Get a free 8”x10” print of your choice for every $25 (before tax/shipping) you spend this weekend on www.zerofriends.com!
This offer is per $25 spent which means if you spend $25 you get one free 8”x10” print of your choice, if you spend $50 you get two free 8”x10” prints of your choice, if you spend $100 you get four free 8”x10” prints and so on and so forth…
No need to add them to your cart! All you need to do is type the names of the prints you want into the "comments" section during check out, and we will take care of the rest.
Prefer surprises? Just leave the “comments” section blank, and we will choose them for you!
This offer will be good for orders placed by 11:59PM PST Monday September 1st, 2014.
Posted on 28 August 2014 | 5:26 pm
Hey all! If you have a minute or two, I’d like to walk you through, from start to finish, one of the most challenging paintings of my life! This 48”x60” painting is definitely my personal favorite, and I’ll be releasing a Super Limited Edition print of it this week on ZeroFriends.com
Just a little back story: I created this piece for my 3-Person show at Bash Contemporary this past Spring, where I showed alongside the absolutely inspiring Caitlin Hackett and Robert Bowen. When the three of us initially planned the show, we all agreed to do at least one large (48”x60”ish) piece.
The largest I’ve ever painted with brushes prior to this was only 18”x24”, and in my opinion that was HUGE. When I went to the art store to pick up the panel, I almost had a panic attack when I actually saw how large it was!
After breathing into a paper bag and splashing cold water on my face, I managed to start sketching ideas for this monster.
The idea that the three of us wanted to convey in this show was our mutual love and respect for animals and nature. I planed on doing about 15 pieces for this show, and I wanted this large piece to carry and embody all the others.
This piece is titled “Mother Nature”. It’s what I believe to be the embodiment of everything that is naturally beautiful and innocent in a world designed by elements in which we have no right in understanding. There is a relationship between opposite forces that create a harmony when collided together that produces form, function, life and beauty.
I wanted to capture my interpretation of all that on a wooden panel that measures 48”x60” with layers of color, shapes and detail applied by a sable brush. And I only had a couple of months to get it done!
So first things first!
I spent a day or two just sketching. Rarely, is the first sketch ever the one I go with. I like to play with shapes and composition, as well as jotting down ideas that may seem fun to expand on. It’s good to sketch small in the early stages, because in my opinion, ideas and composition are way more important than technical detail. This sketch is about 7”tall on cheap printer paper. I’ll trash pages of sketches before I start to get happy with an idea. My list of failures dwarfs my list of achievements.
Once I have an idea sketched out that I like, I’ll transfer it to a prepared wooden panel. The transfer is all the simple outlines, of all the main shapes. I guess it kinda similar to how a tattoo artists would transfer the simple outlines to the skin before tattooing. Then I’ll start to work over the transfer with charcoal.
Using a block of charcoal, a soft dry brush and an eraser; I’ll start drawing over the transfer lines and working in some detail. This step basically makes the under-painting easier. I’m trying to develop the main forms, and figure out detail.
I prefer wooden panel over canvas just because I like the texture and hardness of wood. It’s total personal preference though, and when you’re choosing a substrate you should factor in how you paint, and how you want the painting to look. I paint really thin, so the times I’ve painted on canvas, the texture of the linen shows through. If I paint on wood, it just covers better and looks smoother.
I’ll start spraying areas with Workable Fixatif, then I’ll go back over the charcoal with gesso to lighten areas, then draw back over them with charcoal. I really like this because I can work in texture, which helps adds depth :)
Once the primary parts of the drawing are figured out, I’ll get pretty anxious and just want to start painting. I’ll start brushing areas with thinned out color. Just make a mess, and start to try and make sense out of the shapes. I love this part of the painting because it’s very loose and creative. I’ll start seeing forms in the random shapes and try different things on the fly. It’s kinda like seeing things when you look up in the sky at the clouds. I have tons of fun in this stage because it’s more creative than technical.
As you can see, I’m just throwing random shapes in there, and testing out different colors as I go. I’m also using acrylics at this stage because they dry so fast, I can work quickly. Later when the painting gets tighter and more technical I’ll switch to oils. I’m kinda making things up as I go. You can see that I put a dog head on the bottom right, and I’m just kinda loosely figuring out where I’m going to add the flowers. It’s fun to just randomly throw in shapes to aid composition, and then figure them out later.
The painting looks kinda messy at this point. It’s a mixture of charcoal, acrylic and gesso. But it all kinda makes sense to me. I know there are some creative decisions I’m going to make as I keep going. The top right area, including the demon’s arm and body kinda bother me. The bottom right area is still up in the air too. But these are all things I know I can focus on later.
At this point, I start using oil paint. I just start on the area where I feel most confident. In this case, it’s the lady’s and demon’s head, rib cage and cape. I’ll just start in one area and wander out. I’m applying the oil pretty thin, as I still want to build off the texture of the acrylic and charcoal underneath. I’ll mix Liquin in with my oils as I paint. Liquin is a medium that speeds up the drying time and adds a little gloss to the colors. When painting on top of acrylics, the oil paint starts to look very brilliant and rich in color - this gets me happy :)
Sometimes I use reference and sometimes I don’t. I’ll use reference on “hard” things like: hands, faces, articles of clothing and whatever else I’m not familiar with. Part of my favorite thing about painting new subject matter is the research that goes into it. I really enjoy going to the library and spending a day or two just flipping through random books and magazines while jotting down notes and ideas I want to try out. It’s super fun and makes me more aware of whatever it is I’m painting.
So, you can kinda see that I’m changing things up as I go. The body of the demon is changing. The red area on the bottom right is changing. I really like working this big because you’re forced to take breaks. Sometimes the most important thing when getting stuck on a painting is to take a break and look at it again a day or two later with a fresh (rested) set of eyes.
Major detour with the demon body and the sky. I’m just continuing to paint dark to light, moving around. I feel like I’m getting pretty close to where I want to be on this. These phone photos are killing me, so hard to avoid those ugly glares!
Working the roses on the bottom and generally tightening everything else up. This is one of those paintings where I could keep working on it for weeks and weeks, but at some point I gotta wrap it up.
And I’m done! Progress photos with a phone camera is not the way to do it. But for now its all I have. This image has been professionally photographed, and I color corrected it to match the original.
This print releases on Thursday (8/21) at 9:00pm (PST).
Only on ZeroFriends.com!
It’s a super limited edition of 50 prints.
Thanks for your time!
Posted on 19 August 2014 | 8:00 am
1. The first thing I do when approaching a new piece is to douse myself in gasoline. The fumes give me a certain high that causes my vision to blur and the poison/danger-factor forces me to act quickly. Then, I clutch a pencil in my fist, snap my neck backward like in an early Sam Raimi film, and let the dark spirt of Gr'ocp'h guide my hand and scribble.
2. After showering the gas off and exercising the spirit from my body, I photograph the sketch using an ancient tool called a "soul-grabber". Some people call it a camera. I then invisibly teleport this photo onto another ancient device called a "futuristic Trapper Keeper". Using this ancient device, I consciously re-sketch my scribble into something that makes a lot more sense to me, such as this.
3. After the sketch is trapped inside the tiny Phantom Zone, I wave my hands around like an awkward windmill at a rave and all these colors start filling themselves in. Then I can change the colors by swiping my hands in mid-air like Minority Report until I decide on the perfect color palette. Inspired by Spawn's costume, I decided to use yellow and turquoise as the main colors.
4. In the Phantom Zone, there's only 2-dimensions. So I have to figure out how to transfer them to the 3rd dimension if I want to have any fun with them. Most of the time, as in this case, I look at the panel, then look at the computer, then look at the panel again and then the computer, and then I just stare blankly until someone comes in and goes "do you need me to help you?" And I do. So they do. Help is cool
5. When laying down the first layer of acrylics, the most important things for me are 1.) approach the painting from a new angle and 2.) wear my favorite hat.
6. When painting at this angle, I can pretend to defy gravity by making drips go upward. I learned this trick from WES CRAVEN and the famous rotating room from Nightmare on Elm St. It also helps me to imagine that I am painting with Johnny Depp's bed-blood. #waycooler
7. The initial textures are important. Most of them will get covered up entirely by the end but they help you notice contours and shapes that you didn't intend. And they also provide me with about 7 hours of extra work that will ultimately be invisible by the end, but my goal is to subconsciously learn something in the process, just like The Karate Kid. I get a lot of inspiration from The Karate Kid. I'm currently also collecting shirts with bonsai on them and attempting to befriend every old Asian janitor I come across.
8. Trying new things when painting is really important. In this case, I tried the new Oprah Chai from Starbucks. Although I am open to trying new things, in this case I wish I hadn't. My short review: Oprah's Chai tastes a LITTLE like chai and a LOT like her broken water from Beloved.
9. I often start really regretting putting all that texture down first because it takes forever to cover it up so maybe disregard everything till now. Ok so now in this stage I just watch the static-channel on tv and fill stuff in with crayons disguised as paint brushes while doing face-exercises so that my face is in shape in case I ever need to run a face race.
10. Use liquid colors to create solid colors. Then dance until you defecate. 💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💃💩
11. Shading and highlighting is like a game of good cop/bad cop, especially if you use both of your hands simultaneously and dress them up like a good cop and a bad cop. And you should make the bad cop REALLY bad, like make him punch people and have aggressive tattoos. And make the good cop carry around a tiny copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul, give him a cool-dad earring and make him really good at moderating. That's the best way to approach adding shadows and highlights to your painting.
12. I'm almost there! More shading, more highlights, more evening out of the color. I'm terrible at patience, so in order to get a nice, even solid background color really fast I call my friend Mola Ram who's really good at spell casting. All I do is a sloppily apply heaping spoonfuls of Nova Color acrylic paint and leave the room. Mola Ram spreads some glitter and says "Kali Ma" over and over until the color is even and I'm not antsy anymore.
13. I was pretty much done with this until I realized ANOTHER UNFINISHED ONE POPPED UP OUT OF NOWHERE BEHIND IT AND NOW IM A SLAVE TO IT. REPEAT ENTIRE PROCESS. I MUST FINISH.
14. After finishing a painting, however manic the process is, I usually ask the friendly and mystical "Guardians of the Galaxy" director JAMES GUNN to stand in front of it to make it THAT much more magical for when I show my parents. And if he accepts, as he gracefully did here, I use that time to whisper in his ear something close to "HOW DID YOU MAKE THE BEST MOVIE EVER THAT MADE ME CRY AND CHEER AND WISH I LIVED IN IT!?" And then I tear up while strains at him. And then the painting is done.
15. Say Anything you want to about it, but it's ON SALE NOW
"MAN'S BEST FRIEND"
Limited Edition Giclee Print
20x16. Signed & Numbered By Alex Pardee
Posted on 14 August 2014 | 10:06 pm
We are releasing a new print by Alex Pardee today, and HOLY COW is it awesome! This 20”16” Print is a Limited Edition of 200, and are Signed and Numbered by Alex. They will be available here on Zerofriends.com beginning 9pm PST and cost only $60. Who is ”Man’s Best Friend”? Every man has a best friend right? Alex did, at least at one time…
Most of the time, my Uncle Randy traveled the world, and sometimes he would make home-movies of his travels. He even went to weird places like Lebanon to make home-movies. He made dumb jokes, too, like saying he was “famous film director Michael Beirut”. I didn’t get his jokes. But I liked his stories. And his movies. Uncle Randy was cool. In the summer time, when he wasn’t traveling, Uncle Randy was a milk farmer. He said it was a good investment in his off time “on account’a the rich folk in the neighborhood using it to soften their skin now”. He told me people take whole baths in the stuff. Gross. But Uncle Randy was cool though. Cooler than milk baths.
I got to stay with him last year when he was home farming. He had about 30 cows. But one of them was bigger than the other ones. By a LOT. And he was yellow, too. I called him “Bulldozer” on account of him being big and yellow. All the other cows were white, but not “Bulldozer”. That big cow was my big yellow friend. Uncle Randy said it was goofy to call a cow “Bull” but eventually he was ok with it. When I asked Uncle Randy why Bull was so big and yellow all Uncle Randy would say was “You should see his mother!” That never made sense to me. But that big cow and I were friends. Yes sir. He would let me ride him around the ranch, chasing the coyotes away, and when it was hot he would let me use him as a big old fort to sit underneath him.
On the hottest day of June, Bulldozer and I stopped being friends. I was sitting underneath him to cool off, and these 5 shiny black cars came screeching in, causing the dirt to swirl around in the air. All the other cows started running in circles as I sat there with Bull. He was protecting me.
I couldn’t see because of the dirt and the sun, but I heard the yelling:
“GET AWAY FROM THE COW, SON!”
“PLEASE STEP AWAY FROM THE COW! COME OVER HERE!”
“SON, THAT’S NOT A COW! PLEASE GET AWAY!”
I was scared.
The dust hurt my eyes. It was hard to see. But I looked up at Bull from the ground, and when he looked at me, face started falling apart. I mean really, it did! Started falling right to the ground. I saw teeth in his mouth I had never seen before. Because he was a cow, Bull was never able to use his legs for much other than standing, but right then he grabbed me with his legs. They felt like they were stabbing me. He looked like a skeleton. Then he opened his mouth, screamed and lurched his head right toward me.
That’s when I heard the loud noises. I couldn’t hear much for a few moments because they hurt my ears. For a little while I was blind and deaf and scared. I thought I was dead. I wasn’t. But Bull was.
Except…when I could see again, and the dust was clear, and the men with the guns and the sunglasses and the things in their ears were picking me up from the dirt, I didn’t see Bull. I saw…a monster.
The men asked me where Uncle Randy was. I told them he was inside working on his home movies and making dinner like usual.
But they went inside. And they didn’t find him. Or his home movies.
I never saw Uncle Randy after that. He was pretty cool though…
Posted on 14 August 2014 | 12:05 am
ALL NEW COMIC CON APPAREL IS NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE TO PURCHASE.
There's even more than shown here. Check it out. Your chest and head will be delighted!
Posted on 1 August 2014 | 12:21 pm
For the first time (at least in OUR history), you needn't worry if you can't fight your way through LA traffic and murder your way into the infamous San Diego Comic Con just to get some limited prints from us.
Although we WILL be there, along with Alex Pardee (who will be signing at our booth #5502 on Friday & Saturday at 5:50PM), Dave Correia & Jon Wayshak, you don't HAVE TO!
From July 24th at 9AM PST through July 28th at 11:59PM, in conjunction with Comic Con, ALL of our new prints that we are debuting at the con will be available to purchase ONLINE AT ZEROFRIENDS, some which will NEVER be available again in this form
Make sure you check out Zerofriends.com starting Thursday at 9AM to see all of the prints that we will have available.
HUGE 24" x 36" Limited Print
Limited Edition of 30
BRAND NEW "DOPPELGANGERS" PRINTS
"COMIC-CON-THEMED" BUNNYWITH PRINTS, AVAILABLE ON ZEROFRIENDS FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER!
In case you ARE going to San Diego Comic Con….here's where we will be:
Posted on 22 July 2014 | 11:36 pm
Our favorite time of the year is almost here! It's almost 11:51 pm as I type this, but THAT's not the time I am referring to. Next week is SAN DIEGO COMIC CON TIME!
This is the one time a year that we round up everything we can shove into creeper van, drive it 2 states out of the way for no reason before we hope to arrive in San Diego unharmed so that we can sell our gypsy-wares to some of our favorite fans and supporters in all of the land!
Hopefully, you have been following us @zerofriendsart on Instagram, Twitter, & Facebook to see all of the fun new items that we taking with us to the con, and if not, do so now because we are unveiling new items on a daily basis.
We will be set up in the same location at the con that we have been for years, Booth #5502 located right inside the Entrance "A" Door. The map system at the convention is a little wacky, so please refer to the map below if you have trouble finding us. Just look for the big red "A" and go through those doors to find us.
ALEX PARDEE WILL BE SIGNING AT THE ZEROFRIENDS BOOTH AT 5:30 PM ON BOTH FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENING.
DAVE CORREIA & JON WAYSHAK WILL BE PERIODICALLY APPEARING AT THE BOOTH AS WELL.
CAN'T MAKE IT TO COMIC CON?? NO PROBLEM! For the first time ever, we will be selling ALL of our new featured Comic Con Prints on Zerofriends.com for the duration of Comic Con. That's right, we are having a COMIC C'ONLINE SALE!
From July 24-28th ONLY, you will be able to purchase all of our new Comic Con prints, some that will never be available again on the site, including new art prints by Alex Pardee, Dave Correia & Jon Wayshak, as well as new Doppelgängers and brand NEW Bunnywith Prints!
Stay tuned for full release info and we will see you at the Con! Or we will see you C'Online!
Posted on 20 July 2014 | 12:18 am
Dave Correia’s New “PHOBIA” 5x7 Prints
That’s right ladies and gentlemen, have no FEAR, Dave Correia is here! And he has brought with him Five New 5”x7” Prints, as well as a smokin hot deal you are sure to BUG out over!
These 5 new prints are available on zerofriends.com tonight beginning at 9PM PST. They are $10 each, or all 5 for $40.
But FEAR not, it gets better yet!
Order the set of all 5 by Sunday 7/13/14 at 11:59PST and save $10! Thats right, you will get the whole collection of all five for only $30! Thats 25% off the normal price!
Posted on 10 July 2014 | 6:21 pm
Come celebrate the release of our new book “ZeroFriends - A Collection of Art, Passion and Madness”
Join Alex Pardee, Dave Correia, Robert Bowen, Matt Ritchie, Brett Amory, Quake, Ricky Watts, N8 Van Dyke, and Jon Way$hak from 2-4pm at Zerofriends San Francisco (419 Haight Street)
The signing will begin at 2pm, and end at 4pm. As with all of our events, we recommend that you arrive early to secure a spot in line. Due to anticipated high volume, we are limiting this event to signing only (sorry, no drawings. We want to give everyone a chance to get their books signed, and drawings take much longer!) Thank you for your understanding.
Copies of the new book will be available to purchase for $30 plus tax, and will include a free 8”x10” print of the cover image.
Hope to see ya there!
Rsvp to the facebook event by clicking here!
Posted on 9 July 2014 | 11:56 am
Hey! This Thursday at 9:00pm PST (midnight Eastern) we are releasing eight new 8”x10” prints! FOUR from Alex and FOUR from Dave. Just in time FOUR San Diego Comic Con. Well, just beFOUR we leave that is…
Maybe you are asking yourself “What is all this FOUR?” Well, FOURtunately FOUR you, we are also running a promo this weekend! Buy any THREE 8”x10” prints on Zerofriends.com and receive a FOURth 8”x10” print of your choice FOUR Free! This promo includes not only the 8 new prints, but ANY of our 8”x10” prints on Zerofriends.com!
All you need to do is buy three 8”x10” prints by 11:59pm PST on Sunday, July 6th. When you go to check out, add the name of the 8”x10” print you wish to receive for free to the “Comments” Section. If you do not specify which one you would like, we will select one at random FOUR you. :)
As are all of our 8”x10” prints, these new guys are open edition and cost only $15 each. They are signed by their respective artists.
Posted on 2 July 2014 | 4:49 pm
1 WEEKEND. 10 PRIZES. INFINITE POSSIBILITIES. (that last part is for dramatic effect only).
We here at Zerofriends love drawing so much that we are literally HAVING A DRAWING! That's right, we are having a "Drawing" for some Drawings! This weekend (from now through Sunday night at 11:59 PM PST), anyone who spends $25 or more (before shipping and tax) will automatically be entered into a raffle to win ONE of the following prizes:
2 GRAND PRIZE WINNERS will get: 1 of these original paintings shown here ("TurKid" by Dave Correia or "Pilgrim of Death" by Alex Pardee)
8 RUNNERS UP will receive: 1 original pencil drawing from Alex Pardee or Dave Correia (Examples shown may slightly vary from actual drawing you receive, follow @alexpardee & @davecorreia for prize updates)
No purchase necessary, to enter the raffle without purchase, send a postcard (must be received by June 29th) with your information to our ZEROFRIENDS SF retail store (419 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Winners will be selected at random on Monday, June 30 and will be notified via email.
QUICK RECAP COMMENCING NOW!
1. Spend $25 on any item or combination of items on Zerofriends.com (For example, buy the new ZF art book, OR buy 2 8x10 prints, OR buy any one of our limited prints, OR buy ALL of that stuff).
2. Sit back and chill because you don't have to do anything else after your purchase. You will automatically be entered into a raffle to win 1 of 10 prizes. Winners will be chosen at random on Monday, June 30 and will be notified via email. Limit one prize per winner.
Also, in case you missed it this week, our brand new ZEROFRIENDS art book is now in stock featuring 188 pages and 14 different artists. This book comes signed by Alex Pardee, Dave Correia and Quake.
Posted on 27 June 2014 | 9:42 am
Years ago, a group of 14 different artists started out as strangers living in all different parts of the world. Through various incidents, these strangers became friends. And after these friends fed off of each other's creativity, imagination and passion for years, these friends became...ZEROFRIENDS.
And these ZEROFRIENDS are now such good (zero)friends that we all decided to smoosh our artwork together and make a big ol' fancy art book!
All that being said, we are proud to announce the release of our very first art book as a team! AND IT IS ON SALE NOW HERE
This huge 188-page art collection published by Gingko Press features some of the unique artists you have come to associate with the Zerofriends brand, as well as some that you may discover within these pages, and might even fall in love with. After all, there's over 250 paintings and drawings featured in this book!
Featured Zerofriends artists include:
Alex Pardee, Robert Bowen, Greg "Craola" Simkins, Dave Correia, Matt Ritchie, Tara McPherson, Brett Amory, Quake, Ricky Watts, Skinner, N8 Van Dyke, Jason Edmiston, Jon Wayshak & Mike Mitchell
Hardcover. 9" x 11"
Published by Gingko Press
Live in the San Francisco Bay Area? We will be having an in-store book signing and release party with a handful of the featured Zerofriends artists at our Zerofriends SF retail store on Saturday, July 12th! The Zerofriends Book (along with the FREE included print) will be on sale at the event (but the same signatures that come with the online edition can not be guaranteed in person).
CHECK OUT JUST SOME OF THE 250 PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FEATURED IN THE BOOK:
Posted on 19 June 2014 | 12:05 am
Last week, an an amazing art show called "DARK MATTERS" opened in San Francisco (and is currently still on display at BASH Contemporary Gallery) that featured an incredibly surreal collection of paintings from Zerofriends' Dave Correia, Robert Bowen, and our good friend Caitlin Hackett. One of the most eye-catching phenomenal pieces from the show was a giant acrylic painting from Robert Bowen entitled "HIGH & DRY". With it being one of our favorite pieces of the show, we couldn't be more excited to be releasing a limited "High & Dry" print with Robert TONIGHT! And as one of our biggest first-run limited print releases, this beast is a whopping 24" x 24" of vibrant archival printer blood and sweat.
Robert's "High & Dry" Print will be released tonight, Jun 12, at 9PM PST exclusively on Zerofriends.com. The full info is below but BREAKING NEWS!!!! Robert Bowen just informed us that he will be painting 2 special 5"x7" mini-paintings that he will GIVE AWAY to 2 lucky people who purchase his "High & Dry" print this weekend only. Man, Robert really puts the FREE in Freelance, and we are ridiculously grateful!
Read below for the fine print, and then get ready to buy this fine print!
"HIGH & DRY"
By Robert Bowen
24"x24" Giclee Print
Limited Edition of 50
On sale tonight at 9PM PST
BONUS OFFER THIS WEEKEND ONLY (Starting tonight at 9PM PST and ending Sunday night at midnight PST): Anyone who purchases Robert Bowen's "High & Dry" Print from Zerofriends.com will be entered into a drawing. On Monday morning, Robert will randomly pick two names (and corresponding order numbers) and those orders will automatically be shipped an original 5"x7" mini-painting from Robert along with the order.
BONUS BONUS BONUS OFFER FRIDAY ONLY! To celebrate "Friday the 13th", or as we like to call it, "Friday the SHIRT'teenth) our favorite holiday outside of Arbor Day, ALL of our regular priced T-shirts will be on sale for 13% off. One day only, Friday, 13th. START SHOPPING TONIGHT!
Posted on 12 June 2014 | 3:41 pm
From NOW through Sunday, June 8th, get ONE FREE 5x7 "Bunnywith" print for EVERY $20 spent online at ZEROFRIENDS.COM
(before shipping and tax). Don't like math?? I don't blame you. Here's a handy chart: Spend $20, get ONE. Spend $40, get 2. Spend $160 dollars, get 8 FREE!*
*Final number of free prints will be based on money spent BEFORE tax and shipping. Bunnywith prints will be selected at random, chosen from over 100 different prints.
Posted on 6 June 2014 | 11:46 am
Most of us Earthlings get one chance in our lifetime to sell our souls in exchange for ultimate power. A lot of us have already missed this chance because we weren't even aware that it was offered.
Jon Way$hak, on the other hand, not only didn't miss his chance, but he must have figured out a way to sell his soul multiple times in order to get his skills to where they are today. If you have not yet had the chance to feast your eyes on Jon's artwork, please allow this new print release to be your gateway drug. That being said, we are honored to be releasing our second collaboration with one of our favorite artists, Jon Way$hak.
Thursday night, May 29th, at 9 PM PST, we will be releasing Jon's limited "CONTRADICTION" print in 2 different editions: A "regular" edition (limited to 50) and an "ultra-limited hand-embellished" edition (limited to only 10!), both go on sale at the same time. Jon's first print that we released sold out in mere hours, so don't miss this one!
By Jon Way$hak
16" x 20"
Limited Edition of 50
Printed with archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper
Signed and numbered by Jon
SPECIAL "HAND-EMBELLISHED" EDITION
By Jon Way$hak
16" x 20"
Limited Edition of 10
Printed with archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper
Uniquely embellished, signed and numbered by Jon
(Actual product may vary from photos due to the nature of Jon hand-embellishing each one differently)
Posted on 28 May 2014 | 5:33 pm
Zerofriends' resident demon, Dave Correia, has been literally locked away in his studio for the last 3 months preparing an entire body of new work for his upcoming art show "DARK MATTERS" at BASH Contemporary in SF on May 31st. He hasn't seen daylight in over 90 days. He has only been able to eat the fish and bread that we shoved under his doorway and he's only had his own sweat to drink. All of that has been motivation for Dave, however, and we can't WAIT to show you what he will be unveiling for the show. But to kick things off, we wanted to release a special "sneak peek print" to help Dave ease back into the world of interacting with society before his show. So tonight, May 22nd, at 9PM PST, we will be releasing a limited print of one of his large handful of new amazing oil & acrylic paintings, this one called "COLLECTOR" available tonight exclusively on ZEROFRIENDS
By Dave Correia
16" x 20"
Limited Edition of 100
Signed & numbered by Dave Correia
Printed with archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper
Remember, the original "Collector" painting, along with over 12 more new paintings from Dave Correia will be on display at his new art show "DARK MATTERS" at Bash Contemporary in SF on May 31st. "Dark Matters" will also feature the work of Zerofriends' Robert Bowen & Caitlin Hackett.
Posted on 22 May 2014 | 9:57 am
At the stroke of Midnight (EST, 9PM PST) TONIGHT, May 15th, the same moment a giant Japanese lizard is unleashed upon movie screens, our voices will unleash an equally powerful beast.
We will gather in a circle, cloaks covering our faces, candles forming a star on the dirt ground in front of the Zerofriends HQ, and we will chant these words:
"As we do this candle spell
Bring our prints 4 nights of Hell.
Candle black, paper white,
Turn bright colors black as night.
When all 4 nights of dark have past
All will hail the Dark Prints at last"
And upon that moment, and for the following 4 nights, 5 of our colorful prints from ME(!) and Dave Correia will be transformed by the spirit of the Dark Prints, creating brand new, exciting (but hopefully not cursed) collectible prints, and will be available for you to take home and bless your walls with the archival inks of the darkest lord. This spell will only last the weekend. After Monday, May 19th these "Darkness" prints will not be available any more in our online store, as they will have transformed back to their regular form.
Welcome to our very first "PRINTS OF DARKNESS" sale. Here is the specific info:
Exclusively at ZEROFRIENDS.COM, starting TONIGHT at 9PM PST (Midnight eastern), and ending 11:59PM PST on Monday May 19th, we will have FIVE DIFFERENT SPECIAL TIMED-LIMITED GICLEE PRINTS (Plus a FREE BONUS mystery 6th print!) available to purchase ANY TIME during these 4 days. The number of prints sold determines the edition size of each print. Yes, you can purchase ANY of these prints at any point during these times.
The "Darkness" prints range in size from 16" x 16" to 16" x 20".
All "Darkness" prints are $40 each, and will be available to purchase separately, or in a bundle pack of all 5 which also includes a FREE BONUS 16" x 20" mystery 6th "Darkness" print from Alex Pardee that we will not reveal until after the sale. This mystery print is not available anywhere but in this "Darkness" Bundle of prints.
The "Darkness Bundle", containing a total of 6 Timed-Edition signed prints will be only $200 (A $240 value).
Please note that these prints will NOT SHIP until May 27th & 28th due to the Timed-edition release.
5 Brand new "Darkness" Prints from Dave Correia and myself will be available to buy this weekend ONLY.
If bought separately, each print will be $40.
If you buy ALL 5 of the prints for $200, you will automatically get a secret mystery "6th" print from Alex Pardee for FREE shipped with your order.
All Darkness prints will be signed by Dave or me
Here are the prints that are being released.
Posted on 15 May 2014 | 9:16 am
I went into the year 2017 and recovered a diary of a woman whose husband went into space and got infected with an alien symbiote. You can read "The Astronaut" diary entries HERE on My Tumblr page if you want to journey into the dark future of alien possession.
Meanwhile, whether I am insane or not, I am proud to be releasing this print based on my (and the symbiotic alien astronaut's) experience from the future.
This signed limited print might actually be simultaneously our BRIGHTEST as well as our SCARIEST print yet. And we are PERFECTLY fine with that.
Here's the release info:
ON SALE MAY 8TH AT 9PM PST
By Alex Pardee
Limited Edition Giclee Print
16" x 20"
Edition of 200
Signed and numbered by Alex Pardee
Printed with archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper
(EARLYBIRD BONUS! Buy "The Astronaut" Before Sunday, May 11th at 11:59PM and INSTANTLY SAVE $10!!! The print will immediately on sale for $50 upon release. It goes up to it's regular price of $60 on Monday, May 12th)
Posted on 7 May 2014 | 10:42 pm
"THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE"
..and so the story goes….
I've wandered the land for years. I've had my share of fun. My share of love. I've made some heroic decisions (if you count the car crash). And like everyone else, I've made some despicable decisions too (if you count the second car crash). But those decisions were always MINE. Even the decision to try to wash paper plates in the dishwasher. That was MY decision. At least, I thought it was my decision. But no….because eventually, my decisions showed themselves. When my skin started tearing, and my throat started feeling filled with small hands, and when my stomach was hurting worse than normal, that's when they revealed themselves. And that's when I realized that they have always been here. That's when I realized that I will never know who I really am. Because THEY are me. They are my decisions. And I can't control them….
"THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE"
By Alex Pardee
16" x 20"
Limited Edition of 200
ON SALE TONIGHT AT 9 PM PST
BONUS THIS WEEK ONLY!
Anyone who purchases "THEY'VE ALWAYS BEEN HERE" through Thursday, May 8th, will automatically receive 2 of these 6 5"x5" mini "Decisions" prints (Signed by Alex Pardee) for FREE. No need to add them to your cart. They will automatically be shipped with your order as long as you purchase the print by the end of May 8th. Free prints will be chosen at random from these shown below.
Free "Decision" Prints:
Posted on 1 May 2014 | 2:07 pm
NEW ME x RETROBAND TOY ON SALE THIS SUNDAY, 4-20, AT 1PM PST!!!
Do you need any more information than that??? Really? You do?? Hmmm, I may need to question your motives. Ok, well, then read on, soldier!
For the second collaborative release between myself and the amazing RETROBAND Studios (the first was "Bunnywith Retro Style Packaging"), "SNAKE EYES" was designed from the ground up by Aaron Moreno and myself, with a completely original sculpt based off of my "Snake Eyes" painting and story that can be seen/read on my Tumblr HERE... and yes, this whole effort has come full circle and is ready to make its way into the hands of eager collectors worldwide!
Each "Snake Eyes" figure has been skillfully sculpted, cast, and hand painted by Aaron Moreno of Retroband... and Aaron's passion shines through the paint. The retro feel, the detailed sculpt, the vintage paint application all look amazing! Standing in at about 4" tall, this figure comes on a custom backer board featuring new art by me all packaged up and sharper than Rambo's serrated knife. The back of the card also features the backstory behind this figure, Frank Carrol aka "Snake Eyes", with accompanying art and nostalgic like G.I Joe'esque details.
We only have 45 of these to sell (ONE per customer), and they will GO ON SALE Sunday, April 20th at 1pm PST exclusively online through ZEROFRIENDS. for $150 a pop! Oh, and not only do you get the "Snake Eyes" resin figure but also included in this package is 2 signed 8" x 10" giclee prints (shown here) and an official pamphlet documenting the origin of my "Snake Eyes" character. Mark your calendars and set those alarms now, these will not last long!
Designed by Alex Pardee & Aaron Moreno
Produced by RETROBAND
$150 Each (Includes Figure, 2 signed giclee prints, and a dossier)
Limit ONE per customer.
Posted on 17 April 2014 | 3:51 pm
It's almost EASTER, which is Bunnywith's favorite month (even if we have no idea why, since he doesn't celebrate Easter.)
Regardless, to celebrate Bunnywith's favorite month, I am releasing a brand new limited print in his honor.
On sale this THURSDAY night (April 10) at midnight eastern (9PM Pacific) exclusively on ZEROFRIENDS.COM
(and in-store also).
Details below the pretty picture (and keep reading for a FUN BONUS FOR NO REASON!):
"BUNNYWITH HAPPY NEW OWNER"
By Alex Pardee (me!)
16" x 20"
Limited Edition Of 200
Signed and numbered by Alex Pardee (still me!)
Printed with archival inks on Velvet Cotton rag paper
ON SALE THURSDAY, APRIL 10th, at Midnight Eastern (9PM Pacific)
***IT'S BONUS TIME!!!!
Anyone who purchases this print BEFORE Sunday night at midnight (April 13) will automatically receive 2 FREE 5x7 BUNNYWITH prints from Alex's recent gallery show. No need to add these to your cart, as they will automatically be included in your shipment. Free Bunnywith prints will be chosen AT RANDOM from the selections shown here.
Posted on 9 April 2014 | 10:45 pm
All "BUNNYWITH" Prints from my "BUNNYWITH SLC" gallery show are ON SALE NOW for 30 Days ONLY, exclusively through BLONDE GRIZZLY
. All prints are only $10 each! Over 100 of them! Take a look at the whole show and see what's available HERE
or click on any of the photos.
Thank you to SLC PHOTOCOLLECTIVE for providing the space and to BLONDE GRIZZLY
for hosting it. See you soon, maybe in another city!
Posted on 8 April 2014 | 12:14 pm
Fresh off the success of its debut in Los Angeles last October, my ridiculous "BUNNYWITH" art show is heading for SALT LAKE CITY THIS WEEKEND (April 5th to be exact)! Featuring over 100 different "Bunnywith" prints, and ALL of the prints only $10 each. I will be in attendance, and unlike Bunnywith, I can hug you back if you hug me. You know...cuz I have arms.
Blonde Grizzly presents:
Alex Pardee's "BUNNYWITH"
Saturday, April 5th
561 West 200 South.
SLC, Utah 84101
For more information and to RSVP to the event (the event is free and you don't HAVE to RSVP), go HERE: Follow @alexpardee for more updates and secret "Bunnywith" reveals. SEE YOU THERE!
Posted on 1 April 2014 | 4:06 pm
As part of our new line of t-shirts entitled "Insanely Detailed 12-Color Screen-printed Shirts That Give Your Torso Superpowers
", we are beyond excited to be releasing Dave Correia's new "ROBBER OF GRAVES"
T-shirt TONIGHT at Midnight Eastern (9 PM Pacific).
Printed using ancient techniques adopted from the underground gods of disaster and necromancy, "Robber Of Graves" will, according to Dave, "help your mortality rate tenfold."
So yes, TONIGHT, at the darkest of hours (eastern, of course, though darkness reigns in pacific as well), the stroke of midnight, make your chest happy by getting this shirt.
Here is all the info:
Designed by Dave Correia
12-Color Screenprinted T-shirt
Printed with Discharge-Based Inks, giving the shirt a soft feel.
Available sizes S-XL (XXL Coming soon)
On Sale TONIGHT at midnight eastern, 9 PM pacific only on ZEROFRIENDS.
**BONUS RAFFLE ALERT!" We have 5 Limited Edition 18" x 24" ROBBER OF GRAVES" Prints available to give away to our customers this weekend! If you purchase this "ROBBER OF GRAVES" shirt NOW through Sunday, March 30, you will be automatically be entered into a raffle to win 1 of the 5 prints. No purchase necessary, to enter the raffle, send a postcard (must be received by March 30) with your information to our ZEROFRIENDS SF retail store (419 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Winners will be selected at random on Monday, March 31st.
Posted on 27 March 2014 | 5:35 pm
Alright, in a few days we are off to Seattle to see the Wizard, or at least expose the man is behind the curtain that's been spamming us with photoshopped Justin Bieber nudes. And maybe we will throw some fish, too. Who knows!?
is setting up shop at our favorite con of the year, the sold-out EMERALD CITY COMIC CON
this coming weekend (March 28-30) where we will be releasing some new stuff and signing and sketching on flat pieces of slaughtered trees to people who wait single file in a line at a certain time. Sound good? GOOD! There are a ton of other guests at this con who I can't wait to try to stalk, so if you are in the area, you should go nerd-out here with us.
Zerofriends will be hanging there with ME (see signing/sketching schedule below), DAVE CORREIA (who will be hanging and painting/sketching exclusive sketch books at the booth all weekend), and a couple of other meandering (zero)friends like Skinner, Superugly, Josh Ellingson, and a few more who will be floating around with us . So say whats up. Or DON'T!
It's your funeral...
Here's all of the info and scheduling....
ZEROFRIENDS BOOTH #917 (in the corner of all corners. Please check the helpful map below to come see us. Seriously, we are in the corner facing a wall. Someone put BABY IN THE CORNER!):
March 28th - 30
Washington State Convention Center
ALEX (ME) PARDEE SIGNINGS at Booth #917, where I will be giving out some messy "headaches" as well as signing whatever you have:
Friday, March 28 @ 5:30-7 PM
Saturday, March 29 @ 5:30-7 PM
Sunday, March 30 @ 2-3 PM.
Here's a few more bonus "Emerald" surprises in addition to the boatload of merch we will have at the booth:
FREE EXCLUSIVE "BUNNYWITH YELLOW BRICK ROAD" 5" x 7" Signed Limited Print.
Each day of the convention, the first 33 people to buy ANYTHING from the booth, get one of these limited Bunnywith prints. Only 33 available each day. Total edition = 99.
DAVE CORREIA will be hand-embellishing and selling special "Emerald" editions of his "Sketch Book 7" all weekend too.
ZEROFRIENDS BOOTH #917! SEE YOU THERE!
Posted on 24 March 2014 | 4:50 pm
Anyone going to the Emerald City Comic Con next week? Because if you are, you should hunt Dave Correia and I down. But don’t kill me. I’ll post signing times soon too. Booth #917
MARCH 28-30. Seattle, WA
Posted on 20 March 2014 | 8:08 am
Everyone has a favorite babysitter. Even Chuck Norris, at one point, was babysat. Actually, he still may have a babysitter. Regardless, tonight, March 13th, at MIDNIGHT Eastern (9PM Pacific), My favorite "Babysitter
" will be released in magical long-print-form exclusively on ZEROFRIENDS.COM
. Here's all of the details and some fresh-dressed photos.
By Alex Pardee (that's ME!)
Limited Edition of 100
12" x 36"
Signed and Numbered by Alex
Printed with Archival Inks on Velvet Cotton Rag paper.
Posted on 13 March 2014 | 12:33 pm
Jon Way$hak and Matt Ritchie on David Lynch
What: “In Dreams- An Art Show Tribute to the Films of David Lynch”
Where: Spoke Art Gallery 816 Sutter St, SF
When: Opening Saturday March 8th, 6-10pm (show on view until March 29th). This event is FREE, and all ages.
Opening this Saturday March 8th,2014 from 6-10pm – Spoke Art Presents “In Dreams- An Art Show Tribute to the Films of David Lynch”. Over 50 artists contributing work inspired by the fantastic David Lynch. Zerofriends artists Jon Way$hak and Matt Ritchie are both in this show. I caught up with Way$hak and Matt and asked three simple questions about Lynch…
Proak: What are your favorite Lynch Works?
Jon Way$hak: The first was the Twin Peaks movie, “Fire Walk with Me”. I couldn’t make heads or tails of it, at the time, because you had to see the show to understand any part of it, but I was attracted to it stylistically. A few years later, after I finished a series of experimental, sequential art zines, I saw Eraserhead. It blew my so-called mind! David Lynch succeeded at the same type of project, where I failed. Been in love with that movie ever since.
Matt Ritchie: My favorite Lynch work is Dune! No, it’s Twin Peaks. JK, it’s really Dune……not! That’s right, it’s Twin Peaks.
Proak: If you have lunch with one Lynch character, who would it be and why?
JW: If we’re taking lunch, it’d have to be eating baguette sandwiches with Ben and Jerry Horne. OK, so it’s two characters.
MR: Special agent Dale Cooper. Pie and lots of Coffee.
Proak: If you could ask Mr. Lynch one question, what would it be?
JW: What’s the weather going to be like today? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-duTWI1wb9Y)
MR: I would ask Mr. Lynch if he would sign my blue ray copy of Dune. JK, my copy of Twin Peaks.
"Who Do You Think This Is There?" by Jon Way$hak (inspired by Eraserhead and Twin Peaks)
"2:30" by Matt Ritchie (inspired by David’s love for sugar)
I got to check out the show last night. It is nothing short of fantastic. So many great pieces from so many talented folks. Many affordable limited edition prints. Even if you are not familiar with Lynch, I’m sure you will love this show. -Proak
More info at http://www.spoke-art.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/605935949491417
Jon Way$hak’s website: http://www.scrapbookmanifesto.com
Matt Ritchie’s website: http://matt136.com
Posted on 7 March 2014 | 1:16 pm
Posted on 4 March 2014 | 2:18 pm
Upcoming Events- 3/3-3/9
Thursday 3/6/14- “Behind You” An Exhibition of Original Art by Lauren YS @Public Barber Salon 571 Geary Street, SF CA. Lauren’s work rules. If you’ve not yet seen it, check some out at ww.Laurenys.com or on IG @lolo_ys.
Friday 3/7/14- Oakland Art Murmur- 489a 25th Street, Oakland Ca (25th @ Telegraph). This is the last month we will be participating in the Oakland Art Murmur. We are moving our warehouse out of the neighborhood, and will be closing the 25th Street gallery as a result. Come relive the memories and wish us a fond farewell from 4-10pm at our last Oakland Art Walk. We will miss you Art Murmur!
(489a 25th Street, Oakland CA. Photo by Paul Bustamante)
Saturday 3/8/14- SF artist DEB painting live at Zerofriends SF!- 419 Haight Street (between Fillmore/Webster), SF CA. Come watch as DEB paints a panel for our shop window. She will be painting for a majority of the day, and possibly in to the evening for the Lower Haight Art Walk. Check out her awesome work @DEB on Instagram. The Lower Haight Art Walk is from 5-9 pm. 15% off your in-store purchase between 5 and 9!
(DEB painted this awesome piece across from our shop on Valentines Day)
ALSO! “In Dreams- An Art Show Tribute to the Films of David Lynch”- Spoke Art Gallery 816 Sutter St, SF CA. Zerofriends’ family Jon Way$hak, Matt Ritchie, Joemur and Ken Davis all have work in the show. Stay tuned for more on this…
Check back tomorrow for pictures from our 1st birthday party!
Posted on 4 March 2014 | 12:12 pm
I recently ventured down to southern California with the rest of the ZEROFRIENDS guys to set up camp in the middle of the desert with a big circular robot, a bunch of inks and an alchemist named Juan. Our goal was to make new things for you to wear. Well, we did it! And tonight at Midnight Eastern (9 Pacific) I'll be releasing a brand new 12-color screenprinted t-shirt based on my "Sp'eye'derman" painting that I painted live in our ZEROFRIENDS SF store a few months ago. The printing is insanely detailed, thanks to our long-time printing team at Bear Designz. Here's the details. See you invisibly online tonight!
"SP'EYE'DERMAN" T-Shirt (Available on either black or white t-shirts)
12-color screenprint, printed with soft discharge inks
On sale TONIGHT at midnight (9 pm Pacific) exclusively here at ZEROFRIENDS
**BONUS RAFFLE ALERT!" We have 5 Limited Edition 20" x 16" Sp'EYE'derman" Prints available to give away to our customers this weekend! If you purchase this "SP'EYE'DERMAN" shirt NOW through Sunday, March 2, you will be automatically be entered into a raffle to win 1 of the 5 prints. No purchase necessary, to enter the raffle, send a postcard (must be postdated by March 2) with your information to our ZEROFRIENDS SF retail store (419 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94102). Winners will be selected at random on Monday, March 3rd.
Posted on 27 February 2014 | 5:42 pm
Myself and Dave Correia will be drawing alongside some other art maniacs this SATURDAY at our ZEROFRIENDS store to celebrate zerofriends's 1 year anniversary in SF. Tons of fun weirdos will be drawing. Come say hi and hang. Sorry no bath salts this time! Other artists include Dave Correia, Nate Van Dyke, Matt Ritchie, Robert Bowen, Wayshak, Lauren Ys, Superugly and more!
419 Haight St,
San Francisco, CA
Saturday March 1st.
Chill times, Bill Heinz!
Posted on 26 February 2014 | 3:16 pm
Recap: Bag ‘o’ Movies @ ZF||SF
Thanks again to everyone who joined us last Friday night for our first Movie Knight of 2014. We wanted to do something new for this Movie Knight- and Ben Walker provided us with a great idea. We invited almost a dozen artists to join us- asking that they brought with them their favorite DVD. The DVDs were placed in a pillowcase, and one was selected at random. We would screen that movie and the participating artists would create works inspired by the film…
Nearly 40 people crammed into our shop at 419 Haight Street. At one point we even ran out of chairs!
The movie selected initially was “Paranorman”. However, due to some technical difficulties this movie bugged out about 40 minutes in, and we had to select another… The second movie chosen was “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story”. Luckily, this movie played without any hiccups, and a many great things were drawn…
(Some of the artists with some of their arts)
(Zerofriends SF Store Manager (and employee of the month for 12 months solid and counting) Brian flashing gang signs)
(A sampling of the goods)
(Walk Hard Drawing by Lauren YS)
(Walk Hard drawing by Ben Walker… You “half” to love it) (Walk Hard Drawing by Josh Thurman)
(Bag ‘o’ Movies flyer by Ben Walker)
A big thank you to Ben Walker for planning this event, and to everyone who came out to draw or hang out and watch the movie(s)!
Stay tuned for information on upcoming events like this one, and please join us for our next Movie Knight which will be sometime next month…
Posted on 24 February 2014 | 8:11 pm
Join us at ZF||SF this Friday night, February 21st from 6:30-8ish as Ben Walker hosts the “Bag ‘o’ Movies” live drawing event! Contributing artists will select a favorite movie and place them in a bag. One of these movies will be selected at random, and the artists will create works based on the film as we screen it at the shop. The works created will be available to purchase, and we will have a few giveaways as well. Fun times will be had!
We hope to see some of you Friday night! Check back for photos and a recap of the night, and stay tuned for upcoming events in the near future.
A big thanks to Ben Walker for putting this event together, as well as to all the participating artists- Josh Ellingson, Matt Jones, Super Ugly, Joemur, Lauren YS, Merkley???, Amanda Storey and Donta Santistevan.
Posted on 19 February 2014 | 3:38 pm
Zerofriends Sticker, Oakland Ca. 2014
Posted on 17 February 2014 | 11:14 am
Keep an eye out for this hoodie thats keeping its eyes out for you.
Castro Valley, CA
Posted on 5 February 2014 | 7:17 pm
Check out what wise words Zero the Simp’sin has to say on this shirt right here.
photo and photo of said photo by photo taker Chloe Rice
Posted on 5 February 2014 | 6:56 pm
Zerofriends is in San Francisco!
419 Haight St
San Francisco, CA 94102
photo by Chloe Rice
Posted on 5 February 2014 | 6:37 pm
by Dave Correia
Hello all! I’d like to take you on another step-by-step journey through the process of one of my paintings. This was one of the first pieces I painted for my solo show last year. It’s 18”x24” acrylic paint on wood panel. I believe I completed it around March of 2012. If I recall correctly, the entire process took about a week and a half. I apologize for the crappy phone photos, but that’s all I had at the time. Here we go!
As you can see with the above image on the left, I start out with a VERY loose sketch of the idea. These thumbnails are always small 2”x2” sketches, and they’re done very quickly. I’ll usually do 2-5 thumbnails per drawing. When you draw small and quick, it’s much easier to work out the composition because everything is broken down to simple shapes. The writing on the side of the thumbnail are little notes reminding me of colors I want to use, technical things I want to try and general ideas that I don’t feel like sketching out.
When I’m happy with the idea, I’ll sketch it larger with more detail. Sometimes I’ll spend a little too long on the detail stuff, but its easy to get carried away. I print out the sketch the same size as my panel, rub graphite on the back of the paper and trace over it, so the image transfers onto the panel.
Once the image is on the panel, I’ll spray it with a light coat of workable fixatif, and wash a rough medium tone over it. This gets rid of all the white on the paper, and helps me establish darks and lights when I’m painting over it. The medium tone is usually just raw umber, some viridian, and a little bit of black.
Then I start adding the darks, with raw umber and black. I keep the paint very very thin by adding lots of water.
Once the darks are down, I can start the light washes of color. These washes go down very thin over the already dark values and start to help define the painting. At this point I’m not really sure what colors to use, so they usually end up changing a little, and they’ll get thicker and brighter as I go over them.
(Ouch, bad photo! I was probably doing jumping jacks in the dark while taking this) Focusing more on specific spots, I lay down thicker colors with more controlled brush strokes. I’m still only really working on the darks and mi-tones. I’m also laying color into the background too.
Kind of a huge jump ahead, but really just more of the same…just focusing on specific areas at a time, but I’m now adding lights.
Pretty much done with the acrylics at this point. The entire piece is covered in paint and the colors are close to what I want.
The final shot. Oil paints were used VERY thin over most of the painting to bring the colors together. For this piece I used very cool colors over the entire form and it really helped the color harmony. This is also a nice professionally scanned image, not a crummy iPhone pic.
Hope you enjoyed that! If you have any questions, just let me know and I’ll be sure to answer them as best as I can!
Posted on 26 June 2013 | 1:20 pm
by Dave Correia
I’ve always loved watching an artist create a painting from start to finish. I’m fascinated with how he/she sets up their pallet, how they prepare their substrate, and how they execute their piece.
For this particular painting, I used no reference and a very limited palette. I don’t typically do that, but for this piece, it just seemed necessary. I’d like to share with you my creative process; what I’m thinking while I work, and the technical steps I use to complete a piece.
I always start off with a series of very small thumbnail sketches. These are usually made very quickly with a regular number 2 pencil, and are usually just an inch or two tall. As you can see, with the first sketch on the right, I’m just playing with a few basic loose shapes. At this point, I’m just laying down the basic composition, and the only idea I have in my head is - I want to paint some kind of oval monster. As I’m sketching, I’m trying to make sense of the shapes as I’m putting them down. I’m basically just scribbling over my drawing, letting rough shapes form features and character. Once I start to see a loose idea, I re-draw it a little larger with more defined objects.
When I’m happy with the loose thumbnail, I’ll re-draw it again a little larger and with tighter detail. I take this opportunity to figure out the actual drawing and anatomy of my monster. I also write out a lot of technical notes and ideas I want to try out; like color palette or textures. Sometimes I stick to my notes, and sometimes I deviate, but regardless it’s important for me to put them down while I’m thinking about it.
Once the sketch is figured out, I scan it, print it out to fit my substrate, and transfer it to the panel - in this case an 18”x24” triple primed MDF panel. I cover the back of the transfer paper with charcoal, and transfer the drawing onto the panel. Much like how a tattoo transfer works, I’m only really concerned with getting the primary lines on the panel. All the detail and blending will be figured out later when I start painting.
I spray a light coat of Workable Fixative over the panel so when I start painting, the charcoal doesn’t smear in with my paints. Make sure it’s a light coat, or else your paints will bead up if you use water! Then I’ll tone the panel with some sort of mid-tone. For this painting I used some viridian and raw umber with lots of water so the drawing still shows though.
I start laying down darks to establish the values, and since I’m painting from my imagination and not reference material; it also helps me make up anatomy and texture on a monster that doesn’t really exist!
For this particular painting, I’m only using a few colors. I paint pretty thin, using a lot of water with my acrylics. I start by laying down a mid tone blue while mixing in some white for highlights. I glaze over the dark areas established in the previous step to get my darker blues.
From here on out I pretty much move across the panel, laying down thin colors; dark, mid, light. It’s still pretty rough. I just want to get some color over everything, knowing I’ll go back over it again with some light glazes and brighter highlights.
Using only a few colors, I go a little darker and a little lighter. I introduce more red and glaze over areas with very thin coats of paint to get some nice depth and texture. I’m also mixing in white to hit the top of the folds in the monsters skin.
Still painting very thin, I start blocking in the background. I want the background darker so the monster “pops” against it.
I add some color to the the creatures on top of the monster, and play with the background a little more. I actually take out the smaller creature on the right because I feel it’s getting too distracting. The colors on the creatures are still a little flat, but I’m ok with that since it’s the first pass and I know I’ll darken and lighten them up.
I make a final pass over everything with oil paints. Working very very thin with oils, I glaze over the entire painting with thin blues, reds and purples. This helps to bring color consistency to the overall painting and it helps deepen the darks and make all the colors more rich. I’ll also use thicker oil paint for highlights.
Posted on 8 September 2012 | 3:37 pm