Saturday, July 31, 2010

2010 Comic Con/Cali Trip

It's been a week since the San Diego Comic Con, and it's taken a week to digest it all. Here's a "quick" rundown of the con, and what went down prior to that trip.

A week before San Diego, I was back home in Gilroy visiting family, friends, and getting ready for a family reunion.

I got to see some of my dad's choice vinyl pics as he had just recently pillaged through a HUGE vinyl collection someone was getting rid of. He only picked the ones with cool illustrations with the thought of framing and selling them. (Yet another get rich quick scheme.)

After a few days of back to back bar-b-que's, and hanging out with family and friends, I headed to my cousin Larry's as we both got ready to head to the con.

He kindly made room for me in his studio as we both needed to finish up projects before catching our plane in the morning. He was finishing up his page samples and I had one last freelance job to wrap up.
There was many a geek conversation had that night, but we got our work done in the wee hours of the morning, and then headed out to the airport to catch our plane.

The con itself has gotten so huge over the years, I don't even know where to begin. I usually come back with tons of books, but I was pretty conservative this year, and the three books that I keep coming back to and would highly recommend are these:

Marcos Mateu's book, Framed Ink, is a great book on drawing and composition. Mateu has an impressive resume in the movie industry and is a storyboard genius. The man can draw like no one's business and the things that he covers in his book are tried and true approaches that everyone should brush up on, since in a nutshell, we are all trying to tell stories with our art.

Speaking of guys that can draw like a mofo, do yourself a favor and pick up Eric Canete's new sketchbook, EGG. Canete's background in story boards and comics comes through in this book with tons of great art and sketches. You also have to love the latest book design. Something that Canete pays attention to with a different look for every sketchbook.

Lastly, for you painters, Robh Ruppel's book Aspect Ratio, is a great one to pick up. Robh's background is in matte paintings and character designs. There's no shortage of great background work in this latest book.

Anyway, as for the con, too much to say to wrap it up in one sentence. Below are some pics from a Steve Rude panel I checked out. It was actually the only panel I went to, and it was great to chill out from the madness on the floor and watch the man paint for two hours. Good stuff.

If I had the room and the money, and a Bruce Wayne Mansion, I would have this Iron Man suit and the Tron bike in my entryway.

This old school Battlestar helmet, or the Alien/Predator head might be more affordable, but not yet.

This new Vader helmet is pretty noteworthy only because they used the old Ralph McQuarrie designs when they made it.

If I had the extra cash, I would definitely buy this Frazetta or the Leyendecker painting without batting an eye. Even without the head, (THE HORROR!) still worth buying, just to study it every day.

The Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown San Diego has a great urban art exhibit as well. The exhibit had everyone from Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Banksy, Invader,and some other artists that are worth checking out. They all had pieces on walls around town and you can get a map at the museum that shows you where they are all at, like the Invader piece below. Arrested Motion has some great coverage of the show on their blog.

There was one artist at the show that I had not heard of, and I have to pass along his website so you can see how genius this is. Alexandre Farto does these amazing carved out faces on the sides of walls that you have to see in person. You can check out his technique in the below picture, but if you can't get to the show, defineitly check out his website.

During comic con week, it was hard to miss the news on the Darth Vader bank robbery. If that wasn't enough, comic con had it's first stabbing in hall H. I think those were just the cherry on top of a crazy week in San Diego.

The were two other geek sitings worth mentioning. I bumped into Rob Corddry at a restaurant and tried to offer him a drink. That was surreal since I had just seen Hot Tub Time Machine the previous weekend. There was also another night where I was sitting at a bar, and Olivia Munn walked by. Her waist at my eye level. (In Borat voice) Very nice!

Anyway, it was great to see everyone at the show, catch up, and even make some new friends. We'll see if I have the energy to do it again next year. Until next time, enjoy the links. Also, if you want to see more pics from the con, I dumped a bunch here.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Ammo Demons Invade Bherd Studios

Last Friday night, in Seattle, Bherd Studios opened up their doors for their Character Development group show. This show gave me a chance to do more Ammo Demons like the one I did for the Demon Seeds show awhile back.

Anyway, there were a few different group shows going on that night, in and around Bherd studios. The Greenwood Collective has been putting on some great art shows. If you missed it, there will also be an encore reception on August 13th.

Title: Death Pilot
Size: 10"x 20"
Medium: Acrylics on wood panel

Title: Son of Death Pilot
Size: w 12"x h 8.5"x d 7"
Medium: Acrylics and spray cans on artillery case

Title: Feral Kid
Size: w 10"x h 7"x d 4"
Medium: Acrylics and spray cans on artillery case

Title: Snake Man
Size: w 10"x h 7"x d 4"
Medium: Acrylics and spray cans on artillery case

Title: Ammo Skull
Size: w 10"x h 7"x d 4"
Medium: Acrylics and spray cans on artillery case

Title: Hell Demon
Size: w 11"x h 7"x d 6.5"
Medium: Acrylics and spray cans on artillery case

Title: Frankenammo
Size: w 11"x h 10"x d 6"
Medium: Acrylics and spray cans on artillery case

As mentioned before, the encore reception is on Friday, August 13th from 6-10pm.

Bherd Studios Gallery

8537 Greenwood Ave. N | Suite 1

Seattle, WA 98103


Thursday, July 08, 2010

Twilight Artist Collective Group Show

Here's a new piece for Twilight's Artist Collective Group Show. The opening is tonight and the artists in the show are from the W3AVE collab a few months back. Other local artists in the show are Ego, Stacey Rozich, Weirdo, Solace, John Osgood, Kevin “Sensei23” Sullivan, Zach Bohnenkamp, CASH, Ninjagrl, 179, Joe Vollan, Mat Savage, PaperMarbleS, Jeremy Gregory, Justin Hillgrove, Mike Capp & Mike Gardner.

This piece was actually an idea I had for the Demon Seeds show a few months back. As I was painting it, I felt it didn't have the same vibe as the other pieces in the show, so I shelved it thinking it might be a good Halloween piece. Couldn't wait for Halloween I guess.

If you're out in West Seattle in the next few days enjoying the West Seattle Summer Fest, stop by Twilight and check out the show.

Speaking of The Count, check out this clip.

Title: "One Less Bird."
Size: 18"x18"
Medium: Acrylics on Wood

Twilight Artist Collective
4306 SW Alaska Street
Seattle, WA 98116
(206) 933-2444

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Crazy 4 Cult 4/Usual Suspects

It's that time of year again for Gallery 1988's big Crazy 4 Cult show. I'm super excited to be part of this year's show. If you're unfamiliar with Gallery 1988's Crazy 4 Cult show, it's basically a huge group show and the theme is cult movies.

For this year's show I wanted to try a movie that hasn't been touched on in the show, and one of my favorite flicks has to be the Usual Suspects. If you've never seen it, go check it out. The above painting is a classic scene from the movie where all the characters are in a police line up. To put a twist on that scene, I decided to make a reference to past movies that some of the actors have been in. There are about six, possibly seven (you can argue that one can be counted twice) movie references that are called out. There's also a reference to a line in the movie. I would normally write all the references out, but after the long story in the last post, I feel like I should keep this one short. If you feel like guessing, leave some comments.

Anyway, if you're in or around the LA area this Friday, go check out the show. Gallery 1988 always puts on a really fun opening night, and you'll see tons of great art that will melt your retinas. If you can't make it out there, check their blog this week to see updates on all the art. Info for the gallery is in the below flier.

For the curious, this image clocked in at 18"x36". Still using acrylics. This one is on masonite. Stay tuned for more updates on some local shows that are going down this month.

P.S. I think there should be a national Finster day where everybody talks like Benicio's character for the whole day. You'll win every argument because nobody will understand you. "He'll flip ya! Flip you for real!"

Monday, July 05, 2010

The Marx Bros. Ostrich Egg

This latest project was a father's day gift from a few weeks ago. The short story: My dad gave me an ostrich egg to paint on, a few years back, and I just now got around to it. If that's all the info you need, and you don't like long stories, then stop reading. If you want the long story, read the next few paragraphs.

(Beginning of long story--->)About eight years ago, I was back home visiting family, and one weekend, my brothers and I went with my dad to spend the day in Monterey and Carmel. While we were in Carmel, we decided to check out gallery row. To give you some insight on my dad, he can be one of those unfiltered dad's that will just say whatever he's thinking at the time. Even if you're in a really quiet gallery where no one else is talking. Anyway, we stopped into one gallery, and they happened to have some of those Fabergé type eggs that were painted up and bedazzled-really fancy and expensive eggs that tourists love to drool over. I didn't know they had the eggs because I was on the OTHER SIDE of the gallery. Now, my dad loves to figure out how things are made and put together, which makes sense, because he builds houses for a living. Oh yeah, and guess what, his oldest son happens to be an artist. That being said, as soon as my unfiltered, thinking dad, kind of figured out how these eggs were put together, he had no hesitation in yelling across the gallery, "HEY AUGER! LOOK AT THESE EGGS! YOU CAN DO THIS! THIS IS EASY!" As I made my red faced, walk of shame across the gallery to see what the fuss was about, my dad continued on about how painting eggs would make me lots of money etc, etc.

Me:"Yeah sure dad, where am I going to get and egg???"
Dad:"Oh I know a guy. He raises ostriches and lives across the street from me."
(Of course he knows a guy. What was I thinking.)

For the rest of my trip, all I heard about was the ostrich egg, and how I can make money painting on eggs. All I did was nod my head in agreement thinking that was the last of it. Flash forward a few weeks while I'm back in Seattle, and I get a knock at the studio door with a package. I don't have to tell you what was in the package, but imagine the surprise on me and my studio mate's faces as I pulled out a big ostrich egg. We half expected a baby Raptor to crash through the twelve yolk ostrich egg. I related the story to them, and we had a good laugh, but I never got around to painting it. I think it was the intimidation of a painting on a round surface, combined with the thought, "What the hell do you paint on an egg???"

EVERY time I would go back home, the first question out of my dad's mouth would be, "Did you paint the egg?" The reply was always no, because I really couldn't think of anything to paint on that damn egg that would make sense to me.

One trip back home (I know, long story, bare with me.) I was riffling through my dad's VHS tapes that he bought at the flea market, (Yes, the man is old school, and loves haggling for those deals.) and he had a stack of Marx brother's movies. All those years of watching Clint Eastwood movies with my dad- I never knew he was a big Marx brothers fan. For the rest of the night we youtubed old Marx bros scenes, and I finally knew what was going to go on the egg.

Anyway, that was about eight years ago. I thought it would be a good father's day gift this year and more importantly, would lift the curse of the twelve yolk ostrich egg off my shoulders. Unfortunately only the first part of that sentence is true. Now my dad wants to get me MORE eggs so that I can paint super heroes on them, and make tons of money. I should have known better.

Well, if you read this far, you are a saint, and I thank you for your time. Sorry about the bad egg photos, but the studio isn't set up to shoot eggs. Anyway, hope everyone else's dad had a good father's day. I think my future in egg painting has just begun. Love ya pop.