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New Moon : Interpretations of the Chinese Zodiac : Meet the Artists
To commemorate our upcoming group show centered around the theme of the Chinese zodiac, we did some quick 1-on-1's with the participating artists. Keep checking back as we'll be adding more short interviews as we get closer to the event.

Dino Alberto Scott Campbell Chuckboy Camilla d'Errico Jared Deal
Patrick Gannon Leontine Greenberg Elizabeth Ito Jeremiah Ketner Mike Luzzi
Emilio Lopez Motorbot Carly Monardo Nemo Pork New York
Okkle Martin Ontiveros Jimmy Pickering Reactor88 Rebelwookiee
Jermaine Rogers Rohby Cris Rose Juri Ueda Veggiesomething


Dino Alberto , New York USA | www.AnIdleRobot.com
Dino Alberto is an idle robot who loves to doodle and color.
Dino Alberto

What zodiac sign are you representing?
All in one.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I couldn't make a decision.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
A really interesting puzzle to solve. i thought of this little guy as a result of some crazy experiment-- an insane astrologer determined to contain all the power of the zodiac signs into one...sad little misfit? clearly something went awry.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Eat them. i hug them too...but i just can't pass up a nice crispy piece of bacon.

 

Scott Campbell , New York USA | scott-c.blogspot.com
Scott C. is a painter and creator of comics appearing in such anthologies as Hickee and Flight.
Scott Campbell

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Dog.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I love dogs more than most things. There is a dog park near my house and I vist it almost eveyr day to watch the dogs enjoy each other.. and the owners turn into furniture in a way. I do not notice them as much. So many amazing personalities amongst these dogs. Some look quite wise.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I am using watercolors on toned paper for my piece. It is how I usually work. the colors will hopefully be muted and pleasant.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them like crazy. but I eat things that at one point were perhaps animals.

 

Chuckboy, New York USA | chuck-boy.blogspot.com

Chuckboy is a modern day renaissance man.
Chuckboy

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Monkey.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I was born in the year of the monkey.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I normally am not a fan of monkeys but I thought if I took a sci-fi bio-tech approach to it, I could get it to look a certain way.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them.

Camilla d'Errico , Vancouver Canada | www.camilladerrico.com
"Its about expressing what they feel and feeling what they express"
Camilla d'Errico

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Dragon.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I love dragons! I really love mythology and fairy tales and dragons are always such misunderstood creatures. I love their power and fierceness.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I am creating a black and white painting with a flair of colour. My favourite paintings are actually my black and whites, and I think that the flash of colour is perfect for the dragon piece.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them, hug them all.

 

Jared Deal, New York USA | www.carnivalcartoons.com

Jared is an animator/ painter/ toy designer living in the borough of Brooklyn!
Jared Deal

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The snake.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I was born in the year of the snake (and Star Wars too, haha) '77!

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Snakes can wind & bend in to all sorts of shapes & curves. So I had a lot of fun experimenting with all the different shapes these slithery suckers make.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them of course... I'm vegetarian.

 

Patrick Gannon , Tokyo Japan | www.pgannon.com
Patrick Gannon carves and creates unique worlds, funky critters, and mind-bending parables out of paper while living in Tokyo, Japan.
Patrick Gannon

What zodiac sign are you representing?
I couldn't help myself and made two. The Ox and the Mouse. Or Cow and Rat if you prefer.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I grew up on a farm, so I had to pick the cow. The ideal Ox in the zodiac represents fortitude, strength, and a level-head...the cows I raised were just gassy. Rats get even more of a bum rap. They represent fertility and new life, so I tried to show the more positive side.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I tried to show the cow and the rat in a grand, mythical light; like forces of nature. The art is made from cut and torn paper, like almost all my work. The red and gold patterned chiyogami paper was so strong and cool I had to use it for both pieces.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Depends on the species.

 

Leontine Greenberg, New York USA | www.leontinegreenberg.com

Leontine Greenberg is a painter in Jackson Heights, NY. She draws every day, and is studying special education at Hunter College.
Leontine Greenberg

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The rabbit!

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Rabbits have sweet interesting faces. And they appear in a lot of the myths and stories that I like.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I thought it would be fun to do a painting about rabbits without actually painting a rabbit.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them.


Elizabeth Ito , California USA | www.kikutowne.com
 
Motorbot

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The sheep (sometimes known as ram, or goat).

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I chose it because it is my sign.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I wanted to incorporate my own experiences of being a sheep. I've always been a big day dreamer, but I think that is part of being creative. I also wanted to visually represent a lot of the characteristics associated with the Sheep sign in general.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them... but if need be, eat them. But make sure not to hug them after you've eaten them, that's gonna end badly.

 

Jeremiah Ketner , Illinois USA | www.smallandround.com
Jeremiah Ketner’s imagery has been shown extensively across the U.S. and tends to describe a more casual and carefree side of life.
Jeremiah Ketner

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Tiger.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I chose my sign because, well I was born on the year of the Tiger.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
I am fond of the striking patterns in Tigers fur. The beautiful Red and Orange tones contrasted against black stripes make for a fantastic interpretation. I am translating all of these unique features in my piece.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them first and if they don't bite me then I will eat them.

 

Mike Luzzi , New York USA | mikeluzzi.blogspot.com
 
Motorbot

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The Pig.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Pigs got a bad rap this past year, I felt like they needed some love.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
The silent approach.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Like Denis Leary says, depends how cute they are.

 

Emilio Lopez , New York USA | e-mann.deviantart.com
Emilio has been a professional artist for 8 years working on properties such as Jo Jo's Circus TMNT and Chaotic the card game.
Motorbot

What zodiac sign are you representing?
I'm going to be doing the Ox or Cow.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Believe it or not I didn't have much choice. I was a little late in replying to the invite to the show and I only had 3 choices the Ox, The Horse and The Snake. I chose Ox Because it seemed fun and It is the year of the Ox.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
For this piece I wanted a kind of Heavy Metal or punk inspired design with little bits of Asian influence. I wanted to do something similar to a Munny, But I didn't want to mod a Munny. I wanted something new, totally created from scratch. Once I had the idea I drew the character design. I chose to go for sleek lines and hard edges. Next I drew a full turn around trying to keep in mind that I wanted articulation and what pieces I wanted to sculpt separately. For the sculpting process I chose to do my piece in black Premo Sculpey. I planned the piece to be mostly black so I wouldn't need a lot of paint to cover the piece. The hardest part was figuring out the articulation. In the end I feel everything worked out pretty close to what I planned, though I wouldn't mind taking another stab at it with all the things I learned from creating this piece.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Eat um and hug them I guess ha ha ha!

 

Motorbot , Texas USA | www.motorbot.net
I'm a sputtering robot that makes toys in my garage
Motorbot

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The ram.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I thought it would be fun to go crazy making some horns.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
My piece actually ties into the maw series that I'm working on.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Animals are ok to hug sometimes, but a robot needs fuel.

 

Carly Monardo, New York USA | www.whirringblender.com

Carly Monardo is an SVA graduate/illustrator/animator/ compulsive shopper/twin sister/dog-lover living in Brooklyn, NY.
Carly Monardo

What zodiac sign are you representing?
I am portraying The Rat.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I chose this sign for two reasons: Firstly, I was born in the Year of the Rat, and secondly because I think that the Rat can be portrayed in any number of interesting ways...you just hear "Rat" and automatically there's a character in your head!

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
With this piece, I wanted to create a scene that raised a few questions. There are two characters here, each with their own agenda. What are they thinking? What's just transpired? What happens after this moment?

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
I'd say I do my share of both.

 

Okkle, West Midlands UK | www.okkle.co.uk

Okkle is a UK based artist, born and bred in the West Midlands who takes inspiration from toys, video games, kids tv, nature and wildlife.
Okkle

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The Pig

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I chose the pig because I was torn between doing the dragon and the tiger, so I randomly picked one of the others.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Despite being highly intelligent and clean animals pigs are often portrayed as dirty and not too bright. I wanted to make a pig you would think twice about accusing of such things! A pig of celestial powers (with really big fists!). I created my pieces in resin and acrylics.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them, then eat them later with chips.

 

Jimmy Pickering , Oregon USA | www.jimmypickering.com
Jimmy Pickering is an artist/author/illustrator who has worked at Walt Disney
Imagineering, Universal Studios and Hallmark, has over 40 published books and
who studied character animation at California Institute of the Arts.
Jimmy Pickering

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Year of the Horse.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
The Horse was chosen because I’ve never done a piece featuring a horse.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
This piece was approached with color first, hot reds and oranges with an accent of green. From there the character of the horse developed, with a focus on the expression and face being the focus.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them.

 

Reactor-88, California USA | www.reactor88.com

Reactor-88 is the alter ego of Ryan Crippen- a web designer/digital artist by day, and a custom toy/traditional artist by night.
Reactor-88

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Monkey.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I like monkeys.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Since I'm mainly known for painting custom toys, I wanted to change it up a bit and do something 2D instead.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug.

 

 

RebelWookiee, Pennsylvania USA | www.flickr.com/photos/gradygraphics

Joe Grady is a Pennsylvania based artist who's artwork is inspired by iconic figures and memories from his childhood fantasies.
Rebelwookiee

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Pig.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
I've been wanting to customize a 10" labbit and I saw a pig in the form.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Simple sculpt with subtle shading and Chinese influence.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Both, preferably not at the same time.

 

 

Cris Rose, London UK| www.crisrose.co.uk

Cris Rose is a vinyl and resin based artist from London with a dual love of technology and nature.
Cris Rose

What zodiac sign are you representing?
The rabbit.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Rabbits are one of my favourite animals, reminding me of my time at university on a campus with more rabbits than students.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
My first original creation was a robot called Runcible, who outlived all the humans and now serves nature and the animals. I always saw him changing his body and limbs to better imitate and communicate with his new friends, so the direction was obvious.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them. Then eat them. Then hug them again.

 

Juri Ueda , Osaka Japan | www.juriueda.com
Juri Ueda is a watercolorist in Osaka, Japan.
Juri Ueda

What zodiac sign are you representing?
Dragon.

Why did you choose this zodiac sign?
Because I've never met dragons in person.

What approach did you take to creating your piece?
Straight forward, cute.

Animals in general: eat them or hug them?
Hug them. Especially when they're cats or snakes.

 

 

 



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