It's announcement time again for Games, Art, and Music (GAAM) and I am so pleased and excited to say that this years theme is ANIME!
I have watched anime for as far back as I can remember and my aesthetic is certainly inspired by all of that exposure. For the past 4 years I have participated in the featured artist exhibit at GAAM. What is GAAM you ask?
The work in previous years, has always been a collaboration with my daughter that are Ukiyo-e (or Japanese woodblock print) mash-ups. I may go a different direction this year that is more cohesive with my illustrative/painting work.
To move forward, I always like to take time to reflect on the previous years work. Last years GAAM theme was Adventure and I chose the video game Tomb Raider as my main inspiration. When I found out what the theme was, at that time, I rushed to my local Game Stop to purchase the newly dropped Rise of the Tomb Raider and played it to 89% in 3 days, since I hadn't played that game since 1997. My preparation game was strong.
Here's a look at the work from last year!
The interesting thing for me in last years work was how Phoenix moved away from completely abstract renderings to more representational for the backgrounds. Watching her grow together with me is the greatest joy in the work. I am looking forward to the transformative shift in my work for this years GAAM Anime Show and hope to see you all there.