A little while ago I was asked to do a quick test for a Children’s Book series that was coming out of retirement. I can’t mention the title as it is still in the works but I wanted to show these fun little pieces. They started as pencil sketches and were painted up in Photoshop. Who knows what will come of the book and who the artist may be but it was good practice none the less.
A while ago, when I had a little more time than I did now, I had the chance to jump into the world of painting and sculpting on Munnies. A Munny is a vinyl figure, created by Kid Robot, that you can paint and sculpt on. They can be a lot of fun to work with, especially if you have the time to add additions to the figure. It is also a great starting point to get into the process of dealing with different materials and how they interact with each other to get the desired look. I generally go with a more graphic approach for the paint and add some Super Sculpey to the figure to change it up from its original mold. It’s also best to prime it before painting as well as spray on a matte or glossy finish to protect the final product.
The images below are of the Gandhi Zombie and ‘Alla Fini di Ogni Cosa’ Munnies that were part of two separate toy art shows in Vancouver. I also included an image of the original Gandhi Zombie concept and the tools that were used in the making of the Munnies.
This is another quick sketch idea that I did with that great little art package, Procreate, on the iPad. I think there was a little too much Hitchcock and Pixar in my subconscious, hence the title, and then replacing ‘man’ with ‘toy’. I am going to take this idea through to a more polished piece, doing the line work in Sketchbook Pro and the paint in Photoshop. Now, I just to find some more of that stuff they call time…
So I finally bit the bullet and picked up an iPad mini. A good friend recommended a paint package called Procreate for sketching out ideas. I have to say that I’m blown away by this little app. It’s streamlined and perfect for getting out roughs quickly. The people at Adobe could learn a thing or two from this paint package. I highly recommend it for anyone who has an iPad. Unfortunately, it’s not currently available for desktop or Android devices. Below is an image I did in ball point pen, on paper, and then brought it into Procreate. I quickly inked it and added some flat colors. I attached a link as well to the Procreate website
One of the best ways I find to inspire new artwork or to move through an artistic block is go to a really good music gig. I was fortunate enough to get heaps of inspiration the other night while watching Baroness and Royal Thunder rip up the stage at The Venue in Vancouver. Baroness was superb and showed us how well they can play and entertain at the same time. They were all in top form playing a great set that spanned their three albums. On a side note, I am always blown away by John Baizley’s artwork that he does for the band. Not only is he the lead singer but he does incredible Alphonse Mucha inspired art for the band’s covers and posters. The surprise of the night came from Royal Thunder, the band that went on before Baroness. They are an interesting mix of progressive hard rock with undertones of Black Sabbath, The Cult and the Stoner/ Psychedelic Rock sound. I was super impressed and picked up their latest effort, ‘CVI’, the next day. Make sure to check out the links below to get a taste of these two great bands.
A little while back I was fortunate enough to be asked if I would show some of my work at the Pixar Canada office. The Facilities Supervisor, Olivia Price, had an idea to start showcasing Pixar artist’s work on two of the walls of the second floor, with a 4-6 week rotation period. I decided to show a few pages from my Children’s Book, Mr. Muck Muck, as well as three separate pieces I worked on while working on the book. I printed out the art with archival inks on enhanced matte paper and watercolor hot press. Olivia then took the work, framed it and did the install. Many thanks to Olivia and Pixar Canada!