This is both a Public Service Announcement AND a 72-Hour-Limited Edition Timed-Released Print announcement, but for public services.
According the Official Random USA poll a few years ago, an estimated one third of all Americans believe aliens have visited the planet Earth, and of these a large percentage believed alien abductions were happening frequently.
And according to reliable and accurate sources The History Channel and Animal Planet, Alien abductions can occur at anytime of the day or night and they have happened in both big cities as well as isolated outlying areas.
In numerous very detailed accounts, a light is observed outside the bedroom window and shines in filling the room. Then, aliens generally enter the room either through the doorway or walls. In some cases the victim simply awakens to find them standing by the bed. Then they get kidnapped.
However, there are a few documented cases where the aliens don't immediately abduct the person. Sometimes, they hide in the victim's closets or, more specifically, in their giant toys.
Big tin foil hats and weird glasses are known to protect you from alien visits, but those are stupid ideas, so instead, in order to help defend yourself from these harbingers of anal-probing, get one of these very practical and very limited "DigesTED: The Alien Prevention Edition" prints seen above (that will only be available for 72 hours) and hang it up in your room in order to inform the aliens that "Hey guys, check out this print, I know what's up and what your plans are, and I'm prepared, so I'm ahead of you. Go back to Melmac now, and stop your weird visits, thanks!"
"DigesTED: The Alien Prevention Edition"
Limited Edition Timed Release Giclee Print
ONLY AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE FOR 72 HOURS
Starting THIS FRIDAY, Dec 6 at Midnight (Eastern, 9PM Thursday night Pacific)
And ending SUNDAY, Dec 8 at Midnight (Eastern)
Signed And Numbered By Alex Pardee
20" x 16"
At the end of the 72 hour time period, the exact number of prints that we sell will be the exact number of prints released for the edition. So, if only 3 people, one spam email and one armadillo buys them, then the edition will be 5. Cool? We think so!
So yes, from December 6, starting at 12:01 AM (eastern) all the way through December 8 at 11:59 PM and any single minute in between those times, you can purchase this new "DigesTED: The Alien Prevention Edition" Limited Edition Print (as seen above) either online at ZEROFRIENDS.COM or in person at our Zerofriends Retail Store in San Francisco.
Our San Francisco store is located at:
419 Haight St (Lower Haight)
San Francisco, CA
Posted on 4 December 2013 | 6:11 pm
OUR ANNUAL "BROWN THURSDAY" IS ALMOST HERE AND IT'S SPREADING THROUGH OUR ENTIRE ONLINE STORE LIKE A REALLY NICE FUN GENEROUS DISEASE!
The most important part of the disease, I mean the announcement, is this:
We are giving away MORE FREE PRINTS THAN EVER BEFORE! So listen closely to the sound of your voice as you read along with the following information.
Our Brown Thursday Sale officially starts the night of Wednesday, Nov 27 at midnight eastern time (9PM pacific) and goes through Dec 8th or until supplies last.
Spend $25 or more (before shipping) on any combination of items on ZEROFRIENDS.COM and receive your choice of ONE of these two signed, numbered limited edition 8"x10" prints from ALEX PARDEE and DAVE CORREIA.
Choose from "The Pilgrim of Death" By Alex Pardee (Limited edition of 400) or "TurKid" by Dave Correia (Limited Edition of 400).
Please note in the comments section upon checkout which of the two prints you would like (if no print is specified we will send you one of the two at random). Offer good until ALL Prints are gone. Limit ONE per household while supplies last.
But that's only PART of the good part!
Spend $50 (before shipping) and get BOTH of these 8"x10" prints for FREE! Limit ONE EACH per household while supplies last.
No need to add these prints to your shopping cart, we will automatically ship them to every qualifying order.
But OH MY GOD! That's STILL not the best part!
Spend $150 and get one of these super-limited signed 8"x20" "Trail Of The Pilgrim" print by Alex Pardee (edition of 100). Offer good until ALL Prints are gone. Limit ONE per household while supplies last.
And an even BETTER part of this whole deal is that you don't have to wait until someone let's you in from the cold to fistfight someone to get deals! You can do it from the safety of on-your-butt starting on the night of Nov 27th at midnight (eastern, 9PM pacific)!
That's right, an entire day before some of you hoarders line up at Best Buy to get a 3-D TV you'll never watch and a Hunger Games Blu Ray for 4 dollars, you can ON-LINE UP at Zerofriends.com and check out, alongside BRAND NEW PRODUCTS, the new (temporary) slashed prices on a few Different Signed Limited Giclee Prints, all of our 8" x 10" prints and 5" x 7" prints are on sale, as well all of our t-shirts!
Sale officially starts MIDNIGHT EASTERN TIME (9PM Pacific) on Weds night (Nov 27)
Step by step instructions without illustrations:
1. Go to ZEROFRIENDS.COM, where, at the time of the sale, we will be putting up brand new t-shirts, new girls' shirts, new prints, restocking our hoodies, and more! (you can see previews below!)
2. Look around at some of the BRAND NEW PRODUCTS and take a look at some of the sale items.
3. Take notes. Smile
4. Starting On Brown Thursday (technically Wrad Wednesday night), Nov 28, (Officially starts midnight Wednesday night at midnight Eastern Standard Time) Purchase ANY combination of items equalling $25 or more before shipping and receive, along with your order, your choice of ONE of two free 8" x 10" signed & numbered print of Alex Pardee's "Pilgrim of Death" (limited edition of 400) or Dave Correia's "TurKid" (limited edition of 400)*
Spend $50 or more before shipping and receive BOTH of the free prints!
4.5. Purchase ANY combination of items equalling $150 or more and receive, in addition to the two free 8" x 10"s, a FREE 8" x 20" signed and numbered print of Alex Pardee's "Trail of the Pilgrim" Painting, totaling 3 free prints.
5. EAT MORE FOOD!
*Limit of ONE free print of each print per HOUSEHOLD. While supplies last.
Happy Thanksgiving, and thank you from all of us here at ZEROFRIENDS.
See you invisibly there!
(below are just previews. some old, some new. not everything is available just yet, but even on the products that are, if you want to get a free print you should probably wait or something! Good advice!)
Posted on 26 November 2013 | 4:02 pm
Posted on 26 November 2013 | 3:43 pm
In the late 80's, the Sega Genesis promised to do what "NindenDIDN't", and then fizzled into the ether after a decade-long battle, momentarily calming the vast Pixel Sea that Nintendo had claimed. Soon after, Sony emerged with a confident threat that "we weren't ready", and they were right. While Nintendo continued to make children happy with mustachioed men, ocarinas and silly cart racing, Sony's Playstation kept the adult consumers' soup warm and tasty until one day Microsoft decided to enter the ring and shit in everyone's soup bowls.
Then, it was back and forth, and back and forth until everyone seemed to be on the same playing field, playing the same games, holding hands online, no longer alienating their friends for only having "the shitty old first generation Xbox360" or for choosing to play GTA 5 on PS3 because those controls make it easier to cheat. All was calm, even if everyone online just rage-quits or tells each other to fuck themselves and eat bags of dicks for unfair level boosting, then laughs about it in the morning.
However, starting today, November 15, 2013, THE GREAT CONSOLE WARS have begun again.
First up to strike is the new-favored Playstation 4, unleashing its early offense until next week when XBOX-One tries heartily to take back it's crown that it once had in the early 360 days. Then, only time will tell who is prettier, who can punch harder, and who has a better strategy for taking all of our money.
And even before either of these titans goes head to head over this holiday season, everyone already has a favorite.
So to commemorate these favorites and these brave soldiers who are about to jump headfirst into battle, with only your feeble hands controlling their fates, we would like to ask you to "pick a favorite", and get that favorite for FREE with any purchase of $10 on Zerofriends.com
. Can't pick a favorite? Need to represent both sides of the battle? No problem, just spend $20 and get BOTH of these console warriors to stand by your side while you dish out head shots and patiently wait for the next Uncharted or Gears of War. When the smoke clears next year, we'll see which warrior fought harder, and which system emerges victorious, but remember, whoever wins, we lose (time, money and social lives).
By Alex Pardee
5" x 5"
Open edition giclee print
Available FREE with purchase from NOW through Friday Nov 22nd.
Here's how to receive your FREE "Console Warriors" print:
2. Spend a total (before shipping) of $10 or more on ANYTHING in the store.
3. Upon check-out, type in the "comments" section which Console Warrior you would like (XBOX or PLAYSTATION).
4. Complete your checkout. No can't, and don't have to add the free print to your shopping cart, it will be automatically shipped to you with your order as long as your order was placed between NOW (Friday, Nov 15th) and Nov 22 as was over $10 before shipping). Any order over $20 will automatically get BOTH "Console Warrior" prints for FREE.
*NOTE: If you do not note which print you would like we will automatically send you one of our choice.
**NOTE: Limit ONE EACH of the prints per oder (Limit total of 2 different prints).
Posted on 15 November 2013 | 11:30 pm
What’s it like to be male and pregnant with a repeating monstrous baby in your head? If you’re Anthony, you know exactly what it’s like. “Anthony’s Pregnancy”, my new limited print release is AVAILABLE NOW ON Zerofriends , as part of my ongoing “Vertigo” series.
By Alex Pardee
16 x 20
Limited Edition of 100
Comes shipped with a free 8x10 story of "The Pregnancy" as part of my ongoing "Vertigo" series of prints and stories revolved around famed nightmare hunter Verti Parker.
Also, my "BUNNYWITH" show is coming to a close this week at Gallery 1988:East and to celebrate a successful month, I'm going back to LA and hanging out at the gallery tomorrow, Friday, from 4-6 in case you wanted to come get anything signed or just wanted to laugh at my new "one-sideburn" look.
Oh, but that's not all, because I will be at the gallery doing a Shining, i mean a signing, I will also be releasing one new Bunnywith print that will ONLY be available tomorrow from 4-6.
"BUNNYWITH ALL WORK AND NO PLAY"
7021 Melrose Ave (at La Brea)
Posted on 7 November 2013 | 11:23 pm
A few months ago, I got a wonderful present from one of the most intelligent maniacs alive today, Bobcat Goldthwait. That present was "complete creative freedom" to design whatever I wanted for the poster to his latest horror movie, "WILLOW CREEK", which has been making a bigger-than-creek-like splash at every film festival this year. The film is centered around a couple who venture up into Willow Creek, CA, where the very first Bigfoot footage was recorded, in hopes of seeing the sasquatch themselves, even though their views on the subject are conflicting. The film moves quickly from hilarious into harrowing as they descend deeper into both the town, the legend, and the forest. After watching the film, it was clear to see that the entire Bigfoot mythology and iconography is based off of 3 ingredients: The witnesses, the stories they tell, and the dense forest.
So i took all 3 of those main ingredients and designed this poster, which I am happy to announce will finally be available to purchase as a limited edition print through ZEROFRIENDS
Designed By Alex Pardee
For Bobcat Goldthwait's "Willow Creek"
Signed and numbered by Alex Pardee
Printed with archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper
Bobcat has been making the rounds with this amazing film, so if you have a chance to catch it in person, DO IT! Here is the trailer for it.
Posted on 24 October 2013 | 2:11 pm
In 5 more days I will be opening my most prolific, ambitious, affordable, silly and IMMATURE solo art gallery show that I have attempted in my life.
This Saturday, October 19th, at 7PM, my "BUNNYWITH
" show will open up at Gallery 1988:Eas
t in Los Angeles, where, in short, alongside some new paintings, toys and masks, I will be simultaneously releasing over 100
brand new "Bunnywith
" prints (produced by ZEROFRIENDS
), most of which will be only $10 EACH
. And that's not even including a ton of free things that I'll be giving away for no other reason than because I appreciate you coming out to an art gallery on a Saturday night when you can CLEARLY instead go to the Disco or to the Drive-In to make out with people or girls.
Well, if you're a fan of short stories with more mystery and little details, then look no further and I hope to see you there! Here's a link to my Facebook Event
Info for it to remind yourself to come hang out:
However, if you want a more in-depth explanation of the silliness that will be taking place, including the COSTUME CONTEST and the print releases, then please continue to read on, reader, to decide if standing mere feet away from Pink's Hot Dogs and Golden Apple Comics on a Saturday night will be worth it for you and ALL OF YOUR FRIENDS that you will be bringing. (Spoiler alert: It's TOTALLY going to be worth it!)
I jumped in my friend Marty's delorian and went a week into the future, after the Bunnywith show opened, and collected the most frequently asked questions from everyone who showed up, and I'm glad I did because it turns out there was a lot of information about the show that I almost wasn't going to mention. So here is my future-derived FAQ's for the "BUNNWITH" Art Show this Saturday, Oct 19th, at Gallery 1988: East:
Q: What is "Bunnywith" all about?
A: Bunnywith is about 3 feet tall.
Q: No, I mean what is the CONCEPT of "Bunnywith" about. Like, what IS it?
A: "Bunnywith" is simple. It's a Bunny…WITH something else. Like Bunnywith Hat. Or Bunnywith Herpes. Or Bunnywith A Fanny Pack made out of human skin. Each painting and print is a different "Bunnywith".
Q: Is his name actually Bunnywith? Or just Bunny?
Q: He has no arms!? WTF?
A: Well, you have no dick, but I don't find it necessary to point that out in every photo of yourself that you put up on Instagram because I'm nice.
Q: Bunnywith sounds sensitive.
Q: Where/when will the show be?
A: The opening reception is OCTOBER 19th (Saturday) at 7PM.
At GALLERY 1988 (East)
7021 Melrose Ave (corner of Melrose and La Brea)
Los Angeles, CA
The show will be on view at the gallery until mid November.
Q: What is the cost of admission?
Q: Will there be art for sale?
A: YES! There will only be a few larger new original acrylic paintings, but there will be OVER 100 new Bunnywith prints to choose from, in addition to some limited Bunnywith toys from RETROBAND
, and even new high-end Halloween masks from Atomic Vomit.
Q: Are the prints limited?
A: No and Yes. ALL but ONE of the prints are non-limited prints, however, I can only bring so many to the opening. So there will be a limited amount of each print available for purchase at the opening. There will be ONE signed limited print being released too.
Q: If you sell out of a print at the opening, can I still get one?
A: Yes, Gallery 1988 will be re-stocking most of the prints throughout the duration of the show, and they will be selling the prints online during the show as well.
Q: Can you show me some examples of the prints because I hate surprises?
A: Sure...here you go, party pooper.
Q: Don't you mean, "Pardee Pooper"?
A: No, that would be my butt, and you're a dummy. Meanwhile...
Q: Will the Bunnywith prints be available anywhere else aside from Gallery 1988?
A: At this point, NO. Perhaps far down the road, but until further notice, NO. The ONLY way to get these prints at this time will be either in person at the gallery or online at http://nineteeneightyeight.com from Oct 21-November 15th.
Q: How much are you selling the prints?
A: Most of the prints will be priced at $10 each, unframed and unsigned. Some larger ones will be a bit more, but the idea is to make the prints affordable enough so that everyone can go home with one!
There will be ONE framed, matted and signed version of each print that will cost a little more too.
Q: Will you be there to sign the prints if we buy them, since they are unsigned?
A: Yes, I will be there the entire night, so please don't hesitate to ask me to sign anything or just say hi.
Q: How do I know what you look like?
A: I will be wearing giant bunny ears and most likely a non-matching beard. Like a lazy version of a Furrie.
Q: Speaking of, can I dress up? You mentioned a "Bunny Costume Contest"?
A: YES!!! Please, I encourage dressing up. It's so close to Halloween! Why not?! Though you don't HAVE to dress up like a bunny, the contest will be a "Bunny Costume Contest" so I will be awarding my favorite Bunny costume with a prize. And there will be runner-up prizes as well that I will announce throughout the week.
Q: Does it have to be a "Bunnywith" Costume?
A: Nope, just any kind of BUNNY costume. Be creative. It doesn't have to be an expensive store-bought costume. I just want to smile. My smile will be the judge.
Q: What will the main prize for the contest be?
A: A framed original "Bunnywith" piece from me. I will also be giving away some runner up prizes that I will announce via my TWITTER
@alexpardee throughout the week.
Q: What else will be going on at the show? What else will be for sale? Why should I go? I'm tired. I want to eat pizza. Saturday night is the same night that I was going to see Machete Kills. Why should I go to your show?
A: Actually, maybe you shouldn't. BUT, if you keep up with my Twitter
@alexpardee , I will be sharing a few more incentives to go, but seriously, there will be so much silly art for sale for cheap that it would be really cool if you came and hung out and chuckled with mature kids and immature adults, even if you just want to stare and wonder why there are no arms on Bunnywith.
See you there!!!
Facebook Event and Art Page (invite your bajillion friends!):
Posted on 15 October 2013 | 12:36 am
If you're new to "BUNNYWITH", don't worry. Unless you have the intellect of Dennis Rodman, I think you'll catch on pretty easily. Just hang in there.
For being such a simple concept, I have a million over-complicated things to say about BUNNYWITH, a character and idea that I came up with almost 15 years ago while trying really hard to decipher the incoherent Jamaican accent of my Algebra teacher at Sacramento City College. But for now I'll be fairly quick. Because that origin, much like every other evolutionary step in my goofy little armless rabbit's life, felt like a joke. A long joke that might someday be worth telling, but also a joke that I pretty quickly took seriously because it was the only thing in my life at the time that made me laugh.
Well, I've managed to find other numerous ways to laugh since then, no help from Duck Dynasty, littering, OR Morgan Freeman, but nothing that has caused me to ever forget about BUNNYWITH.
After two comic books, a short-lived web-comic, plush toys, mini-vinyl figures, a still-in-progress phone app, and a few years in between, I felt like now was the right time to introduce Bunnywith to a new environment. And a new audience: the completely accepting non-judgmental, non-pretentious....art gallery world. I think he'll be OK, though. After all, he managed to survive being the only plush toy ever on major retail shelves to come packaged with an aborted fetus. Plus, Bunnywith has been bugging me for months to be let out of his drawer (yes, he sleeps in a drawer. Not MY drawers, A drawer).
Here's how it works for any of you wide-eyed beautiful newcomers:
Now take that concept, repeat it 100 times in slightly different (and mostly ridiculous) ways, with completely random adornments, and you have an art gallery show. Well, you don't have a normal art gallery show, you have a BUNNYWITH art gallery show. And hopefully I will see YOU there at this non-normal, silly, and possibly offensive (to weak-minded lumpy folk) art gallery show.
Come "with" me.
Saturday, OCT 19
6 PM (Tentatively)
Gallery 1988: East
7021 Melrose Ave (At La Brea)
Los Angeles, CA
Stay tuned for more information regarding the 9 billion things that will be a part of the opening show.
Posted on 23 September 2013 | 3:59 am
For the last 6 months, the imaginative and dynamic duo of Ransom & Mitchell
have been physically transforming the ZeroFriends
artists into inhabitants of a surreal, whimsical and morose castle filled with hidden chambers, secret gardens, beasts, a magical graveyard and even....a dentist office.
Though they call themselves "die Familie" (German for " the family"), are they REALLY a family? Or something....larger?
Strung together through a series of narratives, props, and gorgeously shot portraits and prints of each artistic character, Ransom & Mitchell's "die Familie" will be moving from their 19th Century acropolis into the ZEROFRIENDS OAKLAND Gallery just in time for the upcoming Halloween Season.
Opening OCTOBER 5th from 5-9PM at our Oakland gallery, Ransom & Mitchell will be unveiling an entire new series of "hysterical reenactments", beautifully demented portraits of artists including Skinner, Dave Correia, Alex Pardee, Chloe Rice, Robert Bowen, Jon Wayshak and Quake.
Check out some exclusive preview images below.
Limited edition fine-art prints of each portrait will be available for purchase at the opening reception as well as online at zerofriends.com.
Ransom & Mitchell's
October 5th, 5-9PM
489A 25th St. (at Telegraph)
Posted on 23 September 2013 | 3:20 am
You like movies??? Good. Then you are way ahead of the people that don't. Which means you most likely know of "Shaun of the Dead", one of the most clever and creative movies in the last decade. Which also means you know "Shaun of the Dead"s director, madman Edgar Wright? OK great, you're on a roll!
Well, being as how Edgar Wright is one of my favorite directors (in a "Trap-Jaw-Is-One-Of-My-Favorite-He-Man-Character" kind of way), and Edgar, Simon Pegg & Nick Frost are my favorite trio, I was insanely excited when Edgar invited me to see an early screening of their latest film, "The World's End". And, on top of my excitement, he almost telepathically forced uncontrollable pee to leak out of me when he then hired me create an exclusive poster for him for the movie. All Hell broke loose inside of my giddy brain and I got to work. 100 hours, 2 human manatee assistants, an old Commodore 64 computer, and 8 red bulls later, this is what emerged:
And now, in celebration of one of the best (blank) movies of the year, and possibly the greatest movie ever to feature a decapitation-by-urinal, I am proud to announce that this limited print will finally be available for sale starting THIS FRIDAY (which is tomorrow! Which is technically TONIGHT at midnight). So stay awake and don't sleep on this print release because if you do, the World might End.
Here are all of the details for the print:
"The World's End"
Designed by Alex Pardee, inspired by Edgar Wright
Limited Edition of 400
Signed & Numbered by Alex
18" x 24" Printed with archival inks on velvet cotton rag paper.
Goes on sale Friday, Sept 20 at 12:01AM Eastern Time (9:01 pm tonight Pacific Time)
Posted on 19 September 2013 | 4:00 am
There are holidays we like, such as Groundhog Day, Easter, and President's Day, and then there are holidays that we LOVE, like FRIDAY the 13th! Friday the 13th's are cool because they are the only holidays that come around more than once a year, AND they sneak up on you and try to kill you.
But it's hard to find a party store that sells Friday the 13th decorations, so we rarely celebrate the holiday any way aside from watching all of the films.
So guess what? We made our own party favors to celebrate, and we want you to get your hands on them so that you can celebrate too, THIS FRIDAY, which we now deem FRIDAY THE SHIRT-TEENTH!
For Zerofriends' first glorious "Friday The Shirt-teenth" we are releasing this horrific new 10-color discharge-screenprinted t-shirt on Thursday night at 9PM Pacific.
"FRIDAY THE SHIRT-TEENTH"
10 Color Screenprint on Black American Apparel shirt
Designed by Dave (the Fourteenth) Correia
$25.00 (plus FREE print will automatically be added to your shipped order if purchased by Monday Sept 16th).
And for the first 3 days its on sale, every shirt will come with this FREE print of a little vulnerable innocent version of our favorite killer!
This 5x7 print is part of Alex Pardee's "Doppelgangers" series and has never been available before now.
Available Thursday night at 9PM Pacific only at ZEROFRIENDS
Posted on 11 September 2013 | 3:48 pm
THIS FRIDAY ONLY ON ZEROFRIENDS.COM
Thank you, @PBustamante for putting this bloody video together.
Posted on 10 September 2013 | 10:53 pm
It was a pipe dream a few months ago, but it's more official now than the 50 Shades of Grey casting. "BUNNYWITH" IS COMING TO LOS ANGELES to invade a little corner of Melrose & La Brea within the magical walls of Gallery 1988 (East) on October 19th! Bunnywith has gone through more changes than Lady Gaga over the course of 15 years since I created him, and what I'll be showing, selling and hopefully making you laugh until you choke on your gum will be the latest and greatest collection of Bunnywiths ever.
I'll trickle out some Bunnywith-related things periodically over the next few weeks but the best way to experience Bunnywith is in person, because over 100 of them at once seems to be way sillier than one of them at once.
And maybe there will be costumes. There WILL be prints. And maybe there will be exclusives. And maybe there will be prizes. And maybe there will be ARMS (but probably not).
And in case you don't know what Bunnywith is, and really, why should you? It's easy. It goes like this:
It really is that kindergarten. And it doesn't get any more complicated.
See you there!
SATURDAY, OCT 19th
Gallery 1988 EAST
7021 Melrose (at La Brea, across from Golden Apple)
Posted on 4 September 2013 | 5:24 pm
If we would ever slow down to pat ourselves on the back, it would be for nothing more than the quality of our giclee prints. But the credit can't totally be taken by Zerofriends.
A few years ago we met a Leprechaun named Dandy at the end of an inverted, dark rainbow. But he had no gold. And no beer. Instead, Dandy had an Epson 9900 printer with archival inks. And he KNEW how to use it. But none of his Leprechaun friends cared about printmaking, as they were in the GOLD business. So they left him alone at the rainbow, defeated. So, we took him under our wing and nurtured him while all of his other friends traveled around the world to open "Cash 4 Gold" stores.
So excited to have (zero)friends and some freedom to play with his Epson un-judged, our Leprechaun started producing amazing prints out of his magical device and after working side by side with Alex, Dave and the rest of us, the quality that this Dandy and his Magic Epson were able to spit out was incredible. And it keeps improving the more we all play with our Leprechaun together.
So to celebrate the continuous improvements that Dandy makes to the quality of our prints, we are releasing and selling Alex Pardee's "RED HANDED 2" limited edition print starting TONIGHT at midnight (eastern time, 9 pacific).
But Dandy or no Dandy, it wouldn't be a celebration if we didn't have a SALE! So guess what? We are knocking $20 OFF of the price of this "Red Handed 2" through Sunday, Sept 1.
"Red Handed 2"
Hand signed and numbered by Alex Pardee
Limited Edition of 100
16" x 20"
$60.00 (on sale for $40 NOW!!)
Ok so let's recap:
A Leprechaun helps us make things. We salute him.
Tonight at Midnight we are releasing Alex's "Red Handed 2 Print".
It normally will cost $60. But until THIS SUNDAY, it will ONLY BE $40!!!
We salute you as much as our Leprechaun.
Posted on 29 August 2013 | 5:05 pm
Hi! Alex here. When Zerofriends was just a little elementary school collective of candy-salesmen back in 1986, we quickly figured out something that makes everyone happy: FREE CANDY! And when other kids' faces were stuffed with Mike 'n Ikes and their smiles leaked with sugary drool, their happiness was infectious and all of a sudden WE were smiling too. And we LOVE smiling.
So right then, on the four-square court, right after Little Dougie got hit in the face with the tetherball and was still smiling because of his sugar rush, we knew what we wanted to do for the rest of Zerofriends' life:
GIVE AWAY FREE THINGS!
But now, we've moved on from free candy, to FREE PRINTS!
Fresh off of our "FREE DAVE CORREIA PRINTS" event last weekend, we are rolling right into our "FREE ME PRINTS" this weekend. By "ME" i mean...me. Alex. I have a brand new crop of 8"x10" open edition prints being released this Friday, August 16th on Zerofriends.com. And when you purchase any ONE (or more) of these specific 5 NEW PRINTS of mine, (seen above and below) you can pick out any ONE 8" x 10" of mine from my entire collection (new prints included) FOUND HERE ON THE STORE!
Ok, so let me re-iterate since this is no simple free candy transaction.
1. Starting FRIDAY, AUG 16th through SUNDAY, AUG 18th, check out the 5 brand new 8" x 10" giclee prints that will be released this Friday.
2. Buy one. Why not? You have a bathroom? They're perfect for bathrooms. You got a car? Hang if from the rear view! Art is fun!
3. Before checking out and paying, go through the site and browse through some of my other 8" x 10" prints and take notes with your brain. You can see all of my 8" x 10" prints available easily by clicking HERE.
4. Point at one you like and say "THAT'LL DO!" and then make a mental note of the name of it.
5. Now go check out. In the "COMMENTS" section, simply state the title of the 8" x 10" Alex Pardee (me) print that you would like for FREE! Do not add the desired free print to your cart! Anything that's in your cart you WILL BE charged for! (Limit ONE FREE 8" x 10" PER ORDER). If you don't specify which print we will just randomly surprise you!
6. Smile! And we will too!
Posted on 15 August 2013 | 8:24 pm
What's better than saving 10% on BRAND NEW THINGS? Duh, saving 15%, of course! (Don't get ahead of me, NOTHING is better than 15%)
And now you can save 15% ALL THIS WEEK ON BRAND NEW ITEMS!Click HERE to visit the store or on any of these banners!
Just think of all the things you can buy when you save 15%:
•camouflage shoe laces
• spiked cat collars
• a new peg leg
NOW through Sunday, August 11.
Posted on 5 August 2013 | 11:45 pm
We just literally rolled in from Comic Con, practically on gurneys, after 8 days of intense tickling, i mean exhibiting. No, not Xibit'ing, where we talk in a deep voice and put PS2s in trunks of cars, exhibiting! At Comic Con! And it was great, so thank you so much to everyone who came and saw us (and actually FOUND our booth) at Comic Con this last week. It's more than appreciated, especially when you could have spent all of your time roaming around outside in Godzilla's territory or getting forced to Karaoke in Adult Swim's Fun House. Over the next few weeks we will be re-stocking and releasing ALL of the items that we had available at Comic Con online on the Zerofriends Store.
But first, why not put up our best selling new items??
AND...why not give you a bonus for being patient while all of the Comic Con folk got first dibs??
That being said, starting tomorrow (technically tonight at midnight EASTERN time) July 26, and through July 28, any and every "Guilty Smurf Black" print or t-shirt that you buy will automatically get you a FREE Zerofriends sticker pack shipped along with it just for bein sweet! (NO NEED TO ADD THE STICKER PACK TO YOUR CART, WE WILL DO IT AUTOMATICALLY).
So yah, Guilty Smurf Black will be released tomorrow, and you can get free stickers along with it! The end!
You can purchase it starting tonight at midnight online only at ZEROFRIENDS.COM
Do you even know the STORY of Guilty Smurf?? NO?? Well, here ya go, directly from my mouth-fingers-keyboard:
"One of the most secretive and mysterious of all of the Smurfs, Guilty Smurf kept to himself the entire time all of the other Smurfs were basking in the glory of the limelight from the Saturday morning cartoon show and the popular toys. In fact, there wasn’t a single MENTION of Guilty Smurf in all of Smurf-lore until after the incident.
Envy had built up inside Guilty’s soul as he sat in the darkest mushroom apartment, silently pining for the attention and fame that the other Smurfs were getting. But he was too prideful and stubborn to join the party after they were famous.
So instead, he sat. And HATED.
After 6 seasons of cartoons, he couldn’t take their arrogance any longer.
In one smurfy afternoon, Guilty emerged from his mushroom abode and bare-handedly slaughtered all 24 of those famous tiny blue fame-whores.
And then, he did something the others could never do.
He murdered Gargamel and his pet cat Azrael, too.
With blood drenching his blue hands, Guilty Smurf returned to the now-quiet (and cancelled) Smurf village and slept quietly and happily forever."
Posted on 25 July 2013 | 5:56 pm
**I WILL BE SIGNING EVERY DAY OF THE CONVENTION FROM 1-2:30 AT THE ZEROFRIENDS BOOTH #5502 (right inside the "A-LOBBY" entrance).**
**DAVE CORREIA & JON WAYSHAK WILL BE SIGNING FRIDAY & SATURDAY 3:30 - 4:30.**
It's been 350 something days since I've smelled the sweat of 100,000 nerds and that HAS to change! So guess what? I'm gearing up my nostrils, packing up and going to San Diego Comic Con! Considering that here in America we have little access to other tortuous "character-building" rituals, San Diego Comic Con is the closest thing I can imagine to walking on hot coals, stabbing yourself in the cheek with a barbed bamboo shard and circumcising yourself. In other words, It's AWESOME! Comic Con's a positive life-changing event that you should experience at least once in your life. So, if this is your first time going, good for you! It's about time. You will now be one of the 100,000 weirdos that roams aimlessly and experiences feelings of overexcitement, dizziness, curious smells, and ultimate confusion as how there's a "sexy" version of Wolverine, what the hell a Bronie is, why Boba Fett is wearing Fred Flinstone's tunic and why no one is giving a shit about how crazy all of this is.
If you AREN'T going to Comic Con, none of this really matters right now anyway because it's been sold out since before Honey Boo Boo was famous for being shitty, and whole world suddenly cared about Instagram-Videos, Minecraft and Amanda Bynes' stupid nose.
But if you ARE going, please come by my ZEROFRIENDS
BOOTH (#5502) and witness all of the BRAND NEW artifacts of awesome that we are shoveling onto your faces (pending the correct exchange of moneys of course:).
Which reminds me, by the way we will be ACCEPTING ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS AT THE CONVENTION BOOTH BECAUSE SQUARE IS AWESOME! So no need to stand behind the sweaty female Ice King at the ATM for an hour this time! Congrats, US! Now lets get on with the showcasing!! Start making your checklist now!
BEFORE YOU GET STARTED, PLEASE NOTE: Our booth number is 5502, which, logically, would be in the 5500 aisle. HOWEVER, there IS NO 5500 aisle. Instead, the 5500 aisle is the FRONT ROW OF BOOTHS. See above, we are actually located in the FRONT RIGHT CORNER of the convention center by all of the flashy video games that I will buy and not have time to play, in row 500/400!! If you get lost, refer to that awesomely clear map above.
Additionally, please follow MY INSTAGRAM
(@alexpardee) and MY TWITTER
(@alexpardee) for any unscheduled signings, giveaways, and secrets, as I guarantee there's at least ONE cool announcement and at least 3 pictures of CHLOE
and I getting into mischief.
Now that we have that out of the way, here is all of the madness that we are releasing upon your gorgeous face-headlights. Pay close attention, I'm only going to say it once, and then probably a thousand more times on Instagram.
RELEASE THE KRAKENNNNNNNS!!!!! Oh yah, and superhumans DAVE CORREIA
& JON WAY$HAK
will be singing at the booth, AND we are holding our first Treasure Hunt where there are 100 FREE limited edition signed prints that you can ONLY get by completing the Treasure Hunt. But you have to go to the ZEROFRIENDS BOOTH FIRST
to get the details of how to find the treasure!!!
And as usual, we will have a fully stocked gypsy camp worth of our usual gems!
Posted on 9 July 2013 | 1:45 pm
"The Real Batman: The Toxic Edition"
72-Hour Timed Release
Available NOW THRU SUNDAY JULY 7th ONLY!! THEN NEVER AGAIN! Act fast. Don't even stop to pee.
Posted on 5 July 2013 | 2:18 am
Spoiler Alert: We have a brand new Timed Release "Real Batman: Toxic Edition" Limited Edition giclee print being unleashed this weekend exclusively on ZEROFRIENDS for only 72 hours!
Now, assuming you are super-interested in more information, let's Tarantino it back to the beginning and start talking about what's going on.
Comic-Con is creeping it's nerdy head around the corner, so naturally, our heads are spinning like tazmanian devils and our hands are cutting, folding, spilling, and high fiving in the middle of the heat. But before we blatantly toss all of our shameless promotion for Comic Con in your digital face, we have a little Pre-Con release taking place THIS ENTIRE WEEKEND for you folks that are smart enough to stay home and not brave the Comic Con rapids of death! It will be our last official release until after Comic Con, so set your annoying and intrusive iPhone alarms to make sure you don't miss it.
Starting THIS FRIDAY, July 5, at 12:01 PST and for the following 72 hours until SUNDAY, July 7th at 11:59 pm, we will be selling this new "timed limited edition" variant print of my favorite mystical superhero-hunter-farmer.
But first, take a moment to read about the origins of this wonder-man.
Here is the story about the REAL Batman:
"Not many people know this, but BATMAN (yah, your favorite masked detective) was based off of an ancient mythical cult icon. This particular iconic man was a simple bat hunter who, in a fit of symbiotic revenge rage, captured the bat that killed his wife and, since he couldn't live without his wife, he wanted to show the bat what it was like to depend on someone else for life and love. So the hunter shoved the Bat onto his head like a mask and forced the bat to remain a part of him. Shortly after, the tables turned and the hunter's foolish attempt at revenge backfired when he suffocated and died. The bat then took over the hunter's body and used his new found appendages and abilities to lead warriors to kill weak people because it was fun. True story."
So now that you know the story, and you realize that now you REALLY want to hang up a portrait of this hero on your wall to motivate you, you should worry no more because
THIS FRIDAY, JULY 5th, starting at 12:01AM PST, and ending JULY 7th at 11:59 pm we will be re-releasing one of our popular sold-out prints in an all new Limited Edition Colorway ("The Real Batman:The Toxic Edition), and it will ONLY BE AVAILABLE TO PURCHASE ONLINE AT ZEROFRIENDS FOR ONLY 72 HOURS! After that weekend (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), we will NEVER sell this print in this colorway and size again.
At the end of the 24 hour time period, the exact number of prints that we sell will be the exact number of prints released for the edition. So, if only 3 people, one spam email and one armadillo buys them, then the edition will be 5. Cool? We think so!
"The Real Batman: The Toxic Edition"
Signed and Numbered by Alex Pardee
Print measures 16" x 20"
The price will be $50.
So yes, from any single minute between July 5th at 12:01 AM PST to July 7th at 11:59 PM, you can purchase this new "Real Batman: The Toxic Edition" Limited Edition Print (as seen above) online only at Zerofriends.
Posted on 1 July 2013 | 10:38 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 | 4:20 pm
If you saw the greatest comedy movie ever this weekend, where a bunch of handsomely cuddly funnymen hole themselves up in a giant fancy house and fight off fancy demon rapists of biblical proportions while discovering why true friendship is important, then you either sat at home and watched a VHS bootleg of my favorite episode of The Hardy Boys Mysteries, or you saw Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg's "THIS IS THE END"!!
If it was the latter (which it fucking well SHOULD be), then amongst the gut clenching laughs and silly giggles, you may have noticed that a few of my paintings (as well as some amazing other artists like Os Gemeos, Ron English, Shepard Fairey, and more) scattered throughout the set, some that even got destroyed and used for shelter. There's not many words I can express for how I felt when Seth, Evan and the production art team approached me about using my art in the movie. But the best way to describe it, is the "opposite of getting forcefully titty-fucked". The universe that this particular group of comedians and writers has created and evolved over the course of 10 years is ridiculously admirable and one of the funniest, most insane worlds to be able to witness as a fan of laughter and absurdity. So I freaked out with joy at the opportunity, even if the paintings never got any screen time. I just got to live vicariously as a fly on the wall in the form of a painting, and it was exciting.
So, that being said, if you saw any of my paintings in the film and took note, you're ahead of the game in this case. If not, or if you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for????? Go see it so you can win this contest!
All you have to do is make mental note of where/when particularly the following 4 (FOUR) paintings of mine appear in the film. They are all slightly obscured but if you know what to look for it's easy! Keep in mind where the paintings appear in the film and email your answers to me. The first 10 people to email the correct answers will receive a pack of signed 8" x 10" prints of ALL FOUR of these images for FREE! (I'm sorry, U.S.A. only, due to shipping restrictions).
All you have to do is describe where and when you noticed them in the film. I'll know what you are talking about. No need to take screenshots, since you shouldn't have your phone on in the movie anyway, that's a dick move! And I won't accept simply "James Franco's house" since the whole movie takes place there.
So yah, have fun watching the movie a million times to find them!!! Contest specifics below.
Here's the details:
1. Go watch "THIS IS THE END".
2. While laughing, pay attention to the backgrounds and look for THESE 4 PAINTINGS (in 4 separate locations) and take mental note or write down.
3. Send an email to Mr.AlexPardee@gmail.com describing where they were in the movie, along with your name and mailing address (USA ONLY).
4. If you hear back from me, you'll get some free prints. If you don't hear back from me by the time I post on Instagram or Twitter (@alexpardee) that the contest is over, then you didn't win but I really appreciate your eyeballs and your email.
Hopefully see you in a sequel when James Franco builds a new house!
Trailer for THIS IS THE END:
Posted on 17 June 2013 | 6:09 pm
We have a TON of magical things happening this weekend all throughout the world of Portland, San Francisco, and the WORLD WIDE INTERWEBS! So here is the rundown, starting with the virtual world of onlines!
As we've been warning you, our band new shirt "The Dream Gobbler" will finally be released for sale tomorrow online at the ZEROFRIENDS webstore! This insanely glorious 12-color discharge-screenprinted t-shirt will not only scare every person older than you, but if you are getting mugged, it also doubles as a scary mask if you put it on your head in a pinch! The legend of "The Dream Gobbler" is a little known whimsical tale, however, but don't worry. If you aren't familiar with it, the story is SCREENPRINTED on the INSIDE of the shirt as a bonus fun thing for your stomach to see while you are frolicking around getting robbed and stuff. It will also be available in GIRLS SHIRTS AS WELL!
And we still have a handful of the original "DREAM GOBBLER" Giclee prints for sale too.
We love Portland and Upper Playground so much that we recently set up our annual Zerofriends x UP x PDX Pop Up store in Portland. And to celebrate us opening the pop-up, Alex Pardee will be signing and sketching at the store at 3 PM this SATURDAY, June 15th. The first 40 people to show up will get a free surprise item. For FREE. It's a surprise! UPPER PLAYGROUND PDX. 23 NW 5th St. Portland.
We just released a brand new "WEIRD" PORTLAND EXCLUSIVE shirt at the store too. This shirt will only be available at the Portland Zerofriends store.
But that's not all.....we finally got one of our favorite shirts back in stock in a new color.
And our good friend and amazing artist "EMONIC" will be doing live art and sketching at the San Francisco ZEROFRIENDS store this Saturday from 1-5. See you all soon! 419 Haight St. San Francisco.
Thanks again for all of the incredible support that allows us to keep making fun stuff!
Posted on 13 June 2013 | 7:02 pm
This Sunday, June 9th, at our Zerofriends San Francisco store we couldn't be happier to play host to one of the most influential, imaginative wizards in the art world today. Making a stop on his art book release tour for his brand new painting book "THE OUTSIDE", the magical GREG "CRAOLA" SIMKINS will be making a rare appearance in SF, signing and selling limited copies of the "Silver Edition" of "THE OUTSIDE".
What is the "Silver Edition"? It's a special, limited edition of the book with a silver cover and an exclusive print included. Because this is such a rare Bay Area appearance for Craola, you MIGHT be made fun of a lot if you miss this opportunity. So seriously, DON'T MISS IT!
Here is all of the info:
WHEN: Sunday June 9th, from 2-4PM
WHERE: ZEROFRIENDS SF Store
419 Haight St (around the corner from Upper Playground)
San Francisco, CA
WHAT: GREG CRAOLA SIMKINS will be selling and singing "silver editions" of his new art book "The Outside". The cost of the silver edition is $85.00.
Also this weekend, SATURDAY to be exact, at our Oakland Zerofriends Gallery, a brand new collection of apocalyptic treasures will be on display courtesy of the one and only madman, BRAD ISDRAB as he opens his new art show "DRAB FUTURE", featuring photos, props and toys featured in his insane upcoming indie sci-fi series of the same name. To get a glimpse of his collection that is even more amazing in person, check out this teaser and come hang out this Saturday, where the FIRST 40 PEOPLE TO ATTEND GET A FREE PRINT...FOR FREE!
Saturday, June 8th, from 5-8PM
489 25th St Oakland, CA
Posted on 4 June 2013 | 1:35 am
Life is too short not to paint on the weekends! So if you want to see what it's like for me to make a mess on a canvas, and spend a few hours trying to clean up that mess in hopes of making something look silly, come hang out at the ZEROFRIENDS store in San Francisco this Saturday, as I will be live-painting a 24" x 36" canvas there all day and who knows, maybe there will be a surprise weasel-adoption there too!
Come see my back sweat!
419 Haight St
San Francisco, CA
It will look kinda like this, but smaller...
Posted on 22 May 2013 | 4:18 pm
We have a good friend, who happens to be super handsome but for some reason calls himself SUPERUGLY
. This friend of ours also happens to be an artist who has an amazing talent for all things silly, including transforming both horrific and beautiful people into hilarious silly characters. IN TWO DAYS, this Saturday, May 18th, from 1-5 PM, this good friend of ours will be making a special appearance at the ZEROFRIENDS store in SF with a gypsy-van full of super-non-ugly goods to hawk.
And as an added bonus, because Superugly just hog-tied us up and forced a ton of friendship on us, we now have a superugly deal going on at the store when he comes to visit: If you beautiful people spend $20 on ANYTHING in the store, Superugly will make YOU a one-of-a-kind "superugly" portrait right there on the spot like a maniac!
BUT WAIT! That's not ugly enough!!! The first 40 people to come by the event will get this FREE 5" x 7" signed print for no other reason aside from Superugly being super-generous!
So anyway, long story short, come hang out with us and SUPERUGLY
and if you're lucky you can hear his hypnotizing laugh in person and get some whimsical art and goodies. The end! See you there.
419 Haight St
San Francisco, CA
Posted on 16 May 2013 | 11:59 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 | 6:37 pm