September - 18
So its been a very busy couple months , im getting ready for speaking at Adapt next week and preparing for the next Ca workshop in New Zealand November 13, 14, 15, 16 2008.
Here is a selection of the work I do between the live painting performances; most of this work is created in the studio, airport terminals, tents, trailers and hotel rooms. Ive been working on a new series for DragonForce that i will be able to share soon as well, thanks for taking the time to check this out and appreciate all of your comments
Soul fly interior art, originally I was commissioned to make 9 individual paintings for each of the nine songs and instead I opted to create one continuous image that pad aspects of every song in it. It became a “neo-guenrica” so to speak, the image actually loops on itself and the two edges connect to become one continuous image.
I recorded the entire process and a new download is currently in production documenting the creative process.
This is an album cover in process for a friend of mine named Blue tech, the album is called divine possession, the character in the middle is in conflict between the pull of light and dark forces in his life
This was originally a live painting that I finished in the studio, my friend Shrine was creating a painting a traditional painting of a hummingbird and I was inspired by his creation to paint my own.
This was a concept painting I created for the 2008 burning man festival, during the event the 45000 or so attendees gather around a massive temple structure and watch it burn down to the ground, the team building the temple this year asked me to create a concept to help inspire the team and this is what I came up with, the final structure was over 75 feet tall
And to finish it off I was asked to create a new piece of work for the Meta Gallery in Toronto, the curator has been familiar with my work and gave me the challenge of creating a traditional piece, it tool allot longer than I expected but I really learned allot in the process, it measures 40x40 inches, I used acrylic inks, airbrush ,prisma colors and whatever else I could find in my studio, im calling the final work “the Red Lion”
If you are a fan of video game inspired epic speed metal, or guitar hero 3 than you may have heard the name DRAGONFORCE before,
i recently finished a album cover design for their new album ULTRA BEAT DOWN! It was a last minute job and I had only a few days to create the image , the direction was to create a over the top female video game character: they wanted it to have a sense of humor and be a little cliche , i was specifically directed to stay away from the typical heavy metal fantasy genre. Working with the band was awesome, i also recorded the entire process and if i can get permission i will be able to make a new download with it too.
check them out on myspace they fracking Rock. Herman Li is one of the most talented guitarists alive and touring today.
this image is the final result,
last night i saw that they were playing sf so i decided to check out the show , here are some of the picks I took from the event .
also Soulfly released another image that i can post, Max originally wanted a pile of skulls and this is what we ended up with
Im excited to share this new piece with CA , this marks my first major entrance into the world of heavy metal album covers, it has been a dream for a long time and a reflection of the influence that music and sound have on my art. and from start to finsh it has been one of my favorite projects this year.
This cover was commissioned by the one and only Max Cavalera, the lead singer for Sepultura and the current mastermind behind his latest band SOULFLY. i grew up on the old Sepultura tracks and the previous record covers were designed by Michael Whelan, those past covers always stood out as my favorite covers ever and i was deeply honored to be commissioned my max for this long awaited album, the album will be called CONQUER. the name of the album was inspired after he saw the first rough pass for the cover.
the Conquer is a mixture of Deity's and demons from Hindu, Balinese, and Chinese, and Tibetian cultures and mythologies. the entity depicted wanted to be born onto the canvas and into the imaginations of whoever see it ,and im pleased to serve as the creative womb that gave birth to it..
this image was just released on their website and the full album comes out july 29th, the entire album ended up growing into a full package, i created interior art , designed the cd and created a continuous "neo_guernica" 6panel image that illustrates the lyrics from the 9 tracks, plus an poster design remix of the cover image. Ill post those as soon as i get the ok.
the general theme of the album revolves around the concept of war, its not easily listening music but i did find it a pertinent subject to create from taking into acount the current state of the world we live.
Beyond Album art I have been living and working in Bali Indonesia. i have been creating designs for three fashion studios based out here,
and E.S.P. E.S.P.
im creating a series of designs, screen prints, T-shirts ,scarves, canvas prints and objects. Its been an amazing adventure and experience collaborating with designers and craftsman or varied disciplines and using concepting skills to create physical objects. Working here in bali has been a great opportunity to expand creative possibilities,
this pic is a shot of a headdress i worked on with Tiffa Novoa last year, it was one of the last headdress that she created before her death.
thanks for looking, ill post some update shots and links to the current designs as they become available.