Hollywood Reporter Illustration

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I did this Tinkerbell illustration for The Hollywood Reporter. The story was about the success of Disney’s Fairies Franchise. The concept was provided by the AD.

You can read the article online here.

The illustration appears in the April 11th issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

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it’s a small world 50th Anniversary

CSW907644-613x947It’s the 50th anniversary of it’s a small world and Disney has been celebrating day! Around the globe, all the Disney parks have been celebrating with a sing-along of the famous tune. Lots of coverage of the event was show on today’s Good Morning America.

As part of the celebration, I was asked to create ‘small world’ versions of several Disney characters. The poster, seen above, was created specifically for Disney’s social media outlets including their blog.

This was pretty much a dream project for me and I am so grateful for the opportunity.

You can check out the blog post here!

 

Doggie Wonderland Show

PrintI’ll have a piece in the upcoming Doggie Wonderland: Fun Adventures With Your Best Friend.The show, presented by Leanna Lin’s Wonderland and Supahcute, opens May 10th (6-10pm) and will benefit the Ken-Mar Rescue – a non-profit small dog rescue based in Los Angeles, CA. 100% of the proceeds from the show will be donated to the shelter.

“Loyal Friends” will be available as a framed giclee on paper and comes signed. Only one framed piece will be available at the show. There will not be an online preview before the show. Attendees of the opening will have first dibs. Online sales of what’s left will follow. There’s a big list of great artists who are donating so don’t miss it. All items will be cash and carry and sell for $100 or less.

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is located at 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd. in Los Angeles, CA.

Hellboy 20th Anniversary Art Show

PrintI’m excited to have a piece in the upcoming Hellboy 20th Anniversary Official Tribute Art Show. The exhibition will be curated and presented by Chogrin for Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. The piece shown above will be a signed limited edition 1 of 1 giclee on a canvas gallery wrap. There will not be prints available per the rules of the show.

The show opens Friday, May 2nd. Contact the gallery for more information on purchasing artwork.

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Dapper Day 2014

DapperDarlingPrint2014_4x9FrontA3WEB800Dapper Day recently held another one of their super-stylish soirees at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA. I designed a few new characters for some really cool new merchandise created just for the event. This year’s character swag included iPhone cases, a scarf, a pocket square and lots of buttons.

Dapper Day is a tradition that grows larger every year. Beyond the fun of visiting the parks in your finest, the Dapper Day folks had a whole host of fantastic and fashionable things to do at The Grand Californian hotel including the Dapper Day botique featuring vendors selling vintage fashion.  There was a slideshow from the master of all things retro, Charles Phoenix, who presented a special edition of his vintage Disneyland show. That particular presentation sold out days before the event.  My favorite feature was the sketch station, where you could have your look captured in style by actual fashion artists. What a great idea.

The celebration continues tomorrow (Sunday March 9, 2014) at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World in Orlando, FL. The Fall soirees takes place Friday September 12 at the Disneyland Resort (Anaheim, CA), Saturday September 20th at Disneyland Parc (Paris, France) and  Satruday September 27th in Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World (Orlando, FL).

Just added, The Walt Disney Family Museum in conjunction with Dapper Day will host an after-hours party in celebration of their Mary Blair exhibit.

Visit the official Dapper Day site to read more about this fabulous event and to purchase some of the merchandise available in the shop.

WonderGround Gallery Event

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I found my way back to WonderGround Gallery this past weekend and it was fantastic as always. In addition to the great new merchandise, we were fortunate enough to be joined by Starbucks right there inside the gallery. What a great way to kick of the latest Hipster Mickey piece! As part of the promotion, these talented Baristas would fill your cup when you purchased the new Castle Coffee Break mug. It was surprising what they were able to create using the rather amazing Verismo™ system. My thanks to them for keeping me fully caffeinated over the two day event.

As always, the staff at WonderGround were terrific and they pulled out all the stops for this event. Small cafe tables and chairs were put up outside the gallery for guests to enjoy their Starbucks concoctions. They set up some great displays with the new merchandise and filled entire wall with my work – both new and old. So much of what these Cast Members do goes unseen. I am so grateful to them for their efforts to make me feel comfortable and make these events run smoothly. The staff is always so enthusiastic about my work and share that excitement with the guests in the gallery. They are so good at what they do!

We had a fantastic turn-out for both days – even on Super Bowl Sunday. And the rain stayed away just long enough to get through all the signings. We even sold out of all the Small World of Cute deluxe prints by Sunday afternoon! More stock is on the way and should be in the gallery shortly. My sincere thanks to everyone who came out to get the new artwork and products. I never tire of meeting these friendly guests. Everyone is so generous with their compliments for my work and I am always grateful for their kind words. A few of you made some long trips to attend the event and I can’t thank you enough for the effort.

I’ll be updating the WonderGround Product Info page on my website soon and will include all the new art and merchandise available. It’s such a thrill to work with these characters and with this gallery. Not a day goes by that I am not grateful for the opportunity. I had such a great time meeting guests and signing my work. Hope we can do it again really soon.

UPDATE: The new “Castle Coffee Break” artwork featuring Hipster Mickey and Minnie is now available through Disney Store website. You can purchase deluxe prints and the limited edition giclees online.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.

 

Coffee At WonderGround Gallery

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I’ll be at WONDERGROUND GALLERY today and tomorrow, February 1 & 2 from 2 – 5 PM both days. Just got back from checking out all the new merchandise available and it looks pretty awesome. My thanks to the great WonderGround team at Disney for making some fantastic products with my artwork. It’s always exciting to see what they come up with.

And remember, when you purchase a Castle Coffe Break mug, featuring the latest Hipster Mickey image, you can fill it up with some Starbucks coffee right there in the gallery! Available during my appearance times only while supplies last.

If you’re in the area, come by and say hello.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at The Disneyland® Resort.

Take a Castle Coffee Break

HipsterMickeyandMinnie_FinalOn February 1, WonderGround Gallery will release CASTLE COFFEE BREAK – the latest image in the ongoing Hipster Mickey series. The new art finds Hipster Mickey with Hipster Minnie, enjoying a little “me time” in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at the Disneyland® Resort. I’ll be at the gallery for the debut on February 1st and 2nd from 2-5 PM on both days. The new art will be available on a variety of formats and some really great new merchandise – including a new Castle Coffee Break mug. And as part of the celebration, Starbucks® will be on hand to fill your mug with coffee. Guests who purchase the event mug are eligible to have their mug filled by the Starbucks® baristas using Verismo™ coffee pod brewing machines while supplies last. This offer will only be available during the event – February 1-2 from 2-5 PM both days. Come for the art and stay for the coffee! See you real soon.

You can read more about the event on Disney Park’s official event posting here.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort.

The Big Bang Theory LIVE

photo 1Recently, I was invited by Warner Bros. to a taping of the The Big Bang Theory. I had never attended a taping of a show before so this was a real treat. The fact that it is such an immensely popular show made it all the more exciting. Tickets for a taping can be hard to come by so I am extremely grateful to Warner Bros. for this generous offer.

For those of you who have never attended a taping before, it’s definitely something to experience at least once – especially if you’re a fan of the show. We were asked to be at the WB Studios in Burbank, CA by 5:00 pm. We had reserved seats so it wasn’t as urgent as it was for those with general admission or stand-by tickets. Not sure how all the works but there were a lot of people waiting around when we arrived. From there we were escorted across the street to Studio 25. Security took all phones and cameras before we were shown to our seats. The audience section is tightly packed and tiny. There’s room for maybe 200 people. We sat in our assigned seats and waited…and waited…and waited. An MC/host oversees the entire evening. His tough job is to keep the audience informed on what’s going on with the taping, keep them entertained and keep the energy level up to HIGH at all times. I have never clapped and cheered so much in my entire life. Seriously – they want you to clap non-stop while you’re sitting there. Clap for the show, clap for other audience members, clap to the live DJ music, clap for candy. It is literally non-stop. Until it’s time to shoot a scene…

Once they’re ready to actually shoot a scene, everything gets dead silent. This is by far the best part of the evening. Watching them perform the show live is quite an experience. They do a take, then maybe another one. The writers come in and adjust a line or a reading and they shoot it again. All the while you can watch the action on monitors above and the feed looks exactly like you see it on the tv broadcast. But who has time to look at that when you have these sets and performers right in front of you. Everything looks tiny. The sets looks so small in real life. There’s an incredible depth of field when you see the thing on tv. But in the studio the sets look like miniature versions. We were seated in the middle of the audience area so pretty much right in front of Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment. That set attaches to the hallway and Penny’s apartment. On the far right and left were “swing sets” that are made up for the specific needs of each episode. The cafeteria where the boys work was completely out of view but used for one scene.

The show we watched taped was called “The Convention Conundrum”. It was a terrific episode filled with all kinds of nerdy references to Comic Con and Star Wars. We were graced with some rather exciting guest stars as well. I don’t want to spoil the episode so I won’t say more than that for now. Before taping began, we were also shown a rough cut of the previous episode. This was the Valentine’s Episode and was pretty great. Can’t wait to see the broadcast versions of these.

Sitting there for such a long time was surprisingly tough. I loved watching the scenes being shot but most of the time you’re waiting around for them to set-up the next shot. Filming is such a small fraction of the entire time spent on the set. Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco came up to the audience section and thanked everyone for coming. Apparently this was the 150th episode of the show’s run. Half way through the taping they provided the audience with a slice of pizza and a small bottle of water. There were endless (I mean, endless) audience participation bits with the host. They go to great lengths to keep the energy level high and the laughs coming. It was surprisingly difficult to keep laughing at the same scene over and over. Still, everything seemed to run smoothly and we were out of there by 10:15 or so. It was a long night – but a fun one. I am eternally grateful to Warner Bros. for the opportunity.

UPDATE: 01/29/14 The episode we saw taped is scheduled to air tomorrow (01/30/14) on CBS.

Life Lessons From Princesses

PrintHere’s one of the new pieces I will be debuting at WonderGround Gallery on February 1 and 2 from 2-5 PM on both days. “Life Lessons From Princesses” offers some sound advice from four of your favorite Disney Heroines. There’s a lot we can learn from these ladies.

I will also release “Castle Coffee Break” – the latest in the Hipster Mickey line as well as “A Small World of Cute” – my tribute to the “it’s a small world” attraction.

You can read the official posting from Disney here. There’s also a blog post about the event here.

WonderGround Gallery is located in the Downtown Disney® District at the Disneyland® Resort in Anaheim, CA.