Thursday, December 17, 2009

Scarecrow Tattoo

I got a call last month from local tattoo artist, EGO. He mentioned that he saw a picture of my Scarecrow design tattooed on somebody's arm. I had to see this for myself. The pic was in last month's issue of Tattoo Energy, #61. I finally tracked down the issue, and sure enough, there it was. Someone in Budapest, Hungary, has my Scarecrow on their arm. Crazy! The ink was done by Zsolt Sarkozi at dark Art Tattoo. The colors are a bit changed up. You can see the original piece here.

I thought I'd post a page from the sketchbook I did for that OZ show. In the sketchbook, I also included a passage from the original Oz story that I came across, while doing research for the show. This scene is one of my favorites, because it makes out the Scarecrow to be a bit of a bad ass. It describes him , in detail, protecting the group from a murder of crows. He stands in a Jesus Christ type pose, waiting for the crows to swoop in, and then starts to violently rip their heads off. Love it! That's a scene I want to see on the big screen.

Anyway, that's all I got for now. I've heard rumors of a bus driver in Seattle, that has the Lion design I did on his forearm. If he, or anyone else comes across it, send me a pic if you can. I'd love to see it.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

AMA Divers

Last year I was asked to come up with a character for a local restaurant, called AMA AMA. The name of the restaurant is based on the traditional Japanese Ama divers that specialized in free- diving for oysters, shellfish, lobsters, sea urchins, and pearl diving. They would traditionally only wear a loincloth, without scuba gear or air tanks. (thank you wikipedia) The style of the restaurant was very retro. Late 50's early 60's. The owners wanted the character to reflect that look, as well.

The above image was the pose they liked. I scanned one of their business cards, added some texture behind the logo, and put it all behind the character to see if it all had the same vibe.

I remember one issue was using a nude character for a family restaurant. They asked to have her hold an oyster with a pearl over one breast, leaving the other one in profile. Is she less nude without an areola? I don't know. It was an interesting thing that came up that I didn't even think about. I'm just glad they wanted to stick with the traditional nude diver instead of asking for a top on her.

I had never heard of ama divers. It was pretty interesting reading up on them. These ladies had to be pretty hard core to be diving those deep waters. Here are some links with more info on ama divers, if you're intersted. Link01- Link02 There are also some amazing photos from photographer, Iwase Yoshiyki, here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Jack Pumpkinhead Studies

While sifting through old computer files recently, in an attempt to get more organizized, I found these old studies of Jack Pumpkinhead. They were for an Oz themed show I had back in 2006.
In hindsight, I should have gone for a less saturated purple background. If I get some spare time, I might have to take a crack at this one.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Fab Four Study

I was sketching The Beatles last night while watching the new Monty Python documentary that just came out. While doing the sketch, a funny bit about the Beatles came up in the doc. Turns out they were huge Python fans. So much, that when the Pythons were trying to raise money for Life of Brian, George Harrison stepped up and said he was in for 5mill. When they asked him why he would take such a big risk, he merely answered, "I want to see the movie." Eric Idle said it had to be the most expensive movie ticket in history.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Moon Bride

Recently finished this piece for an upcoming Day of the Dead group show. Kat Moya is putting on another Por Vida show, out in Columbus, Ohio. This piece is around 17"x 28". Acrylics on canvas.

Other than the usual Day of the Dead explanations, all I can tell you about this piece is this: Corpse brides are cool. Corpse brides with bloody knives = METAL. Lillies are symbolic with death, and Diego Rivera was an interesting cat that put them in a lot of his paintings. I have a"sister" painting to this that I didn't get to. Sun Bride. Hopefully I can get to that one soon.

The rough sketch above is was what came out as the first idea.

This is a first attempt at tightening up the rough.

Above is what finally came out from the rough stage. Below is the painting about mid way through. I think it's funny that I lost a lot of the turquoise in the scan (first pic), but the pic below from the iPhone, picked up those colors better than the scanner. Might be time for a new scanner. Anyone have any recommendations?

Anyway, the flier below has the info for the show. For those not familiar with Ohio, the show is at Junctionview Studios in Grandview, Ohio. Anyone interested in the piece can contact Kat Moya here:

In Mexico, the Dia de Los Muertos holiday takes place on Nov. 1st and 2nd. It's purpose is to celebrate the death of friends and family. Take some time next month, raise a glass, and remember those you've lost.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Music Break

Just some random sketches from last week. Messing around with some different coloring techniques in photoshop.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Leo Study

Last week seemed to drag out with work. One frustrating thing about freelance is waiting for art to get approved. Sometimes it happens within a few hours from a client. Sometimes it takes a day, sometimes it takes two days, etc. The only problem with that, is that your deadline stays the same. Almost a "two steps forward, one step back" scenario, because it's still up to you to get out your work under the deadline no matter how long it takes your art to get approved.

In between waiting on approvals last week, I was noodling around with this old sketch from an old painting I never finished. Back in 2007 I did a Chinese Zodiac show with Bill McEvoy out at Kustom Culture Gallery. After that show, I wanted to do a new series of western astrological (astronomical?) zodiac pieces.

This unfinished painting above started out the series, but I never got around to the others. Sorry for the crappy pic. Didn't want to waste time scanning an unfinished piece. I think you can still make out the lion in the bottom right. I colored her blue in photoshop. Thought I'd try a different color scheme while I worked out light source issues. I think as the rain sets in this winter it'll be prime weather for locking one self in the studio to finish those half done paintings.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Wine Labels

I think I need to set something straight in this post. You can read my original first paragraph in the comments section, as well as the comment about said paragraph from Mr/Mrs Anonymous. You can also read my reply in the comments section. I feel I need to reiterate my point though. I normally use this blog to write about art shows and personal work. I get asked a lot by people that want to know, what other kind of work do you do? I thought I might use this post to show the diversity, but I think my description of that came off the wrong way for Mr/Mrs Anonymous. I guess that happens when you don't get out too much and socialize. You use the wrong verbage. What I was trying to get across was that I get the opportunity to work on a lot of different and unique jobs that I love contributing to. All I meant from "random", is that I never know what the next job is going to be. That is the best part of the job to me. The randomness of not knowing. Always something different. That's why I chose this job. I don't take my jobs for granted and never have. I'm sorry I gave you the wrong impression Anonymous. Also, if you don't think I put any heart into my work, I don't know what to tell you, Anonymous. Maybe you're looking at another blog, because I bust my ass for every job and love it.

Like I said, before, I took the original paragraph and put it into the comments, if you want to know what this is all about. In other words I want people to know what this rant is about. I don't want to leave anything out, kind of like the way you left your name out, Anonymous.

In closing I just want to reiterate, I had a blast doing this job, as well as working with the advertising company, CKA, to do these wine labels. Reading the opening paragraph again, I guess I can kind of see why you might have thought what you did. Especially if you don't personally kow me. Maybe I just shouldn't post stuff like this anymore. I thought I should open up and add some more random, excuse me, different posts about my work here, but maybe not now. Maybe I should just shut up and not say anything on here if the only comments are going to be negative by anonymous people. Thoughts anyone???????

Here are some more images I did for the same ad agency that was working with the wine people. These were for another local wine company called Aviator wine. They were really hip on having a Vargas-esque type girl for one bottle. The type you might see on old airplane noses.
Here's another example of some more art for some different bottles. I'm not sure which airplane they ended up using below. The black and white planes were done that way so that they could do some kind of fancy embossing for that label.
I still haven't come across the other wine bottles. I bought the Fruit Bomb wine but haven't tried it yet. Still taking my time getting through Dan Aykroyd's new Crystal Head Vodka. By the way, yes, it is signed by Elwood Blues himself. He was in town promoting his vodka a few weeks back. You too will experience the "invisible world" after you get through a whole bottle in one sitting. Good stuff.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed the checking out some of the other kind of art I get to do from time to time. I'll have to dig up some more stuff like that to put up on here. Maybe I can actually start getting more than one post a month again. Later on my fellow alcoholics!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

R.I.P. Ismael Roldan

I recently came across some really bad news. One of the artists that I met at the Sebastian Kruger workshop last year, passed away last week. Even though the workshop was only a week long, I really enjoyed getting to know Ismael. He was very knowledgeable when it came to talking about art, and his professionalism came through in spades. I kept in touch with Ismael for a bit after the class, and was looking forward to visiting him the next time I was out in NYC. I won't be able to visit him now, but I guess I can remember him through the art that he left behind. When you get a chance, go check out his website.

The Wall Street Journal has a write up on him in their Life & Style section.

Tom Richmond
has some nice things to say about him on his blog along with an interview.

Condolences to his familia. You'll be missed Ismael.

Friday, September 18, 2009

The Chimp Pool

Well, here's how the final poster came out for the show. To see the original poster and all the details for Gallery 1988's "Now Playing" show, check the last post.

Ultimately, the concept for this collab poster turned into this: What if they did one more Dirty Harry movie, and ended up using Clyde, from 'Any Which Way But Loose', as Harry's partner? It would be the ultimate Cop/Buddy flick.

Also, not sure if you can see it, but in the credits I added a cheesy tag line that says, "This DIRTY HARRY just got HAIRIER!

Of course Scorpio, from the first Dirty Harry would come back from the dead and start killing chimps, instead of people. The writing scrawled next to his face in the above pic is taken right from the note he wrote in the first movie. I just added monkey names in the note in place of the people he was threatening to kill.

It seemed pretty fitting to jam on a movie poster that takes place in San Francisco, which is the same city, of the gallery, that is hosting the show tonight.

Anyway, this was a really fun group show to be a part of. They already have all the movie poster entries from the artists online. Here's the linkage.

Friday, September 11, 2009

San Francisco's Gallery 1988 Now Playing show

Gallery 1988 in San Francisco has a pretty cool group show this month. Usually the artists in a group show will do a piece of art based on a theme. This time, the gallery picked out a bunch of movie posters for all the artists. They also hand picked and decided what artist got which poster, and then mailed them out. The artists were then asked to add something to the poster in their style, and then mail them back when they were done. They ended up sending me a poster from one of Clint Eastwood's Dirty Harry movies. The Dead Pool was the last Dirty Harry movie that came out.

I was originally going to do a big homage to all the Dirt Harry movies and put a bunch of images and references from various movies on the poster.

I knew I wanted the Zodiac killer from the first Dirty Harry movie to be on the poster. Did a tiny sketch of him first and then painted him up on the target.

Here's the painted head below, pasted onto the poster. Like I said, I was originally going to put more images and references like this on the poster. Been watching all the Dirty Harry movies again, just to get more ideas.

I was having a discussion about old Clint movies with a buddy last week, and he mentioned Any Which Way But Loose. That's the one with the Orangutan. Needless to say, my approach to the poster has changed since that conversation and there will definitely be some simian references on this poster before it's done. Stay tuned to this blog to see the finished poster. Gallery 1988 in SF has also asked the artists in the show to post in progress work of their posters and you can check that out by clicking here.

Here are the details for the show below. Gotta love that MJ vs Raiders poster. Nice job. One last thing, regarding the last two posts. Bradford Bohonus has gone through the City Hostel Seattle, and taken pictures of all the rooms. The cool thing is that you can take virtual tours of the rooms on his site. Total 360 action. It's pretty cool. Check it out here. Also, check back soon to see the final poster for the show.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Room #208 Update

Just wanted to post some last minute pics from the Seattle City Hostel opening. Scott Moore from Bellevue Fine Art Reproduction, had an awesome fish eye lens on his camera. Here are a few pics he took in my room.

Scott has a bunch of great pics on his Flickr site of the other rooms. You can check those out by clicking here.

Another guy that came through the room was Michael Rogers from Seattle Food Tours. Michael also has a bunch of shots of the other rooms on his Flickr page too. He was the guy that dropped all the knowledge about Belltown's Movie Row past (see last post). There's also an online article in the Seattle Times about the project at the Hostel as well as some history of the building.

I think this kid's mom is secretly whispering to him, "Look honey. That flaky artist was too lazy to paint that wall. Go kick him in the shin!" That wall actually has two back to back bunk beads that go there. If my schedule allowed me more than five days to work in the room, there would definitely be more tentacles and monkeys up there. Then we would see who kicks who in the shin.

These last shots, below, are from the guy that painted the room directly across from mine. I had to stop painting for a few minutes and take a few of Zak while he was working.

Zak had the genius idea of continuing his cloud, sky, and bee pattern that he painted in his room, and painted it on the wall of the building directly outside of his window.

Genius. Oh yeah, he's two floors up, if you couldn't tell. Inside his room he also has a similar flower on one of the walls.

Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics. Scott and Michael, thanks for the links and pictures.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Hostel Opening Reception

Last Friday night was the opening reception for the Hostel Art Collective. It was an amazing night with a huge turn out. Huge shout out to Lee, Nancy, Jen, Weirdo, Brian and everyone else that put this together and made it happen. It's great to see a group of people do this for the local art scene, and long over due in this city if you ask me. The hostel will be having a rotating art gallery in the lobby for the downtown art walks, so keep an eye out for that. You can see some videos of the other artist's rooms on their site. There's also a huge list of websites for all the participating artists. Here's the link.

Here's are some quick shots as I was finishing up the walls. What was really fun, was hearing people get in heated debates about the images. "She's shooting the evil monkeys!" "No, she's helping the monkeys. They have the same uniforms!" I did have a specific story in mind, but I think I'll let people decipher it on their own. Interpretive storytelling. I love it.

My time was pretty limited. I came on to the project late and had to do it in between side jobs. After sketching out the characters, I'd say it took three days to do the space chick, and two days to do the chimps. Lots of long hours and paint fumes. I pretty much used the same approach as I do with smaller paintings, just on a bigger scale. Still used acrylics for the finish, but for a lot of the big areas, spray cans came in handy for large coverage and loose sketching. After that it was just tightening everything up with brushes.

One thing that I wasn't expecting was that a lot of people that rolled through the room started taking pictures with the ray gun shooting chimp. Interactive art. Gotta love it. Thanks for the pic Gerrie!

I had to get a pic of this guy's shirt when he rolled through the room. Being a huge Clint fan, I was floored by this bad ass custom drawn shirt. Someone just went right on the shirt with a sharpie and sketched this out for him. I'm jealous Cameron. Very cool.

Another image in the room that people were taking pictures with was the slobbering eyeball. My not so subtle nod to the Star Wars trash compactor scene. Thanks for the pic Dani. All she needs is two hair buns on either side of her head and the scene is complete.

Anyway, really really great night. I'm hoping to get more links and pics to share. I'll throw those up on here when I get them. One interesting thing about the building, and the neighborhood it's in, is that it used to be a place for movie studios to distribute, market, and screen movies. Belltown used to be called movie row, and Pramount and MGM used to have offices in some of the buildings down there. That's why the bar across the street, the Reindvous, has that screening room. That's also why some of those buildings down there have the art deco style architecture, so that it echoes the Paramount and MGM studios. A guy that does tours in the neigborhood filled me in on that. The things you learn when you actually leave your house.

Sorry to side track, but I thought that was some intersting history. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to check out the room, and big thanks again for everyone that put this together. I'm hopeing to do a joint show with one of the other artists from the hostel in the future, so stay tuned for more info on that. Until then, keep an eye out for more future shows on their website.