All Outta Bubblegum

Hyaena Gallery

The crowd of people congregating outside should have been indication of what lay through the open glass door of Hyaena Gallery. That is, a scene of near-pandemonium reminiscent of my experience browsing through the gift shop of Tokyo Disneyland, so filled to capacity that personal space seemed non-existent, what with people bunched up together like the hydrophilic heads of a cell membrane. This was the start of the opening reception for All Outta Bubblegum, an art show dedicated to filmmaker John Carpenter. In fact, the very man himself was in attendance, standing in the back where the artworks for the show hung. It explained the excitement, as gallery goers were lining up for the chance of a quick exchange and photo shoot with the cult classic icon, which I myself could not resist taking:

Me and John Carpenter

Contributors to the show were my co-workers Mick Cassidy, Mark Covell, and Joe Vaux. Their participation naturally attracted friends from Fox TV Animation and various others from the animation industry, creating a joyous reunion for former co-workers to chat over realistically grotesque sculptures of the Thing, and the random cuteness of Michael Myers and Starman depicted, in anthropomorphic fashion, as cats. Mark Covell’s “Six Must Die” was a personal favorite, a glaring anomaly amid the gallery’s sweeping collection of punk-like imagery and caricatures. An oil painting with a more classical feel, it portrays Captain Blake and his crew from “The Fog,” capturing the creepy visual beauty and blueness that I appreciated about the film, despite the ending that vexed me so much.

"Six Must Die" by Mark Covell

“All Outta Bubblegum” is going on now until April 30, 2014, at Hyaena Gallery in Burbank. For more pictures of the event, check out the set on Flickr.

Risqué {dirty little pictures}

Risqué [dirty little pictures]

The above image is of the writing on a black wall that obscures what lies within the Kilsby Gallery of the Long Beach Museum of Art: a series of 8″X10″ artworks that comprise Risqué {dirty little pictures}, the brainchild of artists Nathan Spoor and Jeff McMillan, and LBMA executive director Ron Nelson.

I heard about Risqué through a Facebook status update by my co-worker Joe Vaux, one of the show’s participating artists. It grabbed my attention immediately for two reasons: 1) I have always appreciated erotic art ever since I first discovered it in middle school through a book called “Art Nouveau and the Erotic” by Ghislaine Wood at my then-local library in Rancho Peñasquitos, 2) I was curious to see what Joe’s interpretation of the word risqué was, considering his portfolio of surreal, chaotic worlds inhabited by cartoonish monsters, none of which have ever conjured the word, or anything close to it, in my mind upon viewing.

I shared my latter surprise with Joe’s assistant director Mark Covell at the opening reception of Faces over a week ago, asking if he had seen Joe’s submission, and what his thoughts were on it. Not spoiling anything, he simply described the painting as being “gross, even for Joe.” When I finally got to see the piece for myself over the weekend, I found myself in agreement with his assessment:

"A Match Made in Heaven" by Joe Vaux

Risqué, yes, but predominantly gross, and unsurprisingly Joe Vaux, with the childlike innocence of a kid poking fun at adult private parts. It certainly has a charm to it.

Other works that I enjoyed at the show:

"White Anthurium" by Soey Milk

"Drip" by Audrey Kawasaki

"Self Portrait as a Recovering Catholic" by Katherine Doyle

Risqué {dirty little pictures} will be up until November 10. Check it out, preferably with a significant other.

For more photos, view the set on Flickr. Due to the explicit nature of the subject matter, some photos have been marked with a “Restricted” safety level, and are only available to Flickr members.

FACES by David Boudreau

"Wolverine" by David Boudreau

Currently going on at the Center Stage Gallery in Burbank is Faces, the first solo exhibition by my cubemate David Boudreau. It features his best celebrity/fictional character caricatures from the past three years. Last week on Friday, September 20, was the opening reception for the show, with David’s friends, fans, and co-workers in attendance. A successful turnout that was very well-deserved, considering David’s talent, and how hard he has worked to bring this exhibit to life.

Truly, he has come a long way since his interest in drawing portraits was renewed back in 2010 (according to his artist statement on the Center Stage Gallery site, he used to draw portraits of his friends when he was in high school). I remember there being times when production on “Family Guy” was slow, and how we would have downtime that would last for days, sometimes weeks. To offset boredom, David would pull up photos of celebrities or fictional characters from the internet, and draw them in Toon Boom Storyboard Pro. That was how it started.

His subjects ranged from Captain Jack Sparrow to Mick Jagger. At first, he simply sketched and drew. But as his skills increased from the amount of work he was producing, it wasn’t long before he graduated to full-blown paintings with a level of color and detail that I, or most people, would not expect to come out of hours spent on software for storyboarding.

Nowadays, he works in Photoshop, but don’t be fooled: this guy takes no shortcuts (i.e. filters, textures, backgrounds). Every brush stroke, sketch mark, and detail are his, and his alone. David hopes to work traditionally someday, and he cites his father, and Sebastian Krüger as his inspirations.

Faces will be on display until October 12. And for those in the Los Angeles area who would like to know more about David Boudreau, you can meet the artist himself for a conversation and live painting demonstration at the Center Stage Gallery this Saturday, September 28, from 1 PM – 4 PM.

For photos from last week’s opening reception, check out the set on Flickr.

San Diego Comic-Con 2013

GDG at SDCC 2013

I will be at Comic-Con this week, working at the Girls Drawin’ Girls booth #5628. There will be all sorts of fun stuff for sale by the talented ladies of the group, such as books, prints, and original artwork. Stop by and say hi, or to show your support for GDG, or both!

My schedule:
Thursday: 12 PM – 3 PM
Friday: 10 AM – 2 PM

Banner by GDG member Rocky Olivares.

See you there!

Birthday drawings

Sailor Jupiter birthday drawing for my friend Kristen.

Lois Griffin/Yukari Hayasaka birthday drawing for my co-worker Doug.

Birthday drawings for my friend Kristen and my co-worker Doug, featuring Sailor Jupiter from “Sailor Moon” and Lois Griffin as Yukari Hayasaka from “Paradise Kiss.” Drawn and colored on 4″ X 6″ post-its with blue Prismacolor Col-Erase pencil, sepia Faber-Castell Pitt artist brush pen, and Prismacolor warm grey markers.

I posted the drawings to their Facebook pages by snapping photos of them with my iPhone, and applying filters with the Flickr app. I love how they turned out, so I’m sharing them here as well:

Birthday drawings edited with filters from the Flickr iPhone app.

Sketches from Boston

Meant to do a photo post about last night’s episode of “Family Guy,” but my computer is unable to detect my camera at the moment, and I don’t have time to figure out why. Oh, well. Talking about something else!

My mom’s wish was to have the entire family go with her to Boston to celebrate her birthday – March 11 – and visit my brother Andrew, who is attending Berklee College of Music. She got her wish; all of us vacationed in Boston last week from the 9th to the 12th. Managed to do two sketches, which were penciled and inked on my mom’s birthday. The first was done in the morning at L.A. Burdick in Harvard Square, and the second during a celebratory dinner at Toro Restaurant.

Sketch of the counter at L.A. Burdick in Harvard Square.

Moleskine sketch of Toro in Boston.

Salon Vertigo sketch

Sketch that I made while waiting to get my hair cut at Salon Vertigo.

On Saturday, I went with my mom to Salon Vertigo, where we both had an appointment with my favorite hair stylist, Yasaman Gharavi. My mom’s appointment was before mine, so while I waited, I sketched the view of the entrance in front of me. It made the wait go by so fast, it was my turn before I knew it. A productive visit overall.

By the way, for any of you living in the San Diego area who are looking for a great hair stylist, I highly recommend Yasaman. I have been seeing her and no one else for over five years now for all my haircut needs. Don’t mind making that 120-mile drive for her, either. She is that good!