Sunday, January 25, 2009

Another Cyclops study

Just another Cyclops study I dug up while I was working on sketches for the Chupacabra show from last year.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Beastie Breakdown

Just got back from LA the other night and thought I'd post a quick report. The show was amazing. Getting to Gallery 1988 early didn't matter because there was already a line and that place was consistently packed shoulder to shoulder all night long.

So many good pieces of art. Pretty epic show. You can view all the art and see who did what by clicking here.

As you can see from these few photos, there was a wide range of work. If you live in or around LA, you really need to get down to the gallery and check out the show. There's also a review of the show in the music section of the LA Weekly. Another review with co-owner and director/curator of Gallery 1988 Jensen Karp, here. The gallery, along with the Beasties, helped raise money for The Gramercy Housing Project, which is pretty cool. Anyway, the show will be up until the 29th, so if you can, check it-check it out!

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Beastie Boys/ Under the Influence

I'm super excited to be part of this group show. For the month of January, Gallery 1988, is putting on a Beastie Boy themed group show. The show opens tomorrow night and it looks like it will be a blast.

It was hard to settle on an image with so many great songs and references to pull from. I finally decided on doing the old school Beasties from License to Ill days, getting arrested by the Beastie cops from the Sabatoge video. There are a few song references snuk in there, but they're probably hard to make out from the scan.
Acrylics on panel- 24"x 24".

Anyway, still scrambling to wrap things up here in the studio so I can get down to the show. Click here to go to 1988's blog where they've been posting some of the art from the show.

Anyway, hope to see some of you there. Just look for the guy with the Juan Epstein like hair-do.


Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Out With the Old In With 09!!!!!

Before I post the latest piece, I thought I'd catch up on some 2008 posts I've been putting off and just squeeze them into this one.

Around election time last year, I was asked by local coffee makers Cafe Vita, to do the art for one their latest street campaigns. They wanted their punchinello clown mascot drawn up to look like the now iconic Barack HOPE poster that Shepard Fairey did. It was fun to do some vector art again. I think some of the posters might still be plastered up around town. They weren't trying to make fun of Obama or anything, so don't get all bent out of shape. Besides, Obama is so laid back, that even in the light of facing a trillion dollar deficit that needs to be fixed, he's still comes off as one smooth operator.

If you aren't from Seattle, you might have heard about all the snow we got last month. Man did that suck. The above pic is the extent of my snow man skills. Mexi-Snow-Man says "Feliz Navidad" to all the other Latino snow people that were stuck in the Seattle snow. This photo was taken right after the first snow stopped. It came down two more times later that week and seemed like it wouldn't stop. If it wasn't so damn cold, I would have snow tagged the rest of the neighborhood.

I spent most of the snow days huddled next to the heater finishing this painting for Gallery 1988's Beastie Boy show that's going on this Thursday. Unfortunately, This in progress picture of the painting was the only one I took. More on the show in the next post.

I was lucky enough that the snow didn't stop me from getting out of town for X-mas. I went down to the Bay Area to hang out with family and friends, and enjoyed the warm december sun the whole time. Also went to San Francisco's Cartoon Art Museum and checked out their latest exhibits. When I was there, they had original art on display from the Totoro Forest Project Charity Auciton, as well as a very cool retrospective on comic book artist Gene Colan. Both were very cool exhibits and worth checking out if your in the area.

Well, that about catches everything up. I'll post a pic of the finished Beastie painting soon. Hope everyone had a great holiday/New Year!