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:

"Royal"
8" x 10"


"Etheline"
8" x 8"


"Richie"
6" x 6"


"Margot"
6" x 6"


"Chas"
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

Covered

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):
http://buzzworthy.mtv.com/2011/10/05/chris-marrs-piliero-music-video-art-show/
http://arrestedmotion.com/2011/10/preview-i-want-my-music-video-art-show-meltdown/
http://www.ldwt.net/2011/10/i-want-my-music-video-art-show-celebrating-over-25-years-of-musical-inspiration/

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.