Thursday, August 14, 2014

RIP Robin Williams 1951 - 2014

                                                             So long, chief.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Daft Punk Deux

"Daft Punk Legacy"
12" x 16"
Acrylics on board

Here's the latest piece for Gauntlet Gallery's 2nd Daft Punk group show.
I decided to go with the Tron version of Daft Punk for this piece. I dug the visuals from Tron Legacy, and the soundtrack that Daft Punk did for the flick is the perfect music to paint to.

On the topic of painting, it was fun to go with a monochromatic palette to try and capture that Tron vibe. If I had more time I would have dusted off the old airbrush to get some nice glow effects. This was also an attempt at a looser and faster approach I might look more into, just to change things up a bit. Must experiment.

Anyway, if you're in San Francisco tonight, check out the show!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Hellboy 20th Anniversary Art Show

"Return to Sad Hill Cemetery"
16" x 20"
21.5" x 25.5" (framed)
Acrylics on board

This year is the 20th anniversary for Hellboy, and Hero Complex Gallery, in LA, is having a huge group show to celebrate it, this Friday night. Hellboy is easily one of my favorite comic characters. If you've never read the comics, they're totally worth tracking down. I remember seeing a sketch Mike Mignola did of the character, before anyone ever knew who Helboy was. I'll get to that in a minute.

Here's how the piece came out framed. Really happy with how it turned out.

So, back in the 90's, it was either Portland or Sand Diego con, and a buddy of mine came back excited that he got a sketch from Mike Mignola, but neither one of us recognized the character. It looked like The Thing with goggles on his head, but my buddy told me it was a new character Mignola was working on. Anyway, that was the year that Dark Horse was announcing their new imprint called LEGEND. This was the line where Mignola launched Hellboy.

I remember going to a panel where they announced the new Legend books. Also on the panel for the new imprint were, Frank Miller, Art Adams, John Byrne, and Geoff Darrow. These guys! Anyway, it was super exciting, but long story short, Dark Horse pulled an Oprah and asked everyone to look under their seats. A lucky group of comic nerds, myself included, had little Easter Island heads hidden under their seats. This was the logo for the new line of books. Check it out here.

Ok, that's the short version of the story. It's pretty amazing how long Hellboy has been around. Guillermo del Toro did an amazing job with the movies and making Hellboy a house hold name. Everyone out of my nerd circles only knows him from that, and after tomorrow night's show, hopefully, Hellboy will be reintroduced to some new fans. Congrats on 20 years Mr. Mignola. Keep those stories coming!

Friday, April 11, 2014

G1988 10 Year Anniversary Show

Title: Replica Remnants
Size: 12" x 16"
Medium: Acrylics on Board
(Inspired by Blade Runner)

Tonight is Gallery 1988's 10 year anniversary. It's a real pleasure to be in this group show. Being able to show art along with all the talent that Jensen and Katie have brought to their gallery for the last 10 years has been a blast. It's also been an honor to meet some of the artists from these group shows that I've been following online. Seeing their work and seeing the new talent that comes through the gallery has been a real kick in the ass and keeps me humbled every time. Congrats to Jensen and Katie and all the crew at Gallery 1988! Here's to 10 more years! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Into the Labyrinth

"Into the Labyrinth"
12" x 16"
Acrylics on board

Here's the latest painting inspired by Guillermo Del Toro's Labyrinth that was done for G1988's annual Crazy for Cult show that will actually be going down in NYC, tonight.

I fell in love with this movie all over again while I was gathering reference and thinking of ideas for the painting. So many great characters in this flick. The environments and motives in the movie almost play out like a video game. Get the key, get the knife, here's your chalk for drawing doors to other rooms. If only...

I also love Del Toro's approach to creatures. I might have to pick up his sketchbook. Great concepts and a great sense of pacing when it comes to building tension. I think I re-watched that Pale Man scene 10 times in a row. If you really want to hear how much of a film nerd Del Toro is, check out this great interview with him as he dissects (no pun intended) his love for Hitchcock movies in Studio Q. 

 The week I was doing this painting, I happened to take a visit to the local EMP museum to see the latest Fantasy exhibit. To my surprise, they had a mask of the main creature from the movie on display. Wish I could have taken him back to the studio.

Here are a few pre painting sketches. Anyway, if you're in NY tonight, check out the opening. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Boba Fett Ammo Box

"Boba Box"
Acrylics and spray cans on metal.
11" x 7" x 5.5"

Tonight, LTD Gallery in Seattle, will be putting on another Star Wars group show. I had another ammo box laying around and decided to paint it up, Boba Fett style.

The back and front are painted up, so make sure to check out both sides if you see it at the show. I threw in that crazy bounty hunter symbol on the side, just for fun. So, basically, you're getting  three paintings in one. Good deal!

I didn't take too many process shots,but you can see the inked up image above, before the colors were blocked in. I kept it fairly loose, because I personally like to see parts of the box showing through.

                                    The info for the show is below. Hope to see you all there!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

Scarecrow's Murder of Crows

"Scarecrow's Murder of Crows"
11"x 14"
Acrylics on board

Here's a new piece for LTD gallery's latest group show, Pictures Worth a Thousand Words. The show is on display all this month, so check it out if you're in the neighborhood.

The image I chose to do is from  L. Frank Baum's book, the Wonderful Wizard of OZ. One of my favorite scenes from the book is when the Wicked Witch sends a murder of crows to kill our heroes. Of course the guy that thinks he doesn't have a brain, always seems to have a plan, and in this instance, the Scarecrow takes front and center to protect his friends. Here's the passage from chapter 12 of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Now this same morning the Wicked Witch came to the door of her castle and looked out with her one eye that could see far off. She saw all her wolves lying dead, and the strangers still traveling through her country. This made her angrier than before, and she blew her silver whistle twice.
Straightway a great flock of wild crows came flying toward her, enough to darken the sky.
And the Wicked Witch said to the King Crow, "Fly at once to the strangers; peck out their eyes and tear them to pieces."
The wild crows flew in one great flock toward Dorothy and her companions. When the little girl saw them coming she was afraid.
But the Scarecrow said, "This is my battle, so lie down beside me and you will not be harmed."
So they all lay upon the ground except the Scarecrow, and he stood up and stretched out his arms. And when the crows saw him they were frightened, as these birds always are by scarecrows, and did not dare to come any nearer. But the King Crow said:
"It is only a stuffed man. I will peck his eyes out."
The King Crow flew at the Scarecrow, who caught it by the head and twisted its neck until it died. And then another crow flew at him, and the Scarecrow twisted its neck also. There were forty crows, and forty times the Scarecrow twisted a neck, until at last all were lying dead beside him. Then he called to his companions to rise, and again they went upon their journey.

If you'd like to read the whole book online, here's a link: