November 16, 2007

2nd SpeakeasyDC Postcard

Here is the second of the 3 postcards I've been hired to do for SpeakeasyDC's 2007-2008 season.

rough sketch

final blue line drawing

final illustration colored in Photoshop (nixed the text around the speech bubble... way too busy!)

November 13, 2007

Sneak Peak

I thought I'd offer a sneak peak of the painting I have in Transformer Gallery's 4th Annual Silent Auction this Saturday. Should be a fun time!

My Daddy's Somebody

November 5, 2007

Artist Collaboration

I'll have two paintings in this:

Opening Reception:
Friday, November 9th, 2007, 6-11 pm
Show runs:
Nov 9th – Dec 1st, 2007
717 N. Saint Asaph St Alexandria, VA 22314

Art Whino Permanent Gallery

Art Whino opens its doors once again with two new exhibits: A solo show by artist Rick Reese and the addition to 20 new artist to the Art Whino Permanent Gallery featuring the work of its artists' collaboration from around the world. The event, running from 6-11pm, will include music by HoneyLab's DJ David Christ Superstar. The music will have a live broadcast by

Alan Defibaugh, Anna U Davis,
Aunia Kahn, Brooke Grucella,
Decoy, Emily Greene Liddle,
Erase, Fanatic Ladies,
Gregory Ferrand,
Jason Daniels Jason Snyder,
Julie Steiner, Laurel Hausler,
Candace Keegan, Lisa Selby,
TMNK, Richard Alan Haugh,
Richard Salcido, Rosemary Covey,
Shawn Huddleston

Artist Rick Reese:
Southern California born but Northern California raised artist Rick Reese has been painting and drawing for as long as he can remember. He got his start in the Comic Book and Toy industries where he continues as a freelancer to this day. Rick spends his days painting, surfing, or teaching at Cal State Long Beach where he indoctrinates his students and paints on things that don't belong to him.

In ArtWhino's continuing effort to work with Non Profits to promote arts in our communities, Art Whino is happy to announce that they are working with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. ArtWhino is donating proceeds from this and future events to further help with their mission. To read more about them go to DcCollaborative.

November 3, 2007

Busy with Illustrations

While I've been working on new paintings, I also have been squeezing in illustration projects.
The following illustration was done for Education Week and accompanied an article promoting the idea of using military educational techniques in the civilian educational system.

This is the rough sketch I sent for approval

Blue line final drawing

Final illustration after I colored everything in using Photoshop

I’ve also been hired to do three illustrations for SpeakeasyDC’s 2007-2008 season. Each one depicts 4 of the monthly themes.

Rough sketch

Blue line drawing

Final illustration colored in Photoshop

November 2, 2007

Halloween Freaks

For those of you who didn’t know it, yes, my wife and I are Halloween Freaks. My wife has a good excuse: Seeing how she grew up in a country where Halloween is not celebrated, she is now making up for the almost 30 years she didn’t get to put on a costume (she’s also an actress, so that helps too)! What’s my excuse? Uuuuuh. I like candy?

Last year we were too busy to make costumes, so this year we went a little crazy making costumes for the “El Ocho” (Day of the Dead) party at Jared and Kate’s. While sitting on our balcony discussing possible costumes, my wife hit on the winner: Las Catrinas, (based on the 1913 zinc etching by Mexican printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada). We chose to be the skeletal bride and groom that are part of the Dia de los Muertos cast of characters.

So once we agreed on the plan, I got to work making the half-masks using plaster covered gauze strips and wadded up pieces of towels, we picked up the perfect wedding dress for my wife (made for a production of Camelot) and a really nice black suit for me at the annual Arena Stage costume sale, and stopped by the neighborhood Dollar Store to buy fake flowers.

Because we are such Halloween freaks, we put on the costumes again on the 31st and were definitely a hit as we walked up and down our street being stopped over and over again to pose for photos. And to our delight (my wife’s in particular) we walked away with the neighborhood’s “Scariest Costume” award and later won the best costume prize at Asylum in Adams Morgan.

Halloween’s over, we’ve put the masks away, and now we’ve begun to plan for next year’s costumes. Yeah, I know, we’re definitely Halloween freaks!

Making the base mask for my wife

Putting on the lower jaw

The final product!

“El Ocho” party with Las Catrinas, Scott and Mike, and Jared and Kate.