Monday, September 01, 2014

Monster High Monsters: C.A. Cupid

From my Deviantart Page:

Monster High is one of the greatest inventions of this decade. Stylistically speaking it is successful by combining unique ideas; in this case classic movie monsters with an upgraded modern fashion edge, which is then marketed to little girls. They are imaginative, strange, beautiful, versatile and have captured an audience beyond it's intended age group of preteen girls.

The original designs are, of course, meant to appeal to children therefore the 'monsters' have been stripped of everything that makes them, well, monsters.

Monster High Monsters is a series of art pieces that are intended to rethink the monster of Monster High. What if they were painted as they were meant to be, as the creatures and ideas that terrify us as a culture, as a society?

Monsters are, by definition, deadly, frightening- existing to lurk in the shadows, to serve as a cautionary tale, to keep us out of the woods and huddled by the fire in fear of what waits in the dark. What if THESE ideals were infused with the Monster High monsters?

Is it fanart? Well, sort of. I certainly am a fan of the series, though I am most definitely an adult. But I am an artist too; one that wants to see these strange, beautiful dolls from an adult perspective by exploring why monsters frighten us so and translating that into art.

C.A. Cupid is an interesting character of the series, described as a 'bone elemental'. Nothing is really known (or given) about the character which makes her perfect for expressing my own artistic vision for her. For this particular piece I had in mind a Japanese Noh mask, combined with Japanese mythology. Who knows what is beneath the flat white mask, her aging sagging breasts may communicate a terrible aged witch, or something unknown (which is the greatest fear of man).

Part 3 in a series of at least 12 different monsters.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Borderlands 2 Opening Cutscene - 'Ain't no Place for a Hero'

I am WILDLY late to the Borderlands 2 party but better late than never. I could go on forever about the freaking amazingNESS of the game but I'll leave the intro scene here instead. And I will say that I've been repainting some plastic nerf guns to resemble some of the guns you find in the game. Will post those when they are done - I'm pretty backlogged with projects as it is.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Julie West Appreciation Post

Another artist I really love: Julie West. Very geometric adorable art with great colors. Site Here

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monster High Monsters: Skelita

From my deviantart page:

Monster High is one of the greatest inventions of this decade. Stylistically speaking it is successful by combining unique ideas; in this case classic movie monsters with an upgraded modern fashion edge, which is then marketed to little girls. They are imaginative, strange, beautiful, versatile and have captured an audience beyond it's intended age group of preteen girls.

The original designs are, of course, meant to appeal to children therefore the 'monsters' have been stripped of everything that makes them, well, monsters.

Monster High Monsters is a series of art pieces that are intended to rethink the monster of Monster High. What if they were painted as they were meant to be, as the creatures and ideas that terrify us as a culture, as a society?

Monsters are, by definition, deadly, frightening- existing to lurk in the shadows, to serve as a cautionary tale, to keep us out of the woods and huddled by the fire in fear of what waits in the dark. What if THESE ideals were infused with the Monster High monsters?

Is it fanart? Well, sort of. I certainly am a fan of the series, though I am most definitely an adult. But I am an artist too; one that wants to see these strange, beautiful dolls from an adult perspective by exploring why monsters frighten us so and translating that into art.

Skelita was one of the stranger ideas for a girls fashion doll - she is a Day of the Dead skeleton; traditionally a Mexican holiday that focuses on remembering their departed loved ones. A little heavy (and maybe insensitive?) for a children's toy. I went through about three separate designs for this piece before settling on just the skull and the trademark hairstyle of the character.

Part 2 in a series of at least 12 different monsters.

I don't know, I really like this one. This was me messing around with gouache and pencil - something I plan to do much more of in the future. I have other art things but I don't know, they were sketches so they remain on the devianart page instead of here. Don't expect me to crank out something like this everyday though; you're looking at like, fifteen hours of painting and drawing.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Interesting short documentary

This is actually something that I kind of want to do on a smaller scale with my photography, at some point. I know a lot of...hmmm, geeks? Collectors? Artists? Weirdos (including myself in that) and each and every one has an interesting living space that would be awesome to photograph. I find living spaces fascinating - these girls are so interesting. How much money do you think is tied up into one of those apartments? I know a lot of those things aren't cheap - one of those vinyl figures alone can cost up to a couple hundred dollars. Veeeery interesting.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New art series

I can't honestly remember the last time I sat down and did a series (which is probably why I don't have gallery shows and am not a more well known artist, now that I think about it) but that's going to change because I have IDEAS. Here's the first:

This is a series that I am going to put up on my deviant art page but will post here too, seeing how I have more views on this blog than the deviant art one. From the page:

Monster High is one of the greatest inventions of this decade. Stylistically speaking it is successful by combining unique ideas; in this case classic movie monsters with an upgraded modern fashion edge, which is then marketed to little girls. They are imaginative, strange, beautiful, versatile and have captured an audience beyond it's intended age group of preteen girls.

The original designs are, of course, meant to appeal to children therefore the 'monsters' have been stripped of everything that makes them, well, monsters.

Monster High Monsters is a series of art pieces that are intended to rethink the monster of Monster High. What if they were painted as they were meant to be, as the creatures and ideas that terrify us as a culture, as a society?

Monsters are, by definition, deadly and frightening- existing to lurk in the shadows, to serve as a cautionary tale, to keep us out of the woods and huddled by the fire in fear of what waits in the dark. What if THESE ideals were infused with the Monster High monsters?

Is it fanart? Well, sort of. I certainly am a fan of the series, though I am most definitely an adult. But I am an artist too; one that wants to see these strange, beautiful dolls from an adult perspective by exploring why monsters frighten us so and translating that into art.

Venus McFlytrap is a pen drawing colored with gouache and water color paints. She is beautiful but full of poisonous thorns; certainly if you get too close she will pull you in, wrap you up, and slowly digest you over the course of days, if not weeks. It was my intention to blur the lines between humanity and monster with her; she is beautiful and recognizably human but just a little too elongated, just a little too sharp, with some features that are mostly definitely NOT human.

Part 1 in a series of at least 12 different monsters.

I have actually about five done at the moment and am deciding which of the numerous characters to tackle. I'm also having an interesting time making them a non-cliché monster art piece. This should be interesting - stay tuned.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Junko Mizuno Appreciation Post

Junko Mizuno is one of those contemporary Japanese artists that everybody should know. She does amazing artwork that straddles the line of horror and cute and has a really interesting background. Site here