Monday, February 22, 2010

Mo' Love Art... Isabel Samaras Scratching It

A look at some art in-progress, from artist Isabel Samaras. A little step-by step on her recent illustration commission for the Santa Fe Reporter.

About the assignment, Isabel had this to say - 
"The art director, Angela Moore, emailed me originally asking me to do a Devil Babe couple kissing for the cover of their Valentine's "Love & Sex" issue. Along the way the idea changed, as they often do -- briefly it was going to be tattooed hipsters but we settled on a more "mythical" romance between Medusa and a Satyr." 

The original line drawings are ink on scratchboard. For those who don't know- scratchboard is a process where a surface board is coated with ink, then let to dry. The image is formed by scratching thru the ink to reveal the white underneath. Many tools may be used to scratch- Xacto blades, the end of a paper clip, a needle or anything sharp and pointed. It is kind of like drawing in reverse, like a negative to a photograph. One may buy pre-made scratchboard at art supply stores, as well.
After the drawings were completed the color was added to a scanned image in PhotoShop.

The original scratchboards are for sale, get your itch on, quick!
"Medusa's Kiss", 12" x 14", ink - $295
"Little Cupid", 6" x 5", ink - $75

Contact Eclectix (eclectixp(at) if interested...

Does anyone recognize these two lovebird models? Strangely familiar to those in the know...

Friday, February 19, 2010

Mo' Love: Fourth 'Popgun' Book Cover Art

Stopped dead in my tracks by the cover art for the next Popgun issue. This piece is by "Choker" artist Ben Templesmith. Just had to add it to the heart and love theme going on here lately...

"We wanted to make [the fourth 'Popgun' installment] even more eclectic and exciting and bigger than the previous volumes,"  Kirkbride (editor) told CBR about his goals for the volume.
"In terms of the first two goals, I do think we achieved them, to be honest. There are so many different styles and tones for each story in this collection, it's kind of overwhelming, in the best possible way. We continue to find great and varied talent, which is what makes these books work. We're very lucky that so many excellent creators, new and established, are interested in working with us."    - Josh Wigler, CBR

To celebrate, Meltdown Comics in Hollywood and Jim Hanley's Universe in NYC are throwing release parties on February 24th! Drop by to meet the creators, eat, drink and and listen to groovy music.

For Info and to RSVP, go to Facebook here...

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Art For This Love Day

For all those feeling the love (and those not feeling it..) a photograph of David Lynch and Isabella Rossellini by the maestro Helmut Newton.
Something, (everything) about this photo speaks of love, romance, mystery and desire. The wonderfully tentative, yet quiding hand on her neck; the serene, serious almost-smile on her lips; the studied sensitive concentration of Lynch's face; the graceful flow of the composition and the swoon of Isabella's neck line. Helmut captures all this, with his usual genius of perfection in portrait lighting - blackest blacks, velvet grays and the white of the holy light that spills like milk across the subjects. Achingly beautiful.
Hope you feel it too.

On a stumble aside, came across Lynch's "Interview Project" again. If you haven't checked this out, do so when you have some time. Give each interview some time to load (get it started and do something else for a bit, then play it) so your patience doesn't wear thin and affect your enjoyment. These are touching, real snapshot videos of the side of rural Americana we never see in mainstream media.


Thursday, February 11, 2010

"Heart Art" by Boris Koodrin

Take a stab at these hearty little paintings. A beautiful variety for any state of the heart. Acrylic paints on thick wrap-around canvas, edges painted, no frame needed. $130. plus shipping. 

Painted by local artist Boris Koodrin right here in the Foggy City.

To see them all follow the link.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Sweet Strokes of Zoe Lacchei

Clicking around for Valentine's related art I was lucky enough to find Zoe. A true eclectic twist for the love day- from geishas to sexy vixens to the trans-gender darkness of Marilyn Manson (below), this artist rocks. Sweet, but not Hallmark sweet, just the bittersweet way we like it.

From her biography -
Zoe Lacchei grew up in a small town near Rome, kind of a quiet place far from the chaos of the city, where her bashful and introvert character probably originates and made her an atypical human being.
Being isolated has given her a great abstraction and escapism ability, two characteristics which form the basis of her work as an adult. After high school, rather than attending regular academic courses, she focused on the subjects she loved the most, such as human anatomy and Japanese culture.... If she hadn’t come in contact with this world her artistic production would have been very different.

With deft and beguiling strokes, Zoe Lacchei composes elegant and precise images of uncommon grace and beauty. Obviously influenced by Japanese classical rendering and modern day cartoon styles, her line work is studied and superb with graceful, free flowing ease.

After adding a few to the new Eclectix website re-do, I realized she had just too much good stuff to edit it, so here we go. Feast your sweet libido on these puppies.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The Eclectix "Erotix"- Erotic Art Exhibit Preview

The new re-do of the Eclectix website, into an online art magazine, debuts with the Erotix and Heartbeats exhibits. Above is a sneak peek at some of the coming attractions. Some of the sexy artists featured in Erotix are - Jessica Van Hulle, Cate Rangel, Dan Quintana, Michael Hussar, Leslie Ditto, Michael Pukac, Zoe Lacchei, Ray Caesar and Gene Guynn. Jam packed with stimulating eye candy!

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