HI ALL!! I trust your week has been treating you kindly! DID YOU KNOW: That I currently teach a variety of classes in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area of North Carolina? Well it just so happens that I do, and today I would like to showcase a couple of those classes coming up (as well as show off some of my new art, as featured below :)
First class up! Starting TOMORROW (Jan. 28th) I will be teaching a brand new (and very special) session of Pen & Ink Instruction for adults at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. We’ll be learning about a variety of techniques involving nibs (dip pens) and also the proper care and use of pen & ink supplies. I’m really looking forward to this class as I think it will be fantastically fun and informative for all involved. Check out the class description and sign up HERE!
Next Class up is a GRAPHIC NOVELS course for kids that will be beginning on Feb. 6th! This is a part of the awesome Youth Art Blocks program, a series of fantastic classes by many instructors who specialize in many different media. This course will focus specifically on the story-telling components needed to create great comics and will show students in grades 4 through 6 how to create terrific visual narrative utilizing their own ideas for stories as well as classic tropes! No experience is necessary! Get more information and sign up HERE! Tell your friends!
FINALLY, I would like to thank all the kind and amazing people who have been giving me positive feedback on the changes I’ve been making to the blog. I truly hope to allow this website to be a window into my artistic world :)
Thanks so much for reading! If you live in the Carrboro area I would love to see you at one of my classes, either those featured here or some in the future. Have a great day!
Greetings! Happy New Year and all that! And happy MLK Day! Astute readers will have realized that I’ve been taking a hiatus from showing sketches/writing on this site for over a month now. This was intentional while I was figuring out the path and process I would like to proceed in for 2014. It’s been a nice break, but time to get on with it, yes?
As some of you may know, since the beginning this blog has been heavy on the images, light on text. For the better part of three years I’ve been posting regular images every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday (please feel free to rummage through the “Categories” section and check some out). I’ve now decided to change the format of this blog in favor of something new and exciting:)
I sometimes get people asking me about my time-well-spent and all the things that go into the grueling task of being a professional creator. Starting today I’ve decided to write more and really give a better idea of my process, life, and artistic endeavors. Don’t worry, I’ll still be showcasing sketches and art that I make, but now there will be a lot more :)
So, for starters, how’s life my life? Pretty good. Those of you who follow my Twitter account probably know that I live in Carrboro, NC (a gem of a town!) and that I have many interests including pugs, music, hot sauce, cooperative living, and of course CARTOONING. You also might know that not only do I draw/produce zines and mini-comics, but I also paint/exhibit regularly and give a variety of workshops/presentations with titles such as Meditation and Narrative Art and Mindfulness and the Graphic Novel. I currently live at the Cedar Rock Co-op with a lot of wonderful people and animals who are pretty much the loves of my life :) I spend way too much time reading, and my hours are (currently) completely erratic.
As is evidenced from the new banner at the top of this blog, I’m in the process of revamping the look and organization of lightriot.com. One thing in particular to note is the tab at the top of this site entitled Love, Currently. This is a long-form graphic novel (a comic, duh) that I’ve been working on since last year and publishing in the pages of Au Courant magazine. I now have the first eight pages available for reading and am hard at work on writing/drawing more! Please check it out, and if you like it, SHOW YOUR FRIENDS! :)
I’ve also reworked my STORE page, now located at StoreEnvy. Be sure to check it out regularly to see all the cool goodies I’ll have for sale in the coming year. Additionally, I now have a Tumblr account mirroring this site, so if you’d like to follow me there, go for it!
SO, in summary, I’ll be making more long and rambling posts like this in the future as well as showing all the awesome peoples of the internet my new sketches and art. Please leave a comment and let me know what types of things you would like me to write about and don’t forget to sign up with your email address (under the SUBSCRIBE section to the right) so that you’ll never miss a post :) Thanks for reading, and I hope that 2014 fills your life with so much awesome stuff it makes your head spin!
Hi all! I’ll be working on a brand new project (a GIANT SIZED BOOK!) with the very talented book artist, Josh Hockensmith (of Blue Bluer Books) and we NEED YOUR INPUT in order to put it together! The book will feature a character called MR. MIRACLES who has the power to change the world! We will base the project off of input submitted to us by YOU!
So please tell us:
What can Mr. Miracles do?
- Who are his friends, supporters, and antagonists?
What are the titles of some of his most famous adventures, achievements, or parables?
You can leave your answers in the comments of this post, or email them to us at mistermiraclesproject at gmail dot com. The finished book will be exhibited in December at the awesome Carrack Gallery in Durham, NC. Thanks!
Please tell me: what is the nature of time and reason? Yes, today is my birthday, marking the two year anniversary of this sketch-blog. As you can see, way back when, I made a promise to update with new content every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. So far I have kept true to my guarantee: hope you’ve been enjoying my efforts.
So what’s with the life? Well, I moved from White River Junction,Vermont to Carrboro, North Carolina, and I’ve been enjoying it very much. Been teaching at a local spot, giving guest lectures at the University of North Carolina, and now have a regular feature in the fine arts magazine Au Courant (be sure to check out the back issues).
In the past year my work has been exhibited at the Museum for Comics and Cartoon Art Festival in NYC, been published by both the National Cartoonists Society and the Swedish Comics Association, and received a great review on the High Low blog. Needless to say, I’m enthused and grateful.
Current projects include making more pieces to hang on walls, teaching classes on the exploration of the inner recesses of consciousness through art, and beginning work on a new graphic novel tentatively titled FUTURING PEOPLE (you know, because the future is a verb). In fact, beginning next week this blog will be showcasing preliminary sketches for my FUTURING PEOPLE work. The style is a bit different, but I hope you enjoy the cohesiveness of it all. Please leave as much feedback as you care to.
FYI, If you happen to be in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro area tonight, please join me at This & That Gallery (118c East Main St, Carrboro) for my birthday celebration/opening reception. If you can’t make it tonight, stop by any time for the rest of the month to see some of my latest works. As always, the best way to keep up with my current going ons/exhibits/workshops is to follow me on Twitter: @rioaubrytaylor. Please enjoy your life!