Thursday, December 29, 2011

Collab, Round 3

Okay, I FINALLY found some time to add to my ongoing collaborations with Pat Perry. Really sorry for taking so long, but I've been a busy bee. Anyway, check out my additions:

You can view the previous rounds on our joint Society6 page. If you're a Society6 member, please promote the drawings and/or leave a comment! We appreciate them!
Hope you enjoy. Next round is Pat's, so get excited!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Taetrum et Dulce

Hey all! Here are my pieces for the "Taetrum et Dulce" show at MondoPOP Gallery in Rome, which opens tonight:

"Fata Morgana"
Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper mounted on cradled wood panel
8" x 8" x 2"

Ink, acrylic, and gouache on paper mounted on cradled wood panel
8" x 8" x 2"

[The lockets and chains are painted with iridescent gold ink.]

A little bit about the inspiration behind the title choices/narrative: A fata morgana is a type of mirage that was common for sailors to see, and also explains the "ghost ship" phenomenon; under certain atmospheric conditions, ships in the distance looked like they were floating or inverted, stacked on top of one another, and alternately stretched and compressed. The second piece was inspired by the kind of myths associated with the kingfisher, such as the idea of the "halcyon days" and the ancient belief that a dried kingfisher could be used as a talisman to protect against storms, and that it would always point in the direction of the wind. The two figures are separated lovers desperately hoping to be reunited; the man a sailor lost at sea searching for his way home, and the woman his wife waiting for his return (or she might just be a mirage...).

And here are the sketches, because I happened to have scanned them:

Thanks to Dan Barry and MondoPOP for inviting me to participate!

If you are interested in purchasing works from the show or have any questions about the show, please send an email to: info (at) mondopop (dot) it

Monday, November 28, 2011

viva la Viva La Art!

Hey guys! This Saturday, Dec. 3rd, the non-profit organization Viva La Art! is hosting a silent art auction to benefit the student-run clinic at USC. Last year I participated in their auction to support the non-profit organization Homeboy Industries, and I'll be participating in this year's event as well. Here's the blurb they sent me about the event and the clinic:
On December 3rd, 2011 we are hosting our annual silent auction, “Art, Drinks, and Music”, that will feature work by 25-30 renowned and emerging artists, a live painting exhibition, and a few live musical performances. The event will benefit USC’s first comprehensive Student-Run Clinic, a charitable program independent of university funding that provides comprehensive health services to marginalized populations of Los Angeles. The Clinic is the first of its kind to bring different health professions together with teams of student volunteers from USC’s pharmacy, medicine, physician assistant, and occupational therapy programs. Through partnerships with local hospitals and clinics, the USC Student-Run Clinic provides preventative screenings, comprehensive health assessments, and wellness education to populations who might not otherwise be able to access health services.
100% of the proceeds from the door and the auction go toward the clinic. I've donated my "Le Ballon Rouge" painting as part of the auction.

If you can, please help support a good cause and enjoy some art, drinks, and music!

**Speaking of charitable causes, between now and Dec. 31st, WWA Gallery will be donating 15% of order totals for artwork from past shows to these children's charities: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, and The National Association to Protect Children.

**In other news, I'm in a group show opening December 10th at MondoPOP International Gallery in Rome called "Taetrum et Dulce."

It's a "creepy and cute" show curated by the always-wonderful Dan Barry featuring some fantastic artists, including my good friend, the lovely and talented JAW Cooper. If you are in Rome, you can RSVP to the event on facebook by clicking here. Also, the kind people at MondoPOP have put together a page on their site featuring some of my past work, which you can look at here. I'll make a post with my work from the show when it gets closer to the opening.

**Finally, here's an LA Weekly illustration I did over the summer that I forgot to post about. Oops! I was told it was published, but I didn't see it in any of the issues over the summer. Did anybody else happen to catch it?
Anyway, this illustration was for the "Stage" section for an article about what it's like to see theater on public transport. I didn't really know what that meant and I wasn't given very many specifics, but the A.D., Darrick Rainey, gave me some suggestions and I came up with this:

As I rider of public transportation, I haven't seen people as wacky as this, but some get very close. Just kidding, I love you, fellow commuters.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

What time is it???

Adventure Time!

Hey guys! As part of The Autumn Society's tribute to Adventure Time, I made a little sculpture of the main characters, Finn and Jake. A lot of the show involves candy in some way, shape, or form, so I decided to turn Finn and Jake into gummy candy:

"Gummy Time!"
Mixed media sculpture (Sculpey, acrylics, and glitter)
Approx. 6.5"

Here are more photos:

Here's the sour gummy version:

Here's a detail shot of the glitter/"sugar":

I had a lot of fun with this piece. If you haven't seen Adventure Time, you're missing out. If you're a fan of the show, be sure to check out the other AT tributes on the Autumn Society blog!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bad Dads

This weekend is the opening of Spoke Art gallery's "Bad Dads," a tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. The show has two openings, both Saturday and Sunday night, so you can go to that Halloween party one night and see some fantastic artwork the other night! Click here to visit the facebook event page and RSVP.

My contribution is a tribute to "The Royal Tenenbaums":

"The Royal Tenenbaums"
Acrylic, gouache, and iridescent paint on paper mounted on wood panels with a 1.5" cradle.

They're actually five separate pieces. The background of each portrait is a wall from each of the characters' rooms:

8" x 10"

8" x 8"

6" x 6"

6" x 6"

6" x 6"

Here are a few photos to give you a better sense of the dimensionality:

The "frames" are painted with iridescent paint and the sides of each of the panels are painted in that iconic pink color of the walls of the Tenenbaum house. I really hope you can view the pieces in person so you can see the shiny frames and all the textures.

This was one of my favorite things to work on this year. It was really fun to try to get the characters' personalities through in my drawings, and I liked working with all the great colors from the movie.
I've seen some of the other work in the show and it's incredible. Definitely check it out in person if you're in San Francisco!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Let the Right One inPRNT

Hey guys! In the spirit of Halloween, I've made my "Blood Bond" illustration available as a print in my inPRNT store!

The piece is based on the Swedish vampire movie, "Let the Right One In," which you should watch if you haven't yet. There's also an American remake called "Let Me In" which I thought was also really good! Watch them both! Then buy prints for you and all your friends and family because of how you're obsessed with the movies now. Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 13, 2011


Heyyy, I did the cover illustration for this week's LA Weekly! Grab yourself a copy, LA people!
The article it's based on is about preferential treatment and the rigging of the admissions process of some charter schools in LA. Here's the illustration:

And here it is in print (sorry for the poor quality of these photos):

You might notice that on the actual cover, the wall was changed to a different color at the last minute to pump up the contrast between the foreground characters and the crowd in the back. It kind of affected the line quality in some areas, but I hope it's not too noticeable.

Aaand the following are the sketches I did. Darrick Rainey, the art director, gave me a brief synopsis of the article and already knew what he wanted for the illustration: A couple VIP children being led into the school by a bouncer while some parents and other potential students wait in line. Because I was given all of the elements to work with, I mostly just had to play around with composition (in a couple of the sketches I added a school bus, though. I thought it would be a funny substitute for a limo or something a real VIP would arrive in). So after coming up with various sketches, the first sketch I did was chosen.

This was a pretty fun illustration to do. I hadn't drawn kids in a while, and it was fun making the two in the front look really pretentious and haughty, but in a kids way. Especially that little girl with the attitude and the candy jewelry and the stuffed animal puppy in her purse.
As always, thanks to Darrick Rainey for the art direction and the opportunity for the cover. Yay!

OH, by the way, some of my pieces from "The End" were on the Juxtapoz website today! Double yay!

Friday, October 7, 2011

The End of "The End" + "I Want My Music Video"

"The End" is near its end at WWA Gallery. Tomorrow is the last day to see the show in person, so if you haven't yet, please check it out! If you're interested, you can see the remaining available pieces here. Thanks again to WWA Gallery for having me at the gallery, and to everybody who has supported the show!

Also, "I Want My Music Video" opens tonight at 8pm at Meltdown Comics in Hollywood. I've seen the work by a lot of the other artists and it looks like it's going to be an incredible show, so check it out if you can! I'll be showing a signed and framed print of my Sufjan Stevens illustration, which was inspired by this music video:

Here are a couple articles about the show (including previews of some of the work):

Oh, and I'll be participating in Spoke Art's Wes Anderson movie-themed show "Bad Dads" at the end of the month, so keep your eyes peeled for an update on that later this month.

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Hi guys!

Thanks again to everyone who stopped by WWA Gallery for "The End." There are still pieces available from the show, so if you're interested in purchasing anything, click here. The show will be up through Oct. 8th, so check it out in person if you can!

I'm a little late in posting some pictures, but better late than never:
Here are all the pieces set up in the gallery (photos courtesy of WWA Gallery)...

And here are a few photos from opening night (courtesy of WWA Gallery, my mom, and my cousin Chrissy)...

**In other news, I've got an interview in the art/design magazine Domestic Etch, which you can preview and purchase by clicking here. Thanks to Domestic Etch and Elizabeth Goodspeed for the interview!

**In other-other news, I'm participating in the "I Want My Music Video" art show taking place at Meltdown Gallery (in the awesome Meltdown Comics shop in Hollywood) and opening Oct. 7th. It's curated by music video director Chris Marrs Piliero and artist Dave MacDowell and showcases artwork inspired by various music videos. I'll be showing a signed and framed print of my Sufjan Stevens illustration, which is no longer available in my print store.

**Also, I forgot to post this a long time ago, but Pat put up pictures of his contributions for the next round of our on-going collaborations. Check them out here (along with the previous round) on our shared Society6 page:
Or just look here:

I have the next round of the collaboration, so it's my fault for the lack of updates. I was crazy busy working on my show, but I'm hoping to finish the next round in the next couple of weeks. Cross your fingers!

**I've got other projects in the works too, so keep an eye out in the coming weeks for some new stuff!