Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Craola Simkins

A nice little video on Craola. Hard to label or categorize his style but it's like abstract meets realism. Overall, beautiful paintings.

Monday, March 30, 2009


I've always have a passion towards TV commercials and that's something I believe will be stuck with me for the rest of my life. It is the most powerful medium to get your message out there. A picture might mean a thousand words. But a film, it means a billion words in my book :-D
So, with that said, I will try to share some of my favorite commercials and any recent commercials that caught my eyes.
Recently, I saw a new Orange commercial. Can't find the video online and oddly enough, even youtube dont have it. But, that commercial reminds me of this commercial:

And here's a recent commercial that I thought was very impressive. Creativity wise and complexity:

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Jeremy Fish

SF based artist/illustrator Jeremy Fish. He recently had a solo show in SF at Fifty24SF called "Ghost of the Barbary Coast", illustrating history/tales of SF. Wasn't there for the art show, but thanks to the internet, I was able to view most of the pieces.
Anyways, I think he does incredible murals. His artwork is crisp, clean, and it looks so simple. What really got me interested in his artwork is his simplicity, flat colors, and beautiful bold outlines. And it just seems like he can do so much with 2-3 colors and a nice fat marker.
And here is a nice time lapse video that shows his progress of his recent mural for Fecal Face. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Random videos

A great little inside video of Hera of Herakut. Herakut is an art duo based in Germany and they pretty much work every art piece together. Hera's style is more of a scratchy style and while the counterpart, Akut, does photo realistic spray paint. It's just amazing how the two opposite style juxtapose each other and make one cohesive artwork.

And this is why Alex Pardee is awesome.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Here's a better picture of the Ox. Click on it for a larger view and enjoy!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Logo for my father

You're probably wondering...."what da?" Logo for Jon's father? Why would "Jon's father" need a logo?
Lately, my dad had been making lots of food. Mainly traditional, small, Chinese snacks. Such as steam buns, dumplings, baked buns with curry on the inside, and few other stuff that I have no idea. But I guess he loves his dumplings the most and he wanted to take it to the next level. This is when opportunity knocked on his door.
He has a friend that is about to open up an Asian market and my dad gave him the idea of selling "local, homemade dumplings." And the future owner thought it was a great idea and told my dad that he has 2 weeks until the store opens (this was a week ago). And for me, I thought this would be a fun little project to tackle. That and I just bought a NIIIIICE new printer and I've been making my own stickers (maybe more on the stickers in the future). Anyways, that gave me the idea of making a logo for the package. And I also believe the logo will make it more legit and people will more likely to buy it. Can you imagine if you go to a market and bought something with no logo, no package design what so ever? DON'T TRUST IT! And always, ALWAYS!!, look for the expiration date when shopping at an oriental market.
So, here is my design.

I had my dad to calligraphy his title. I suggested that because A) I think it would be a nice, unique, and a personal touch to the logo and B) My computer can't type chinese, hahahahah.
I've played with many shapes of the design and I wanted to stick with something very oriental style. If you live near china town or have been exposed to American-Chinese signs, shops, etc. it always reminds me of signs that are traditional block style, very rectangular. Or, some shops will kick it up a notch by making a sign in a "curved" format. Well, I played with both and I like the "curved" format the best. I also remember seeing a cheesy cursive handwriting somewhere and thought that I would toss it into the package as well. And yes, that's a direct translation.
With the design, I also kept "cuteness" in mind. My dad's dumplings is not like those dumplings you would normally find in the dumpling aisle. My dad's dumplings are small, rounded, and I'll admit....quite damn cute. And his dumplings gave me the inspiration to draw a cute little dumpling for the package.
As for the pig. Well, it's quite obvious because it's pork flavor. But not only am I drawing a pig for simple and obvious reasons, it's also something that I never thought in a million years would happen. You know the saying of...."I'll blah blah blah when pigs fly"? Well, I guess this small little business is represented by the flying pig and I guess I'll design something for my dad when he has a small little business. In other words, "I will design a logo for my dad when pigs fly."
Any comments, critiques, ideas are welcomed. Enjoy!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


One of my favorite artist, Alex Pardee, and one of my favorite tv character. A little of both world. It's a great time lapse video and for other artists, it's a great insight on the techniques involved in making of an artwork. There are times that I would stare at an artwork for a long period of time just to imagine the process involved and only to find myself clueless. But with great video like this, no need to gaze at an artwork just to figure out "how it was made" and it also helps to inspire me to try something new. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

1st post with blogger

It's been a while since I've been blogging and hopefully this will be much more successful than before. With this blog, I will try to focus on my artwork and art that I am interested in and hopefully you will too. To start things off, here is my latest piece of artwork.

it all starts with a sketch

tighten up on tracing paper

transferred to 24"x18" and cut away the black area


the final stencil

I got Chinese news articles used as my background collage. I paint a layer of yellowish tint over the collage and spray painted to give more of an "older" look.

And the final result. Forgot to take pics along the way but...just lots of stenciling, layering, and spray painting.

here you can see what's left of the news article

the final product. Stenciling on Collage 22.5"x30"
There are MUCHO details that I cannot capture on camera. I guess you just have to see in it person ;)

Overall, I am quite satisfied with the results considering this was my first time doing this type of medium. I wish the background wasn't lost after all the layers of paint. I guess that would happen no matter what but I think I need to get the concept of "less is more". Hope you all enjoyed it!