Thursday, December 2, 2010

Okay

NOW the illustration I posted last week is in LA Weekly. Grab a copy!

And while I'm at it, don't forget about my NEW PRINTS available now!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

28 Drinks Later...

Why hello there. I've got another illustration for my "LA-LA Land" column in the next issue of LA Weekly (out this Thursday).
[EDIT: Whoops! Apparently I'm not in this week's issue after all. I'll let you know when it IS out.]

You know the drill:



1. A lady hawking counterfeit wares...fake designer bags, watches, jewelry, etc.
2. A bunch of drunk club-goers out on the streets after a night of partying, ravenous for some street food. I wanted their "attack" on the taco truck to look like a scene out of a zombie movie.
3. In honor of Thanksgiving, this idea was supposed to feature a cornucopia of sorts of an eclectic assortment of food. But in this case, cornucopia = garbage can and feast = discarded fast food.

Anyway, the second idea was chosen, duh. The other ideas were admittedly kinda lame? I really wanted to do the zombie/drunks thing. AND I DID:



Final:


"Night of the Living Drunks"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper
12.75" x 7.75"
[ADs: Jason Jones and Darrick Rainey... Thanks guys!]

Hope you like it! I had a lot of fun making it. It should be in the next issue, so pick one up when you get the chance. OH, and have a very happy Thanksgiving while you're at it!

Friday, November 19, 2010

NEW PRINTS available!

Hey guys! I've made a few more pieces available as prints in my INPRNT store.
Here are all the pieces that currently comprise my print shop (5 new pieces + 2 pieces which had already been available before today):




Grab some for yourself or get one as a gift for that special someone this holiday season! Yay!

Spread some cheer!

The very talented Paul Octavious recently invited me to take part in his Just a Few Cards project, where 9 different artists designed 9 different Christmas cards. The site just launched today, so you can get a pack of 9 cards (either of a single design, or a set of each of the designs) plus a pen! What better way to send some holiday cheer AND some art to the special people in your life?
You can buy my design HERE. And check out the other cards by the extremely talented designers and illustrators! I'm honored to be in such company.

Here's a closer look at the card:
[image courtesy of the justafewcards website]

And here's the illustration on its own:


Thanks to Paul for inviting me to take part in such a cool project!

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Soul Pancake



Hey guys! As you may have noticed from the video above, my painting "Space" is part of the SoulPancake book, which is out now. What is SoulPancake, you ask? Well, why don't I let this little blurb from the website tell you:
SoulPancake is more of a mission than a Web site. It's a MOVEMENT to wrestle with and chew on LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS. It's a way to EXPLORE why we believe the things that we believe. It's a place for you to TALK about your soul and the existence of God. It's a space to ENGAGE in art, philosophy, creativity, truth, and beauty. And ultimately, SoulPancake is a community of people who are digging DEEPER to figure out what it means to be human and to experience this rich, strange, difficult, and awesome journey called life.
Actor Rainn Wilson co-created this site with two of his friends, Joshua Homnick and Devon Gundry. SoulPancake sprang out of their desire to create a space where people from all walks of life could discuss and question what it means to be human—a place to wrestle with the spiritual, philosophical, and creative journey that is life.
The book is co-authored by Rainn Wilson, Devon Gundry, Golriz Lucina, and Shabnam Mogharabi. Every page is thought-provoking, and the book features a whole lot of art! Check it out for yourself!
Thanks to Golriz for asking me to contribute a piece to such a fun book.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Old School

Hey guys! So I was looking through some old sketchbooks and found a couple that I had gone through while taking classes with the always-amazing JT Steiny.
Some of these were done for our daily exercise of drawing from pictures with pen, without any prior sketching (I would later add random text or text from the accompanying article). Others were just for fun.
Anyway, just thought I'd share!






Also, I was recently invited to design a Christmas card, which will be up for sale early in November. More on that soon!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

RE:FORM SCHOOL images

NotCot.com features some photos from RE:FORM SCHOOL, which happened this past weekend. I'm sad I couldn't be in New York for the show, because from what I can see it was a pretty amazing event.
Here's the link for you curious folks (the pictures shown are just a tiny fraction of the pieces in the show): http://www.notcot.com/archives/2010/10/reform-school-nyc.php

Here are some more photos from thelmagazine.com: CLICK

If I run into any more photos from the show, I'll update this post.

Also, even though the show is over, you can still help the cause and learn more about the efforts being made for education reform by visiting letsredu.com

Monday, October 11, 2010

Happy National Coming Out Day

Happy National Coming Out Day, LGBT community and supporters!

As you may know by now, news of the heartbreaking suicides of several gay youths due to bullying has hit over the past few weeks. In response to these tragedies, the It Gets Better Project was set up. The videos hope to reach out to struggling gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, and questioning youth to urge them not to give up and to let them know that, even if times seem overwhelmingly tough right now, it gets much better.

Stay strong, LGBT youth! I can tell you from experience that it gets better. You've got a friend in me and an entire community of people just like you who can help, so don't give up.

<3

Friday, October 8, 2010

The Horror! The Horror!

Enough with the teasing. Here's my piece for WWA Gallery's Horrorwood show, which opens October 15th from 7pm-10pm.
The show pays homage to the horror movie genre; my piece is inspired by the beautiful Swedish vampire film "Let the Right One In."



"Blood Bond"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper mounted on wood
18" x 24"

Here's the sketch and a close-up shot, so you can see all the lines and textures:


Because the piece is relatively simple and has a lot of empty space above the figures, I wanted to play around with different textures, so it's a little more rewarding to get up close to it.
As for the scene, from far away I wanted it to look like the typical vampire neck-biting scene you'd see in any vampire movie, but if you get up close (and especially if you've seen the movie), you realize it's just a tender embrace between main characters Oskar and Eli.
Eli ended up looking much more sinister than I originally intended, probably because the creepy eyes, which were inspired by the really quick shot in the movie where she's standing in the dark and her eyes are reflective like a cat's eyes.

ANYWAY, I hope you enjoy the piece, because I had fun making it. Also, if you haven't seen the movie, what are you sitting around reading this blog for???

Hope you can make it to the show. For your convenience, HERE is the facebook event page. See you there!

LA Weekly's Best of LA 2010

Hi, all! I've got four spot illustrations in this week's LA Weekly, which happens to be a super-sized "Best of LA" edition.
The issue gives tips on the best things to do and best places to see in LA, while shedding light on the history behind those places. Each section is inspired by one or two decades; the sections I worked on were "Places" (1930s and 40s) and "Shopping & Services" (50s).

First up...sketches:
Shopping (50s):


Services (50s):


Places (30s & 40s):


And here are the finished spots, in the order they appear in the issue:









Art direction by Darrick Rainey.
The issue is out, so grab a copy and check out the amazing art by the other illustrators who worked on it as well!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

A Little Tease... + Giveaway



WWA Gallery is gonna get you into the Halloween spirit on October 15th with Horrorwood, a group show that pays homage to the horror movie genre. I'm excited to be part of the show along with so many of my friends!

Here's a little tease of my piece. Can you guess what movie it is?



Be the first one to guess the correct answer by commenting on this post and I'll send you a zombie print! Only two guesses per person. If no one guesses it by 1pm pacific time tomorrow, I'll give a hint and people can keep guessing (and you can try again with two more guesses if you already used up your two guesses prior to the hint).

I'll post the final piece some time after somebody guesses the movie. Good luck!

EDIT: Contest over! That was fast. Congrats to Jason Edward Davis for correctly guessing "Let the Right One In"!

Monday, October 4, 2010

RE:FORM SCHOOL

Earlier this year I was fortunate enough to be a part of Manifest Equality, a show that aimed to bring more attention to the issue of LGBT rights. Now the TaskForce crew responsible for that show is at it again, this time tackling the issue of public education and the need for reform with RE:FORM SCHOOL.



They've been putting up interviews of the artists (with school/childhood photos!) on their website over the past couple of weeks. You can read mine HERE.

Here's the sketch and the final piece for the show:




"Tabula Rasa"
Mixed media on paper mounted on wood
16" x 20"

The show is open to the public on October 9th to the 11th, so if you're in New York, check out my little chalkboard boy in person, as well as the work from the amazing line-up of artists. Proceeds from the show will be donated to the URBAN ARTS PARTNERSHIP, which brings art to underserved public school students across NYC. So buy some art and support a good cause!

Why, hello there...

Long time no post! Sorry for the long silence without any updates, but I've been keeping busy. I promise I've got a bunch of new things to show you, and I'll be gradually updating the blog over the next few days.

First, My piece "Death, or a Murder of Crows" is featured in the very first issue of Pique, a magazine created by friends James, Travis, and Sinden (who wrote her own interpretation of the piece). You can see it (pages 16 & 17) and the rest of the issue here: http://www.piquequarterly.com/

Stay tuned for more news very soon!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Crowd Control

I've got a new illustration in this week's LA Weekly (page 70) for an article about the crowded and chaotic Coachella 2010. Here were some of my ideas:



1. A tsunami of people, a la Hokusai, about to pummel a band member (or, alternatively, a crowd-surfer).
2. A can of "Coachella"-brand sardines, with people packed tight and scrambling to get out.
3. A crowd so packed that the fences surrounding it can barely contain it.
4. A busy image with ticket scalpers, tail-gaters, and a sea of people.
5. An audience so big and crowded that they could practically touch the performer.
6. A scene at a neighboring copy store, where scalpers are photo-copying tickets while a line of people eagerly await to buy them.

Number 3 was chosen for the final. On a side note, I noticed that when I have to draw several people for a single piece, a lot of them end up looking like or are inspired by my friends. Do you see any kinda-familiar faces?



"Packed Fresh in Indio"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper
12.5" x 7.5"
[ADs: Darrick Rainey and Jason Jones]

They ended up printing it in black and white, so unfortunately it doesn't feature all the crazy colors that the concert-goers are wearing, but I guess if you're reading this then that really isn't a problem!
The issue is out now, check it out!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Worst hair day ever.

Friend and fellow illustrator Thomas Lynch and his buddies at Cartoon Network are independently publishing a book about fabled creatures from around the world, and I was lucky enough to be invited to participate. Thanks Thomas!

After researching a lot of really cool-looking and interesting creatures, I for some reason was really drawn to the kami-kiri of Japan. It was said to sneak up on a woman at night and cut off her hair, supposedly to delay her (doomed) marriage to a spirit disguised as a human. Creepy!





"Kami-kiri"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper
12" x 8.75"

The project is still in the works, but I'll make a new post about it when the books are ready. I'll be selling some copies of the book myself, so stayed tuned!

Along the shores of LA-LA Land

I've got a new illustration for my "LA-LA Land" column in this week's LA Weekly (out Thursday). Here are sketches, followed by the final piece:




The first idea was simply a young lady sun-tanning, with her towel serving to frame the piece. The second idea featured a monster made of garbage emerging from the shores of Santa Monica (anyone who's been there knows how dirty it can get).
Finally, this last sketch is supposed to be like a B-movie poster poking fun at hipsters.

The second sketch was chosen, so I came up with this:



"It Came from Santa Monica"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper
12.5" x 7.5"
[ADs: Darrick Rainey and Jason Jones]

Thanks Darrick and Jason!
Be sure to pick up the issue when it's out this Thursday!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Issues

[Updated with new links. Click links for more info and previews of the issue.]

Walk, skip, or jump on over to your local bookstore to check out the beautifully produced IdN Extra 03: The New Twenties, a collaboration between IdN Magazine and Society6.
Here's my profile on IdN: http://idnworld.com/creators/?id=JulianCallos
And if you're on Society6, let's be friends! http://www.society6.com/studio/juliancallos


[Cover art by Matt Taylor]

[My page is on the right. Illustration on the left is by the amazing Julia Sonmi Heglund.]

Thanks IdN and Society6! It's an honor to be featured in the issue along with so many immensely talented artists.

Also, I'm in Issue #4 of CarneMag, a digital magazine with a focus on illustration and photography. You can download the issue here: http://www.carnemag.com/. Thanks to Ignacio at CarneMag for the feature!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ink & Ink

I just got back from watching some friends get tattoos. So much ink! I thought it would be very appropriate to post this painting I just finished the other day:



"Ink II"
Ink (ha!) and acrylic on paper
8" x 8"

This piece was commissioned by the wonderful photographer Chloe Aftel. We've actually been planning a photo-shoot together, but first I gotta make a really cool mask to wear... Maybe something weird and alien-like, in the same vein as some of my more recent nautical or spacey paintings? We'll see. Hopefully the shoot happens some time in August, so I'll post more about it then.
Anyway, hope you enjoy!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Crazy 4 Cult 4

Here's my "Harold and Maude"-inspired piece for this year's Crazy 4 Cult at Gallery 1988. But first, some work-in-progress shots (sorry for the poor quality photos...I may or may not have been sleep-deprived during the entire process of making this sculpture):









I realize I should've taken more progress shots, as the sculpture went through MANY stages. Oh well...next time!
Anyway, here's the final piece:



"Hung Up On You"
Mixed media sculpture
About 12" tall
Inspired by "Harold and Maude"

Here it is with some dramatic lighting:



I'm planning on taking some better photos of the finished piece at the gallery at some point during the run of the show. By the way, the show is up until July 30th, so check it out if you haven't already. I was blown away by all the amazing pieces...don't miss it!