Monday, May 24, 2010

CAPTAIN CABINETS TRAPPED IN CABINETS.

The Mighty Boosh.

Final piece from the comedy portraits part of my thesis. To be honest, I'm not even that obsessed with the actual Mighty Boosh show (my two favorite episodes are all from the first season) but I absolutely love the dynamic between Julian Barratt and Noel Fielding. Also, that's supposed to be a giant gorilla hand in the back. Not sure if it reads 'cause I decided to get wacky with the coloring.

That's it for thesis work. Thanks to my thesis group members in Metallica (whatever, I thought using a pre-existing band name for our group would be hilarious and it is, so shut your mouth) for all their hard work and feedback: Michael Clayton, Noel Hernandez, Viktoriya Tsoy, Ariyana Suvarnasuddhi, Emma Rochon. Additional thanks to my studio professors: Oliver Munday, Rachel Salomon, Allan Comport.

New art in the shop.

I just added a bunch of original art to my shop (big pieces too!). Every penny from my sales is a huge help toward all the weird stuff coming in the next year, so an Internet high-five to those who have already supported me. Update: Sold out! I even sold my last shirt. You guys are fucking amazing. Thank you.

Also, don't forget that the first episode of "Dirty Little Secret" premieres on Elle.com tomorrow! I read all the scripts a few days ago; this series is going to be a lot of fun. If you're confused about what these words mean, check out my post about this project.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

ANGEL TATTOO SINKING BENEATH HER BELT.

The Birds: Fly.

I was coloring this and then the above line from Bat for Lashes's "Sarah" popped into my head. My response was, "Yeah, sure, why not." Arbitrary religious tattoos are becoming a thing in my life.



So, yeah. Another piece for the fashion illustration half of my thesis. Clothing inspired by this post on withasianstereotypes (I love this blog, but beware the auto-play).

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

UP TO SOMETHING.

Commencement Exhibition.

A shot of my display in the Commencement exhibition before I tore it down. I graduated on Monday, finishing up four years of studying Illustration at the Maryland Institute College of Art. My classmates are some of the most stunningly talented young artists out there today, so I hope you all hire the shit out of them. No, seriously. Really make them suffer with that work load and then aggressively try to tend the wounds with money and praise.

Dirty Little Secret.
And for my first announcement as a legit, full-time illustrator... I've been working on a project with ELLE Magazine for a while; this is a screencap of the site that just went live today. It's like a motion comic/animated webseries hybrid called "Dirty Little Secret", and I illustrated all the characters. I wish I could also say I wrote it and did all the awesome animating and backgrounds, but I'm not that good at multi-tasking. The trailer is online; the first episode premieres next week. There's also a short video interview on the site, showing a little bit of my process. I haven't been able to get through the first ten seconds without cringing at the sight of myself and closing the window, so I don't know if it's any good.

Note to self: Stop eating cookies at all hours.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

ALL THESE BITCHES CHECKING OUT MY BRITCHES.

Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement.

Hey, remember that thesis thing I was doing? Well, I just finished up my last week of school (ever), so I had to bust out a few more pieces.

Even though the second season of their TV show wasn't super-great, I really love Flight of the Conchords. Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement were one of the first duos I thought of for my thesis, so it had to be done. I sketched this piece before any of the other ones, half-inked it and then left it to die because I wanted to proceed in a different direction. But time quickly ran out and I had to sheepishly revisit it, apologizing for my illustration-infidelity the entire time. For this piece, I was going for their naive, unassuming sex gods angle. Subway car, wide-eyed fangirls, underwear. You know. That whole deal.

What, that brings my comedy portrait series to a total of two pieces? I swear I'm not a slacker. I've got things to show you. Soon. Ish. Maybe.

Also, I'm finally selling some original art in my store. First up, the inks for my first The Birds illustration... Details here.