Wednesday, January 29, 2020

24. Willy Wonka.

Gene Wilder was the most magical man and his depiction of Willy Wonka was also magical. I wanted to pull out all of the stops and go nuts: with glitter, a background, and a lot of time spent crafting his face. This one's for you, Gene!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

23. Cesar Romero.

Cesar Romero was the first live-television depiction of the Joker in the 1966 Batman TV show! I wanted to keep this true to the comic book roots so I did bold colors with comic lines!

Monday, January 27, 2020

22. Steve Irwin.

A fallen hero. I grew up watching Steve Irwin. The Crocodile Hunter was a staple in my house. We'd walk around saying things like "CRIKEY" and "LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUS SNAKE!" We used to watch him religiously. For Christmas one year, my parents got me the plush Steve Irwin doll with a hard head that would say phrases when you squeezed him. I still have it. He had a huge heart and I'm happy to see his family is just as great as he is. It has been 14 years since he's passed. I miss him.

21. Billie Eilish.

William Pirate Eyelash. No joke, one of her many middle names is actually pirate. I foretold of how she would sweep the Grammy's and win all the awards and guess what? She did. She's a weirdo and I mean that in the best way. There's this really great shot in her video for Bad Guy that I knew I wanted to recreate as soon as I saw it. That's what this is from.

20. Adam Driver.

Adam Driver has had a banner year. From Star Wars to Marriage Story and all of the nominations he's getting, it's the year of Adam Driver. He hosted SNL the other night. I haven't watched it yet, but what I did do was use Casein Paint on this and this paint is amazing. It blends beautifully. I think it might be my favorite paint ever. I'll have to mess around with it some more, but that little face alone took me over 2 hours.

19. Lady Gaga.

I had to do Lady Gaga again because of her gold eyelashes. I also wanted to focus on bold, bright punches of color with mark making over it. I wanted it to give you comic book vibes. I really love the way this one turned out. It's like as I did it, everything made sense.

Thursday, January 23, 2020

18. Orville Peck.

If you're not listening to and following Orville Peck, what are you even doing? He's the queer country crooner who is taking the West (and the world) by storm. I whipped this up and have prints of it available in my Etsy and you can get one!

Also, head on over to Matt Benyo's Etsy to purchase some incredible Orville Peck stickers! If you buy the one of Orville with the koala, Matt is donating all of the proceeds to Wires Wildlife Rescue in Australia to help the animals! We already donated, but Matt wanted to do more. It's so cool that he's using his talents to help the wombats, koalas, platypus, kangaroos, and all of the creatures in-between.

Check my piece out below and the last two pictures are Matt's stickers!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

17. Heath Ledger.

Today marks 12 years since we lost Heath Ledger. I watched some of his movies and clips of him today. It's crazy to think how profoundly your life can be impacted by someone you don't even know, but he always did his art with raw truth and honesty. He was very adamant about living in the now. He would've been 40 years old this year. I wonder how he would be impacting the silver screen if he wasn't gone. His dream was to be a film director. I hope he's doing it wherever he is. To Heath.

16. The Mandalorian & The Child.

I loved The Mandalorian. It was well written, directed, great characters and it felt new and fresh. I, like everyone, fell in love with The Child aka Baby Yoda and appreciated that The Mandalorian looked out for and cared for him. I wanted to test my hand at painting a scene and not just people. I blew myself away with this if we're being honest. It's 4x4 inches and I finished it with a high gloss. I took some progress photos so you could see how I work.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

15. Dolly Parton.

The day before yesterday was Dolly Parton's birthday and I missed the opportunity to post THEN, but I whipped this up yesterday to serve a a belated homage. Can you even believe this is my first Dolly Parton I've done?! I had to pull out all the stops and did some embossed glitter for her shirt and a pigmented metallic powder for the background. I love Dolly. This won't be my last piece of her. She's the Rhinestone Queen forever. To Dolly!

Sunday, January 19, 2020

14. Tilda Swinton.

I busted out the Cuttlelola dot making pen to give it a go on a human. That human was Tilda Swinton.  This is a fashion photo of her. I have to say, it's a definitely not easy and a HUGE challenge trying to control this thing without the dots just consuming what you're doing. It was a good practice/experiment, though. Had a lot of fun with it. I will definitely mess around with it more in the future. Pointillism played a huge role in my artistic journey while I was in high school. It's fun to get back to it.

13. Fergus the Clown.

I don't know much about Fergus, but I know that their instagram is called A Little Clown Named Fergus and they are simultaneously terrifying and intriguing. Fergus is a very polite clown, but the eye sockets really scare the hell out of me. I do love clowns, though. I had to paint Fergus. This is giving me Halloween time vibes. Kinda miz that it won't be that time for another 8 months.

Saturday, January 18, 2020

12. Butch Walker.

Butch Walker is a musician that has changed me in the best ways. I grew up listening to him thanks to my cousin, Raechel, and he guided me through the high highs and the low lows. He was there when I was a teenager lacking direction and purpose and he became the soundtrack to my life through college. As an adult, he's still here, and he still comforts me in a way that no one else can. I forced Matt to go to Melbourne, Australia just so I could go to the restaurant/cafe inspired/named after him (it's Sycamore Meadows in Melbourne and one of the owners, Garry, is literally the best). I did this inspired by his album/one of my favorite phrases, Stay Gold. This one's for you, Butch.

Friday, January 17, 2020

11. Elton John.

This is one of my favorite pieces to date: Elton John. It's actually a collaboration with fellow artist, Matt Benyo, and it's beautiful. Matt did all of the glitter (including the darker silver for the shadows on the costume) and I did everything else. The cherry on top were the jewels/gems that I added for the shirt and the stars in the background. This is for sale for $130 since it took a total of 5+ hours and features all of the best elements. Check out the details on this sucker! It's 4x6 inches.

Thursday, January 16, 2020

10. Lady Gaga.

Lady Gaga is someone I've wanted to do a painting of for a long time. I tried this time last year, but that just didn't work out for me. I messed something about her up. So, I decided 2020 is the year I was going to make it really happen. Fun fact: in the reference I used, she doesn't have a clown collar like that, but I decided it needed to be. So, party.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

9. Florence Pugh as Dani.

All hail the May Queen! Ari Laster is a genius and he's 2 for 2 with home runs when it comes to his movies. Florence Pugh is in his latest movie, Midsommar, and she blew me away with her performance. This was definitely my most ambitious mini painting to date. It took me SIX HOURS! I also varnished it with a high gloss so it was hard to get a good picture of it. Check it out below along with a progress shot!

8. Count Dracula.

Count Dracula. The best. I really loved Claes Bang as Count Dracula in the mini series. He's very dignified. Anyway, these will be the last profile views I do for awhile. They're a fun pair, though.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

7. Sister Agatha.

The new BBC Dracula series on Netflix is GREAT. I've watched the first episode nonstop. The second episode is good, but the third is not. However, I am gripped by Sister Agatha and Dracula. Sister Agatha is witty and has the best lines of the whole show, but her interactions with Count Dracula are top notch. It's a constant game of chess with them and I love it. This is also my first painted PROFILE! So, hell yeah. It was a lot harder than I thought. Tomorrow, there will be an accompanying piece to this. I'm pumped!

6. Billy Hargrove.

Billy Hargrove. My one true love. My man crush. Played by Dacre Montgomery, he is the ultimate when it comes to bad boys and he's a real jerk, but he becomes a hero and I will forever be in love with him. I truly believe this is my BEST painted portrait to DATE. I feel like I'm really starting to understand how to paint and that's the greatest thing. Gotta keep making and moving! Check it out, including some progress shots, below!