Saturday, April 26, 2008

Debbie Does Dallas the Musical Set Design First Draft

So, now that Yuri's Night 2008 is officially in the books, I have no more excuses for procrastinating on getting to work on post-YN projects. First at bat is Debbie Does Dallas the Musical, for Landless Theater.

Debbie Does Dallas the Musical Set Design first draft
Photoshop and Pencil

Hopefully my Internet research on cheap astroturf has not lead me astray. Landless has traditionally tight budgets, so an extravagance like, well, scenery, has been difficult to obtain. I have seen Home Depot advertise the "outdoor carpet" for under $4 a square yard...I'll need at least 32 square yards for this show...

There are lots of little surprises in the design that I have not put into the rendering, so, providing that they survive the scrutiny of the director, you will get to see them in person when the show opens on June 5th.

The other major development that I have been avoiding is Art-o-Matic 2008. I have a space, and will eventually pull something together...but I haven't really put the nose to the grindstone about that just yet (in fact, I haven't even been back to my space since site selection on the 12th!) I have my first volunteer shift on Sunday, so next week I will be able to report more fully on the status of the show.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Yuri's Night 08 | World Space Party PHOTOS!

Thanks to everyone who came out to Yuri's Night 2008 at Art Whino in Alexandria!!! We all had a great time, and it shows in the pictures:
As promised, the final result for the Neptune Bar
Chris Bishop and Cosmonaut Jared are "thumbs up" for launch!
Dustin, Kirstra and Lindsay all enjoying the Venus bar
Gary Gutter and Lil' Dutch take in the moonlight (or should I say moonshine)
At one point we were boarded by imperial troops under the command of Lord Vader...fortunately, we were able to get some of our droids into escape pods...

Master Uranus chats up the tin foil dress twins and an actual astrophysicist, Ethan
Cosmonaut Jared enjoys a coke with Mouaz (I just hope they have air conditioning in space)
Some of the Gilded Lilly gals showing off future fashions
Vulcan gang signs by petty officer Weldon, Mrs Saturn and Mab
KT and Scott Brooks (six eyes between them!)
Kirstra and Jaya on Mars
Ellen, KT's Mom wondering how Barbarella keeps her hair perfect in space...
Flash, Booger and Red Vinyl spacebabe
Scott molts, Robert is amazed
Master Uranus and KT
Kirstra and Sara...frustrated cigarette girls, because in space, no one can hear you smoke...
KT letting you know that in the future the silver sequin will be a precious metal
Miss Saturn and an audience assistant
KT's Dad trying to keep cool in the hullabaloo
Mike proves to Alan that being probed by an alien isn't all bad
These red Ikea chairs became sentient during the party...they are plotting our demise!
DJ Red Pancho Space Bear keeps Flash Gordon and the space tunes spinnin' in the Mars room
Petty Officer Weldon and First Mate Heidi keep order in the transporter room
Yes, we sold lots of tickets...
Bambi and Paco keep it surreal on the dance floor
They never knew it was coming!
Shane admits he may have a drinking problem...
The jump to hyperspace was unexpected at the Neptune bar...
Mr. Moccasin sets up to play
Spacebabe Queonna is happy to keep you hydrated during the flight!

Thanks again to everyone who made this party possible...Please send me any and all photos that you have of the party! See you next year...T Minus 358 days and counting!

Friday, April 11, 2008

T-Minus 24 HOURS and counting to YURI'S NIGHT 2008!

If you haven't gotten your tickets yet, you are cutting it really close...we will be ending presale tickets at 12 (noon) on Saturday (tomorrow) So if you want to save five dollars, go immediately to:

And for your insiders peek (this will be a short post today, because I am immediately going to Art Whino to install the final details for TOMORROW, right after this posting) I have a picture of Chris Bishop standing in front of the backdrop for the burlesque show at Yuri's Night. He (Chris Bishop) Scott Brooks and I knocked this baby out in record time!
Do you think its spacey enough? (click for larger image)

Okay kids, I expect to see every single one of you tomorrow!!!!

Friday, April 04, 2008

T-Minus 8 days and counting to YURI'S NIGHT 2008!


So, as you can see, even the our alien overlords are planning to attend the party...

As promised, below are the progress shots from the different "planet bars". First we have the finished product for the Venus bar:
Venus Bar for Yuri's Night 2008
Acrylic on Luan

I think she turned out pretty well. I was, and am always, concerned about making women's faces look convincing, yet somewhat nontraditional. Since I don't have any specific models to copy, I aim towards a direction for beauty and hopefully get there. I started out, in the sketch, with a youngish, innocent type for Venus. So, I started going in that direction. In the end I probably wound up hitting a "Molly Ringwald" sort of beauty (with a hint of vixen)...needless to say, I know how to quit while I am ahead...

The next planet from the sun (excluding earth, of course) is Mars. After an aborted start, I decided to try working out all of the other connotations of Mars....
Mars Bar for Yuri's Night 2008
Acrylic on Luan (still in progress)

The little green men idea seemed to be thing that inspires me most about Mars. So, I just decided to throw all the best little green men together. I really hope that the cease and desist orders don't start coming in...I want Warner Brothers to know that I grew up with Marvin, and I have the utmost respect for his visage (it has been over used at every flea market in the world) and only try to represent him here as a sort of homage to a great character. I hope that the lawyers out there will realize that I am in including him as a Renaissance painter would have included John the Baptist in a painting about Jesus...Speaking of "Jesus", that role is being played by another copyright skirting visage, The Head Martian from Mars Attacks! I really couldn't see Yuri's Night that I put together without a reference to this great set of trading cards painted by Norm Saunders! AKK AKK AKK AKK!!!
Photo of both bars in progress at the shop

I am still trying to make the Saturday deadline for completion of's the sketch:

Neptune Bar Sketch
Pencil and Photoshop

And here's the progress so far:
So, Hopefully, I will get all these done in time to begin painting the ArtWhino Space all next week. I will post progress on the backdrop and other party prep as it becomes available...