Saturday, February 23, 2013

LA Zine Fest 2013

Brendan Teppei
Went down to LA for the LA Zine Fest with Brendan and Teppei. It was the 2nd trip in the month of February to LA. We stayed at our friend's house in Silver Lake.

HMS Bounty
I'm trying to go to all the spots in this map of old LA I picked up. We went to the H.M.S. Bounty for lunch. Everyone I was with got the French Dip but I got a Monte Cristo. Across the street is where Bobby Kennedy got shot, so they made the space into a nice park.

Brendan Derek Wood
Inside H.M.S. Bounty.

Conor's View

Conor's cat, Guinan.

LA Zine Fest
The LA Zine Fest was held at the Ukrainian Cultural Center.

Photo Courtesy of rheagogo.

Brendan and I working the table. The LA Zine Fest was the best. It was really busy and really hot.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

My Paintings at the Everhart Museum in Scranton, PA

Entry into Gallery B
My paintings are being exhibited in a show at the Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art in Scranton, PA. The show is called "The Blood is the Life" and runs till July 1, 2013.
The Blood is the Life features a multi-disciplinary exploration of vampires in our world, in fact and fiction, and how blood and bloodsucking creatures impact today’s popular culture and societal mindset. These “monsters” have become a popular facet in today’s culture and media, and reflect various social issues that artists use to interpret the social tensions for humanity, including disease, ostracism, and the occult. On view from Feb. 1-July 1, 2013.

View photos of the show here.

Everhart Museum of Natural History, Science and Art
1901 Mulberry Street Scranton, PA 18510-2390

Photo courtesy of Nezka Pfeifer.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

LA Art Book Fair 2013

My friends and I got accepted into the LA Art Book Fair put on by Printed Matter. It was being held at the Geffen at the MOCA in Little Tokyo, so right next door to the Japanese American National Museum which was right next door. It was a four day event and it was huge. We were in the largest room, called Zine World and were luck to secure 2 tables, and it was probably the most successful book/zine fair we ever worked.

This was the view from our table. It's from the guy who made the KIDS film, which is pretty disturbing to see as a 12 year old (said one friend).

The only thing I know about KIDS is that Lou Barlow from Sebadoh wrote and played "Natural One" for their soundtrack.

This is a photo of Jacob Magraw-Mickelson. He flew down from up north to check out the fair and hung out at our booth for a while. The Book fair was sort of like a reunion of almost everyone I met while doing art in LA. Also put a lot of faces to names of artists that I've known for a really long time.
I probably should have taken more photos but I actually barely left our booth.

LA Art Book Fair
I got this photo of Brendan, Evah and I from Poketo's blog. They have really good photos of what the fair looked like.

I found this map online of how to find old LA. I'm going to try and visit at least one spot every time I'm down there. I'm in LA about once or twice a year.

The first stop I made was to Cole's, which is where the French Dip was invented. They made a pretty rad sandwich.

This is the only book I bought while in LA despite working 4 days at a book fair (it was really busy). I bought it at The Last Bookstore, which was around the corner where I was staying at with my friend Derek.

Working four days at a fair was a little hard. In the morning I would walk over from Derek's place to Little Tokyo. It was about a 15 minute walk, and it went from slightly sketchy to very Asian really fast, with a lot of fusion places in between. I'd go into the local grocery store and buy a 6 pack of Asahi, and we'd share it with our other friend from another booth and sort of booze it up until it would get busy. Then it would get kind of crazy town, we'd buy another 6 pack, and then it would be over, and after a whole day of drinking I'd meet up with old friends and then go out drinking. And then I'd do it again the next day.

Sunday, February 17th, we'll be down in LA again for the LA Zine Fest. I hope to visit the H.M.S. Bounty and hopefully find a nice liquor store near the Ukrainian Cultural Center where it'll be held. I'm sharing a small 10 ft table with Brendan, Evah and our other friend, Teppei. If you're in LA you should come by and say hello!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Pencil Case

From time to time someone would see my pencil case and ask what I have in it. I always thought it would be awesome if there was a blog where someone would just post photos of other people's pencil cases. But yeah. That would be pretty weird. IMG_6052
This is my pencil case. It's from Kokuyo's Repete series. I bought it for $13 in 2011 in at the Kinokuniya stationary store in Japantown cause I was planning a long trip to England, and my smaller pencil case only holds like 5 pens.

This is what I carry in it.

My favorite pencil sharpener is the Kum Automatic Longpoint Sharpener. You can find it for around $6, and it comes with replaceable blades in the slot. I have yet to find a place that just sells the blade.

My favorite pencil is the Mirado Black Warrior. It got discontinued so I bought about 300 of them. I go through about 6 pencils a year, so I'm pretty sure I'll be okay with it. It used to sell for 29c at my local art supply store.

This is a pen a penpal from New Zealand sent me. I've had it for years, and I like that it has pieces from so far away. It's ballpoint, and I keep it on me in case I have to draw something for someone, like at a zinefest or something. I like drawing with ballpoint the most cause I use it like I would a pencil.

My 17 year old self's pen of choice, The Pilot V5. I used to buy the 12 pack at the Office Supply Store, and there would be at least one pen that would get busted in my pocket. .5 is kind of thick, I use this to write out stuff like my mailing address, and then someone else's mailing address, or when I have to write out bills. Sometimes I use it to ink large spaces of black, after I draw out the lines with something thinner.

A pen using a Pilot V5.

I don't know what these are called, but I get them at Muji. They're super nice and sell for only $1.50 each. The only problem is that they screw in from the back so sometimes I fuck up when I don't check to see if my pen is screwed in alright. Also .38 is a random pen-tip size.

The ink dries matte on those pens from Muji, so I ink the larger spaces of black in with a .5 version of that pen.

Here's the refill for the .5.

A drawing where I used the pen from Muji.

Sometimes I have to make a drawing with really thick lines. Usually they're for products, cause the drawings need to stand out a little. I use this Faber-Castell Pitt brush pen for those drawings. It's india ink and it costs no more than $2.

This is a drawing I made using the brush pen.

I also used it on this.

I also used it here in this very old drawing.

And finally, my pen of choice is the Hi-Tec C 0.4. It also comes in 0.25, 0.3, and 0.5, but yeah. This is what I use like 50% of the time. I buy mine at the Kinokuniya in Japantown, but you can find it online pretty easily. It's about $5 per pen, but they also sell refills.

Drummer in Jungle
A Drawing using a 0.4 Hi-Tec C.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Tear It Out Group Show: Feb 16th at Issues (Oakland)

This is my painting for the show at Issues that opens next Saturday! Here's the info:

Organizer Serena Cole invites you to a group art show based around the theme of magazines, "Tear it Out", at Issues Magazine Shop. Featuring painting, collage, drawing, sculpture, writing, and publications by a mega-talented group of artists from the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and New York. Come check out our jam-packed art show inside Oakland's raddest magazine store!

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 16th from 6-9 pm
Issues Magazine Shop
20 Glen Ave., Oakland CA 94611
Exhibition through April 2, 2013

Artists include: Megan Atherton, Saif Azzuz, Mark Benson, Andrea Bergen, Petra Bibeau, Libby Black, Jasper Lovvorn-Black, Marissa Botelho, Nancy Chan, Mia Christopher, Seth Curcio, William Emmert, Wes Fanelli, Rachel Foster, Bean Gilsdorf, Julie Henson, Sarah Hotchkiss, Courtney Johnson, Kara Joslyn, Danielle Lawrence, Marcus Lee, Brigid Mason, Maysha Mohamedi, Matt Momchilov, David Morini, Hilary Pecis, Tahiti Pehrson, Andrea Roelandt, Maja Ruznic, Josh Sachs, Mark Taylor, Aaron Terry, Sarah Thibault, Tracy Timmins, Victoria Wagner, Marci Washington, Lindsey White, Jake Ziemann

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Before/After Snake Painting


Here's a before/after image of a painting for the Year of the Snake painting at Giant Robot. The image on the left is before I paint in the black, and the after is when I done. I used a different black on the cat then I do for the space around the pyramid, so if you were to see it in person the cat is glossy and not matte, and it should pop out a little. Yep.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Tiny Showcase Valentine Print

Big Fun Print

I have a Valentine's Day print out with Tiny Showcase! $25 gets you a 4-Color 8"x10" Silk Screened Print. It looks pretty awesome for a silkscreen. Get one here.