Sunday, April 20, 2008


Just returned from Booth 841 at The Annual NYC Comic Con at Jacob Javits Center. I was hired by the great folks at Starz Media/ , to help promote the upcoming 3D animated movie, SPACE CHIMPS due for Release on July 18 this year.

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My job was to draw caricatures of people and turn them into monkeys! Not ONE complaint about exaggerations today and yesterday!
I worked with another very talented caricature artist, Marlene Kryza ( who worked one side of the booth/space/area while Worked the other end, and boy was I glad she was there! pretty soon we were up to our elbows and eyeballs with many adoring fans, who literally spilled into the booth to get drawn, watch the film trailer, and pick up the promo materials , much to the delight of the folks at Starz Media! At one point we became SO popular that it caused a bottle neck of sorts inside the booth and it was actually TOO jammed! I guess you can say that people REALLY wanted me to make a monkey outta them! this was such a great idea, that I may use this idea for future gigs!

Will post more later


Josh Howell said...

Dude, your work is sick, Ive been checkin it out since you drew me and some of my classmates next to the Met a while ago. The DCAD animation crew still talks about hangin out with you outside and watchin you draw that day.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

Thanks Josh! I still remember that day! I'm lookin forward to seeing you guys again, and would enjoy having a jam session with you guys this year!

Everybody's gotta be in a Gang said...

It's an interesting idea; what were the universal "monkey attributes" you gave everybody- did you give everybody big ears, a tail and a big space between the nose and the mouth?

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

Thats a good question Dan, I focused on the extra large chimp ears, the "monkey sideburns" and the mouth area, which in some cases I really stretched out a bit. Prior to going to the gig I looked at some Disney toons where Monkeys were featured like Tarzan, and The Jungle Book.( I cant get "king Louie's" song, " I wanna be like you" outta by head now!)
There was a constant video loop of the trailer playing behind me, (which gave the customers something to look at)so I had a lot of visual inspiration to look at. SOme of the actual people even looked like monkeys naturally which was hilarious.

Elgin Subwaysurfer Bolling said...

I mostly gave the tail to little children. I only recall one girl being unhappy with the drawing. Before starting each drawing I would say, " you KNOW Im gonna make you look like a monkey, right?" This girl shook her head yes, and must have somehow thought she was STILL gonna look pretty. I could tell she was horrified by the outcome. As her mother and brother laughed , I smiled and called out NEXT!!!