Tuesday, July 15, 2014

At the movies

death race_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"Death Race (2008)" vs. "Death Race 2000 (1975)"

When I was at Metro Times, I started up a practice of using drawings, rather than publicity photos, to illustrate the lead movie review. I drew a lot of them myself, and many were contributed by a few other illustrators. Bad movies were usually better subjects than good ones - I could poke fun at the dogs - but it was also cool to try to boil a great film down to its essence in a quick sketch. Some of mine weren't that great, but here are a few that I still like.

air guitar nation_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"Air Guitar Nation" (2006)

omen_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"The Omen" (2006)

high noon_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"High Noon" (1952)

kinsey_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"Kinsey" (2004)

rocky balboa_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"Rocky Balboa" (2006)

pandora's box_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"Pandora's Box" (1929)

dr. strangelove_metrotimes_by sean bieri
"Dr. Strangelove" (1964)

Friday, July 04, 2014

Some rockets' red glaring mistakes to avoid...

Happy 4th of July, y'all! Here's another Doofus and Dainty article, courtesy of Metro Times, with some tips on how not to blow yourself up with those high-power firecrackers you can buy in Michigan nowadays. Illustration by me, natch.


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

High Infidelity

Hamtramck's Public Pool art space has put out a call to artists for fake record albums for a show called "The Last Record Shop." The plan is to collect up a bunch of phony LPs, featuring real sleeve art for made-up bands, and stage a faux music store in the gallery, where the public can flip through the racks and buy the artworks. Check the link for details - still two months until the deadline! Meanwhile, here's what I hope will be the first of two or three records I'll be creating for the show.

last record shop, public pool, hamtramck, sean bieri

last record shop, public pool, hamtramck, sean bieri

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Pie in the sky

apple pie, Carl Sagan, Sean Bieri

For a summer solstice event at Hamtramck art space Popps Packing, a music/performance/art show inspired by both Sun Ra and Carl Sagan, I took a quote of Sagan's from the original "Cosmos" series to its literal conclusion. I baked four apple pies, decorated them with the quote, and wrote and printed a '70s-style recipe card for Apple Pie a la Sagan. Here's a photo of the resulting "art/pie piece," along with the recipe - cut out and keep! (Or contact me about getting your own hard copy, ready for your recipe index file.)

apple pie, Carl Sagan, Sean Bieri

apple pie, Carl Sagan, Sean Bieri

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

More for Metro Times

The latest: A new spot illo for a story on how to get stoned the smart way (well, relatively smart...), plus a new Optik Birmingham ad, both in MT's Summer Guide issue this week.

stoned, drinking, smart, summer, metrotimes, sean bieri

optik,sean bieri

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Can't throw devil horns without raising your pinky

Metro Times was nice enough to throw me another illustration gig for a story about mosh pit etiquette. It's all fun and games until someone gets their liberty spikes smooshed, kids, so let's be careful out there.

mosh etiquette by sean bieri

Monday, May 19, 2014

Music heals

...or so I'm told, but I can't play a lick. So instead, when Oakwood Hospital wanted some of my drawings as part of a display of local artists at their facility in Dearborn, I contributed these four musically-themed sketches. They were all drawn live at performances I attended over the last few years.

bass player by sean bieri

cello player by sean bieri

fiddle player by sean bieri

saw player by sean bieri

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

"Quixotic" on a triple-triple!

Doodlin' around on angels vs. devils yet again. Here, the eternal battle is waged on the always contentious Scrabble board.

angel vs. devil vs. scrabble by sean bieri

Sunday, May 04, 2014

More museum sketches

In her video "Carrying the Milk," Marina Abramovic holds a bowlful motionless for several minutes until her hands start to shake from the strain and the milk spills. The tension was obviously getting to some kids who were watching the video at the Detroit Institute of Arts the other night.

Marina Abramovic, DIA, Sean Bieri

Bonus sketch: another one of Barlach's "Avenger," just because I like the piece so much.

Ernst Barlach, Avenger, DIA, Sean Bieri

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Detroit gets served

Here's my latest illustration to appear in Detroit Metro Times, for a story about gourmet food, and ruin porn, and gentrification, and satire, and money, and... well, read for yourself.

waiter, ruin porn, detroit, waiter, metro times, sean bieri

Thursday, April 17, 2014

And now, a few words...

These are just some "found text" samples that I liked.







Friday, March 28, 2014

I'm my own boss

...sometimes. After so much of my artwork over the years being assigned from various clients, I'm trying to get back to, essentially, giving myself the assignments - so I'll get to be the guy who tells me "I've got a great idea for a cartoon!" It's been too long. Here are a couple of early attempts from recent months. (See "Standoff" below for another, and note the sketch version of "BFFs" below from the "Monster Draw" last year.)

angel, devil, devil girl, bff, sean bieri

elephant, cartoon, self portrait, sean bieri


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Why have a blog if you can't brag on it, right?

Lots going on, art-wise: The "Demented Detroit" cartoon show at Henry Ford Community College just came down tonight, but you can still see a few of my cartoons in the "Kapow" comics show at Eastern Michigan University, and (if you hurry) four of my drawings as part of the "12 On 12" group show at Oakwood Hospital in Dearborn (below).


Metro Times got me to do some illustrations for this week's article urging out-of-towners to be respectful when they come to Detroit for Opening Day at the baseball stadium.


In the same issue, I've got another baseball themed drawing, this one for the latest Optik ad.


And last but not least (well, okay, it's also least) is, uh, this thing, now in the permanent collection of the Specs Howard School marketing department's coffee/storage room, for some reason...


Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Haw haw haw!

Been meaning to draw this for a while. I don't know why...

satan, laughing, don mclean, sean bieri


Sunday, February 09, 2014

Thoughts on Detroit

Posting this now because it finally has a home (other than the portfolio in my closet). I swapped it with another local artist for some swell photographs. This was created for a show at 323 Gallery in Royal Oak a few years ago. Artists were asked to express their views on Detroit. So here are (only a very few) of mine. I've got others.

detroit, thoughts, sean bieri

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Standoff

angel, vs., devil, standoff, sean bieri


Back to the ol' "angels vs. devils" theme. I'm working (in my head...) on a whole rap about why I draw them. Anyway... Wasn't entirely happy with this when I did it, but it's growing on me.

P.S.: Two 4a.m. posts so far this year? Sheesh.

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Getting Warm

enkidu, cat, sean bieri

First drawing of the New Year: my cat Enkidu curled up in front of the bathroom heat register. Appropriate for the current cold snap,  and it bumps the Xmas art from the top of the page! Time to start 2014 after all.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

That's a wrap

santa, metrotimes, detroit, sean bieri 

One more surprise art gig for me as the year wraps us: I was checking my Facebook a couple weeks ago when what to my wondering eyes should appear but a message from the Metro Times' managing editor asking me to do some illustrations for them, for the first time in I dunno how long. The theme: letters to Santa - fake ones from local celebs and real ones from readers. Here's the cover art for the issue, plus a spot illo for a "letter" from Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr (who, among other things, is threatening to sell off artworks from the Detroit Institute of Art to settle the city's debts). Read the MT story and see more illustrations here.

christie's, reindeer, detroit, DIA, kevyn orr, sean bieri


Sunday, December 08, 2013

Monster Hits

Again this year, I participated in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit's fundraiser, the "Monster Drawing Rally," in which dozens of local artists each draw for an hour in front of a crowd of visitors, with the resulting art being sold for $40 a pop to support the museum. Apparently this has become a widespread thing, with other museums and galleries around the country holding their own events. Anyway, it's a blast, and I managed to knock out three drawings in my hour this year, including, by request, the return of one of my old mini-comic characters - that bemused, button-down simian, Business Chimp.

puke, fighter plane, p-40, mocad, monster draw, sean bieri

business, chimp, contemporary art, mocad, detroit, sean bieri

angel, devil, mocad, detroit, bff, sean bieri



Sunday, October 20, 2013

Museum (h)ours

Time to take down the show of drawings I've had up at Cafe 1923 here in Hamtramck for the last several weeks. They were all sketches I've done of objects at the Detroit Institute of Arts, and they were on display while the debate raged (still unsettled) over whether the city can sell off some of the museum's collection to pay its debts. Here's a sample of the ones I've managed to photograph or scan, to give a feel of the show. (And thanks to Hatch Hamtramck for the opportunity.)
barlach, avenger, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

barlach, avenger, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

bust, dia, sean bieri

bust, dia, sean bieri

bust, dia, sean bieri

william merritt chase, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

giacometti, sculpture, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

bronze, Judith, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

Khmer, statute, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

marble, lion head, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

ibo, african mask, dia, detroit, sean bieri

parvati, statue, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

pre-Columbian, stone sculpture, DIA, detroit, sean bieri

Rodin, DIA, detroit, sean bieri