Archive | April, 2011

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Jim Mahfood: Exactly What Meeting Your 16-Year-Old Crush Is Like

30 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way. I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Jim Mahfood

Yes, in this photo Jim is posing victoriously by a Nissan decorated with his amazing artwork. I would punch a kangaroo for this thing.

Jim Mahfood’s work is heavily influenced by graffiti art, draws in heavy pronounced lines, and he is definitely a badass.

I am going to launch into a really long story, but it’s REALLY IMPORTANT TO MY DEVELOPMENT so just read it and don’t get discouraged by all the nerdy words leaking out.

Generation X: Underground! Still said to be Marvel's most "subversive" comic ever. I still have my copy!!

I have a lot to thank Jim for, and it goes back to when I was the tender age of 16 (I guess 16 year olds are more mature now, or something, but I was 16 at an all-girls Catholic school in Pittsburgh so.. YEAH.). I regularly read comics, you know, the regular ones that are not from Japan, and was pretty mainstream about it, reading a pretty regular cycle of all the X-men titles (that’s like… 10 titles right there, damn you marvel), Spiderman, the Flash, and a smattering of Manga once I got that figured out.  I was a huge fan of the X-Men spinoff series, called “Generation X” where they took all the new young mutants introduced by the Phalanx story arc (getting in to nerd territory here, so just hold on a bit), threw in Jubilee for nostalgia, and created a team. A team led by BANSHEE (ahahhaha. god this is still so funny to me) and THE WHITE QUEEN (RIDICULOUS CHOICES. Marvel made them in the 90s).

ANYWAY, I would regularly skip lunch so I could use my lunch money to buy comics after school, down the street at Phantom of the Attic, (which is still there! Booyah!), and I remember the day I saw the cover for “Generation X

Reggae star Ziggy Marley, son of Bob Marley, is part of a joint effort with co-writer Joe Casey and artist Jim Mahfood to produce a pot-powered superhero coming to stores on – you guessed it – April 20 of 2011

UNDERGROUND.” I was SO CONFUSED because (and take a look at it in the sidebar there), there were only three colors and the inside was black and white!! I was just like, “Wait, is this a new comic that ripped off the “Gen X name or…?” I was mega curious so I grabbed it off the shelf and was thereby introduced into the world of INDIE COMICS and WHAT THEY LOOKED LIKE. I promptly stopped trying to imitate Humberto Ramos (I was a HUGE fan of Impulse, despite the turnover of writers.. damn you for leaving Mark Waid) when sketching and immediately tried to draw exactly like Jim. For like, an entire year or two. All of the notes to my friends, day dream doodles in my notebooks.. they all tried to emulate Jim’s awesome blocky style he used in the Generation X Underground comic. I went on to collect Jim’s other work “Grrl Scouts,” which I really loved. Thinking back on it, I MUST have been in love with the art, because I seriously had NO IDEA WHAT WEED WAS when I was 16. Yeah man, THAT sheltered. (Major plot point in Grrl scouts had to do with the selling of marijuana. Womp womp).

Okay, huge tangent. THE POINT IS! Jim is a badass mofo, who introduced me to “Not the mainstream” when it came to sequential art. This is a big deal!

Well, I stopped reading American comics for a while after I entered college– that’s when I hit my huge manga-nerd stage–  and I forgot about Mahfood’s work until I moved to Japan in about 2005, and there, met a girl from the Bronx who had packed her entire collection of Grrl Scouts with her! We totally bonded over Jim’s work (is this getting creepy yet? I feel like it’s getting creepy), and through that ice breaker, we eventually became super close friends.

Enough about me and how Jim’s art has changed my life. ABOUT JIM.

I moved to LA and after I became friends with Jamie of JapanLA, she mentioned that Jim USED TO BE HER NEIGHBOR. WTFFFFF. I met him in person a few times, and he was a super nice guy, and luckily, was not completely creeped out by my fangirling. He does a lot of live painting around LA and elsewhere, and if you have a chance you should totes check it out. Super inspiring stuff, guys!

On to Jim’s Bio.. which is totally impressive…

If you watch NBC's "Community" at all, you know who Kickpuncher is. Jim illustrated the comic for it. I REALLY NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS ASAP!

Jim Mahfood aka Food One is a freelance artist working professionally in the fields of illustration, advertising, comic books, murals, fine art, animation, live art in nightclubs, and custom body-painting. He has worked for every major comic book company and his illustrations have appeared in such publications as Playboy, Spin, Spectrum Illustration Annual, Star Wars Gamer, URB, the Hollywood Reporter, BPM, the Phoenix New Times, Mad Magazine, Heavy Metal, and more. Highlights of his career include illustrating director Kevin Smith’s “Clerks” comics, handling the art chores on the entire ad campaign for Colt 45 malt liquor in 2007-08, painting the murals on Comedy Central’s “Sarah Silverman Show”, illustrating the “Kickpuncher” comic book that was included in the Season 1 DVD of NBC’s hit show, “Community”, illustrating and art directing reggae legend Ziggy Marley’s “MarijuanaMan” project, and providing custom car art for Nissan’s new “Juke” Artist Series (that’s what the photo at the top is of!).

The work he created for the show is amazing! Take a look! I am HONORED!

Mizz Chubbs & The Demon Hare Crew
Mixed Media
10″ x 16″
$600

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!


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“Chubby Bunny feat. Kerli” Behind the Scenes Video

30 Apr

Chubby Bunny features Kerli as one of the new faces of our brand for our Summer 2011 collection of accessories!

(Accessories and top by Chubby Bunny!)

Check out this behind the scenes video of the photo shoot with Kerli, featuring music from her newly released single, “Army of Love,” which peaked at number 1 for the week of May 7th, 2011 on Billboards Dance Club Songs chart!

Kerli’s unique style and amazing music made her an instant muse for Chubby Bunny, and this photo shoot provided a unique opportunity for an amazing stylistic collaboration. The Chubby Bunny accessories in this video will be debuting May 7, 2011 at the Bunnies & Bows Art & Fashion event!

These photos will be used in Chubby Bunny’s 2011 campaign, and for a secret collaborative project between Chubby Bunny and Kerli! Stay tuned for the big announcement on MAY 7th!

Credits:
Michelle Nguyen: Chubby Bunny, Owner & Designer
Kerli: Musician
Greg De Stefano: Photographer
Yume Ninja: Stylist, MUA

Music: Army of Love by Kerli
Video edit: Tim Chang & Rayne Vasquez

Special Thanks:
Assistant: Jennifer Newman
Videographer: William Bradley

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Onch: Rainbow Prince of LA

29 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way. I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Onch

Onch's "Meatlace" product, inspired by Lady Gaga's meat outfit! (Don't worry, it's just plastic!)

You may already know Onch from his stint on the reality show Paris’ My New BFF season 1 and 2, or from his super over-the-top food-themed jewelry line “Onch Movement,” for which my event production company helped throw a massively SWEET shindig for a few months ago…!

But, when I met Onch, he was just a cute-fashion lover the same as myself as he was sitting in JapanLA

Onch's amazing icecream cone necklace! I waaant ❤

chatting with the owner, Jamie, as I came in to do a photo session. Onch has a great passion for fashion, and more importantly, an amazingly energetic outlook on life, as well as business. I really respect Onch’s ability to “sell” cute, as well as BE cute and be himself, without worrying too much if people think he’s being strange or not. He knows what it’s like to be different, but instead of trying to blend in to be like everyone else, embraces his uniqueness and doesn’t worry about the “haters.” Lord knows I totally see eye to eye with him on this. I know strangers stare (or scream and take photos of me like I’m a rabid beast about to kill their babies), and that it’s a tough thing when growing up to not just try to be “normal” just so other people will stop bothering you.

Onch's works for the #PrayForJapan Exhibition in March.

And yet, here we all are, still being “weird,” creative, and loving it, embracing others who are like us and enjoy being unique!

So to Onch, I salute him for making a career of it, and also to being a totally sweet friend! I’m glad to have met him and I hope everyone who attends the party can, too!

His artwork matches his personality, and is super cute, glittery, and looks like candy! Check out some shots of his finished work!

Onch's completed super-glittery piece!

Name: Lucky dead bunny
Material: acrylic on wood, epoxy coating
Size 8.5″ x 11″
Price: $350

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Shannon Shea: In 2 words: BUNNY PEGASUS.

28 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way. I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Shannon Shea

Shannon's the one on the right.

Just take a look at this girl. Go ahead, LOOK AT HER. Willing to be fake-strangled by Darth Vader for the sake of hilarity. A true winner!

Shannon (right) and I (left.. with sorta normal hair!) at a summer festival in Kyoto, 2007-ish.

Shannon Shea (no, not Darth Vader) is a very good friend of mine that I met while living in Japan. At the time, she taught at a special needs school in Shiga, just outside of Kyoto, while I was putzing around working in Osaka (just an hour or so train ride away from Kyoto for those who don’t know). We were introduced via mutual (nerd) friends, and it was super duper love at first sight. We had a very similar sunny outlook on living and working in Japan, and shared a ton of common interests, like awesome clothes and taking really ridiculous looking purikura pictures.

Shannon currently lives in Portland, the land where young people go to retire (go watch “Portlandia” if you’re confused), where she is busy being awesome. Shannon is one of those rare people who is super creative and fashionable and is NOT all over the internet all the time! She has a Facebook, but that’s set to private, and she’s not on the world of Twitter, tumblr, or online blogging. She is very private and is one of those people who treasures and nurtures her friendships and keeps a close group of friends. She is such a sweetheart and I am very happy to be her friend ❤

I recently visited her and asked her to be part of Bunnies & Bows to introduce her work to the SoCal art scene, and she was pretty thrilled. She will be unable to attend the exhibition opening, but we are hoping to get her to come down to LA soon! I hope that everyone will enjoy her art!

Here’s her bio info:

Originally from Oroville, California, Shannon graduated with a BFA in Electronic Art from California State University of Chico before moving to Shiga, Japan for three wonderful years of fun and cultural immersion. Shea currently resides in Portland, Oregon, and is working with adults with developmental disabilities at Project Grow, creating art and filming various projects. Shea finds inspiration in all things cute, pastel and ’80s.

And here are some views of her finished work! It’s pretty jawsome in person, so I hope you all can make it to the exhibition to see it! I am just all sorts of WOW about her character choice for this… BUNNY PEGASUS, YOU GUYS.

Closeup

Name of work: Happiest Sky
medium: Acrylic and Ink
size: 23 1/4 ” x 33 1/2 ”
Price: TBA

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!



Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Miss Kika: Champion of Food and Justice!

27 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Miss Kika

Liz's AMAZING work she did for the Sanrio 50th Anniversary Exhibition! This was turned into an exclusive print and is now SOLD OUT! ❤

Miss Kika, or Liz Lorini as she is known to her friends, is an amazing artist with a very graphic quality about her work, and an amazing ability to capture sweetness and sultry expressions on the girls in her pieces. Also, as you can judge by her picture, Liz is a goofball, an incredibly nice and talented person, and a hoot to chat with online if you can ever find her these days!

Liz recently moved to South Korea, being the globe trotting sort, and SoCal misses her so! So much, that we are constantly still asking her for art! SHIP IT ACROSS THE WORLD FOR US PLEASE!

The first time I met Liz was when a bunch of my friends got dressed up in school girl

Liz also did art for Sugarpill cosmetics! Adorable, yes?

uniforms to go to a musical our friend was in where she played.. a school girl. Liz was a hoot, and talked about meat and snacks, and well, of course we are great friends now! Previously living in Northern California, Liz would often visit Los Angeles for art shows and general awesome hanging out times. I seriously miss her a lot now that she’s gone, and am already planning an epic Korea trip to visit her and her awesome BF Nara soon! ❤ MUCH LOVE TO LIZ!

Here’s a shot of her progress so far! EXPECT AMAZING THINGS everyone!!!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!


Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: San Smith: Blast from the Pink Past!

27 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

San Smith

It would seem that my otaku past has a way with catching up with me. Dianne Garcia and I are nerd friends from the past, but San Smith and I also come from the way-back-when time machine! We first met for the simple reason that we both REALLY liked Miwako, a character from the

A wedding invite San drew on commission for fellow nerd friend Ginny, aka G-Chan!

series Paradise Kiss (BEFORE IT WAS EVER AN ANIME, SUCKAS!), making us O.G. Ai Yazawa fans <3. After a few months of constant back and forth comments and emails on Livejournal, the fate of our real lives stepped in and we lost touch for over  almost 8 years (Basically, San deleted her Livejournal account and since we are nerds and didn’t know any other pertinent info about each other, that was the end of that). However, we got back in touch when one day when I recieved a comment on my blag from SAN. I immediately emailed her asking, in an almost too-crazy way, “HEY HEY ARE YOU SAN? MIWAKO SAN? SAN FROM OUR NERD YEARS?” Thank goodness it was her, and not some other girl, because the email would have been creepy as hell if it was for a stranger.

San often does cute illustrations of herself for her outfit-of-the-day posts!

We got back in touch with each other via each others’ blogs, and she even came to visit me in LA when she was trying out to, become a 6%DOKIDOKI model during the Sweet Streets 2 Gallery opening event (and succeeded!). San is such a sweet girl, and I was very glad to see her IRL again. I’m only sad it wasn’t during a slower time of the year when I wasn’t running an event and had not too too much time to hang out 😦

ANYWAY! enough reminiscing! San is now a successful freelance illustrator! She has a really smooth illustrative style, and currently resides in Atlanta, home to many of my east coast nerd friends of yore ❤

Her bio from her site:

San Smith is a professional Illustrator residing in Atlanta, Georgia. Her style is inspired by her interest in animation, comic books and vintage toys. When San isn’t drawing, she enjoys hula hooping, riding bicycles, photography and chasing her chihuahua around the house. Her influences include Jamie Hernandez, Dan DeCarlo, Tara McPherson and Bruce Timm.

Now that the Bunnies & Bows show is so close, I have FINAL images for many of my artists! Check out her in-progress shot of her work, and then her final product below!

In-progress shot of her conceptualizing her ideas for the piece

“All wrapped up”
Medium: Digital print
Size: 8.5×11″
Price: $75.00

Can’t wait to see it in person! ❤

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!

Meet “Bunnies & Bows” artist: Michelle Romo: Heck Yeah, Cute Times!

24 Apr

All of the artists I chosen for the Bunnies & Bows event have influenced me on a creative, professional, or personal level in some way.  I’ll be introducing some of the artists who have been sending me in their progress shots for the Bunnies & Bows gallery (debut & opening party May 7!) here!

Michelle Romo

Michelle Romo is the mind behind Crowded Teeth, a super cute brand that focuses on 2d shape-oriented character art! Her extensive line of products produced through Loungefly includes wallets, bags, socks, T-shirts, and a whole lot more!

Michelle's gallery at JapanLA is chock full of cute! Even the walls are decorated!

I was first exposed to Michelle’s awesome artwork when I saw her come in to JapanLA to drop off her artwork for the Hello Kitty Three Apples exhibition that (JapanLA owner Jamie curated the show). She was immediately super friendly and easy to talk to, and I was really impressed to meet the Crowded Teeth designer in person, since I have often seen her products on sale practically everywhere!

Michelle often does 3d art, like these little guys playing instruments!

Michelle often does 3d art, like these little guys playing instruments!

Michelle is very modest, and always willing to help others! She talked about her art style with me right away, even though I had just met her (I feel like she was giving me trade secrets!) and I’m so pleased that we are still friends today, always bumping into each other at the same art show openings 🙂 She’s been a big inspiration to me, since her art style resonates very strongly with the illustrative quality of my own work, and she has been so patient and nice to me, giving me advice on art styles, tools, and being jaw-some.

She recently opened a solo show at JapanLA, full of awesome cuteness! Many of her works have already sold, but you should come down and check out the installation, which will be up until May 2nd! I snapped a few pics when I went for the opening party a few weeks ago! =D

Here’s info on her background from her site!

Michelle's collection of rings she made for the event! I made sure to grab a white bunnymonster looking one ❤

Michelle Romo is a self-taught illustrator and designer who is fueled by cookies and naps. She got her first computer when she was 16 and she hasn’t stopped working since. Her influences include Mid-Century, Japanese, and Scandinavian design and pretty much anything cute.

Michelle created her line, Crowded Teeth, in 2004 and continues to create characters and products under that name. When she isn’t working she spends her time eating good food, hugging her friends, playing video games, and crafting. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Jason and their two cats, Hurts and Morgan.

Here’s her in-progress photo of her work! I’m sure the final product is going to be SO MUCH MORE amazing than this! Michelle always adds surprising elements to her work like interesting framing, hidden characters, and 3d pieces!

For all purchase inquiries, you can contact me at iamchubbybunny (at) gmail (dot ) com! Stay tuned for more artists’ previews for the Bunnies & Bows show!