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Monday, September 8, 2008
posted by Shelby Gubba on Monday, September 08, 2008
Friday, March 7, 2008
I have been dropping by the studio once and again, not nearly enough as I should. I worked on some small illustrations today, a pigeon and a pencil and a pickle. Sat in my chair for a bit and swiveled around while staring at the white walls in front of me. I'm not quite sure what my studio is still missing but I definitely think it needs something to make if feel more at home. Not that it isn't conducive to a work environment right now, it just would be more comfortable if I could figure it out. Hah, maybe its just finished art that would help! No news on my comic so far, a few pages are done but nothing seems to be coming together as a whole...something is missing again! I've been doing more collages than anything else, and I'm not sure why I don't sketch more often now, it seems the craftier side of me wants to come out, and I am more interested in scissors, glue, paper, and rulers than I am a simple pen and paper. Maybe it is just a natural shift I am making to want to do something more constructive, or maybe that is just the default once you hit a creative block. Shifting gears and going into raw material mode.
posted by Shelby Gubba on Friday, March 07, 2008
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Friday, January 11, 2008
Hi. So my Flickr account kind of screwed me over. I set my photos to private on Flickr, and then reset them back to Public that same day, and any photo that was set to private is now a non-function "This photo is currently unavailable" big white block on all of my blog posts practically. There isn't any way to fix it other than resetting all the HTML coding, which I won't because it would take too long. So now my blog looks awful, and to top it off I really haven't posted anything fun and exciting lately!
Well I'm in a band called Braaaains, and thats pretty cool. I play electric bass guitar, and there is a singer, drummer and crazy rock n' roll guitarist. We have our first gig ever on January 25th at the "Icehouse", it is just a big empty looking shack-ish type building with the faded words "ICE" on the front, because apparently, one could go there in the past to purchase..ice? Anyway, it is in North Park, across from the new late night eatery "Commonwealth Cafe" and a little further down from that hipster pizza spot "Lefty's". There will be three other bands, and art from all the artists that rent space in the shack-turned-roomy_studio. I don't even know what time it starts yet....
So that's the latest news. I am no where near even beginning the next issue of Pigeon-Toad Comics #2 which is so utterly lame I dare not even attempt to describe how lame I feel, and I have been currently working on an acrylic painting of a pigeon on a 24" x 24" canvas. My new studio is lovely, wonderfully spacey, perfect.....and yet I only go there maybe two times a week at $195 a month in rent! Good lord! What is wrong with me?
Perhaps part of the problem is my new obsession (well, old obsession reborn) with selling things on Ebay. Want to go see what I am wasting my time on these days? Click Here: http://shop.ebay.com/merchant/gubba.chan
I go to various thrift stores, rummage for an hour or so, select the best and most stylish items, take pictures of them, upload them, edit them, post them to Ebay, and then check the Ebay sight every ten seconds to see if someone has bid. It's kind of like a really bad addiction of something really dorky. So I've been setting limits on myself on how much time I should actually spend on Ebay, as silly as that sounds, and trying to get back to the studio!
Phew! That is the last two months of my life, approximately.
posted by Shelby Gubba on Friday, January 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Playing around with cheap watercolors, pastels, and ink. You know, the kind of stuff your aunt gives you for christmas after she found out that you "like art", and it was a big wooden suitcase with a combo pack of colored pencils, pastels, and watercolors....Oh yes.
posted by Shelby Gubba on Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
I know its been a while. Yeah. Lame. But at least I've been doing some cool things right? Like for example, renting a new studio workspace!
It is right smack in the middle of downtown, so on late nights I can walk to my studio through the bustling crowds of loud women in short skirts and drunken men sporting Chargers jerseys. yeah! It is a pretty good size for me and what I want to do, I've even set up my record player in there and everything. The other night I was painting a watercolor of a pigeon to the sounds of Billie Holiday...what a great way to spend an evening yes?
"Holiday" Vacation is coming, so there will be another short break in my blogging, but I will surely post one more happy gubba delight before I fly out to eat ham and mashed potatoes (mmmmmm).
posted by Shelby Gubba on Monday, December 17, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Monday, November 26, 2007
I officially have my comic on sale at Bluestocking Books in Hillcrest!
This is really cool, because it is an independent bookstore that is located right in the heart of the 'good' shopping area, adjacent to that great vintage store "Wear It Again Sam", (for those of you who know the area).
It's only 3 bucks so go pick up a copy and then I can feel cool by having to come in and restock their supply with more Gubba comics! I am beginning Issue #2 shortly, which will be released in January some time, so keep an eyeball out. The show went so well last night that I very much would like to display art there again...and hopefully that will be in the end of January, which, I can time perfectly with the release of the next issue! High hopes on my part of course, but I have to keep my mind working or else my talent gets rusty.
posted by Shelby Gubba on Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 23, 2007
ALSO featuring the art of: Brandon Bullen, Jesse Gammage, Ryan milner, Tyler Alderson, Garry Booth, Ash Thorp, Mike Knife, and Hydeon.
AND featuring music by: Motel Monster, Shrunken Wool Sweaters, Mira La Luz, and Henari Nannon
Presented by Community Work Effort (communityworkeffort.com) and Mixed Media Gallery/The Kava Lounge
posted by Shelby Gubba on Friday, November 23, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Thanksgiving at Mane's house was delicious. Please note Sake reading one of my comics in the corner...
Today I am focusing all my energies on finishing the Dumproach painting for the show on Sunday, procuring a decent stack of cute business cards hand drawn by me of course, and deciding whether or not I shall attempt a third piece for the show. I need one more canvas if I am to attempt painting the Fly in his stinky glory, so I will get a one tommorow and see if I can try to complete a third piece for the show on Sunday.I really ran out of time so quickly, I hardly recognized it going by. I was quite focused on my comic, and am still mostly excited about that at the show than anything else I am doing. Most of my friends have read it so far, and the reactions make me happy, so I am hoping the general public will find it just as enjoyable/amusing. So, off to the studio to paint and get frustrated and then blotch it all out...then get some coffee and start over.
posted by Shelby Gubba on Thursday, November 22, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
Pigeon-Toad Comics: Issue Number One is officially done. Enjoy 8 pages of twisted humor drawn by the one and only Gubba.
How do you get your hands on this little guy? Well, if you are one of my friends, you have probably got one on the way via post. If you are a stranger and would love to get one, here is how you should do it:
Mail me 3 (that's right, just three!) US dollars to:
PO BOX 122735
San Diego, CA
Come to the KAVA LOUNGE (2812 Kettner Blvd, San Diego, CA), SUNDAY NOVEMBER 25TH at 7PM and get it yourself. It will be a group show with music and art. I will be debuting the new comic, and featuring some new guoche ink paintings as well. A flyer will be posted soon.
And last, some thank you's....
Lee Lavy via TardCore Comics: for helping with layout stuff by flipping through pages of alien nudity and disgust Trista: For sewing together my first rough draft and thinking my cartoons are funny in the first place Mikey: For all of the suggestions, especially making me redraw the first turd to make him even better Joey: Not letting me get away with the first version of the cover totally sucking, and for being cool all the time Storm: For not letting you see the comic until it was done - it made me want to finish it faster....and Kinko's for totally screwing me on the pricing. Yeah!
posted by Shelby Gubba on Monday, November 12, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
The comic is almost done, I finally thought of a name for the comic, but not for the issue, if that makes any sense. I'm going with "Pigeon-Toad Comics" as the name, and the issue....well I am just not sure what to name it. I've made lists among lists of the key words of what my art reminds me of, or inspires in me, like this for example:
Yup. And once I really think super hard maybe it will come to me. Well it better damn well come to me because the deadline for the comic is about 2 weeks from now, so I better figure it out. I would give a sneak preview again like before but I am just so excited to present it as a whole piece of something rather than....piece it out before its done? Alright!
Also it smells like pork chops in my house because I just made some really good food. Maybe I should add 'pork' to my list because that's pretty funny to me also.
posted by Shelby Gubba on Saturday, November 03, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
This is my lizard costume for Halloween. Based off of my frequently drawn lizard characters, often holding beverages, wearing sleeves and pockets, Trista made this for me and did a better job of it than I could have ever imagined. We went fabric shopping and got the material for a total of 10 bucks, and then she went to work...and in two days she finished it. The best 3-D rendition of my art that I have encountered (and probably the first actually...), it's just perfect!
posted by Shelby Gubba on Sunday, October 28, 2007
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Some mouth breathing animals of the assorted kind. Here we've got a tadpole, a beaver, a small bear (maybe?), a frog, and one mole. And what looks like an eyeball I never finished attaching a body to. The shadows are of course the bleed-through.
posted by Shelby Gubba on Sunday, October 14, 2007