Friday, May 11, 2012

Streetworks 2012

Here's my piece for this year's Streetworks project.

For the last four years, East End Main Street has asked local Charleston, WV artists to contribute original pieces of art to their Streetworks project. In past years the artwork has been put on banners and bricks which have been displayed on the east end of the city, and this year the art will be featured on 36" round metal signs that will be hung on the light poles that line Washington street.

I wanted to do a design that made sense as a sign, and I drew inspiration from those old postcard designs that every city seems to have where the city name is in large block letters and various landmarks are shown. I tried to pick imagery that was iconic to Charleston; things that are instantly recognizable to people who live here.

The signs will go up later this month, and framed versions of the pieces will be auctioned off on Sunday, June 17 at 5:30 PM at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Please stop by if you are in the Charleston area! It's a great social event in support of the arts, with food, music, and door prizes in addition to the auction.

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I Can Has Meme Cards?

Here's my piece for the Memes show currently up at Gallery 1988! The show is also a celebration of the Gallery's 8th anniversary, so I'm thrilled to be a part of it.

I'm a fan of way too many internet memes to just pick one, so I came up with this trading card idea as a way of drawing all my favorites. The cards are actually standard trading card size on the prints, which you can buy here from the gallery.

Also, check out this video of opening night.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Vote for my Sesame Street Shirt!

This is my submission for the Sesame Street t-shirt design challenge at Threadless. Please vote for it here!

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Avengers Assemble Art Show at Gallery 1988

I've been really excited about posting this one. Last night Gallery 1988 had an early preview of their Avengers Assemble art show, and above you can see my contribution. I know the preview is pretty small so be sure to click it for a larger view!

I consider this show another one of those crazy art milestones that involves something I never imagined I would be a part of. For starters, I was one of the artists hand-picked by the filmmakers to create work for the show; how awesome is that? And since it's an official promotional event for the movie I was given permission by Disney and Marvel and to legally use their characters, as well as permission from various stars of the movie like Scarlett Johansson and Sam Jackson to use their likenesses. I mean as far as personal artwork there's nothing stopping anyone from doing that anyway, but you just don't expect to get an email saying that Disney wants you to do it and is giving you permission!

Here's a photo of Joss Whedon and Clark Gregg from the VIP cocktail event last night. I was thrilled to be invited to go, but it ended up being pretty late notice for somebody like me who would need to make it all the way to the other coast. I wrestled most of the day with buying an expensive last minute plane ticket, but ultimately I decided my travel money would best be saved for some other shows I'm already planning on attending this summer.

These cupcakes cracked me up because I included Marvel cupcakes in my drawing, and lo and behold they were actually there!

I grabbed these photos from the writeup over at /Flim, so thanks to Peter Sciretta! The proper reception is this evening, so you should check it out if you're in the LA area.

Update: I just learned that my prints have already sold out! I'm a little bummed that it happened before the reception this evening because I always want everybody to have a shot at buying them, but I am very thankful to everybody who bought one!