Sunday, November 16, 2014

"Very Angry Indeed!"

Here's my piece for WHEN GOOD TOONS GO BAD: VILLAINS OF ANIMATION A Group Art Show at Van Eaton Galleries

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"Very Angry Indeed!"
18x46
acrylic on canvas

I really enjoyed painting these characters. It's always fun to do a take on characters from my hero, Chuck Jones. The background is also a nod to background designer extraordinaire, Maurice Noble. This is based on his designs from "Hare-Way to The Stars" (1958) which I believe featured some of his best design work which ranks right up there with "What's Opera, Doc?" (1957) and "Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century" (1953)

The show was great and features a ton of great pieces by some incredible artists. You can see the all of the work online here. The opening reception was a blast as always and I dressed for the occasion.



Now you can own the candy and the fury!

Hey, kids! I'm auctioning off one of the original pencil drawing I used to create the album cover for Candy Coated Fury by Reel Big Fish.




The artwork is signed not only by myself, Thom Foolery, but also the entire band (the line up which recorded Candy Coated Fury, this includes long time member no longer with the group, Dan Reagan) The signatures are: Aaron Barrett (guitar, lead vocals), Dan Regan (trombone, vocals), John Christianson (trumpet, vocals), Ryland Steen (drums), Derek Gibbs (bass, vocals), and Matt Appleton (sax, vocals)

100% of the sale will go to benefit Toys for Tots. For more information on how the drawing was used in the production of the artwork, check out my behind the scenes blog post about the cover from 2012.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Look, ma! I'm on TV!

One of my paintings was featured in the background of "Drumline: A New Beat" starring Nick Cannon on VH1


The painting is from my "Cannibal Animal" series. The rest can be seen on an old blog post here.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Rick and Morty "Exploit The Fans for Promotional Art Contest"!

Here's my entry for Rick and Morty's "Exploit The Fans for Promotional Art Contest"

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These are paste ups I made and each was individually painted by hand. I put them up at 5:00 this morning on Hollywood Blvd at the corner of St. Andrews Pl. They're roughly 36x40. I had made 3 pieces with the intention of hitting up La Brea and Fairfax as well. But due to circumstances beyond my control (the less said, the better) I had to paste up all 3 in the same location.
Rick's exclamation of "Lock it up, Morty" is a call back to to an old Channel 101 short featuring the early prototypes of Rick and Morty named "Doc and Mharti" The video can be seen here.
Anyway, here's some additional pictures. 

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Catopia!

Here's a poster I recently made for The Trepany House which is one of Los Angeles's coolest theaters.

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This was a really fun one to draw. Prints will be available at the event and then on the Trepany House website. It suddenly dawned on me that with all of the cats I've been drawing over the past few years, will I become this century's Louis Wain? I kinda hope so. I wanna see what madness is like!

Monday, September 29, 2014

"Isn't that lovely? Hmm?"

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24x36
house paint and marker on canvas

Here's a speed painting of Marvin the Martian that I did this weekend for fun. The entire time spent on it from start to finish was 55 minutes. You can see the whole thing condensed down to 3 minutes here.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Live art from Swingtronic

Lately I've been doing live painting at Swingtronic, at Pour Vous in here in Hollywood. It's been a lot of fun so far. Swingtronic features live jazz bands, classic and electro swing DJ sets, so I've been painting cartoons in the 1930s style to keep in step with the overall theme and feel of the night. Here's a few from the past month. All of these are 32X40, house paint and marker on board.

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Part of reason I enjoy doing live painting is the challenge for myself of allowing my work to become a bit looser and less disciplined. I want to try to let go of my inclination for perfection and over-thinking and just be a bit more spontaneous with my line work and allow mistakes to happen and just go with it. I think the paintings then take on a different energy compared to ones that I spend several hours or days on in my studio. 

At this point, I'm still sketching out the designs for what I'll paint ahead of time, but I do hope to get to the point where I can become 100% spontaneous with the live work. 




Here's a few progress/process shots