Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Hurricane Halloween & an Art Competition

Taco Cat disguised as Vampire with Bat-Bird

The Annual Greenwich Village Halloween Parade has been postponed due to
damage from Hurricane Sandy. 
Despite trees falling on certain side streets, my immediate area in 
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn was very fortunate. 
I only experienced a brief loss of power and some fears as the Gowanus Canal 
flooded parts of Smith Street behind me Monday night. 
It was a devastating storm for many in this area and my heart goes out to them. 
It will take a long time for certain subway stations and trains
to be repaired and parts of downtown Manhattan may be without 
electricity for another week.

*photo - Gothamist
This article in Gothamist outlines some of the major concerns for lower Manhattan.

Below, the Fairway in Red Hook with a message from Occupy Sandy Relief NYC

*This food cannot be brought into the kitchen at Red Hook Initiative due to their status as a 501c3. 
Please alert: "food not bombs" or make at home distribute DIY style* 
Fairway 480-509 Van Brunt street

                                             CBS News just reported that in Hoboken
                               half of the area is still flooded with sewage while live wires 
                                                               dangle in the water.
                        Of course, many areas in New Jersey have suffered great devastation.
                          Sadly, over 100 homes in Breezy Point, Queens were destroyed.
                     This just touches on the aftermath here in the North East, not to mention 
                 other parts of the world. The BBC reported that Haiti fears a food shortage 
                        due to extensive crop damage. How much more can they take?
I sure hope we start to discuss Climate Change in a more serious manner in the months and years to come.
Kids in NJ will not be Trick or Treating tonight, but they will have the chance to enjoy their costumes and candy next week!

                I made this drawing last year and reworked it a tiny bit to share for the holiday.

Animal Parade

Ironically, because of the shutdown of the subway system and lack of electricity on
job sites, I  was afforded time to finish "Rush Hour" from my Subway series. 
I just submitted these 3 images for the Society of Illustrators Show 2013.

I know it's a long shot, but I felt very excited after uploading them to Society of Illustrators 
The deadline for Illustrators 55 Exhibition is tomorrow, Nov. 1st 
:: You never know :: is a motto I live by.

Cheers from Leslie, Rosalita & moi! Halloween 2007

I think this is the last time I dressed up. We went to a party at
Le Petit Cafe. I was some kind of Cher/Cleopatra hybrid,
Zexter (Rosalita) was a witch and Leslie was a MTA
construction worker. She did work for MTA at the time.

Have a Fun and Safe Halloween!!
xo, A

Saturday, October 20, 2012

A Summer Sky, NYC, Artwork by Allyn & a touch of Jersey

I thought I'd start off today with a photo for which I can feel proud. 
This is from a commercial I worked on in August. 
One of the prop guys took this after I had painted a platform to look like concrete
atop a NYC skyscraper. I was probably trying to decide if I was 
ready to have the art director come take a look.
I work with some talented local 829 scenic artists and we should 
take photos that actually document the work we do. 
So often, you get rushed and neglect to consider it, because you're off 
to the next thing, especially on commercial sets.

It was a spectacular view and I took plenty of reference pics for my 
Floaty, the Hovering Dog. Yes, his story is still in the works, along with others...

Below, my Friday 10/12 submission for Illustration Friday The topic was "Mirror".

Young Amelia studies herself as she tries on her 1st flight jacket 
and goggles. Little Bruiser is ready to go!

Little Bruiser gets lost in Amelia's fantasy and ends up in outer space!

Now, for cats!
These were commissioned by Rogue Confections
as chocolate and cupcake toppers. 
I will send some samples to ipop, too. 
I think they would make great magnets, pendants & paper weights!

Of course, that's Lena the Cat above.

This is Sadie

This is Sam

This is Mr. Bates, named after
the fabulous Downton Abbey character :)

This is Ava

This is the real Lena.
Now, for Small Works...

440 Gallery is accepting submissions for it's annual
Small Works show. These are the 3 paintings I'm currently considering.
The deadline is Nov. 3rd, 2012

Lil Octy : dimensional blip blop painting :

Little Abstract : dimensional blip blop painting :
and onto a few images from my glass door paintings.
I took these with white lining the back to see how they look.
 I'd like to incorporate the energetic looseness of these lines
 into some of my larger pieces.

*Reminder for all you illustrators out there : Society of Illustrators Competition
deadline to submit work is coming up! Friday, Oct. 26th*
Finally, in honor of getting lost en route to and from jobs in New Jersey 
with or without a GPS. This one is for you, Bryon Finn ;D

Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Thanks for stopping by!
ps for any of you who may have clicked on my website to find it was missing last 
week, I apologize. The technical issues were fortunately resolved 
and no harm was done to any humans or animals in the process.

xo, A


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