This weekend I painted a large mural in Chinatown!I love painting large and it is always an honor to be asked by a wonderful organization to paint at their space and represent their community visually. This week I was asked to paint a piece in Oakland Chinatown at Lincoln Square. An amazing community center the has droves of smiling people enjoying the giant ship like playgrounds, the expansive b-ball courts, and sword fighting in the lawn bowling court, to name a few. The ages ranges from 1 to 100+ and all the folks were super stoked to see this painting in process. My good friend Christopher Mackessy, ( who took most of the photos for the deviantART Gear Shop,) is also a painter, As well as a teacher. He procured the walls through the community center with the blessings and we spent the last 2 days painting. Many of his students came out and we fitted them with brushes and oversized tee shirts and they went to town with our instruction. With the help of these smiling pint sized 8 year old Picassos we crushed it with a mixture
A touching note, and my advice on moving forward.AmirBeniz said the following:
I am a High school senior at the moment, and I'm choosing colleges to further develop my inspiration for art.
Right now I'm in a rut to decide which school to go to and how I am to pay for it.
I've been drawing everyday since I was a child but my art hasn't gotten to the professional level, ya know like yours.
What do you think I should do?
Re: Did you go to school for this?
I greatly appreciate note and I can say that I know exactly how you are feeling about the next steps from high school into art land. On your page it says "I am an upcoming artist whom generally started out drawing marvel superhero stick figure comics and grew up wanting to become part of Marvel's team of comic artists." I can honestly say now
Rocking Pieces in dAmuro!As a successful artist you have to be resilient and be able to adapt to new media. dA muro is a great archway between traditional mark-making and digital responsiveness. You pick up a new medium, it takes a bit to be able to speak your own style through the new marks. Not unlike a watercolor paintbrush or a chalk pastel for the first time, it takes some getting used to for sure. It is pretty straight forward and with practice it is as awesome as any other medium you are stoked on.
Here are some other pieces I have made with dA muro.
The importance of having artistic community.The importance of having artistic community.
It is awesome to be part of such the thriving DIY artistic community on deviantART.com . There are many a websites that showcases the portfolios of artists but only a few that really foster an arena for prolific dialog about the arts. The community is vast in levels of talent and amazingly rich with support and critique. Rather that just showcasing the best of the best, it is truly a venue or artist who show up with the best of PRACTICE. Over 22 million members globally use the site in every medium and theme I can think of. I have seen the world through a lot of lenses, most of with are jaded by intentions that are non-artistic and super insular. It is refreshing for me to see super talented famous artists and rea
Sharpie Blaster Clothing Bombs!Making dress shirts into super cool dress shirts at Burning Man with my friend Adrian Ward.
Take the shirt, put a couch pillow in it, draw your favorite monster from your head while enjoying a cold one with your homies on the playa. Take pics, repeat. The Life!
Love that Smile! Love that Practice!
Calligraphic Cintiq PracticeThis is tome Practice for a sign for a company called Artofactory. Here are some samples of ways that the lettering could go. It has to ride the line between legible and beautiful. I love making up mutant scripts, with the Cintiq I get a clean line with plenty of variation. A good tool to use before breaking out the canvas and paint. Enjoy!
Mask study drawingsThe Practice of Practice
Give yourself permission to explore other styles and emulate the masters that you look up to. Challenge yourself you speaks their success' in your own voice and style. The more you observe masters and emulate success, the bigger artistic vocabulary you wil have to continue to make amazing pieces that resonate with beautiful design and energy.
I have been a fan of the greatly talented artist Missmonster for a long time. After spending some quality time studying her work the week previous, these piece were drawn from my head in one sitting over tea at the hot springs. Of course I had to scan and tweak a bit. Here is a set of masks inspired by Bali masks and monsters mixed with animals. It is really pleasing to visually mix multiple things into a new form. It is also fun to work with symmetry. I love it when an artist you admire sparks the creativity in you and you have to be the appr
Creating a family of logos for Fire Festivals.It is festival season and I have been hard at work developing a family of logos just for this time of year. Axis Mundi has been hard at work this year creating world class fire festivals.
From top: FLAME, PACIFIC FIRE, FIRE DRUMS, KINETIC FIRE
It is really fun to have created a series of illustrated logos that go together in such a cool totem fashion.
Flame Festival, Pacific Fire, Fire drums, Kinetic Fire,
Each piece has the corresponding name of the festival written in my own handwriting.
They are all unique yet similar in the series.
Trapping an image for Silkscreen printingI have been working with a team of artist to produce a line of graphic illustrations. This collection will be a line of clothing printed for Fatbol Clothing.
It is an honor to work with a great group of talented artists and as the art director of this project it is my job to make sure the art gets from their canvas' to the garment with out any hangups. of course there is many variables in the printing process from conscious sourcing, color schemes, delivery, release dates, company politics, marketing, quality....Etc. I will have to deal with all of these things but my main quest is to get good art from good artists onto good clothing for a market that wants to wear quality pieces of art.
My main goal in this is to share the simple operating procedure so all artists looking to do commercial reproductions of their graphic works can step up and make their art print ready. If you do not do it, then someo
Realistic Pokemon Season 1 by arvalis
arvalis aka RJ Palmer is a long time deviant who has created his own unique niche at DeviantArt.
He was first known as the artist who drew incredibly realistic dinosaurs. Somehow his depictions of dinosaurs began morphing into Pokemon characters. He is now renowned as dA’s master of realistic Pokemon illustrations. His has been quite a success story through art. His rise has been quite a success story on how to build a following in the community. RJ has wonderful tutorial drawing sessions on his Dev
Pokemon is Forever
Foreword by techgnotic
Kay (aka damphyr) is DeviantArt’s go-to expert on everything “Pokémon.” She also occupies the adventurous position of being one of DeviantArt's main enforcers of standards and practices. We thank her for being a guardian of artistic erotica and especially, for being able to answer every question we get asked about Pokémon and just about anything else for that matter. Supreme Keeper of all pop culture knowledge, Kay must be protected in case of global disaster.
An incongruous collection of people lined the sidewalk outside the local video game retailer just before opening on March 6th, 2011. The first in line w
Burying A Sci-Fi Cliche
Burying A Sci-Fi Cliché
if I were a writer by In-Ink
From the Dusty Annals of Sci-Fi Cliché History
James Tiptree, Jr. was a writer of science fiction, mostly short stories, whose first work, “Birth of a Salesman,” was published in the May 1968 issue of Analog Science Fiction.
Analog Science Fiction
Warm Worlds & Otherwise
There Are No Strings On Me!
There Are No Strings On Me!
O.A.M First Blood by Ku-On
Hal9000 - Wallpaper
2001: A Space Odyssey redux
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: A New Hope
The Empire Bargains by dvsdesigner
Who’s the most important person now in the Star Wars franchise? JJ Abrams? Think again!
It begins in mere weeks from now: The countdown to the first of the next Star Wars sequels, Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, the first of a new trilogy for a new generation. The first 1 minute trailer, a mostly wordless montage of series’ heroes, will debut attached to Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 or on Disney-owned ABC Television. American culture stirs in its sleep. Georg
The Hunger Games: Accidental Statement of Protest?
The Hunger Games: An Accidental Statement of Protest?
Catching fire by Kris-Kamikakushi
In Bangkok, Thailand, students are being arrested for raising their hands in the air to flash Katniss’ three–finger “freedom” salute.
That’s right, the Katniss who’s the fictional heroine of the popular dystopian sci–fi “Hunger Games” movie series. The world has changed over the last few decades in a very big way, but some are apparently unaware of it or undisturbed by the stunning ramifications.
Collection: Hammer Time!
There is always a reason. A level of insult. An unprovoked assault. A threat of invasion. A refusal to negotiate in good faith. A refusal to compromise. There is always something so unbearable that it must be righted with no more delay and by any means, by even the last means, necessary. That final means is war.
Ever since mankind became able to produce and possess more than necessary for survival, there has been a surplus of resources. It is the treasure that has built our civilization and shaped the special magic and glory of what it is to be a human being.
The struggle for control and division of that treasure sometimes infects men’s minds with a unique
Collection: The Leonids
The year’s best naturally-occurring light show, the Leonids meteor shower, is due overhead on the nights of November 15 - 20. The passing comet “Tempel-Tuttle” leaves a debris field of meteoroid particles in its wake each year that the Earth will spin through on those nights. Larger “Leonids,” about 10 mm across, have a mass of half a gram and are known for their brightness. The Leonid shower may deposit 13 tons of particles across our planet. The Leonid meteor storm of 1833 may have been the biggest, brightest ever, producing an estimated 240,000 meteoroids entering our atmosphere over 9 hours. Both Nati
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid
Someday by alicexz
Foreword by techgnotic
Elisa (aka spotted) steps out from behind the scenes as one of our intrepid Today Page senior editors to contribute her appreciation of “The Little Mermaid.” We hope it will be the first of many contributions to come, another hidden talent having been revealed by this longtime DeviantArt special projects manager.
It was 25 years ago that a redheaded mermaid made a splash in theaters ushering in a new era for the identity of the Disney princess.
character based, Page Killers, Series
This is character sheet based on an exercise of starting with the same D-shaped heads. Students in my class at the time told me that it was impossible to come up with an interesting character without a complex contour. BS to that, I rocked a line of the letter D, then proceeded to pack the shapes with features, that with good balance, became very interesting characters.