Thursday, June 30, 2016

Dusk 'Till Dawn/G1988 20 years Later

"Pandemonium at Dawn"
Acrylics on panel
14" x 18" (17" x 21") framed

Here's the latest piece for tomorrow night's group show at G1988. This show will celebrate a handful of movies that came out 20 years ago. Dusk 'Till Dawn is the first collaboration between Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. Following QT's Pulp Fiction and RR's Desperado, the two friends decided to collaborate on a horror movie, that has now been turned into a full on series on Rodriguez's own channel, El Rey. Hard to believe this came out 20 years ago. It's a super fun movie and still one of my favorites. It's also fun to watch a horror movie that is full of practical fx instead of being heavy handed with 3D. Anyway, here's hoping RR & QT collab on one more project.

Here's how the framed piece came out along with a close up of the frame itself.

Above is an in progress shot and below is an example of the sketch done in photoshop. I wish my schedule allowed the time to do traditional pencils, but it's just so much faster and easier to compose and scale on the computer.

Anyway, below are the deets for tomorrow night's show that runs up until July 16th.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

30 Years Later

16" x 16"
Acrylics on Board

Gallery 1988's latest group show celebrates the movies from 1986. I chose James Cameron's movie, ALIENS. I thought Cameron did a great job with the mom angle in this version of the  Aliens
franchise between Ripley and the alien queen. The director's cut emphasizes this even more. There's a great scene where we see Ripley coming to grips with not being able to see her daughter grow up. In this version, we learn that, while being in cryogenic sleep, Ripley's daughter has already grown up, had a life, and (SPOILERS!) died. That scene gives the Ripley/Newt relationship more weight when we see them bond during the movie. Anyway, just go see the movie if you haven't already, and try to track down the director's cut. Deets for tomorrow's show below.

Friday, February 05, 2016

Pixel Hearts

 "8-Bit Invasion"
12" x 12"
Acrylics on wood

Chogrin has cooked up a great group show for tonight. Gallery 1988 will be hosting Pixel Hearts. A group show based around the video game culture. All the artists in the show were given a 12" x 12" wood panel cut out like an 8-bit heart. Can't wait to see what everyone does for this show.

This pic will give you an idea of the wood thickness. That xerox on the easel is the final sketch I used for transferring onto the board. I'll follow up with a post that has more step by step stuff.

I wanted to do  an all Centipede piece, but I couldn't resist getting some of the other iconic, coin-op arcade game characters in there. 

Anyway, if you're in the area tonight or this month, check out the show!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Bodē Tribute Show

"World of da Wizard"

"16 x 16"

Acrylics on Wood

This latest painting is from a Bode tribute show put on by Fantagraphics. It was also the release of "Cheech Wizard's Book of Me" which is a great compilation of Cheech Wizard art and comic strips from Vaughn Bode and his son Mark. The world of Vaughn Bode's Cheech Wizard is pretty iconic. I can still remember coming across Vaughn Bode's universe of characters in the 80's, when the indy comic scene was first exploding. There was something about those characters....I can't even put my finger on it. It was just refreshing as a young comic nerd to see something so original come from one artist that didn't look like anything else on the comic stands and it hinted at something beyond that you wanted to explore. Anyway, if you're not familiar with Cheech Wizard (shame on you) go pick up the new book from Fantagraphics.

For any inquiries about the painting, contatct Larry Reid at Fantagraphics.      

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Console Wars at Gallery 1988


6" x 12"


Gallery 19988's latest group show is inspired by Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo. 
The great thing about working in the video game industry is that playing video games is also research. All I can say is back in the 90's, at my first video game job, we researched the f#@k out of Street Fighter. Lots of good times playing with friends and cohorts. Good times.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Crazy4Cult 9

"Creatures of Thra"

10" x 20"

Acrylics on board

 The more I see remakes of movies, the more I miss Jim Henson. The imagination of Henson had no limit. Whether it was storytelling, film or puppetry, he was always pushing the boundaries of his art. The movie the Dark Crystal is a great example of that and the inspiration for this latest piece for tonight's Crazy4Cult show at Gallery 1988. I still remember my mom taking me to the movies to see this and it blew my mind. If you haven't yet watched the doc on Henson, do yourself a favor and check it out over on the PBS website. If you still need a Muppet fix you can also track down an amazing doc on the puppeteer behind Big Bird, called, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.


Saturday, October 24, 2015

Rick Baker Tribute Show!

8" x 16"
"Full Moon Fever"
(Inspired by American Werewolf in London.)
Acrylics on Board

 Tonight is Hero Complex Gallery's tribute to FX legend Rick Baker. Until I put a name to the monster faces I grew up with as a kid, I never realized how many movies and how influential Rick Baker was to me. It wasn't until my high school art class where I made the connection. My art teacher, Mrs. Peters, was great at introducing us to all kinds of art. One day she brought in the Michael Jackson Thriller video which showed the behind the scenes clips of Rick working on the monster make-up. This not only put a name to the face, and the face of the monsters I grew up with, but it also made me realize that this was a REAL job that was attainable. Even though I didn't get into that field, seeing someone that draws images from their mind and makes a living at it, was HUGE. (This was also pre internet so any window into how things were made and who the artists were had an amazing impact.)

Anyway, I can talk about Rick Baker all day. Go look up his resume and educate yourself on them horror flicks. Good stuff. The show is tonight and the deets are here

For the show I chose the werewolf from American Werewolf in London. Probably because before this film, all there was, was the Lon Chaney, Jr. wolf man, as far as I remember. The werewolf and creature designs in AWIL made a big impression on me. I finally got to see the wolf himself, AND Rick Baker when I was invited to a Halloween show at his studio back in '07. You can check out the old blog entry here. There was a tour of some of Rick's monsters that night, but no photos were allowed. I found this clip recently which is basically the tour we got at the time.

It was great to meet some of the artists from the show that night too. Miles Teves, Greg Manchess, William Stout, and Jordu Schell, to name a few. Stout was a fountain of art knowledge and dropped some art tid bits about mural work. Taking the studio tour with Jordu was the best because he kept correcting the tour guide who got the artists' names wrong on some of the Men in Black creatures. You can't argue with someone who actually worked on the film.  Also, meeting Miles in person was great as he grew up one town over from me. Meeting anyone that grew up near your small town that made it out of "Shawshank", as it were, is very inspiring. YOU CAN DO EEET!

Ok. Enough blabber. If you're in town for the show, check it out. If not, brush up on your Rick Baker movies. It's Halloween month for Christ's sakes