Sunday, December 16, 2007



So I finished the paintings of both of these drawings! 6 more to go.
These two are 11" x 14" each, so that's a bit on the large side for me. I also got a big load off my chest in the form of my side projects, which include a website for a performer-friend and an overseas group show (if customs and all that jazz goes ok!). But more on that later. This was a very productive week, and I'm ready for another, and another...and then it's the end of the year, isn't it?

Oh, and don't worry, you will see a nice big preview of these paintings in January. Since Cannibal Flower is just for one day, I will post everything beforehand.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Little Things



This is a song illustration for Hanne Hukkelberg's "Little Girl," from her album titled "Little Things." The lyrics would make an incredible series of small paintings. And I would totally do it if I wasn't so overworked already!

Sigh. It seems like only yesterday that it was last Thursday. Why is the year in such a hurry to be over?

I noticed that I haven't said what I've been up to all week: let's see. I finished my first painting for the Cannibal Flower show last week, and began the 2nd one this week. I should be able to finish it tomorrow. In addition, I have a few side projects that I'm always working on (my weekends, for example, are entirely devoted to these side projects). So there you have it.

Until next time!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Excess



...and I hope I didn't forget anything! I did this drawing as an homage to my sad obsession with stuff (also known as materialism, I guess). It's not so much obsession, as it is dependency, because just thinking about all the stuff I need in order to function, is ridiculous! And then there are the things that I just have to have (my book collection is insane), the stuff that I can't throw away, and the things that I can't believe I spend money on. Necessary excessiveness, is what I call it!

Friday, November 30, 2007

Taking a Little Break to Post This...


Flowers of Romance
Originally uploaded by Michelle Mia Araujo
Here's the "Flowers of Romance" piece, back in my hands again before leaving for Alpha Cult next week. There are a few real leaves in there, but 95% of them are silk flowers, gessoed and stained to perfection to make them look like they're dead and dying. They are glued securely with E6000, so they're not going anywhere!


My studio is a war-zone: do not enter! It's the real-deal stage. I begin painting next Monday, and have only this weekend to finish up all of the color comps, trace-transfers, and last-minute drawing fix-ups. I made the mistake this week of plunging headfirst into a painting that I didn't have figured out, and ended up wasting time instead of saving any. So I now know to trust the way I work. There's nothing wrong with having a method. Sometimes I second-guess myself, and this is the sort of thing that happens.


But overall, it was a good week. A lot of work done. Seeing the drawings come to life in the color-comp stage is thrilling, and now I am excited to start painitng. Bet this is fun: watch me do the number thing again. We're down to 8 for February, and 15 for April. Again, I'd rather get work done than spend time posting all of my drawings, but I promise to post some... eventually.


On a last note, if you haven't seen Charlie Chaplin's "City Lights", go rent it now. It is one of my very favorite films in the world, and easily one of the best ever made! Pure genius. I could watch silent films forever. Ok...back to work!

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Three Shows for December

Here is all the information you need to know about my group shows this month, along with the paintings that I'm showing in each gallery:


Dr. Frankenstein.” 5" x 7". Acrylic on wood. (left)
Hester Prynne.” 5" x 7". Acrylic on wood. (right)

Show: “Price....Less" Group Show.
Opening: December 1st from 8pm-12:30AM.
Show Runs until December 29.
Where: The Hive Gallery & Studios
729 South Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
http://www.thehivegallery.com/




A Couple of Christmas Trees.” Lord (left) and Lady (right).
Each are 4"x6," acrylic on board.

Show: “Wishful Thinking,” presented by Project: Gallery and Juxtapoz magazine.
Opening: December 1st, 7-11pm.
Show Runs Until December 15.
Where: Project: Gallery
8545 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
http://www.projectgalleryla.com/



Flowers of Romance.” 8" x 10" Acrylic on board.
(This one's being photographed right now, but I will post a picture of it with the frame when I get it back! Hint: it's where the flowers come in...)

Show: “Pop Muzik”
Opening: December 15th, 7-11pm.
Show Runs until January 9.
Where: Alpha Cult
408 East First St. Suite #102
Long Beach, CA 90802
http://www.alphacult.com/

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Thank you!

A huge thank you to the two lovely ladies who made my day!
Snow Mack, who bought my painting ("Flotsam") at Cannibal Flower last night, and Michele Waterman for buying "A Change in the Wind" from me today. You don't know how grateful I am for your support. Makes me want to paint a hundred times more!

Edit: For some reason they told me it was Snow, but apparently it was (her husband, and artist) Kevin Mack who bought the piece! Thanks, Kevin! But both of you are wonderful!

I finished the "top-secret" painting that I was talking about earlier. I also finished all of the April show drawings, and will start painting them next week, as well as finishing up the drawings for the February show. Let's make the last week of November a good one, because December will find me elbow-deep in acrylic until the middle of next year!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

The Largest of Them All


I spent all day yesterday on this one. This is the centerpiece for my show in April next year. It's going to be about 20" x 15." The numbers keep changing, but there will be 16 paintings for that show ( I finished 9 or so drawings for those), and 11 for the February one! Again, the numbers may still change.

Have been slaving away on a top-secret painting this week, also. It's top-secret, because I don't know if it will happen or not, and I don't like to tell about things until they are for sure. So I'm unveiling it in 2 weeks, even though I need to get it finished by this Monday.

Busy, busy, busy...

Friday, November 16, 2007

Great News!



I got 6 pieces accepted into Si-LA's Illustration West 46 competition! Here are my winning entries. They will only be featured online though. The gallery they're showing at this year is small, so the judging was tough. The pieces showing at the gallery are the award winners and the top 20% of the entries.

This week I've been working non-stop on drawings for the big Hive show next year. I came up with tons of ideas, finished the drawings for 3 epic pieces, and the drawings for 5 character ones. Exciting! I'm considering posting them soon, but I would much rather get the paintings finished.

Recently purchased Hanne Hukkelberg's newest album, Rykestrasse 68, and it is sensational. "Ticking Bomb" is probably my favorite track, but every song is incredible. It is the perfect soundtrack for the work I'm doing at the moment. I highly recommend her to anyone.

More soon.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Website Updated

I took some time this weekend to revamp my website a bit. The gallery is organized by application of work now (editorial, gallery work, etc.), so the art is distributed a bit differently. I also added all the recent work that you've been seeing here.

I added a couple more links, wrote a biography and exhibition listing, and changed around the contact page as well. So every page has been reworked in some way or other.

Oh and in case you may not have noticed, everytime I update my website, the homepage image in the frame changes. That's how you know there is something new to see.

www.miaillustration.com

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Finally Finished!


"Rogue." 11"x14". Acrylic on board. For the Stan Lee show at Gallery 1988 next year. This one took just under 40 hours to complete. Not bad...it was a lot of fun.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

The Finished Painting

Here is the finished "Flowers of Romance," but the piece is not complete without the frame treatment, as I'm calling it. It's a surprise, but I will post a photo of it once it's finished.
This one's for Alpha Cult's December 15 show.

Ta for now!

Saturday, November 3, 2007

A Deep Breath



Here's the drawing for my Alpha Cult piece...

I've been working like mad on work for the featured shows next year, as well as meeting with people this week. Lots of helpful advice, feedback, and insight from them. I also made a calendar for myself covering the work I need to do over the next 6 months, and it's insane. To get everything done, it's something like 5 paintings a month on average, not counting the resarch, sketching, drawing, and everything that comes before the finished piece. And this is also excluding meetings, and other side-projects that I've promised to do.

So this is the reason why my posts might come less frequently. It simply means that work is getting done very quickly!

Tuesday, October 30, 2007


Here is "Eat," framed and ready for Saturday at the Hive.

OPENING: Sat. November 3rd, from 8PM-12:30AM
SHOW RUNS UNTIL: November 25th

Sunday, October 28, 2007

The Finished Trees


So here are my finals for the December show at Project: Gallery.
I actually finished 'him' on Wednesday and 'her' on Thursday, but I've been swamped with other stuff ever since.

Cannibal Flower was amazing last night! Oh, and the November show at the Hive is this next Saturday. www.thehivegallery.com

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Grow


This drawing is actually based on the fact that I never had a growth spurt, growing up. I remember those charts they'd have in the classroom to measure your height, and how everyone would make a big deal over how much they'd grown. This is my interpretation of those memories.

How coincidential that 4 of my recent drawings could also have illustrated the word "grow" in their own separate ways:















Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Boble bobble babble.

A couple of Christmas trees. At least, that's the idea.
Here are the drawings for the Project: Gallery show. The theme is Christmas cards, and they are supposed to be 4" x 6" in dimension.

I'm working on the paintings for these, and believe me when I say how grueling it is to paint this small.

I have another piece to do for December, so I'm busy whether I like it or not (it's a good thing that I like it)! Oh, and I haven't forgotten about Rogue— I'll start on her next week.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

2 Paintings in 4 Days.

"Eat." 5" x 7"ish.
I finished this one last night. It's for the Hive's November show. I'll post the date & time and all that jazz later.

Oh, and there was a little bit of confusion, but it looks like Asia and I will be featured at Cannibal Flower in February, not Thinkspace. More on that over the next few months, but that's an important detail that I wanted to clear up!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Cannibal Flower


This is my piece, framed and ready to hang, for next Saturday's Cannibal Flower show at Infusion Gallery.

For those of you who don't know about it, it's a one-day event, and it's a Halloween party. So make sure you can swing by if you're in the area.

Saturday, October 27.
The show runs from 9:30pm -2 :00 am.
Infusion Gallery
719 South Spring Street, Los Angeles

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Extremes


This is a page out of a zine called “Sugar and Spice,” that my sister and I did. We drew the image together, and I did the hand-writing on top.

For those of you who don’t know about it, and are asking “how is this ‘extremes’?”…
Sailor and Mabel are a pair of unusually conjoined twins (as you can see!) , who have strikingly different personalities. Sailor is the one you can see entirely in the image, and Mabel’s face is in the mirror.

The story takes place in a fictional 1920’s circus world that my sister and I made up (yes, my sister and I are twins…), full of eccentric characters and quirky situations.

Voila!


The finished painting of "A Change in the Wind." 8" x 10". (The thumbnail looks a bit dark for some reason. )
I made some changes to the final from the drawing, but I'm happy with the result.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Change in the Wind


Process: I'm working on a painting of this one right now, for Cannibal Flower next Saturday. I also have my final drawings for the two paintings for Project: Gallery, but I'll post those later.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Open

"Open. " Acrylic on board. About 15 hours or less?

Here's my story for the week. Monday is "post about environmental awareness" day, so maybe I was getting a head start. I love figuring out a painting as I go. Just a drawing to go by, and a color scheme that ends up changing completely.

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Siempre se trabaja aquí.



Here's two more. I'm working on a painting for something else in the meantime.
I'm crazy like that.
Also, check out my little feature on O-News! You have to scroll down some:

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Waste not.




News: I will also be part of the December group show at Project: Gallery this year! More on that soon.

So here are some drawings that will soon be paintings towards the 2-person shows next year. Not sure which will go in which; depends on how the rest of the work evolves.

Fellow classmates of mine might recognize the characters and imagery from the book I did for JT's class, The Evil Eye. These paintings will be based on that story. I had promised to work on it this summer, but time came and went into other things, and nothing happened. So, at least I'm using all those characters, landscapes, and ideas and adding new stuff to them, for these.

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Work, Work, Work



Here are some new character studies for more paintings. Exciting News: Asia (www.asiaengart.com) and I are going to be featured in a show together in Thinkspace Gallery this February! Also, look out for our work in the upcoming Cannibal Flower exhibitions (more details on that later)! I'm dying to create more work, and I'm going to be busier than ever for the rest of the year: perfect. Now I can see more of a clear-cut path.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

The Blues

My Illustration Friday drawing: it looks better, bigger! ( In celebration of my Mac being fixed and my scanner being back <3 ) Oh, and I didn't lose a minute! Check out my website for the latest update!

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Blacklight II, this Saturday



Forgive the flash, but look how these look in their frames! I was really impressed by what a great job the guys at Mittel's did on such short notice.

"Houdini" will be in the main room, and "Inner Demons" will be in the blacklight room this Saturday at the Hive's Blacklight II show. The Blacklight room looks incredible, I saw it last night during the drop-off-- stop by if you have the chance, it'll be up for the rest of October.
I made a ton of drawings the past two days for my April show, and I'm dying to have my scanner back. I'll post them later, but I'm pretty excited with what's happening.



Monday, October 1, 2007

It's technically Monday right now.

So my Mac died. It needs to be serviced this week, don't know when yet. But that means no scanner, no updating my website ( which I was about to do), and more insanity for my poor sister (she lost some files).

All I have are digital photos. We made this little guy on Tuesday. My sister made his body and sewed his head onto it. I sculpted and painted his head. Look closely: he's mouthless. I did 7 other heads and painted six of them. They still need bodies and clothes, but they won't be getting them for a while!
These past 2 days, I've been working on my show for next April. Pieces of characters, scraps of stories, half-formed images, premature sketches, doodles, scribbles, frenzied notes, lethargic pencil strokes, defeated sighs, spurts of inspiration, research, research, research. Love this stage.
Goodnight, or G'day.

Friday, September 28, 2007

I Can't Stop Drawing You!


...Uzeyer! You're just such a terrific character!
I am so addicted to this show that I have to see it for a second time-- that day will be October 14 at 1pm, and we have front row seats again, only this time it's in those aisle things right by the stage. Really, that's saying something, because I don't watch "live things that are expensive" twice unless I'm insanely obsessed. But I'm so excited to see it again, that it feels like the same excitement I felt when I hadn't ever seen it yet. My heart is with that entire cast.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Come On and Sneak a Peek


Next January, Gallery 1988 (Los Angeles) is having a Stan Lee show, which I am excited to be contributing to. I've been throwing ideas around in my head and doing sketches for this ever since Jensen asked me to do it, and now I finally have a finished drawing. The painting itself should not be too far off.

So here is Rogue, watering the flower-men she can never have (sniffle!), while being consumed by the personalities that she absorbs. The quilt border is for the South, with home-sweet-home in the back. I still might use the quilt squares for a second narrative, but whatever the pattern is, I'm going to keep it simple and secondary.

Monday, September 3, 2007

The sort of thing that makes life worth living.

Just saw Cirque du Soleil's Corteo last night and it was UNBELIEVABLE. I don't see how anyone could *not* have been blown away by it. It was beautiful; a feast for the eyes, overflowing with passion and talent. I left with so much love for everyone involved in it. I also left with red and painful hands from clapping so much. I could only dream to be able to blow away an audience like these people do.

Look at the drop-dead gorgeous curtain:




Kit Chatham (left), the drummer, was one of my favorites. Couldn't take my eyes off him.
Edit: Did I mention that we had front row seats? Worth every penny!

Friday, August 24, 2007

My Hero

I love love LOVE Houdini.
I'm on page 335 of this incredible book. So inspiring.


(Also finishing up a painting, and writing my children's book-- Still in rough stage, writing's almost done. Have some business things to take care of. Busy, busy, busy.)

Friday, August 10, 2007

More...

Just exciting to see all the good press and coverage for the Hive's "Dream" show!

Juxtapoz: http://www.juxtapoz.com/jux/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1458&Itemid=62

Society of Illustrators Los Angeles: http://si-la.org/blog/ (thanks, Alyce!)

TKDA Monthly 08/07

next week's- LA Weekly in the Street Scene section.

Blink Digital in Santa Monica is hosting a cool event at the end of the month featuring work from the Hive (my Blowfish piece will be there).

Also, Illustration West 45 is up at http://www.si-la.org/ Check it out.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

CQ 9!!

Just got the latest Creative Quarterly issue in which I got a page for my penguin piece. Bob Dob even got a mention as the instructor! Check it out:













"Dream a Little Dream": tonight!