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.