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.

Supahcute Kaiju Show

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Supahcute puts on some really fantastic art shows – and this latest is no exception. Celebrating the wonderfully old-school theme of “kaiju”, the supahcute Kaiju Show opens this Saturday, January 18th at Leanna Lin’s Wonderland. Kaiju is a Japanese term that literally translates to “strange creature”. Godzilla would be the prime example and probably the most well-known here in the states. My piece (shown above) is titled “Kawaiiju” and features some iconic Japanese characters re-imagined as kaiju. This is a limited edition 1/1 giclee print and comes framed and signed.

Supahcute has once again rounded up an impressive list of artists for this show including – Jared Andrew Schorr, Vanessa Ramirez, 100% Soft, Fat Rabbit Farm, Camilo Bejarano, and Christopher Lee among others.

The opening reception for the show will take place from 6-10 PM on January 18th. You can RSVP to the even on the show’s Facebook page. There will be great art, treats and goodie bags – plus there will be some really cool merchandise created just for this show and available for purchase. Supply is limited so get there early if you want to get your hands on these items.

UPDATE: The piece sold opening day (1/18/14)

Leanna Lin’s Wonderland is located at 5024 Eagle Rock Blvd in Los Angeles, CA 90041.

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WonderGround Appearance and Signing

SmallWorldOfCuteWhat better way to start the new year than with an appearance at WonderGround Gallery in the Downtown Disney® District! I’ll have some brand new art and merchandise available when I return to the gallery to debut new work on Saturday February 1 and Sunday February 2nd. I’ll be signing from 2 – 5 pm both days. Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

Castle Coffee Break is the latest piece in the Hipster Mickey line and includes Hipster Minnie! Check them out as they break for coffee and pose for “selfies” in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland® park. Too cool! Image coming soon – stay tuned!

a small world of cute (Shown above) celebrates the countries, kids and colors of the classic attraction. It’s the perfect piece to accompany the popular “World of Cute” art released last year. This deluxe print comes with a great, decorative matte all ready to frame. It’s a small world is one of my favorite Disneyland attractions of all time and I’m so thrilled to be able to present this tribute at WonderGround Gallery.

Life Lessons From Princesses finds four of your favorite Disney Princesses and some fun lessons they’ve learned. The image will be available on a variety of merchandise. I’ll post a few images soon!

It’s always a good time when I visit WonderGround Gallery and I am so excited to be back for this two day event. If you’re in the area, drop by and say hi!

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

Little Golden Books Tribute

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I was so pleased to be asked to participate in Gallery Nucleus‘ tribute to Little Golden Books. I’ve been a life long fan of these gems and some of my favorite artists have had a long history creating illustrations for this series. That iconic spine is pretty much a staple in everyone’s childhood and I still find myself inspired by their pages.

For this exhibit, artists were invited to pay tribute to an existing Little Golden Book title or create a brand new one. I chose to create an imagined Little Golden Book based on Wes Anderson’s film Moonrise Kingdom. As always, the gallery has pulled together a great roster of artists for this show including Lorena Alvarez, Michelle Romo, Joey Chou, Andrew Kolb, Steve Lamb, Chuck Groenink, Leo Espinosa and a bunch more!

A Tribute To Little Golden Tales opens January 18th and runs through February 14th 2014. The opening reception will take place on January 18th from 6 – 10 PM. A Gallery Nucleus event is always a lot of fun. Check it out if you’re in the area!

UPDATE: As of 1/19/14 the status has been updated to SOLD on the Gallery Nucleus website. See all the pieces in the show here.

UPDATE: 01/28/14 – Received the nicest email from the mother of MOONRISE KINGDOM star Jared Gilman. She had seen the piece online and liked it. How nice of her to reach out.