Monday, December 3, 2012

Tool Talk

Hey guys! If you've ever been curious about the specific tools I use for my work, check out this interview I did for The Tools Artists Use: http://thetoolsartistsuse.com/2012/11/julian-callos/

Be sure to check out the other interviews on the site as well. Lots of incredible artists and informative tool talk!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Hey guys! Some new prints have just been added to my inPRNT store! Prints make great gifts for the holidays, you know. I mean...I'm just sayin'. *cough cough*
Check out the new additions below, and check out my store on inPRNT, which includes some older (but still good!) prints: http://www.inprnt.com/gallery/julian_callos/

 

Monday, October 22, 2012

Moonrise

Hey guys! October 26th and 27th are the opening nights of the "Bad Dads" show, Spoke Art's annual tribute to the films of Wes Anderson [Here is my contribution to last year's show]. This year I decided to make a sculpture of Sam from "Moonrise Kingdom":
"Sam"
Mixed media sculpture
Approx. 13" tall

Here are a few different angles and some detail shots:

This sculpture took forever to complete and kind of drove me crazy, but in the end I'm really happy with how it came out. It's definitely one of the cutest things I've ever made, I think. If you're in San Francisco on the 26th or 27th, be sure to check out the opening (either one of those nights...or both!). It's a Halloween party too, so take the opportunity to dress as your favorite Wes Anderson character and look at all the cool art. Here's the flyer:

**And if you're in Los Angeles, don't forget that October 26th is also the opening of "The Old School Video Game Art Show" at Gallery 1988 (Venice!!), where I'll be showing my pieces "Mushroom Kingdom Syndrome" and "Wild MOLTRES appeared!" Check out my previous post about that show.

Bye!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Website: Updated!

Hey guys! I'm pleased to announce that after a really really long time, my website is FINALLY updated with all my latest work! Plus, it has a brand-spanking new layout! Check it out: juliancallos.com

Tell everybodyyy!

Monday, October 1, 2012

A Variety of Things

Happy October, everybody! I've got a few updates for you.

**Here's a little illustration I did for the daily version of Variety magazine (in the September 14th issue) as it appears on the page. My assignment was to do a simple illustration showing child stars overpowering some film and TV executives via a game of tug-of-war. Thanks to Creative Director Paula Taylor (and Peter Debruge!) over at Variety for the opportunity.


**In other news, the second annual Old School Video Games Art Show at Gallery 1988 (VENICE) is later this month. Here's the postcard with all the info:
 

I'll be exhibiting a couple of my previous video-game-themed pieces—"Mushroom Kingdom Syndrome," which is inspired by The Legend of Zelda and Super Mario and was originally created for the Bits in Multiples of 8 book, and "Wild MOLTRES appeared!" which was a print done for the "Pokémon Battle Royale" show at Light Grey Art Lab. Now you'll get an opportunity to see the originals in person, all nicely framed (and maybe purchase them?? Hmm?). Here they are in case you haven't seen them before:

And here are my previous blog entries about both pieces if you want background info and sizes and all those details: Mushroom Kingdom Syndrome + Wild MOLTRES Appeared!

**Here's a WIP shot of a sculpture I am working on depicting Sam from the movie Moonrise Kingdom, for Spoke Art's "Bad Dads" show, the third annual tribute to the films of Wes Anderson:

The show opens at Spoke Art in San Francisco on October 26th and 27th. I'll post the finished product closer to the opening date.

**Finally, here's a silly self-portrait I did because I was bored and I'm always thinking about food. I love food, you guys.


Monday, September 3, 2012

Taetrum et Dulce: Lux in Tenebris

September 8th is the opening of "Taetrum et Dulce: Lux in Tenebris," which features work from last winter's "Taetrum et Dulce" show at MondoPOP in Italy, as well as some new works by some of the artists. The show takes place at Distinction Gallery in Escondido, CA and will be up until October 6th.
I'll be exhibiting my pieces "Fata Morgana" and "Halcyon" from the first "Taetrum et Dulce." If you are in the area, please check out the show! It's sure to be a great one!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Love for Lovecraft

Hey guys! Here's my contribution to Trevor Henderson's upcoming HP Lovecraft art zine, Puffed Shoggoths. It's based on the final scene in Lovecraft's short story "The Rats in the Walls," which you can read in its entirety here. So...Spoiler alert!

"A de la Poer Eats Forbidden Things"
Ink on paper
8.5" x 13"

In short, a man is haunted by the sound of rats scurrying in the walls of his ancestral home. He follows the sound and discovers an ancient cavernous city beneath his home where his ancestors had raised and fed on human cattle for centuries. Upon reaching this conclusion he goes mad and, seemingly overcome by his latent cannibalistic heritage, attacks and begins eating one of the other men who had come with him to investigate. He is discovered later by the rest of the men and is sent to a mental institution, where he can still hear the sound of rats scurrying behind the padded walls.
So creepy! Also, it turns out the sound of the rats was in Delapore's head all along, which is why the rats in my illustration are just these sort of ghostly silhouettes.
"The Rats in the Walls" is my favorite Lovecraft story out of the few I've read so far, and I was excited to do a piece based on it. I guess I have a strange fascination with the creepy and horrible things that can happen in the dark.
Anyway, here's the sketch:
 And just for fun, here's a sketch I did of one of the "Elder Ones" from At the Mountains of Madness, another Lovecraft story. I drew it as I was reading Lovecraft's description of it because I was having trouble visualizing it in my mind. After re-reading it a couple more times I realized I got some details wrong (I think the legs are supposed to be more like tentacles, for example), but I think I came pretty close.
The Puffed Shoggoths zine won't be out for a while (it's set to be premiered at the Toronto Comics and Arts Festival next May), but a Kickstarter will be set up soon so you can pre-order the zine and get some other goodies. I'll post another update when that's all set up. In the meantime, you can check out previews and follow the zine's progress on its tumblr page. And check out this partial list of contributors to the zine!
So exciting!

Monday, August 20, 2012

"Sin-eater" on 1xRun

Hey guys! This Wednesday, 1xRun will be releasing a signed, limited edition print run of my piece "Sin-eater," and it'll only be available to purchase for a week. 

Each is a 13" x 16" archival pigment print on 330gsm fine art paper. The run is a limited edition of 50 (all signed and numbered) at $45 each. They will be available for purchase from August 22nd to August 28th.

If you want, you can sign up to be reminded when the print is released. And if you scroll down, you can also read a little interview I did with 1xRun!

Tell all your friends!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Chiaki Kuriyama Double Feature

As I mentioned in my previous post, Gallery 1988's annual Crazy 4 Cult show is taking place at a pop-up gallery in New York this year. The opening is August 9th, from 6-9pm, at 64 Gansevoort St. New York, NY 10014; the show runs till September 1st. The show is all about cult films, so I thought I'd pay tribute to two of my favorites, both of which feature actress Chiaki Kuriyama as a badass schoolgirl: Battle Royale and Kill Bill (one of my favorite movies period):

"Too Cool for School"
Acrylic, gouache, and ink on paper mounted on cradled panel
9" x 12" x 2"

I thought it would be fun to show her characters (Takako Chigusa of Battle Royale and Gogo Yubari of Kill Bill) existing in the same world, ditching school and loitering like shady teenagers. It was also fun to revisit Battle Royale for Crazy 4 Cult 6 (I did a Battle Royale-inspired piece for the first ever Cult show I was in, Crazy 4 Cult 2).
Here are a couple detail shots:



And here are the sketches. I started off with just the two figures and the wall, then I made up some posters and graffiti that referenced their respective movies, all of which I combined in photoshop to create the final sketch. The poster for The 5.6.7.8's was especially fun to design:



If you live in NYC or are visiting in August, please check out the show, especially if you've never experienced a Gallery 1988 event before! It's sure to be crazy and crazy good.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

C4C Hearts NY


Hi guys! This year, Gallery 1988's annual Crazy 4 Cult show moves to New York! All the info is up on that promo card up there.
Here's a teaser of my piece. It's probably not hard to guess which movies I chose to play with this time around:

I'll post the final image up when the show gets closer.

Oh, and remember Jimmy Giegerich's Bits in Multiples of 8 zine that I did this Legend of Zelda/Mario mash-up illustration for? Well that zine is no longer going to be a zine but a perfect-bound book featuring tons of awesome video-game-themed art by incredible illustrators (you can view the full list of contributors here)! You can pre-order a copy/help fund the project through this kickstarter. The project was already fully funded on the first day it was up, but there are still plenty of goodies to go around along with the book!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Heyyyyy, Brother

June 29th is the opening of "There's Always Money in the Banana Stand," Gallery 1988's tribute to Arrested Development and those wacky Bluths.
My favorite character is Buster; every line Tony Hale delivers cracks me up. Here's Buster facing his fear:
 "Out on a Limb"
Acrylic, gouache, and ink on paper mounted on cradled panel
8" x 10" x 1.5"

As you can see, I decided to indulge my more cartoony side. I thought it would be appropriate since everybody on that show is pretty cartoony in the first place.
Here are a couple details shots (click to view larger). I love painting patterns on clothing. I want this shirt in real life:

Argyle socks and kiddie ride detail:

I also painted the sides of the cradled panel in that distinctive orange of the show's title and George Senior's prison jumpsuit. Sorry for the crappy phone picture:

Aaand here's the sketch:

Remember, the opening is June 29th, from 7-10pm at Gallery 1988's Melrose location. If you're a fan of the show or a "buy-curious" art collector, you'll definitely want to check it out!

Update: Here's the official promo for the show with all the info. Thanks to Gallery 1988 for featuring my illustration on the promo!

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Murmuration of Starlings

Hey guys!
It's been a little while since I've posted something new, so why don't I just go ahead and do that. Here's a commission I just finished for my friend Jayne. My only real guidelines for the painting were for it to have a girl and for it to be kind of weird. SO:

"Murmur"
Acrylic, gouache, and ink on paper mounted on cradled wood panel
11.75" x 11.75"

Here's the sketch:

Without over-explaining the narrative I had in my head for the piece, I'll just say it's about telling secrets (that part has nothing to do with Jayne...I just wanted to tell some kind of story). Anyway, it was fun to work on. I took a little more time on this than usual just because I didn't have too many urgent deadlines at the time. Who knew that when you take your time on something rather than leaving it till the last minute you can be happy with your work???

Monday, April 23, 2012

Suggestivism

Hey guys! Next month I'm in a show at Bold Hype Gallery in New York called "Suggestivism," which is curated by Nathan Spoor. Seeing as how preview images have already gone up on the Hi-Fructose site (here), I thought I'd finally share my contribution to the show here on the blog:

"Sin-eater"
Acrylic and gouache on paper mounted on cradled panel
11" x 14" x 2"

This piece is loosely based on the practice of sin-eating, whereby an individual (the "sin-eater") would remove the sins of a recently deceased person through ritual consumption of food and drink and take them into himself, allowing the deceased person's soul to rest in peace. In this case, the sin-eater is the stag, who (reluctantly) bears the dead man's injuries as well as the weight of all his troubles.

As I said in my previous post about St. Vincent, this piece is loosely inspired by a St. Vincent song ("Cheerleader"). It's actually inspired more by the themes of the song rather than a literal interpretation of the song...but anyway, it's a gorgeous song!

"Suggestivism" opens May 10th! If you are in New York, be sure to check it out. The line-up is incredible, and I'm extremely honored to be in such great company (special shout-out to my former instructors Nathan Ota and Bob Dob, who are also in the show). And thanks to Nathan Spoor for inviting me to take part!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Gotta catch 'em all!

Last night was the Pokémon Battle Royale show at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. From the pictures I've seen it looked like a really fun event, so I wish I could have been at the opening!
Anyway, the remaining prints are now online! You can purchase my Moltres piece by clicking HERE.

There's so much incredible work in the show. Hopefully they put the full gallery online soon so you can see all 151 pieces together. Don't forget that all the prints in the show are very limited in quantity so catch 'em while you can!

UPDATE: HERE is the full gallery with all 151 pieces from the show. So much gorgeous art to look at!

UPDATE 2: Thanks to everyone who has bought a Moltres print! The signed edition is sold out, but those who still want a print can purchase an unsigned one at that link through May 11th! Thanks so much!!

Friday, April 20, 2012

St. Vincent

The other day I did this little drawing of Annie Clark, AKA St. Vincent. I've been listening to her music non-stop over the past couple months. She's definitely become one of my favorite musicians and a huge artistic inspiration (I finished a painting last week, the theme of which was loosely inspired by a St. Vincent song. I'll post that soon.).


"St. Vincent"
Ink on paper mounted on wood panel
5" x 7"

I actually saw her play live last night with my friend Sinae and I was absolutely blown away. She's an incredible performer, and a badass on the guitar. Definitely check her out live if you can!
Also, I'm a big nerd, so I brought the drawing with me to the show and Sinae got the merch girls to agree to give it to Annie, so hopefully it gets to her and she likes it!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Suspense & Gallows Humor & other stuff

Good eeevening...
On Friday the 13th, Gallery 1988 Venice is hosting an Alfred Hitchcock tribute show called "Suspense & Gallows Humor." I became a big fan of Hitchcock when I took a college course on his films and discovered just how meticulous and detail-oriented he was as a filmmaker, so I was really excited to be invited to this show. I decided to pay tribute to probably his most well-known film, "Psycho," and its creepy and subtext-filled parlor room scene:


"You eat like a bird."
Ink on paper mounted on wood panel
20" x 16"

Here's the sketch, just because:


I tried to recreate the parlor as accurately as possible (I watched the scene countless times and tried to get all the little details right, down to the paintings on the walls, with a few tweaks like having all the stuffed birds staring at Marion). The illustration isn't actually based on any one screencap; I just tried to get the mood of the scene down, playing with the light/dark contrast between Marion and Norman.
Anyway, the opening is from 7pm-10pm next Friday, so if you're in the area check out the piece in person along with the other tributes!

**Another show coming up this month is Pokémon Battle Royale at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis. I'm SUPER excited to be part of this show. I've already seen a handful of the pieces and I've been blown away by each one. You can check out my Moltres piece in this previous post. There will be 10 signed 8" x 8" prints (7" x 7" printed area with a half inch border) of my piece available for $40 each at the show (in fact, all the pieces in the show are $40 prints!!), so if you live in or plan to be in Minneapolis when the show opens on April 20th, check out the show and catch as many Pokémon prints as you can! I really wish I could be there to snatch some up myself!
In the meantime, check out this sweet poster for the show:


**This came out a couple weeks back and I just forgot to mention it here, but my spirit animal sculptures are featured in NICE Magazine's 7th issue, the "Handmade" issue, which you can download or view online! It's a really beautiful issue so take a gander at it. Thanks to Catherine Green of NICE for the feature!

**Here's a thing I drew! It's a self-portrait + a self-portrait as a cheeseburger:


**Finally, I found out the other day that my "Fallout" piece from "The End" has been selected for inclusion in the American Illustration 31 book coming out later this year! Yay!!