Gallery 1988 is currently featuring their latest "Crazy 4 Cult"show, which is entirely villain focused. I had so many ideas for this show it was hard to choose. I eventually decided to depict my favorite melty-faced Nazi who got his comeuppance, Toht. Such an impressionable scene from Raiders of the Lost Ark. As a kid, I remember going through this effect frame by frame on VHS tape. Above you can see my work in progress as I neared completion. Be sure to stop by and visit the Gallery to see this in all it's drippy glory.
Here is a show that I am really excited to be a part of - A tribute to Edgar Wright and his terrific films. I have to say, even though all his movies are thoroughly enjoyable, "Hot Fuzz" wins out for me because of all the deranged characters in Sanford. From Simon Skinner to Michael "Yarp" Armstrong, it's hard to choose a favorite. More than anything else in the film - the line "A Great Big Bushy Beard" always stuck out in my mind - thanks to the energetic delivery by Jim Broadbent's character Frank Butterman. My interpretation of this phrase pays homage to the poor police officer that Nicholas Angel replaces - buried (or I guess just placed) in the tombs of the town. There is one quick shot where this phrase echo's in actor Simon Pegg's head - so I wanted to create something that looked a bit horrifying but still had a lighthearted twist.
As this show is being publicized - some "special guests" will be in attendance for the opening tomorrow. I think we all know who they are! Be sure to get in line and take in all the wonderful art treats that have been collected for this great tribute!
A few of my favorite kenner figures painted up with acrylic on canvas boards.
The Yoda figure was one of the figures that my brother and I each needed to buy because we couldn't settle on who's he would be. I still feel that will the multitudes of new Hasbro Yoda figures, the original Kenner figure is still the best version. How can you get better than an orange snake? He's not holding his trademark cane here since it's been packed away with all the other weapons and accessories.
Power Droid Was always a favorite because he was nothing more than a walking box. He had no storyline and seemed to harbor no resentment towards anyone - he just walked around hoping people needed some juice!
Time for the Elmhurst Artist Guild's summer show. I've seen some really amazing pieces in this already - definitely a great eclectic assortment of work. My piece is titled "Nine Pocket Skeletons", but my wife likes to call it "pockets full of death". Hey, just because you like to drink doesn't mean you're gonna die right? I sure hope not. I like to think of it as nine thirsty skeletons just hoping to snag a sip of sweet alcohol. Anyway, a fun project and another learning experience for me with this acrylic work. These are nine 7x5 canvas boards with a varnished deep mahogany birch board underneath. So, if you like drinking as much as these animals, stop by for the reception in Elmhurst on Friday August 2, 7-9pm. Hey, there's free booze.
I’m just getting back into Chicago on a late Monday
night. The hustle and bustle of the San Diego con is still fresh in my head.
This one seemed to breeze by in the blink of an eye, faster than any show
previous. Meeting all the great fans and sharing our passions for art, toys, cartoons,
and films is always enjoyable – thanks for adding to the memories. It’s not
every day you meet someone with the same interest in “Man-E-Faces”, or a girl
with an almost unhealthy lust for gnomes. Being stationed at booth F5, I
appreciate all the talent around us – Rick Geary, Bobby Chiu, Kei Acedera, Donnachada Daly, Crystal Chesney-Thompson; all
great isle-mates who feel like longstanding neighbors during my 6 years of
running a table with Bob Rissetto. Now feeling artistically reinvigorated, I
look forward to the year ahead and the artistic challenges right on the
horizon. To everyone who bought something from me, or simply said it was
“cool”, I truly appreciate it. Sorry to those looking for some sold-out items.
You can always e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org,
and I’ll be happy to accommodate you with the art you are looking for. Thanks
everyone, especially to Bob and my wife Heather for running the table and
making the trip such a great experience.
San Diego Comic Con is only a day away now. As I feverishly prepare, the excitement builds as I look forward to all the fun geekery. Bob and I will be all ready in our same booth (F5), right next to Rick Geary and his lovely wife. As many of you know, this is the only show I do all year - so you are sure to find something unique and special. I'll have a boatload of collectable buttons as usual, and a few surprises too. I know it's always super crowded and crazy, but if it's anything like last year they do a good job of keeping that air conditioner cranked! Be sure to stop by and say hello!
While in Milwaukee last weekend, my wife and I visited Splash Studio- a painting AND drinking establishment. We got there a bit late after dinner (they clean up around 11), but we still had time to get in a quick speed painting. Anyway, if you are ever in the area, they were SUPER friendly, had a great vibe. Stop in and have some fun.
My subject matter - a hornbill from the Milwaukee Zoo
This is the premiere show at their brand new location. The theme was a secret until the unveiling last night! Go check out all the fabulous art in this show when you get a chance.
Gallery 1988 (west)
7308 Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90046
March 29th - April 20th
"RED TRACK SUIT"
My piece for this show is features recent seasons favorite, Vance, the red track suit dancer from "What's Up With That?" Depicting the crazy fluid movements of Jason Sudeikis - this piece even showcases the little smoke break he took during this year's Christmas show.
This piece is available exclusively through Gallery 1988 and is a limited run of 20. Each print is signed and titled.
I had this image of old-timey bears in my head - something early century, as if they were getting their portrait taken at the bear version of the World's Columbian exhibition. I'm sure junior can hardly wait to get out of that stuffy shirt. Dad likes extra starch.
This piece can be seen on display currently in the winter guild members show at the Elmhurst Art Museum, December 18 - January 18.
If you are in the LA area and looking for something to do this December - why not check out the Judd Apatow tribute show at Gallery 1988 Melrose. I will have 2 pieces in the show, both inspired by my favorite movie of Judd's creation - Anchorman! Can you wait for the followup film coming in 2013? I sure can't!
A scene from the film that is tough to beat was the animated segment where Ron Burgundy and Veronica Corningstone travel to a world of unicorns and rainbows. Pleasuretown indeed!
I was also inspired by Brick Tamland's charm, where he was able to somehow avoid deadly mauling and befriend a San Diego Zoo bear.
"Brick Tamland Falls in Love"
Check out all the great artists who have participated in what is sure to be a super exhibit.
"The Avengers" will soon be released on Blu-Ray/DVD and the recent advertising put me in the mood to re-comp my earlier team image into a poster-like split scene of the heroes. I was reading a Joss Whedon article recently and I agree with how he summarizes his film - "I don’t think it’s a perfect movie. I don’t even think it’s a great movie. I think it’s a great time…"
Here is an illustration of my house which I did for a recent party invitation. Inspired by the wonderful work of Carol Wyatt, I wanted to capture our home with some charming whimsy. Here are a few pics of the actual house for comparison. Some fun facts - it's a Sears home from 1933 - "The Normandy" is the name of the style as it appeared in the catalog. We have some great strung lights in the back of the house which were a definite must to capture for an evening party.
Another great con in San Diego this year. Met plenty of great folks - just wish I could have seen the rest of the show a bit more. Thanks to everyone who came by the booth. If there is something you missed out on, just send me an e-mail and I can hook you up with some tasty art.
Hey, and thanks to mental_floss for the kind mention this year - those folks are swell!
I got my first star wars figure when I was 7 years old. It must have been in '78 since it was on a card and I didn't get in on the early bird kit. It was R2-D2. My brother got C-3PO.
Right after seeing the movie and before there were Star Wars figures, I dreamed of them. The best I could imagine at the time were rubber bendy versions that matched a beaten up Spiderman I owned. To actually have these figures was the official start to what would be considered "collecting" to me. I needed to have them all.
What really stuck with me was the colorful card-back packaging. The toy package photos, mixed with saturated colors behind the blister where the figure resided made me hang on to the open packages so I could look at the photos and the other toys I wanted on the back. The nostalgia behind these toy memories are some of the most vivid that I can recall from that age.
This new art piece is a fun/macabre statement on collecting. On the left, I have the vivid and colorful memory of the original 12 Kenner Star Wars Figures - with the words "Collect them all!" The purest way I look back on and cherish these figures. On the right, I'm depicting the other side of collecting, where it's all about value and variants, and less about being a kid. This is accompanied with the tag line "Dissect them all". A much less attractive representation of being a collector, and a loss of innocence in the toy itself.
I hope you enjoy - AND, if you will be in San Diego this year for Comic Con, stop by booth F5 and say hi! Let me know which figure was your first.
The Tuna Sammich cartoon pilot was finally posted by one of my friends online (thanks Ron)! Now all can witness the hijinks of this charming and inquisitive little Sammich. The "Pilot" was created at Startoons back in the late '90s. Here it is in glorious "standard definition" - suitable to the late days of this popular format. This looks like it was transfered from some sort of tape media (since I can pick up on some scan lines). Ugh, so much I'd change nowadays - but nonetheless, most of this animation still looks pretty sweet. Gotta again thank Jon McClenahan for taking a chance on a young me and a young Phil Gullett and allowing us learn so much by working out this idea from start to finish. If a network liked it - you could have been watching this on your own TV. Tuna Sammich still has a lot of fun potential in my mind. At the very least - it was a blast to make and be part of such a great team of artists. Hope you enjoy!
Tuna Sammich Theme song:
Tuna Sammich... Tuna Sammich!!!
He's only just a man that looks like a Sandwich,
There's really nothing strange a-bout it.
He's got some legs and arms, and some bread for some skin,
He's just like you and me, or your own next of kin.
And, even though he's normal, he came packaged in a can.
So, the Star Wars Blu-Rays are out and about now - anyone pick them up? I don't yet have a Blu-Ray player, so I'll have to keep watching on DVDs for now. Preferably the "non-special" editions, back in the days when Dewbacks didn't work right and sand would freeze up R2-D2's robotic mechanisms. I'll take a wolfman in the cantina any day of the week over whetever the heck that thing is that replaced him. Anyways, here's to the days when a real person in a brown hood and 2 lightbulbs inside for eyes was good enough to pass as an alien creature.
Hi everybody. Here is my end of the show "Thanks" to everyone who stopped by booth F5. Your encouragement and kind words really help keep me motivated - I truly appreciate it! No, I really mean it - I hope I can use all this positive energy for good (I better get the pencils out while it lasts).
I was also humbled by a few nods to my work from io9and padinga. Those guys are sweet. Of course a big thanks to my art-wizard pal Bob Rissetto for pulling it all together with me (and helping to put down a slice of pizza or two).
I have to mention one of my favorite exhibits this year - the Vintage Star Wars dedication by Bwana Spoons which featured some exceptional interpretations of every figure released between 1978 and 1985.
Hi everyone! I'm wrapping up the finishing touches on preparations for the Con again this year. Bob and I will be in the same spot (Table F5), meeting and greeting all you wonderful art lovers. This year, I will have a larger selection of prints - some new, and additions based on requests from the Inner Workings and Choke books. Buttons will again be on hand - so get ready to add to your collection! Be sure to stop by and say hi!
I will be at the table Wednesday July 20th (preview night), Then all day Thursday July 21 through Saturday July 23. I will not be there on Sunday.
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