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In preparation for the Cedar Beach music and arts festival (long island, NY), I was asked by Parkside Fuel/Greenseal Weatherization to create a painting on one of their older oil tanks, from an image of their offices during a snowstorm.  So, in the interest of sharing some progress work with you. Here’s how it starts.

Client asks me if I can do something, I say yes. I do it, something goes wrong, I fix it, make it work.

So when they gave me a white tank to start on, I realized two things. first, it was rusting through the paint. two, it wasnt well primed. Picked up a coat of Rustoleum primer, problem solved, materials added to list.

Paint wasnt sticking as well to that surface as I’d hoped, so had to double up on coats for even the non dense patches. Solution, I’d have to really crank into this thing to finish it for the event. Here’s some pics. (click for larger version) Oh, and I was working on location in a corner of their graveled parking lot.

On its back, getting painting

standing, very rough start  coming together  top down look  Night, finishing up

In order to finish it, the last day I was there from about 7am-9pm. When I have a deadline, I do everything I can to make sure it gets finished for the client.

The next day, I arrived at the event to see the tank in daylight, Although there was one change, the sealant coat I used must have picked up some dust during the night, because there was a thin coat of white at the top area. It worked out well though as it added to the snow cloud effect. What artists like to call, a “Happy Accident”.

At the event

The client was really happy with how it turned out, people at the event stopped to look, and get information on the artist (this guy), and was a lot of fun. Also they hired me to do face painting at the event, which is normally not what I’d be doing, but the kids were great and I had a lot of fun making them look like butterflies, puppies, tigers, zombies, and various other things.

Overall, great experience, and they already mentioned they want me to do more work for them.

Busy month so far, but here’s a good one to whet your whistle.

Tuesday of this previous week I started an illustration project for Brutal Bitches Productions, a metal music concert organizing company based out of the Bronx. Was told to do something with a sexy metal chick, surrounded by carnage. But had to do it in a way that there would be enough room for the band logos and event info to not completely block the imagery.
Send one sketch, that was rejected, so then sent this one as a thumbnail, and got an okay to work with it.

“Just make it sexy, add some decapitations, and monsters, okay?”

I think I should have no problem with that, *wicked smile*. Have I mentioned that I love what I do?

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Next step was some rough sketching and then adding ballpoint linework over the pencil so I could erase and have a clean working surface, so that line art became this….

 

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The original idea was to stick to a mostly black and white image to make it very bold, and include some splashes of color, so I started working in my shading using varying grays. Pretty much just acrylic washes of payne’s gray to build up what I wanted it to look like in a basic sense.

2_Metal_Goddess_GrayShaded

 

Then,… well it was decided that full color would be so much cooler as the band logos look pretty crazy in color and the illustration had to work with them and not be completely obscured by them. So started laying in color washes over the gray shading, and that ended up coming out along these lines.

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A few more washes to close out some of the white spots and darken some spots I wanted to set back, and then the next real part was the outlines in micron on the things that were more foreground prevalent. Basically the outlines on the figure (Metal Goddess) and her hair were in black micron, which is basically like a really fine tipped marker for line art. The background buildings and figures got touched up with more ballpoint so as not to compete too much with the foreground.

4_Metal_Goddess_Fin

 

The last thing I did before sending it off to BBP was to adjust the levels digitally so the dark parts were even darker and the color a little sharper. For illustration projects I generally go this route, because that way I’m not physically working everything so dark that it can’t be changed if necessary.

After sending the file on Thursday, yes Tuesday night til Thursday morning, was a quick turnaround for this piece (read: very little sleep) had to wait til today to see the fully edited version. With the colors and the logos it looks pretty sick indeed. All in all cool project with a fun conclusion. Hopefully the event is as metal as the poster.  \m|_    Like BrutalBitchesOnFacebook     _|m/

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This evening I was informed that I will be having a couple pieces shown in this year’s Fountain Art Fair. Part of the 2012 NYC Armory week art events. The news of this was a great surprise as I hadn’t known if I’d be showing any of my work at the event.

For those of you who’ve been fans long enough (or read my resume), you’ll notice that this will be my second show at the 69th Regiment Armory in New York City. I was part of the Convergence show in 2010, and now this event. To be part of such a gathering of incredibly creative and talented people at a historic venue like this, multiple times, is a fantastic honor, that I look forward to continuing with, as the people involved in the event are all truly fantastic and open people.

I strongly urge anyone in the area this weekend to make their way to this, the details are below, and frankly $10 for a ticket to spend all day making your way through so much art, frankly it’s well worth it. Looking forward to seeing you there and sharing in the visual feast.

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Fountain Art Fair

About Fountain Art Fair

Fountain is an exhibition of avant garde artwork in New York during Armory week, Miami during Art Basel Miami Beach and Los Angeles during Pacific Standard Time weekend.

Location:

69th Regiment Armory
68 Lexington Avenue @ 25th Street
March 9 – March 11, 2012
View or Download directions here

Hours & Special Events:

Friday, March 9, 1pm–7pm – VIP & Press Preview
Friday, March 9, 7pm–11pm – Artlog presents: Public Opening Night Reception, Fab 5 Freddy (DJ set)
Saturday, March 10, 7–11pm – Art For Progress presents: Saturday Night Party and a night of multimedia art
General Hours: Saturday, March 10 & Sunday, March 11, 1pm–7pm

Tickets:
$10 day pass / $15 weekend pass at the door
buy discounted tickets online!

(quick little flyer tossed together with a low rez image of a mural I’m doing at this gallery’s second location)

Show link and details:

GROUP ART SHOW

501 2nd ST.
BROOKLYN, NY 11215

(between 7th and 8th Avenue in Park Slope)

Gallery hours 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

These are the dates:
February Thursday 23rd, Friday 24th,
Saturday 25th, Sunday 26th

with opening reception on Thursday the 23rd

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Be sure to shoot me an email if you’re coming to the show so I can keep an eye out for you. Will have some work for sale, as well as be taking orders for prints. Hope to see you there