Tuesday, October 2, 2012

New Website! AmyHood.com

Hey Guys! If you're looking for me... I'm over on www.AmyHood.com now. I guess the Amy Hoods of the world are underachievers, because the domain name was wide open and ready for the taking! I plan to use it well. I've got a lot of cool projects in the works. so head over to the site, hop on and hold on to join me on my wild ride. (So cheesy.)

Friday, May 4, 2012

Pastels, Disney Concept Art & Society Clothing

Click to enlarge. 

We're starting a new guide for LOCALE magazine on Disneyland. I know. Pretty awesome thing to get paid to do! I'm working on it with my lovely sis and our awesome friend Lindsey Bro. We all decided we wanted a classic Disney, concept art feel to the aesthetic. So I busted out my Monster's Inc. Concept Art book and my pastels and started copying a scene from the book to figure out No. 1: how to use pastels, and No. 2: how to accomplish the amazing lighting and style they always have in their work. Seriously... why haven't I used pastels since elementary school? They. Are. AMAZING. So messy. So bright. So fun. Can't wait to work on OUR piece for the guide.

Also entered a fun competition on instagram for my friend Zech's brand Society Clothing. All you have to do is throw up the Society logo (the all seeing eye - like above) and tag @societyclothing and #societyeye to enter. The contest goes all the way through Friday May 11th and the winner gets some great shwag - so enter! Or vote for me @amyhoodlum. I'm totally leading the pack, and in the words of Mitt Romney, "the numbers are just on my side." haha

- Amy
Listening to: Sufjan Stevens' "Illinois" album.
So. Good.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Mucha Tattoos, Painting Progress & Art Shows

After gabbing with my dear friend and muse, Sara Wilkins, last night on the phone I was finally prepared to tackle the tattoos portion of my portrait of her. They are based on the Alfonse Mucha painting "Moët & Chandon - Dry Impérial."

Original Tattoo Sketch. Click to enlarge.
I sketched it out days ago, re-drew it to clean it up, reverse traced a backwards copy on my light table, and then transferred it onto the painting by placing the graphite side of the illustration on my canvas and rubbing the back with a pencil. Cheap, easy transfer method since I don't have a projector. 

Then I mixed a tattoo color out of my mixed skin tone I saved, black, and green. I was going for a semi faded tattoo color. Then it was just trying to keep my shaky hands steady to outline the tattoo. Why is it that there is NEVER a small enough brush? I need a liner brush that is medium length with like two bristle hairs. Then maybe I could get the fine detail I need! Somebody needs to get on this. 

In other BIG news, I will be headlining an art show in Downtown Santa Ana Arts District this upcoming September! I'll keep you posted on more details as I get them. I'm going to be showing mostly these portraits. I want to try to get two more wrapped up for it. I want to paint a bearded man really badly. And a surf rat. I've got a few friends in the queue to do, so we shall see what happens! I'm thinking I won't be getting much work done till after the playoffs. Gotta cheer my Lakers on to victory. Playoffs, baby!

Progress shots of the tattoo painting below. 

Listening to: Of Monsters And Men

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Belated Valentines, This Fickle Weather & The Stones

I recently did a quick little linocut print for our Hoodzpah clients. They were supposed to be little valentine, but they ended up getting sent out a little late, in typical Amy fashion. I printed each in black ink and then hand detailed in the gold detail. The banner says "We go together like rubber on asphalt." I feel like The Outlaws would even approve of this valentine. Anyways, printmaking is so fun. More of these little babies to come!

Shorts: Levis, Shoes: Seychelles, Shirt: Charlotte Russe.

The weather has been toying with our heart strings here in Orange County like a fickle woman. One day I was laying out on the beaches of Newport and riding my bike on the boardwalk in my daisy dukes, and the next I was bundled up in layers and beanies trying to survive the brutal wind and rain! Here's one of my outfits before the rain set in.

Back to work. Lot's to do and not enough time to do it in!

- Amy
Listening to: "They Girl With Far Away Eyes" by The Stones

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Friday, February 17, 2012

Stacey Rozich, Kobe Bryant's Chiseled Cheekbones & How I Became an Insta-Whore

Quick Update:

• Found a place in Orange County that sells gouache paints finally. Aaron Bros on Newport Blvd. Can't wait to test those babies out. I can only hope to achieve an end product as epic as Stacey Rozich, whose work inspired me to try this medium out in the first place (see above). (Finders fee to Chris Steblay.) She is am-ahhhhzing. (Any "Happy Endings" fans out there? I want Penny to be my friend so bad.)

• I've decided that my next painting will be a portrait of the NBA's leading scorer, and forever reigning MVP in my heart, Kobe Bryant! Is he not the most handsome man in the NBA, not to mention one of the greatest to play the game eva'. But that last part is a given. Everyone knows he's got game, but how many take note of his perfectly chiseled cheek bones? Not enough, I tell you. As a tried and true Lakers fan, I plan to pay homage to both his beauty and his braun. It will be a lovely addition to my growing portrait wall. 

• Somehow I managed to accumulate 735 followers on instagram (shameless plug: @amyhoodlum) merely by posting pictures of my outfits. And now I am a monster. A monster who's only goal is to make it to the popular page. Seriously, it's an addiction! I'm not the only one. I have many a friend yearning for the honor (it ain't gonna happen Zach Hendrix). Someone call Dr. Phil. I got a record 102 likes on my pic today and yet STILL did not make it! What does a girl have to do? Anywho, here are some of my ensembles from the past few days. I'll get you Popular Page. *Sinister Laugh* 

Skirt: F21, Top: Old Navy, Hat: UO

Pants: Mossimo, Top: H&M, Leopard Heels: Steve Madden, Bracelet: H&M, Watch: Nixon, Bag: Moda Viajando.

- Amy
Listening to: "That Is What Makes Us Girls" by Lana Del Rey

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Finger Tattoos, Finger Tattoos & Finger Tattoos

I got a finger tattoo! It's pretty rad. My friend Ryan Hopper over at Newport Tattoo Costa Mesa did it for me, and he did a fine job too. S.O. for "Shine On" (cue Pink Floyd) and a simple diamond outline.Growlers bassist and friend of Hopper, Scott, (who was on the scene) even approved of it's greatness. Seal of approval from Orange County's finest. 

Before getting my finger tatts, I did a lot of recon and found some am-ahhhzing stuff. Check it out.

- Amy
Listening to: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" by Pink Floyd

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