Since I didn’t do very well at the January comicon with my pop culture masks, I’ve been doing less interpretations of characters and more of my own original ideas. To put it in perspective, between September 2013 to January 2014 I made around 35 of 40 masks as characters from movies/ tv shows/ comics, with 5 of those being “Nobodies” or rather people I made up in my head. From February 2014 to March 2014 I made around 35 Nobodies to 5 pop culture characters. They both sell in equal amounts on Etsy and at art tables, but there’s no problem with an existing license if I want to have the Nobodies in a magazine or wherever.
However, some fictional characters rattle around in my head and I really enjoy drawing them, being inspired by their personalities. One such character is Charles Montgomery Burns from the Simpsons. He’s every evil, republican, stuck in the past, self-centered, yet weak and impotent. Harry Shearer’s thin, nasally voice- with a hint of snooty east coast education- couldn’t be more perfect. Drawing Burns always starts with the long nose and enormous nostrils, followed by the perpetual glower and the magnificent Groening overbite.
I recently made a mask of Burns (for sale on Etsy) and use him whenever I need to do a drawing demo for classes. He’s definitely a fun character to play with and think about.
The casual nature of an analogue instant film shoot- where details get smeared together and it’s never meant to look like it cost a million bucks- means my house is a-ok as a shooting location. Model Lacheln and I went up on the roof to get a rare fluffy sky in the background. This one was my favorite of what we shot, coincidentally the only horizontal image out of 26 instax. She’s signing and selling them for anyone in the market- contact Lacheln at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
As of now, I have an exhibit with another artist, Michael Afsa, at the Tempe Library. There’s only one big Tempe Libary so it’s not hard to find. The work will be up until August so I’m very pleased to be in such a well trafficked area for such a long time.
As for traveling:
May 9-11 Kansas City Spectrum Fantastic Art Live (I’m in Artist Alley)
May 16-30 Macedonia + Greece. My wife Vesna is from Macedonia, a former Yugoslavian Republic, and this is her first time back since 1996 or something. The whole family is on this trip and I’m thrilled to immerse myself in a new creative environment for 2 weeks.
June 1+2 I’m planning a quick stopover to LA unless my house in ruins.
The rest of June and July I’ll probably be stuck in Phoenix, doing art and photography workshops at my usual haunts and some new ones.
April has been a time of pushing boundaries, taking my existing model photos as far away from regular photography as I can. Xerox Transfer is part of that, in other cases I used whiteout and India ink on skin. Not a big fan of the wax so I’ll probably switch to encaustic which ain’t cheap but looks better in person.
This was shot in my tool shed with a friend, Janette, who I’ve photographed off and on over 4 years. Until now there was very little production on our shoots, but this time I really wanted to make memorable images of the level I do with full time models, LA studios with hair and makeup and bodypaint and wardrobe. The assistant here was my good friend Percolate, who did hair, makeup and wardrobe for this (and another shoot this week with model Aurora O’brien and her horse).
For a long time there was a separation between what I would call “casual shooting,” “family shooting”, and “pro model shooting,” but nowadays I want everything the same high quality level.
It’s been a while since I editioned a new custom View-master set, so I made a new Scream Queens reel with Mosh, Anastasia Arteyeva, Glass Olive, Victoria Elle and Briana Robertson. It’s one of my favorite ways to present work – this “Scream Queens” one has 6 copies in existence and comes with a custom black viewer. For sale on Etsy.