Sunday, August 31, 2008

Something to Think About



Another quote from Glenn Suravech, regarding his latest album, "Mosaic Liberator":

"I namely look to myself in this as being harnessed by insecurity, fear of the unkown and fear of failure--issues that have kept me from trying to realize my dreams and goals. These songs, I feel, all represent, in some way, liberation from things that are oppressive--"

The Sun Also Rises




I went to an album launch party yesterday. Several amazing musicians spoke about the record producer Glenn Suravech.

One of the most profound speeches was by Ryan, who runs a merch company called Blacklava.

He said that Glenn was a a role model for him, because he constantly works at himself, as a person and as an artist, and that this album, "Mosaic Liberator," is one of the products of this evolution. Glenn also works with Jackson Browne, whose latest album received over a dozen Grammy nominations.

Ryan then said that his wish for everyone in the room, was true financial independence--that we could all turn to one another and say: hey, do you want to go to Paris?

And he ended with--So let's all go to Paris!
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It was one of the most inspiring things I had ever heard.




(to check out Glenn and his work, or to check out Ryan's company Blacklava, click in the link in the above righthand corner of this blog)

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Tree of Knowledge


Meant to post this up yesterday...here it is!

Also--just another reminder to fans of "Rock God Opera"--Stuart Ng Books is selling our eight postcard set for $15 dollars. You can click on the link to store, in the above right hand corner of this blog.

Thanks much!

Friday, August 29, 2008

Six Blade Knife



Hades is Death itself--a destructive force of nature, contained in a man of many contradictions.

He is talented and tortured--a powerful king that's secretly desperate--cold-hearted to the world, but hopelessly passionate over Eurydice.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Gorgeous Gift


My friend Amy hand-made this incredible card, in honor of my project "Rock God Opera." Inside, she wrote: "I am going to be first in line for the premiere!!"

This is the greatest card I've ever received...thank you, Ames!

XO

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Odyssea


The problem with working on studio films/shows, is you spend all your time designing a corporate product. You get used to all kinds of rules and regulations. This time around, I'm hoping to take a more organic approach to the next milestone, which falls about the beginning of October. If I can stick to the image-a-day idea, and explore some visuals for "Rock God Opera," hopefully I'll come up with enough material to put together a sketchbook with Mindy Lee. Emphasis on, "sketch" book. I think that for this past Comicon, I was too literal with the artwork--breaking down the script, drafting up scenes, etc. This should be more fun than that! After all, when you are designing your dream project, an artist should be free to work whatever way feels most intuitive.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

For Damon

There was a party tonight at the Academy, in celebration of the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards. I ran into my ol' buddy Damon O'Keefe, whom I first worked with at Warner Bros. studios in 2005. He talked about a New Years resolution where he'd do a drawing a day. So far, he's kept his promise!

He told me about two challenging moments--one time he was in a hospital, where he drew on the back of a pay stub, with an IV sticking out of his arm. Another time, he'd passed out from too much partying, then he got up in the middle of the night and drew something, before falling back asleep!

Hardcore!

I decided to do my best to follow his example...here's an image I made tonight.

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Jukebox Stories

"Rock God Opera" was written in 2006, at the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at East West Players.

Prince Gomolvilas lead the playwrighting workshop. He also has his own singer/songwriter performance piece, called Jukebox Stories (here's a pic of him performing with his musical collaborator, Brandon Patton)--check it out by clicking the link in the above right-hand corner!

The Academy for New Musical Theatre

For several years, I have been a member of the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute, writing dramatic plays. In 2006, I wrote "Rock God Opera," my first musical. My classmate Alison DeLaCruz told me about ANMT, where she was workshopping a "Dream Girls"-style musical commissioned by East West Players.

Intrigued, I checked the place out, and have been with the Academy for New Musical Theatre for about a year now. It's a place of incredible energy and creativity, where I've met and collaborated with several very talented composers and lyricists.

Here's a pic of me onstage with some of my colleagues from ANMT. Just recently, we presented a series of projects at the Colony Theatre.

(for more info on ANMT, click on the link in the upper right hand corner of this blog)

Monday, August 18, 2008

Without a Doubt the Coolest Logo Ever


The multi-talented Mindy Lee created what is, without a doubt, the coolest logo ever.

We made the "Rock God Opera" logo into 4 " x 4" stickers (red lettering on clear backing), and used them on the packaging for our postcard sets.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Illustration.org

Hong Ly has published an interview about "Rock God Opera!"
Please check it out, by clicking the link to
ILLUSTRATION.ORG in the upper right hand corner of this blog.

Hong Ly runs a great design group called Tofu Girls! Mindy Lee designed several awesome t-shirts (titled "Dreadfully Cute.") Here's a picture of me wearing one of her designs.



You can check out more merchandise by clicking the TOFU GIRLS link on the upper right hand corner of this blog.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

At the San Diego Comicon

About a month and a half ago, my friend Mindy Lee said that she could share a booth with Shelly Wan at the San Diego Comicon. Thus began the mad scramble to try to get something printed in time!

Mindy has been creating costume sketches for "Rock God Opera" for almost two years now, and had plenty of material. And luckily, not only is she an amazing illustrator--she is also a graphics wiz!

Despite a few mishaps with various printers (both local and out-of-state), Mindy was able to put together an impressive set of art cards and posters. Our goal for next year is to publish a sketchbook of "Rock God Opera" artwork.

Here I am at the Comicon! Standing with me is Ryan of Allen Spiegel Fine Arts, holding a preview version of our "Rock God Opera" sketchbook.
(check out ASFA by clicking the link on my site!)

Here is Mindy Lee, manning our Comicon booth with Shelly Wan (who, by the way, is an amazing painter. Check out her art, by clicking the SHELLY WAN link on this site).