Saturday, October 31, 2009

Shark Creature


From yesterday's CHIUStream! The topic was "Shark Creature" so the viewers sketched their version and I sketched mine LIVE on the CHIUSTREAM BLOG. Afterwards I picked a couple winners and gave them some Water Worlds iPhone Apps. Good times!

Friday, October 30, 2009

A Halloween Day Family Cabaret

Hey everyone,

Bobby and I will be doing a book signing for Half-Minute Horrors at The Gladstone Hotel on Halloween tomorrow from 2pm-4pm.

You can also meet many of the great writers who contributed their horror stories for this book. Come drop by if you're in the area, happy halloween!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Erich Sokol and other inspiration on chiustream.blogspot.com

Hey all! Follow our new blog for a shot of daily inspiration as well as exclusive interviews with famous artists such as Peter de Seve, Mike Mignola, Alvin Lee, Stephen Silver, Coro. It's called:


Today's daily inspirational image is an Erich Sokol painting from our personal collection. Click through to find a super huge scan of this image. Follow our new blog for a shot of daily inspiration!



Bobby

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Hello Kitty Three Apples Art Exhibition. Impostor by Bobby Chiu

So Peter, Kei and I were in LA on Thursday to attend a freakin super cute art exhibit of Hello Kitty. Very fun! The 3 of us were all exhibiting paintings in the show. Here's mine! I called it "IMPOSTOR". I really LOVE this painting! It was very fun to do and it always kept me smiling from start to finish.

This is a digital one of a kind canvas print. So unfortunately there will be no prints made of this. But feel free to update your wallpaper :)

Bobby







Got to meet some celebs as well. Jason "Mayhem" Miller host of MTV's Bully Beat Down! Super cool guy.



David Navarro also super cool guy.



Kimora Lee. Didn't get to talk to her. She was surrounded by cameras all night. Very tall!



Kei met Paris Hilton that night! She said Paris was very sweet.





Red carpet action

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Serenity by Peter Chan

Here is a painting I contributed for the Hello Kitty 35th anniversary show 'three apples' at royal/t art space in Los Angeles.



Serenity, Acrylic and Oil on Paper. 18" x 24"

Each hand represents a certain hello kitty on the side..can you name them all? Answer is at the bottom...

Thank you again Jamie, for having me in this show. It was great meeting all the artists at the VIP opening as well. Wicked event! Will be posting photos and images of the event soon as well!

Royal/T Café/Shop/Art Space
Los Angeles, CA
October 23 – November 15, 2009



Heres an image of it framed at the show via AM


VIP Night Coverage Video:


answer: from top middle clockwise (angel/normal, zombie, princess, tattoo/piercings, vampire/bat, emo, harajuku)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Imaginism Sketchbooks as iPhone Apps!




Do you want to see what was in our sold out sketchbooks?

Put Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera's sketchbooks on your iPhone and carry this helpful art reference book wherever you go!

We're happy to announce that our Imaginism Books are now available as iPhone Apps for $4.99 each! This means that you can even get our sold out sketchbooks!

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE BOOKS AVAILABLE

Saturday, October 17, 2009

IMAGINISM




Today be innovative, creative.
Always think about things from all points of view.
Appreciate what you have in life.
Remember where u came from.
Dream about where u want to be. See, hear & visualize it. Live in that moment, experience how good it feels.... Let it be the fuel to bring u to ur goals.

This is what I live by & the way of Imaginism.

Bobby

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bloomie lll - cover for the Village Voice.



This is "this" weeks Village Voice cover. I did the sketch Friday afternoon, blocked in the painting Sunday afternoon and then completed it on Monday. This was a fun job to work on. The art director for the V.V. was great to work with, and that always makes my job much more enjoyable.





There were some challenges with this job. The main challenge was maintaining a strong likeness while completely changing Mayor Bloomberg's appearance. The Village Voice wanted me to paint Bloomberg as "Clubber" from Rocky Three. A funny idea, but tricky to pull off. They wanted me to "beef" him up and give him Mr. T.'s Mohawk and beard. I was concerned that it would be hard enough to tell it was Bloomberg with the muscles and Mohawk, so I did two versions. One with the beard and one without. This way they could choose the image that would work best for their needs. I'm happy I was able to pull the likeness through the beard, muscles and Mohawk! Would be fun to see Bloomberg's reaction when he sees it!




This is obviously the beardless version.

Friday, October 09, 2009

Half Minute Horrors is Out! / Spotlight: Crystal Mora

Hey everyone,

A little while ago, Bobby and I collaborated on a cover for the book titled 'Half Minute Horrors' published by Harper Collins.

We're very excited to hear that this book is finally released in bookstores near you!

This book is a collection of deliciously terrifying short short tales and creepy illustrations including bestselling talents Lemony Snicket, James Patterson, Neil Gaiman, R.L.Stine, Faye Kellerman, Holly Black, Melissa Marr, Margaret Atwood, Jon Scieszka, Brett Helquist, and many more.



If you're interested in purchasing the book, please click here. For other information about Half Minute Horrors please visit the official site.

Also, later this month, there will be a signing here in Toronto. I'll keep you posted on that.

Here is the painting again that Bobby and I did for the cover of this book.



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The next CHIU-Stream is Monday October 12th at 11:30pm(New York time/EST), 11:30pm(-5GMT), 8:30pm(LA time/PST).

Bobby will be CHIU-Streaming LIVE. Join in and paint with me at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bobby-chiu-broadcasting or to participate and paint with us you can log in at http://www.schoolism.com/chiutv.php

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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
CRYSTAL MORA!
Crystal Mora was one of the participants on the CHIU-Stream today and her entry was picked to be on air. The topic of the night was 'Tall and Grumpy'. Great work Crystal! And everyone else that participated!!



Here's the CHIU-Stream from tonight!

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Winner of Peter de Sève's Original drawing goes to....

During every CHIU-Stream we have a topic in the beginning of the program for participants to sketch. During Peter de Sève's interview, he chose the topic "Big but Graceful" AND THE WINNER IS.... CHARLES SANTOSO!

A note from Peter de Sève:

Bobby,
I'm going to go with the majority here on this drawing signed Chao. I like a combination of things about it and the fact that it works on more than one level. It certainly fits the basics of the assignment" Big and Graceful". Like many of the submissions, (including my own) there is a character delicately balanced on one foot. I think it's interesting and maybe a little alarming how many of us went to that exact idea. It's a good lesson for us all to try and think of an unusual way into an assignment and hopefully come up with a solution that no one else has. That said, the drawing here has a beautiful sense of volume, weight and at the same time, delicacy. I am also impressed by the added emotional layer in the way the face is drawn. There is grace there as well. When creating a character it's crucial that we consider not only what it looks like but also how it "feels". What emotion does the design evoke from the viewer? After all, the face will be the most important aspect of your design- it is what the audience will need to relate to most.
Congratulations to all on doing such great work in so little time. And also congratulations to the two runners up. Great job, folks!
Good luck to all of you.
all the best,
Peter


From all the Chiustreamers and everyone at Imaginism Studios, thank you so much Peter! It was awesome!!

Here is the Peter de Sève's version of "Big but Graceful" that Charles has won:


PS. CHIU-Stream will be on tonight at 11:30pm(EST) at http://www.schoolism.com/chiutv.php! Come paint with me LIVE!

Peter de Sève's BLOG

Interview with Peter de Seve!

NOTE: Due to the amount of traffic this interview had on Schoolism.com we extended the voting deadline on Schoolism. Deadline for voting is 12pm (EST/NY time). Winner of the contest will be announced in the next day or two. FOLLOW THIS BLOG to find out when we announce the winner!

Today on CHIU-Stream I was doing a LIVE interview with PETER DE SEVE at http://www.schoolism.com/chiutv.php

He gave some great insight and advice for artists and even gave us a peek at a bit of his art collection!

Peter also came up with the topic "Big yet Graceful" to draw and paint during the interview. In the next day or two Peter de Seve will declare a winner from the competition and that winner will get an original drawing from Peter de Seve based on the same topic!

NEXT CHIU-Stream will be on tomorrow at 11:30pm(EST), 8:30pm(PST)!

LINKS: Peter de Seve's BLOG, Peter de Seve's WEBSITE

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Peter De Sève LIVE Interview Today! / Spotlight: Rodrigo Bastos Didier




Peter De Sève will be LIVE on CHIU-Stream tonight at 11:00pm(New York time/EST), 11:00pm(-5GMT), 8:00pm(LA time/PST)! To everyone new to CHIU-Stream, in order to participate in the challenge, you need to be logged into Schoolism to submit your entries. Once you are logged in, click on Control Panel > TV > SchoolChat during the CHIU-Stream to communicate and upload entries.

For all those who aren't familiar with Peter De Sève, he has been in the industry for over twenty years, and has been published in nearly every major American magazine including Time, Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Premiere, and Entertainment Weekly. He also frequently contributes many many covers to The New Yorker.

Peter De Sève is also a character designer for many animated features produced by studios such as Pixar, Blue Sky Studios, Dreamworks, and Disney. His credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, Mulan, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Ratatouille, Tarzan, and of course all the Ice Age movies for which he created all of the characters. For more about Peter, please check out his site (http://www.peterdeseve.com/)

The best part of all is that it's all FREE. Anyone is welcome to tune in for this very special CHIU-Stream. So tell your friends, classmates, and school to tune in. Aside from the interview, Peter will also be choosing a topic for everyone to sketch live and interactive!

PRIZE: The winner of the challenge will receive an ORIGINAL DRAWING by Peter De Sève!

If you have any questions you would like for Bobby to ask Peter, please email us at info@imaginismstudios.com



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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
RODRIGO BASTOS DIDIER!
Rodrigo Bastos Didier was one of the participants on the CHIU-Stream today and his entry was picked to be on air. Great work Rodrigo! And everyone else that participated!!



Tuesday, October 06, 2009

The Art of Caricature at Schoolism.com!




THIS IS A FINAL ASSIGNMENT FROM A RECENT STUDENT OF MINE AT SCHOOLISM!

At the end of each semester, my students have to complete a "portfolio piece". A "caricature illustration" so-to-speak. This was Rich Lauzon's final submission! A BIG CONGRATS to Rich! He worked very hard, and I feel he put together a great piece! I critiqued it for him and gave him some suggestions which he said he'll work on. Perhaps when he finishes it, I'll post his final here for all to see?

My next semester for "The Art of Caricature" at Schoolism.comstarts this Friday on the 9Th of October, there are still a couple slots open!

Here's what Rich had to say about the course!

"This last assignment was extremely challenging. I fully appreciated how every lesson was pulled together in this final project. I particularly was impressed with the creative freedom that could be found within the project. I plan to use these techniques in future projects.

I have learned a lot from your course. How to paint, better composition, and, a very straight forward and streamlined process that allows me to create work more efficiently in this deadline oriented field. But probably the thing that clicked for me the most was how to “see” where to caricature. That it’s okay to make things smaller to make something else that has regular proportions look bigger. The skull lesson was also eye opening. That one really shows you what to distort and what to shade what to cross hatch as far as surface planes are concerned. That could be a how to book or DVD all by itself.

It is clear that you are very passionate in your craft. You strike me as a “teachable” for life and I am very humbled by your generous nature in sharing your secrets of your success."


Monday, October 05, 2009

Peter De Seve LIVE Interview October 7th! / Spotlight: Riley Phillips




We just wanted to get some exciting news out, coming up this Wednesday, October 7th, Peter De Sève will be LIVE on CHIU-Stream 11:00pm(New York time/EST), 11:00pm(-5GMT), 8:00pm(LA time/PST)! To everyone new to CHIU-Stream, in order to participate in the challenge, you need to be logged into Schoolism to submit your entries. Once you are logged in, click on Control Panel > TV > SchoolChat during the CHIU-Stream to communicate and upload entries.

For all those who aren't familiar with Peter De Sève, he has been in the industry for over twenty years, and has been published in nearly every major American magazine including Time, Newsweek, Atlantic Monthly, Smithsonian, Premiere, and Entertainment Weekly. He also frequently contributes many many covers to The New Yorker.

Peter De Sève is also a character designer for many animated features produced by studios such as Pixar, Blue Sky Studios, Dreamworks, and Disney. His credits include The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, Mulan, A Bug's Life, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc, Ratatouille, Tarzan, and of course all the Ice Age movies for which he created all of the characters. For more about Peter, please check out his site (http://www.peterdeseve.com/)

The best part of all is that it's all FREE. Anyone is welcome to tune in for this very special CHIU-Stream. So tell your friends, classmates, and school to tune in. Aside from the interview, Peter will also be choosing a topic for everyone to sketch live and interactive!

PRIZE: The winner of the challenge will receive an ORIGINAL DRAWING by Peter De Sève!

If you have any questions you would like for Bobby to ask Peter, please post them here in the comments.



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CHIU-Stream Tuesday October 6th at 11:30pm(New York time/EST), 11:30pm(-5GMT), 8:30pm(LA time/PST).

Bobby will be CHIU-Streaming LIVE. Join in and paint with him at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bobby-chiu-broadcasting or to participate and paint with us you can log in at http://www.schoolism.com/chiutv.php
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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT
RILEY PHILLIPS!
Riley Phillips was one of the participants on the CHIU-Stream today and his entry was picked to be on air. Great work Riley! And everyone else that participated!!





Here's the CHIU-Stream from tonight!