March 31, 2010

March 30, 2010

What to Wear / Tues

nerd-chic
  •  Brooks Brother's thrifted blazer
  • vintage blouse
  • black patent oxfords

I've been snacking too much lately ... but it's hard when everybody says good good eat!

March 29, 2010

What to Wear / Mon

That would be a hand-made shirt my sister made me with 'Teela' from He-Man

Happy Spring! 
Please to enjoy some old school Blur ...

March 26, 2010

What to Wear / Fri

  • 40's style trousers 
  • Batman tee from Alexa (off. licensed, haha, see below...) 
  • Black patent oxfords

Oh -and speaking of Batman - I'm a little peeved at my favorite Korean online shop; 4chi.co.kr for selling a cardigan with stolen artwork! Again!

Now, they've done it before - and for some reason, they just love The Batman, because I've seen no less than 4 Batman rip-offs from various years and incarnations (60's Batman, Batman Beyond, Dark Knight... etc...) but seriously, guys, as someone who has a relationship with DC Comics, this just has to stop.

And THIS isn't even Batman!  It's BAT-BAT!

Bat-Bat is a satire of Batman done by Ralph Bakshi + John K for their work on the super awesome, insanely wacky "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse" series in the 80s.  (Before John K went on to head up REN & STIMPY)

The joke about Bat-Bat is that he is a bat ... that dresses up ... as a bat. See the episode below! 

original page of script by Jim Smith



Night of the BatBat ... from "The New Adventures of Mighty Mouse" 1981 ...

March 25, 2010

What to Wear / Thurs


Hey everybody,


I'm still here, working in the studio as always - yes Mom, this really is my job... I'm not unemployed...

I got a nice email from the people at Gallery Nucleus in LA - one of the coolest illustration + contemporary fine art galleries on the West Coast, and they asked me to pass along news of their new show



  April 3, 2010 - April 26, 2010
  Apr 3, 7:00PM - 10:00PM
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After the show opens you'll be able to view the entire gallery online!
So check back!  You can see it without really seeing it... so to speak.

It has so many personal favorites of fashion illustration - Coco Pit, Ester Kim and oh yeah BOB PEAK - the guy who has illustrated EVERY famous movie poster YOU'VE EVER SEEN ...


for My Fair Lady

INTERESTING TID BIT 
Did you know Vogue was first published in 1892? Whew! That's a legacy ...
And speaking of Vogue, pick up the latest issue for an article written by our friend Joan Gage!

If fashion isn't your thing, they also feature the greatest video game concept artwork around; exhibitions by companies like Blizzard Entertainment and Pixar, or artwork from GOD OF WAR and so on.  Something for your boyfriend! har har

So in lieu of all this fashion I thought I'd post some 
stuff from my sketchbook of what I wear this week ...

March 22, 2010

the Pancake Tree


Here is a recent commission by a really cool writer in California, 
who asked me to do a couple character designs

Waiting to bring out wraps outside

Andy and I had a great weekend, spending almost all of it in the breezy sunshine.  It's been fun having a dog; she gets super excited when you ask "Wanna go for a ride?" and runs in a little circle smiling.  We got waffles and strawberries for brunch, took long walks with the dog, went to the Corner Grille and ran into our friend Jan (my favoritiest lady ever) and had a Mystery Science Theater date night over some chips and salsa.  Oh! and late night run to Wholi Canoli ...
 
Life is pretty good.


March 19, 2010

Who Shot Rock



It was pretty cool to get an email from the Brooklyn Museum saying "Hurry! See the last week of Who Shot Rock & Roll before it leaves!.... to the Worcester Art Museum!"  Which of course is now a huge time saver for me.  Because instead of going to Brooklyn I can just ... well, go to work.

So WHO SHOT ROCK n' ROLL is a fantastic traveling photography exhibition that spans 5 decades of music, from shots of Elvis backstage to Madonna hanging out on the Lower East Side to Amy Winehouse crawling out of bed at the crack of noon.

If you are in the area, check it out!  It's a great show!
   the Ramones at CBGBs {image courtesy New York Kids}



the invite to the party

I guess it put me in a certain rock mood because I've been nuts over these lately ...


Anybody know where I can get a personal shopping service from South Korea?  ... no?

It made me get nostalgic for my college days in New York City; basically living at Irving Place every other Friday.  I'm trying to think of the concerts that I went to there, it's such a small venue you feel connected to the musicians, in a way.  I saw Star Sailor, the Buzzcocks + Suicide Machines at Irving, Acoustic Alchemy and DJ Krush at B.B. King's ... was never really a Bowery Ballroom kinda girl but the White Stripes were great; and The Strokes here in Boston.


TWO most ROCK moments of my LIFE


Sweaty hug by Howard Dean; member of the Brit punk band the Buzzcocks.
  He jumped off the stage at the end, inundated with affection for the crowd, and went down the front row hugging people.


Even sweatier, excessively drunken hug by Julian Casablancas of the Strokes.
  My friend Greg & I were sitting on the front balcony when Julian decided to put his beer down and climb up the amps, falling on to us.  Interesting Fact: Greg saved him from sure death by grabbing the tails of his velvet jacket, so to keep him from tumbling off the bannister.

Have a listen to my favorite Howard + Julian tracks

March 17, 2010

Freaks progress

It's finally beautiful outside!  After five long days of New England rain, the sun is out and pouring through the studio windows.

I'm going to New York for a few days in May!  Going to see Misha and the cherry blossoms at the Brooklyn Botanical Garden, hopefully track down a few friends I haven't seen in a long time as well.

I think spring fever has gotten to my cat because he's much more affectionate than usual, insisting to sit on me while I work.  He's gained a bit of weight too... he's starting to get that "swingy thingy" that touches the ground when he walks ...

Currently on the drawing desk // progress for Freaks illustration




the most famous scene from Tod Browning's Freaks ...

March 13, 2010

Upcoming Gallery Shows

Hey all,

I thought I'd share some happy news this dreary Saturday; I'll be involved in a number of upcoming shows coast-to-coast again!

I'm very excited these galleries have continued to approach me; it gives me a chance to keep up with my personal paintings while working on client illustrations here in the studio. 


SPACE 242 BOSTON
get your FREAK ON » APRIL 2010
side-shows, circus freaks + the highly unusual

GALLERY 1988 LOS ANGELES
the TWILIGHT ZONE » MAY 2010
illustrations + interpretations of the classic TV show
 
 GALLERY 1988 LOS ANGELES
CRAZY 4 CULT » JULY 2010
100 artist pay tribute to classic cult films

GALLERY NUCLEUS LA
SWEET STREETS 2 » SEPT 2010
the art of Japanese street fashion

below is the G1988LA Crazy4Cult show opening from 2009 (courtesy of Arrested Motion)


 you can see Edward Scissorhands and Pulp Fiction, and lots of other amazing pieces hanging around up there 

I'm excited to be contributing my favorite movies Burton's ED WOOD + Browning's FREAKS! 
I'll be posting my progress on these pieces really soon ...
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In other news...
A while back I got a formspring account - since that is the hip thing to do nowadays, and have since gotten some nice questions, here are a few; (click on COMMENTS to see full post)

March 10, 2010

Spring Shoot // outtakes

So we've had two Mass Lookbook photo shoots thus far at Jeff Baker's studio - and it's been such a blast.

It struck me last month - if I'm teaching fashion illustration at the museum, and Jeff is teaching photography - why not combine them and let the students have a shot at producing a spread?  Not only would they get real working experience, but they would think it was super-cool and love me.  I kid, I kid.  It really functions as a great advertisement for our teen portfolio classes! 

Here are my favorite outtakes from the first shoot!

My good friend Jess modeled for us + one of my students Lauren pinch hit for some press shots

March 8, 2010

Bikes are Fun wallpaper

About this time two years ago I did a cover for the Boston Weekly Dig featuring my soon-to-be-patented FlyCycle.  Okay, not really, I can't invent anything.  And it probably would have just as much carbon emission as a real car, so that's the end of that idea.



a spring-y desktop wallpaper for you
 



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...and if that's not enough to get you feeling spring-y, here are some creepy chocolate bunnies from Newbury St. Might I add - they are ridiculously, unnecessarily expensive for ugly, creepy bunnies ...


Thanks again, everybody, for the kind words this weekend ~ been a kind of sobering weekend but it's returning to normal

March 6, 2010

Introspections


When somebody in my life passes away, I often re-evaluate things. 

(to read the rest of the post, click the title above)

March 5, 2010

Spring shoot

♥ I was very honored to receive a cultural grant recently to publish a new style magazine I worked on last fall. Thank you WCC!  ♥

My schedule can in no way accommodate art directing a magazine right now, let alone feel comfortable putting up a few grand to get it started.  (The grant is on a reimbursement basis, meaning I pay for everything myself, then wait a long time for the grant, which will be taxed income, but oh well.)

♥ Thank goodness for talented friends! - outsourcing the street photography and studio shoots to some super awesome colleagues.  I'll be doing the art direction, design work and editing the publication, as well as doing the illustration spreads. So Amy + friends... expect a call from me... ; )

We can consider this a teaser trailer, since it won't be out until early summer.  After all - I'm knee deep in Pirates!   But I thought I'd post some behind-the-scenes shots of our recent shoot. Thanks to the Worcester Art Museum + Jeff Baker Studios.

The model is my good friend Jess, I sketched her a little while back at her dinner party! Isn't she beautiful!


We listened to some a recent mix I made for Misha 
Passion Pit included - since lately I'm obsessed  ...


I'll have the professionally-shot photos coming soon - those are much lovelier than my little point-and-shoot!

In a few hours I'll get to the set for round two.  We're shooting some free-trade items from Egypt and India! More on that soon ...