New Watercolor Series + Houstonia Magazine + Goodbye Winter Mural + New Work

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I am finally starting on my new watercolor series at the end of the month. I put lots of preparation in this series and I can’t wait to start.
I am still in need of models -> michaelcxrodriguez(at)gmail.com



Houstonia Magazine

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The October issue of Houstonia is officially out on stands here in Houston. I have a write up, photo, and a two-page spread illustration for the article,
6 Young Artists Who Are Reshaping Houston’s Art Scene” in this month’s issue. I appreciate everyone at Houstonia for everything and Big thanks to Chris and Michael!

I embedded the entire write up below

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SET AGAINST A BACKGROUND of generic skyscrapers, we see a series of brightly-colored, cartoon-like figures: a wolf in a leisure suit; two menacing dinosaurs; a robot carrying a scantily-clad woman in his arms; a bear wearing a T-shirt. It’s Michael C. Rodriguez’s latest mural—stretching across an entire wall of the cavernous Winter Street Studios complex—and it cements his reputation for blending the cute and the grotesque, the innocent and the evil. For last year’s Station Museum show dedicated to street artists, Rodriguez painted a stunning image of a boy and girl holding hands, skipping merrily into an apocalyptic landscape where drones patrol the sky and plumes of smoke rise from the ground.

Rodriguez is a mild, soft-spoken man, a man who began drawing because of a childhood illness that often kept him home from school. “It was hard to keep friends in school because I often wasn’t there, so I just turned to art,” he says. “It made me happy—I loved drawing. I’d come home and do that, and I found a lot of comfort in it. Even today, it makes me happy to draw.”

Rodriguez’s murals begin with a pencil sketch, which he then finalizes in ink, using watercolor or graphite to add texture before scanning the image into his computer, where he adds color in Photoshop. Finally he paints the image onto a wall using a combination of acrylic and latex paint. “I’m very digital—I like clean lines, solid colors,” he explains. “I’ll take a long time on a mural because I want everything as clean as possible, like it was made on a computer, and really bright.”

For the past decade, Rodriguez has mostly supported himself by creating artwork for local and national bands, over a hundred of them at last count, including two album covers for local favorites The Tontons. But murals remain his first love, one he’s happily able to give more and more attention to these days, thanks to a growing number of commissions. He says his biggest aesthetic influence is ’60s-era comic books, which his father collected.

“I just love a lot of art from the ’60s—comics, even fashion,” he says. “It just has this romantic feel to me, which I love. I like to put romance into my work.” —MH




I had trouble taking a proper photo of the two-page illustration so I will post it next time!
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Winter Street Studios Mural

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Hello everyone. For those who have not seen this hallway at Winter Street Studios, this month (Oct) will be the LAST TIME to see it before it is gone!
‘Making of’ video for this hallway mural coming soon!
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Big thanks to RVR Photography for the photo! It was taken right before I about to leave to finish up a painting. This is probably my first self portrait in two years.
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Houstonia Magazine Interview/Photoshoot/Illustration + Young the Giant + New Work

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Houston Magazine.
Last month, I was very surprised that Houstonia Magazine asked me to be in their article,6 Young Artists Who Are Reshaping Houston’s Art Scene for their October issue. I had a photo shoot and a nice interview. I was also asked to illustrate a full page spread for the entire article which was lots of fun. A work in progress of the illustration is above. I’m very excited to see how the issue comes out.

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This is a poster that I designed for Young the Giant many many months ago. I somehow lost all the files on a pen drive and didn’t find them until recently. This poster looks simple but the process turned out longer than usual. I think I went through every single animal head I could think of until I settled for a dinosaur. Dinosaurs are the best of course.

I was also able to use this image in a mural at Winter Street Studios last January. Recreating my poster art in murals in something I am trying to do more of.

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This upcoming month OCT will possibly be one of the most amazing months I’ve had in years. On the top of the list is the coming of my new nephew, Maxwell C. Clark. My sister and husband, Matt are some the most talented people I have ever met. Maxwell is going to change the world.

Check out some of Matt’s music below. Good Stufff





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Look out for Papercity magazine next month. I will be in an article about the Arts off of Washington Ave here in Houston.


 


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FPH AUGUST COVER + NEW WORK

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Since 2007 I have illustrated many many covers for the Free Press Houston. I was asked to illustrate the August cover BUT unfortunately there was a short deadline. I was very happy that there was already an idea or I think the art would have suffered. I seem to spend more time than I like on brainstorming and concept. I was given a list of characters and I was able to collage everything together in time.


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FInally, I’m finishing up this big painting in the Montrose area. This is the last time I use paint on DEEP HEAVY textured brick. It takes a great amount of time just to paint a solid color in all the crevices of one single brick. Completing the entire painting will be a challenge compared to flatter surfaces I have painted on in the past. Once I finished the paint areas I will finally be able to move to aerosol.


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http://www.freepresshouston.com/sammyawards/
I just found out that I was nominated for Best Poster Artist for FPH’s Sammy Awards. Thanks Sammy

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I had a mention in the month’s Papercity Houston.
I am still trying to track down a copy of this months issue. Thanks to Kirsten Ufer for the photo!








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