Here's a fun custom Cure Toys Brain Bug Boogie Man I did this week that is off to CA! Super amazing figure to paint...I love the detail in the James Groman head and mask, and it lends itself really well to this homage. This was painted on flesh vinyl blank (maybe first release?) from a couple years back. Thank you to the amazingly talented Robert Howell (@xduchessgummybunsx on Instagram) for always taking such amazing photographs!
One of the seriously coolest guys I've met in this crazy vinyl world is BlurbleOne. He's one of those people who is not only an insanely talented, jack of all trades artist who just seems to be proficient no matter what medium they work in, but he's just an all around good guy. I can't imagine anyone ever saying anything about the dude, he's really that awesome. Kind and humble, always positive, amazing family man, caring friend. Both of our lives are so busy that we really don't get to cross paths very often, but I am always so stoked when we do and am so grateful to have gotten to know Mike. He was the guy who happily gave me Airbrush 101 in my hot garage years ago & created the airbrush monster in me. For all of these reasons and more, I really wanted to do this custom justice, and so here's my birthday present paint job for him on a GID YouZha by KearJun (@kearjun on IG). I had all these plastic babies I've been saving for who knows what, and so this seemed the perfect companion for this guy :D Happiest of brithdays to you Mike! Go check out his site & support him,
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.
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!
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!
Been doing a ton of proposals for city work lately, wish me luck! Here's one of the recent favorites the review board chose, which if all goes well, will become a mural in Downtown Mesa! I also just got two other murals approved by the City! So excited to bring some color to Downtown. I never thought I'd get so into public art, but it's really cool to see people stopping to enjoy and interact with something you've done. I'm so grateful to be a part of the transformation in my now hometown of Downtown Mesa!
Sometimes I forget to post up projects I've been working on...so here's just a quick post of a few mural commissions I've done recently for clients! Murals are a fun way to brighten up your backyard desert landscape! I'm lucky I've gotten to do a lot of fun ones this year! Here's a few! Hit me up via my contact form if your backyard needs a little color...I love working with homeowners to bring their personalities into their homes!