Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Price of Freedom - Painting Progression

I decided to document my painting process for this large piece (3 feet by 4 feet).

You can see my methods of going from grayscale to color with the use of glazing my acrylic paint.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Affordable Art Fair - Hong Kong 2014

I recently participated in a show in Hong Kong, where I created 5 pieces combining symbolic birds and recognizable buildings from Hong Kong's most famous cluster of landmarks - Statue Square.

Being of half Chinese ethnical origin myself and an enthusiastic internet research connoisseur, I found it quite fun to match the historical significance of buildings from a place high on my bucket list of places to visit with birds important to Chinese culture.

"The Lion's Share"

"Ruling the Roost"

"The Sky's the Limit"

"Bird of Prey"

"The Price of Freedom"

Most information about the show can be seen at Re-Emerging-Art

Thursday, April 10, 2014

The Absolute Girliest Thing I've Ever Made

A couple that I am friends with desperately wanted this commissioned for the area above their fireplace.

I have to say, it is disgustingly cute and reminds me of a less-drunk Dumbo from this scene:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Dexter Dog!

A good friend of mine commissioned me to immortalize his dog in paint as a present to his wife for their anniversary.

Meet Dexter the rescue dog. He likes long walks on the beach, steak dinner, and needs ample alone-time with his favorite toy hedgehog.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Adorably Cute Baby Animals

For a few months, I was driven to create only that which falls under the category of cute and fuzzy.  This was mostly inspired by one of my first ever paintings painted in 2006 that really made me laugh, "My Maniacal Teddy."

There was something just so delightfully raw and crude about how the very simple, single character on a plain background made such a statement.  I wanted to explore this, but with less creepy characters.

In 2013, I began a series of what I liked to call "Adorably Cute Baby Animals," or really, images that just make you go "Awww…"  Historically, my work has been rather sadistic and satirical, and I merely wanted to see how it felt to create art that warms your heart.

This led to my first painting of the series "The Elephant With the Long Ears."  I hope to do a series of this baby elephant, Ellis, overcoming the obstacles of stumbling over these extremely long ears.

I've done many more characters, and have chosen to create a small series around each of them.  

Georgey the Giraffe:

Randy the Rhino:

With a child audience in mind, I eventually hope to turn this animal series into a tangible brand focused on room decor, clothing, or even a children's book.

More characters being developed: