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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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






Thursday, August 28, 2014

What fresh hell is this?

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This is a just a quick doodle I made after my friend, Stormy, posted a picture of Cat Head brand pumpkin spice flavored vodka. This is the image that immediately came to mind

Crazy 8s!

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

"Oh, I think I'm in love!"

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This is my piece for "Meatball Head: An Art Show Celebrating 20 Years of Sailor Moon" opening tonight at Meltdown Comics It's a hand painted animation cel. Here's some detail shots.

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I've always loved collecting animation art, so it's really fun to get to create my own. It is difficult however because I'm not using the correct paints. Cel Vinyl paint is really the only paint to use, but it's really expensive and since cels aren't actually used in animation production anymore, there's only one company that makes it anymore. Since I don't have any, I have to use heavy body acrylics. This piece was more challenging that my cel for the Wes Anderson tribute show because it has much more detail. I discovered that latex house paint and mixing my acrylic with gesso seemed to help the flow of the paint somewhat. Here's some progress pics.

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My line art which I drew digitally was photocopied onto the cel and I painted the reverse side. Here is my original digital drawing and color key. 

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The background was created digitally and just printed. I was originally going to hand paint the background, but I wasn't sure how to create the circles/bubbles without an airbursh (which I don't have). I was watching a lot of Sailor Moon episodes as research for the painting, and boy, do they sure like to throw those bubble in A LOT of backgrounds. Here's the background itself.


I based this off of one of the background from the opening title sequence.


If you're in the Los Angeles area, come out to the show tonight. It was curated by my pal Nico Colaleo and he puts together some great shows with absolutely incredible artists. I saw some of the work last night and it blew me away!