Saturday Morning Cartoons

Cartoons Inspire Creativity I was born in 1975. The 1980’s world of Saturday Morning Cartoons was a small window of time from 7:30 am until noon. I cannot express enough what an escape those few hours were for me. The fantasy worlds of Smurfs and Dungeon and Dragons and He-Man were a stark contrast to…

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Tonk the Tattooist

My new Zine “Tonk” I guess I could have printed this sooner. I kept circling back around and tweaking this and redrawing that. It is just a zine! What is a zine? A zine is short for fanzine. In my youth they were the life line of the underground music and punk scene. Zines are…

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You called The Wolf!? Hell yes.

The Wolf Is Here The Wolf is the second print in my animal illustration series. The first was the The Scary Red Bear which was inspired by my first run in with a black bear. The Wolf is a follow up to my experience with being isolated in the woods with a pack of wolves…

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Arm Studies in. Adobe Fresco

I was pretty happy with this study of arms. It is no secret that the human anatomy is difficult for me. I tend to shy away from the muscle structure and only show a simple shape of the arm. Recently I revisited Andrew Loomis’ book “Figure Drawing for All It’s Worth. There is a great…

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I drew the Circle Jerks poster!

I Drew the Circle Jerks Poster!!! I drew the flyer for the upcoming Circle Jerks show in St. Louis. I am beyond stoked!! The Red Flag The Red Flag is THE venue for shows. I mean it is just perfect. It is big enough to get a bunch of concert goers comfortably in the venue…

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Snazzy old Drawings

In a perfect world I would sit in a small cabin and draw pictures that made me giggle all day. Here are some ink and digital pictures I drew last year or so.

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Tattoos I Tattoodid…

Sometimes I feel so swamped drawing new tattoos for clients that I forget how much I have done. They say if you wanna have self esteem, do something to be esteemed about! I’m posting this as a reminder to lift my head from the grind and appreciate what I do and who I have met.…

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Draw. Tattoo. Draw.

The first years of tattooing are tricky.  Your focus should be on technical ability.  Can you make the machines do what you want them to do?  The first few years are just a challenge to figure out why what worked on Monday will not work on Wednesday. Consider the novice tattooist.  There is an urgency…

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Rat Bikes and CB650’s

I’m a huge fan of the 70’s bikes. If I had a job sitting at home drawing shit like this, I’d quit. Because fuck Job’s. Works For Jerks. On this snowy day, I’m thinking about dragging my chopper into the living room to get it ready for summer. Matt Hodel

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#FBF Some of my First Digital Drawings.

It has been almost two and a half years since I made the digital switch. Here are a few drawing from the early days. It didn’t take much time to get used to drawing on my Cintiq. I wonder how many trees I have saved? Matt Hodel www.matthodeltattoo.com

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Pages from my Sketchbooks

Here are a few pages out of some older sketchbooks. I use sketchbooks for character and composition development. What does a bunny look like? How does it look from every angle? These drawings are the character development. You must know how a character is constructed before you can put it into dynamic compositions. This is…

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Merry Christmas!

The Zouglass’ let me shoot there Christmas card every year. This years theme was focussed on the arrival of little Sam. Note last years picture perfect Christmas card still hanging on the refrigerator door. A stark contrast to the first year of parenthood. Merry Christmas! -Matt Hodel

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Machine tuning 101

[wr_row][wr_column span=”span12″][wr_text] This is a drawing I did a few years ago.  In the 90’s we were told nickel/dime rules.  Everything else was somewhat of a mystery compared to the wealth of knowledge today.  I used to live and die by the Jonesy frame.  It was very middle of the road.  As my drawing improved,…

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