Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Scott Storch for The Miami New Times

I painted this last week for The Miami New Times! This is definitely the most disgusting painting I have ever been commissioned to paint, but was also a lot of fun to work on. I won't bother explaining what I painted here, if interested, click
here to read the article on Scott Storch in the Miami New Times. The art director was a pleasure to work with, and as I've said in the past, that goes a long way. I was told that they wanted Storch sitting on a toilet (his throne), and that he should have a pimp goblet and a bloody nose. From there I had fun, and took it to a place that I was imagining in my own head. After reading the article myself, I thought other elements of his story could be told or understood by putting him in a gross public bathroom with walls closing in, roaches, vomit, and blood . . . it's nasty, but the truth of what abuse leads to.

Because the painting will be printed on newsprint, they have to boost the contrast a bit or it will print on the flat side. This is how I intended the final to look. I had four days from start to finish on this piece and used every minute I had.

Head detail.

I spent at least 4 hours on this hand.


OpenID bonnieluria said...

The gross accuracy of this completely notwithstanding, your work is amazing, brilliant, and endlessly fun to look at.
Found you through William Wray in the way of the randomness of these things but felt the pull to let you know.
Wow, and again.

9:11 AM  
Blogger alex fine illustration said...

Very nicely done! The hand detail could be a separate piece. It kind of looks like a disturbing Norman Rockwell in the best possible way. I think it's the way the blood stands out against the white. It's like the tomato stains on the wall in "The Problem We All Live With" by Rockwell. I'm pretty familiar with this guy too and the likeness is dead on!

9:23 AM  
Blogger Marco Bucci said...

wiiccked man. You're like painting in the Matrix now or something.

9:30 AM  
Blogger Pol said...

I have no words, the best ufff

9:39 AM  
Blogger Jonathan said...

Truly amazing Jason, fitting painting for the story.

9:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super genius...different level.

9:53 AM  
Blogger Aaron Wilkin said...

Wow man!!!!!!! This is really really really good!!

10:53 AM  
Blogger sensei said...

Wow Jason everytime I am ready ti quit illustration and say forget it. you do something like this that inspires me and reminds me why I want to become a good artist!

11:28 AM  
Blogger ian said...

that's disturbingly amazing, in the best possible way. that toilet is an accurate portrayal of most public restrooms in South Carolina.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Torren said...

whats up jason, this is GREAT. maybe my favorite piece of yours man. im pretty big into hip hop so im very familiar with scott storch. the second i saw this i busted out laughing. you nailed him. you keep raising that bar for me to shoot for.

12:45 PM  
Blogger Sam Nielson said...

Far too realistic for my stomach. *BLAGHEEEUUUGHH!*

1:50 PM  
Blogger Brian Taylor Illustration said...

Wow, impressive.

1:51 PM  
Blogger Dominic Philibert said...

Excellent man!

3:39 PM  
Blogger Restrepo said...

I can smell the blood. Awesome as always. Congrats Jason!!

3:56 PM  
Blogger Chris Wahl said...

Haha. Love the stretch marks on the stomach.

I think I prefer the increased contrast of the top cover. Gives it a bleached out sleaziness.

7:29 PM  
Blogger Tel said...

... again stunning work Jason, superb from the 4 hour hand to the cockroaches running up the wall - look forward to seeing you in Oz.
Practice saying 'Mate' - that may be difficult in the gas mask.

7:52 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

Love those hands.

8:12 PM  
Blogger Emo Illustration said...

hi Jason,

I just got a copy of the Miami New Times coming into my building. it printed really cool. I don't know if the publication sent you a printed copy, but let me know if you want one and I'll send to you.

8:15 PM  
Blogger W. K. Moore said...

Lovely piece Jason. You have so many textures mastered here - from flesh to porcelain to funny liquids. Somebody get this guy his bib!

1:28 AM  
Blogger Attractive Art Community (Big Sam) said...

HAHAHAHAHAHA! You Got that coked up has been!!! lol This is amazing man! I'm comin for your throne dude! The awesomness you possess must be mine! mwaahahahahahah! Seriously tho this is completely excellent!

3:14 AM  
Blogger pointpusher said...

just.... hot dayum. Great work on this one man.

3:49 AM  
Blogger Lucas Ferreyra said...


9:06 AM  
Blogger belmhern said...

Hi Jason! Fantastic job, congratulations is very, very good.

11:00 AM  
Blogger Bobby Chiu said...

love the hello kitty ring... and everything else of course! masterful job

11:22 AM  
Blogger Thomas Fluharty said...

Brilliant dude. Your best to date~T

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Rich Conley said...

I have been a big fan for a while now and this is obne of the best pieces I've ever seen by you. Gross, yes, but what you were able to capture in this piece, in a "caricature" is simply amazing. Your work constantly inspires.

9:25 AM  
Blogger Kei Acedera said...

Woah! This is really great Jason! I LOVE it.

11:53 PM  
Blogger Ray Gardner said...

Hey, I noticed the hand almost immediately. Really. So the 4 hours was worth it. Lots of folks subconsciously see such things. That's why non-artists can't always pin point why they like certain pieces.

And yes, that's disgusting - but good.

I'm glad I don't follow pop culture cuz I've never heard of this guy. Guess I didn't miss much

11:30 PM  
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