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.
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
Here are some pictures of adventures in candle making at my studio.
We started with making a mold of a real Bobcat skull. We used Composimold which you can remelt in the microwave to make molds over and over.
We learned early on to be careful when crafting candles using this mold material as it melts at 150 degrees Fahrenheit. Which also happens to be the melting point of the wax. WHOOPS!
We are having fun experimenting with colors and wicking techniques. We have pretty much perfected this one.
But remember if you want to order one of these bad boys they are hand made and could have slight variances to what you see on the site.
Check them out on my web store if you would like to purchase one for yourself or a gift.:) They are $18 and have free shipping. Straight from the studio to you.
10% of each sale goes to help out cats in need of good homes through the organization - KittCrusaders
Hey, listen. Saw your Buffy shirt on Teefury, and I really liked the concept (love the colors!). However, what the hell is with the boobs? You and I both know that Whedon was very against the sexualization of Buffy- even though she could be sexy, she was primarily supposed to be "one hell of a woman". What made you decide to make the tits so humongous and obviously a focal point of the design? Not trying to criticize, just wondering why you went with such an out of character decision.
Actually I don’t know Joss Whedon so I don’t know how he would feel. I did not want to simply rehash his vision of Buffy, but rather pay homage to his character in my own way as a fine artist. I am sorry you feel that the boobs are sexualizing the her. She is a zombie coming out of a grave and is very disheveled that is all I was going for. I also used my own model for this picture. There are many other focal points in the piece, but you and many others were very distracted by the boobs I see. No worries though, I am glad you enjoyed the colors. Thank you!
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