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
Aquarius: Children Of The Celestial Sea
AQUARIUS: Children of the Celestial Sea
Zodiac Sign Aquarius
The concept of Astrology or “study of the stars” has been around since the ancient world and can be traced as far back as the first dynasty of Mesopotamia.
For some the stars are a portent of the future and help inform one on the best course of action to take based on the stars’ alignment. If born under a specific “star” or month during the year you may have certain characteristics and manneri
How to get noticed on deviantARTHi there!
People asked me several times when I've became 'popular' on this site and in which way. I must admit I smelled a bit of envy in their tones, but the thing that troubled me more was that they didn't think that my work was worth all the pageviews I got over the years.
Well, I wanted to explain this little thing right now... dA costed me a lot of work! It wasn't a 'BOOM! POPULAR!' thing at all for me.
I had to study other people's methods too and to work hard on improving my art, and it wasn't easy. At all!
So tonight I'm sharing with you some methods to get attention by dA community.
Don't take them as unquestionable laws, just take them for what they are... Hints.
They worked for me but they may not work for you.
And now that you have a dA account...
What should you do?
► POST FINISHED ARTWORKS ONLY
Your first post should be a fi
Lewis Carroll: Alice In Wonderland
Lewis Carroll: Through A Glass, Darkly
Alice Meets the Cheshire Cat by feliciacano
The more one is denied something, the more one desires it.
The more oppressive the strictures circumscribing one’s life, the more delirious become that person’s dreams. The more prohibitions and sacrifices one accepts as a life’s duty, the more ingenious must become the approved “escapes.
Collection: Rise from the Dead
Rise From the Dead
“Where are tonight the sword and its swinger, the holy spells and their singer? Where is the light to scatter the ghosts, the sight of dawn to shatter the frost? Fears can be hidden, and hearts’ fire kindled, but will shadows be caged and demons faced? The curses of liches linger like winds of winter, and wolves howl a hymn for the undead's hunt… who will be safe from the grim reaper’s swing, and who will fall in its grip?”
— HtBlack of theWrittenRevolution
Agent Carter: The Hero We've Been Waiting For
Agent Carter: The Female Comic Book Hero We’ve All Been Waiting For
By spotted, damphyr
Agent Carter by Knightreaver
“Agent Carter” is the latest Marvel Comics based show to hit the airwaves.
Picking up where the Captain America: The First Avenger movie left off, we find ourselves back in the 1940’s following the life of Peggy Carter after losing Steve Rogers (a.k.a. “Captain
Cosplay Friday: Alice In Wonderland
COSPLAY FRIDAY: Down The Rabbit Hole
Alice in Wonderland
Published in 1865, Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland is celebrating its 150th Anniversary this year.
Alice has been quite busy during that time. She’s had her story adapted into several movies, TV shows, ballets, plays, operas, and theme park attractions. Her trip to Wonderland is quite well known around the world. What is less well known is Lewis Carroll’s (whose real name was Char
Project Porkchop: Vol. 390
About Project Porkchop
The DeviantArt Experience can sometimes quickly become the quintessential example of that most frustrating problem: too much of a good thing. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to peruse the thousands of submissions and postings of artistic innovation, creativity and sheer beauty that are generated everyday.
So thank you for ProjectPorkchop!
Astralseed, an Icelandic deviant artist with a penchant for equines, including Quirlicorns (a breed of unicorns), has made our busy lives so much easier with ProjectPorkchop, a feature she started on her DeviantArt page. Project Porkchop’s fine eye for the best of the newly submitted artworks of virtually unknown artists, the incredible art tha
Fan Art Friday: Indiana Jones
FAN ART FRIDAY: Fortune &
Temple of Doom blu ray art
Indiana Jones. Professor. Adventurer. Archaeologist… or Raider?
With his iconic fedora, brown leather jacket and bullwhip, this rugged explorer has been sparking increases in enrollment for Archeology departments across the country since his cinematic debut in 1981. Created from the first collaboration between George Lucas and Steven Spielberg, Indiana Jones has not only become on
Mohandas Gandhi: The Architect of Peace
MOHANDAS GANDHI: The Architect of Peace
The Mahatma, the Bapu, the Visionary, The Architect of Peace.
As we celebrate the January 15th birthday of America’s greatest non–violent civil rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, we should also honor his mentor and role model, Mohandas Gandhi, who died on January 30th, 1948. Both of these Princes of Peace were taken from the world too soon by assassin’s bullets, the truth of their m
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.