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New Moon Artist: May Ann Licudine

January 31st, 2012

Although Philippines-based artist May Ann Licudine’s pieces in New Moon 2012 have sold, we still wanted to highlight them on the blog and let her talk about the new approach she it taking to making her work in 3D.

“Rabbit Mask”

“Shardul’s Favorite Toy”

What zodiac sign have you chosen to represent? And why?
Rabbit & Tiger, because I wanted to portray my all-time favorite tiger plushie named Shardul and of course, rabbits are just adorably cute.

Tell us a bit about your piece and the process for creating it.
About my Rabbit piece: At present, I’m working on making 3D artwork to make my characters look real. I am still working on this new approach and I hope it will add a deeper dimension to my artwork. I enjoy working with clay and although it’s difficult to work with it, I love the feel of it on my hands because of its texture and how it can be molded. Clay is really fun! I will be making more clay sculptures in the future.

About my Tiger piece: I used acrylic & colored pencil on wood; that’s how I always work. I tried to utilize my new soft color palette.

 


These pieces are quite beautiful and create precious, delicate-looking worlds that draw the viewer in for a closer look. The artist’s execution of clay to create a 3D character adds a new dimension to her work that I look forward to seeing more of. It’s a shame they are already gone if you were not the ones to purchase them, but you’re in luck because there are still other amazing pieces from talented artists in our online store. And if you’re in NYC, New Moon 2012 will be up in the gallery until Feb. 19th… come visit!

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New Moon Artist: Jonathan Bergeron

January 30th, 2012

Happy Monday! Today we’re looking at the artwork of Jonathan Bergeron, a Montreal-based artist in the New Moon 2012 show currently on exhibit at myplasticheart. You may know Bergeron as Johnny Crap, a name he used for many years. Both his oil and ink work bring characters to life with great, realistic-looking details. The “End of the Rat” oil on wood piece in New Moon brings to life the character of the Rat surrounded by flowers to symbolize new beginnings.

“End of the Rat”

What zodiac sign have you chosen to represent? And why?

The Rat because the year of the rat ends the day I was born in 1973.

Tell us a bit about your piece and the process for creating it.

The Rat is a little beat up after a year & sort of scared now that he has reached the end. I decided to use flowers to represent the new beginning.

What is your zodiac sign and do you think it is accurate?

I was born as a Rat but very close to the Ox. I was always confused about it. Never been much of a “believer” anyway.

Thanks, Jonathan!

To check out Jonathan’s work as well as the other pieces available in New Moon 2012, check out the mph online store.

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New Moon Artist: Sho’nuff Love

January 26th, 2012

We spoke to New Moon 2012 Sydney-based artist Sho’nuff Love about her work in the show! Sho’nuff Love has always had an affinity for drawing and is especially inspired by characters from 1950’s cartoons and ads. Have a look at what she had to say about her robotic rooster!


“Savior”

What zodiac sign have you chosen to represent? And why?


I chose the Rooster. A couple of reasons why I chose this sign: I wanted to do something different, and I knew the Rooster wouldn’t be a popular choice. A lot of the drawings I do are based on robots and woodland animals so I thought the Rooster would be a great way to challenge myself in creating something that wasn’t obvious and I could get a bit more creative on the Roosters form.

Tell us a bit about your piece and the process for creating it.

My piece is called “Savior” the moral behind this is “keep your friends close but your enemies closer”. I had this whole idea planned out for the piece and as usual I changed it at the last minute! The concept stayed the same but I thought I would keep the illustration a lot simpler than my original plan, and have more detail on the Rooster. I thought it would be more powerful that way.

What is your zodiac sign and do you think it is accurate?

I’m a Rat, some things are true and some things I think I’m just the opposite! Apparently, they’re supposed to be quite talkative and outgoing, I love to stay at home and I’m quite shy so I think I keep to myself a bit, however the words “perfectionist” and “stubborn” sound a bit familiar 🙂

“Savior” in progress in the artist’s studio

Thanks, Supriya! Check out “Savior” as well as other pieces from the show for sale online.

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New Moon 2012 – Available Online

January 26th, 2012

Just a reminder that the pieces from the New Moon 2012: Interpretations of the Chinese Zodiac show are now available for purchase online! The show features work from a great group of talented artists including:

Lorena Alvarez
Scott Belcastro
Jonathan Bergeron
Luke Chueh
mr clement
Nanami Cowdroy
Kelly Denato
Daniel Elson
Leontine Greenberg
Martin Hsu
May Ann Licudine
Philip Lumbang
Allison Reimold
Shonufflove
Tati Suarez
Naoko Stoop
Andrew Uy
Lawrence Yang

We will continue to run mini-interviews with the new Moon 2012 artists here on the mph blog throughout the month. If you haven’t had a chance to check those out, have a look at the first one we did with artist Leontine Greenberg and make your way through them! The artists talk about their work in the show and their own zodiac signs. Stay tuned for an interview with Shonufflove later today.

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FatCap Series 3 Release Tomorrow

January 25th, 2012

FatCap Series 3 will be available tomorrow (1/26) at 11am in our online store and at our brick and mortar location at 210 Forsyth St. in NYC. Series 3 features 18 designs from the likes of a stellar lineup including – Devious, Flying Fortress, Jon Paul Kaiser, Julie West, KaNO, Kronk, MCA, Montana Colors, Pez, Queen Andrea, Quisp, Scribe, Shok 1, and Sket One. WHOA! This series focuses on customization, which makes for some really interesting pieces. There are also 3 mystery figures… to keep you guessing! Each blind box will be $9.99 and each case will be $198.99. You might as well splurge on the case, since all case purchases will include the “Cover the Cap” Sket One figure while supplies last!

“Cover the Cap” – Sket One

 

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