Saturday, December 29, 2012

New Collaboration Finished, "Nemo's Surprise"

I just finished an Exquisite Corpse collaborative drawing with Sander Jansen of the Netherlands. He started this graphite piece by drawing on the bottom half of a piece of drawing paper, then covering his side with thick paper except for a one inch strip along the top edge of his half, which he left exposed. He mailed the image to me, and I finished up the top half of the drawing using the one inch exposed strip as a guide. Sometimes this is difficult, but not so much in this case, because Sander was smart enough to show enough of his style in the one inch that he left exposed.    Additionally, I am quite familiar with his work and style, which helps a lot! After I finished my half, I took the covering off of his part to view the entire image. Very cool. This collab turned out very nice. Typically, I don't do graphite drawings, and really, my technique leaves a lot to be desired! In fact, of all of the graphite collaborations I have done with various artists, my technique was always inferior to my partners. It is always an honor to be able to work with these wonderful artists! Despite my ineptitude, I think the end result here was pretty good. Because I finished the piece up, I had the privilege of giving it a title. I called the piece "Nemo's Surprise". See the images of the piece below.  See more of Sander's work at

'Nemos Surprise" by Sander Jansen and Joe MacGown. 

Nemo's Surprise

Sunday, December 2, 2012

New Art

Just finished up a collaborations with Elle Gottzi ( Ella is an awesome artist as well as a tattoo artist. She has blue hair. I like that. Its pretty cool. For the collab, I put some abstract watercolor down on a piece of illustration board and drew weird stuff on the right side, covered my part except for a one inch strip down the middle, and left the left side for her to complete. Mailed it to her, but forgot to tell her which side my part was done on. Stupid Joe. So, she flipped it upside down and did the right side of that. It still worked out quite well, because it is all weird crazy stuff, and it does not really matter how it goes. Elle titled the finished piece "Incubation". See it below....I think this might look good on a ceiling?

Incubation by Joe MacGown and Elle Gottzi
Here is the image of my half of the collab by itself. I call this "Orangish Madness". My scanner apparently gives a different color to the image as compared to Elle's. But, you get the idea.

Orangish Madness, by Joe MacGown

I also just finished up another colored ink and Rapidograph pen drawing on birch plywood. This one is 8 X 24 inches. I could not come up with a great name for this one. Ended up calling it "Going Green".  Why not, right? Its the thing to do.

Going Green, by Joe MacGown