Sunday, June 28, 2009

The paintings (and one sculpture) that were part of my first art exhibit. Part Four.

This is the fourth entry on the paintings that I put up for my first individual art exhibit. I think it will be the last one.

1. "Transformación": I LOVE this painting. LOVE. I love how her body looks, her back, the dimples on the small of her back, her arm, her dripping blood, her fist, her butt, the horns tearing through her skin, the ochre, the crimson. She's SO beautiful.
This character is transforming, as said by the title of the painting. The three horns coming out of her forearms are the first change her body is making and she's closing her fist, because it hurts and because she won't be human anymore. So there's mental and physical pain in there.
There's not much more to her than that.
This painting's 24 x 36 inches, oil on canvas and USD 1000.00.


2. "Hunter": I made this piece back in school, that I was much more into fantasy art, so this came to me relatively easy. With all the piercings and shit, like in the Luis Royo and Dorian Cleavenger work.
It's a creature, that's having kind of a bad time hunting, because she didn't find much except a mouse and is just looking at the viewer with a bad trip on her face.
This one's 24 x 24 inches, carbon on.. I don't know what it's called, but it's the same paper as the brown paper bags; and it's USD 350.00.

3. "Nyx": A picture in ZINK! magazine was my reference for this painting, because she was just standing there, looking at the camera and I don't know what they did, but some of her hair was floating. Like a little bit of breeze blew, really cute and mysterious looking.
SO YEAH, this is Nyx, Nyx is the female personification of the night, according to the Greeks. And, because she IS night, she's awesome and I like how she turned out. She has a nice fixed, confident and curious stare and she's just materialized herself from the colors of the night.
I made her eyes orange, because blue eyes are boring and too much of the realm of my walking life, so the background is blue and I chose orange, because they're the complementary color of blue. They actually remind me of a tiger or something, I guess it's the tone.
"Nyx" is 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas and USD 600.00

4. "Autocreatura">: This is a self portrait and I know it's a weird painting, leave me alone XD
Her skin from the chest down is meant to be like red salamander skin and she's also meant to have the horns.
Her trip is that she's an envious demon and I realized this after having worked on her for a while and looking at her. The smile on her face and her eyes, tell me that she's looking at me because she's enjoying the thought of little bad things happening to me. Like, she'd pull stupid pranks at me, like tripping me as I walk by or me dropping my shit or whatever and she's get a kick out of it. Or you, if she was looking at you.
Anyway, her face and stare are enough for me to overcome her strange background, which I guess is consonant with her envious thoughts and wishes.
This painting is oil on canvas and it's USD 700.00

The paintings that were self portraits, weren't/aren't about me wanting to present myself in a certain way or showing a hidden thing about me. I don't really *see* myself in the self portraits that I've made, I just happened to be an appropriate model for the image I had in mind.

I want to post again that website, that you can go to to see a bunch of other blogs and if you link to it, your blog will appear in that kind of blog slide they have going on. Which is super cool.

Also, and finally for this entry, please remember that I've made a group in facebook. And in said group you can see SO MUCH MORE of my work, that is if you don't give a shit about words and want to see more images XD
Seriously, though, there's like five pages with twenty images each in the group, right now. I'd seriously love it if you joined the group and left any kind of feedback, thoughts, ideas, comments, opinions, whatever on the wall or any of the pictures. And it would also be nice if you decided to add me to your friends list, but REMEMBER to tell me you found me through here, because that would totally make my day!
Gabriela Handal Arte

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

The paintings (and one sculpture) that were part of my first art exhibit. Part Three.

This is the third installment of the pieces from my first individual art exhibit.

1. "Wolfshook": First of all, the wolfshook, according to wikipedia.
For this piece, a model from the Suicide Girls was my reference, I don't remember her name and I don't remember at what point during making her, I decided she would be a werewolf. Or maybe I had decided it from the beginning? I don't remember, who knows. The thing is that, at some point, I knew I wanted her to have some sort of mark that was shaped like whichever symbol that represented werewolves and that's when I found the wolfshook and I added those two bits under it, because on it's own it would have looked stupid. Her kind of werewolf, is born with the mark and have dark grey skin, no whites, purple eyes and jet black hair, like the Incubus, I guess those colors come up so often, because they just look so good together. In the painting, she's in her human form.
As I worked on her, I loved everything about her and how it was coming out and to this day I love looking at her and her peaceful and beautiful face. I love her so much, that I wanted to somehow be the same as her so I got the wolfshook tattooed on my left shoulder, because if I was a werewolf like her, that's where I would have gotten the mark. And I also wanted to have something of her left in me, if I sell her.

I actually don't know if she really IS for sale, but she's priced at USD 1500.00, oil on canvas and the dimensions are 24 x 36 inches.

2. This one doesn't have a title, but the background resembles "Energía"'s, because it's kind of the same vibe, that she's emitting some sort of energy as she's moving. When I made this piece, I was seriously into Luis Royo and Dorian Cleavenger's trips of piercings. The piercings all over the body are more present in Luis Royo's work, but Dorian Cleavenger's piece "The Gift" has a good amount of piercings that always hypnotize me, so it's kind of a combination of those two things. Long time after I finished her I noticed that all the piercings call attention to the body parts most related to women and femininity: Breasts and hips or just along that section of the body. And the corset, also as a way to accentuate the female figure.
This broad is just kind of walking, moving or dancing, I'm not sure, but there's some sort of movement there.
This one is USD 500.00, 18 x 24 inches and oil on canvas.

3. "Elf": This painting has awesome vibes and I love looking at her, too. It has awesome vibes, because when I painted her face, I did it super quick and it was kind of instinctive, because I told to myself "just paint the colors you see on the reference" and I did and I was so proud of myself how good it came out. For me, this painting is also a rarity, because I have hardly any work done in acrylics, because those fuckers dry so fast, I can't do anything fast enough, so all the more reason for which I feel proud of it.
And other than that, she just looks so chilled out and refreshing, with a breeze that blows her hair back a little bit and everything and when I look at it, I feel kind of refreshed, too.
I have NO. IDEA. Why I made the frame that way. It's just wire that I sowed around the edge and I remember it being a pain in the ass to do. I used this small drill to make the holes, but the drill was all shitty and I could only make a few so I made the rest with a nail? I'd just hammer a nail into the canvas until it came out the other side and then moved on to making the next hole. FUCK, it was annoying as shit. But at least it came out looking awesome and very in tune with the kind of primal jungle vibe she also has.
This painting is USD 800.00, it's acrylic on canvas and it's 24 x 36 inches.

4. "Male": Nothing much to this painting, except that I found a picture of a guy that I really liked, 'cuz I thought he looked all melancholic and shit, with his hair all over his fayss and I wanted to use him as a reference for this werewolf painting. That's what the painting is, it's a werewolf in human form, that's going on a really bad trip, because (as I found during my research) werewolves, whilst in human form, are painfully aware of the damage they've done as werewolves. Which is beautiful and interesting.
This painting is USD 500.00, oil on canvas and 22 x 28 inches.

5. "Subject for Testing": I think this is the only other acrylic painting, except this one is on recycled pieces of paper. This character is meant to be a person that was caught by an unknown entity and said entity is somehow experimenting on her. She has her outfit that's kind of like a prison outfit thing, she was tattooed some number for filing and had all her body hair shaven off. There's not much sign of damage, except for her pale mouth and her head is being held in place by the silver ring that's coming out of the sides.

Please remember that I've made a group in facebook, in which I upload pictures of my work (old or new) pretty often. The vast majority of things are for sale and, if they're not, it will say so in the legend of the image. Please feel free to join my facebook group and maybe even add me to your friends list and remember to tell me that you got there from here, 'cuz that would be awesome.

Feel also free to invite whoever you'd think would be interested in my work and leave any kind of comment on the wall or any of the images and any thought, comment, feedback or ideas on the group's wall.
Gabriela Handal Arte

Monday, June 15, 2009

The paintings (and one sculpture) that were part of my first art exhibit. Part Two.

This is the second installment of paintings from my first individual art exhibit.

1. Hadamila: There's not really that much to this painting. Milla was my model, it's this super cool black and white picture. She's just a fairy type in this case and she's materialized from the colors that are around her.
I was actually trying to do some of those abstract things, but with colors, to make the background a bit richer. Originally, I didn't set out to copy Milla, but more the pose, but the sketch came out so awesome and it resembled her a little bit anyway, so that's just how it stayed. That's why the painting kind of looks and kind of doesn't look like her.
"Hadamila" is USD 900.00, 22 x 28 inches and it' oil on canvas. And the name "Hadamila" is the composition of the word "hada", which is fairy in Spanish, and Milla's name.

2. "Wounds of War": I did a very limited amount of sculpture in university and "Wounds of War" started out as a clay sculpture, with a wood, wire and news paper skeleton; then it was covered with plaster until it dried and then the plaster mold was filled with white cement and another material that I don't know what it's called. "Wounds of war" is meant to be a veteran elf warrior; she was an archer, but did her share of close range fighting, hence the bags under her eyes, her tired eyelids and a variety of scars left from her battles.
She's 14 x 15 x 12 inches, USD 850.00.

3. "BROOHA": The title of this one is just how you'd pronounce "bruja" in Spanish, it means "witch" and it's called "witch", because I usually imagine witches with windblown hair and all mysterious and shit. And what's more mysterious that a woman looking out from a mirror?
Originally, I wanted the mirror's frame to be really baroque and complicated, but in the end I went for the more simple approach and made some pretty awesome triskeles.
My grandmother bought this one from me.

4. "Disdain": A picture of Keira Knightley was my model for this painting, she has this super awesome arrogant expression and her neck looks nice and long. "Disdain" is meant to be some sort of petty demon that's looking at the viewer in a disdainful manner, because he's turned himself into a gorgeous woman and the demon doesn't care that it's only a mirage and that he'll go back to being ugly eventually; even in this temporary form, he STILL looks down on others around him.
"Disdain" is 20 x 24 inches, it's oil on canvas and its' USD 700.00

5. "Insolent and Lewd": This one's also a type of demon and she's just sticking her tongue out in a lewd way to the viewer, pretty much just to be an asshole. Anything that's to do with the tongue that's not food or talking is considered taboo in society, it seems, so this demon is just out to see what the viewer will do. That's why she has that indifferent and challenging look in her eye.
She's 18 x 24 inches, oil on canvas and is USD 650.00

Remember I've made a group in facebook and I'd love it if you joined it and, if you want to, add me also to your friends, but tell me that you found me through my blog; because that would make me feel seriously good!
Gabriela Handal Arte

Feel free to join, invite your own friends, leave a comment on the wall or the pictures, leave me ideas, feedback, thoughts, constructive criticism or anything at all!

Monday, June 8, 2009

The paintings (and one sculpture) that were part of my first art exhibit. Part One.

I'm going to talk in this entry and several entries to come, about the paintings I made for the art exhibit, except "Incubus", 'cuz I already talked about him.
There's nineteen pieces to talk about, so maybe I'll do five paintings per entry.

1. "The Devil in a Fucking Suit": I know it's a stupid name, leave me alone XD
The concept for "Devil in a Fucking Suit" comes from the devil in the movie Constantine. At least my impression of it. In the movie, Lucifer appears as this really well dressed man, but he has a disgusting substance that comes off his feet and has tattoos peeking out of his neck and wrists. As in, the suit just hardly covers what he inevitably is.
So the representation of my devil, is a beautiful woman with a spiffy outfit and a hopeless look in her eyes, with adornments around her; but her hair is disheveled and the adornments are dirty and smeared.
And just to make sure the viewer knows he/she's looking at the devil, I carved a pentagram onto the canvas, because the inverted pentagram is so regularly related to him.
The devil, in this case, came to be after I'd been working on it for a while, as it happens with a lot of the pieces. I didn't *know* I was going to decide it would be the devil from the beginning. And, I don't know why, but the title just seems fitting and it amuses me, so it stays XD
This painting is 24 x 36 inches, it's oil on canvas and it's USD 1000.00

2. "Male": This character is just a creature that lives off of blood and he just finished his most recent meal and so is cleaning the remains off of his mouth with his hand and right at this time, the viewer catches his attention and looks with more indifference than curiosity. I refuse to say he's a vampire, 'cuz that's some old boring shit, man. Surely vampires are not the only ones who need blood to survive.
This painting is 18 x 24 inches, it's oil on canvas and it's USD 500.00

3. "Energía": There's not much to this painting, but only because I don't remember what I meant to do with her. She's definitely a meditating creature that's emitting energy from herself and has natural and artificial body modifications. The energy coming out of her is not meat to be harsh like thunder, but more kind of like the purple colored electricity of a plasma lamp.
"Energía" is 24 x 36 inches, it's oil on canvas and it's USD 1000.00

4. "Banshee": I drew her, because I meant to copy this AMAZING picture of Christina Aguilera I'd found. I don't remember if I wanted to exactly copy the picture or I was only using the awesome lighting as reference and I also don't remember if I meant for her to be a banshee from the beginning. Banshees are announcers of death and my banshee has dark circles around her eyes from crying for the upcoming death of whoever and has an empathic smile and stare, because she understands the pain that comes with death.
"Banshee" is 24 x 24 inches, it's ink and pencil on paper with a cardboard support and it's USD 700.00

5. "Feathers": "Feathers" is inspired by Dorian Cleavenger's painting Obsession, except in a much less elegant setting. This character is in a dark and disorderly room and she's using candles, because she's probably not paid her electricity bill in a long time and has a bunch of bed sheets on the floor because that's where she sleeps. We catch her in the moment when she decides to begin her transformation into a bird and she's already sown several feathers onto the skin of her arm, we happened to walk into her room at this very second and she looks up at us with a mixture of feelings: She looks really tired, but determined and she's annoyed at us for interrupting her. Her expression is a little bit threatening and we better not try to stop her.
Her room has become a heavy and oppressive place, filled with her despair of becoming a bird. Everything is dark and only illuminated with candles and everywhere there are images that relate to birds, flight and changing the human form into something that can fly.
"Feathers" is 24 x 36 inches, it's oil, feathers, fabric and paper on canvas and it's USD 1000.00

Please remember that I've made a group in facebook, so that you can see a much bigger selection of my work. If you have facebook, go ahead and join my group and if you want add me to your friends list and let me know that you found me through my blog, 'cuz that would be seriously cool!
Gabriela Handal Arte

Monday, June 1, 2009


Steampunk according to wikipedia.

I like steampunk and it pleases my eyes, but I don't think I could get dressed like some people do. I haven't *tried* it, because there aren't those type of things here yet, but I think maybe I'd get really frustrated pretending to be in such an awesome place and then just walk out of it and remember that it doesn't exist. I mean, yeah, halloween is probably my favorite holiday and it's about pretending and putting on a disguise and playing, but I seem to have no problem with that.
I mean, for me looking at a good image of fantasy art or whatever, steampunk, futuristic, science fiction type of thing, totally hypnotizes me and I look at the details and imagine what it would be like to live in that world, but I think trying to bring that world out of the image would frustrate the shit out of me. Like me just being in denial of the world I'm in.

BUT ANYWAY, I found a steampunk group in facebook, with nice pictures and whatever and I only had to look at some of them to make me want to do something and I came up with two images. I don't know just how steampunk they are, but they were definitely inspired by it.
1. This first one is called "Steampunk Light" and it's 11 x 14 inches, I used watercolors, acrylic paints, pencil and colored pencils. It's USD 80.00. She's meant to have really long arms, hands and fingers and a really long neck; she's holding what was meant to be a monocle in her right hand, but it looks more like a little magnifying glass; her corset and neck piece are meant to be brown leather and her skirts: the red, burgundy and black, are meant to be velvet and the white parts just like.. white fabric. I don't know the names of all fabrics. Her skirts are meant to be super heavy and warm; her hair is supposed to be kind of messy and I was inspired by a picture of Milla that I saw that she has pretty much the same hairdo. It's supposed to be messy 'cuz she's like a studious type and she does her hair, but it gets messy during the day. The hair band has peacock feather types there.
I don't know exactly why I wanted her arms and neck to be so long, but I'm glad I did it and I like how it looks. The neck brace thing is meant to bring some support to her super long neck, with some help from the bit that sticks out from the back of her corset.
I think at first she was meant to have been subject to some sort of modification, so her body would end up how it is now with the elongated arms and neck and super small waist, but now I'm not sure what the shit I wanted it to mean.
The background is meant to look like rust. Not necessarily rusted, but like.. worn out, I guess, worn out and humid and old. Yet some MORE shit that I'd like to imitate from Luis Royo's work >=/

2. This second one is called "Vox". I don't know if it means "voice" in some other language, maybe Latin or something, but in Spanish, "voice" is translated to "voz", so the title has something to do with that. Vox, I'm not sure if she's a modified human or entirely a machine that looks like a human or a cyborg or whatever, but she definitely has speakers instead of a wind pipe and vocal chords and that is pretty much her trip. The two silver arms are coming out of the sides and opening up the incision on her neck to expose the speakers and the copper cylinder they're attached to. She's also wearing a corset and has kind of the same hairdo as "Steampunk Light", but not as messy and without the little peacock feathers. Same thing as "Steampunk Light" with the background, except I achieved it a little bit better in this one.
This piece is actually a really old drawing that I'd started back in university and I've kind of been recycling them and finishing them (cue recycle mode - don't throw anything out).
For this one I also used acrylic, watercolor, pencil and colored pencils, it's also 11 x 14 inches and it's USD 70.00.

I think the steampunk trip has stopped for now, though. All those cranks and trinkets and shit, I don't know if I have patience for them.
By the way, if you have facebook, I made a group where you can see much more, MUCH more than you can see here of my work. Please feel free to join and maybe even add me to your friends list, I'd love to have a bigger crowd, even if they will only be viewers and not necessarily buyers. Also feel free to leave me comments on the wall and on the images and any kind of feedback, suggestions, ideas, thoughts, opinions you'd like
I put all the information of the group in English AND in Spanish and all the pieces have their respective information in their legend.
Gabriela Handal Arte

ALSO, there's this thing called where you can put up your own blog in order to get a bigger crowd AND you can see other people's blogs. Whoever else has submitted their blog. Pretty spiffy shit.