Tanpopo – Artist Camilla d’Errico

dsc_0068Ramen host Eddie Ballar interviews artist Camilla d’Errico on her work and Dark Horse art books from Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic Con.

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ALIENS – The Set Photography

aliensartbookOne of the huge blockbuster movies that made a strong impression on me growing in the 1980s was James Cameron’s ALIENS.  It was scary with kick-ass action, had a memorable cast of actors and just a great science fiction storyline.  With a collection of artwork, on-set location pictures and behind-the-scenes photographs, author Simon Ward takes us ALIENS fans on a journey with ALIENS – The Set Photography by Titan Books.

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Vinyl Pulp #3: The Pop-Up Art Book with Food One, Skinner & Junko

popupartbookposterI had fond memories as kid reading and looking at pop-up books.  Thanks to Poposition Press, we now get pop-up books for us older folks.  The Pop-Up Art Book features 6 incredible art pieces by Aaron Woes Martin, Skinner, kozyndan, Junko Mizuno, Tara McPherson and Jim Mahfood.

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Most Oil Paintings come from Da Fen, China

dafenoilpaintingsNot only is Shenzhen, China known for manufacturing and pirating, well, in small area of Shenzhen, Da Fen is where most of the world’s oil paintings are being produced.  Replica’s of Van Goghs, Monets and Picassos are exported from Da Fen.  BBC News takes at look the mass oil painting production and it’s impact within Shenzhen.  Well, next time, I’m in Hong Kong, I’ll make a stop over to Da Fen.

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Martin Hsu Pop-Up Shop @ Woot Bear SF

martin_hsu_woot_bear_popup_storeLocal artist Martin Hsu has over the years developed his own personal unique art style.  You can see it in his paintings, drawings and vinyl toys.  And this Holiday season, if you’re looking to see his art and want to buy his art in person, check out the Martin Hsu Pop-Up Show @ Woot Bear.  Woot Bear is a neat toy art shop located in the heart of the Richmond District, 147 Clement Street in San Francisco.

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Artist Martin Hsu releases “Blacky” Vinyl Figure

blackyfigureOn a brezzy night in San Francisco’s Haight/Ashbury area, Kidrobot held a Artist Signing and Release Party for super talented artist Martin Hsu.  A few weeks back, Martin released his latest vinyl artwork – “Blacky” – the dragon/dog 4″ figure.  The figure is limited to 300 pieces worldwide, so you might want to pick it up, since it’s also sold at a reasonable price of around $25.00USD.

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The Art of Jim Burns: Hyperluminal

artjimburnsIf there’s a mention of Ridley Scott’s iconic film “Bladerunner” anywhere, I’m usually there in a heartbeat.  The early concept art and ideas of Bladerunner began with this man – Jim Burns.  The British award winning artist has the distinction of winning 3 Hugo awards and creating science fiction book covers for authors like George RR Martin, Peter F Hamilton and Anne McCaffrey.

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Gallery Nucleus: Heroes In A Half Shell Celebration

tmntartgalleryWay back in the 1980s when Mirage Comics published Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird’s creation The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, nobody had any idea how big these green turtles would get in pop-culture.  From all the movies, cartoons, toy lines and other merchandising, the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are still here today kicking butt.

On July 12, 2014 in Alhambra, CA, Gallery Nucleus and Nickelodeon presented an “official” TMNT art exhibition for the 30th Anniversary.  Over 30 artists were involved showcasing TMNT artwork.  Also featured, were production stills, memorabilia, storyboards and many other neat things from Nick’ cartoon series.  In collaboration with our LA outfit Project 760 Productions we give TMNT-fans a glimpse of what happened at the event.

 

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The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd

fredgambinoDo you know who Fred Gambino is?  I admit I don’t, but I’ve probably seen his work on book covers, video games and films.  You will now know who he is with this Titan Books release – The Art of Fred Gambino: Dark Shepherd.

IMG_1703This is not a typical art book collection of personal works, it also includes Fred’s own personal passion project – his screenplay, concept art and snippet graphic novel intro to Dark Shepherd.  Along with this, there are various paintings, illustrations, sketches, Photoshop images and book art covering Fred’s career with commentary.

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The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi

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“Fossils are evidence of prehistoric life written in stone.” Dr. David C. Evans

Dinosaurs and extinct animals have always captured my imagination as a child.  I’ve played with dinosaur toys, pretended to be a dinosaur, drew dinosaurs and read lots of dinosaur books.  Plus I’ve spent many hours watching dinosaur specials on National Geographic and Animal Planet.  The kid in me always wondered how an artist can draw extinct animals so realistically and prehistoric landscapes?  This is where Paleontology comes in, the merging of art and science to paint an ancient environment.  “The Paleoart of Julius Csotonyi” collects the top works of Paleoartisan Julius Csotonyi.

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Artist Inspired Eco-Friendly Speakers

Almost all speakers out there under $1,000 USD are just dull black veneer wrapped around MDF speakers.  Now don’t get me wrong, some of them sound great but when the music stops, they just look like the monolith in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Recently, I stumbled upon these speakers and these seem to add a pretty nice second dimension to your speaker. It’s as if you can enjoy it with the music on or off.

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