I have been asked by many fans about this, it seems like the logical choice as my work has an orientation to cartoons. I can tell you that I will be doing some very fun merchandise in this coming year, but it may or may not be toys.
I pretty much have used oil, and sometimes acrylic as my favorite mediums. Nothing is more luscious than oil, and acrylic is great when speed is necessary.
I am getting back into graphite right now, I find it very relaxing to render in pencil.
The first incarnation of my ideas are usually on diner napkins, or chicken scratches in my sketchbooks done in a moment of inspiration.I usually will build on the initial sketch, refining the drawing as I go. I will do a complete color study as well, either by paint or digitally, enlarge and transfer the drawing on to the panel, and begin from there. I believe good reference can also be a key point, so I always take pictures.
I watched a lot of really bad 80′s and 90′s cartoons on TV, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Care Bears, Smurfs, that sort of thing.But as I got older I went back to old Mickey Mouse, Tex Avery and UPA cartoons for fun, and inspiration. However, my 2 favorite animated shows of all time are King of the Hill and Ren & Stimpy.
My Favorite bands/musicians of all time are The Stanley Brothers, The Cramps, Lords of Acid, Pixies, Cibbo Matto, Revolting Cocks, The Reverend Horton Heat, and of course, The Butthole Surfers!! Lately I find Die Antwoord very fun.
My mother informed me recently that the crib I chewed up when I was just a little thing was in fact painted with lead based paint. I credit that crib for giving me lead poisoning, screwing up my brain, and thus making me into a brilliant artist. Hardy harhar. I tried licking mercury once, that probably gave me some art skills too..
People in general. I am really into psychology, I read a lot of books and articles then annoy my friends by trying to examine their problems.Also, I would say (very bad and low budget) Horror Movies, Country music, domesticity, and weed..haha.
Yes, I have a small gray bunny, her name is Sprinkles. She poops in neat little piles.
Of Course! I have a collection of images on my phone of plates I have decorated with half eaten food from restaurants.I like to make food faces, or elaborate paintings with ketchup or Balsamic Vinegar.
Lately I have had my plate full (pun intended). I try to go out often though, and see my friends’ bands play, see rockabilly shows, ephemera conventions, art openings, finding a fun new place to eat, watching bad horror flicks, not sleeping, and people watching. I like to sit in malls, outside of halfway houses, go to Wal-Mart, old folks homes, and observe (sometimes draw) people.
I love people.
Sandwiches - Fred 62 in Los Feliz ( The French Toast is HEAVENLY)Pie - Pie N’ Burger in Pasadena (Old School and AWESOME)Steak - Tam O Shanter in Los FelizAppetizers- Springkbok in Van Nuys (Best Steak Sandwich on the PLANET)Salads - Star Cafe in MontrosePizza - Dino’s in Burbank ( I never knew how amazing Pizza could be..)Italian - Cucina Rustica in GlendaleMiddle Eastern - Raffi’s Place – Glendale ( It’s like an episode of the Sopranas inside.)Brazillain - Picchanas in Burbank (If you like men in funny pants offering you their meats, this is the place)Vietnamese - Pho 79 in AlhambraArgentine - Lala’s Grill on MelroseGerman - Red Lion in Los FelizBurgers - Mo’s in Burbank ( the peanut butter plum jelly burger is a MUST)Burger Stand - Lucky Boy in Pasadena (They put ENTIRE Avocados on each burger)Sushi - Nozawa in Studio CityVERY Cheap Sushi - Afloat Sushi in Pasadena(I have gotten food poisoning here countless times, but something about sushi floating towards you on little wooden boats gets me to come back)Hidden gem Sushi - King’s Sushi in Northridge ( I cannot say enough about this place)Late night Tacos - Casa DE Taco in Canoga Park ( If you can get past the C rating, and the fact it really is a hole in the wall, best tacos EVER..)Thai - Toi in HollywoodLate night Thai, huge menu and the best Thai Elvis impersonator - The Palms in Hollywood
If there was 1 place I had to pick for a last meal, The Dino’s Special with Light Cheese, Extra Marinara, No Olives & topped with Fresh Basil (*drooling*)
But then it wouldn’t be a secret! But I have a very unique and fun show coming up with Corey Helford in LA in June. I will also be doing a small handful of groups shows here in LA and in NY in the following months.
As long as it comes with extra tomatoes.