Today we went to Alamo Drafthouse for a screening of the animated short films nominated for Oscars this year. Of the nominees, I hope Hair Love wins. It’s beautiful! And somehow the least devastating. (Seriously was that a requirement this year?)
After the nominees, they screened a handful of other animated shorts and wow, The Bird and the Whale is extraordinary. It’s paint-on-glass animation and all seven minutes are made of “over 4300, 24 x 34 inch paintings and took more than 14 months to paint.” The effect is gorgeous.
Here’s a trailer for the film and a behind-the-scenes video:
This Friday was our annual meltmedia holiday party. As usual, we had a really fun secret santa gift exchange. This year, I drew my friend and coworker Devon Tackett’s name. He’s a big sci-fi fan, so I thought a Spock/Doctor Who mashup would be right up his alley.
After my first Paintstagram attempt, I decided to try again for my boss and friend, Dave Woodruff. His birthday was last month, and after weeks of procrastination, I finally finished his Paintstagram. It’s a 6″ x 6″ of an Instagram he took on the New York subway.
And, here’s the Instagram Dave took of the painting of the Instagram. Inceptiongram, as some people say.
Painter Simon Monk has created a masterful series titled Secret Identity. The series depicts photorealistic superhero action figures in plastic bags. My particular favorite is Clark Kent. I can only exist in awe of his talent. Absolutely beautiful.
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With my efforts to paint more frequently and at smaller scale, I came up with the idea to make painted versions of people’s Instagram photos. We are capturing more and more with this fun little app, and the square format and recognizable filters make for equally fun little paintings. For my friend Kate’s birthday, I decided to to paint her a 6″ x 6″ of her Instagram pic of her family’s farm. I think it turned out pretty neat and I can’t wait to paint more of them!
Another year has come and gone. This last Friday, meltmedia celebrated with its annual holiday party. It’s a great time to relax and have fun with all of my amazing coworkers. My absolute favorite part is our Secret Santa gift exchange. Every year I do a small painting and this year’s was so much fun. I drew my friend Kate’s name who loves her dog Lucy (aka “Goose”) and everything Star Wars. Here’s the portrait I made her of the Goose as a Jedi Knight.
The cast of one of my favorite shows meets Seurat’s post-impressionist masterpiece. Love it.
While studying fine art at ASU, I was repeatedly in awe of many of the graduate students. Their talent was so impressive and the dedication to their craft was an excellent example for us budding artists. One painter I admired was Mike Wirtz, who won me over with his large scale portraiture. He hasn’t added much work to his portfolio recently, but I check back every now and then to appreciate his pieces.
I paint at my dining room table. When I’m working on a painting, we eat our meals at the coffee table. I’ve been staring at this photo from Design Sponge for quite a while. I’d love to have a setup like this and I’m going to try and make it happen.