Many of you have written in to ask about artwork for sale. So,by popular demand, I've relaunched the Store section of my site. The new store has been streamlined and includes a "lightbox" style viewing mode that I think you'll really like. The current selection of prints will be exclusively available for the month of May. Get them while they are hot because every month I'll be rotating out prints with a fresh batch. Follow the link below to see what's available for May 2009: http://www.joshuaellingson.com/ellingson_store/
- Ryan De La Hoz
- Mark Bode
- Nix Turner
- Brett Armory
- Chor Boogie
- Leanne Miller
- Henry Lewis
- Ted Lincoln (*)
- Chili Bean Paste Bucket (??)
- Joshua Ellingson
- Henry Gunderson
- Jesse Hazelip
- David Ball
- Julianne Yates
- David Young V.
More infos at the Fecal Face Calendar.
PS-That's my old pal Ben Collison, with the No-Guns hoodie in the pic.
Local 303 artists Matt Delight and Josh Ellingson were guest DJ's on San Francisco State University's KSFS for "Everybody's a DJ". Check out their blog to hear a unique blend of electronic, hip-hop, and indy pop sounds from San Francisco's favorite art nerds.
I look for many excuses to visit my friends in Portland, OR, but no reason is more compelling than the Stumptown Comics Fest. Part of the reason is that many of my friends from other parts of the great northern expanse make the migration downstream to PDX for the event. It's like a huge bonus to see them and be a comic nerd too. Pictured above is Justin Nitz, hanging his banner for the Mini-Comics Dumptruck. The Dumptruck is a podcast/art group for those that are driven to create beautiful tiny works of narrative pictures.
The weather was unbelievably nice in Portland. Apparently they were due for some nice weather too, so everyone seemed in good spirits. Maybe that had something to due with the enormous turnout for the event. I hadn't planned on tabling, but with all that good-time art-loving energy flowing, I had to set up and make some robots. People seemed very receptive to my small robot army. I'll have to remember this for my next invasion.
After the Fest on Saturday, Cosmic Monkey Comics threw an afterparty. The party is a Stumptown Comics tradition, with art battles, dancing, snacks, and booze. I got to catch up with Paul Friedrich, the creator of Onion Head Monster. Paul was my neighbor at the 2006 Comic Con Int'l and he's just a hands-down awesome guy.
Here's a little travel tip for those of you Portland bound. Opt for the suite. It's huge. My room featured two baths, a dining table for eight, three TVs (one over the hot tub), a day bed, a bedroom, three balconies, and a vanity. To be honest, the room terrified me but it was nice to be a high roller for a night.
Good buddy and fellow Local 303 member, Matt Delight made it up to the fest as well. It was so nice to have a no-pressure comics convention experience with good friends around. I soaked in so much food, sunshine, and good spirits that I had to take my shoes off just to be comfortable. Thanks for the recharge, PDX. I'll be back.
Here are the bulk of my photos from the trip on Flickr:
Come check out my newest paintings and drawings as well as lots of "works in progress" during Open Studios April 24th, 25th, and 26th. If that doesn't get you in, let me tell you that there will also be killer new works from Dave Garvey, Matt Delight, and Jason Dryg. Still not convinced? Fine, you've forced my hand. There will be brownie-bites from Jasmine Rae Bakery (while they last).
Officially titled, the "Mission Spring Studio Stroll", 1890 Bryant St. Studios is opening their doors to the public. Our space, The Local 303 is on the 3rd floor in #303. Below are some links to more information about the event and a slide show of the promotional postcards from other artists at 1890.
1890 Bryant St. Studios Website: www.1890bryant.com
The Local 303 Website: www.local303.org
Come to Cellspace for Al's Comics benefit event! There will be lots of Bay Area artists, performers, and other weirdness (including Al himself!). I'll be set up with the other artists, selling prints and doing sketches. Please stop by and say hello if you are in the area.
Sunday, March 22nd
2050 Bryant St., San Francisco
Here's a link to the event on Laughing Squid:
Last week, a few of us from the building got together to celebrate our art space's 3rd anniversary. I still feel like we just moved in, but we've had some great times already. "303" veterans SomaFM played music from their Secret Agent station while we ate fancy cheese and sipped rum punch (it's making a comeback!).
Here's a flickr set of my photos from the history of The Local 303:
South Carolina State University's art department has invited me to showcase artwork in their FAB Gallery. The show will feature a selection of my new series "Carrying Home", an exploration of growing up in semi-rural Michigan at my grandparents' farmhouse.
"I've got so many memories from that place. Because my grandparents
were antique collectors, the house was loaded with interesting stuff.
I was always in the workshop with Grandpa, working on a duck decoy or
fashioning my own ninja weapon from chair legs. The house was
completely rebuilt by my grandfather, and they even built a big red
barn out back. My mother, my aunts and my uncle grew up in that house
too so there's just so much history. Most of this series is about
keeping that home and those memories close to me, carrying it with me.
I don't know what I'm going to do when it's gone."
The show goes up March 23rd and runs through April 14th, 2009. There's more information about SCSU's FAB Gallery at http://www.scsufabgallery.blogspot.com/
More information on the show is on SCSU's website here http://www.scsu.edu/event_details.aspx?event_id=317
Below is "Den 1", from the series.
Hi! Just a quick update that I'll be tabling in Artist Alley at Wondercon this weekend. Here's the info and a link to Wondercon's site: