Monday, May 25, 2009

Dr Teeth vs Molly Hatchet

Here's the painting I did for the 2nd Muppet Rawk show. I think like the last Muppet Rawk painting, I tend to lean towards the album covers that were painted by artists that influenced me as a kid. That was half the fun of buying vinyl back in the day. Being able to listen to your favorite band while staring at a huge cover of illustrated art. That was the best. It seems to be something that is lost today in a digital, downloadable world. Oh well. Time for the old man to shut up.

This painting was all acrylics on a 24"x 24" canvas. Title: "Flirting With Homages". If you're not familiar with the Molly Hatchet album that this cover was from (titled "Flirting With Disaster") you've probably seen it and just never knew it was from that album. If you had older sibs or cousins/uncles in the 70's-80's, you probably saw this image hanging on their wall, or you saw it airbrushed on the side of a van. If you're not familiar with the artist that painted said cover.........shame on you.

The artist that did the original painting that was used on the cover is the legendary artist Frank Frazetta. If you haven't heard of him, I'm not sure what to say. I can write up a storm on this blog and tell you all the reasons why he's one of the few artists you can attatch the words "legendary artist" to, or you can just check out the link and go do some homework. In fact, I would insist.

Anyway, had a blast painting this. It was actually fun to disect a Frazetta painting now that I know a little bit more about the process. On that same note, it also made me realize how much more there is to learn. As a kid I remembered there was so much detail in this painting. There totally is, but so much of it is implied with strategically placed shadows. The actual focal point of the painting has all the detail and you can see where he spent most of his time on this particular piece.

Like I said, I can talk all day about Frazetta's work, but I don't want to bore you with things that have already been written far better by others before me. I will confess that this was one of those paintings that I did copy of in high school art class. I went through a box of pencils trying to copy this thing and teach myself how to shade and learn value. I'll have to dig it up when I go back home and take a picture of it so I can post it.

One last thing. If you're in Seattle, don't forget that the Jim Henson exhibit starts this weekend at the EMP and runs through August 16th. Get the details here. Can't wait to check that out.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Muppet Rawk 2

A few weeks ago, Ouch My Eye in Seattle, hosted the opening night for the 2nd Muppet Rawk show. From the obligatory crowd shot above, you can get a sense of the crowd that was coming in and out all through the night. Muppet fans from all over came out and saw their favorite Muppets combined with some classic album covers.

First off, I have to apologize for some of the blurry pics. My camera chose that week to break, so I had to use my buddie's camera (thanks Dave!). Here are the pics that actually came out. Above is Aaron Jasinki's take on the famous Nirvana cover, Nevermind.

Memo Diaz
does Statler and Waldorf vs the Crue's Theatre of pain.

Marsha Walinger does Blizzard of Fozz.

Jordan Kotzebue's take on the Clash.

James Ma's Electric Mayhem vs Queen.

Rob McDaniel's 3d entry of Bert vs Quiet Riot

Marc Palm did this awesome take on R. Crumb's Cheap Thrills cover. Make sure you check out his Flickr account for some of his pencil sketches of his Muppet rawk piece.

As you can see, the show was a blast. Still not sure what artists did what and who does and doesn't have websites. Ouch My Eye Gallery should have a complete list of artists and art up their site soon. If you want to see some shots of the rest of the Muppet Rawk2 pieces that were in the show, check out our friend Lara's Flickr account. Thanks much Lara!

I'll post some pics in the next day or two of the piece I did for the show. Managed to get a few in progress shots before my camera decided not to work. Anyway, enjoy.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Custom Skully Show

This Saturday, Chuckwa Gallery, in Fullerton, CA., will have a custom toy and traditional art show inspired by Urban Warfair's Skully figure. The OC Register has a nice breakdown of what the show is all about

Here are a few,"work in progress" pics of the skate deck I entered into the show.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

Muppet Rawk 2

Muppet Rawk? "What's that?", you might ask? Just like the flyer says:

"A pop culture tribute to the imaginative world of Jim Henson and the art of rock album covers."

This Saturday will be the opening night for Muppet Rawk 2 at Ouch My Eye Gallery in Seattle, WA. If you want to check out the post from the last show with some photos from the opening night and the piece I did for that show, click here. This year's show is already getting some heat online. Here's an image of one of the pieces over at Boing Boing (in Borat voice: "Very nice!") There will also be prints for sale of most of the pieces the night of the opening.

This month, Seattle's EMP will also have a huuuuge Jim Henson exhibit. The exhibition features 100 original artworks, including drawings, cartoons and storyboards that illustrate Henson’s talent as a storyteller and visionary. That exhibit will be up from May 23rd-August 16th. That is a definite DO NOT MISS exhibit. Can't wait to check that out.

Well, I just handed you a double dosage of Muppets that you will be able to check out this month if you're in Seattle. I'll be posting my piece soon, and will hopefully have pics from the show to share, so, stay tuned.

Hope to see you this Saturday!

This post was brought to you by the letters, A-U-G.

Opening reception May 9th, 8pm, 21 plus
Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday, 12-5pm, First Thursday and by appointment.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Art Jam IV Leftovers

I've gotten some more pics and links from friends over the past few weeks regarding Art Jam. Just wanted to do a quick follow up post and post some more pics.

Ok. I confess. This post was really just an excuse to post more Bob Ross photos.

I mean, c'mon! Chris came fully prepared with fan brushes and palette knives in his arsenal. Note the fancy palette. The real Bob Ross would be proud.

Here's a better shot of the final piece. Just so you know, Chris doesn't normally paint like this. He kicked it up a notch for Art Jam. You raised the bar brutha!

Here are some finished pieces laid out on the art table/ shuffle board. All these pieces here sold that night. People got some deals for sure.

Here are some better shots of the finished pieces from Angela179 (above) and the three artist collab (below) from Karin, LAW, and Suzzanne.

I also wanted to give Sean Quinn some props for coming all the way out from Boston to round out the DJ set. Seth, Dave, and Sean definitely throw down haaaaard with the jams. In my mind, they give the night a certain vibe that the artists and the crowd feed off of. Mucho importante.

"What kind of music do they play. Aug?" Well, the Boston Phoenix called Sean Quinn "-the guru of Boston’s rising funk tide." Take that Seattle. Thanks for coming out to the left coast to spin at Art Jam Sean!

Here's Shane finishing out his collab with Travis.

Here's another collab that I didn't get shots of. Luke and Ryan jammed out this killer piece. Always fun to see these two throwing down.

I finally got a chance to get up on the boards at the end of the night when things were a little less hectic.

I was also thrown off that night after almost slicing through my thumb. (cut AWAY from yourself kids!) My head has been in Muppet land lately (getting ready for this Saturday's Muppet rawk show), so, Dr. Teeth was the first thing that came to mind.

I guess this gives away what Muppet I'll be doing. What album is it? Hmmmm, stay tuned. Anyway, I hope this post wasn't redundant. just wanted to get in some last minute pics. Much thanks to Cecilia, Dave, and Karin for letting me use their pics. You can check out more of Cecilia's pics from that night on her Flickr account.

Anyway, I'll post the details for the Muppet Rawk show tonight. I've already seen a few pieces, and I think this show is going to blow out the last one.