Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wrestlers VS Aliens

Aliens have invaded our world and the only way to stop them is to wrassle em' into submission!
 
I set a goal to create character designs for an imaginary wrestling video game or cartoon. The self-imposed prompt was to give the characters a whimsical feeling while still allowing them to look powerful.
Bruise E. Homemaker
6"0"
325 lbs
From Pasadena, CA
Finn McCracken
6'2"
380 lbs
From the Scottish Highlands

Lord Deville
6'9"
330 lbs
From Parts Unknown

Johnny Lightning
6'4"
301 lbs
From the Concrete Jungle

Thin Lizzie
5'9"
130 lbs
From Detroit, MI

Glorox
7'2"
441 lbs
From the Kartac Peninsula on Glutoc 5

Nigel Quarkbottom
6'5"
301 lbs
From the Wrong Side of the Rings of Saturn

This is an ongoing project.

Let me know what you guys think!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bookmarks!


I've been reading a lot more as of late.

I keep finding myself using little index cards or scraps of paper to hold my places in those books. Although I am probably fighting against the "print is dead" movement, I really find myself in need of a good bookmark. So, uhhh...I just made some.


For one of my bookmarks, I decided to make a Bilbo Baggins because I just love that sweet little hobbit. Everything about him. Everywhere he goes, he just wants to go and eat. He just wants to eat breakfast. I can relate Bilbro.


He's got his Elfen blade, Sting, with him...glowing because there are always goblins around, of course.


If you would like a Bilbo for yourself, or a bookworm friend, you can find him here.


Fat Elvis bookmarks are a multi-tasker- they are perfect for cookbooks and rock n' roll biographies.


Then again I literally have this fat tub-o-lard bookmark sitting in my bible. I giggle every time I look at it.


Literally singing his heart out, Elvis is shaking what his mama gave him. Thanks Mama Elvis.


If you are interested in picking up this bookmark for yourself of your friends, you can find them here.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Post-It Show 9 preview

It's that time of year again!

The Post-It Show 9 is right around the corner. Here's a selection of pieces I submitted this year. They're characters from some of my favorite games.






These are all painted with acrylic paint and ink on standard 3"x 3" Post-Its. The Post-It Show is held at Giant Robot 2 gallery in Los Angeles and is curated by the dynamic duo that is Mark Todd and Esther Pearl Watson.




Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pumpkin of the Opera...aka...Phantom of the Pumpkin Patch

Hey work, you made the grave mistake of letting me into your pumpkin painting contest. The rules were simple, take a small sugar pumpkin, and decorate it any way you want as long as you don't carve into it. I think I took the contest a little too seriously.


I probably would've settled for just very simply painting a pumpkin, but I was specifically challenged by a few of my coworkers. They literally came in to my room, and taunted me. What's a guy to do?

Fueled by the incessant workplace taunting, I added more and more detail with each wave of smack-talk. Things like, "Aw bro, I'm going to destroy you." only fed my weird competitive streak.

I knew that I wanted to do a Universal Studios monster from the beginning – even when it was just a lone, painted pumpkin. I chose the 1925 Lon Cheney version of the Phantom of the Opera- because Lon Cheney was the best. However, as time went by, I added cardboard structures cut out with X-Acto knives, papier-mâché, and a blowtorch to the works. Okay, there was no welding…but it was way more time and effort than I should have put into him.


Oh, I failed to mention – this is for a contest at Trader Joe's. This is not some art studio that I'm working at where all my competition are also artists. I literally pouring tons of effort into this pumpkin contest and I really don't know why. Maybe it's because I'm pompous and I JUST HAVE TO WIN ALL THE CONTESTS!! At this point I'm actually expecting to lose because I put so much effort into it.



The organ is made of corrugated cardboard that I cut with an X-Acto knife, taped with blue painters tape and then finished with papier-mâché. I waited overnight till the papier-mâché was dry completely and then I painted directly onto it with acrylic paint. The papier-mâché I went with is simple: little bit of flour, a little bit of water, and strips of newspaper. The "cobblestone" base is 1/8 inch plywood that I cut with a jigsaw and then painted with acrylic paint.


Everything else is painted in grayscale tones of acrylic paint with little cut paper hands and feet and a cape made of heavy duty paper towels that I drenched in ink. Lastly, I finished him off with little yarn strands for hair.


 Happy Halloween everybody!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Her Eyes Can Be So Cruel

Hey!

This piece up at the Say Hi To the Bad Guy show at Gallery 1988 West. The show is covering the love of the bad guys in cult classic film. Opening night is Friday, October 18th, 7-10 PM


Her Eyes Can Be So Cruel
Acrylic on panel 8.5" x11.25" x 3"

I felt it necessary to paint Jareth from Jim Henson's Labyrinth as a total creepster. Here he is doing a little research on his super inappropriate love interest Sarah. Look, if it makes you feel any better, it seems like Jareth, although actually super old, is really a tween at heart. From his super cool hamburger phone to his constant need to create angsty prose and art in his dream journal, Jareth is developmentally arrested. Give the guy a break, all he has to hang out with is goblins.

Show up and I'll say,"Oh hello there..."



Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Getting Frustrated

Oh hello there!

I really have no witty segue into this so I'll just jump right in.

I have a couple close friends who have been battling terminal cancer this year. In both cases, the disease  came on really quickly and has been super aggressive. With multiple treatments, diet changes etc, the cancer just seems to keep coming.

Our one friend, Stephanie, who's husband I worked with at Trader Joe's and became fast friends with, just passed over the weekend. Their battle with this disease was at once painful and really encouraging. They were always hopeful, never blaming God for their trouble and always being the ones encouraging others to see things the right way. It's been a real testimony to what real faith does in crappy circumstances.

These are the times when our dependence on Christ (for those who identify as Christians) becomes either stronger or tossed to the wayside. I've see awesome things go on in my friends' lives by way of God's faithfulness. Their faith and endurance has been on total display to my wife and I. They've just displayed a real selfless commitment to each other and the people around them. Their hearts have been joyful in the midst of terrible pain. Humor hasn't left them either.

I'm still feeling frustrated at the actual disease even though I've seen such a clearly good way of going through it displayed by my friends. I know there are better ways to deal with my frustration, but in a way, this still seemed appropriate: