Tuesday, May 16, 2017

LOST OF FRIENDS

This week's portrait, Sherilyn Stetz! 


I had some morphine last week, kidney stones. Felt great for an hour or two, the pain was gone for but then it came back, not as intense but enough to make my day shitty. Over the weekend I had another attack, but this time I stayed curled up in bed and just endured the pain till it subsided and I passed out.

Lately life has been causing me a lot of pain and it's at these moments I tend to start buying more crap than usual. In this case, those Pops character figures from Funko, suppliers of my bobblehead addiction.

The life pain is from the fact that in a 2 month period, three friends past away. Sara Porter, Sherilyn Stetz and Doreen Austria. And my mother and aunt almost added themselves to this list.

My mom is doing better but my aunt is a day to day. I love these 2 people a lot, but then again, I lucked out, I have a great family. Nothing but great memories and hopefully many more new ones.

Sara I worked with back in New York. We were friends enough back then that she allowed me to use her as a model for some of my artwork. The one piece I did of her ended up being art for a Christmas card.

Doreen, was a true geek girl. Didn't get to hang out as much as I would have liked but the few times we did, it was pure nerd bliss.

Sherilyn was a friend but I did have a lot of contact with her. She was someone who always had great things to say and always had a smile. When I heard she was sick, I drew a get well card for her. And word got to me she was doing better. Then next thing I am hearing is that she's gone.

I decided I wanted to do this portrait of her for myself. I wanted to draw what I remembered of her. Sara, I have my art of her, Doreen, I have pictures of us together, but I had nothing tangible on Sherilyn. Now that's changed.

I miss these friends.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"HEY PIERRE, WANT TO GO TO DRINK AND DRAW?"

This week's portrait is Howard Shum!

When I think about what have been my biggest influences so far since living here in Los Angeles, all thoughts lead back to Howard and, “Whatsername.”*

Whatsername, for telling me I should look up these interesting life drawing events happening in L.A., one being, Dr Sketchy. And Howard for asking me to join him at a Gallery Girls, Drink and Draw event at the Falcon on Sunset. That was the evening I saw Jennifer Fabos Patton for the first time, dressed as a gypsy, and my world haven't been the same since.

I've been drawing circles almost all my known life. At a later Drink and Draw, someone asked me, why circles. “I don't know why circles, I just know I feel great doing them, it almost feels like sex!”

There's no way of knowing today had I stayed in New York and not took the invite to continue working with Conan, what my life would have been like. Somehow I doubt I’d be posting portraits or involve in going to and hosting life drawing events.

Howard is a writer, director and comic artist. I wanted with this portrait to emphasize the comic art side of him. I made the design look like a comic book page with blue lines for ruling and cropping. I thought it would be cool to make it look like a pencil drawing that was being inked.

Easier said then done! I used a few variety of greys to get the penciled look and went over areas with black ink to represent inking. I can say with knowledge that this was a hard piece to do using ink. I'm real happy with the final art.

Thank you Howard and Whatsername, for directing me on this path!

*SIDE NOTE: Whatsername, is someone who meant a lot to me once. She was very inspirational back in New York, and very supportive as I made the transition to California. But like anything in life, things changed and we both went different ways. Unlike the song, I haven't forgotten her name or memories. But I think for now it's probably best to leave her nameless, unless she calls herself out. I'll always have respect for her and what she did for my life in the short time of knowing her.

Monday, April 24, 2017

VITAMEATAVEGAMIN

This week’s portrait, Lucille Ball!

If you have no idea what the title is referencing, YouTube it, and see what comedy use to look like before the current day of formulated un original laughs.

This was a lot of fun to work on. Aside from being an incredibly funny person, Lucy was beautiful. I wanted to try and capture that beauty as well as her colorful personality in this art piece. And again I am bummed out that the scan doesn’t do the original justice. All the colors look flat.

Lucy came to mind as a subject for a portrait for a few reasons, the top of which, originality. I guess with TV being some what new at the time of the, “I Love Lucy Show”, the content had to be new as well since there wasn’t anything like it to copy except old radio shows. But now almost 50 years later, you have a majority of writers and performers who do nothing but copy visuals from the past that were funny and just modernize them for today’s audience.

To some degree this is true of the art world as well. Originality sort of went out the window as artists look for the quick dollar imitating other successful artists.

Anyway, Lucy’s generation were truly original artists. And what she did on television was genius.

I raise a nice big table spoon full of Vitameatavegamin in her memory for being such an amazing artist!

Monday, April 17, 2017

I WISH U HEAVEN

This week’s portrait, Prince!
I love Prince’s music. Purple Rain and 1999 are among my favorite albums. It’s hard to just listen to an individual track and not the entire album at once. It’s like everything flows into each other, kind of like David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” or Pink Floyd’s “The Wall”. I knew when I started this portrait that purple and violet were going to be major colors in it. Then I got the idea of incorporating the flower design from the Purple Rain album into the art. And as expected, the scan doesn’t do justice to the colors in the final original art.

Friday will mark the first year of Prince’s death. Lately death has been on my mind more than usual. It sort of been hanging around my family for a few weeks now, not making any aggressive moves, simple making its presence known like some uninvited guest. It is the reason I wasn’t able to post a portrait last week. The last time it visited was a long while back, it decided to take my dad when it left.

I am sure by the weekend there will be a ton of tributes to Prince. His fan base is still weeping his passing, and the news will make it a feeding frenzy with all sort of give-a-aways, tribute concerts and other moronic events all tied to cashing in on his death. People will of course jump on board and make it profitable for these companies to do so. But hopefully there will be a few who will take this as a moment to reflect on life in general, truly appreciate the artist that Prince was, and when they hear themselves saying his death was sudden or too soon, they will turn and remember to honor the people they care about who are still among the living.

Go call or visit someone you care about.
Now!

Sunday, April 2, 2017

TIME TO POST A PORTRAIT!

This week’s portrait, Kendra Tye!
I saw a picture of Kendra awhile back which was fascinating and I thought I’d try to see if I could capture the beautiful feeling the photo had through art.

What a weekend for life. It’s one of those moment in time when you think things are bad enough, and another curve is thrown at you a lot worst. Then another. So much so that I can’t even think of anything to write at the moment.

My only thought is that I didn’t want to miss a week of posting an art portrait. Kind of like the person who gets in an accident and the only thought is, "I have to get to my appointment." Not paying attention to the fact that their leg has fallen off.

Don't get me wrong, I am still enjoying doing these, but this is one of those bad life moments. Hopefully things will get better.

Monday, March 27, 2017

GHOST IN THE SHELL

This week’s portrait, Tachikoma!
So this is the week the Ghost In The Shell live action movie comes out! We’ll get to see if Scarlett Johansson can actually play a Japanese female character better than a Japanese actress, watch the team of section 9 at work and most importantly we get to see the spider tanks or better known as the Tachikomas come to life!!!

So far they’ve kept them a secret, not revealing any pictures of them in any of the trailers which is ok I guess. Though they are the stars of the Ghost In The Shell series, and it would have been nice to tease us with an image, kind of like what Marvel did with the Vision, at the end of the trailer for the second Avengers movie.

I am absolutely fascinated with the Tachikomas. The design of the tanks are great, I would totally own one if they were available. The humanity these machine exhibit compared to all the other characters is interesting to watch. Their fascination with the world around them and trying to understand their own existence could be a movie on to its own. There was an episode where one when out on its own out of curiosity.

I am a bit surprise that so many fans have been so concern about Johansson being in the movie that they never once ask to see a glimpse of a Tachikoma.

This lack of pictures and talk of Tachikomas got me thinking, what would the series be like without them. Aside from Togusa, who is fully human, all the other characters seem to lack emotions to some degree.

So where are the Tachikomas?

We..., I, will see them this weekend right?

In doing this piece of art I decided to use the show colors but I did change the black animation line drawing to pink. I thought it gave the imagine a sense of urgency or action. The background green and black to tie it all together.

I bought the Ghost In The Shell Pop characters by Funko. There's a Major, a Batou and a robot Geisha. 

Where's the Tachikomas?

They better be in this movie...

Monday, March 20, 2017

CHANNELING THE 1970s

This week’s portrait, Lorraine Lamour!
The art show opening, "Drawing Down the Moon” at Gallery 800 in North Hollywood was great! “A huge turn out” I love that line! But seriously, a lot of people came out  and I got to see a hand full of people I haven’t had contact with for the last couple of years, and they all live in Los Angeles, you really can lose people here, it’s way too big.
People were fascinated by the 8 pieces I had in the show and one in particular drew a lot of attention to itself due to it’s unique close up of a male model I worked with, not the above image, another one which was blurred (contrary to most people’s expectations, I didn’t submit a group of just nude women art, there was a nude guy among them).


I think that’s the challenge of creating art especially for myself, making it interesting and worth doing and showing in some cases. That’s why I find these weekly portraits worth doing and sharing. I try to challenge myself with each one. So far I think I am pulling it off, but it is getting harder each week.


In creating this portrait of Lorraine, I tried to bring out my inner 70s, trying to create a pop art look.

Also I did this just to surprise her. She’s an interesting person, I’ve never met her, only Facebook contact. She once sent me this “breakfast” video that took me off guard, I loved it!

So this is me giving back to a virtual friend the love and positive, crazy energy that she always sends my way.