Tuesday, June 23, 2015

'Bride of Boopenstein' - original tonal drawing

New drawing for sale on my online store. The final original drawing and tonal study for the painting cartoon monster painting, 'Bride of Boopenstein' is available here.

Other works available here: http://jonodoironstudio.storenvy.com/

"Special delivery. Directly from me to you - no middleman! I AM the king!" - Yakko, Animaniacs

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Alphonse Mucha book

Saddened I must return this Alphonse Mucha book that I've been selfishly renewing from the library. Admittedly, I was only previously familiar with his posters (which I also love), but his murals are now my favorite. His work is an unparalleled achievement of deep emotional narrative. His staging is also beyond impressive.

If you are unfamiliar with him, you can watch a 6-part documentary on him here via YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LU5gCPQaW3g&list=PL43A0144BA35CEA62

Friday, June 12, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Steal like an Artist - buy this book!

This book has been making it's rounds for a while and is deserving of more praise. (I picked it up 3 weeks ago and read it in one sitting.) A wonderful, accessible, digestible read with so many great takeaways. Among my favorites: 'Validation is for parking'.

 For more info about the book: http://austinkleon.com/steal/

Sunday, June 07, 2015

Painting with acrylics: the stay-wet palette method

Here's what you want to invest in if you're having difficulty with the speedy drying time of acrylic paints:

Pick up some stay-wet palette paper and companion sponge, then a stay-wet container (I like using a 13"x17" butcher tray with an impromptu lid. Locally, the art store HACHEM sells them). The wet sponge overlayed by the palette paper keeps everything moist. I just uncovered the tray from paints I put out about 3 weeks ago - still wet!

This is the palette (all the colors) I used to make my latest painting 'Gift of Folly'. All my painting have been created this way since one year ago. It's made a big difference!

Palette paper and sponge.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

List of paintings

It feels good to check things off! This list is taped to my drawing table: at the beginning of the year, I wrote down the prominent paintings I want to complete this year.

Things are never absolute - paintings will keep getting added or painted at a later date as new opportunities come up. For now, my focus has changed a bit and I'm going to do a series of some smaller more affordable works for you all over the next few months.

In the meantime, I do have smaller, available works and drawings on my online store here.

Monday, June 01, 2015

Gift of Folly - complete!

THANK YOU to all who attended ART Happening Artistique's event Saturday, May 30th. Here is the final complete new painting in the show called 'Gift of Folly'.

The painting was inspired by the mystery and mythology of the use of anvils in cartoons. If not for cartoons, I greatly suspect I would have no idea what an anvil was. (Or, I would have discovered it far, far, later.) The idea for the painting sprang when I tried to place the reason why anvils became the go-to device of villainous foil. 

Turns out, nobody seems to know the answer for certain. However, I did come across this article 'Watch Out For Falling Anvils' written by Cal Meacham, who did some animation history research of his own and suggests the the use of anvils in cartoons could be inspired by 'anvil launching', which I previously never heard of. I recommend reading the article for more info. (Cal, if you are reading this, THANK YOU for writing this article - I tried searching for your contact online to thank you personally, but was unsuccessful.)

The painting above is currently still available. Please E-mail me if you're interested.

Friday, May 29, 2015

ART Happening Artistique's event TOMORROW!

See you all tomorrow for ART Happening Artistique's 'Art Feast' group show event! FB info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/673149682812139/

Image: the stack of all the drawings it took to create the final drawing of my latest painting, 'Gift of Folly'. Drawing on animation paper allows me to keep correcting the drawing. There is no magic, just hard work. You can see the final painting in the show tomorrow!

I also have many drawings for sale on my online store here: http://jonodoironstudio.storenvy.com/collections/30026-original-drawings 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Gift of Folly - last preview

Here is a shot of the new painting 'Gift of Folly' (still in progress). Hope to see you this Saturday at ART Happening Artistique's one day event!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gift of Folly - first look

My next painting is about the mythology around the use of anvils in cartoons. The painting is called 'Gift of Folly'. The final painting will be revealed at ART Happening Artistique's event happening May 30th in Montreal. (fb event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/673149682812139/)

Sunday, May 17, 2015

ART Happening Artistique - group show May 30th

My next group show is coming up soon in Montreal on Saturday May 30th. 'Art Feast' will be an incredible one day event organized by ART Happening Artistique.  I am working on a new painting that will be exhibited in the show.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Monday, May 11, 2015

Bride of Boopenstein

Here is the whole painting I created for Slushbox Gallery's NERDCORE III group show that opened on Saturday. It was a fun challenge to create a painting with just black and white. It is a tribute to two of my favorite things to paint: cartoons and monsters. The cartoons are all from the era before color, some of the characters are rather obscure. The frame is custom as well

'Bride of Boopenstein'
acrylic on masonite, custom frame
10"x12" (image) 18"x20" (including frame)

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

THAT LAUGH! - reference sculptures

Meant to share this with you all and then (I admit) I totally forgot about it, even after customizing a box for it and everything. While I was making the painting 'THAT LAUGH!', I had made small head sculptures of Daffy and Porky to draw them from tricky angles. With Daffy, I was trying to figure out what his bill would look like in an oblique angle (not often seen in cartoons). With Porky, I cheated a little bit - Porky doesn't actually have much of a neck, but in the painting he does, even though you don't see it.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

NERDCORE III - opening May 9th!

So the painting previews I've been teasing you all with are for this upcoming group show opening on May 9th at Slushbox Gallery, in West Palm Beach, Florida!  fb event info here:

(I will not be attending the opening in person unfortunately, but it looks like a strong roster of talent lined up. I encourage you to check it out if you're local/in the area.)

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

New painting for May show - sneak peek #2

Here is sneak peek #2 of the yet-to-be-revealed-titled-painting for a group show in May. This is a closeup of the frame. It's pretty old...

Monday, April 13, 2015

New painting for May show - sneak peek #1

Here is a sneak peek of a new painting I completed for a show in May. (I can't tell you what the title is yet, it would give too much away.)

Thursday, April 09, 2015

RiP: A Remix Maifesto

I watched this great documentary recently about copyright laws. It covers it's inception and usage in the past with global insight on how it's evolved in this digital age we live in. Highly worth the watch.

  Official site: http://ripremix.com/

For more art documentaries: Jono's art documentary recommendations

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

color studies and tonals - THAT LAUGH!

 Here are the tonal thumbnails (painted digitally) I made for the ‪#‎painting‬ 'THAT LAUGH!'. From this, the next step would have been the color studies  below. The thumbnail on the bottom left had the best balance of darks and lights.

 Final tonal study. Available here.

Here are the color thumbnails I made for the ‪#‎painting‬ 'THAT LAUGH!'. From this, the next step would have been the color study. I like to see multiple options on the same page for contrast. For the color study, I took the clouds from the one on the bottom left and Porky and Ludwig from the one on the bottom right.
The final color study. Available here.