Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Viva La Art

This Saturday is the Viva La Art Benefit Party and art auction, whose proceeds (100% of them!) will go to Homeboy Industries, a non-profit organization that helps support at-risk youth in Los Angeles.



I donated my piece "Quiver II," so it will be up for auction.



If you are in town, please come by and show your support, and maybe buy a piece! There is a $20 donation at the door, but remember, ALL proceeds from the benefit will go to Homeboy Industries. Yay!

Friday, March 5, 2010

juliancallos(dot)com!

Hey guys!
I'm pleased to announce that my official website is finally up and running!

www.juliancallos.com

There are a couple more little tweaks to be made I think, but it's pretty much good to go right now. A big, big thank you to the talented and very busy Kenny Harris for designing it.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

More like "Flaw-Flaw Land," am I right? (Sorry)

Here's a new illustration for my column LA-LA Land in this week's LA Weekly (out now!). First, sketches:



My first idea was to poke fun at the crazy plastic surgery/botox trend you see all over LA. This woman is trying to look majestic and beautiful when all she really does is look creepy. I also wanted to include marks around the page to make it look like I'd be going to perform a little nip/tuck on the illustration itself.
The second idea was to do an illustration that looked like one of those old "Let's all go to the lobby" ads from the movie theater, but this would feature LA street food like the bacon-wrapped hot dog, elote/corn on the cob, and some alcohol wrapped in a brown paper bag.



So Jason, the assistant art director, chose the first idea and pointed out that she kind of looked like a Disney princess with the bird unraveling her face, so I tried to push the princess/majestic thing. He also suggested adding another bird and a simple background of clouds just to add another layer to the drawing. So I came up with this.



"Nip/Tuck"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper
12.5" x 7.5"
[ADs: Jason Jones and Darrick Rainey]

I really wanted to contrast her gracious and regal pose and the elegant flow of the bandages and birds with some creepy lighting, to make her look more like the Bride of Frankenstein. And this was totally unintentional on my part, but Jason noted that the clouds looked like visceral matter. How appropriate!

You can pick up the issue today. And be sure to take an admiring glance at the cover because it was done by none other than Ms. Jessica Cooper. Yay!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Manifest Equality Show

Here's my piece for the Manifest Equality show, which opens this Wednesday, the third, and is up until this Sunday night. You can find more info about the show here: http://manifestequality.com/about



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

It's kind of a companion to my piece "Adrift" (which you can see here), but has the opposite mood. While "Adrift" was about loneliness and heartache, "Afloat" is about companionship and hopefulness.

I'm really glad I get to take part in this show, so I hope you can make it and show your support for the LGBT community and equality for all!

[Edit: Apparently the opening and closing receptions are invite-only. Sorry for the mix-up! You can find out when the gallery is open to the public on the Manifest Equality site (linked above)]

Happiness

Here is my piece for the Happiness show at Perihelion Gallery in Phoenix, which is part of the 22nd Art Detour art walk (http://www.artlinkphoenix.com/). It's curated by Bob Dob and features friends and fellow Otis illustrators Mylan, Cooper, Dalva, and Danielle.



"High Spirits"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper mounted on wood
18" x 24"

Thanks to Bob Dob for inviting me to be a part of this show!