Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Angoulême and new iPhone App!

This book is a collection of drawings from CHIUStream. (http://chiustream.blogspot.com) A big THANK YOU to all viewers who kept it INTENSE and stayed up with me to paint late into the night!


Also, Kei, T and I are off to our annual trip to Angoulême for the festival international de la Bande Dessinée
Come by and say HI!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Help the Hodges Art Auction

You can bid on some great art for a really great cause.

Cedric Hohnstadt did this very nice post so I just copied parts and pasted the details here: Today at 10:00am Pacific time is the start of the “Help The Hodges” art auction (ebay link). It’s not only a chance to bid on some *fantastic* cartoon and animation art but you’ll also be helping a good cause.

The drummer pictured above is Matt Hodge, teenage son of animation writer/producer Tim Hodge (Mulan, VeggieTales). Back in August Matt was in a car that was struck by a train. He survived but remains in a coma. When it was time for the Hodge’s health insurance to be renewed the insurance company decided they would no longer cover Matt since he now had a “pre-existing condition”. So the Hodge’s are on their own to cover all future medical bills.

To help out, animation artist Chad Frye, with the help of the National Cartoonists Society Foundation, has been working hard to put together the coolest ebay auction ever. Artists from all corners of the animation and cartooning industries have donated original artwork to help raise money for the Hodge’s. Approximately 150 items have been donated including work by some top-drawer artists, as well as maquettes, posters, and signed DVDs. There’s so much cool stuff I don’t even know where to begin!

Here's the piece I donated called "Air Force One" - Pen drawing

You could own an original sketch from “Fosters Home for Imaginary Friends” creator Craig McCracken…

…or an original Mickey Mouse animation drawing by Frank Thomas from “The Brave Little Tailor”….

…or an original drawing by “Kung Fu Panda” character designer Nicolas Marlet!

The auction is so large that it will be spread out over three weeks. To browse the entire collection visit HelpTheHodges.com. You can also get the latest on the auction on Facebook. The auction is being split into three groups of 50 items. The first group (listed here) goes up for sale throughout the day today, approximately one every seven minutes. Then next 50 items will go live on January 28 and the final 50 or so items will go live on Feb. 4. CLICK HERE to view all the items that are currently available on ebay.]

If you aren’t the bidding type, or if the auction gets too rich for your blood, you can always give a tax-deductable donation by clicking on the “Paypal” link at the “Help the Hodges” website.

Finally, for the latest on Matt’s condition you can also follow Tim’s journal on the family’s CaringBridge page.

Most of all, please remember the Hodge’s in your prayers.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Mort Drucker now available on Schoolism.com

The Masters Series with Mort Drucker available on www.schoolism.com officially opens today!

Mort Drucker, called one of the world's great caricaturists by fellow artists and fans alike, is known internationally for his caricatures, TV features, advertising, illustrations and covers for such publications as Newsweek and Time, and satirical movies including the American Graffiti poster for George Lucas. He has been a contributing artist to MAD Magazine for over fifty years.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Life Drawing book available again!

Hi everyone,

After the great response from our Life Drawing book, we've decided to do a second printing with a new cover available in our STORE.

Life Drawing
by Bobby Chiu & Kei Acedera
August 2009

7″x10″, 72 pages.

A collection of Life Drawings by Bobby Chiu and Kei Acedera. All sorts of styles and approaches: gouache, colored pastel, conte, ink and digital life drawing.

We wanted to make this life drawing book is different. It concentrates on COSTUMED figure drawing with only a few nude poses. Chalk full of tips and "words of wisdom" from Kei and I.

We will be signing ALL Life Drawing books purchased until January 26th.

Also, Guy Sketches is now officially SOLD OUT in the Imaginism Store. Thank you so much everyone! This book is still available at Brand Studio Press.

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Village Voice cover by SEILER!

Jason Seiler's next course on Caricature at Schoolism starts this Friday, there are still a few open seats, sign up at www.schoolism.com before it's full!

My first cover of 2010 and the first cover for Village Voice of 2010! This was a bit nuts to pull off under such a tight deadline, so I'm very pleased with the end result. I only had one day to complete this painting, as I was on holiday when I received the job and there wasn't any way I could work on it until the day before it was due. I was able to squeeze off a quick sketch over the weekend and get it approved for painting.

I started work around 4:00 a.m. Monday Morning, and painted all day, took a dinner break and then worked until around 9:00 p.m. I then woke up at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday morning and painted until the deadline, which was 8:00 a.m.

This was a fun piece to work on, I really enjoy working with the Village Voice! The idea behind this cover is simple, a parody of "The Odd Couple" movie poster. If I had more time, I would have liked to have played around with things a bit more and have a little more fun with posture and gags . . . but being as I didn't have much time, my main priority was to draw Bloomberg and Thompson's face with the exact angle and expression that I needed. I had to make up their expressions . . . to do that, I took pictures of myself making the exact expression that I needed and from there I made the rest up.

For the rest of the painting, I tried to capture the feeling of the original painting, adding small things of my own here and there . . . the important thing for this cover was that the "parody" read well, so I couldn't stray too far from the original.

Detail of face . . . I tried to keep it fairly loose and painterly . . .

Interview with Lar deSouza posted on Chiustream blog!

Here's the interview with Lar deSouza posted on Chiustream blog!

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Monday, January 04, 2010


iPhone apps for artists on http://www.artistsketchbooks.com officially opens today! Comment on this post and let me know which Artist iPhone App you'd like and random commenters will receive promocodes for free Artist Sketchbook iPhone Apps throughout the day!

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Mort Drucker

Mort Drucker, world famous caricaturist and humorous illustrator best known for his work in MAD magazine has made an exclusive, never before seen tutorial film about his process and life experiences. Presented and interviewed by Stephen Silver. To watch the 2 hour and 15 minute film go to www.schoolism.com and click on "The Masters Series" banner located on the bottom. The film will debut starting January 2oth 2010.