy to put onto paper is because it's quite fresh in my mind. It comes from an inside joke that I share with a girl at work. Don't ask me to explain how it came about, 'cause I couldn't do it justice. It most came from playing off one another, adding to what the other person had just said. Anyway, I had more fun drawing this one than almost every other one I've done. Ever.
And if said girl stops by to see this, let me know what you think. You'll get it.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
We'll see if I can't get more out as quick as this one.
Cheers.
~J

Friday, September 4, 2009

Sorry for the Wait, Folks...

I can't believe it's almost been two weeks since my last post. Time flies when you're having fun...or have to work. Please forgive me for such a gap. I'll try harder. Anyway, I don't know what to say about today's pic other than I seem to like drawing pregnant women. I don't know why...just their shape is so...odd. And fun to draw. I'm not entirely sure where the idea for this one came from...just that it came. Hope it was worth the wait. Like I said, I'll try to have some more on soon.
And yes...that is a peanut butter and pickle sandwich. Pregnancy can be so weird sometimes.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Monday, August 24, 2009

Summer Can Has Gone

Summer will be over before we know it, so thought I'd do another summer themed picture. The other day, I was driving along, past an elementary school where I live, and I see this couple playing frisbee in their swimwear. I wanted to draw them, but not exactly how they were. I'm always looking for ways to make my pics funny, and it finally hit me. I hope you all enjoy the humor; it's so true: a guy doing pretty much anything for his girlfriend. Some guys will do anything for a pretty lady.
Suckers.
Wait...hold on guys...
..."What's that honey?"
..."You want me to categorize your sock drawer alphabetically?"
Ummm...I gotta go guys.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
I'll post when I can.
Cheers.
~J

Friday, August 21, 2009

Lost Year

"Oh, for a year we were strong and courageous,
but we lost it somehow.
Oh, if there was something that could have saved us
we'd have found it by now.

"'Cause nothing's a breeze...
...we suffer...we bleed...
...for two hearts to beat as one.
We learn as we go,
but at least now we know...
...something we can't become."

I've been listening to MuteMath's new album "Armistace" lately, and while there isn't a stinker on the whole album (I stongly recommend you go out and get it), my favorite song would have to be the second to last on the album, entitled 'Lost Year.' The music is amazing and the lyrics deep. It's a pretty sad song, perhaps reflecting a difficult time in Paul Meany's life (Paul's the lead singer and songwriter). I've been feeling kind of the same way, not really knowing where life's going to take me, as well as having to accept things such as rejection and closed doors. But I guess the only thing to do is to press forward and take on life one day at a time...ya know?
Today's picture is my reflection of the lyrics above, which are from 'Lost Year.' It's another one of my rare serious pictures, but being serious every once in a while can't hurt. This picture goes out to everyone who's been rejected, talked down on, abused, or hurt in any way (which, I'm sure, covers all of us.)
To hear "Lost Year", just scroll down through the playlist below...and you should find it.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
I'll have some new ones soon.
Keep the faith, all.
~J

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Friends I Have Known # 7

First off, these two are not boyfriend girlfriend. They're brother and sister, and I tried to capture each personality as they come across to me. The guy was always trying his best to stay straight faced and serious, and the girl was always trying to make him smile. And if you look real close, he's trying to hide a smile by looking away (but the corner of his mouth is almost about to turn up.) I hope they like it, and I hope you all like it too.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Huhwhahuh #3

This one was about as random as it gets. I forget what I was talking about...thinking about...doing...but all of a sudden, I asked, "What do you think it would look like if Ronald McDonald was fighting a group of ninjas?" And so, this picture was born. Say what you will, but I loved doing this one. It has been probably one of the most enjoyable pieces I've ever put out. These random ones only happen once in a while, so enjoy it (or don't) while you can.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Famous People Who Are Actually Kinda Cool #1

Behold...a new segment! And the title comes from the simple fact that so many famous people out there take their famousness for granted...or are just stuck up gits. Either way, this new segment is devoted to the few of the famous that are actually talented and seem like genuine people...or are just plain cool.
To start the segment off, I thought it'd be good to choose someone who is multitalented and who tries to balance these many talents. And if there was someone famous I'd like to hang out with, it would probably be Zooey Deschanel. She's quirky, random, talented, beautiful, and funny. And beside her acting career, she tries to maintain a part-time stint as of one of the halves of the musical act 'She and Him.' I confess I haven't heard much of her music, but it's always engaging to see someone famous balance both an acting and musical career.
So...here you go: a refresher of what Zooey actually looks like...and my version of her. She has those super light blue eyes...which seems to give her that far away look in her eyes almost all the time.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Hope you all enjoy.
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Petrov Und Der Wolf

I've always enjoyed children's books, as well as animated movies, and this is yet another. It just popped into my head the other day to do my interpretation of Peter and the Wolf...so...I did. It's a bit darker than the animated version, but it's my own version...right?
Even though I'm not writing much with this post, this picture took me quite a while to complete. And, as always, I must say that messing around in Photoshop is so fun. I experimented a lot with this one. Hope the experiments payed off.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Cheers.
~J

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

A Showcase of Bands # 3

Sorry to have two posts so alike in a row, but this was one of those I've recently finished. I'll try to get some different subject matter on soon. Anyway, today's band isn't really a band...it's a guy. He has a band that backs him (I'm sure), but I'd say he's about as "his own person" as you can get: today's artist is Beck. I tried to draw him by himself, holding a guitar, plus many more, but it wasn't working. So I decided to draw pictures of lines from his song "Loser" alongside him...and I think it worked. It's always up to the eye of the beholder, of course, but I like it. I tried to get as many of the lyrics as possible into the picture...sorry to any diehard Beck fans if I missed your favorite lyric.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen

Life's been getting a little hectic lately for me, but, as always, I'll try to get some new ones up when I can.
In the meantime...cheers.
~J

Saturday, August 1, 2009

'It's not Caraline. It's Coraline. Coraline.'

'The cat yawned slowly, carefully, revealing a mouth and tongue of astounding pinkness. "Cats don't have names," it said.

"No?" said Coraline.

"No," said the cat. "Now, you people have names. That's because you don't know who you are. We know who we are, so we don't need names."'

I just recently had time to read a book or two and thought I'd plop down and read another children's story (since they seem to be the only books that can hold my interest these days.) And there had been some hype about the new 'Coraline' movie coming out on DVD soon, so I decided to pick it up and give it a chance. To my surprise, the book had many things that I enjoy in a good book: a good plot, fun characters, an evil villian, dark humor, a slighty, slightly, slighty gothic style, and many others that I won't mention here (for the list would likely go on for a while.)
Anyway, by reading this schpeel, you'll probablly guess what today's picture is of. It seems to have become a bit of a cliché with me (reading a good book and then drawing a picture of it), but...oh well. It's a bit of a tribute to both the look of the film and the desciption from the book. If you've read the book, you'll know what's in the picture and what it signifies. If not...I highly recommend you go read it. It's a relatively short book and reads fast, so not much of your precious time will be wasted.
Hope you all enjoy. More to come soon.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Coraline film logo © 2009 Focus Features
Cheers.
~J

Sunday, July 26, 2009

A Showcase of Bands #2

'Ladies and Gentlemen...The Beatles!'

We all recognize the classic announcer's voice proclaiming 'The Fab Four' had arrived. I confess I'm actually not that big of a Beatles fan/listener: I don't own any of their albums, I never went to any of their shows...I don't even have a Beatles T-Shirt. But nevertheless I decided to draw them: they represent what rock 'n roll was back in the 60's, and this is a tribute to all that they accomplished (whatever they accomplished.) I'm hoping you can tell which one is which by looking at the picture. And, as always, it was great fun doing this pic. Hope to have more new ones up soon.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen
Rock on.
~J

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Kodak Moment

The Blog is officially back. My computer is fixed: broken parts out, new parts in. We are back in business. And to celebrate...a picture of kids. This was one that I started before my computer stabbed me in the back. I finished it in a hurry (I don't normally, but I wanted to get something up as soon as I could.) There will be more to follow soon, though when I'm not sure. I've got to work a lot this coming week. We'll see what happens.
Thank you all for waiting. I hope I haven't lost any of you because of this absence.

© 2009 Jeremy Owen

Cheers.
~J

Thursday, July 16, 2009

A Barrage from the Past: Day 10

This WILL be my last post for awhile...at least the last post with pictures. I can barely see the words as I type this: it's not worth trying to see through grids of pink and green. My computer hath betrayed me. This is the last "Barrage from the Past" pic I've scanned into my computer, so I figured I'd post it. You can probably guess who it's of. I drew it before I saw the original film, going off what little footage I'd seen of this scene. Seen of this scene.
Anyway, after I'd seen the film, I must say that while what I've drawn seems cute or friendly, the scene in the movie...seen scene...is quite depressing. I hope you like it.
On second thought, I could just scan and post B&W pictures until my computer is fixed. We'll see if I can get a couple on in this time without colored pictues.


© 2008 Jeremy Owen

Cheers.
~J

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I'm Confused...

...and the reason why is because I have two segments that this could fall into. First of all, it is a "Barrage from the Past" piece, since it is a drawing from 2008. On the flipside, I've started a segment that is called "A Showcase of Bands," so it could also fit into that category. Sometimes things don't work out as you expect them to.
Anyway, I'm sure you've noticed (if you are up to date with current musical acts) that today's picture is of The White Stripes. I can say that while I appreciate some of Jack White's guitar riffs, and the fact that the band consists only of him and his wife Meg, I can't exclusively say that I'm a huge fan of their music. I like some of it, but most of it is a little too...'interesting' for me. While having two people in your band could be considered 'impressive,' since they have become quite popular in some circles, the quality of their music is often lacking that special something (cough cough...Bass...cough cough.)
I do enjoy some of their promotional pictures that are included in their albums and for publicity: the red, white, and black color pallet is very interesting (the way that they use it...for the most part.)
I guess those are the reasons I drew the band. If I think of any more, I'll edit this post (not that you'd notice any differences since only approximately 7½ people visit this blog.)
Also, my videocard is getting worse. This could be the last post you see for a while. If I post again soon, you'll be reading that same sentence again. We'll see how long it holds out.
© 2008 Jeremy Owen

I'll try to post soon?
~J