Monday, March 9, 2009

JAB STRONG FIERCE!

April 25, 2009 - May 11, 2009Opening Reception / Apr 25, 7:00PM - 11:00PM
Gallery Nucleus 210 East Main St, Alhambra CA 91801

I'll be participating in a Street Fighter Tribute show at Nucleus on the 25th of April.
Like millions of people, I was rediculously obsessed with Street Fighter and am stoked to do some work for the show. It is easily in my top 3 favorite games of all time list.
(In no particular order)
1.Super Street Fighter 2 Turbo (or Super Street Fighter2, or Street Fighter 2 Turbo Hyper Fighting)
2.Mortal Kombat II
3.NBA Jam Tournament Edition
I wish my piece of shit scanner was working right now, because I have so many drawings from elementary school. I'll post up some oldies when I get my technology working.
Hopefully yall can make it out, It'll be a fun time
SPECIAL FEATURES:-Cosplay competition (Details HERE: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/page/446)-People who come in costume receive 15% off all store items (excludes already discounted items and artwork)-SF4 TOURNAMENT sponsored by EVO (Details HERE: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/page/447)-Free Raffle give-aways (free raffle ticket to the first 100 guests) 1$ a ticket after-Free refreshments served-Music by Ronikus

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Rest in Peace Primo

For the past two months I have been spending time working on a portrait on my cousin Vincent, and my Nana Margaret. I have used my cousin as inspiration for some previous pieces.
http://michaelalvarezart.com/vince.htm
http://michaelalvarezart.com/vincent.htm
Particularly because we grew like brothers. We were always having fun doing kid stuff, and pretty much went through most of our phases of growing up together,(skateboarding, girls, weed, graff), thanks to our older cousin Johnny. We were a trio. When we 14 he got more into the ganglife, and I stayed a skaterat. We always stayed in touch and hung out as much as we could, until he got sent to juvie. From there he was pretty much in and out of incarceration for the past 10 years. We lost touch for a few years, but luckily for the last 3 years we were talking alot, and writing each other as much as we could until he was free. Unfortunately, his life was taken only 3 months after he was free. I still miss him and think about him everyday, but feel extremely fortunate to have someone in my life who cared about me so much, and that I was able to share so many great experiences with. Here's some documentation of the process of the painting.


The head was the hardest part, I worked out so many different variations. Luckily I found something I was kinda stoked on.
shooting some reference



This is a picture of the last piece he did. July 08'