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I absolutely love ’80s movies and tv shows! My friends have often joked I should have been born much much earlier given how much of the music, colors, dress, and designs I admire! One of my absolute favs is the dark comedy “Heathers” starring Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer.

While most can quote “Sixteen Candles” and “Princess Bride” like no one’s business I’m more inclined to the bitter and sardonic wit Christian Slater and Winona Ryder spout through-out “Heathers” instead.

Winona Ryder as sassy Veronica Sawyer from Heathers

Veronica Sawyer from Heathers

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Rumiko Takahashi Tribute Exhibit

September 26th, 2015 | Posted by mariasarria in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

It’s been a while since I’ve had the opportunity to sit and write for the blog but things have been busy with various freelance assignments and gearing up to open my online store with original products. If you haven’t had a chance, follow me on instagram for sneak peeks into the process and artwork that will soon be available for sale. ^_~
Last post I blogged about submitting a illustration for a Ranma zine collective. Today, I am really excited to share another piece I was fortunate enough to contribute as homage to the series. I was able to participate in a Rumiko Takahashi Tribute Show curated by Q-Pop shop/gallery in beautiful downtown Los Angeles.
As a huge fangirl of Rumiko-sensei’s works, I was beyond elated and totally pumped! Due to shipping time (since I’m on the East coast) I only had a day to work on the painting once I was admitted into the gallery show. Because of the time crunch, didn’t get many photos of my process as I would have liked. The artwork illustrates some of the tricks Shampoo exercised in the show to entrap Ranma to her– which includes her formula 119 shampoo, love pills bracelet, curse of reversal jewel, hypnotic dumplings, instant Nannichuan powder, and her red-string of fate. A few of them are items a hardcore Ranma fan would catch lol!

The piece is a combination of copic markers, acrylic, gouache, ink, and color pencils.

Inking in the lines and laying down color.

Inking in the lines and laying down color.

Here are some photos of the opening of the exhibit at Q-pop in Little Tokyo, courtesy of my talented friend Miss Kika, who also has a gorgeous Lum piece in the show!

One of the exhibit walls.

One of the exhibit walls.

 

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Some of the 3D pieces and prints at the show.

 

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Me and my friends, Miss Kika and Messy Pink with our pieces on same wall! woohoo!

 

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My Shampoo piece at the exhibit!

The Rumiko Takahashi tribute show at Q-pop gallery is open from Sept. 19th – Oct. 11th 2015.

**Update: The Shampoo painting found a home all the way in the Netherlands. Thank you Alex!**

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Shampoo’s Tangles and Ruses

It’s no secret to those that know me that I am a huge Rumiko Takahashi fan– especially when it comes to her manga Ranma 1/2!

As a teenager, I read the paperback mangas and watched the series, completely amused by all the characters, stories, and of course, the dynamics between Ranma and Akane. Enormously so, that I collected anything I could from it including plush, figures, production art, and dvds. So when a fellow instagrammer pointed  out to me that there was a collective for a zine– I knew I had to enter something in! The turn-out was immense for the curator with more than 100 submissions from both professional artists like myself that grew up with the series, to new fans that are revisiting it after Viz launched it on blu-ray last year. It is amazing to see so many colorful pieces showing how strong the fanbase still is after more than 25 years.

Although my favorite characters are Shampoo and Ryoga, the curator had mentioned that too many of the works turned in were heavy on both. So I decided to turn in an illustration featuring minor characters (but equally funny) Nabiki and Kuno. I went with a Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme with Nabiki playing the role of Holly Golightly and Kuno as her no-name cat. Hopefully my illustration makes it in the zine, but if not, it was still so much fun to work on a tribute to one of my childhood favorites!

Money-centric Nabiki “Golightly” and Kuno “Cat”

Wow, it’s been a while since my last blog post! I apologize for the long wait. Things have picked up quite a bit with clients, freelance assignments, and my largest project a.t.m–opening my own store with original products! Currently, I’m working on different illustrations that will go on button sets, prints, necklaces, bags, and key-chains so if you aren’t following me on instagram already, please feel free to add my handle: msarriadraws. I’ve been showing sneak peeks and snippets of the artwork on the horizon. ^_^

For now, I’d like to talk about the most loved-hated (some feel industry created) holiday going. As someone who was neither mushy nor romantic as a child, I always saw Valentine’s as a pastel-centric day of cute candies and cards to give to friends reminding them of how awesome they are. When it came to love, I was never one to admit to my crush that I liked them. In fact, quite the opposite! I would act very mean or coldly to the person, in hopes that the negative laser-focused attention would make the boy figure out “hey maybe she DOES like me-like me!” Ah the mind of a kid is a mysterious one! One of my favorite cartoons growing up was ‘Hey Arnold!’ created by Craig Bartlett which aired on Nickelodeon back in the mid-90s. Helga Pataki was a character I could relate to in regards to how I would act around a boy I liked in my grammar school days. It was always hilarious and fun to see all the zany situations and predicaments she would get into for the sake of Arnold’s affections. As endearing as all the H.A episodes were, my favorite hands-down was the Valentine’s day episode, which was so sweet and adorable! Naturally, when it came time to pick an illustration to create for a Val post I chose to depict the duo! I decided to interpret Helga daydreaming of her football-headed prince in my own stylization, which Craig gave a like on instagram, making me one very happy, giddy fan-girl!

Hope you all enjoy it!

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Helga clutching her locket and daydreaming

In memory of Lauren Bacall

August 14th, 2014 | Posted by mariasarria in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

I was sincerely shocked when hearing about Robin Williams’ suicide through social media a few days ago. It was as if a piece of my childhood went with him, he was a wonderful entertainer; I grew up with most of his movies and tv shows. But the double whammy came a day later when one of my favorite Hollywood silver screen stars, Lauren Bacall, passed away as well. I had been meaning to actually write a blog post about her and my top movie titles of hers such as How to Marry a Millionaire, To Have and Have Not, and Written on the Wind. She was not only a fabulous actress but her sultry looks, tall thin frame, and deep raspy voice came to embody the 1940s signature film noir vixen. Interestingly enough, Bacall mentions in an interview that her trademark voice is a result of a combination of straining low-pitch tones in order to win thriller/mystery roles and excessive smoking. The effects of both caused permanent damage to her actual voice into what most recognize her by today.

In memory of the wonderful star, I decided to do a stylized, minimalistic pin-up of Ms. Bacall. May she RIP and I’m sure Bogie is whistling at her “Baby” as we speak. ^_^

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Stylized portrait of Lauren Bacall