Archive for December, 2012

James Jean

December 30, 2012
"Duelists" - 2012

“Duelists” – 2012

James Jean has become one of my favorite artists, and I’ve enjoyed watching his work progress this last year through his Facebook posts and Twitter updates. I look forward to seeing what he makes in 2013!

I thought I’d upload one of the pictures he finished this last year. Visit his website and check out the rest of his portfolio… beautiful work from previous years too. | James-Jean

Merry Christmas!

December 24, 2012
"The Annunciation" by Fra Angelico

“The Annunciation” by Fra Angelico

Merry Merry and a Happy Happy!

Tweet me!

December 23, 2012


I’ve known for a while that I’ve needed to update my personal website,, and I decided a month or two ago that I would redesign it by the New Year. I am a graphic / web designer, but sometimes it seems like the very last thing I am able to work on and update is my own personal site. Well, I’ll probably still tweak it a bit here and there but I’m happy to say that the redesign is pretty much done, and with a little over a week to spare.

Take a look, browse my portfolio, and let me know what you think.

One of the reasons I really wanted to redesign my site was so I could get your direct feedback through Twitter. You’ll notice on my new homepage there is a little widget asking for you to send me a tweet. I’d love to hear from you. I’m collecting ideas, in 140 characters or less, that you’d like to have me draw. You can also email me at toddpowelson {at} Describe be a person, place, or thing. If you do get in touch, I will send you a drawing that you’re tweet inspired in my mind and imagination.


Wassily Kandinsky

December 21, 2012
"Grey Oval" 1917

“Grey Oval” 1917

I guess if the world is supposed to end sometime today, I at least want to see some of Wassily Kandinsky‘s artwork again before we all blow up…

"Study to Composition II" 1910

“Study to Composition II” 1910

Think Flat: Andy Warhol & Takashi Murakami

December 16, 2012



While I was down south visiting the super-fantastic toy collection I wrote about last week, I was also able to see Think Flat: The Art of Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami. I’ve been meaning to go see the exhibit for a month or two, so I’m glad I finally made it.

I don’t mean to start off negative, but I’ve got to be honest. I am not typically a Pop Art fan, and both Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami can be extremely hit or miss for me. With that said, like I say, I still wanted to be sure and see the exhibit because I do appreciate some Pop Art and other Pop artists, and there is enough Warhol and Murakami that I like quite a bit.

Fortunately, the Warhol on display is very good. Repetition, bright colors, celebrity and the Queen. There was even a series of screen-printed animals I’d never seen that was quite nice. All in all, quality Warhol.


takashi1Murakami though… in general, he just doesn’t do it for me. I’ve got to admit, the whole super-cute anime thing that he reproduces really turns me off. I have no appreciation at all. I will say though, when he twists that cute style into something sinister, that is when he catches my attention. Unfortunately, there weren’t  many of his twisted-cute paintings to see. There were some… I just wanted more of those, they were the ones that held my attention. There was a Murakami reinterpretation of old traditional Buddhist prints that I liked a whole lot too however.


All in all I enjoyed the Warhol / Murakami exhibit. Its another good reason to head down south and check out the BYU MOA.


December CONNECT

December 13, 2012


December CONNECT is tomorrow! CONNECT with Salt Lake City’s emerging and established artists—celebrating the artists YOU’VE selected!

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December 9, 2012
Steve and Co.

Steve and Co.

Me and Steve

Me and Steve

My brother-in-law Steve and my sister Tonya have an action figure and toy collection to be proud of. I don’t really have the heart or dedication of a collector myself, but I am kind of jealous of it.

I’ve always enjoyed going by their house to see what new things they may have added, or what I might have overlooked the last time I was there. There is just so much to see, and its always a treat! Old and new Marvel super-heroes, the Kiss Army, the Misfit Toys, Star Wars, Star Trek, all sorts of monsters, Michael Jackson, the Beatles, Super Grover, and Batman. Especially Batman… with so much more besides. Oh man, it is such a beautiful sight.


Cap and Thor

I don’t think people don’t understand the importance and breadth of the collection when I tell them about it, but now you can see it for yourself!

Steve’s collection has been included in the BYU MOA “We Could Be Heroes” exhibit, and the show will be up until April 6th (even though it is a very impressive and sizable collection on display, I’m convinced it is still only a small percentage of what they have. Ha!). The whole show is also worth checking out, and I’ll probably write more about what else was on display, but for now do yourself a favor and check out the toys!

I’m proud to say they’ve included a drawing I did of Batman with their toys. I mean the picture of Batman used at the top of this here blog. They’ve also included a copy of a drawing that I made into a birthday card of Batman wearing hand-puppets. Those drawings have found themselves in great company.



Figure Drawing with Adobe Ideas 2.5

December 2, 2012

This last Tuesday evening I did some figure drawing. It has been a while, but it is always nice to take the time and draw from life. The drawing session was hosted by the very nice people who put together Sketch Cabaret.

The poses are quicker than I am used to, with the model starting out with quick 2-5 minute gestures, then extending to 30 minutes and finally a 50 minute pose. Even though it requires that I draw faster than I am used to, I really liked that too. It helps me break the form down into the most basic elements.

I’ve been using my iPad along with Adobe Ideas for figure drawing. It makes things so much easier, not having to cart all of my markers and paints around. The day before Adobe released an update to their Ideas app, and this was the first time I’d really used it. I love what they’ve done. New brushes, a paint bucket, new layer options. Without a doubt, Adobe Ideas is heading in the right direction and keeps getting better and better.

A very good night, and I plan on doing a whole lot more drawing with Sketch Cabaret.


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