Oh...... I've been a bad blogger. A very very bad blogger, but I have good reason. I quite fortunately have been working on a project with MAC Cosmetics called Paint By Number showcasing their fluid acrylic body paint and featuring little ole me as the guest artist. It started with an illustration--- I designed a backdrop and then elements from that backdrop go onto a model and a mannequin. What what what??? Let me paint a big picture.......... There are six MAC PRO stores that get this event: Chicago, NYC, LA, Vancouver, Toronto, and Miami. I've completed the first five and next week I go to Miami to finish this process. This line of body paints come in ten colors. So this backdrop that I designed the artwork for is double sided: one side is the artwork completed referencing the 10 colors of the MAC product and on the other side is just the black outlines. On the color side is a live model that me and two assistants per city are painting live. On the opposite side is a mannequin which I prepainted (six in total, one per city) that has the same black outlines as the actual model and then I painted in tiny blue numbers 1 thru 10 corresponding to a body paint color and matches the artwork we are painting on the other side. Participants at these event are invited to paint in the colors themselves following the numbers as I marked. Paint By Number. Makes sense? I'm better with pictures so here goes my tour:
Stop 1. Chicago
Here's my model in the backstage area next to the mannequin.
And here he is out on the floor during the event.
And here is a view from outside the store at the very end of the event..... hope this illustrates the concept clearer.
Stop 2. NYC.
He's my model.
Here's the model on the stand and that's me about to paint on his hand while I chat up a guest. :).
This is the finished model standing next to the mannequin on the outline side. The participants nearly completed the coloring.
Next stop LA.
Here's my model.
Me and the model.
A better look at the mannequin.
Next stop Vancouver!
Here's my model.
Another look at the platform.
Next stop Toronto.
Here's my model next to the completed mannequin.
And here are some participants at the party going to town. Love these ladies!
And as I mentioned the next stop is Miami and I'm sad to see this end. I've always used MAC products when I body paint so it's especially thrilling to be their featured artist for this project. Thanks MAC! It's a tough job painting all these handsome young men but someone has to do it. :)
I met my friend Tim a little over a year ago and shortly after he told me that he was writing his first book which would be titled, "Zombielicious." And as he explained the premise, I died laughing. Must have been about four to five months ago that he'd gotten a publisher and just a little over a week ago, he got the first few paperbacks and, and, and I was lucky enough to get one of those copies. Woo woo! In the spirit of Zombies, here's me (on the left) and Tim (on the right) as we met up a nearby yogurt shop. Dairy and the undead---- a perfect combo!
I just finished the book yesterday morning and let me tell you, it's a wild, naughty, and zombie-gore filled ride. I laughed out loud several times, had to reread a few of the s.e.x. scenes as they're outrageously vivid, and squirmed at some of the zombie carnage. Let's see if I can do a succinct description.....
Set in the present day after some sort of apocalyptic event has seemingly turned everyone into Zombies, a handfull of survivors are nativagating their way through this horrific new world. And they're really, really horny. My favorite character is named Jill: an aging ex-porn turned nurse who has a certain ability that I'll say in some circles might be considered a super-power and in others, may be thought of as an affliction. She's got a past that would even give Charlie Sheen pause and has a secret or two. Then there's Molly, a reality TV winning wannabe and what she greatly lacks in intelligence she makes up for in confidence. Her biggest dream is to win an American Idol type of show and leave her terrible past behind her. Even in the midst of this Zombie mayhem, Molly still has aspirations of being named the next rising star by popular vote. Ace works as a security guard at Jill's hospital and he's a serious prick with a seriously little prick. Oops, spoiler alert! He's nasty through and through. Then there's strapping Walt and shy Joey who form a special bond which Tim describes in.... ah.... blush....... explicit deal. I had to say Damn Tim, this shit is nasty and I love it a few times.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It's genre bending for sure: horror, camp, funny, disturbing, and there's tons of sex. Man on man sex and man on woman sex. If you're not up for that then this isn't your type of book. If you are up for it and want to try something wild then Zombielicious will certainly tickle your fancy. It's available here on Amazon, on the publisher's site, as well as being available in Ebook form. I'd say the only thing that's off with the book is the cover Tim knows how I feel about that but don't let that throw you off. This book definitely has notes of the B horror movie genre so the cover kind of embodies that. Here it is.
Zombie wishes and undead dreams to you all! I gotta mention Tim is getting revved up to work on the sequel and there's a character who's inspired by Atlanta's Phaedra. Foie Gras anyone?
One of the best things about doing this site would be the comments and emails from you the readers. I look at my site-meter every so often, see the number of daily visitors, and wonder who is looking at my blog? Now I know another one of you a little better. A couple days ago, I received a wonderfully kind email from Jason an 18 year old who is beginning his first year in art school and he attached the following image. It was an assignment to do a self portrait complete with the things you love. As I read his message I was also looking at this fantastic drawing.
I love it! Love all of it. The energy, the obsessive graffiti quality.... it's pop culture, it's pop art, it's a nod to the past but it's also modern and looking ahead. From the anime MiMi in the lower right corner to the Keith Haring figures to the Lichtenstein face to the bling bear to all the other elements.... it's too good!
I recently had the pleasure of contributing in a very small way to a short film starring Calpernia Adams and Andrea James titled Transproofed. You may recognize those two lovely ladies from LOGO's reality dating show Transamerican Love Story. My good friend Michael Crispen art directed the project and placed some of my artwork into Calpernia's character's home.
Above is the dazzling Calpernia in a scene which features a male display mannequin which I painted from head to toe. Longtime readers of my blog may recognize that mannequin from a posting nearly a year ago. Goodness gracious, times flies..... Please click on the that link to have a look at him in all his glory.
I somehow found my way onto Winston Torr's website and I'm happy I did. The Canadian born artist and makeup artist lives mostly in Berlin with occasional visits to LA. He draws energetic charcoal portraits on newspaper. In his words:
My body of work deals with the human figure and puts it in relationship with the daily news of a globalized world, utilizing newspapers of various languages that reference my cultural and racial background and the places that I live in and travel to.
By literally making the drawings part of the page, the three-dimensional figures of charcoal and pigment start a dialogue with the mostly two-dimensional space of news items on the page. A dialogue that is both graphical and psychological as my personal and at times intimate experience of drawing the figures becomes part of the news: my news.
Furthermore, the date on every newspaper page places my creative interaction with the depicted person in time and etches it into my personal history. The technical rawness I like to keep in these pieces are a direct translation of my psychological experience in a day-in-day-out society.
Above is one of his self portraits. Since I found his site about a week ago, I've checked back everyday to see his latest portrait entry. I definitely appreciate the energy and confidence of his charcoal work.
I couldn't resist doing my own drawing of him.
My portrait of Winston was done with pen and ink on 9" x 12" Watercolor paper.
If you're wondering what one of Winston's self portraits sessions look like--- well, in the second part of this posting you'll get a peak. It's unfortunate to have to put an NSFW warning here, but if you're at work or opposed to seeing a handsome naked man drawing, well that's too bad.
Unfortunately, I can't remember how I came across the magically intricate work of British artistDan Hiller. I was probably on a late-night cabernet-soaked internet-scouring art quest. I'm just happy I did find him.
He creates altered engravings, ink drawings, paintings, and sketches all with incredible precision and other worldly qualities. Familiar, creepy, stunning, and stylish.
His work is marvelously odd and surreal. Deer in suits? Sure! Owls in top hats? Of course! Skulls on Victorian patterned paper. Hell yeah! If it works, it works.
Dan Hiller's blog shows recent pieces and the header is so freaking cool. Hope you all will visit his site, click around, and of course I imagine the artist would be quite happy if you purchased some of his work.
Above on the left is my especially handsome friend Justin, and on the right is his equally handsome partner RalphMillero. Justin leads the parade by pulling their gracefully aging bulldog Rosie, while Ralph carries their text book perfect bulldog Riley. The event raises money for local animal charities and beach cleanups. It also provides an ear to ear grin for those present which lasts the remainder of the day. I still am smiling.
I was clicking around the web this morning and stumbled upon the multidisciplinary work of dutch artist Levi Van Veluw. Please click on that link to see more of his astonishing work.
I am beyond blown away by this guy's fantastic work. He's a one-man-show: drawing, implementing, and photographing everything himself. From his website:
His works constitute elemental transfers; modifying the face as object; combining it with other stylistic elements to create a third visual object of great visual impact. The work you see therefore is not a portrait, but an information-rich image of colour, form, texture, and content. The image contains the history of a short creative process, with the artist shifting between the entities of subject and object.
He uses materials such as: carpet, ball-point pens, wood, moss, q-tips, and tape to complete these other worldly photographs. Again, I hope everyone will check out his site to see further pieces.
Discovered onpingmag. There's a great interview with Levi on that site.