This piece was made for the Chogrin curated “Guillermo Del Toro: In Service of Monsters” exhibit at Gallery 1988. I love Guillermo Del Toro’s work and Chogrin curated the 25th Anniversary of Hellboy Art Show a few years back, which looked amazing. I really wanted to be a part of it and I might of cried a little when I missed out on it. So I started composing an email to Chogrin to ask to be in his next show, and then out of the freaking blue he emailed me first!! I hadn’t even sent my draft to him! Crazytown. I found out that the gallery owner at Gallery 1988 is a fan of my work and sent him my info. Yay, networking!
The show was Sept. 11, 2015 at Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles. I flew out to the show and stayed with some friends and my brother. I brought some Hellboy comics for Mike Mignola to sign, because he had a piece in the show, unfortunately he couldn’t make it out for personal reasons. HOWEVER, there was one special guest who showed up, Guillermo Del Toro!!! I got to meet the man himself, and he was so sweet. I didn’t get to talk to him much, but I told him I was an artist in the show and he was super sweet, “Oh really? Want to get a picture together in front of your piece?” Durrrrrrr..::brain melts:::…yes…please? They had a cake of the strange metal scarab apparatus from CHRONOS. The inside was red velvet cake! Nom!
Originally I was going to create the Hellboy with the full horns and the flaming crown, but the technique I choose lent itself to his filed down horns way more. The technique I used for this piece is similar to the Dr. Doom piece I did a few years back. They are made up of little sushi rolls of fabric tiled like a mosaic. It’s a distinct look I came up with one day when I was trying to make some fabric beads.