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!