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Hey Hey! I’m Arthur Ball, The Above Average Artist and this is my website. Please look around, read a little and consider supporting my art by purchasing something at my Etsy Store, a Monthly donation through Patreon or you can Contact Me me to commision some Above Average Art, just for you. This site is a blog of my work, thoughts and experiences. It’s purpose is to inform, entertain and to get me work. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoy my Above Average Art.

This armor is useless.

This letter takes place before Star Wars – Episode VII and was possibly addressed after the untimely death of Darth Vader and the Emperor in episode VI. But after seeing episode VII I think the Storm Troopers of the New Order are having the same issues…


Dear Imperial Command,

As respectfully as I can, I would like to lodge a formal complaint about the armor myself and my fellow stormtroopers are wearing. I don’t know how things are for Sandtroopers, Snowtroopers and Scout troopers. I assume they are having the same problem we are.

Sir, these armor suits do not protect us from basicly ANYTHING. I have personally scene fellow troopers shot down by blasters almost on a regular basis, The com system makes it very hard to understand each other and the helmets really limit our range of vision.

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Supergirl deserves her own logo.

New Supergirl LogoCBS-SupergirlTo be clear and for anyone that doesn’t know, Supergirl is a DC Comic character. Currently I have No affiliation with that company. (I’d like to, but they won’t return my calls.) She was created by writer, Otto Binder and designed by artist, Al Plastino way back in 1959. Supergirl got her own television show on CBS a while back and it’s pretty good. Not good enough for CBS though cause the CW just picked it up after CBS dropped it. (A bit confusing.) I just watch it on Netflix. Continue reading “Supergirl deserves her own logo.”

UNDERWOOD 2016!

Underwood-Yard-Sign-01I’m not alone in loving the #Netflix show #House of Cards. It has become a yearly binge for many. What does that say about us as a people that we love such conniving characters? I think it says a lot. It goes far to explain why Trump has been a serious contender for president.

I’m won’t say who I’m voting for, but it won’t be Trump. I don’t really like anyone or anyones policies. That said I ABSOLUTELY don’t like our voting system. Unlike many people I’ve read and heard about, I won’t be leaving the USA if Trump wins. I’ll ride it out. Continue reading “UNDERWOOD 2016!”

Original Sandtrooper

Original-Storm-TrooperThis is the first in what will be a long line of Watch Words. My attempt at adding a bit of copy to my Above Average IllustrationsContinue reading “Original Sandtrooper”

Stan Lee’s large Head

Stan-Lee-HeadStan Lee (@TheRealStanLee),
no matter what you think of him.

Some people have issues, HA!
Get it. . ?
Comic book issues. . ? Nevermind.

He has undoubtedly touched your life and the lives of most everyone you know. He is an icon and I think he may be a vampire or some other life sucking entity. (He’s a real living mutant and his super power is longevity). I saw him in person at a convention a while back. (Read the story.) Perhaps he drains a small amount of life force from each person he takes a picture with. It’s just a theory.

Well anyway I made this bust of Stan Lee. It’s my very first mostly foam sculpture. It was also the first art piece I finished in 2016. I have a small stockpile of styrofoam blocks I’ve collected and I needed/need to sculpt things out of them. I was thinking of what to make and then I watched Disney’s Big Hero 6. It was a pretty good movie, but I loved the Stan lee cameo as the janitor’s father. (Stylized representations of real people are so fun.) That’s where I got my inspiration for this and this image is pretty much the only reference I used in making it.Stan-Lee-Head-020 Continue reading “Stan Lee’s large Head”