IT’S BACK!! The entire Hamm’s Room will turn into a crafters’ holiday wish list on Sunday, December 13th, from 11:30am – 4:30pm. Please invite your friends: Facebook event and more details here.
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About to mail off the final commission piece. Very happy. I’ve tried counting the characters a few times, but there are so many I keep losing count. I am at least in the 600’s, because after only going 1 inch across, all the way from top to bottom I was at 100…and the entire piece is 16″ x 20″. Everything from notebooks to corndogs to lasagna noodles to several lizard monsters…I think I have covered “stuff kids like”, which is what I would google during moments of mental blockage.
I will be posting pictures soon, but would like to let the person who commissioned this piece enjoy and share it with his children first before I post it all over the inter-web. Seems like the right thing to do.
One thing I especially enjoyed about this was that I was able to incorporate his children’s names into the piece. I really wanted to cater this to his kids, using imagery they would like (pizza and monsters was top of the list), and let them enjoy all the little details for years to come. I also wanted to place a little imagery that they might not understand, so that it would capture a generation of “lost” things, like floppy discs, VHS tapes, and the sunday newspaper. I figure by the time these kids are in their teens, those things will be as antiquated as the horse-drawn carriage is now. It may seem silly, but I kind of wanted to pay homage to things like newspapers and put them next to the new technology like an iPad, with the two characters glaring at each other. Maybe a little incomprehensible to kids right now, but I hope they will appreciate it as they grow older and can notice new things every day.
And as always, if you are interested in any original art, big or small (and trust me, I can do small!), please just send me an email with some basic ideas and we can get started!
Yay – art shows! It’s been a while. Just participated in a group show in South Park at the Disclosed Unlocation gallery (a newbie, tiny, and super cool space). Now working on a black & white line art piece (or three) this week for a benefit show in Japan that my friend Tetsunori Tawaraya is curating. Although he currently resides in Tokyo, he was born and raised in the town of Tohoku, which was ravaged by the recent earthquake and tsunami, so he is putting the money toward rebuilding/recovery efforts. I’ve got big love for Japan and am excited for the opporutnity to be in my first ever Japanese group art show! I’ll scan my peices in later this week when we send them off. Show will be in late April.
Tetsunori is a pretty cool dude. That’s him on the right, with my other friend Max. And below that, an art installation Tetsunori did in Japan (of course – he lives there).
I took this photo at the San Diego Zoo last summer. This brave big hippo came up to the glass and started grinning at all the yummy children in front of him, and then after posing like this for a few minutes, snorted really loud a few times (it sounded like a hippo “muah-ha-ha-ha”). So I figured I could immortilize the moment with a Dabbers flyer for our next show at the Casbah.
It will be presented/formally hosted by FM 94/9 for their About The Music program, which donates funds to schools for music education/classes. Cool!