Wednesday, December 23, 2009

"Sherlock Holmes" Review (aka How Hans Zimmer stole my <3)

Despite the fact "Sherlock Holmes" lacking any climax or mystery or consistency in the shots and style filmed... I had a wonderful birthday!

For all those wondering if the movie is worth it; for free it is... though here is what you should expect.

I was really bummed that they pretty much told you what was going to happen every second of the movie. There was no room for speculation or guesswork on the viewers side. I was expecting an action/mystery/somewhat more comedy... and no. Even action movies have more suspense than that one did. Jude Law was amazing, the music was phenomenal and the costumes were breathtaking. Even Rachel McAdams was disappointing (especially because they cut out a specific scene/clip they showed us at Comic Con. Also, Robert Downey Jr. seemed to lack the timing and chemistry between characters. Also the bromance they tried to play off with Sherlock and Watson needed to be played up like 7 notches more. The only scene I really cared for was the very beginning (but that was shattered once you see a shatter). Seriously. :-p

Also, one of the huge problems with the film was everything seemed to be on the same level as everything else. Nothing was held back for any one moment. It was all given to you... on a crappy dirty platter that left out the excitement and enchantment of the imagination. Alfred Hitchcock would have been very disappointed with this film's lack of mystery. Even if they just withheld information more... or at all, it would have made the film better (slightly).

Beyond Jude Law, the costuming and even the set, the front running winner of the entire movie was the music itself. Hans Zimmer once again stole my heart and soul.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Green-tings

It's that time of year. :) Many blessings everyone!!!


The latest paper cut illustration, appropriately titled "Green is the new red, white and blue".


To tired to elaborate further. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Unlikely Friends

Sey Studios (www.seystudios.net) proudly presents an original story, inspired by one of Aesop's fables. Directed, written, and illustrated by Sey. Enjoy, let me know what you think!

Note: ignore the credit line for the music. Music has been changed to "All of Me".

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Fresh baked


Finished a commission this evening. Thought I'd share with you guys how it turned out. Made someone's original character into a housewife. Her name is Saria. :) Had alot of fun coming up with my own version of her.

I'm in the middle of alot of final projects. Once they are done I will post them in two weeks, if not sooner, for all to see!

For now, happy holidays!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

A deadly sin (or two) illustration

Recently, I have completed this illustration, appropriately titled "Bigger is better" for a 7 deadly sin themed project. I am really proud with the technique and how it came out. I have done a few paper cutting pieces before, but never have I used acrylics to add some more shading and texture. I had a blast creating this piece. If you want, you can click on it to see a larger view.

Mostly this piece focuses on pride, greed, and lust as well as being visual commentary on today's "real housewives" and how Hollywood portrays them as today. Yes, a housewife theme again. It will never escape me.


Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Happy Homes

Greetings gang!

Back from picking up artwork from the Burn the Witch gallery show. Had tons of fun participating! I sold "Housewife Under Glass", a piece I haven't posted up because I don't know why. :-p It's not my favorite but a local gallery owner decided to buy it for his collection, which made me happy. :)

Both Vivian and Donna have a happy home as well.

It is so hard to part with artwork after spending so much time with it, but I'm glad they are out there being loved instead of collecting dust with me. Even though I do love them. I can only look at my own work so much. I like looking at other peoples stuff instead. :)

Just posted an interesting color concept for my next piece, Bigger is Better. I'm going to try to do it with paper cutting and acrylic, but we shall see. I really love how the concept came out, mostly because I got to mess and play with color pencils and markers together. I don't normally do so, but I'm trying to branch out and mix mediums together.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Artist Advice

We've been working on wedding plans every spare minute we have. Though as of right now, that is few and far between with his last semester and my second to last. Lots of projects, with concepts completed! For that I am extremely happy and satisfied. I can't wait to show you all the results!

One of my close photographer friends, Sarah Downey (see her awesome site here - http://www.seeingsarah.com/), recently asked me on advice on how to get out there as an artist. I'll give you what I have come to find so far. If anyone else has any extra input, please feel free to comment!

1. The best ways I know to get your work out there is to get involved in gallery shows, participate in juried exhibitions, contests, etc.

2. Network. Bring your portfolio to people you would possibly want to hire you, maybe just to get their opinion. Just keep a hard copy on you if necessary. As well as your resume. Keeping those things on hand is always a plus because you never know when you might run into someone.

3. Don't sell yourself short of your ability. Try not to offer things for free, though use this advice with digression. Sometimes it is necessary to give some time away for free if it will benefit you in the end. This is a talent you have worked on for a while and it has taken time and money to develop, just as any other profession would.

4. Market yourself to your network and beyond. Print up business cards that are memorable. Make a website for people to view your work digitally (if you've done this already, you can always set up an email list to let people know when you have things updated as a reminder that you are still around and active).

5. You might want to pick up Market Guide... Artist's and Graphic Designers Market Guide or Children's Writers and Illustrators Market Guide or for you photographers out there... Photographers Market Guide. They have a market guide for almost anything, but this series is really helpful. I have the one for "Artist's and Graphic Designers Market Guide" and "Children's Writers and Illustrators Guide"... both are great. Full of helpful articles and a complete listing of various companies, businesses and galleries and what they are specifically looking for so you can send your stuff out there.

If anyone has any advice darling, please feel free to shoot it on over here. Even some criticism on my own work would be more than welcome. Hope that helps darlings!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Johnny Badluck comes alive!

It's that time of year and I've decided to bring to life Johnny Badluck.


And look! A comic book strip/page too!


Enjoy!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Burn the Witch IV

What I loved about this years BTW was how Nyoka organized the pieces by grouping them into their relative colors. I had a wonderful time and am so glad I got to participate. Met alot of interesting people and amazing artists. I can't wait until next year.

Wall of Infamy

Some vanity.

They even had artists who created costumes for display! How cool is that?



Wall photos...



Earlier on before the evening began... it was already getting full.

Ricky Berger was there with her lovely voice!


Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures of myself at the event. I was all dressed up too! This is all I have, of myself and my Risa afterward on our way out from seeing a late night showing of "Couples Retreat". We're exhausted, so please forgive the tired faces.


Until next year witches!

Saturday, October 10, 2009




Character design for my upcoming one page comic, "The Misadventures of Johnny Badluck"

Original character created by Kevin Lively, Tyler Shanklin and Aaron Logan.

Copyright of Ashleymarie Sey DeBondt

Monday, October 5, 2009

Sweater Weather and My Brother

Officially, the season has changed to sweater weather! I'm so happy! :-D Went to Skipper StandUp last night, and the show killed! Best set I have ever seen. Glad I went. My ewok even closed the show!

In other news, it is Monday, so back to work on projects and what not. Busy weekend of work, but it was fun and the weather was nice. Oh, I love October.

My mother just sent me a video of my brother, Chris, and his bandmates playing up in a park in Portland. Note: The adorable little kids dancing. Miss my little brother! But I'm glad he's doing his thing. :) Can't wait to here him live again.

Video of one of the best bands ever playing. Amazing stuff.

Note: the cute little kid dancing. :)

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Hippo Studies



Studies of a hippo for my next illustration. Yes... he only has one eye.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Club 33

Last night myself, my lover boy, and a whole gaggle of friends got to go to Club 33 for Jenn's birthday! Did not get back home until 1 in the morning. I must say, the experience was amazing, especially with the company we shared it with. I haven't laughed that hard in a while... nor have I had drinks that strong. The food was delish, and our waitress was amazing. The decor was phenomenal and my heart fluttered when I saw what looked like concept art for Mary Poppins. If anyone ever gets the chance to go, drop everything you are doing and do so! :)


Friday, September 25, 2009

The Day Has Come

Or the night... whatever you want to call it. I completed "Portrait of a Pet Lover (a.k.a. William's Last Day)". This is the darkest I have come with watercolor. I just love all the characters. Especially the bat who hung himself. He just couldn't take the love.

And one more thing before I go. Poster for the upcoming Skipper Stand Up Show in Fullerton, CA. A comedy show comprised of past and current Disney Jungle Skippers. And my fiance is in the line up too. Not your average comedy show folks. For more information www.skipperstandup.com.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

About to pop!


Poster design for the HORRORPOPS - http://www.myspace.com/thehorrorpops. If you haven't heard them yet, you should now! Inspired by their song "Walk like a Zombie." Changed the colors a bit to give it that old dirty feel. :-D



Welcome Hazel Marie Shanklin with her lovely baby bump! The third "Happy Housewife" makes her debut!

Monday, September 21, 2009

The third




I'm painting the third housewife. Welcome Mrs. Hazel Marie Shanklin! I cannot wait until she is finished!

progress....




This weekend has been so much fun and intense. I just finished all the entry paperwork for the Burn the Witch gallery show next month. I have two more pieces to finish before Friday before I drop the work off too. That is not including school projects. :) And I need to buy frames for the frame-less.

Tangent: don't get sick.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Pictures, shows and rememberances

Today, my fiance and I are going to have our engagement pictures taken at Disneyland by Katherine Gehl later this evening!

Another awesome thing, Josh Agle (aka SHAG) just walked into the office. Apparently, he is having a gallery show this week at CSULB! I'm so psyched right now! The opening reception is on September 13, this Sunday, 5pm - 7pm at the Gatov Gallery. The gallery is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 12pm - 5pm and there will be an open house on Wednesday from 12p - 7pm! If you would like information for parking and what not, visit www.csulb.edu/maps.

Today, also is the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. A sad day, but a proud day for all those who stepped up and helped those suffering. My uncle was one of many who helped out, and I've never been more proud. If we all come together, we can do great things.

Oi! What a day of emotions! Stay positive and smile! It helps so much. You never know who may need it.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Productiveness...

... comes from drawing cute demented creatures.


And listening to 80s music.

Attempting some retroness for invitations. Yes, he has one arm missing... because I don't know what I want him to do with it yet.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Playful

Welcome the second housewife... Donna Rose McCarthy!


original artwork
acrylic on illustration board
11 3/4" x 15 3/4"


Also a quick sketch of one of my best friends as a pin up.


Now I must get back to my storyboards, designs and illustration project. Oi! So much to do in so little time! I love it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A long time coming

I've been meaning to post these pictures for quite some time and now I have! :-D

My first Comic Con experience happened this year thanks to one of my best friends.


Preview night I met a few people I didn't even think I would get the chance to meet. Including Doug Sneyd, an amazing illustrator who took the time to answer questions I had about his technique and style. Bought his "Unpublished book" which he signed and gave me a personalized sketch of myself by him! :) Even mentioned on his blog!


Then I went around and saw a familiar illustration at this booth and began to talk to Pascal Campion. I didn't realize it was the same artist who I really love to watch and study his art online on his blog until halfway through our conversation. A very kind soul full of abundant knowledge. I truly respect this man and his talent.


Michael Daley was there and was a sweetie. Another amazing illustrator who really just was the nicest thing ever.


I somehow managed to find Derek Yaniger, an amazing retro illustrator who is bringing the circle out of squaresville. :-D Totally bought alot from him too. Little does he know how happy his art makes me and inspires my wedding. Thanks man!


Of course I saw my share of costumes. But I never thought I'd see the three good fairies.


Nor did I anticipate to see a really swanky Cheshire cat and Alice while waiting in line.


And then I saw Tobias, from "Arrested Development", but he didn't notice me. He was too busy looking for his Blue Man Group.


And after days of lack of slumber and splugging of cash, I came home will all my swag and art books, prints and gifts. Here they sit, taking up an entire queen size bed. I really did go overboard, however, besides the five prints I bought from various artists, all the art books are now expanding my collection of illustrative resources for reference. I'm a huge book addict. Especially, sketchbooks, art books, and then come the novels.



In the end, I made it out alive... but barely! Talk about summer fun!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Hey there good lookin'

"Victorian Whale Fetish"

Latest piece finished for the "Gone Fishing" show at the dA Center for the Arts gallery in Pomona, CA. Watercolor on illustration board. :) Random, fun and it has a whale with a hat, mustache, monocle and a Victorian swimsuit! What more could you ask for?

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Review!

Holy cow! This was a real pick me up. One of my co-workers just sent me a review of the "Mixed Messages" group exhibit that my housewife piece is in. And I'm mentioned! W00t!

Happy Days by Theo Douglas

The show is running until August 22nd at the Picture This Art Gallery in Long Beach, CA. For more information visit the website, http://picturethisgallery.weebly.com/gallery.html

On that note, sweet dreams!

Sincerely,
Sey

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Down with the Sickness

Back from my first Comic Con! So exhausted! And I came home a day early. Ended up crisping from the sun on Thursday because I forgot my suntan lotion, and then that activated the shingles... and so I left Saturday night just in time to get my medication at home. Now the sunburn is feeling better (on it's second nasty peeling), however I woke up with a cold and an ear ache. Also, today is the day I got back to work. At least it is a late night shift, which gives me time to rest and recoup.

But back to the adventures of Comic Con.

I bought way more than I anticipated and met 4 of my all time favorite illustrators, along with more than a dozen new ones that I feel in love with for the first time. What I am going to do is when I have time and I'm not feeling so down, I'll upload some pictures here, where you can see the highlights of my trip.

As for now, I'm going to start my laundry and take a nap.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

The Happy Housewife Series

The first of The Happy Housewife Series is now complete!

Welcome Vivian Winkleman!


"The Happy Housewife: Vivian Winkleman"

original artwork
framed
acrylic on illustration board
11 3/4" x 15 3/4"

Showing at the Picture This Art Gallery starting 7.24.09, and then for a few weeks.

Current bid at $300.


Copyright of Ashleymarie Sey DeBondt

Friday, July 3, 2009

Sketch me a Paradise

Recent works I have done that are close to my heart.


"Roles of a 1940s Housewife", studies. A look at the negative (yet, somewhat comic) look at the treatment of housewives in the 1940s. Not to say it happened all the time, and that it doesn't happen now.


"Broken but beautiful", Acrylic, 4" x 5" on illustration board. One finalized response to the previous sketches.


"Conan: The Great Entertainer". Portrait of Conan O'Brien as President Abraham Lincoln. Welcome to the West Coast Conan! Looking forward to seeing you live. Acrylic on Illustration board.