“You Remind Me of the Babe” 16″ x 20″ acrylics on canvas. 2016.
In preparation for a group gallery show celebrating all the celebrities that had passed recently, David Bowie came immediately to mind. “Labyrinth” is such an iconic movie from my youth and when I think of Bowie, I think of the Goblin King. I watched the movie four times while painting this, pausing here and there to get a good look at certain characters.
I found this painting half-finished sitting in my closet gathering dust. I cleaned it up and spent a couple days finishing it up. Had I finished painting it awhile back it would have been a very different painting – no rain and the little guys in its head were going to be white. Not sure I’d have added the leaves on its back either. Funny how things evolve…
UPDATE: Big thanks to everyone who came out to see me. It was fun to have so many come by and tour the studio. I’ll definitely be doing this again next year. Thanks again, Justin.
Black Friday Studio Sale
November 25 – 26, 2016
10am-5pm Friday and Saturday
7110 184th Street SE, Snohomish, WA 98296
My studio will be open and available to visit Friday and Saturday 10am-5pm and I’ll have prints, books, toys and more for sale with some great deals and swag for those who can make it out.
Okay, okay – I know what you are thinking. I keep saying that we are launching soon and we keep postponing.
We are working and polishing this gem and will finally be launching this January 2017. Though that is still a bit off and the Kickstarter campaign will be running several months later than expected, the good news is that the later campaign won’t actually delay the production of the game. Had we launched earlier as we had hoped to, we still would have been working on getting the files ready for press well into February 2017. Anyways, thanks for your patience!
Some general info about “By Order Of The Queen”:
“By Order of the Queen” is a 2-4 player family-friendly cooperative fantasy board game where each player plays a party of adventurers. Go on quests, visit the town, fight monsters and follow the Queen’s orders to bring stability and order back to the kingdom.
My friends at The Coop (the company that produces my plush toys and key caps) are clearancing some merch to make room in their warehouse. That means all my plush toys and key caps are available from my site for drastically reduced prices until they sell out. So if you are looking to expand your collection or pick up some gifts, check it out on the “SHOP” page.
It’s been awhile since I ended my sketch-a-day but I’ve been wanting to start it up again and it is finally happening now! I may post some of my new Daily Sketch feed here in the blog, but the best way to follow them is to follow me on Instagram or Facebook. I’ll most likely be posting 3-5 sketches a week but I’ll try to keep it up.
Its been a couple years since my last Miyazaki/Sendak crossover and I’d been itching do another these last few months, though I think what really sparked the desire was listening to “Howl’s Moving Castle” again on audiobook (for probably the seventh time). I finally sat down in June and started looking over my worn out copy of “Where The Wild Things Are” (easily my favorite Children’s Book of all time) and started roughing out what new spread I might use. There were two spreads in particular that I could not decide between, and in the end I decided to paint them both.
I started with rough pencil doodles to figure out what Miyazaki characters would best fit the roles they’d be playing, and then I spent three days cleaning up the drawings and inking them while in my booth at the Edmonds Arts Festival in June 2015. Afterwards I picked out a couple canvases (18″ x 36″ is probably my favorite size canvas to paint on) and then spent the next few weeks painting…
“Hungry And Homesick”
18″ x 36″ acrylics on canvas. 2015.
Another in my tribute series mashing up “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and some of my favorite Studio Ghibli (Hayao Miyazaki) characters: Kamaji, No Face (Spirited Away), Totoro and San (Princess Mononoke). There are a kodama and some soot sprites in there too.
Another in my tribute series mashing up “Where The Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak and some of my favorite Studio Ghibli (Hayao Miyazaki) characters: San (Princess Mononoke), Totoro, No Face (Spirited Away), Ponyo, Turnip Head (Howl’s Moving Castle), Haku (Spirited Away), and an Ohmu (Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind). There are kodama and some soot sprites in there too.
The title is part of the text from the page of “Where The Wild Things Are” that this painting is based on.
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