Friday, April 1, 2011

BTILC

I'm thrilled to be participating in the Jay222 curated tribute to Big Trouble in Little China. The show will open April 9th over at Dragatomi. Participating are:

Dave Correia, Patrick Francisco, Alex Pardee, TaskOne, Leecifer, Jay222, Josh Taylor, Ritzy Periwinkle, Downtimer, LiLJAPAN, Robert Bowen, Le Merde, Dezeinswell, Skinner, Brad Isdrab, Dan Fleres, Lucien Shapiro, Aaron Lee, Chris Lee, Mark Nagata, SpankyStokes, Nebulon5, Erick Scarecrow, Wayshak, Mikie Graham and Danny Miller.


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Sideview

I've always felt sort of disorganized since the topics covered in this blog range from whimsical imaginative creatures to more traditional studies like these I'm posting now. I've decided to make a place for these things over at SideviewPF so if you like the work here so far, be sure to go over there and see how that side develops too. Why sideview? I'll save that story for another post.

I will continue to update Doodles and Chimps with more imaginative stuff in the future so keep an eye here too.





Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Studio Visits and Digital Doodles

The only thing I miss about my Midwood apartment is the bedroom converted into a studio. That in mind, I was happy to visit the spacious studios of artist friends lately and I wanted to share some images and links. 

This was not a planned post so I didn't take many pictures, but follow the links to get to know these artists more. Those who follow me on twitter have seen these photos already, but here it is again for those that don't. 

First up is a shot of egg tempera supplies in the studio of Kam Mak. I learned a lot about oil paint from Kam while in college, but now he has shifted his interests to egg tempera for his personal work. He is known for his children's books and more recently, the Lunar New Year stamps.

Next is Dahlia Broul who also works with children's books. Her work is fun, detailed and includes great character expressions. She kindly shared some perspective tips as she worked on the bridge. Go check out her work. 

In the foreground of that photo, you can see I was doodling on Photoshop. It started out as a gesture on my phone using the Sketcher app from Wargoth. After some work with a tablet and PS, the result is below. 






I know, I know - sickeningly cute, clean lines... I have no idea what got into me. I'll be sure to muck it up when I paint it. The 'No Pain' shirt will make sense when the final is paired with its collaborative companion by AXH. Below is a less friendly sketch, also done on Sketcher. The brushes on that app are fantastic. 


Monday, August 16, 2010

Cross over?

Some cool recent mentions of my work came from two unexpected non-art related places.

The first is from Cagepotato, a site I regularly follow for their MMA news and fightpicker game. After seeing some MMA related art covered on their site, I decided to send in my Chuck Liddell and Rear Naked Choke painting. They posted the work in a "comments" feature and also sent me a T-shirt that I'd like to consider my keyboard warrior black belt. Yes!

The second site is obsessed with the numbers 222. You know, like Jim Carrey was with the number 23. Funny though, they found the painting on my blog and link back to it but credit the work to Jay222 who I did the painting for. Silly number geeks. No replies when I messaged them to say so. Here it is anyway - 222 Mystery.

As for new stuff, I have some drawings I haven't uploaded yet but I will soon.

Monday, July 26, 2010

CTU Blindbox Released


After months of anticipation and teasers, the Custom Toy Union artist blindbox series is finally available. They were first seen at Dragatomi's booth in the San Diego Comic Con last week and those who weren't able to go can still get box through the CTU store. Each piece is an original custom work and they are limited in numbers so be sure to grab a few while you can.
Leading up to their release, many news sites have covered the series. You can find mine mentioned and revealed at SpankyStokes, ToysRevil, and Kollectible Kulture.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

This used to be my playground..

I've been sitting on this playground update for a while but better late than never right? This photo was taken the weekend after we installed our characters. We noticed a group of models posing for a photographer in the space so I snapped a shot too before it became too awkward to shoot. We didn't stick around to see if the characters were incorporated into anything, but it would be purty neat if they were.


About a week later, all the characters were stolen. We somehow thought they would last a little longer than that or at least be sniped one at a time. Here are the initial sketches for my guys. A little different from the final pieces, but in some ways I like the sketches better. The photos are about actual size.


Friday, June 11, 2010

At the Playground Ya Know



The playground close to me is chained up, run down, and an overall sorry sight. There is good reason for this, but friends and I decided to enter the debris danger zone to help make it look slightly less like a prison yard. 

We brought with us debris resistant creatures to populate the space. Below, I stand between my two for scale. They look pretty bummed that I'm leaving them in this chain link prison. 


The rest of the creatures were done by AXH Animation. An exception is the turtle below which was a collab between AXH and Oi who also shot many of these photos.


Now let's see how long it takes before they escape or are kidnapped. 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Custom Toy Union Blind Box Dunny Interview


A while ago, Pranay from Custom Toy Union asked me to be a part of their upcoming blind box series to be released this summer at the San Diego Comic Con. I believe you will be able to get your hands on them at Dragatomi's booth. Below is a mock up of my contribution and I will have four pieces total in the series. More info can be found over at CTU while waiting for SDCC to arrive.

CTU has been posting interviews with the participating artists and mine can be found here. Also, check out the coverage on the series by Toys R Evil.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Thought Processor NYC


Tonight at My Plastic Heart!


Thought Processor is a paper toy that can be downloaded at Phoneticontrol.

So How's Polly Doing?


We brought Polly home a few weeks ago and her condition is much better. She is now back to walking and just days ago started to use her litter box again. Still blind, but she has already mastered getting off the couch with minimal stumbling. She can't jump to the window and people watch anymore so she sits facing the front door listening to people pass by. She finds me by sniffing out my feet and will nap with her head leaning on a foot. She mostly just sleeps now and is constantly looking for food when awake. Fatty!

These pictures were taken the night we brought her home. Below are unrelated drawings done recently.

Monday, April 26, 2010

222 finally done



I posted a preview to this piece a while back and finally it is complete. This was done for Jay222 who is an artist that creates fantastic and gruesome creatures. Be sure to stop by his site, and see the terror first hand.



Here are some closer shots of the painting.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pollycat

Pollycat has been a part of this blog almost as much as my artwork so I thought I would talk about what happened to her. She's not doing very well - she is now blind, deaf, and I question whether she can even feel any sort of touch. She can't walk or stand or even sit up, but that is slowly improving. Just days ago she was running around being the usual great companion she is. So what happened?
Polly is only two years old and was healthy when we brought her to the vet for a grooming and physical this past Monday. She was fine after both and I should have brought her home. Instead, I left her at the vet longer so she can have a dental check-up as well. She wasn't the same afterwards. No explanation can be given why or how this happened but from her symptoms it looks like this healthy two-year-old had a stroke. We are told that she may improve and she is staying at the vet as she slowly recovers. A full recovery is not likely, but only a few days have passed and it is too early to make a decision on her future.

It's strange here at home without her. Hopefully she will be well enough to come back soon.

Then yesterday, my dad's betta fish died. At least the week is almost over.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Sgt. Huntington

Sgt. Huntington is my contribution to the Sketchbot show opening tonight at My Plastic Heart. More photos on Flickr. Named after the street the pics were shot on though I did consider using the cross street instead.

The head came from one of these guys I sculpted a few months back. And the original sketchbot figure looks like this. The rest is sculpey and random objects.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

222

This is a small portion of a painting that I will post soon. The numbers are a tribute to an artist that anyone with interests in custom toys will recognize. Full shot to come.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

So a dog, a portrait, and a sketchbot walk into a bar...

The Sketchbot show is coming! The Sketchbot show is coming! I may have gone overboard with my heatgun and knife...

This is my friend's dog that I was supposed to paint a whiiile back. Painting this made me want to paint a person so I did the one below right after.

I decided to paint on this old cutting board that was laying around. Please donate your old cutting boards to my cause.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Pollycat Painted

You know I'm obsessed with my cat. I just don't understand why you are not too. ;)

And here's something that's not a cat: