April 30, 2014

Poison Ivy, Mr. Freeze + neon gouache




I completed a series of small paintings a little while back for a gallery in New York, (just one originally and then had lots of fun and ran away with it into a series)

And I'll be making prints of the run for Free Comic Book Day (May 3rd at Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham) and beyond

Look at how awful my old scanner is:

… it takes so long to photo retouch everything I scan on this thing.

I need to set up my camera on a tripod like a normal artist and photograph stuff correctly.  It's just so easy to scan when my works on paper are small … oh well

I also want to take this opportunity to talk about my art obsession…

゚.*・。゚゚.*・。゚Holbein Acryla Gouache゚.*・。゚゚.*・。゚

ホルベインアクリラ
カラーチャート

Can't get enough of these paints, I even tossed a sweater and a pair of jeans so I could fit more sets in my suit case!!  I regret not getting every single color and just mailing it home!!  Whyyyyy







These pieces have already sold, but prints will be available this weekend!

I'll also be going in with some colors to bring out the neons again



Here I've taken a photo with the white balance low, so you can see just how the paint really glows!  It's amazing! ᕕ( ᐛ )ᕗ

April 25, 2014

Recently


My favorite gouache ... I'm in love with Acryla


Spotted the peacock magnets I did for Seltzer at Dick Blick in Central Sq., Camebridge


Having fun making signs for Friendly Neighborhood Comics in Bellingham


Having fun making tomato curry soup...


And flour less crepes... (Banana + egg + a bit of almond milk)


At FNC


Saw they were running and interview with me, Andy and Bob Eggleton from last year's Free Comic Day event

April 17, 2014

Ghostbusters 30th Ann. x Gallery 1988



To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Ghostbusters, Gallery 1988 is having an amazing traveling exhibition that opens this Friday!

The exhibition is traveling all over the country all summer - it's pretty rad

Show stops

  1. NYC : April 19th - 26th 2014
  2. LA : June 4th - 8th, 2014
  3. Chicago :  @Rotofugi June 20th - 22th, 2014
  4. San Diego : Comic Con July


I was super excited to be asked to participate, I rented that movie so many times growing up.  Along with Beetlejuice and reading all the Goosebumps books, I never realized I liked monsters so much.

some process work




using Google Maps in 3D to help get the actual street right,
(Columbus Circle)

April 16, 2014

Color everywhere



                     Making guacamole at home....




                   Lovely Indian dinner with friends...


                  Boston will look so nice in a few weeks when the trees start to get leaves...

April 7, 2014

Sailor Moon for Gallery 1988 10th Ann. Show



I was super honored to be asked to participate in Gallery 1988's 10th Anniversary show happening at the end of this week in LA.

Not only does it fill me with personal and professional glee to share the roster with some of the most amazing artists ever, Gallery 1988 has been a place dear to me even though I've never even been able to set foot in one of their spaces yet.

Thanks to my pal Teddy Hose, (who kindly gave them my information), I've been fortunate to have a great relationship with this gallery, and their success and innovation continue to inspire.

I don't think my piece is particularly breath-taking or even very clever, but I did want to do something a bit more personal that would satisfy my 14 year old self.

Sailor Moon is also sharing an anniversary, 20th, actually, and this cartoon would incite in me a love of Japanese art, culture, comics and language that has yet to wane.

So above is my contribution, a tip of the hat to Sailor Moon, G1988 and the early French Renaissance court painters.

(Prints available in May!)


I used gold gouache to add a metallic sheen.

All the prints will have this same gold added

After painting, I went back in with some fine pens (Le Pens to be exact) to bring out details such as her eye lids, lips, nose and any very thin shadows.

I prefer working this way as apposed to using super tiny brushes





excerpt from the original Japanese comic

 


 The paintings that I used for reference (of young Marie Antoinette)


The dress artist Naoko Takeuchi used for Usagi's Princess dress in the comics



show info:

OPENING: APRIL 11th, 7 - 10 pm
on display through April 26th

Gallery 1988 West
7308 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

Thanks!   Hope you can make it!

April 2, 2014

Renaissance Princess Bubblegum for Gallery 1988 x Adventure Time!




Princess Bonnibel Bubblegum   |    9"x12"   |   gouache + pen on cold press paper


Despite having a few acquaintances from art school who worked on the show, AND despite the fact that it's a world-wide animation phenomenon, I still haven't seen more than 2 full episodes of Adventure Time! (Which I'm told is a crime)

I'm sure I'll end up streaming the entire run pretty soon, I liked what I saw of the show even if some of the humor made me scratch my head, I think it's earned it's acclaim.

I've been on a Pre-Ren/Renaissance kick lately, trying to have fun adapting cartoon characters to the human world.  I'm sure this has been done before, but it's new for me and a nice change from the usual.

           


some reference


Princess Bubblegum in her Royal Tart Dress model sheet for Cartoon Network



Young Saxon Princess 16th century



Princess Louise Marie of France


The show runs relatively short - just a weekend!  Hope you can make it!


Thurs April 3rd - April 6th

Gallery 1988 West
7308 Melrose Ave LA, CA