Saturday, July 26, 2008

Haida Hair Girl

Haida Hair GirlI just finished up my drawing for the Get The Lead Out show over at Black Maria Gallery that opens next Saturday, August 2nd. I decided to stick with my usual "totem" art theme, but I wanted to mix it up a bit. So I came up with the idea of rendering a girl's face and having a totem pattern layered on her hair. Since I'm not very good at reproducing a realistic human face/form without reference, I based my piece on a photo of a friend of mine. I did take a few stylistic liberties though, really minimizing the facial detail and stylizing the hair a little bit to work with my design. Anyway, I'm very happy with the way the piece turned out. And as usual, picking up this medium again after so many years has got me excited to keep it up and do some more drawings. But alas there are too many other priorities I need to attend to right now...

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Reactor-88 x StrangeKiss @ SDCC

Spade-Skull 8-inch Dunny
Well now that it's almost here, I get to show all the customs I've been working on for the Simple Pleasures show at the Strangekiss booth- happening during the San Diego Comic Con (SDCC) this year. Now, I'm not really sure if you'd consider this a typical "show" show- I think it will be more of a general display of customs and art from a handful of artists within the confines of the Strangekiss booth, but it's still pretty cool. I'll have a total of ten customs, six being brand new for SDCC (8-inch Dunny, Mad-L, Munny, Mini Munny, 2x 3-inch Dunnys), two from a few smaller shows in the years past (10-inch Icebot, 5-inch Labbit), and one (3-inch Dunny) from earlier this year that I decided to hold onto just for this occasion. You may have noticed that didn't add up to ten, as I forgot to take pics of my custom Spade-Skull Buffmonster toy- oops... Anyway, hopefully everyone that makes it down SDCC this year will swing by the Strangekiss booth and check out all the cool customs and art by all the great artists they have on display. If you can't make it down, at least you can see my stuff here in this post- well, everything except the Buffmonster toy...Spade-Skull 3-inch Dunnys
Spade-Skull Mad-L
Totem Mini-Munny
Totem Munny
Totem 3-inch Dunny
Spade-Skull 10-inch Icebot (older piece)
Spade-Skull 5-inch Labbit (older piece)

Thursday, July 3, 2008

iPhone Background #3

Spade-Skull iPhone Background #3
I've been in a grungy mood lately, so I decided to carry that over to my third iPhone background wallpaper. I dug up an ancient photo I took back in the day when I was into 3D- I used to take pictures of all kinds of interesting textures with the idea of building up my own nice library of textures to apply to my 3D models. Anyway, take one rusty metal pic, some cool Photoshop "grunge" brushes, apply some layer modes and voila- iPhone Spade-Skull Background #3.

Totem Tunes

Totem Tunes
So I painted up this LP a good month ago, and I guess I neglected to post about it here. So anyway, here it is- aptly titled "Totem Tunes"- how original... I enjoy branching out and painting on things other than toys sometimes- I'd been wanting to paint a record for a while, so when this project came along I jumped on it. This will probably be the last unusual item I paint for a while though- the rest of my commission list is pretty much filled with toys and a canvas here or there. Speaking of which, I just finished up a HUGE show commitment, so I'll be getting back to commissions for a bit- yay for all you folks that are still so patiently waiting...