Saturday, August 3rd – August 21st, 2013
Reception: Saturday August 3rd, 7pm-10pm
Food truck by Let’s Be Frank & music by Doll Skills.
Celebrate the fun of art Paul Frank-style this August as the Julius Toy Art Show kicks off in Los Angeles! August 3rd marks the launch of this special exhibition curated with Sweet Streets with a fantastic opening night celebration at Toy Art Gallery. Over 50 notable artists from around the world have created their own one-of-a-kind handpainted Julius designer vinyl figures provided by Yes Anime. The customized Julius toys will be available for sale by Toy Art Gallery during the run of the exhibition, ending August 21st, 2013.
features custom toys and new artwork by:
Abe Lincoln Jr, Aeron Alfrey, Andrea Kang, Anthony Ausgang, Bei Badgirl, Bob Conge, Boris Hoppek, Brent Nolasco, Carson Catlin, Chikuwaemil, Choco Moo, Ciou, Cope2, Cris Rose, Dave Bondi, Diavu, DrilOne, Dustin Martin, Emilio Garcia, FFinc., Frank Kozik, GERMS, Hints & Spices, Hiroshi Yoshii, Ian Ziobrowski, Imaitoonz, Indie 184, Jan Calleja, Jason Freeny, Jay222, Jermaine Rogers, Jim Koch, Joe Grillo, Jon Knox, Julie West, Karen Chau, Kenth Toy Works, KMNDZ, Leecifer, MAD BARBARIANS, Madoka Kinoshita, Mari Inukai, MARKiii, Martin Ontiveros, Mayumi Inoha, Miss Kika, Mizna Wada, Nakanari, Naoto Hattori, Nathan Hamill, Nebulon5, Oliver Hibert, Onch Movement, Reactor88, Rotobox, Sam Gibbons, Scott Tolleson, Skull Toys, Tan-Ki, Task One, Tim Clarke, topheroy, Uamou
I am participating even though my name is absent in a few of the promotions for this event since I was in the middle of moving and could not give a firm confirmation till after fliers were printed ^^; another nostalgic character from my past, I remember Julius the monkey from high school~ back then it was really hard for us to find him on products, but now Paul Frank is all over the place!
Prince Bubble Gummy –
In a previous post here I shared the new revamped “My Little Pony Project” logo I worked on for the event this year in Los Angeles~ well I also had the amazing opportunity to be in the show as well and paint my very own GIANT my little pony! It was one of my dreams as a college student way back when to be in this show when they had the first one in New York, so being able to now down the line as an artist myself actually do one was awesome.
And so, our magical friendship begins!
First thing I did before I started was visit the supply markets in Seoul for things to inspire me.
For this custom I wanted to try dying the pony hair very soft colors, but I could not find the colors I wanted in stock. I read online that some people had used paint and soaked the hair for long periods and in some cases the color would dye the synthetic toy hair. Miss Pony had her butt soaking in a test strip of pink while I tested out what color of purple I wanted to paint her.
Time for a pretty periwinkle pony
For the hair soak, after a few tests that washed out when I rinsed I finally found a way that would work. I had to use poster paints and slather the hair with them~ followed by keeping it moist overnight by soaking. I did this for each strand or two every night.
followed by restyling the hair using the finest tools
result came out exactly as I wanted!
Now that the hair and base coat were finished it was time to start painting!
My concept was that she would be galloping on fluffy candy clouds.
Time for pony makeup
in-between painting I worked on making some special jewelery pieces for her~ most of my art has hair pieces and layered necklaces so those were a must.
While this was going on I also had the option to do artwork for hanging or prints, but sadly the pony took quite a bit of time so by the end I just did not have the time do dedicate to a painting as well. Here was my (very sloppy!) concept though, it was going to be LOTS of 1980′s ponies shown toy sized with Megan hanging out by the rainbow waterfall.
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I loved that show so much, pity I ran out of time! For those of you unfamiliar with my process, normally my sketches look like this when I take them into Illustrator. I often vector based on extremely loose concepts~ just placement and color balance mainly.
Ok back to Details~ Details ~ Details ~
plenty of sparkles~
finally after around 3-4 weeks she was finished and ready to be photographed and shipped back to LA!!
Great news for those of you that are big fans of Sugarpill makeup! Does everyone remember the amazing booth they had for the IMATS expo in 2011 last year with my art all over the back? Well Sugarpill has decided to use that new piece they had commissioned from me on the NEW packaging including a brand new pressed shadow palette~ Heart Breaker!! Ah it looks like an amazing set of colors, as usual by Sugarpill of course!!!
The new art is also being used on the new prints of the individual pressed eyeshadows! ♥ ♥
They went on sale just a few days ago~ you can grab one HERE if you are ready for some amazing eyes ♥
The colors they have put in this set are Mochi, 2AM, Acidberry, Velocity! I hope everyone enjoys the new packaging and new colors!
This year is the “My Little Pony Project 2012” which is a charity show Hasbro has done 2 other times since 2006 using HUGE special blank pony bases as canvas! I was so excited when I got a mail asking if I would help design a new and updated version of the original logo~ Freelance involving My Little Pony, my treasured childhood toy??? UM YES!
(the original logo using an older pony silhouette)
After talking with the curator and Hasbro it was decided that we would keep this within the same spirit as the classic event logo, because it was already very visually pleasing and I loved it ♥ It just needed some new updated tweaks to it!
To start, since the Pony event would be celebrating the new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic series on air I wanted to rework the pony shape of the original with a current pony shape since they are a lot slimmer and stylized currently. I also updated random the symbols in the old one for new ones that are made to match the main pony cutie marks (aka the cute marks on each pony tush) so that the pattern within made a little sense.
and here my NEW logo for the Pony Project!!! For those of you that have a sharp eye, yes I did use Pinkie Pie as a base because I love her hair~ plus she is cray cray!! Also designed a nice framed variation of it for more promo use!
♥ ♥ UPDATE♥ ♥ Shirts with the logo are being made for sale at the events AND are up for sale on the WELOVEFINE.COM website HERE!! CUTE!!! ♥ ♥