Sunday, November 29, 2009

Win An Original Drawing by Me!

Hello Everyone! I wanted to let you know that I am going to do a caricature of you if you win my art challenge on CHIUSTREAM.

Your task is to draw a caricature of Me!

Click here for details! Contest is open right now and closes Wednesday, December 2 at 11:59 pm EST, 9pm PST

Make sure to tune in Thursday night on Bobby Chiu's CHIUSTREAM! I will be interviewed live from my studio, answering questions and talking about my work and much more!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Interview by #3 Magazine

A small little interview that I did a while back for #3 Magazine in Germany. Short and sweet.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

New Moon quick sketches.

Robert Pattinson from "Twilight's New Moon".

Aweful movie . . . I went to see it with my wife. The only thing good about this movie was the sound tract, some great songs by some great bands. There were a couple scenes in the film that were fun, some cool imagery, but over all, the movie gets a "BIG YUCK" from me.

It's funny, I've gotten some interesting comments about this sketch of Robert Pattinson. I chose to draw him differently than what is typical or what I've been seeing, and so far I haven't seen one good drawing of him. Instead I've seen people draw the "idea" of who or what they "think" he's supposed to look like. It seems like every artist out there draws him the exact same way, as if he's today's version of James Jean . . . if you think that, you couldn't be further from the truth.
Pattinson is a "dork", so draw him like a dork! I don't get the hype at all?

As always I enjoy the comments, but please know that I am content and satisfied with my quick sketch. I captured what I set out to capture, I had fun, and that's good enough for me. It's OK to try different things. Not everything you do as an artist will work, and that's OK. You need to "do" something right? Don't fall into the trap of feeling like you have to draw a certain way or draw certain "things" in order to please others. Draw for yourself, draw what you want.

This is a quick thumbnail sketch of Pattinson . . . very loose, just scratching down an idea.

Taylor Lautner, this kid is on steroids . . .

I'm looking forward to seeing "The Wolfman" with Benicio Deltoro, now that will be a cool film . . .

Friday, November 20, 2009

Society of Illustrators 52 Annual!

I found out today that two of my paintings made it into the Society of Illustrators 52 Annual show! Frank McCourt and The White Stripes!

In Other News . . .

I'm currently working on an odd illustration for a magazine which I may or may not show?

I'm also painting a cover for Exaggerated Features, the ISCA magazine, where I am brutalizing Glenn Ferguson and Jo Anne, all in love of course . . . hee heee heeee!

I'm working on a step by step demo for a book about digital paintings and artists, and much more.

There will be a book coming out soon on "America's top water media" artists that I somehow was lucky enough to be a part of . . . funny thing is some of the work they want to share in the book was done digitally. They didn't seem to care? I'll post more on that when I have more to share!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Ed Steckley . . . sketch

Took little over an hour to do this photoshop sketch of friend and artist Ed Steckley. Ed's work is awesome, if you don't know him, check him out here.

Detail. I used a round brush and tried to keep it as loose as I could. To do that, I painted most of it zoomed out and away from the image. If you paint in too close, you can easily get distracted by all the details. This was a study, or warm up for me, for these, I try to experiment a bit.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Drunk on Power!

This is a painting I did over a year ago now, for The Weekly Standard. The story that I originally painted it for was held back, or cut, lost, kidnapped, sold to The New York Times (not), or perhaps it just couldn't live up to the scary and realistic portrayal of Pelosi and Reid (yeah right)?. . . . so a year and a month or so has passed since I burped this one out . . . and it can finally find rest within the pages of the latest issue of The Weekly Standard. I can only assume the article is about Pelosi and Reid, that or steroids being used in the work place? What a couple!

Like usual, this painting was done in two days or less.

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Illustration Now! 3 - TASCHEN

I'm in the latest ILLUSTRATION NOW! 3 put out by TASCHEN. If interested in ordering, click here.
There are many great illustrations and artists, a great book for inspiration!

My pages . . . .

I nice size book!

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Roger Hurtado Oil

One of the biggest things that frustrates me about painting traditionally, especially with oils, is that I can't seem to ever get an accurate scan or picture . . . the original always looks much better. I just scanned this oil in of Roger Hurtado and tried messing with the levels a bit to get it close, but it's just not quite right? The original has a nice wet "oil" look to it, rich texture and color. Anyways, I suppose there's not much I can do about it right now . . . . . ?

This is a small 8"x10" oil of artist Roger Hurtado, painted last week at the ISCA convention in Ohio. I was going for a look with this portrait that would hopefully make viewers look twice. I wanted the exaggeration to be subtle, almost as if the subject really does look just like this. Hopefully it has that effect?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Jert Palette Knife Extravaganza!

This is a painting I did last week at the ISCA convention of my pal Jert. Jert is one of the coolest guys I've met. I love this guy, super funny, great artist, good taste in music, and just an all in all good guy! He did a great drawing of me last year, one of the best likenesses of me and by far the funniest! So this year I wanted to do a painting of him . . . it was a bit challenging, because Jert has been drawn by everyone, so it was hard to come up with something new. So I decided to do something I've always wanted to try and that was painting with a palette knife. I blocked the painting in with brushes and then finished it off with a palette knife. It was a fun experiment, and I'd definitely like to experiment with that technique a lot more . . . develop it a bit more.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Thank you for the usage of your face Miguel Aguilar!

My watercolor painting of Miguel Aguilar won for "Master Caricature of the Year!" Thanks for the usage of your face Miguel! I'll ship the original to you soon! Miguel is not only a wonderful model, but also a nice guy who knows a lot about "The Doors" and he does some cool art as well!

Watercolor on 300 lb hot press.

My wall this year. I would have liked to have finished a few more paintings and drawings, but this year I spent a lot of my time talking with other artists, looking at their work as well as doing a seminar and selling my book and DVD. It was a great convention!

I'm back from ISCA!

I just got back from ISCA's (International Society of Caricature Artists) 18th annual competition. It was a great week of drawing, painting and hanging out with artists from all over the world. I was honored this year with the "Master Caricature of the Year" award!

I'll share more soon!
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