Tribute to the Fallen of 2013 – Contemporary Artists

Richard Artschwager (89, complications of stroke, American, Painter, sculptor)

Jack Beal (82, American, Realist painter)

Jon Bell Jr. (76, complications of cancer, American, painter)

Michael Patrick Cronan (61, Cancer related, American, Graphic Designer and Brand Identity)

Antonio Frasconi (93, Born in Argentina, raised in Uruguay, lived in America, Woodcut)

Mitchell Hooks (90, American, Illustrator, most known for movie posters and pulp novel covers)

Pasha P183 (29, undisclosed causes, Russian, muralist/painter/graffiti artist)

Henk Peeters (84, Dutch, minimalist)

Shozo Shimamoto (85, Japanese, Avant Garde Emperimentalist)

Merton D Simpson (84, American, abstract expressionist)

Storm Thorgerson (69, cancer, British, graphic designer, best known for some of the most well known album covers for Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and many more)

Wen-Ying Tsai (84, Born in China, lived in America, Sculptor/Cybernetics)

Oleg Vassiliev (82, Born in Russia, lived in America Nonconformist)

Arturo Vega (65, undisclosed causes, American, Painter/Designer, most known for creating the iconic Ramones logo and being their official/unofficial spokesperson)

Charles Waterhouse (89, American, painter mostly of military scenes)

Redbubbling to the surface

One of the most exciting and coolest companies I discovered in my pre-NYCC research and then further at the show was Redbubble. Since the show I’ve been tracking the site when I can finding designs that truly struck my fancy and I thought would make cool T-shirts or stickers to own or in the very least wallpapers for my computer.

Redbubble is an absolutely awesome art community site,much like Flickr, Deviantart, and even Threadless, but has its own special vibe & design style that truly makes it stand out. Founded in 2006 by three artists & writers to help create a new marketplace for creative visual artists of all realms, the company has grown to feature over 200 thousand plus artists and help assist in over one million orders in nine million products ranging from shirts, stickers, iPhone cases, prints, calendars and full expanding branding for artists to stamp their visions on and see profit for their creations.

Working with various different companies to get the items printed everything is of high quality which I experienced first hand through a totebag, various stickers and a logoed shirt which have all come in very handy and have stood up to regular use.

The easiest and most exciting thing on Redbubble is its very intelligent alogorithm search engines and suggestions of new best work to find art you really love. I’ll be sharing some of that at the end, basically in my own preference, but I want to publicly thank Peter Tomassi and the entire staff at Redbubble. At NYCC they proved they don’t just run an excellent site, but can run an awesome convention booth experience. This was the first year they had brought product to the show for sale and their success blew me away. They really tried to cater to the current pop-culture fan with shirts ranging from TV, to movies, to comics, video games and basic nerd language. The booth itself was really set up greatly and the workers were totally sweet.

My favorite type of images to find on Redbubble have been the ones that mashup a popular concept with something you wouldn’t expect or that just looks at the character, person, pop culture phenom in a new way that really catches the eye.  It could be a movie, cartoon, professional wrestling, TV show, actor, it doesn’t really matter, I just really like images that switch things up.  There are few artists I’ve found on the site who I really like such as Lapuss and Leigh Wortley.  Here’s three images I really liked on Redbubble, the first is New Mutant’s Warlock and Cyber in Calvin & Hobbes style by Leigh, the second is Fozzie Bear as Clockwork Orange’s Alex by Chris Wahl and the last is Showtime’s Dexter if it was a 1940’s WB Cartoon by Lapuss.

All three of these are available as shirts or stickers.  I haven’t personally decided what to get or to get all three or to get everything on the site.  It’s that awesome.

In Queens, The Art Explodes! Welling Court Mural Project 2012

The Welling Court Mural Project curated by Ad Hoc Art had its third block party excitement on Saturday and it was another amazing day of excitement and paint.  I was there starting from around 11:30/11:45 A.M and lasted till almost night fall.  During that time I hung with new friends, old friends, dogs, children, grandmas, artists of all ilks, but no cats.

For this year’s fest I decided I would really try to get three sets of photos.  One that showed the conceptual sketch of the work, an in progress shot and as close to finished as the artist got before I left.

First up is Chris RWK of Robots Will Kill.  He worked on a wall section with VENG Smith and GILF in a theme of Polar Ice caps melting.


Here is his sketch.                                                                                                                                    A Progress shot.

Another progress shot.                                                                                                                         The Final Piece.

Next up is Fumero who seemed to be embracing combining his two artistic visual styles into one amazingly powerful image.


Here is his original concept piece.                                                                                                    Fumero coming to a close on his mural.

This large progress shot is developed from two photos.

Next up is RRobots doing something a little different than what he’s best known for.


This is his original sketch.                                                                   You see that chair guy didn’t make it to the wall, but muscle dude did.


Here you have the final where you can see that the chair made it in the end, but muscle dude got a new hair style.

Next up is Australia’s Stormie Mills.


Original sketch.                                                                                                                                         Progress shot.

The finished piece.                                                                                                              For historical purposes/reflections, Stormie’s piece in 2010, same spot.

Here’s a collabo piece between The YOK, NEVER and SHERYO.


This a sketch NEVER set up of ideas for the collab.                                                                 A skeleton progress shot.

Sheryo adding layers.                                                                                                                           The finished mural.

This is a good place to end this feature article with a promise of more to come, as the folder of Welling Court 2012 photos counts at 200+.

An Exquisite Corpse Sketch Collection

 

At this year’s (2012) MoCCA Fest on top of the books I got and the footage I shot (coming very soon) I also came up with a fun sketchbook concept of an Exquisite Corpse.  I knew a concept like this meant I’d probably end up with way less sketches than I’ve usually gotten in the past, by handing out up to three different sketchbooks during a convention and picking them up at different points.    I spent some time putting together the final works into a sort of readable collage which you can see below.  As Lars says at the end, Enjoy!

A full sized version of this image can be found at the following link.

Here is a linked listing of the artists involved by panel:

Panel 1: Laura Lee Gulledge
Panel 2: Shelli Paroline
Panel 3: Braden Lamb
Panel 4: Pat Lewis
Panel 5: John Hazard
Panel 6: Micheline Hess
Panel 7: Pat Dorian
Panel 8: Cliff Galbraith
Panel 9: Anthony Pugh
Panel 10: David McGuire
Panel 11: David Blumenstein
Panel 12: Matt Taylor
Panel 13: Pat Grant
Panel 14: Michael Hawkins
Panel 15: Alex Robinson
Panel 16: Jun Nunez
Panel 17: Justin Peterson
Panel 18: Joseph Remnant
Panel 19: Doug Bratton
Panel 20: Lars Jakobsen

Optimo Visualize

On June 30th, the artist WERDS/Joshua Pacheco had an excellent show in midtown right off the Highline in New York City.  Canvases, aerosol and lots of energy went into this dynamic show and many friends as well as his family showed up.  I was honored to take shots for him and his family.

The star image of the show was this amazing piece.  Werds is actually recreating/recreated this piece on the back of a truck.  Following is a progress shot of that.

As I mentioned Josh’s folks came out and what  wonderful people they are.

Look at his dad, what a mack!