Monday, December 07, 2009
Here is my contribution to this weekends upcoming Power in Numbers show at Gallery Nucleus. Tons of great artists, every painting is 5"x7" and everything is selling for $100 bucks! Should be a fun show, check out Gallery Nucleus's website for more info on the event.
She Won't Be Rescued
Acrylic and collage
5" x 7"
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here is a painting I did a little while back as a commissioned piece for a little boy's room. I believe it was a present for the little guys 1st birthday, and all I can say is this has to be the first painting I've ever done for anyones first birthday, really cool. When he learns to talk I'll have to ask him what he thinks, and even then, there is a pretty good chance he may just giggle, burp, or drool, which I'll gladly take any of those as a compliment.
Adventures in Autumn
Acrylic and Collage
10" x 17"
Monday, November 16, 2009
With the holidays quickly approaching and the weather getting colder I have to say it's one of my favorite times of the year. And usually around this time I love to paint something of the holiday spirit for me and my wifes holiday card, and being an artist, always busy with way too many projects, every year I always seem to feel rushed in doing so. Well finally this year I'm ahead of schedule and that's nice for a change. I had a lot of fun painting this piece and most importantly my wife crystal loves it too, giving me her two cute thumbs up. Of course the yeti is no suprise here, but I thought it would be fun to see him decorated in some holiday cheer. My only hope now is that it prints well on the cards, I've gone through Kodak before and they were great, so all should be good in the end. This piece is also availiable in the store here as a print for those interested, and is going to be given away framed and for free as a part of the Stores Holiday Painting Give-A-Way which you can read about here if you are interested. I should note that all of the items in the store will be on sale during the holiday season for those of you interested.
"Decorating The Yeti"
Acrylic and Paper Collage
8" x 11"
Monday, November 02, 2009
This coming Saturday Night Nov.7th, Gallery Nucleus is having a power house of a show in celebration of their 5 year anniversary as a gallery. The Quinquennium Exhibitum: Nucleus 5 Year Anniversary Exhibition is the title of the show, and it will feature tons and tons of amazing artists (like usual) all doing what they do best, creating really inspiring and beautiful artwork. Shown above is one of the pieces I'm contributing to the show, it's Sasquatch and his best friend Stanley. Anyways, if you want to check out a great art show this weekend, swing by Gallery Nucleus this Saturday Night for a packed house of amazing work.
15.5" x 9.5"
Acrylic and Collage
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Spike Jonez and Co. have recently set up an awesome blog called "We Love You So" chronicling everything that is "Where The Wild Things Are." Last week he posted the piece I did for Terrible Yellow Eyes on his blog, and although he didn't mention my name with the piece, I'm honored that he liked it enough to post it on his blog. Where The Wild Things Are is one of my favorite books of all time, and has now become on of my favorite films ever, not to mention a great example of how CG Animation can seamlessly merge with Live Action Filmaking if it's done with good taste. Too often, CG Animation becomes a crutch when it comes to creating special effects and character animation for films, but the fact that Spike and the team he assembled, constructed and built everything that they could by hand ( hat's off to Jim Hensons Creature Shop for those kick ass costumes ) and used only CG where they needed it ( mainly in the animation of the characters faces )I think set forth a great example of how the CG Animation medium should be used in film. Limited and only when necessary. Anyways my wife and I have already seen the film twice, and well probably make it to the theaters once more before it makes it's exit. The film is beautiful and a breath of fresh air for an industry that always seems to turn something we all love into something we wish was different. Anyways, thanks again Spike for posting my piece.
They don't make movie posters like they used to, and being a huge fan of classic horror movie posters, when I was asked to create and paint a few "campy" B-Movie inspired movie posters for their recently released Halloween Special, I jumped at the opportunity. While painting movie posters is fun, I find that the hardest thing about painting these types of classic horror posters is trying to balance all the story and thematic elements into one single image. Anyways, playing with text, cheesy & garish colors, and over dramatising most of the characters and elements in these posters was a lot of fun. Also, thanks to Amid for the kind words and for featuring this on the Brew.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
I recently did this concert poster for the awesome band "Built to Spill." The are playing at the world famous Fillmore in San Francisco over the Halloween weekend, so I was asked to create something with a Halloween flair to it. I ended up with this satanic recording studio featuring the grim reaper on lead guitar and the mummy on vocals.
The official show dates are Saturday October 31st & Sunday November 1st at the Fillmore in San Francisco.
With Halloween upon us, I thought I would update my store with a little vampire flavor. The Drinking with Dracula print pack is new, and will be available for a limited time during the Halloween season. The original paintings were shown at the ART & Mayhem Gallery in Los Angeles in 2008. Every print pack consists of all three signed Dracula prints. Check out the Drinking with Dracula Print Set in the store if you are interested in spending sometime with this Halloween drunk.
Thursday, October 01, 2009
First off, I just want to thank everyone out there who has supported me and this little blog I started several years ago. All the support and positive feedback I've received from all of you out there has been amazing and incredibly inspiring.
Secondly, for a long time now, I've wanted to have a place online that I could offer some prints and artwork for sale but haven't gotten around to creating the website for it. Well, my wife Crystal and I have spent the last month getting the ball rolling on this idea and finally we have a little online store that is now officially open! The Artwork and Print store we've started will be updated regularly with new prints and new original paintings, sketches, and possibly shirts and even toys in the future. There will be a link on this blog to the right that will take you directly there, plus other links that will take you to featured prints. What's available in the store at this moment is just at a small starting place, so if something is missing from the store that you wish was there, just send us an email and we can hopefully add it to the store. Also, check out the Painting Give-A-Way section in the store, there's going to be some opportunities for people to win some free original artwork, so have a look at that if you are interested. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact us or simply check out the FAQ section. And if you get a chance, swing by the store and check out what we got.
The piece shown above will be available in the store as a Limited Edition Signed and Numbered Print "She Loved the Man and the Monster." The original piece has been sold. It was featured in the newly released book "The Ancient Book of Sex and Science." The print shown below is one of the smaller 8x10 prints titled "Some Like Them Hot / Some Like Them Cold". These smaller 8x10 prints are all sized to perfectly fit right into any 8x10 picture frame, below is an example of one of the prints placed in an 8x10 Ikea frame.
**Sorry, but the photo shown above has not been color corrected, it's only to show size and scale with an 8x10 frame.
Friday, September 18, 2009
Here is a piece I recently did for the Terrible Yellow Eyes Gallery Show at Gallery Nucleus . The exhibit showcases a huge amount of amazing work all inspired by the greatest book of all time " Where The Wild Things Are." A few months ago, a guy buy the name of Cory Goodby started this great Blog dedicated to showcasing artwork inspired by the book, as a birthday gift for Maurice Sendak, the Author of "Where The Wild Things Are." Since this book happens to be my favorite book of all time, and now that Spike Jonez is making what will be the best movie of all time, naturally i had to participate. So here is my piece. It's actually a 3-D Painting / Sculpture titled "Wish You Were Here." For me, I wanted to explore the feelings and the sorrow that the monsters might have once Max was gone, this idea of holding onto what ever remains after someone has left felt really inspiring to me.
Since this piece is a small 3-D model, I thought I would have fun with the camera and photoshop and see what the movie might have looked like if it was made as a stop motion animated film. As for the real film, I think Spike Jonez has made the movie of my lifetime. This book seems like it could have been made into a thousand crappy films, and once I saw the first poster, I knew that it wasn't going to be a steaming pile. Spike Jonez is a genius, the move looks fantastic, the art direction looks amazing, my only problem with it is I didn't have the chance to work on it. Anyways, the show is gonna be great, if you can swing by Gallery Nucleus this Saturday Night from 6-11pm, you won't regret it, the artwork created by the other artists is inspiring and truly amazing.
"Wish You Were Here"
Friday, September 11, 2009
I'm guessing the glasses enhance the experience. Sorry for the lack of updates, just returned from a month long series of vacations, and finishing up a bunch of smaller projects, commissions, and trades, will post more real soon. Until then, grab a pair of these future glasses shown above and have some fun.
"Fun with 3-D"
Acrylic / Paper Collage
8.5" x 11"
Thursday, July 23, 2009
So I've been trying to catch up on a lot of little projects, trades, commissions, and paintings for friends and loved ones, and now that the Ancient Book of Sex and Science storm is over I have the time to do it. This is a piece I did for Steven Gettis. He has a blog where he posts drawings and paintings from artists from around the world who do a little something in response to a literary inspiration they have. For me, one of my favorite book illustrators in the world is Miroslav Sasek. His work is stunning and I particularly love the books he illustrated as he traveled the world. Anyways, Sasek never illustrated a "This Is Los Angeles" so I thought I would paint this tribute piece using the concept of "This Is Los Angeles." My real hope is to start working on an entire book illustrating LA the way he illustrated his books. Not to try and carry the torch, but to honor his work in the best way possible, painting what's great, funny, and inspiring about life. I'll post more of my paintings of LA as I finish them.
"This is Los Angeles"
8" x 12"
Acrylic & Collage
Friday, July 17, 2009
Here is another commission painting I recently finished. The concept was of course a Yeti bar, but one thing I thought would be fun with this piece was if all the patrons at the bar were either Yeti's or frozen climbers/campers that had been found in the snow. In the piece there is obviously a shortage of frozen co-eds in and around the mountains, so one of the Yeti's was stuck having a drink with a frozen dude. Really fun piece to work on, and one of the bigger ones I've painted in a while.
I'm always taking new requests, just email me if you are interested.
"Having a Couple of Cold Ones"
Acrylic and Collage
26" x 8"
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
There are only a few pieces left from the Ancient Book of Sex and Science Show in LA, and they can be yours if you'd like. I won't be at San Diego Comic Con so you can only get these here. One of the pieces is Acrylic and Collage ("Monster of Science" above), and the other two (below) are digital prints ("What Has Science Done Book Cover and Movie Still"). All Pieces are framed and ready to hang. Email me if you are interested in any of the pieces. These will ship anywhere should you be near or far.
Sorry but "Space Quickie" has been sold. The others are still available.
Monday, July 06, 2009
Hey everyone. It's been way too long since I last posted, sorry about that, I've found my self busier than I have been in a while. I'll get to replying to all your coments on previous posts ASAP, sorry about that aswell. As for the piece shown above, this is a painting I've done for an upcoming group art show in San Diego. The theme for the show is "Mind Machine" and is being shown at the DISTINCTION GALLERY in Escondido ( just out side of San Diego.) The opening reception is this weekend on Saturday night, the 11th of July from 6pm - 11pm. There are a handful of great artists showing work in this group show so if you aren't busy and are in the San Diego area this weekend swing by the gallery and check out the show. The show will also be availible for viewing and purchasing online, just check the website link above or call the gallery for more info. My work for the show is centered around the life and times of a BrainBot (a human brain with eyes, floating inside of a robotic body.)
A Kiss Before Work
8" x 10"
Acrylic / Collage
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
It's official, the book has finally arrived and it looks great! Especially next to the hot little Betty holding it, if she's at the show I'm gonna have to try and get her phone number.
If you want to get your hands on a copy of the book, you can this Saturday Night ( May 16th ) from 7pm to 11pm at Gallery Nucleus . We will be having the official Book Launch / Gallery Show for our brand new book "THE ANCIENT BOOK OF SEX AND SCIENCE!" The book will be on sale for $20 a piece, and Scott Morse, Lou Romano, Don Shank, and my self will all be showing brand new artwork in the gallery as well as having some brand new prints available too. All artwork will be for sale, and all four of us will be at the show as well. So if your in the mood for some sexy Sci-Fi art this weekend swing by Gallery Nucleus and check out the show on Saturday Night. Hope to see you all there.
Thursday, April 23, 2009
So this is quickly becoming a partial Crystal's sketches / Lost blog, which is great since these are two of my favortie things in the world. After last weeks episode of Lost, which was amazing, my wife dissapeared for a while. While she didin't travel through time, she had indeed travled upstais into my art studio, letting destiny play itself out. Moments later I was given this amazing sketch. Miles and all of his troubles. It had been a while since the last drawing, and I wasn't sure if I was going to get another. These awesome sketches seem to be as random as the white flashes on the island. I'm still hoping for a one of Henry Gale but I feel it will be one I never see. Either way, I should just listen and trust in Daniel Faraday... what's happend has happend. You can't change it!
Monday, April 06, 2009
When I'm not drawing and painting, I love watching and playing sports. I absolutely love basketball, and tonight my favorite college basketball team (Michigan State)is playing for the National Championship. While I'm from California, I have family roots in East Lansing and my Aunt and Uncle worked for the school for years. Not much else to say about this quick painting other than I felt like drawing the school mascot "The Spartans" as I would like to imagine them going into this game ready to kill. I hope they win.
UNC destroyed us last night to put it nicely. Oh well, there's always next year.
Friday, March 27, 2009
So I'm currently swamped in a ton of projects both big and small, so I thought I'd post something from a little while back. Last year I did this painting as a commission for someone who wanted me to create a piece inspired from a poem they loved. The poem was centered around the meeting of a convict and a young violinist in a train station who both share a common love for music.
10" x 20"
Acrylic / Gouache / Collage
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Sex and Science
10" x 13"
Acrylic / Gouache / Collage
Another piece of mine from the Ancient Book of Sex and Science. There is this great book series known as the "How and Why Wonder Books" that I just love. It's a book series that focuses on a particular aspect of science in each volume. The covers are so great and inspiring that I thought it would be fun to do a tribute / spoof of one of those covers for our book. So I refrenced one of the covers I really enjoyed and tried to stay true to the format, color, and typography styling. Obviously the edition that I did the cover to is a bit racy for the series, but I think it would be a best seller if it were included.
I painted the piece with acrylic, gouache, and paper collage. The rips and printing effects were done in photoshop after the piece was finished.
Below is the cover I refrenced, it's awesome.
The book release and gallery show will be at Gallery Nucleus on May 16th, 2009. All artwork will be for sale at the show. More info as we get closer to the event. The offical press release is located to the right in the side bar, just click on the book logo.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
So I'm hoping this becomes a regular thing here, my wife suprised me with a little John Locke magic the other night, and what better time to post it than before tonight's soon to be awesome episode. Now I like Jack as much as the next guy, but let's be honest, if there are two paths in the jungle, you always go with Locke.
"You Should Have Believed Me"
Friday, February 13, 2009
This is another piece of mine for our upcoming book, "The Ancient Book of Sex and Science." This is an idea I had been kicking around in my head for quite sometime now, I always thought it would be fun to have an astronaut sneek his girl into is suit for a sexy good time. The space city below is all paint on collage as are the two space love birds.
20" x 10"
Acrylic, Gouache, and Collaege
Monday, January 26, 2009
We're closing in on the deadline of finishing our new book "The Ancient Book of Sex and Science." I have a few more paintings to finish up by the end of Febuary, so I'll be posting some more artwork for the book in the weeks to come. Above is one of my pieces for the book, coming out in May.
Talk Science To Me
10" x 14 1/2"
Acrylic, Gouache, and Collage
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
So over the past year my wife Crystal and I have finally jumped onto the LOST wagon, and have watched all the episodes to be finally caught up with the series. My wife doesn't draw that often but when she does, I'm her biggest fan. She usually fills my sketchbooks with mean charicatures of me, but the other day she didn't draw me, she drew something different. While we were watching some of season 3, she took on Hurley and it's awesome!! In a perfect world, she would draw all the characters for me, but for now all I get is Hurley. The new season airs tonight, and it's going to be awesome!
by Crystal Wragg