Shub Zeroth is one of my favorite things on the planet to paint, so when the awesome dudes at Metacrypt hit me up to paint for them again, I was of course more than happy to oblidge. It's not only such an honor and priviledge to get to paint these, but design wise, I also just love every aspect of this figure and pour my heart into this guy each time I get my hands on him! It's been interesting to get to dabble in this crazy sofubi world when I can. How this one works is I'm usually presented with a concept to interpret, in ths case, an Apollo-astronaut colorway! These were a crisp white base vinyl, which can be a little intimidating to work with sometimes, and my first test version was a bit different than this one. After test 1 review, we discussed some tweaks, and above is what became the final version. Making someone else's vision a reality is always a cool but challenging experience because everyone involved has a different picture they an see in their head, but we have to work togther really closely to make both pictures end up as one. Shub is one that always seems to eventually click really well once we are there. Huge thank you to Brian & Justin for entrusting your baby to me yet again. Shub Zeroth will be up for grabs Friday, June 24th at 10am Pacific Time on the Meta-Cyrpt site here. UPDATE: SOLD OUT! Thank you to everyone who grabbed one.
It had been a while since I had time to paint on canvas, so I was itching to get back to it, and with the Media Blackout show I was invited to, I thought this would be the perfect tribute piece to jump back in with. For this show we were told to create a new piece, and not post pictures until after the opening. Funny thing in today's world. So here's my piece, the day after the opening! Admidst all the recent talents gone in 2016, Sean Price was a huge bummer for me, gone way too soon like all the others. We all have our heroes, our inspirations, our favorites. If you aren't familiar, here's a good place to start, and if you are familiar and are able, you can make a donation towards his wife and children's fund here.
You can see this piece in the month of June as a part of the Media Blackout gallery show at Lulubell Toys, or you can purchase via my website in the store section here!
Whew! It's been a bit since I've posted any toy photos. Been super busy with lots of toy commissions and mural projects. So grateful for all the projects, but I need to get better at updating them here. My awesome friend Robert just sent me these phenomenal photos of some of my past runs and customs I've done. Follow him on IG (@xduchess_gummybunsx) to see some of the most creative and well shot toy photos you've ever seen! Eye candy of eye candy!
Here's a lil slideshow of all the shots he sent me. I love the reflections and how the colors pop off the black background. Hover over the top left corner of the photo below to start the show!
Oh, and by the way, if you like what you see, I love doing toy commissions! Email me via the contact us page for inquiries.
Thanks to everyone who came out for Spark! this weekend and said hi! It was so awesome to see so many familiar faces, and to meet a bunch of new ones too. If you didn't get a chance to make it out, you can still stop by the Mesa Art Center and check out the finished Art Cubes! Here's mine at the end of day 2. Got a bunch of emails and texts, and yes...you might recognize my lovely muse I based this one on :) Can't love this picture more with the new mural by El Mac and Mando Rascon in the background! Super stoked to be in the vicinity of two of my hometown heroes. Huge thank you to Mesa Art Center & Creative Catalysts for such a great weekend of art in Downtown Mesa!
UPDATE: I made the paper! Pretty awesome and I'm super grateful to the AZ Republic for always giving Downtown Mesa well deserved love.
This weekend is one of my favorite events in Downtown Mesa, and I'm so stoked to be a participating artist for the first time this year! Spark! Festival of Creativity is held at the Mesa Art Center every year during Spring Break, and hosts various artists of all mediums doing different works for and with the public. This year, I am one of 6 artists who is live painting 10'x10' mobile wood cubes. Stop by today until 10pm or tomorrow (Saturday) from Noon - 10pm as well. Free fun for the entire family! Here's me getting the base colors down on my piece. Stop by, say hi!
Got invited to be a part of a fun show at our local Barber Shop & Streetwear spot, Prime Cut & Sew! Prime Art! opens this Saturday, February 27th at 8pm. Come check out new works by TheEarwig22, Ryan Marquez, FIN, Erika Jaynes, K.U.T., AztecSmurf, JR, Steve Caballero, Mark Matlock & myself. Here's a peek of my Basquiat tribute piece. Hope to see you out tonight. Also, please excuse the missing house hardware...we're in the midde of repainting! Never a dull moment around here!) UPDATE 3/1: This piece is SOLD.
The intenational street pianos exhibit called "Play Me, I'm Yours!" is coming to Downtown Mesa this year, and I just got my acceptance email! So I will be working with a community organization, College Bound, to create a design for one of the 24 pianos, and then I will set out to make that vision a reality in time for my piano to hit the streets in March! I am so grateful to be a part of this project. Thank you once again to Mesa Arts Center for bringing yet another amazing exhibit to Mesa!
From the Street Piano's website: "Touring internationally since 2008, Play Me, I’m Yours is an artwork by British artist Luke Jerram. More than 1400 pianos have now been installed in 50 cities across the globe, from London to Lima, bearing the simple invitation Play Me, I’m Yours, and the project has already reached more than eight million people worldwide."
Stay tuned for my piano progress and the event grand opening! #streetpianosmesa
Every Second Friday in Downtown Mesa, they project a FREE family movie outside in the Sliver Lot! It's a fun, well attended event, but each month, looking at that blank huge wall, it just seemed like it needed something. Thanks to the wonderful people of NEDCO, I was able to propose the idea of a giant vintage TV screen to project the movie into, and they were able to support the project with some neighborhood improvement grant funding! So after two days, a scissor lift, my helpful wifey-assistant LuluAmy on rolling and lettering duty, 5 gallons of white and 25 cans of spray paint later, we have a mural! The local news came out and filmed which was both nerve-wracking and exciting! The best part was seeing it in action on the next Second Friday! Over 200 people came out to watch Monsters University, and it was a proud moment to witness! They project a free movie every Second Friday, so bring the family out and enjoy a night under the stars in Downtown Mesa!
Had the pleasure of working on an awesome commission for a local Crossfit Gym! They had a HUGE, unfinished concrete wall they wanted to utilize for their logo and for after workout photos. The space is large, so this had to be super sized to look in proportion. Overall, this painting was over 25 feet tall, 10 feet wide, took 5 gallons of paint and two full days to complete! They were really excited on how it turned out and I think it gives their gym the finishing touch it needed!
In preparation for the Grand Opening of the Downtown Mesa light rail extension, the City of Mesa commissioned me for this amazing project of taking a unused street side alley and transforming it into a usable space! This project, named the Downtown Mesa Lab, is also going to be used to solicit feedback from the public, to help determine future projects in Downtown (no pressure!). There were a few aspects of this project that were a bit of a challenge, but I think the end result is going to be pretty amazing! First challenge was to reuse some City materials, namely a few dozen concrete blocks! Each block weighs over 300 pounds, and they were pretty dated, so the hope was to update them into a more modern look and use! So a dozen of the blocks were delivered via crane into our driveway, and I got to painting! I pulled a fun color pallet of bright colors, which I attempted to pair with colors found in Downtown, or that would compliment them well. For years, Downtown was various shades of beige, so I was excited to have the opportunity to show off some fun colors! After painting the first round of blocks (there will be a phase 2 of this project due to time constraints), I constructed wood benches to go between some of the blocks, and painted a mural on wood of a child blowing bubbles. (this mural will be cut into 8 pieces in phase 2, and inset into another series of paint blocks which will be stacked into a tall wall-like structure). The blocks and benches were craned back in, and I painted a couple metal park benches to match. Next step was to paint bubbles down the park to add whimsy and color to the colonnades. For the parklette unveiling on August 22nd, we will have a bubble machine going and the wood mural will be on display in a temporary fashion until Phase 2 can be completed! Come out to the Grand Opening Night Market on August 22nd from 6-10pm, and enjoy this new space in Downtown. I'm pretty proud of how it turned out & I'm honored the City let me make this vision come to life!