Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Wedding Invitations for the D'Angelo-Earlys

Invitations I designed for the happy couple!
Last weekend I was a witness for one of my best friend's weddings. The ceremony was short and sweet with lots of laughter and none of the rigidness that I've come to expect from weddings. It was heartfelt (I criiiiied), wonderful, and in a beautiful location we're both very close to.

They're so cute together! And look at those sparklers on their fingers!

Shteppé D'Angelo is a friend I've known since I was 11. Her name is originally Stephanie, but more than a decade of inside jokes has led my family and all of my present friends to refer to her as Shtep.

Stephanie > Step-on-me > Steppy > Shteppé > Shtep

Totally normal. 

Shtep and I met in middle school on our first day of 7th grade. We were the new kids in class. I was moving from Los Angeles, and she was moving from another town in the south shore of MA. Basically, two guidance counselors pushed us together and said, "MAKE FRIENDS!"

Shtep was wearing a black snake skin vest with matching flared pants and an Axel Rose bandana across her forehead. I was wearing silver leopard print pants, a poofy vest and a bucket hat. The first thing I said to her was, "I like your pants." And our fate as friends was sealed from there.

We're super-duper grown-ups now!

I'm not exaggerating when I say I feel that her husband, Chris, is the perfect person for her. We've seen much of each others' lives (including some lame ex-boyfriends on both counts), and I have no doubt that they're meant to be together. It's already been years! I'm not worried about them at all.

Front of the invitations.
Back of the invitations.

Special gold envelopes with a big pixelated heart stenciled on them!

 I designed their invitation, and they wanted to go with an old school video game style. The significance of the Mario/Princess Peach spin-off is that they met while he was the manager of a video game store. They're both super nerdy gamer nuts (tattoos included), and they have such a blast together. They were really happy with how they came out, and that's all that matters to me. I made them a special poster too for guests to sign at the reception.

With the poster at the end of the reception - I'm so happy they loved it.  <3

Congrats to them both, and thank you for including me for such a special day. 
Love you both. 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Punching it up a Notch

Momo works as my studio assistant part-time

I work with so many incredibly talented people at Converse. I'm truly lucky to have such a wealth of different skills and talents around me to give/get critique and work on projects I normally wouldn't get to. Recently my coworker Katie Blauer, a super talented and trained eye for footwear of all kinds, asked me to add a little neon to some beautifully-crafted silk flowers for a pair of heels she was making.

 I told her I own all the neon paint ever and that this would be no problem.

The beautiful Matthew Williamson dress

Katie brought me a beautiful Matthew Williamson dress to use as reference, making note of the unique green and pink orchids printed on the fabric. I picked out about 12 tubes to work with and got settled in my studio on one of the nicest days of the year so far.

Holbein Acryla gouache

The finished flowers
And yes, I know what you're thinking: That's a LOT of paint tubes for such a tiny project. But I'm very picky about mixing and creating unique hues. I don't often use any color straight out of the tube. And especially working within the neon spectrum, I wanted to go balls-to-the-wall to enhance these babies.

The finished pair, with neon toe straps and champagne waterfall fringe.

The complete look!

You can check out more of Katie's work at www.katieblauer.com. I'm pumped to say that she's helping me with my wedding shoes next year!!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012



It's been a busy summer so far! I've been working on several projects including cd artwork for the band Oilhead, a piece for a show in London and all sorts of odds and ends projects. I've also been planning my wedding! I can't wait to design the living shit out of it. There are a lot of things I have to keep secret for now, but I'll post them as soon as I can!

But I wanted to post a quick drawing I made of the beautiful Nefertara. She's a sweet, creative, old soul who's been reinventing herself through her alter egos long before Lady Gaga. Probably Elizabeth Taylor in a past life, she never stops making new wigs, costumes, jewelry, eyelashes, and accessories. Check out her site if you get a chance!

Not that I even need to mention how striking her eyes and expression are, but outside of her natural beauty she's not afraid to look strange or grotesque for the sake of art. That's something I can really appreciate and identify with. As artists, we can have so much fun if we let go of our fears of what others may think. I'm still learning how to do that myself.

Nefertara even posted about me on her buzznet page if you want to check it out! Thank you so much! <3

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Rainy Drainy Spring Update

Things have been very busy the last few months: Working on an album sleeve for my friend's band, an accessory line for a local clothing company, and I'm in the beginning stages of creating a new body of work centered around "girl culture." It's my first series with any kind of real statement, so I'm excited.

Waiting on some custom laser-cut MDF to come in the mail! Wahhh so excited to see it! Painting on wood is just so aesthetically pleasing to me. <3

But surely I won't leave this post empty-handed. I'm working on a piece for a video-game themed show in London currently, and part of the profits fund Autism research. As well as the show pieces, the other artists and I have agreed to create a separate poster featuring a video game character! I chose Pikachu! For my final piece, I'm going to paint Wario!

Also, I designed the extra details on these sweet-as-sugar girls shoes, so you should buy them for the creative little ladies you know.

Also, can we just talk about how AWESOME blogspot is now? Uploading pictures and posts was a pain in the ass - so happy they got with the picture and created a multiple upload option. Sweeeeet!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

RISD Portfolio Reviews : Illustration/Animation

I was invited by my supervisor to accompany her to the RISD portfolio reviews, focusing on Class of 2012/13's Illustration and Animation majors. I came as a representative/talent scout for Converse, and I have to say I was blown away by this experience.

RISD is a truly prestigious school (one way out of my league price-wise when I was 16 and heading to college). So many amazing artists have come out of RISD, and I'm grateful to have been apart of such an important experience for students.

My portfolio reviews at Mass Art were truly nerve-wracking. I spent hundreds of dollars printing my portfolio, and even more on my "leave-behinds" (acrylic keychains designed by me and laser-cut with my name and website). Basically you get dressed up and make your portfolio look as dapper as possible and throw yourself at prospective companies, asking for advice and feedback and potential positions at your favorite companies. I had the pleasure of being reviewed by my senior Dana Woulfe for Converse in 2009, where he dismissed my portfolio as being inappropriate for surface design, though he did like my pieces. Funny how things work out - I sit about 15 feet from him now!!

It's only been a short while since I was on the other side of the table, so I was really nervous on arrival - such a big school, so many amazing talented young adults, and sitting eating lunch with all the other company representatives was pretty intense! I couldn't help but think, "OMG I'M NEXT TO PIXAR AND OMG OMG," totally star struck!

The work from the Illustration students we saw (which was around 30) was truly inspiring. I was suprised to see how many students worked in gouache (well), and it was interesting to see the differences between what Mass Art had expected from students versus RISD. (Black and white graphic-less resumes, and almost no postcards!) But overall I was truly blown away by a lot of the work. I even handed out some personal business cards! Why wouldn't I want to keep up with such talented artists?

Overall, this was a great experience for me and hopefully for all the students who attended. I was able to share some of my newly-inherited insight as well as gain some inspiration and a renewed sense of "blossoming" and eagerness from so many fresh faces.

If I were you, I would seriously check out :
Sunny Ren
Leland Goodman
Melanie Steinway

Friday, March 9, 2012


ALRIGHTY! It’s giveaway time!

Here’s how it works : Add me to your friends on facebook, comment on this photo with your FAVORITE dessert - it doesn’t matter what it is, and you’ll be in the running to win this ENTIRE LOT of fabulous stuff! Includes 6” x 10” print, mini print pack of 7, eyeball kitty keychain, button set of 4, greeting card, sticker, KoalaCore stickers, and an ORIGINAL PIECE OF ART - a sweet fu dog I drew, inked and finished with markers.

Winner will be picked at random on Monday! Get on it! <3

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Got my newsletter up and kicking!

Click HERE or on the image above to check out the whole thing! You can check out my Raw: Artists interview as well as get an update on my upcoming projects!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Raw Artists : Boston showcase

Piggy and These Ghosts They Know Me just hanging out at the Activate show!

I was lucky enough to be picked for Raw Boston's Activate show that took place on the 9th at the Estate Theater in Boston. Along with several other painters, photographers, fashion designers, performers, violin players, latex-clad models and hair models, I hung 10 of my proudest pieces (several of them unveiled for the first time) in what I referred to as the "Rainbow Corner" of The Estate.

Good thing I brought a ton of business cards.
And note to self : 100 stickers will move more quickly than you think!

I also participated in my first photoshoot ever! And I did a video interview for the first time as well. I was really nervous, but somehow I didn't word vomit at all during the interview. I feel like I represented myself well, and the photographer was happy to see I wasn't afraid to kick my feet up!

"Oh, I didn't see you there, come in."
Photography ©Greg Caparell

Artwork ©Bamcat Art
Photography ©Greg Caparell

In my life, I surround myself with many other talented people : some models, musicians, singers, DJ's, and many other fabulous people. As a visual artist, I'm accustomed to fading into the background and letting my work speak for itself, generally. I'm used to taking the pictures, not being in them, so to speak. So to have the spotlight for an evening made me feel like a rock star!! I felt beautiful and incredibly proud of my work and strong as an artist. Having so many of my friends and family at the event only made it even more special for me.

One of the musicians on stage. The crowd was HUGE - over 700 people on two floors!

friends and family : Rikard my fiancé, my Mum, Shteppé, Rik, and Britteny and Kris from Oilhead.

It was really a lovely time. I'll be sure to share my video interview once it's posted. :)

Peace out!!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Unicorns for the Unicorn Gallery in Camden, London

My Little Pony and Unico, Ink with Digital Color, 12" x 16"

Just finished this bad boy! Printing it tonight with the help of Alex Carlson and her beautifully convenient Epson printer, then mounting it onto wood (using Kathy Weller's awesome tutorial) to ship off to the Unicorn Gallery in London!

This will be my very first international group show, so I'm really excited!

Speaking of shows, I've been attending a TON of openings lately:
-New skull show at the Ars Moriendi Project last Monday, Jordan Pantiedosi and friends at the Yes, Oui, Si gallery near the MFA (used to be the old Rice Bowl Gallery), my own show at The Estate last week (pictures to come!), a gallery show this Thursday featuring Karl Stevens, and another show on Friday featuring several of my favorite artists, including Raul Gonzalez.

I'm also preparing for a skate deck show, a t-shirt collaboration, developing my first line of toys, painting another skull for the Ars Moriendi Project, random interviews, a talk at MassArt, and a super secret endeavor involving the Paint Pens in Purses ladies!

And just as a last thought - here are some other funky colorways I'd played around with after finishing this piece. When you use Illustrator every single day at work, Photoshop turns into a magical no-limitations breath of fresh air for effects!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Paint Pens in Purses Emo Valentines

This week, I'm lucky enough to be featured along with some of the other Paint Pens in Purses gals in the Boston Phoenix. We made emo-themed valentines for their "100 Top Emo Songs" Valentine's Day issue. You should pick up a copy!! :)

Monday, February 6, 2012

Unicorns : 80's Throwback Show

©Allison Bamcat 2012

Here's a piece I'm working on for this awesome show at the Unicorn Gallery in London. This will be my first international group show! I'm really honored to have been included for such a fun theme : 80's throwback! You can check out more information on the show here.

In other news, I got engaged this past Friday!! How stoked am I?

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

All Star seaside pack and Raw Boston!

I've been painting up a storm lately, and I can't wait to show you my newest creations! I'll be showcasing several new pieces at Raw Boston's Activate Show next week, February 9th at The Estate Theater in Boston from 7 - 10PM. You can check out my sweet profile HERE and purchase discounted tickets to the event!

Aside from that, I'm like, STOKED, right now. I've been working at Converse almost two years, and some of the projects I've worked on are starting to hit the market. Remember the rad Street Transportation pack I posted a while ago?

These guys are just coming out for spring! Don't you wish you had baby feet now?

They're available on the Converse website in the Kids section! Perfect for summer adventures!!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Raw Artists : Boston featuring Bamcat!

Hey guys, fantastic news! I've been asked to participate in Raw Artist's Boston showcase this year! I'm one of a handful of artists picked for the event, and I'm sure it's going to be rad! There will be fashion, makeup, music, and my artwork will be on display throughout the night! It's at The Estate in Boston, which is BEAUTIFUL, so I'm getting really excited!

Click this banner to see my profile page
There's a link to buy discounted tickets here!

A couple of pieces I've been working on for the show, come see them in person!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

What is this?

It's a secret for now!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Settle Down mini painting

New mini painting entitled "Settle Down" available in my Etsy shop. Inspired by my new most favoritest song by Kimbra.

My friend Veronica was also inspired by her - you should check out her amazing blog post here! One of the girls in the music video influenced her Frankenstein graphic novel. She's someone you wouldn't want to miss following!

Oh and also the entire background of this painting is covered in glitter. IDGAF.