Thursday, October 29, 2009

Thanks Spike!

Spike Jonez and Co. have recently set up an awesome blog called "We Love You So" chronicling everything that is "Where The Wild Things Are." Last week he posted the piece I did for Terrible Yellow Eyes on his blog, and although he didn't mention my name with the piece, I'm honored that he liked it enough to post it on his blog. Where The Wild Things Are is one of my favorite books of all time, and has now become on of my favorite films ever, not to mention a great example of how CG Animation can seamlessly merge with Live Action Filmaking if it's done with good taste. Too often, CG Animation becomes a crutch when it comes to creating special effects and character animation for films, but the fact that Spike and the team he assembled, constructed and built everything that they could by hand ( hat's off to Jim Hensons Creature Shop for those kick ass costumes ) and used only CG where they needed it ( mainly in the animation of the characters faces )I think set forth a great example of how the CG Animation medium should be used in film. Limited and only when necessary. Anyways my wife and I have already seen the film twice, and well probably make it to the theaters once more before it makes it's exit. The film is beautiful and a breath of fresh air for an industry that always seems to turn something we all love into something we wish was different. Anyways, thanks again Spike for posting my piece.

Mutant Pumpkins From Outer Space

They don't make movie posters like they used to, and being a huge fan of classic horror movie posters, when I was asked to create and paint a few "campy" B-Movie inspired movie posters for their recently released Halloween Special, I jumped at the opportunity. While painting movie posters is fun, I find that the hardest thing about painting these types of classic horror posters is trying to balance all the story and thematic elements into one single image. Anyways, playing with text, cheesy & garish colors, and over dramatising most of the characters and elements in these posters was a lot of fun. Also, thanks to Amid for the kind words and for featuring this on the Brew.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Built To Spill Concert Poster

I recently did this concert poster for the awesome band "Built to Spill." The are playing at the world famous Fillmore in San Francisco over the Halloween weekend, so I was asked to create something with a Halloween flair to it. I ended up with this satanic recording studio featuring the grim reaper on lead guitar and the mummy on vocals.

The official show dates are Saturday October 31st & Sunday November 1st at the Fillmore in San Francisco.

Halloween Print Set Avaliable

With Halloween upon us, I thought I would update my store with a little vampire flavor. The Drinking with Dracula print pack is new, and will be available for a limited time during the Halloween season. The original paintings were shown at the ART & Mayhem Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008. Every print pack consists of all three signed Dracula prints. Check out the Drinking with Dracula Print Set in the store if you are interested in spending sometime with this Halloween drunk.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

My Artwork & Print Store Is Now Open

First off, I just want to thank everyone out there who has supported me and this little blog I started several years ago. All the support and positive feedback I've received from all of you out there has been amazing and incredibly inspiring.

Secondly, for a long time now, I've wanted to have a place online that I could offer some prints and artwork for sale but haven't gotten around to creating the website for it. Well, my wife Crystal and I have spent the last month getting the ball rolling on this idea and finally we have a little online store that is now officially open! The Artwork and Print store we've started will be updated regularly with new prints and new original paintings, sketches, and possibly shirts and even toys in the future. There will be a link on this blog to the right that will take you directly there, plus other links that will take you to featured prints. What's available in the store at this moment is just at a small starting place, so if something is missing from the store that you wish was there, just send us an email and we can hopefully add it to the store. Also, check out the Painting Give-A-Way section in the store, there's going to be some opportunities for people to win some free original artwork, so have a look at that if you are interested. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us or simply check out the FAQ section. And if you get a chance, swing by the store and check out what we got.

The piece shown above will be available in the store as a Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Print "She Loved the Man and the Monster." The original piece has been sold. It was featured in the newly released book "The Ancient Book of Sex and Science." The print shown below is one of the smaller 8x10 prints titled "Some Like Them Hot / Some Like Them Cold". These smaller 8x10 prints are all sized to perfectly fit right into any 8x10 picture frame, below is an example of one of the prints placed in an 8x10 Ikea frame.

**Sorry, but the photo shown above has not been color corrected, it's only to show size and scale with an 8x10 frame.