I know it's short notice, but I have a gallery opening tomorrow night at Lebasse Projects in Culver City. Here are just a few of the pieces that will be showcased. It's a series of portraits based around the costumed panhandlers, celebrity lookalikes, and would-be actors and actresses that hang out in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Blvd. There was a documentary on these people called "Confessions of a Superhero". I highly recommend you all check it out.
Lebasse Projects 6023 Washington Blvd Culver City, CA 90232 (310) 558-0200
Look for us at the San Diego Comic Con this week. I'll be sharing a booth with two very talented illustrators: Ken Garduno and Tom Haubrick. We'll be at the Fun Machine booth at table F-1 in the exhibition hall. Also coinciding with the Convention is a gallery opening at Subtext. The show has the theme of superhero mishaps. Here's the piece I'll be exhibiting. The 1966 Adam West batmobile with a parking boot attached. Enjoy...Also at the Con, we'll have a little collaborative zine of portraiture for sale. Here is my contribution to the project.
The Playboy Jazz Festival goes on today and tomorrow at the Hollywood Bowl. Below is an illustration they commissioned of Jazz pianist Monty Alexander for their program. Every year the program includes a portrait of each performer. I'd love to see all the other art that's in the book. Many thanks to AD Fred Fehlau.
I've always loved painting portraits, especially of friends and family. Here's a recent painting of my good friend Christine; probably my largest watercolor portrait to date. Schmincke and Fw's on 22"x 30" Rives BFK. I've got several more portraits in the works. I also managed to get a good scan of Ping's portrait.
The popularity of alternative modes of transportation is on the rise both as a result from economic and environmental concerns. This was for an article about how, despite this trend, commuting on a bicycle will never truly catch on until helmet hair becomes universally chic.
I've been very busy working on lots of new things for the San Diego Comic Con. I've also got several very large watercolor portraits in the works. Here's a portrait of my friend Ping. I had forgotten to photograph this piece before it went to the gallery, so my apologies for all the glare.
This was based on an Op-Ed piece about how many of the workers who have managed to avoid unemployment are now being asked to work fewer hours. Those who can afford them might actually come to like their furlough, while those already struggling to get by will be in for even tougher times.
The advent of digital media has caused a serious decline in the world of print publication. With general readership down in addition to the current recession, most newspapers will not weather the economic storm. Many have already filed for bankruptcy. One possible way to save newspapers would be to turn them into endowed non-profit institutions, like colleges or museums. The elimination of advertising revenue would free them from the political agendas of their clients, thus creating a more fair and balanced press. The trouble is finding enough enlightened philanthropists to do the job.
This article made the argument that it's not appropriate to keep the bachelor's degree as the measure of job preparedness as the minimal requirement to get your foot in the door for vast numbers of jobs that don't require a B.A. or B.S. It's what you can do that should count when you apply for a job, not where you learned to do it.
This was for an article about the argument that soldiers suffering from post traumatic stress are just as deserving of purple hearts as soldiers returning home with serious physical wounds. The trouble is that post traumatic stress is sometimes difficult to prove and the military feels acknowledging this disorder would be admitting a serious weakness in so many of their own troops. I'm working on a second illustration for this article, which I'll be posting very shortly.