13th Hour group show will be coming up next month. This is "Target Pathogen #371" gouache on paper. I put it in this wonderful gold frame and I think it compliments the art very well. Contact Last Rites about purchase or to see any other information about the show.
Just a couple of stuffs. Here is my Ran Xerox and a bit of what I said on my commercial art site.
"This is a sci-fi illustration. The bg is totally up to me. I wanted enough information in it to put the figures in context. I was riffing off of one of my favorite artists I looked at in Heavy Metal mag. in the 80's, Tanino Liberatore. He always drew/painted Ran Xerox. Being the early 80's and I lived in a small town with not much art scene, let alone European comics scene, no one had any idea who he was or what else he had done. Then I saw a Frank Zappa album in a record store, "The Man From Utopia". Even in my early high school naivete in art I recognized his style. I didn't know much about Frank Zappa but I purchased the record immediately just for the art. I ended up getting several more Zappa albums over the years, but "Man From Utopia" was my first and probably my favorite. Especially since it was weird enough to aggravate my parents!"
Figure drawing at Spring Street this past week. The models were awesome but I wasn't drawing very fast and then I had to meet someone all of a sudden. No emergency, but the big picture is I needed to coordinate with this person sooner than later so I skipped out after about an hour or so of drawing. No one ever seems to be on my schedule!
I'm posting the first 20 minute segment. These were all one minute gestures. The model had a plan and I was fascinated how he was dictating what everyone's pages would look like. About 4 poses in I realized what he was doing and I thought it was cool. He began the first couple of poses with his arms up in the air over his head.This created a lot of long thin shapes on the page.
A little about the process. The first few segments are for warming up your eye and looking and seeing quickly. First 20 minutes are one or two minute gesture poses. In this case there were 20 one minute poses. Five min. break, then another twenty minutes, usually four 5 min poses. then two tens, then on to a 20 minute pose.
I had decided to use this light blue Le Pen marker I've been carrying around for at least a few months in my bag. When I realized how the one minute poses were going I thought this would work out nicely if I switched to a black micron part way through. The whole time I was admiring the personality this guy was projecting with just his pose selection and how he held them. He didn't talk much, but when the woman showed up a little late who was suppose to model with him, the male ball room dancer in him showed up. He told her exactly how he wanted her to pose with his pose and directed her like I've seen male dancers cue their partners about what maneuver is next. They made some great shapes to draw! I wish I had been able to stay the whole time.
Opening at MF Gallery
213 Bond St.
JUNE 15, 6-10pm
Please look over the Prints page and get them all.
Have a good Easter/Passover or month.
Now is a good time to commission a portrait or purchase some physical art for the winter!
If you'd like to commission me for a painting... Portraits with my surreal aesthetic only. The face you have and my paint brushes! Estimated turnaround 3 months. Shorter will cost more. Contact me now.
Last Rites Gallery 325 W. 38th Street, between 8th & 9th Ave, NYC: (212) 529.0666
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