I’ve decided to attempt a sketch-a-day for 2013, at least until I get bored or distracted, and probably just on weekdays, probably 3 – 5 a week. Most will probably be pen and marker and all will be fairly random – part of a cohesive theme.
I used to sketch all the time, but I haven’t been doing it as often as I used to. I figure this will get me motivated to do it more regularly. Hope you enjoy!
Here’s sketch #1:
I thought I’d give a sneakpeak of what I’ve been working on. These paintings are for a show happening in April 2013 at the Ltd. Gallery in Seattle, WA. Ltd is a pop art gallery and so all the pieces I will be showing there will be tributes and parodies. (Some of these aren’t even titled yet). I’ve always enjoyed painting tributes of my favorite things, so I’m thrilled to be working on an entire body of work based on some of my artistic influences, favorite characters, stories, etc. Anyways, hope you like…
Here’s the show info:
“Icons & Influences” at Ltd. Gallery
Peanuts / Army of Darkness (Evil Dead III) tribute (©2012 Justin Hillgrove)
Studio Ghibli (Hayao Miyazaki) / Where The Wild Things Are tribute (Maurice Sendak)
Left to Right: Princess Mononoke, Totoro, the Deer God (from Princess Mononoke), No Face (Spirited Away), Howl (Howl’s Moving Castle), Automaton (Laputa: Castle in the Sky) (©2012 Justin Hillgrove)
Where The Wild Things Are (Maurice Sendak) / The Usual Supects tribute (©2012 Justin Hillgrove)
People often ask me about my painting process, so I decided to set up a camera in my studio and video an entire painting session. The bat I painted in this demo is acrylics on a 5″ x 7″ canvas. He took just around 4 hours to complete, though for the video I sped it up 800% and clipped out a few lulls, bringing the video to about 12 total minutes in length. That seems a bit long to me still, but I get bored watching myself paint – maybe you’ll like it more than I do…
A quick plug for Justin Bergevin, a fellow artist (and my brother-in-law) – Thanks for letting me use some of your music for the video!
This is my first video of this kind, so any comments and suggestions are appreciated. Thanks!
Well, here’s my first attempt at a blog post. I’ll try to keep this blog packed with sneak peaks and exclusive stuff that will not be posted elsewhere. Enjoy!
Looks like I’ll have a piece at three separate galleries during the Greenwood Artwalk – March 9th 2012 6p – 9p. Here’s a sneak peak at the pieces that’ll be hanging: “We Have Ways Of Making You Talk” (the hydra torturing the teddy bear) will be at Bherd Gallery for their 5th Anniversary show, “Walking The OwlBear” (the kobold-guy walking the owlbear on leash) will be at Urban Light Studio for an owl-themed show curated by Henry, and the 2 smallish green pieces will be at Tasty for the A Strange Life show.
That’ll be a fun night. My friend Mike Capp (also has a piece at the Bherd show) and I will be around all night hanging out and causing trouble. I am excited to see the many friends and artists there that I have not seen in a long time.