Thursday, April 08, 2010

Venice

 Visiting Los Angeles for the first time last year Venice Beach seemed similar to London's Camden Town-except everyone wears less clothes . . . and there's a beach!

28 comments:

Matthew Cruickshank said...

Lovely!! Definitely captures the life there, especially the feeling of space.

Now we just have to find Will.

Carrie Liao said...

I love how you portrayed LA life! Got all the characters :)

...I usually don't see aliens there, though. You must have visited on a very good day.

Carrie Liao said...

oh, and I have to say that I went back through some older posts and I love your blog (sketchbook...)! You go to the most wonderful places and with your sketches it's like your readers can go with you. I had a good time

Owen Williams said...

Great drawing, love the colours

Matt J said...

M@-cheers pal, the colours in Will's cheek inspired this piece.

Carrie-thanks for stopping by & leaving such kind words

Owen-thnx, it's a completely digital piece.

Thierry Cattant said...

love your picture, a funny moment of life!

Matt J said...

Merci Thierry! Most of the people in this image are based on real life beach folk I saw there, even the Alien!

dankrall said...

You've really captured it, I feel like I need to take a shower now.

stefan marjoram said...

Beautiful colours and characters. Smashing.

gur-B said...

Hey Matt, this is a very nice way to work out your observational sketches. More please of these tiny mood panels... !

unbemerkt said...

lol - a nice mood in there!

Michael said...

This is awesome... now I wanna go to the beach.

Elliot Cowan said...

Except not everything is covered in shit.

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Owen Flanagan said...

Wonderful painting Matt, The colours are brilliant it really full of life.

MikeS said...

Exceptional, though I wouldn't expect anything less. I like that you kept it as lively as your sketches.

UM said...

Entirely digital? Just wait 'til Ronald hears about this...

Terry Banderas said...

This artwork is absolutely incredible. What a perfect vision of Venice Beach. They should use this artwork in all of their promo material. It makes even the "geeky" and abnormal look nice.

Bob said...

Plenty of joie de vivre on offer...must be evening because of the long shadows.

Matt J said...

Thanks for all the kind words folks-appreciated.

Philippe Gaulier said...

Very nice mood! Never been to LA but I'm sure (or I hope should I say) it looks like that :)

Avner Geller said...

This is fantastic! such a happy drawing and captures the atmosphere so well!!

limbolo said...

Hey dude!
So cool!

Kristian said...

Perfect "La Passeggiata"

Chris Kennett said...

This is awesome! I love how loosely you've captured everything. Easy and breezy!

KP said...

Awesome! I love the Chief. You forgot though that the black dude in a speedo had the American flag on his junk. True patriot! Great job on the life guard huts... nothing says LA beach like those life guard huts! Hope you get here soon boss.
KP.

Matt J said...

I'll have my Canadian maple leaf speedos on when I hit northern cali in the fall! Right now I'm installed in North Wales for the next 5 months but planning another epic drive into Europe-Spain this time!

Ems said...

looks awesome, Matt! the little ginger volleyball lady cracks me up big time

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