UpDate: 5/27/10 – Thank you ! Both items sold at the show 😉
Was invited to participate in the San Francisco Giant Robot Tree art show, their 6th one for those who are counting … actually I’m not sure why I was asked, I mean I’m a nobody and and old guy at that … nothing “hip” about me at all … well, it’s always nice to be asked.. so I said “Yes” before they retracted their invite ;-P
I thought about doing a straight non Kaiju piece of art but decided to do my “Tree” thing with my good buddy Kaiju Eyezon. I was asked to do 2 pieces of art, so the first thing to come to mind was a botanical drawing of Eyezon .. kinda like a turn of the century engraving with muted colors came to mind… so i proceed to draw up what i thought Eyezon would look like if he was growing in a forest… well he is spawned from a potato ( for those who do not know ! ) so not too far from his roots ( ha-ha )
I knew I want to go for a hand drawn and hand colored or tinted look, so I made sure i kept the colors muted and the over all color look limited.
I thought about using pen and ink over my drawing but decided to keep it simple, so after the pencil was done I started glazing in colors with acrylics and matte medium.
slowly building up the colors till I was done.
Over all size of the drawing is 8.5×11 inches. Pencil and Acrylics on acid free paper.
This took about 3 days to finish, while also working on the custom below.
Next up, I wanted to have a customized Kaiju Eyezon … using Apoxie Sculpt I started roughing in the areas I wanted to have wood like texture and tree-like projections.
I didn’t want to totally lose the over all feel for the character, so i kept the height of the tree parts low. I thought about a massive tree on top.. but again thought that would be too much.
Time to Spray !
Once the Apoxie Sculpt was dry ( about 24 hours ) I started using Matt Walker’s new paints, Monster Kolor, I first spray in a black base coat. Some of this process is in the video below. I also laid in some yellows and greens to the individual vines and such on the foot.
Over all I kept the figure dark, because I knew i would spray a nice color change glitter coating onto it .. the darker colors help this glitter coat to show up ( see the close up pics ! ) It’s been said more than once that you can not photograph this type of coating .. and it’s so true.. but think of a holographic rainbow effect 😉 the depth of the colors are really nice.
Brief YouTube video of me spraying in the initial colors:
And finally for those in the San Francisco area you can see and purchase many fine works of art by folks far more talented than I …
Tree Show VI at GRSF, May 15, 2010 – Jun 9, 2010
Reception: Saturday, May 15, 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm
618 Shrader Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
Giant Robot is proud to present Tree Show VI. In the tradition of its predecessors, this group exhibition will feature arbor-inspired pieces by painters, illustrators, and other creators from street art, indie comics, printmaking, design, and crafty art backgrounds
Artists will include:
Ryan De La Hoz
Dutch Door Press
Deth P. Sun