Tomorrow is G1988's tribute to the fine films of Judd Apatow. I did the above tribute to the 40 Year Old Virgin flick. I hadn't watched it since it came out and re-watched it for ideas. I forgot how damn funny that movie was, and still is.
The painting is based on the joke about "puttin it on a pedestal." The other elements are taken from the stuff in Andy's house like the Asia poster (check it out here at 2:06)
Speaking of the Asia album cover, if you're not familiar with the artist that did it, Roger Dean, go check out his work. He was doing images that looked like the world from Avatar, before James Cameron even conceived of that movie.
Last week I read an article that said Nintendo Power Magazine would stop publishing it's magazine as of this month. I couldn't help but reminisce a bit when I heard the news.
One of my first gigs out of art school was doing spot illustrations for Nintendo Power. I would get the assignments, drive out to the Redmond offices where they put the magazine articles together, and get to check out the latest games and discuss the art assignment with the game reviewer that I would be working with. It was a total blast.
After about a year or so I was asked to do one of the covers for the latest Mega Man game. Back then I was doing a lot of airbrush work and finished out the cover (twice up for print) with my Iwata HP-C Plus. Good times.Good times.
So, in honor of an amazing run on a great magazine and an end of an era, I thought I'd pull out the original along with the finished printed mag for this post. Goodbye Nintendo Power, and long live printed magazines, for now anyway.
Come out to The Firm this Saturday during the Georgetown Art Walk for the last art opening. It's a closing reception for my show from last month and the last time the Firm will have an art show there. The building will be closing it's doors soon and the artists in the lower studios will be relocating.
For the last two years Michele McMullen has generously used her spare time to turn a small unused space into a great spot in Georgetown for local artists to showcase art work. Along with help from her husband Chris and fellow art resident David Mazak, they've all helped put together some great shows for the neighborhood. We'd love to see you all come out one more time to check the art, and have some drinks with us. Hope to see you there.
LA's, The Hive gallery, teamed up with the local Piranha Shop for this monster group show last night.
I decided to do a Bride of Frankenstein/Frida Khalo mash up for the show. My mom introduced me to her work when I was a kid. It was a book about her life with tons of photos of her and her paintings. Frida has got to be one of the first female punk rock, anti-establishment artists to come onto the art scene. You have to respect someone that isn't afraid to put their guts onto a canvas like she did. Plus, she owned a monkey.
Size: 10" x 12"
Medium: Acrylics on Canvas
Frida is also on my short list of people I'd like to party with. When someone asks, "Want to go party with that crazy artist chick that owns a monkey?", the only answer to give is, "How soon can we get there?"
Here's a new piece for LTD gallery's latest group show. It's Robbie the robot from Forbidden Planet. His first appearance. The reflection on his face is the ID monster. You can see it here at the two minute mark. Is it a reflection, or is Robbie confronting his own inner demons? Hmmmmmm.
It would have been waaay easier to do this FX in photoshop, but what's the fun in that? I'd rather try learning with paints. No net, baby!
It's also funny to watch Forbidden planet because Leslie Nielson is in it and I keep expecting him to crack a joke, a la Airplane. Oh, how I miss Airplane.
Tonight we'll be putting on an art benefit for the Basurto family at the Firm in Georgetown. All sales willbe going to the Basurto family. You can also make donations on the Firm's website here: http://www.thefirmgeorgetown.com/purchase.html Just type in Aidan's name instead of "price and title".
On top of all the great art we'll have on display, there's pottery, merchandise from Popcap games, and also some gift certificates courtesy of Two Bells. If you're in the neighborhood tonight, come out and show your support.
A little late on this post. This piece was for last week's Keep A Breast Snow Show. Local artist Solace and Mat Savage curated the show along with the Keep A Breast Foundation. This one's a Breast Cast exhibition featuring breast casts from some of the world's top female snow boarders.
Check out the KAB website and get all the deets on what their mission is and get the word out. Also, check out the Urban Light Studios page for any questions about the show.
Here's a local show I did a piece for. It's for a good cause. Artists were given blank casts of female snow boarders and were asked to paint them. The show is going on tonight. Get the deets above, check out the show, and do your part. I'll post some process shots of my piece soon.
Totally psyched for this year's Crazy for Cult. This is the first year G1988 is having the show out of town, in New York, no less. The show is this Thursday, so if your anywhere near NY this Thursday, go check it out!
Title: "The Cosmic Giant"
Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Acrylics on canvas
Here's a new painting for tonight's "Between Heaven and Hellboy" group show at Urban Light Studios in Greenwood.
The group show is comic booked themed and the painting depicts one of Jack Kirby's Marvel characters, Galactus. The painting itself is based off of N.C. Wyeth's painting entitled "The Giant."
If you're not familiar with Wyeth's work, it's worth sitting down and doing some homework. He was a student of Howard Pyle and he illustrated tons of classic novels. If you get a chance, it's also worth a trek out to the Brandywine Museum to see his originals that also hang with a few other generations of Wyeths.
I wish I had just as much info on seeing Jack Kirby's work. I don't think the general audience realizes how influential Kirby was/is in the comics field. The list of characters he's had a hand in creating is ridiculous. He had a hand in the creation of every Marvel character that's had a movie out except for Spidey. Your best bet on seeing some of his originals is probably going to a big comic con like San Diego Con. It's a shame there isn't some kind of exhibit dedicated to his work, especially with all the attention the Marvel movies (with his characters) have been getting. As Indy would say, his work belongs in a museum, just as much as Wyeth's.
-End of rant.
Anyway, since I'm missing San Diego con this year, I'm hoping to see some costumes come out tonight at the opening. See ya there!
Growing up in and around the Bay Area (San Jose/Gilroy), I remember the beach culture to be very influential and the only other outlet where you could see some really creative art going on. Trips to the beaches around Santa Cruz and Monterey were the norm and sometimes you could be front row to a random movie being filmed (Got to watch them film Lost Boys when they were shooting in Santa Cruz.).
Anyway, that's just one small reason why I was super stoked to be part of this recent book that just came out called Surf Graphics.
Anyway pick the book up if you get a chance and check out the other stuff Korero Books has available. You won't be disappointed.
p.s. Here's a pro tip if you're trying to hide your beer on the beach and the beach narcs come around. One Pringles can will hold two cans of beer. You never know when that might come in handy, at the beach, or otherwise.
Title: Figments of Reality
Size: 16" x 16"
Medium: Acrylics on board
Tomorrow night, WWGallery in Culver City, host a group show called Wasted. The show is curated by the mighty Dave MacDowell and from the pieces I've seen already, this looks to be an epic show.
Here's a short write up on what the show is kind of about. My take on it was this: Whether it's art, music, literature, or animation, lots of great characters have come from the consumption of some kind of mind altering substance. Even if they were completely sober, some interesting art and characters have come from people writing about being on some kind of substance. Even Disney.
Anyway, the show is tomorrow night. More deets and a list of artists are below.
The composition is based off of the photo of Salvador Dali called Dali Atomicus. The name of that photo is a reference to the name of the painting in that photo. So, I guess this painting references a photo, that references a painting. Why Salvador Dali? Steve Martin's approach to comedy and his writing, can sometimes come across just as surreal as a Dali painting in all the best ways. I hope I run into him one day just so I can get one of his business cards.
Here's a new piece for G1988's MEMES group show which opens tomorrow night on Melrose.
I can't believe I never saw this one. My brother showed it to me a couple years ago and I think we watched it over and over for about a half hour straight giggling our asses off. It's not as epic as Leroy Jenkins or Honey Badger, but that's why it's so brilliant. Short and to the point with the best delivery ever. This is just a long way of saying, "We like turtles too Zombie Jonathon. We like turtles too."
So, I have to play some catch up. I reckon I been slack on keeping up with some art shows on here lately. I went through a big move with the house and art studio recently (more on that later) and it's been hard keeping up on art related things on the inter-webs and such. Real life stuff tends to do that from time to time. So, if I've been out of touch and not returning calls or emails, that's why.
This piece was done for Solace's TGIF group show last month at Urban Light Studios. I think the interesting thing about the show was how you could tell which generations grew up in a certain tv show era. This is where you separate the ALFs from the Fonzies. Anyway, I think I need to do more sketches of the Bewitched and Jeannie girls. They're really fun to draw.
Title: "What Happens in the Bottle Stays in the Bottle"
Size: 10" x 10"
Medium: Acrylics on gesso board
Title: "Quid Pro Quo"
Size: 12" x 9"
Medium: Acrylics on gesso board
I know it's a little late for this, but I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that came out to Emerald City Comicon earlier in the month and took the time to stop by the table and say hi. It was great to see everyone and catch up. The show was a huge success and I'm really looking forward to next year's show.
Anyway, this Friday, the Greenwood art walk is going to be in full swing. This piece is for the group show at Tasty. Get the deets below. There will also be some cool stuff going on at Urban Light studios and I'll be there for the closing party of the 5 year anniversary show as well as the book signing for the "Look Up Here" book that John and Michelle put together. There's also another show there that night I'll have a piece in. More on that soon. Hope to see you all there.
Title: "Looking For Moebius"
Size 16" x 12"
Medium" Acrylics on Gessoboard
It's that time of year again. If you're going to be in downtown Seattle for the 10th annual Emerald City Comic Con stop by my table and say hi. I'll be in Artist Alley, table D-19.
Also, if you get a chance, check out the Mint Condition group show up the street from the con at Ltd. Gallery. Lots of cool comic related art in the show. Moebius has been on my mind a lot lately, so I did a tribute piece to him for the show.