The artwork of Christopher J. Paulsen

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Bodies of Work:



"House & Home"


"Sad Robots"


"On Beauty"

"Plastic Plants"

"The Hiking Trip"

"Bite-Sized Paintings"

Bite-Sized Painting Sale Precocious, a webcomic by Christopher J Paulsen The Sycophant, tbe sketch blog of Christopher J Paulsen


Most of the day-to-day news will be on my sketch blog. There's something new there every day!

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June 27, 2009
You'll notice a new button over on the left. I have added a new series, Bite-Sized Paintings, that will hopefully be delicious to everyone. Each 9"x12" painting has a teeny $80 price tag, and I will keep adding more to the page as they are completed. Please support this poor artist!
June 13, 2009
Pretty buttons!
Now that all my in-progress work is going to the sketch blog, there's no need for the "In Progress" bar on this side anymore. I replaced it with buttons linking to my two sites that update every day! Enjoy my comic strip, Precocious, and the daily sketch blog that covers both the strip and my fine art!
March 7, 2009
I've been moving between computers doing updates and, clearly, at one point the local sites were BADLY out of sync. Guess which version got pushed live! *beats head against the desk* I hope I've set it all back to normal. Ugh. Can't believe I did that.
On the plus side, I did add a new painting section! Enjoy Plastic Plants, in which I embraced the artificial to make stylish still life flower paintings. Show them to your grandparents. They'll love 'em! You can enjoy them for pure aesthetics mixed with irony.
October 30, 2008
The "On Beauty" section has been expanded with six new paintings - and more are on their way! I also broke the series into three smaller groups. "The Superficial" contains the original series of paintings. It focuses on the more maligned standards of beauty. "Temptations Through Time" takes a more literary approach to beauty. This group of paintings features references to 1920's scandal, the Asian bride brought back from a war, that girl in the coffee house you fantasized about in college and ye olde dutiful slave girl! The final group features characters from my soon-to-be-written epic, Maquette. While these are character portraits, I think they can also fold into the literary lovea. Dania Koren is my cold ice queen, whose looks either entice or disgust, depending on one's tastes. Mi Magnolia is a personal trainer trying to hobnob with those in the upper class. I like having these little stories behind each painting, but in the end what matters most is the product. Are they good paintings when presented without context? Man, I hope so.
September 24, 2008
Obviously, this website hasn't been updated in a while. This is because my sketch blog has become my primary update vehicle. Since most of what I've done has been Precocious related, it fits better over on the blog. From now on, this site will be more of a place to store final fine art content. All information about the creation of said fine art, including photos of the process and commentary, will be on the blog. What I'm saying is... CHECK OUT MY BLOG!
On the show front: Once again, I will be displaying work at Art at the Mill. While the artist reception is October 12th, if you want to come for *me* I'll be volunteering at the gallery on Saturday, October 18th from 3-6pm and Sunday the 19th from 2-5pm.
Had to change launch details for Precocious. I'll be missing my comic launch deadline by about two months. Ugh. BUT, because I am impatient, a sneak preview of the Precocious website is up and running!
I have some new finished paintings (for the Mill show) that need to be added here, but I make no promises on when I'll get around to it. If you want to see them, they're pictured in the archives of - you guessed it - my blog!
June 2, 2008
I've added pages for sales and commissions, so if you were looking for a way to give me money - they you go! (I still don't have the measurements of framed work online, but I'm pushing the update live anyway, as it's been sitting in this state for over a week!)
Things are still moving along nicely in blogland! Cute cartoon sketches abound!
May 12, 2008
So far so good with the blog experiment! I've been updating it regularly with tidbits and sketches, so please check it out! The blog is mostly Precocious-centered for now, since *I* am mostly Precocious-centered right now, but it's a place for small notes and sketches from all my artistic ventures.
While I get Precocious ready for it's launch, I'm pulling back on the fine art and gallery scene. That's not to say I won't have any shows coming up in the future - I just won't be doing the three-shows-at-once thing for a while.
May 2, 2008
Today marks the day this site is no longer under contruction. The final incomplete page has been posted!
The House and Home series now has its artist's statement - and it's a doozy. Just as the series is the only one of mine that is overtly autobiographical above conceptutual, this statement is all about me and how this art affects me. It goes into my dark place, so be prepared. (Don't worry, there's a happy ending.)
Also, this is a reminded that the opening for Art at the Mill is this Sunday from 2-5pm. I will be attending and hoping that my pieces will start flying off the wall. Advance scouts told me the pieces I had on reserve are no hanging, so the opportunity is there!
The blog now has three entries, with more to come. It's become Precocious-centered - because Precocious is all I've been working on. If you enjoy evil cartoon animals and over-analytical cartoonists, then this is the blog for you!
April 25, 2008
It's the end of the world, friends, I set up a BLOG!
Up to this point I've been using this page for cheeky observations, but sometimes I *realy* want to ramble on and on. My other outlet was my message board - and today when I wrote a post about a dream it was pointed out that I was posting something self-involved with the target audience of myself. Any other enjoyment of my dream is purely because I am JUST THAT INTERESTING. (Also, other board members showed up in the dreams, so they liked it.) That's when it it. I *am* that self-involved to become a blogger!
Maybe. I'd say it's 50/50 whether I keep this going more than a week. Blogging is a delicate balance of ego and self-loathing, and only time will tell if I can pull it off.
April 22, 2008
The first taste of the OFFICIAL Precocious strip has been posted on the Precocious page - where one would expect such things to be posted. It's raw (like any other cartoonist's first strips) but I LIKE WHERE THIS IS GOING! As with all new Precocious pics, the new addiction has led to rewrite/restructuring of the page.
Moving towards web legitimacy, I purchesed my first domain names! This site will one day be located at (for now, it just redirects back to the emeybee site) and my comic Precocious will eventually be found at!
With all the recent site updates, I was able to create another news archive page. Go me! If I keep this up, I might be able to justify a monthly archive structure. (This may not be important to you, but it's good for my self-esteem!)
April 17, 2008
An artist's statement for the "Sad Robots" series has (finally) been posted. This was a case where I knew my work far too well, and crafting a statement to hit upon every theme involved in the pieces - while phrasing it perfectly - created and absurd amound of pressure. Time to draw a robot about *that* and laugh about it...
The last of the Precocious kids (from the first arc) has been posted. I'm still a bit tentative with golden boy Max's design, but my photoshop experimenting looks good for a first try!
April 21, 2008
Continuing to catch up on long-overdue tasks, an artist's statement for the "Contradictions" series has been posted. One more to go! Why, yes, the last series without a statement is *also* the series that gains the most from a statement.
April 17, 2008
An artist's statement for the "Sad Robots" series has (finally) been posted. This was a case where I knew my work far too well, and crafting a statement to hit upon every theme involved in the pieces - while phrasing it perfectly - created and absurd amound of pressure. Time to draw a robot about *that* and laugh about it...
The last of the Precocious kids (from the first arc) has been posted. I'm still a bit tentative with golden boy Max's design, but my photoshop experimenting looks good for a first try!
April 16, 2008
Yet another Precocious update...
Two more character images have been posted, this time I am moving into the supporting cast with the devil-in-disguise Dionne and the righteously indignant Suzette. Dionne is going to give me nightmares as I try to standardize her coloring and spot positions. (Yes, I know cheetahs do not have black paws or pointy ears - I just think it's cute.) Suzette however, is so delightfully easy to draw by comparison!
April 12, 2008
A new series has been posted. "The Hiking Trip" has gone from In Progress to full-fledged painting section. It even has a statement! (Forgive any typos, as it is a first draft.) Yeehaw.
More Precocious news - Colored versions of Tiffany and Jacob are now on the Precocious page, completing the line-up of main characters. I also added some more commentary. It's quite an exciting stage of development - I'm competent enough to begin production but still at the stage where I'm improving fairly rapidly.
The "Other Artwork" section has been removed for now, as I got tired of having it sit around with zero content. I should be able to start building up that section soon with pics of non-series work...once I get said pics taken.
April 10, 2008
To celebrate my first successful inkings (with INK!) I have posted a new promo picture for Precocious. Once again, it's Bud and Autumn. Consider it a chilling view of things to come.
Also on the Precocious front, I'm about to start inking the first strips! The goal is to have a complete storyline finished for the launch. Yay!
April 3, 2008
Show update!
I have three shows about to happen, making the alert box on the front page too unweildy. Thus, I am moving the information here.
On Saturday, April 5th, I will exhibiting with other Shepherd students at The Arts Centre in Martinsburg, WV, as part of the "First Saturdays" program.
I am participating in the "Visual Literacy" student art show and sale, which will be held at Shepherd University's Bookstore. The show is to honor the memory of Sara Chroussis, a friend of mine who died in December. Proceeds from art sales will go into creating a scholarship in Sara's name. The opening is Thursday, April 10th from 3pm to 6pm.
I will have five pieces on display (and for sale!) at the Art at the Mill juried show in Millwood, VA. The show runs from April 26 to May 11, and I will be at the Artists' Reception on Sunday, May 4, from 2pm to 5pm.

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