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
Norman Rockwell, All American Deviant
Norman Rockwell, All American Deviant
Norman Rockwell Tribute by Sarafinconcepts
Few artists have so definitively reflected the lives of average Americans as Norman Rockwell.
He began his lifetime dedication to being the “America’s Illustrator” as the 19-year-old art editor for Boys’ Life, the house publication of the Boy Scouts of America. A few years later he assumed his more famous position at The Saturday Evening Post, though he never broke his ties with the Boy Scouts. His first great achievement painting everyday scenes of America in his signature hyper-realistic style was
Photographs and paintings of stars occupy that category of things you know are so, and yet it’s not quite possible to believe. One example is radio or television “signals” traveling in “waves” through the air, only to be reassembled for your listening or viewing pleasure in your living room radio or TV. Looking at clusters of stars lighting up the night sky like massive storm clouds, it’s impossible to think of those stars, those points of light, as separate massive burning suns, even though I know it’s so. Sometimes the most powerful magic requires no deception at all. The natural universe is more mystifying in its sheer numbers than any magician’s most mind–bending sleight of hand.
“I am like a falli
Bill Murray: Can A Painting Save A Life?
Bill Murray: Can A Painting Save A Life?
Bill Murray by chunkslayer
Sometimes a painter’s vision expresses and inspires what the zen philosopher’s words can only define and describe.
When remarkable lives defined by success and abundance are reviewed from their beginnings, it is remarkable that the narrowest of paths, sometimes a precarious balancing between life and death itself, led to the decision to fight on when failure seemed certain. S
Who is Dr. Strange?
Who is Dr. Strange?
Dr Stange colored by DM-P18
For several months the world has been asking the question ‘Who is Doctor Strange?’
The faces of Ethan Hawke, Johnny Depp, Jon Hamm, Joaquin Phoenix, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto have been click bait for a thousand sites waiting for news of the star of the next Marvel movie franchise. According to Mike Fleming over at Deadline it now looks like Marvel have finally landed their perfect Doctor Strange in Sherlock’s Benedict Cumberbatch.
But while everyone is chasing the casting news, who is asking the real question here of ‘Who is Doctor Strange?’
Collection: Haunted Houses
Coming across a deserted house, whether hidden by the distance of a rolling countryside or by the shadows of adjoining city ghetto dwellings, is like stumbling across an unnoticed, unburied corpse. It is obviously dead now, but once it was full of lives. Coming across a haunted house is different. Deserted or still occupied, it is a place where lives, unsatisfied, have refused to move on into a full death. The houses reflect their tenants. They are living dead structures, refusing to return to dust.
“What terrified me will terrify others; and I need only describe the spectre which had haunted my midnight pillow”
– Mary Shelley
Evolution of Art
The Gift of Madefire
Foreword by techgnotic
depthRADIUS is pleased and proud to present Liam Sharp as a guest writer and welcome his editorial prowess as our newest contributing writer. Liam is legendary as the sci–fi comic book artist, writer and publisher enfant terrible of Britain, his career having begun with 2000 AD magazine. He went on as artist, scripter and short story writer for publications such Heavy Metal and Vampirella. He started his own publishing company, Mam Tor, to self–publish Sharpenings: the Art of Liam Sharp
Halloween is a time for masks. Aliens, zombies, vampires and werewolves will soon walk the suburban streets in search of tasty treats. But then there is the next level of masks—the likenesses of movie stars, politicians and other celebrities with their most unflattering features exaggerated. Cheap shots, to be sure, but alibied as “satire.” We finally arrive at the “non–off–the–rack” mask–making of actual make–up artists. Here’s where the mask one chooses tells us things about the person we only thought we knew. You see, the scariest thing about masks is their very concept—of a friend or loved one, beneath the surface, not really being the person you know at all. That is a truly fearful thi
Second DD and ART FeatureOn October 27 I received my second DD and it was a big surprise !!!!
I want to thank :iconginryuzaki: for suggestion and :icontehangelscry: for featuring as DD.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!
Also, I want featured recents DDs suggested by me:
Now... FEATURE TIME
My last work
and AWESOME ARTs
Shooting Godafoss by erezmarom
ShAtTeReD by Fajralam
Infrared Trees - pt. IV by myINQI
Spring Wolni infrared... by MichiLauke
The Haunted House by DAN-KA
Portal by EnchantedWhispersArt
Le Cabinet de Curiosites - Clockwork Fairy by AlexandraVBach
Girl in the Sunset by RankaStevic
The Last Stand by Aegils
The Scarlet Hour II by nina-Y
Entre et tu nen ressortiras plus by Marjie79
Mini Horror Reviews - Friday The 13th (1980)
In this Issue
Friday The 13th
Jason Friday the 13th 09 by bonslyforever
It's October and the sacred 31 days of Halloween are upon us-time to get your gore on! The chill is in the air, the leaves are on the ground, and Halloween candy has been out since Labor Day. So while you’re waiting in the Starbucks line for an overpriced double pumpkin spice whatever, pass the time with this year’s scary movies reviews!
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.