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About 15-20% of what I came across ended up working for this particular project. Here are the various reasons why pieces were either non-starters or failed along the way.
This show is the culmination of two years of collecting amateur landscapes in need of a little love.
This March is my second solo show at Kaleid Gallery in downtown San José!
I started this one in college as an figure painting exploration with a particular focus on hands and feet.
Inspired by the flame effect of these frames, I created a couple of illustrations in ink and colored pencil based on a painting I did in college.
When I get stuck, I’ll paint or draw food. It’s an easy way to get past my indecision and get right to the craft of it, and often gives me an opportunity to try out new techniques, patterns, or textures.
Last one in the Harvest series skews tropical with papayas. This ended up being both the biggest fruits (only four on here) with the smallest details (little black seeds).
3rd of 4 in the Harvest series – avocados, cut open to show off the green insides and shiny pits.
Another fruit in the Harvest series – this time, a little pile of blueberries. This one’s more of an experiment in subtle patterns within a dense texture.
I was struck by the lighting and the rhythm of the layout. Two other people were there, quietly enjoying a dinner, so I surreptitiously snagged a photo that I decided to make into a painting.
Here’s a bright little drawing of persimmons from memory. I drew this with Prismacolor pencils to experiment with blending techniques to replicate the muted sheen on the fruit.
I went with the first thing that came to mind since it had a few distinct images in it: Cat’s In the Cradle by Harry Chapin (or Ugly Kid Joe, depending on your era).
This is a painting of Tahuya, a spot in Washington that has a genuine inland fjord. Fjords: not all in Norway!
A sketch from a discreet location – the Palace Theater at The Speakeasy in San Francisco.
This is a Zelda-themed repaint for my friend Jeremy who has a whole black/white/red setup for his motorcycle & gear.
In celebration of the warmer weather and the end of the drought, I created this series of things that grow in the ground. I always like cutaway-style illustrations so I created a view of what’s above and below the ground.
I used the visual language of the intertitles from a silent movie, The Birth of a Nation, for two reasons: because of its melodramatic emoting, and because of its role as white supremacist propaganda.
This is the last batch of sketches from a sketchbook I carried with me (theme: Undefined Variables).
When I thought of the theme, “Elevate”, I thought about how people express themselves with gestures. I picked a movie for each of the 13 days of Cinequest to be represented here by gestures from one of their characters.
Not too much story on these; I mostly picked it as an excuse to draw different people and to think through the meaning of tattoos.