Apricot Mantle broke into the lowbrow art scene in early 2009. First showing at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in the "Everything but the Kitsch N' Sync" show. He has since kept busy creating new drawings and custom themed frames for other shows in Los Angeles, Miami, San Francisco, Portland, New York and Atlanta. He has a bachelors in Illustration from Kendall College of Art and Design.
Night of the Living Buffy tee shirts now available in my store! They are very limited so get yours fast.
Inspired by Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire TV Series and Night of the Living Dead the movie.
The making of my snake frame for my drawing ‘A Snake From New York’. This frame was a lot of fun to make! I cast and molded the spikes for the Statue of Liberty crown out of a dagger. The snake was a found object modified, painted and antiqued. I wanted to give it a Statue of Liberty flare with new school colors!
New piece for John Carpenter Tribute Show at @HyaenaGallery
"A Snake From New York". Here are some progress pics and finished framed piece. Hope ya dig duke. Cheers!
April is HORROR MONTH!!!!! Muahahahaha!
The best part of my day job as a Creative Project Manager for Global Merchandising is being able to work with great artists like these everyday!
Props going out to my fellow hardworking artists and designers that make bands like Slayer, Motley Crue, Mastodon and many more look badass on Tshirts and beyond :D
Props going out to:
Eric Johnson - http:www.ejillustration.com
Abdi Moshiri - http://www.abdimoshiri.com/
Polt Art - http://www.poltart.com/
Vance Kelly - http://www.vancekelly.com/
Johnathan Bergeron - http://www.johnnycrap.com/
Sarah Antoinette Martin - http://www.sara-land.net/
Phil Guy - http://www.someguydesign.com/contact
Here are some WIP pics of a spot illustration I am working on for Famous Monsters Magazine. I am a big fan of #Supernatural so I am really excited to work on some of my favorite characters, Castiel and Crowley! All in #Prismacolor. Stay tuned for the Magazine!
Limited edition handcrafted Bobcat skull candles. 50 available, pick from 5 colors!
Hoodies and other merch now available on #SocietySix! I am especially excited about seeing my Resident Evil piece ‘Lady Extinction’ on some wearable pieces for all to enjoy!
IDW Limited’s My Little Pony: Applejack
Red Label sketch cards, Black Label Illustrations, and Blue label painting from IDW Limited featured. Art by Apricot Mantle, Sara Richard, Jennifer Blake, Agnes Garbowska, Mitti Mandi (pencils), Chris Meeks, and Miran Kim
Interview with Apricot Mantle:
Who’s your favorite pony?
Because she wears a cowboy hat like me!
Who’s the most interesting to draw?
I would have to say Apple Jack.
For the same reason as question #1. What can I say… I like cowboy hats!
What techniques and mediums did you use for your cards/plates?
I used only colored pencil because I love this medium!
Was there a theme to your cards/plates?
Not really a theme necessarily. I just wanted to draw the ponies with more emphasis on dramatic foreshortening. Although some of my sketch cards feature the ponie’s cutie marks as repeating background elements to add a bit of graphic design like elements to them.
How did you get involved with the project?
IDW saw my work online and contacted me to join. They said they thought I could bring something different to the table due to my back ground as a fine artist in LA.
Where does your interest in MLP come from?
My little sister played with them as a kid, and I remember invading ‘Pony Land’ with my Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle toys back in the early 90’s. hahaha!
When did you first learn about this new re-surgence of interest in MLP?
Actually, funny enough…When IDW contacted me! I love it though!
Do you watch the new show?
I love watching the show while I draw the cards. It is rather inspiring to see the characters in motion while I draw.
Pre-order The Book - http://idwlimited.com/series/my-little-pony.html?p=1