Art Show: “Art Jam 5”; live painting at the 9 Lb Hammer in Seattle

This past weekend I went down to Seattle to participate in ‘Art Jam 5‘; a live painting event with a bunch of local artists hosted by artist Augie Pagan. It was held at a pub called the 9LB Hammer. “To keep the event affordable and open to the general public, no piece of artwork sold for over $50.” (more info + pics in this article). The place was jam packed! Lots of art apprecianados bumpin’ to the music, chattin’ over drinks and watching the artists paint. The place had great energy, and was perfect timing for me to start painting again after fracturing my drawing hand (blog post on that coming soon, I promise)!


[My card suit monsters meet Lawrence’s heart pantied Alice]

I collaborated with Lawrence Ruelos on an Alice In Wonderland themed piece. I haven’t really done a collab before.. and definitely not in front of a crowd. It was fun tossing around ideas with Lawrence and watching our pencil sketches come to life as we lay down the paint in our different yet cohesive styles. I was a bit nervous going on stage at first because I’m not one for the spotlight, however the excitement of both the opportunity to paint + to collab with Lawrence outweighed any apprehension I had. My first time painting in front of a crowd + my first time painting after my hand fracture = big accomplishments for me! Lawrence had painted in the previous Art Jams so he was a pro. 😉 We painted for about an hour and unfortunately it wasn’t enough time to finish our piece (we had to wrap it up to let other artists have a spot at the easel), but I’m happy with how our piece turned out anyways. 🙂

The last time I was at a live painting event was this summer at the San Diego Comic Con where I watched Dave Flores, Joe Ledbetter, Angry Woebots and Yoskay Yamamoto breathe life onto large scaled canvasses at Munky King’s Omi mask launch party. I was glued to the spot at that event… it was hypnotizing watching my art idols create their signature styles right infront of me. So to have the opportunity to be an artist in an event was huge for me + I can’t thank Lawrence and Augie enough for having the confidence to give me a chance. 🙂 Our piece sold to one of Lawrence’s awesome girlfriends who skates for the Jet City Rollergirls (derby girl, wut! wut!). It makes me happy to know the piece is going to one awesome chika! 🙂

Dev, Augie and Shane White collaborated on this sweet monster piece.

Yet more awesome paintings! It’s exciting to me that everyone has the same tools… canvas, brushes and paint + yet there is so much uniqueness + variety in each individual piece. /art dork   This event is such a great idea. I hope there are more in the future!


[Moi Painting my monsters, Photo by Lawrence Ruelos]

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Halloween: Alice In Wonderland

I’m late! I’m late! I’m late! I’m very late in posting pics of my Halloween costume. To (most likely) nobody’s surprise I was Alice In Wonderland (again) this year.  (Actually, come to think of it… I’ve been Alice 3 times now… the first time was at the Alice In Wonderland Made Tea Party @ Royal/T when I had blond hair. /tangent) Unfortunately my sling was not part of my costume, although I probably could have explained it was from falling down the rabbit hole.  😉  I actually fractured my hand a few weeks ago and it has taken me out of the game… literally.  Expect a post about it!

Inspiration: New Acquisitions

I added some new pieces to my collection this month.  The first thing is Krista Huot‘s latest print “The Key”.   It’s a limited edition print numbered at 3/25 and was released at her “Nepenthe” solo show at Gallery 1988, San Francisco.  Check out all the work from the show here: krnepenthe.blogspot.com/


The next thing I purchased is the Sweet Monster Fulcraim by Kaijin. He comes with a laminated certificate that indicates the show he was launched at (Kaijin Exhibition @ One Up, Tokyo, June 9-15, 2008) and is number 67/80.  He has two faces and is full of hot pink awesomeness!

I also picked up the 3 inch Mori Chack Dunny à la Gloomy Bear style from the 2009 Dunny Series. And my friend Troy Stith sent me his DIY Lil’ Lucha Dentadura! Troy hand casts his own resin figures, which I think is awesome. I plan on customizing this little guy soon.

And last but not least, my sweet friend Leeanna Butcher sent me these gorgeous Alice In Wonderland postcards!  It’s been a great month! ❤

Plush Art Show: 2 shows opening this weekend!

I have several plush pieces in a couple of shows that open this weekend…

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The first show is Go Ask Alice @ Paul Cumes Fine Art Gallery. The opening reception is on Saturday, December 5th from 6-9pm. The show runs from Dec.5th to Jan.7th. The gallery is located at 131 East Anapamu Street, Santa Barbara, CA.

White RabbitAlice In Wonderland and Twee + Dee will be in the show! 🙂

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The second show is Stuff This 3 @ Rivet Gallery. The opening reception is on Saturday, December 5th from 7-10pm. The show runs from Dec.5th to Dec.30th. The gallery is located at 1200 North High Street, Columbus, OH. The preview is up, and pieces are now available for purchase: rivetart.com/preview/get_preview?i_show=31

Cora Bella and the Gingerbread Ornament will be in the show! 😀

Plush Art Show: Go Ask Alice Doll + Plush Show

Here are the 3 plush pieces I created for the Go Ask Alice show.  I am very excited to be a part of this show because of the Alice In Wonderland theme.  The show will be held at the Paul Cumes Fine Art Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA, from Dec.5th – Jan7th.  The opening is this Saturday from 6-9pm.  Stop by if you’re in the area! 🙂

Alice In Wonderland
“Well! I’ve often seen a cat without a grin; but a grin without a cat! It’s the most curious thing I ever say in my life!”

I was very excited to create my own version of Alice. I wanted to give her a slight twist from the typical look by putting her hair up in buns, giving her a super frilly collar, and deviating from the traditional blue dress by using a fabric featuring all four card suits. She wouldn’t be complete without a little white rabbit buddy and a golden key! 🙂

White Rabbit
“Oh my ears and whiskers, how late it’s getting!”

I made the white rabbit so he matches Alice with his card suits and frilly collar.  I added button eyes to give him a handmade feel. 🙂

Twee + Dee
I know what you’re thinking about,’ said Tweedledum: `but it isn’t so, nohow.’
`Contrariwise,’ continued Tweedledee, `if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn’t, it ain’t. That’s logic.'”

Twee + Dee were inspired by the characters Tweedledee +Tweedledum, the card suit soldiers, and gothic lolita fashion.  I wanted to stay in the pink/red/black/white colour theme and I wanted them to be conjoined twin girls.  I really like how they turned out!

My Mom wrote a nice blog piece about it, and even took a little video of my photoshoot! 😀

Finished: Mighty Muggs Custom for Charity Show

I finally finished my Mighty Muggs Custom for the Charity Show at The Labyrinth! 😀
Introducing… Two of Spades!

Two of Spades is a Card Soldier who works for the Queen of Spades in Wonderland. If you thought the Queen of Hearts was nasty, you’re in for a surprise! Like the Hearts, the Spade clan is also known for beheading except they don’t play a game of hedgehog croquet with flamingo mallets to pass the time before killing you, they just simply behead you on the spot.  This Two is particularly deadly, and gets called for execution duty quite frequently since he is “good at it” (whatever that means… ask the Queen of Spades, that’s what she said!).  When he’s not beheading prisoners, he tends to his small 2 x 2 garden plot that is filled with the most beautiful and fragrant purple roses.  Who knew Two had a sensitive side!

Once again I was inspired to create something in the theme of Alice In Wonderland.  🙂  I wanted this design to be really bold, since the Mighty Muggs figure stands so proudly and confident as if he’s going into battle. I immediately thought of a card suit soldier, and to me the Spade suit seems like the strongest design. At first I wanted to recreate the “painting the roses red” scene and I was planning to sculpt a paintbrush in his hand with dripping red paint, but I didn’t have enough time to do that.  And red drips without a paintbrush would have looked too much like blood (not paint) which would have been cool, but not the look I was going for so I scrapped that idea. I still wanted to make a Spade Soldier, but I decided to just go for the black & white colour scheme instead.

“Two began, in a low voice, “why, Miss, the fact is, this ought to have been a red rose tree, and we put a white one in by mistake, and if the Queen was to find it out, we should all have our heads cut off. So, you see, we’re doing our best, before she comes, to–” At this moment Five, who had been looking anxiously across the garden called out “the Queen! the Queen!” and the three gardeners instantly threw themselves flat upon their faces. There was a sound of many footsteps, and Alice looked round, eager to see the Queen.”
~ Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, Chapter 4

Tim Burton: Alice In Wonderland + German Expressionism

With an artist name like “Follow The White Rabbit”, it’s no surprise that I’m an Alice In Wonderland fan.  😛  But I’m also a huge Tim Burton fan.  And now my life is almost complete because Tim Burton is directing the new Alice In Wonderland movie (released in 2010) AND some of my friends are working on it!! The movie looks gorgeous, I really can’t wait to see it in the theatre!

Check out these awesome images that have been released:


[Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter & Mia Wasikowska as Alice]

Alice in The Garden of Live Flowers. If you look closely, you can see faces in the flowers!

Tim Burton is my favourite director of all time. He started out as an Animator at Walt Disney Studios, and worked his way up to become a Director.  His resume has lots of my favourite movies on it (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Corpse Bride, Ed Wood, etc).  What I love about his movies is that he’s not afraid to push the boundaries when it comes to artistic direction (even if his story arcs aren’t that strong).  I can’t name another director who is either that daring or trusted to go for a super unique look.  I also love his gothic twist on things.  He truly is a brilliant and inspirational artist.

Jack Skellington as Sandy Claws in The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

You can tell that he takes a lot of inspiration from German Expressionism, which characteristically have amazing sharp bold shapes in their sets and lighting/shadows.  German Expressionism portrays the emotion of a scene/situation with stylized cinematography, instead of it being portrayed through character or dialogue.  Another influence I’ve noticed is the name of the villain in “Batman Returns” is “Max Schreck”, which is the same name of the actor who plays Count Orlok in “Nosferatu”!  (Yes, I’m a total film nerd.)

This is a still from the movie Nosferatu (1929). You can see the tone, emotion and intent in this shot just by the light and shadow cast on the wall. The German Expressionists were masters at this art form.

A few months ago I was having lunch at my favourite restaurant Royal/T when all of a sudden Tim Burton walks in.  I look over and totally had one of those movie moments where everything was playing in slow motion.  Tim Burton was silhouetted in black by the bright light that was shining in from the door behind him.  He walked past me and sat down at the table diagonal from us with his lunch party (with most likely his production staff).  I was in shock — I couldn’t move!  I couldn’t think!  And I coincidentally was wearing my Nightmare Before Christmas hoodie, too!  lol.  I’ve never had a fangirl moment like that with any other celebrity, but I did with Tim Burton.  haha.  😛

Johnny Depp as Edward Scissorhands (1990)

If you’d like to read more about Tim Burton, visit his official website (which unfortunately isn’t that great) or The Tim Burton Collective (lots of great info).  For those of you in NYC, he will be having an art exhibition at MoMA from November-April!   He will also be releasing “The Art of Tim Burton” book soon (which I absolutely must get!!)!  Also, Lenny’s Alice In Wonderland site is a great resource for anything Alice (e-books, pics, trivia, etc), one that I use almost all the time!

I’ll end this post with one of my favourite short films titled: “Vincent” (1982), directed by Tim Burton and narrated by Vincent Price.  Check it out if you haven’t had a chance to see it yet.  Can you tell what film style this short film was inspired by? 😉