Art by Rick Billings




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The big experiment

Posted by Richard Billings on May 27, 2012 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

After struggling with page 11 and never really getting what I wanted I wound up with two choices. I decided to post both on Facebook and let those who are following the story pick the page. I recieved a lot of great feedback and the page that was my personal favorite was chosen. Good thing - it would have been tough to post a page that I didn't like. Throughout this process I got a bit of an idea and now I'm thinking about turning the story in a different direction.

Going well...

Posted by Richard Billings on April 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Mr. Moofs is moving along very well. With yesterday's post I offered a "bonus" page if it recieved 20 "likes" on Saturday. The followers came through and as promised I posted page 7 this morning.  Page 7 already!  I'm learning more with each new illustration and am very surprised to find occurances and items from my childhood creeping into the story (see the washing machine page). As I am working on this I continue to study the work of Gris Grimly and Shaun Tan. I hope to be able to combine my own ideas and style with the techniques and imagination of both illustrators. It's often been a bit of a struggle but slowly I'm finding my own "voice" as they say.

One month in...

Posted by Richard Billings on April 13, 2012 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Tomorrow marks one month into the Mr. Moofs experiment. I am pleased that he is gathering a small following and I am slowly picking up the watercolor techniques that I was looking for. It is a long road but I have been enjoying the process. Hopefully as I continue I will progress further - still a long way from where I want to be. Thanks to all who are following Mr. Moofs saga.  RB



Mr. Moofs

Posted by Richard Billings on March 26, 2012 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (1)

Through an odd interaction I got an idea for a story about a toy moose and an evil sister. The idea quickly ran away with itself. The drawings kept coming to me and developed into something that I knew was a little special. I decided to use it to develop my watercolor and composition skills as well as self imposed deadlines. I will post one page per week on Facebook which will hopefully lead more people to the website. I hope that you all enjoy it and please, share with your friends.

Thanks (3/25/12)

AS220 Show

Posted by Richard Billings on June 17, 2011 at 9:46 PM Comments comments (1)

 Very nice to see everyone at the AS220 show opening on the 5th. Thanks to all that could attend. Tough to pull together a show in a limited time like that but it resulted in a piece that I like very much - "Grandma's Chair II". The painting "Grandma's Chair I" was not accepted for the Providence Art Club Painting show this year but I am still pleased that I was able to finish it in time to submit - and it got me painting again. The new concentration that I have tried to put into my work seems to have made a difference - things are starting to happen. My primary goal is to work on and finish the "Melba" book within the next year. I'll keep that one under wraps for now...

Off we go...

Posted by Richard Billings on March 3, 2010 at 4:17 PM Comments comments (0)

 After more than a bit of frustration and some persistance RedDogArt is up and running. If you know me at all you are aware that I am not a "computer guy". Nevertheless, here we are. I've tried to make the site as varied as possible in order to give a overall representation of my work. In several areas I have mentioned that I may be contacted via e-mail for further information or additional photos of available art.

 There are a few glitches on the pages that I cannot seem to rectify due to the host limitations. If you have any suggestions as to how I may improve the website please let me know - I welcome all feedback.

 I will try to keep things moving here. Please come back frequently to have a look.  Forward the link to any of your friends that might be interested or place it on your Facebook page if you wish. I thought long and hard before doing this because I felt that after the initial curiousity of friends and family, the interest would wane. That may indeed be the case but I'm willing to give it a try and see what happens.

 I don't expect that I will be blogging much unless I find something that you all might find interesting. In the meantime, thanks for coming by. Be sure to check out the Gallery and the Web Store. You may find something interesting on the links page as well. Sign the guestbook if you wish - I'd love to know who was here.

Stop in again soon.