Its that first moment where you've just come out of a dream and you open your eyes in an unfamiliar room and you don't know where you are......my mind scrambles to come up with an explanation , then memory kicks in... i experienced that moment today, and after the shock wore off i remembered ,,,that I'm in CHINA!
I Am here Teaching a series of workshops In Beijing Shanghai and Guangzhou
Today I am in Shanghai and I will BE teaching this afternoon. the crowds are anywhere from 500 to over 1000 . the event is sponsored by wacom and adobe and admission is free. I only have about an hour for my lecture and i do my best to pack it with creative information.
I am here with Dirty iron the lead 2d artist at Massive black Shanghai and he is giving some great lectures as well .
I was given a tour of the Massive Black shanghai office yesterday for the first time. the studio and the artists blew me away, Dan , Jenny and the rest of the guys are running a great operation there.
i don't even know how to begin summing up my experience in china. First off the people have been wonder full to me, In all of my travels it has been one of the warmest welcome i have received by an audience and my Hosts .So far i have seen Beijing and Shanghai, even thought i have only whitenessed a tiny fraction of these cities i can say with all confidence that China is one of the most overwhelming manifestation of material and people i have ever seen in my entire life, i just keep thinking to myself how could all of these buildings and cars and roads come out of the earth? my mind cant even wrap it self around the amount of food and resources it takes to keep this place going. its utterly an incredible sight to behold and it gives me an entirely new perspective mankind's role on the planet at this moment , and its future.
here is the website with info about the event
ill update this thread with some more pictures soon, for now here are a few recent pictures ive done
this is my favorite Girl Lotus Drops, she is a killer dj and my spiritual bodyguard in Sf
and here are some other recent paintings i did for Bassnectar, as soon as i get back to the us i will be going on a road tour with him for a few weeks to the east coast, i will post the confirmed dates soon
if anyone is in the Gunagzhou i will have my last performance there on the 4th.
i will be performing at the Entertainment Art Technology Macworld after party tonight in san francisco, its on the 4th floor of the metreon,
more info here http://www.culturecatch.com/events/c...-macworld-2008
i will be unveiling to the public a new digital painting hardware, its called the " SCRATCH TAB" and its a hybrid between a wacom tablet and a kaoscilator!!!
Small live painting update
just wanted to post a few recent
this one is a painting of Mama Wisdom from the goddess Alchemy project http://www.myspace.com/goddessalchemyproject
one favorite dj named vibesquad , this was painted at the symbiosis festival http://www.myspace.com/vibesquad
this is a Dub step Trio named sub swara painted @ Club Love in New York City http://www.myspace.com/subswara
Ok im a jerk for not updating this thread , more often.
We are getting really excited about the workshop ,
i want to announce the headlining entertainment for fridays party will the the one and only Glitch mob http://www.myspace.com/theglitchmob
and speaking of the glitch mob here is a painting i did of them @ burning man this year
This will go down as probably my favorite moments live painting ,it was created in Canada @ shambala music festival., i started painting that night at 10 pm and continued straight through until lorins sunrise set, as the sunrise peaked over the rocky mountains the screaming mass of dancing people dissolved and it was just me and lorin doing what we love in the forest.. this was officially the first outside sunrise i had ever painted digitally in my life
And this was created at the adapt conference at the after party , I screen recorded the entire process and Aaron is editing it into a new downloadable vid soon .
my adventures in japan are coming to a close, its been a hell of a trip. there is so much i could say about the experience ive had here and the lessons ive learned, the perspective i have gained being here will have an effect on how i view the world i am returning to in a big way.
here are a few of the finished paintings, my laptop really loves japan, it actually ran away in the trunk of a taxi cab over a week ago and i haven't seen it since, once its ready to come back ill post up the artwork that its holding on to, until then here are a few images i managed to upload before it took off
This was a painting of the legandary Mix Master Morris in tokyo , Some people refer to him as the father of ambient music.
bluetech- the first painting from the japan tour --
"Kind of blue-tech", painted at the super delux
glitch mob these are my boys from la , the style of music they spin is called "glitch hop" they just made the front page of itunes electronic music section and i designing thier new album cover --
time for another update, im presently typing this message from Tokyo Japan!, i just arrived here yesterday, or if your in the states im typing this from tomorrow, i took two weeks down to move into a new warehouse but ive been continuing the live painting non stop.
i will be in japan for the next 3 weeks doing a live painting tour with a dj named bluetech and promoting a short animated film called illuminated. I have been doing concepts for the short and bluetech is doing the soundtrack so they have flown us out to japan to hit a series of clubs to raise awareness for the film and recruit some Japanese animators.
painted live in chicago for the entheon village
this one has been printed out on canvas 12 feet wide by 4.5 feet tall,
initially painted during a freak nasty set
its called the salvation of Bass, and its a response to the presence of spirit on the dance-floor
these two were painted for a fashion show in los Angeles last week, the company is called skin graft, they make some pretty bas ass clothing and accessories, they are custom making me a new rock and roll guitar strap for my wacom tablet.
another skin graft image,
this was painted from life, thank you to the lovely breanna for posing so patiently for me throughout the piece
and here is a promo piece i did of one ofof the characters LUNA from the illuminated film
thanks agian for your attention, and by the way if you are a local in Tokyo we are looking for a translator/ guide/ someone to hand out with and draw. if you are interested send me a pm, ill get you vip passes to the shows and do what i can to make it worth your while
the live paintings continue-----
wow two weeks goes by fast, the colorado shows were a blast, big thanks to all the ca members that made it out to the shows. painting in my home town boulder at the fox theater was an experience i will not soon forget.
after colorado i had a festival show out in a forest of santa barbera at an event called lightening in a bottle, its your typical over the top solar panel fulled bohemian underground forest orgy. one of the best nights of my life, and i dont throw that expression around unless i really mean it
i fly out to chicago to play an entheon event this saturday, its going to be supercharged, hope to see some ca faces there. ticket info can be found here------ http://tickets.bassnectar.net/evinfo...tid=16269&sid=
lib U.F.O. (underground forest orgy)
for any members in the colorado region i will be performing live painting tonight 5-2-07 in fort collins at the fort
5-3 at the bluebird theater ages 16and up welcome
and 5-5-07 at the fox theater, this is my hometown show so i will be pulling out all the stops, hope some of you can make it, i will be posting the work son
here are the two paintings i created at alex greys chapel of sacred mirrors last night, i for almost 6 hours straight, it was a very interesting event. Alex grey was going some live painting next to me. I had a great conversation with him after the show. I think i turned him on to wahts possible withing the digital realm.
thanks to alex and the crew that invited me out to make this happen-
time goes by fast if ........anyone will be in the new your city area i will be doing live painting at alex grey cosm event this evening,http://www.cosm.org/ (click on the enthocentric salon on the left side for details and tickets)
i am scheduled to go onstage with one of my favorite djs Random Rab at 1 am. i may start the digital painting earlier. Alex has invited may traditional painters to do live work in the past. i will be the first live digital painter to rock cosm and i am very excited to introduce this new medium to his space.
hope some of you will be able to make it out
i gave a lecture and demo at Purdue university yesterday, big thanks to the students there who attended insomania and recommended me to the faculty. it was a great experience .
i am also having a show in sf tonight at a MAPS fundraiser event, they will be playing videos of the live paintings i have made over the past weeks and auctioning off a few paintings at the event
here is another painting i did in whistler bc for bassnectar.
manifested this one last night in Vancover at the historic Commodore Ballroom. by far the bigest show of the tour so far. its a painting of one of our goddess dancers "Anahata" its what i imagiane an ipod advertisment looks like on acid in hell! . the vid came out kinda cool.
one more show tonight in Whistler. we are playing at a snowboarding festival outside in the snow on a jubo-tron! the places art takes you....
I am now in british columbia's sunny sunshine coast
we play a show friday(tomorrow) night in vancover, then wihstler the next night.
its hard to describe this experience in words so i will just let the most recent picture do it for me. when i began this tour i didnt really have any idea about what kind of pictures i would be creating, after living on the road for a few weeks and being so imersed in this comunity of people i have turned my creativity twoards capturing part of this music culture and the people that make it come to life and participate in it. the modern dj is almost like a contempary wizard and his energy casts a spell over touusands of people that makes thier bodies twist and move at his whim. its amazing to be a part of it ..
seattle at the fenix
this is a painting of ana sia, one of the goddess djs we have been touring with , Anas beats are totaly mezmerizing, and she is quite possible one of the coolest girls i have ever met
my most recent version of lorin, i painted this right after the ana sia painting, as you can see he brought a very different energy to the crowd. its amazing how much power a dj can have over the crowd and the atmosphere of the room . he reminded me of a digital pied piper.
hello agian, im in seattle tonight, we played to a giant crowd at the fenix saturday night, the show went on until 6 in the morning.
i took the day off and did a 3 hour lecture and painter demo for digipen university. we head out to bellingham in the morning,
here are some more live paintings
for those that want to get a taste of bassnectars music here is his newest video
dugan and arrowone the filmakers that filmed and edited teh insomania workshop video directed and edited the music video
they will also me editing and filmong my dvd
check it out
bomb the blocks
i did a few of these for during a live painting gig for corel painter at this years gdc
ash land show
yesterday marked my first day on the road, been riding on a bus all day ,
set up last night at the historic Ashland Armory in oregon. then rocked bend oregon tonight, tomorrow is Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
ive been invited to do live digital painting on the bassnectar tour, with Zilla and the fungienears. www.bassnectar.net we will be traveling up the west coast from sf to wistler canada., , here is the tour poster and a few of the live paintings i have done for bassnectar over the past few days. ill also be doing a live demo at digi pen monday the 9th.
here are the rest of the dates
03/31/07 :: San Francisco, CA - DNA Lounge
04/01/07 :: Sebastopol, CA - Sebastopol Brew Co
04/03/07 :: Ashland, OR - The Historic Armory
04/04/07 :: Bend, OR - The Grove
04/05/07 :: Eugene, OR - Wow Hall
04/06/07 :: Portland, OR - The Leftbank
04/07/07 :: Seattle, WA - The Fenix
04/10/07 :: Bellingham, WA - The Nightlight
04/12/07 :: Kelowna, BC - Level Nite Club
04/13/07 :: Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
04/14/07 :: Whistler, BC - Ski & Snowboard Fest
im recording some of the paintings for an upcoming dvdness.
tickets are still avaliable for the upcoming shows,
tickets at http://tickets.bassnectar.net/evlist...rchstr=&email=
if you want to come out get your ass rocked and watch me lose my mind on the wacom then come on out
tonights painting from bend, got a sick video of this one
sebastapol, vice vid of this as well
sf dna lounge
ill post some new live paintings ass soon as they are done