Dec 31, 2008

Artwork: Tiki Surfer Shirt

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Tiki Surfer Shirt

Tiki Surfer Shirt

This shirt design is a slight remake of a piece I did over the summer. The inspiration of this were the grocery bag designs from Trader Joe's (with their kitchy Tiki characters eating popsicles) and Hawaiian surfers.

Photo: San Francisco Bay Bridge

This sunrise over the bay was easily one of the most beautiful sunrises I've ever seen. . . no photo editing, just simple and natural.

Inspiration: Ed Hardy and Christian Audigier

Ed Hardy

If you happen to hit the malls this season, you can't miss the stylings of the now-infamous tattooist Don Ed Hardy and fashion designer Christian Audigier (formerly of Von Dutch and Affliction Clothing). I admire their artistic talents and marketing genius. Tattoo artwork has become part of mainstream culture in recent years and the partnership of Ed and Christian has elevated the style to star status. The products range from clothing to shoes, perfume, bags, jewelry, and other accessories.

Ed Hardy Dragon Scroll

One of the most impressive displays of Ed Hardy's talent was at the San Francisco Yerba Buena Center in 2002--a 500 foot long dragon scroll painting--it was beautiful seeing it in person as it became a sensory experience, wrapping around itself like a dragon's body.

Artwork: Angel Mandala 2009 Calender

Angel Mandala 2009 Calender

As today is New Year's Eve, I've adapted the Angel Mandala artwork into a Calender format. Hopefully, it would be utilized. You could view and download the image (for personal use) here. Have a safe and happy New Years!

Dec 22, 2008

Artwork: Angel Mandala

Angel Mandala

I've been trying to combine realistic elements with decorative pieces. Although I love black and white imagery, subtle coloration could bring out the content a bit more. Angel Mandala was influenced by the styles of Art & Crafts and Art Nouveau. View Larger.

Artwork: A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

I've always thought Charles Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was a beautiful tale of regret and redemption. The inspiration was the ominous Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come and Dore's dramatic etchings. This was created by pen/ink, then digitally colored in Photoshop. View Larger.

Dec 15, 2008

Artwork: Christmas Reindeer Scene

Christmas Reindeer Scene

Here's another Christmas e-card with something we don't really see in San Francisco--snow. View Larger.

Dec 12, 2008

Photo: Cleaning the Glass

I happened to be at the Academy of Sciences aquarium when they were cleaning the tank. Went to see the fish, but the people were just as interesting.

Photo: Teeth

Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Don't forget to brush those teeth!

This was taken at the Academy of Sciences, San Francisco.

Artwork: Commodities


Commodities is a social commentary through digital illustration. What makes the world go round? Money, power, and greed seems to have become the motivation, making war become a business in itself.

The artwork focuses on the shapes of weapons and bio-hazard symbols. Barcodes and dollar currency symbols line the ground, suggesting that everything has become a commodity. View Larger.

Dec 5, 2008

Photo: World Famous

World Famous
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Christina (Citrus) of World Famous. Pure talent.

Photo: Striped Patterns

Striped Patterns
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
Patterns and shapes can be found everywhere. Here's an abstract photo of some lawn chairs.

Photo: Homeless Camp

I tend to be drawn to the odd, unusual, and in this case, the forgotten. It saddened me to shoot this--there were several camps of homeless people, with nothing but boxes and shopping carts.

While I was shooting, a passerby warned me of "violent bums [in the area] taking people down" so I quickly heeded his warning and soon departed thereafter. I always try to be aware of my surroundings, but once in a while, you get a jolt.

This was taken around Folsom, between 1st and 2nd street in San Francisco.

Photo: Urban Decay & Shapes

Urban Decay
Originally uploaded by shaire productions
I love the structures of freeways and underpasses. It's fuctional, but beautiful.

Inspiration: Google and LIFE Online Photo Archive


Google and LIFE magazine teamed up for a online photo archive from the 1750s till today. To search only the LIFE images, just add "ZZZ:life" to any Google image search. Apparently, Time Inc. owns the copyright, so they're not in the public domain, but you could purchase prints for $79.99 from Time Life and QOOP.

Inspiration: Doodlage & My Sketches

Wandering Spirit

A few months ago, I came across a very inspiring site, Doodlage, a place devoted to doodles, sketches, and preliminary art. Leo/Rashell graciously invited me to be a guest contributor, so here's a bit of my intro: "Sketching has always been a huge part of my art (and life)–as subconscious expression, use in final art, conceptualization, or as its own art-form. My sketches have been described by others as intense, odd, insane, neurotic, but in the end, it’s part of me and I love creating..." Check out the rest here.

Doodlage also has some items on Etsy, fun artworks on rocks and collages on paper.

Dec 4, 2008

Inspiration: Kai Regan, Urban Photographer

Kai Regan Apple iPod

Kai Regan Slum Village

Kai Regan is an immense and inspirational photographer. Like many commercial artists, his photo content and style ranges to coincide with different clients and audiences--from pristine imagery to gritty urban scenes. He can be this generation's Richard Avedon. Kai's portraits, lifestyle photography, and digital compositions (like the iPod ads, enlisting the talents of Rocket Studio) is a documentary of urban existence.

Dec 2, 2008

Artwork: Shaire Productions on TeeFury!

Dragon O Shirts

I'm so excited to have my work featured on Tee Fury. It's a fascinating concept--selling one t-shirt only for a day--limited and exclusive run. My day is tomorrow: December 3rd, Eastern time. There's a goofy Q&A too, so don't read too much into it. =0) The design I chose was a more elaborate version of the collaborative shirt from last week: Dragon O.

Please support the Shaire Productions propaganda!!!

Artwork: Sketchbook Pages

Sketchbook: Mexico

My sketchbook is a personal art sanctuary: a place of meditation, simple wanderings, and exploration. This sketch was inspired by my trip to Mexico, complete with Aztec influences, mountainous terrain, and church steps.

Sketchbook Page

Here is a random page from the sketchbook. Creatures sometimes emerge from the patterns. Take a closer look.

Artwork: Winter and Dragons

Holly Reindeer

As it's now December, Christmas will soon be upon us. I created Holly Reindeer to celebrate the occasion.

Mountain & Trees

Inspired by the prints of Hiroshige, Mountain & Trees is a wintery illustration that would work well as an e-card. This was created with a few different brush and fine-tip pens. I've been exploring minimal color as an accent, not a crutch for the line-work.

Dragon Circle

Dragon Circle is an apparel design soon to be on Zazzle. This was another pen/ink drawing converted in Adobe Illustrator.