8.5" x 11"
embroidery floss and ink on cotton
This piece is in the Wonders to Come (toys as fine art) group show at The Springbox Gallery in Portland, OR. The show opens tonight (12/9/11) if any locals care to check it out. There's a wide variety of work from some pretty awesome artists. I based this design on a comic book cover, switching out the original A-team crew for a selection of well known and hopefully recognizable artists. (Just in case: Pablo Picasso, Vincent Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo and Salvador Dali) The hardest part was changing the proportions for Andy Warhol. The other figures had the same average human proportions as the originals but turning Mr. T into Mr. W took some serious tweaking. Luckily, I have quite a few life drawing classes under my belt so I'm pretty familiar with the human form. It's fun to play around with facial features and clothing when you're trying to create a representation of such iconic people. It helps a lot when they have a signature style (or a wackadoo hair cut, uni brow, twirly mustache, crazy eyes, ginger beard . . . you get the idea).