Tuesday, June 22, 2010

New photos of prints and books!

Very excited about the new photos of my prints and books for the new 2010 website. Here's just a sneak peek of some of them. New site launch soon ^_^ Stay tuned.

All photos by Winnie Chou.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Artist trading cards!

I recently had the pleasure of being part of a great project called Art Hustle! It's a series of artist trading cards which includes signature and original artwork cards. Amazing talents include Ron English, Tara McPherson, and Kozyndan.

Available for collecting July 1, 2010 ^_^

Watch Art Hustle preview- Artist trading cards

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Smurfs Teaser Trailer

This saddens me.

The Smurfs was one of the cartoons I used to watch as a kid growing up in Taiwan. It was dubbed in Chinese and was called The Little Blue Gremlins. I spent many precious hours at my grandparents' place getting annoyed at Brainy Smurf for ruining things for everyone.

After watching this trailer, I can't say I'm eager to be Smurf'd. But I'm willing to give it a chance by waiting for more scenes from the movie.

Watch- The Smurfs teaser trailer

OK Go- End Love

Hehe, OK Go makes me laugh.

Watch- OK Go- End Love

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Illusionist!

From the director of The Triplets of Belleville comes, The Illusionist!

I can't express how much this excites me. It is absolutely gorgeous.

Watch trailer- The Illusionist

Friday, June 11, 2010

How can you help?

Yes, you can help the animals drowning in oil. Click here to DONATE now.

Studio Ghibli's new film- The Borrower Arrietty

Based on Mary Norton's 1952 book, The Borrowers, Hayao Miyazaki produced, directed by his key animator Hiromasa Yonebayashi. Due out July 17th in Japan.Sneak peak of The Borrower Arrietty by Studio Ghibli

So excited ^_^

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Socialism Studies on Daily Show

I don't usually post videos, but this is just TOO good! Especially when I grew up in Hacienda Heights and graduated with Jay Chen. Nice to see the chinese language being introduced to American schools and that bigots will always be around for us to make fun at ;)

Watch video here- Hacienda Heights on Daily Show

Friday, June 04, 2010

Double Punch!

If you ever find yourself in North Beach in the bay area and need to satisfy a craving for fantastic art and toys, check out Double Punch!

And now, you can also find some of my silly prints there, too ^_^ Martin Hsu prints at Double Punch

London in 1.5 days

First off, 1.5 days in London was not enough. But considering the limited amount of time, we sure covered a lot of ground. It was mostly on foot via slip-on Converse Chuck Taylor's for me, which as I discovered were not meant to be worn for a long time for the sake of my pinky toes.

We arrived in Heathrow on a chilly and rainy day around noon. It took us no time to get to our hotel Novotel in Islington which was right next to the St. Pancras station and the British Library. Excellent. After transforming into European hipster wannabes, we felt it was our first and foremost duty to find the nearest pub to get a couple of pints and fish and chips. No surprise, pubs were everywhere and filled with soccer fans pumped up for the the World Cup taking place in South Africa.

We decided to head towards the water and explore anything and everything on our way there. We stopped by local organic grocery stores for occasional refreshments and snacks. Cafes were also an excellent rest stop for some on-site sketching and caramel/chocolate pastries.

There were plenty of nice parks surrounded by curvy brick apartment buildings equipped with matching big brother cameras. As we walked through Russel Square Garden, I noticed something familiar from the Discovery channel. It was a scene of a fresh kill after a long and drawn out chase between predator and prey. Upon closer examination, we realized it was a massive crow clawing and picking away at the carcass of a pigeon. We'd liked to think the prey was hunted.

We had a full day the next day and were happily greeted by the sun! We started the day off by getting a couple of coffee at the Starbucks across the street. I know, lame. We then walked over to check out the beautiful St. Pancras Station which was the perfect fusion of old and new architecture. I also had my first Harry Potter flashback here.

The one and only location on the itinerary was to check out the Tate Modern, and it was fantastic. Aside from the multi-floor well categorized genres from surrealism to impression, the building itself was more than impressive. It sat right on the river bank facing the the south side of St. Paul's with the Millennium Bridge shooting across the Thames. After spending a couple of hours cruising through the halls among other European art enthusiasts, we walked over to Soho to meet up with my amazingly talented friend- C86- Matt Lyon

I've known Matt via the internet for quite a few years, but never had the opportunity to meet him in person until this trip. With technical difficulties and no maps on our side, we still managed to meet up in front of the fabulous Patisserie Valerie with big hugs. Accompanied with giant waffle with gelato and whip cream, pecan tarts, cafe frappe, and a pot of tea for Matt. He is English, after all ;).

We had a fantastic time talking about art, life, and our love for the ultra nerds- Kozyndan. I've always been inspired and impressed by Matt's graphic illustrations so It was interesting to find out he actually has a background in fine art. I was blown away by Matt's sketchbook. It was filled with fantasy driven abstract shapes that make up the most charming illustrations. It's the kind of stuff I have a hard time grasping- to let go, let your creativity take its course, and just doodle? Still doesn't make much sense to someone who grew up with rigorous rules and regulations. I had brought a copy of my Doodles&Noodles for him as a silly present. In exchange and much to my surprise, he took out his marker and did a sketch for me! Thanks, Matt!

From there we walked past a bunch of cool little boutiques and bookstores on West street, past the Palace Theater and Potrait Gallery to Trafalgar Square, then down Parliament street past Big Ben, then across Westminster bridge for a view of the Eye, then down along the south bank of the Thames past the Royal Festival Hall, the National Theater. The perfect day ended up on the south bank during sunset with 3 pints in hand cheering to new friends. Ah, so good.

London was amazing and I would go back in a heart beat. The idea of traveling to a completely different country by train is fascinating to me. I'm curious about living among such diverse cultures and how it would influence my art and as a person. Perhaps with luck, I'll get to experience it someday.

Special thanks go out to the fantastic Mr. Alexander for documenting the trip and being the perfect travel companion. Visit his blog for tasty speakers, wine listening, and coffee lessons- superradiatingfieldmagnet