Derby Portraits: Kat is Complete!

Kat Smash, 2016, carbon dust, white chalk & roller skate dirt, 22 x 30"

If you want to see it in person and are near Lansing, MI, it will be hanging in my first solo show starting a week from today (May 6th) until July 2nd - visit this MICA FB event for more details!

Submitted - Toys Exhibition @ The Toledo Museum of Art

Monster Sprue, 2015, watercolor & pencil, 9" x 10"

In just under the wire - phew! I've submitted this watercolor to a toy-themed exhibition at The Toledo Museum of Art. I'll find out next week if it's been accepted! Wish me luck! PS: This was VERY fun to draw & paint. I've been wanting to do something like this for an eon, it seems.

I Drew That - Movie Poster - Violets

Last fall, I made a connection on the Facebook (thanks, Christy!) with Jim Vendiola, the creator of the indie suspense film "Violets" (trailer at the bottom, btw). He asked if I could create some portraits of the main characters for the film's poster and I did:

The word today is that the film has been selected in two film festivals! I'm proud to have been a small part.

Theatrical Trailer:

Two strange, reclusive sisters quietly await the advent of their secretly twisted plan. It's time to cut the apron strings. Inspired by True Events "Difficult to describe...but impossible to forget." -The Independent Critic "Peppered with touches reminiscent of Michael Haneke’s best work." -Rogue Cinema "...a well-made psychological thriller that draws you in with its arresting visuals and very satisfying conclusion." -10,000 Bullets “[Violets] will creep you out...curse you, Jim Vendiola.” -Unseen Films

UPCOMING SCREENINGS:

  • Motor City Nightmares April 24-26, 2015 / Sheraton Detroit Novi Tickets: http://bit.ly/1IsUY3n
  • Chicago Underground Film Festival Friday May 15, 2015 / 6:30PM / Logan Theatre Tickets: http://bit.ly/1CRq1rq 

It's Game Time.

Upzette is a winner! Best in the Drawing category!

Upzette is a winner! Best in the Drawing category!

As silly as it might seem, I get nervous over everything where my work is on public display. Yes, "even" an employee art exhibition. There were 200 entrants vying for awards and lookit me! I got one! I'm very honored! Perhaps this will lead to more partnerships with U of Mich to display my work - the ladies talked to me about it - so, stay tuned for that.

Next on to ArtPrize...

Terror Misu, the 10th completed derby portrait.

Terror Misu, the 10th completed derby portrait.

All eight derby portraits are ready for framing in preparation for ArtPrize in Grand Rapids! The official hanging of the show is Sept 17th - I cannot fathom how time got me here already! I'll post some pictures documenting all of this. 

Now I'm going to go try not to fantasize too much about winning ArtPrize. That, ladies and gentlemen and everyone, would (and I'm not even remotely kidding) change my life.

Bon Voyagé, Self-Portrait! London or Bust!

I'm a little nervous, you see. 

I'm a little nervous, you see. 

Letting go of a piece is always a bit emotional for me. "Will I ever see it again?" inevitably pops into my head. Welp, nothing risked, nothing gained. Off to the post office!

The People's Choice vote for this piece is ongoing HERE, if you'd like to throw a vote my way (hint - don't click the FB 'like' button, click the 'vote' button).

Me, post-derby.

Me, post-derby.

DEEP. BREATH.

Scanning the Final Derby Portraits Myself

Eff it. I'm scanning these derby portraits and tiling them together in Photoshop. One place here in Ann Arbor wanted FIFTY-EIGHT DOLLARS PER DRAWING to scan. Ha! 

I think my little Epson scanner did just fine with these:

Hi-Death

Hi-Death

Jax & Vicious

Jax & Vicious

Murder by Proxy

Murder by Proxy

Scargyle - Self-portrait

Scargyle - Self-portrait

Perfect Upzette's Derby Portrait is Off to U of Mich Employee Exhibition!

Upzette is done and ready for the U-M Employee Art Exhibition! I believe it'll be on display on the first floor of Taubman Center in about 2 weeks, opening reception on 9/9 and then it'll be up for 2 months. Let me know if you see it!

PS: "The honor of People's Choice, determined by votes of visitors to the exhibit, will also be awarded."