About Things

Posted in art, Comics, Personal/Creative with tags , , , on September 8, 2011 by joeylabartunek

Hey Blog, remember when I was talking about making this piece of art?  I consider this to be the equivalent of drawing calisthenics, a precursor stylistically to what we’re rockin in the graphic novel now, but I still had a lot of fun building it and working out some of the stylistic choices I would continue in my current art.

So here’s the thing, I know it’s big, that’s intentional, click on it and zoom in.  Don’t be lazy, it’s the only way you’ll be able to read it right.  Anyway, enough babble, here’s “About Things”.

Tom Sparks - About Things

Tom Sparks, Atomic Detective - About Things


Commercialized Madness

Posted in TV, Work on March 1, 2012 by joeylabartunek

Hey blog, wanna see what I worked on last?  Well, just prior to my vacation and current stretch of downtime, I spent some time at the VFX house MPC and worked on these spots:

The Harryhausen Monster Mash

Posted in Film with tags , on June 30, 2011 by joeylabartunek

Thanks to BB for linking to this awesome collection of every Ray Harryhausen  monster ever animated.

As someone who grew up being fascinated, entertained, and inspired by his otherworldly creations (and even meeting the man once!) this warmed a tiny corner of my black heart.

Summer Scheming or Why we put up with the traffic, pretentious shittiness, & gouging rent prices so we can have lovely sunsets.

Posted in Personal/Creative with tags on June 22, 2011 by joeylabartunek

Today was the first day of summer, and Los Angeles wasn’t going to let us forget.  Here are some photos from the Girl’s new area of residence Echo Park, showing the glorious post-June-Gloom burnoff.

Top of The Girl's head looking out on Echo Park

Sunset - First day of Summer 2011

The Girl, The Dems, & the 2011 Pride Parade

Posted in Personal/Creative, Politics & World, Uncategorized on June 13, 2011 by joeylabartunek

My girl is fairly active in politics, and certainly more so than I.  So when she got an invitation to march with the Democratic party in the 2011 West Hollywood Pride Parade, she jumped at the chance and pulled me along for the ride.  Little did I know that several hours after agreeing to do it, that I would be holding a sign and marching down the middle of Santa Monica Blvd. And while I may not be 100% on board with the party anymore, and I certainly have some issues with the Dems and maybe more pointedly the President and all of their lack of spines, I didn’t really mind holding a sign while the Obama chants went out around me.

Ahh, the things we do for love and entertainment.  I realized after the fact that holding a sign and trying to take pictures with my phone was a really bad idea, and most of the pictures I took were complete shit.  But here are a couple photos from the parading side of things, if only to say, ‘Yes, bastards, I was there’.  Cheers.

Gearing Up

Marchin' in the Streets

Spray Paint (the walls)

Posted in art with tags , , on June 13, 2011 by joeylabartunek

The Entry

I took a trip down to Little Tokyo this weekend to check out the current show at the MOCA, ‘Art in the Streets” – a gorgeous and exhaustive exhibit on street art (embarrassingly, this was my first trip to the gallery since moving out to LA-Four years ago…).

Jess standing in front of a bus-turned-giant piece outside the gallery.

Ranging from crude spray paints, Fab 5 Freddie and Blondie, to 80’s skateboard art from Powell Peralta, low rider culture, biker gangs, and all the way to the modern wave of street artists turned pop-culture icons like Banksy and his ilk.  The show was a brilliant collection of history and diversity of the art that has really surrounded and been ingrained into those of us who grew up  and lived as street urchins most of our lives.

The latest fashion in golfing wear, no more will you be forced to wear plaid.

Sadly, a few hours wandering the halls was not nearly enough time, so The Girl and I are planning a return trip to soak in it all, but in the meantime, here are some photos from visit 1, and a bunch more photo-flotsam in the flickr stream link below.  Enjoy.


Art in the Streets @ MOCA, a set on Flickr.

Reel World: Los Angeles

Posted in Personal/Creative on June 6, 2011 by joeylabartunek

Oh hey, guess what?  No, not I didn’t cut off my toes and try to join a fish cult in Bali, but that’s not a bad idea.  No, what really happened is, I finished a new copy of my reel.  So here it is: