I'm so happy to be a featured artist at zero degrees. Zero is a wonderful custard and Italian ice shop that is both delicious and beautiful. Pixopop art is on the walls and I was there to paint the last piece live!
[Trendzilla] Pixopop's founder on the genesis behind Stitch Bunny, Pishi the Cat and more
The term "emoji" was spawned from the social network Mojizu, a site Ali Sabet created. He mentions this to me in passing, as if it's not a big deal that he's the reason we have a word for those adorable icons that adorn our emails and text messages. But the 37-year-old pop artist is humble like that. Sitting by the window at Peet's Coffee, Sabet casually paints a picture of Stitch Bunny, a blue rabbit with giant stitched eyes.
"About a year and a half ago, I asked myself, 'What would happen if I focused on doing the stuff I love?'" he says.
What he loves is drawing a world of adorable characters—along with Stitch Bunny, there's Draco the Dragon, Pishi the Cat, Bearoo the Bear and others. He's the skilled hand behind Pixopop, an Irvine-based brand that has made its mark on T-shirts, iPhone cases, restaurant walls (check out Mokkoji Shabu in Irvine and the Iron Press inCosta Mesa!), plush dolls and coloring-book apps.
For Sabet, drawing has been an obsession since he was a kid. He had moved to the United States from Iran, and "it helped me cope through all the transitions in my life," he recalls. He studied communications at Cal State Fullerton, then worked at major ad agency FCB, designing for companies such as Taco Bell. As a creative release, he drew characters such as the Tanashoii Twins, a martial-arts duo. In 2005, Sabet started Mojizu, an online community in which more than 50,000 character designers around the world shared their characters, or "mojis."
While he enjoyed leading the forums, what Sabet really just wanted to do was create. He tried to get his work out there, he says, but went about it the wrong way. "I would go into a store with Pishi the Cat T-shirts, and people would say, 'I'd rather go with Paul Frank. I don't know who Pishi the Cat is.' In the art world, I wasn't taken seriously because I would come across as a pitchman, a salesman. You can't do that."
Instead, he began creating a following by drawing for himself and documenting his work on social media. He now has 33,000 followers on Instagram. Companies have been paying attention, too. Pixopop was recently signed by Uncommon, which creates and markets iPhone andiPad cases for pop brands Uglydolls, Paul Frank and the Public Zoo.
"I'd been so focused on the destination, but this past year, I've really experienced the journey," Sabet says. "The art itself is speaking for me now."
I'm so so happy. Thanks to a dear friend and talented developer, Clement Perez, the pixopop coloring book app is now available for download in the app store. It's free and ready! Here is a description:
Pixopop Artist, ©SABET created an original piece for R.O.C. (Real Office Centers) in Newport Beach in May of 2013. This is the largest wall piece by pixopop to date! If you'd like to visit you may do so ROC NEWPORT/AIRPORT 4590 MacArthur Blvd. Fifth Floor Newport Beach, CA 92660 (949) 335-7177 firstname.lastname@example.org
So today I got to paint an awesome piece at the Orange County vintage Mart - mandi from http://resurrected-relics.com let me paint one of her cool pieces! Check it out and visit her site for more amazing stuff!
So honored to be able to paint the walls of this amazing space!
Here we go with our first ever limited edition Tee!! Please read the note underneath for delivery dates and so on. If you have any questions email me at email@example.com
This is our first official T-shirt. It'll be a limited edition shirt and only available to the first 100 people who pre-order.
PLEASE ALLOW 8-12 WEEKS FOR DELIVERY. THIS IS A VERY LIMITED ITEM AND WE HAVE TO GET THE ORDERS IN BEFORE WE CAN PUT THEM IN. IF WE CAN'T FULFILL THIS ORDER YOU WILL BE PERSONALLY NOTIFIED AND WE WILL REFUND YOUR MONEY 100%.
So it happened. Our wonderful app developed by our friends at Sogabee made it to number one! Beating the iTunesU app! That's pretty nuts if you ask me. I'm still elated. I can't imagine how all the stars aligned for us for this to happen, but we are working hard to get another wonderful app out there as soon as possible! Check out the app here!
I'm so proud to be showcased at the most amazing offices in newport beach - ROC is a super modern and ultra high end work space. I have a few more piece being installed soon!!
I love Copic markers! They're the best when it comes to even colors, brightness and transparencies. I really enjoy slowing down and drawing a bit
As I was creating this painting, i decided to use the new social network, vine on my iphone. it was a fun way to stream the process over the web as I was painting.
Your blueprint is what you're made of. Today I changed my blueprint for good. How about you?
So I've started painting new stuff and they are up for sale! Yay. I'm going to do one original piece a day for sale. These pieces will be hats, paintings, t-shirts and so on. Hopefully you'll find them fun and desirable. They are one-of-a-kind pieces and will never be produced again. Check out the first one!
I'm not sure I even understand what lost in translation means, but speaking a few languages I know that it's better to be found than lost.
So I have a ton of FedEx boxes now and I'm about to start an entire free art project. Ill be giving one away everyday for the next few weeks.
I'm still in awe of every piece of fan work I see! It's incredible and I feel so honored everytime someone takes the time to create some pixopop love. This one is by @its_plushies on Instagram!
Yes. After 6 months of looking for the right person to help me with this project, it's nearly done. I can't believe it! You'll be able to select any of the 50 images in the first book, color it in, print it and share it!! amazing huh!! I'm so happy and grateful for my friend Clement that's making this possible. Here is the app store icon! What do you think?
Sometimes I feel like this. Yes, exactly like this. I know you do too. But if we don't have moments like this, then we wouldn't enjoy the other moments, right? Right!
Today I stopped by a new Aaron Brothers. They have changed things around a bit. It feels more like a boutique, and really clean and open. They have this table called the art lab and you get to create stuff and test out new products. So I got to do a new stitch bunny original painting!! I hope someone takes him home!
Great days are the best. They are better than good days. And we all know that good days are rare. So having a great day is almost as good as having a fabulous day. Oh my gosh, can't wait to have one of those! Enjoy this great day brought to you by pixopop!!