Monday, May 21, 2007

Victor Sepulveda at Nike event

This past May 3rd, 2007 I worked at a Book release party at Nike Headquarters in Culver City for Jeannette Jenkins' "The Hollywood Trainer". We were hired to do Airbrush T-shirts for the attendees, thanks to my artists: Herbie from and Oscar Monroy.

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Magnum Interior

      After weeks and weeks of working on a lot of different projects I finally have some time to post some new pictures. These pieces are from the interior of a Dodge Magnum, The Artwork is all very small, some of the pieces are only about 5 inches wide.
The owner wanted girls, demons and snakes! other than that it was up to me to fill them up so here's what I come up with when given this much freedom.

      These two top pieces are placed between the windshield and the side window, there is some more detail on the side of each piece but it turns so I couldn't get a good shot of all the artwork in one photo. Plus there's all kinds of crazy angles, the pieces were taken off the car for me to paint them, and I still haven't seen what they look like installed.

      These Bottom three pictures are the biggest pieces, they are about two feet wide, and after working on the other smaller pieces actually felt good to have a bigger area to paint. All the snakes took a long time to paint, but I was very pleased with the amount of detail I was able to achieve.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Mitsubishi Commercial

This is a Portrait I just finished for a Mitsubishi comercial. I had to finish it in two days, which meant I had to pull an all nighter, and still barely finished it on time. The reason I had to do it so fast is because they called me only four days before the shoot was to take place, and between the price agreements and figuring out what I would paint on it, I was left with two days to work on it.

The shoot was supposed to be this morning, hopefully everything turned out great. My friend RETNA got me this job. so I wanted to do a good job, eventhough he told me the portrait is supposed to be on the background and it wasn't really necessary to do full detail, once I got started I got all into it.

Whenever I do a portrait, I usually start off with the face... sometimes it doesn't come out right on the first try because any little alteration on the features changes the face a lot, so when this happens, instead of trying to fix it I just start over and if the face is the only thing I have painted then it won't be so bad. Most times I get it right on the first try though, which was the case on this portrait.
The portrait is supposed to be a guy sitting in a throne holding some kind of lance and baton. I got a really good photo reference of the guy, however, I had to search for a photo of a throne. The first thing I do is project the image onto the canvas, I paint with transparent paints so I try to use light colored pencils because the pencil lines show through and are very hard to cover.
Once I'm satisfied with the face it doesn't really matter what I do next, so I start painting the inside of the robe using first a base of orange followed by a crimson red, and giving it a silky look I then start painting the pants and tennis shoes.
I really liked how the pants stand out from the red, I think the red makes the blue stand out and give it a 3D look.

Here I am pretty close to being finished. So far I've worked on it about 16 hours with only a 5 hour break in between to get some sleep, so I am very tired by now. I couldn't find a good reference for the throne, so I just made up some armrests, trying to make it look good.

Next are a couple of close-up shots once the painting was finished and a full shot of the painting. I really liked the way this turned out, especially the way the dark background makes the guy stand out.