AN original painted sketch for marketing/design firm FRITZ und ANDRE ... (love to use the German 'und'). Produced to announce the birth of a new creative firm, hence the aliens circling the newly congealed star. Acrylic, collage, white-out on found cardboard.
GLUTTONY - featuring BILLY BOLOGNA - who better to represent gluttony, obviously overfed, and definitely arrogant about it ... his tie features the logo of General Foods, in all his sinfulness, he still bears a golden halo around his head signifying his ascension to king of overindulgence. Big piece, 4 x 4 feet - ink, gold paint, acrylic on masonite.
'GOD SAVE the QUEEN' - one of several English-based icons for placement on a t-shirt. Designed for the trendy Kitson boutique on Melrose avenue in Los Angeles ... this was a Dot project - great client - always fun to design for. When I worked on this one, I channeled the amazing aesthetic of punk-innovator/designer Vivienne Westwood, who just turned 70!
'CHANGE of a DRESS' - when Dot decided to move to their present location, I got to illustrate/design the moving announcement. Debbie Roque did the back (the stuff you have to actually be able to read). I created the primary art using transfers, pencil, ink, masking tape, collage. The dresses came from some older high fashion magazines from the late 1980's ... if memory serves me right, the dress on the upper right is either Norma Kamali or Ozbek Rifat (?) ...
'ONE-EYED WILLIE' - icon for Goonie Styleguide - older piece, but I love tattoos - one of many submitted for inclusion in the completed styleguide which consisted of the usual elements. I don't believe this is the finished piece submitted but a later version nonetheless.
'GOOD THINGS THAT LAST' - printed brochure which I illustrated for design firm 8-Fish, their client produced homes created from recycled materials and were environmentally friendly and energy efficient. Great design by a really great group of people at 8-Fish.
'IT' IS RAPTURE ... icon for a proposed selection of styleguide elements for Ebay's campaign 'IT is..' This particular icon shows the transcendence achieved when using an item bought at Ebay ... in this case a vacuum cleaner which has miraculously transported our lovely homemaker to a place of inner wonderfulness ... note her glazed eyes.
ACRYLIC PAINTING - 'Plasir d 'Amour' ... again, big painting ... depicting the carnal and ethereal aspects of love, and of course the standard 'love is blind', but with pitfalls nonetheless. Used acrylic paint, black housepaint, and gold metallic paint on masonite. This piece was bought, as are most of my pieces ... I really don't own much of my own work, I think it's wonderful when someone wants to hang your art in their home or office ... what a compliment and honor - even if it's just a printed piece!
LUST as personified by 50's puppet/tv icon HOWDY DOODY - one of seven sins I painted for a show years ago ( Barbie as Envy is still my favorite) ... Howdy is painted a lusty blue against a backdrop of 'peep-show' images, some men and some women. Big piece, 4 x 4 feet, acrylic, marker, housepaint, on masonite.
'BEAVER CLEAVER - ANIMAL ACTIVIST' - submitted this icon (one of many) with project we were working on at Dot .... a styleguide for NBC/Universal for 50's tv program 'Leave it To Beaver' - I don't think my love of animal protection was shared by them - well, at least not in this case - rejected, but funny nonetheless!
'LIFE'S A BANQUET and MOST POOR SUCKERS ARE STARVING '(en Francais) - large painted piece, around 5 x 5 feet, acrylic paint, housepaint, ink, marker, white-out, watercolor, on masonite with 'floating' frame. One of my favorite films is "Auntie Mame" with 30's filmstar Rosalind Russell; one of Mame's maxim's is 'life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving!' So, I gave our strange character in the painting a feast to remember, and a wonderful glass of pink abysinthe as well. I hope my French translation is correct, if not, too late, it's a finished piece. Love the fact that when translated to French - the phrase 'starving to death' becomes 'death of hunger', you really have to love the French. Great piece, great fun to make, would love to do it again! Merci beaucoup ...
DRESSED TO THRILL - ahh, the benefits of being and ex-Catholic ... love the imagery I grew up with, especially the images of the poor martyred saints. Now pretty much worshipping trees, I gave myself permission to use my those religious icons to create an urban icon, albeit tongue-in-cheek, t-shirt icon for Skechers. Don't know if they ever used. Created using ironed transfers, several layers. I drew the panthers, set the type, the frame is copyfree from some clip-art book I found at a local thrift store. Amen ...
IMMORTAL MARIE - we submitted a small styleguide of elements inspired by the Sony Studios, Sophia Coppola's 2006 film MARIE ANTOINETTE ... although our designs received positive reception, the client decided not to license the film for product/merchandise. This particular design was created using photoshop manipulated image and b/w copier, and always spraymount!
LOVE DEVOTION SKECHERS - older design from a couple of years ago - I think it was a final comp (among others) that we sent to Skechers for approval ... I like it though. Design was created using color copied transfer that was scanned in photoshop, other elements were added as well.
'HELLO' - acrylic paint, ink, whiteout, housepaint on 1/8" masonite board .... painted as a welcoming piece for the new home of my rep Lisa of Firefly. Originally painted in black and white for design firm DOT for their foyer ... a great greeting for any foyer!