I’ve been very busy this past week. A friend of mind Brad (no relation), twists my arm every once in a while to get involved in shows or contests… nine times out of ten I bail. This time I thought it could be an opportunity to see what I could do with my sketches I’ve been making of cartoon characters. I approached it much like I was doing back in 2006 with my Music Royalty series.
Charlie Brown, Milhouse & SpongeBob SquarePants
I started on some Masters of the Universe sketches: Man at Arms
I also got going on roughing out the fox for my forest painting.
I’d like the thank everyone for their support with the forest painting. By Saturday morning I had sold them all. If you’re interested in grabbing one of these let me know ASAP. I’m not sure how many more I’m going to be able to make because the stencil will only last for a handful of sprays. I can make a limited number more. Once again if you’re interested in purchasing one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line “forest painting”. And in the email let me know if you want the grey or the natural background.
On another note…one of the many projects I’ve been working on the last few weeks, has been modifying my booth for friend and former roommate Claire Manning.
It started with sanding, painting, and adding new knobs to an old dresser.
She had an old Umbra door clothing rack that I repainted, and made notches in the wall, so it would fit and prevent it from sliding from side to side. Finally I made simple shelves using cheap metal brackets.
Booth turned out great. Claire, another friend Michelle, and I got up at 3:30am this morning to set it all up.
If you’re hitting up the One Of A Kind Show in Toronto, be sure to stop by her booth. She’s at BOOTH P33. She’s selling tea towels, aprons, napkins and pillows.
I’ve been a bit all over the place lately, but I’ve recommitted myself to my forest stencil that I bagan at the beginning of 2014. It’s a beast, and with all of the detail it takes forever.
I’m really starting to make ground on it and you can begin to see the trees forming.
To get myself inspired again, I hit up a few art shows in only a couple of days. I checked out Hanna Hur‘s Get Well Soon Slow Editions Book Launch at Art Metropole which was different than most shows I attend. The art book was comprised of flower drawings created while in the hospital, of arrangements visitors had left for the artist. It was pretty rad and the shop as well.
The second show I attended that night was Jon Todd‘s Outsiders at Hermann & Audrey which showcased his brand of portraiture and story telling through mixed media painting and collage. It’s alway great to see his work in person (like any artist for that matter) because you don’t get to experience the scale and depth of the materials used from a computer screen.
To be honest I walked right through Michelangelo: Quest for Genius. I’m not sure if it’s just where I’m at with my own art, but I just found it completely boring. The Alex Colville show in my opinion was amazing. Room upon room of countless works and sketches spanning his career. I found his water colours of the war really cool and thought they would inspire many concept artists with his execution.
Now that I’ve seen that Alex Colville inspired so much of The Shining I should finally watch it… this week would be perfect.
I also painted a watercolour painting for Wildly Fit, a healthy living company based out of Toronto. It was inspired by my last post “Time for change”. Over the course of the next little while I’ll make a few of these, all with positive messages for their social media channels, and it might build into a larger project.
When I pulished my last post I realized I had not shared a sketch I had done after the pigeons but before the freelancing gig.
It’s Rick and Morty…
I’ve been hooked on this show from the get go. It’s created by Dan Harmon and Justin Roiland and it is funny. It’s adult humour with the two main characters inspired by Back to the Future‘s Emmett Brown and Marty McFly.
My first sketch back last week I did Captain Caveman.
And in honour of Canada’s birthday I did the The Log Driver’s Waltz.
I’m starting to gain momentum so hopefully I can share as I go.
In past weeks I’ve had a theme for my sketches for the week: dogs, cats, etc. Last week I decided to sketch some characters from the same show with the thought of using Photoshop to piece them together into one image. I chose the The Goodfeathers from Animaniacs. The Goodfeathers was a spoof on characters that were in the Goodfellas and The Godfather movies.
Initially I didn’t like the face I had given Squit. It came out way too wacky. He looked more like a Rodney Dangerfield than a Ray Liotta. So for the first time in theses sketches, I erased it and drew a new one that was less wacky, but still keeping in the look of the cartoon character.
I didn’t like it even more, so instead of wearing a whole in the page (and knowing I was piecing it together in the end anyway) I drew one to the side. I tried less making it look like the cartoon character and more like RayLiotta himself.
Finished off with GODPIGEON
I’m very happy with the result, and the decision to change up Squit’s face.
Think I might get it heat transferred to a shirt.
So as I said last week I had to shoot a wedding over the weekend. It was mad hectic for me. The wedding was great, the couple getting married was great (family wedding) ….no complaints what so ever. It was the stress of making sure I got decent shots. Turned out, I got some really great pics. For the next couple weeks I’ll be spending my time sorting through them all, so cutting my stencil will stay on the back burner. Once the couple sees them maybe I’ll share them here too.
Last week was cat week with my sketches
This week I’ve been doing dogs – snoopy, underdog, maybe an odie, and I think I’m going to ditch the themes after that and go back to a bunch of randoms again.
As usual my latest painting is taking a crazy amount of time. In a previous post I said it was a new old painting that I was working on. It’s new because it’s my latest painting….it’s old, because I started it roughly 5 years ago. I’ve always planned to do this painting and the thought had never waivered on the subject matter.
Six years ago I started by painting the background, and then it sat leaning against a wall collecting dust. It’s going to be a red fox walking down a trail. I’m going to go about it much differently than I would have when I started. Chances are it would have look more like this piece.
Ink outlines, airbrushing, and a bit of oil paint on the details, all with the background comming through. My plan this time around is to cut a massive 2 colour stencil of the forest where the background will come through, and the fox will be solid oil paint and I’m going to make it as realistic as possible. In my head it works, will have to see if the two styles blend together enough and doesnt just look like one image sitting on top of another.
Here’s where I’m at with the stencil.
You can’t see much at this point but it should come together the more I get cut. I’m at about 40-50 hours of cutting in two weeks so far and I’m about a quarter done. The second stencil doesn’t have nearly as much cutting. It will probably equal the amount I’ve completed on this one, so that’s good news. It’s going to be a while before this one’s done. It won’t be that thrilling but I’ll do an update post or two to show where I’m at.
I Finally hit up the Frida & Diego Show at the AGO on the weekend. It was alright. I can appreciate it, but I’m not huge into Frida‘s stuff. Diego, I wasn’t framiliar with his work before, and I was pretty down with some of his stuff. The guy pulled off some pretty crazy murals in his day. I couldn’t grab any pics in the show so if you click their names above it will jump you to a google search of their work.
Afterword I went in search of the Evan Penny Exhibit which I’ve wanted to see since it opened and has also been up for a while.
This cats stuff was off the chain. It was hyperrealistic, but oversized. Everything was massive, and 50% of the sculpture was stretched or distorted in a way that completely messed with your eyes.
This one below I actually saw about 10 years ago at Museum London. It was cool to see it agian, but in different context. I could also see that light plays huge into these sculptures. In London this dude looked 100% real, the way he was lit. In Toronto he looked a bit grey in his flesh tone, but it was more than likely the wall colour reflecting on him….still sick as hell.
I realised as I was creating this post you might not want to follow an Evan Penny with your own sculpture, but let me tell you… if you were to create cardboard sculture, you would aspire to make work like this!
Booyah! Hahaha, doesn’t look that glamourous after Monseur Penny’s tres dopeness, but I’m happy with how it’s going. Right now it’s standing at about 10 inches tall. It’s taking longer than expected, but what else is new. The plan is to make about 5 of these bad boys which will lead into a larger group of work.I’d like to have the bulk of this figure done by the start of next week so I can get working on the next phase….if only I had some of those keebler elves that shoe maker had.
Started with taking some reference photos, literally assembled a pile of garbage.
Drew a blue jay, and did a basic rough inking.
I then assembled it in the computer to make a transfer.
Took a couple tries though. I switched up the file a bit, changed printers, and the paper I was working on and it came out perfect.
Last but not least, I hit it with a bit of oil painting to bring it all together. I wanted to keep a bit of the “marker/ink” look to the bird so I only added it mostly to the face and the underside.
Really happy with how this turned out. I tried to mix it up from my regular processes. My original idea was to paint a bird with a mohawk, but ended up going a different direction – I just made a nest out of plaid shirts, spraypaint caps, pins and band flyers.
Here’s the final: