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+.

New York Comic Con 2011 Overview Part 3

DAY 3-SATURDAY

I didn’t have anything NOT miss till 5 PM, so I used today as a chance to further walk the floor and try and accomplish what I could through exploring Artist’s Alley, the rest of the floor and more. Time permitting and length of lines determined a lot.

The place was an utter madhouse.

I had at one point considering trying to get into Speed Dating, but when I saw the extreme line gathered just an hour before, I decided if I’m going to find the love of my life or even just some good, funny, cute dates who likes geekdom and pop-culture it’ll be through everyday life.

It was nice to be able to see some old friends and make some new on this day though. I could be mishmashing days here, but it was great to see folks like Paigey Pumphrey, Laura Lee Gulledge, Reilly Brown, Kathleen David and Peter David, Jamar Nichols, Tim Piotrowski, Jennifer Hayden and many more who I am probably, if not most definitely forgetting but not on purpose.

I helped Peter and Kathleen recreate a scene from X-Men First Class, with an excellent Wolverine cosplayer and Kathleen’s amazing Xavier and Erik puppets.

I also was able to make it over to myplasticheart in The Cult Yard to say hello to my street art buddy Matt Siren and was able to see a few other good friends while there. So that helped the day immensely.

At a certain point my good friend Trish called me and we played phone tag for about a half hour if not more till I found her and fellow buds, the very talented MF Grimm and Infinit Evol. I basically spent the rest of the day with them taking photos of cosplay, chilling, and mainly relaxing.

At 5 PM I rushed over to the panels room to catch the “The Heart, She Holler” panel. This would be the only panel I would make all show, but knowing I had press hours after with the cast and being pretty blind to the show, I had to check it out.

They showed the entire first 12 minute episode which premieres November 6th on Adult Swim and it was one of the funniest things ever. The panel had excellence because of bards back and forth between moderator David Cross and show star Patton Oswalt, but as usual, fan questions were quite silly and didn’t help provide any insight, but they did provide guffaws. John Lee, one of the main dudes at PFFR really handled the fans in a wonderful sardonic style.

I headed over to the press room after wards and despite their obvious exhaustion it was great talking to Kristen Schall, Heather Lawless, John Lee, Patton Oswalt, et. al.

I had decided I wanted to make it to at least one after party. I actually wanted to go into Brooklyn to see Wrona, but I knew if I did that, I’d never make it into the show Sunday and I had a scheduled interview I looked forward to.

Instead I went down to a bar in Alphabet City where there was a street art “battle”, essentially some of the best street artists and toy customizers out there drawing on sheets of paper and then being judged for no actual prize.

Sketchbot, Shiro, Emi Boz, ChrisRWK, El Toro, Josh and more were involved and it was a great way to end my Saturday night, even if it ended way later than I planned.