Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Stuff I've been up to

Painting for a charity auction in Stockton for the Go Red campaign to educate people about the dangers of women's heart disease.

Acrylic on canvas, 16"x20", titled "Savoring the Memory."

Monday, April 18, 2011

Laser Beam Bi-Winning

Not sure if this thing works, but trying to upload it anyway.  This was my "teach myself Flash in 1.5 hours with no manual" attempt this evening.

UPDATE: if you click the gif, it'll play in it's own little window, apparently.  At least with our computer and using Chrome.  Still LOTS of bugs to learn/work out, obviously.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Japan Art Fundraiser, My Bench!

I was super fortunate to check out an awesome fundraiser for Japan a while back put on by a super collaboration of Pixar, Dreamworks, Nickelodeon, and Mavericks Studios that went on over at Superfrog gallery in the New People building.

All the work was frickin' awesome, and I snapped a quick pic of superstar artist/fundraiser/badass Dice Tsutsumi's piece, which basically is not only the most appropriate painting ever to symbolize the Japan relief effort, but is masterfully done.

You can see his process (and a better photo) over at his blog HERE.  Dude is a super inspiring role model, basically living big off his art and also giving back big time (he organized the Totoro Forest Project, and is an awesome organizer, using his contacts with some of the biggest names in art today to help out awesome charities).  Basically, I hate this dude so much, only because I want to be able to do what he does so badly.

Also, as an update, my little Ballon Friend painting (below) sold at the Rise Japan Vol. 2 event the other night.  Yay!  Glad to know that I was able to contribute something to help out the recovery effort in Japan.

In other news, I took a class over at Techshop SF.  Eve and I took a tour of the shop as part of the Baz Biz holiday sponsorship, and they were offering a holiday special which I totally took advantage of.  So I took their Woodshop Safety and Basic Usage (SBU) class and learned how to use all sorts of saws, a sander, and I made a bench!

 Nalgene bottle, coffee cup, and messy room in the photo for scale

It was a huge pain in the ass carrying it home and on the bus (especially since I was also lugging around some paintings), but it was pretty awesome in that I could sit down where ever I wanted to.  For me, that one night, every bus stop had an empty seat.

Anyway, I hope to use the rest of my one-month membership to build a crap load of wooden stuff.  I also totally plan to cut and sand the crap out of a bajillion wooden panels to paint on.  Heck yeah!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

10 min fig. study + new cute monster

Did a quick 10 min. figure study, instead of painting (like my old Academy instructors would prefer I do), I actually did the line sketch with black acrylic, then did some fills, hit a few highlights, and washed in a quick background.  Eh, cool.
I also did this new little cute monster thing.  I think his name is "Stabby."  He's not quite sure what to do with the knife, but I'm sure he'll figure something out. 

I find myself rapidly doing more and more of these cutesy little blog creatures, as opposed to my more nightmarish beasts or the horrific portraits.  Hmm, we'll see where this is all going.