Saturday, June 9, 2012

My Trubute to Ray Bradbury: 1920 ~ Forever


Today, the summer morning felt like October, Venus crossed the
sun, and a poet of a story teller has died.

Ray Bradbury.

He was the first author that I ever read that made me realize that books could be more than
just entertaining stories. When I picked up my dad's paperback copy of The
Martian Chronicles, as a kid, I realized that a books could speak to you
about your own inner thoughts and feelings. They could show you that it
meant something to have integrity, aspire to ideals, that you weren't alone
in your fears, and that we could live in a world of higher value than what
reality television, corrupt politicians, willfully ignorant people, tabloids, and cell
phone dependency had to offer.




 On one of the many times I met him, he said, "I charge you with making sure
that we go out into the stars, and continue on." He cared about what
happened to us, as a people, and knew that it was all in our own hands.



 For the past three years, I have been privileged and honored to work as
production designer and effects supervisor on the documentary about his
life. A movie, that he told his close friend and producer of the film,
Michael O'Kelly, will be, "The fireworks at the end of my life."


Even though he did see much of my work for the film, I am very sorry that he
did not live to see the finished product. I really wanted him to. I wanted
to know, that after he charged us with such great responsibility, that he
would see it, and be proud, not only of us, but of himself for showing us
all, that through our works and our deeds, and our desire to make the human
race a better one, that we can all Live Forever.


CLICK HERE for more about our work with Ray.

 "Would you not admit, child, that forty billion deaths are a great wisdom, and those forty billion who shelve under the earth are a great gift to the living so that they might live?"


-Ray Bradbury

From The Dust Returned 

Sunday, August 21, 2011

What I'm Up To: 08-21-2011


I've decided to use this particular blog as my on line journal of goings on. A place where I can be a little less formal than my other blogs, such as Christopher Moonlight Productions (my favorite blog) and Moonlight Art Magazine. The art magazine has been a challenge, because I love doing it, but it always has to take the back burner for more lucrative projects. It's NEVER made any money, but it has the biggest following, out of everything I do. It's also the place where I can present my first love, comic books, which is also my most neglected love.
Comic books are wonderful. I've been reading them since I was a teenager, and I've always wanted to draw them... but not full time. I'm by no means a mainstream comic artist, and I don't have the energy it takes to stay chained to the drawing board, day after day, when my audience will only ever be a niche within a niche. I'll only commit to it when I have the time it deserves to create truly quality comics, or when I'm getting paid to do it, like I am with...
A Dad's Point of View is a little strip I've been doing for www.brucesallan.com which is a really great parenting website. Check it out, here. Comments on the site are appreciated.

I've also been working on an all green screen, sci-fi, short film called, "Girl In The Window." It's got robots, aliens, and spaceships. I can't say much more about it now, accept that I might be posting it on www.kickstarter.com for a small amount of funding, in which case, I'll start blogging about it's progress on this blog. Film making is where I really have the most fun, and it's been my dream for a long time to make it my full time work. I plan on finding a way to set up my own mini studio, where I can do everything myself, from per-production to post, no real sets, and just make ultra low budget movies that look like they cost millions. Why this over comics? Film making is a much more high energy endeavor, where you get to write, design, interact with people and materials, and I want to do all of these things. The screen is the biggest canvas people are interested in looking at these days, and it also allows you to do all of these things in one project. I like that.
I got a couple little inspirational boosts not to long ago, too. The fist was my trip to Comic Con, where I had a great time meeting independent film makers like Vera VanGuard and the production designers John Muto, Cece DeStefano, and Mimi Gramatky who were all very encouraging and complementary of my work.

The other was in the form of an impromptu invitation from one of my (almost) life ling heroes Alec Gillis, to take a tour of his famed monster shop, ADI Studios which he owns with other hero of mine, Tom Woodruff Jr. To say the opportunity was overwhelming is an understatement. I didn't get to stay long, and I probably sounded like an idiot, trying to cram a lifetime of feelings and opinions about what they do into a few minutes, but the experience was nothing short of inspiration, in it's purest form. When I was in High School, I saw an HBO behind the scenes on how they did the rod puppets and other creature effects on Alien 3. It changed my life. I immediately made my own puppet, along with my own Alien head, and tried to shoot an Aliens video movie with my friends in the town sewers. True story. I've never stopped trying to do those things since. So, I am truly grateful.
Anyway, as always I should be working, and here I am getting things off my chest. There's only so much time, and I've still got my day job to think about, as well. It takes up 40 hours of my week, but it's paying the bills. As always, I'd love to here from you in the comments section.
Have a great day.



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

New Print: Third Eye Of Ecstasy


Bust of a character design for an upcoming Si-Fi project, by Christopher Moonlight.

CLICK HERE to order.

New Print: Red and Green Sensuality #1

Freudian symbol piece, by Christopher Moonlight, using the striped worms (or are they snakes?) as both a masculine and a ladder symbol. Ladders represent intercourse, but in this case the intercourse is not a sexual one, but a sensual one.

CLICK HERE to order.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Bulletin for 03-27-11

Bulletin:

Christopher Moonlight is taking over drawing duties for a new weekly comic strip... http://boomertechtalk.com/its-a-tech-world-after-all-vol-2-no-9/ called "It's A Tech World After All" for the technology site, www.boomertechtalk.com Go check it out and be sure to leave a comment.





Moonlight Art Magazine
is still available for free download by going to www.moonlightartmagazine.com It's got interviews, articles, and comics.

Be sure to also check out our new print store. Remember, there are lots of free video interviews to watch, as well.

Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey was a big fat sold out hit of a play, and now may be incorporated into a documentary about Ray, with new effects by Christopher Moonlight. Check out the Facebook page. Also, be sure to check out the new Christopher Moonlight Productions page, which will be expanding soon.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Before I Was Cool

Yep, I think this is the post you'll look back on and say, I knew of that guy before he was cool. Big things are happening for me right now, and I think you'll be glad you read this, but befor I get started, I want to thank everyone who has signed onto the Christopher Moonlight mailing list and/or facebook page, as well as the other pages that I have been privileged to work on. Your support means more to be than you'll ever know. Okay, let's get started with the big news.

Come see me next Saturday at The Weekend of Horror! I'll be signing and doing sketches from 2PM to 4PM on Saturday, May 22nd, but my artwork will be on display and for sale there, as well as prints, the whole weekend. It takes place at the LAX Marriott. CLICK HERE for more info.

Moonlight Art Magazine is going digital, but don't worry, we're still in print. For those of you with I Pads and I Phones, you'll soon be able to read my wonderful art magazine electronically, through those devices. Then, when you feel you must own a hard copy, you can order them here. The best part is we will soon be offering hardcovers for those who like to show off their book cases. I know I do. So, what do we have coming up for Moonlight AM? Only Eddie Campbell, Chet Zar, and John Higgens, just to name a few. We've also got more comics, including The Temp by Frank Kane, Children of The Sacred Tree, written by David Paul (who also does all of our comic book lettering) and a super secret project written and drawn by me. Also, look for moonlightartmagazine.com coming very very soon.

Then there's the movie news! (I know, when do I sleep?) The first sneak preview of Negative, a short film I have written and I am directing with actor and producer Jeremy Hanes, and special effects by Rich Goddard, is up now on You Tube. CLICK HERE to watch it, and be sure to leave a comment. We've very excited about this one, and will be taking it to the film festivals, once it is done. Be sure to keep your ears out for during the opening credits for the song Gasoline, written and preformed by Death By Dolls. It will blow your mind. After that it's on to our fetcher length movie, Advent.






Be sure to check out my other projects I'm involved, in progress, including Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey, and Passport To Explore. More news on those coming soon.

...and if you got through all of that, thank you. When I'm a famose, big shot, artist, you'll be able to say, I was into his stuff before it was cool.

-Christopher Moonlight
05-16-2010

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Christopher Moonlight @ Weekend of Horror

Come see me (Christopher Moonlight) at the Weekend of Horror on May 22nd. My work will be on display there, May 21st through the 23rd. I will have original art for sale as well as prints which I will be happy to sign. I'll also be doing sketches.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Christopher Moonlight and Ray Bradbury (together at last)

Christopher Moonlight it to be the art director for the play Live Forever: The Ray Bradbury Odyssey. For more details join the Facebook group or find us at www.myspace.com/bradburyodyssey and www.youtube.com/bradburyodyssey

New pics today.   Ray endorsed the poster for my Play Liver Forever beautifully designed by Christopher Moonlight Cooksey.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Passport To Explore

Help PASSPORT TO EXPLORE find a network.

Artist and Moonlight Art Magazine publisher Christopher Moonlight has done artwork for the first 13 episodes of PTX, which is a teen travellog show, with animations. By visiting http://www.passporttoexplore.com/ptx/Home.html you can help him and all the other people who worked hard on this show, bring it to the networks. Be sure to also fallow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Moonlight Art Magazine #4 is OUT NOW!!! + Video and Art Show!

After a long delay, we are pleased to announce the release of Moonlight Art Magazine #4. Please, check out the exciting preview below, as well as a new mural video by Christopher Moonlight and the CAN'T MISS ART SHOW OF THE YEAR!!!

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BLACK CAT FESTIVAL V!

Live Music:
CRAFT CLUB (10pm)

DJ’s:
RAINBOW UNDERHILL, JUN TIANGCO III

A FINE ART, FASHION, FILM & VIDEO DJ, MUSIC, LIVE PAINTING, & WINE, CHAMPAGNE, TEQUILLA, MEZCAL TASTING EVENT

Fashion Show: TORN BY TEETH, TRES PROPAGANDA, GRACE HAVLAK, FATAL IMPACT (9:45pm)

Live Painting: JAMES MATHERS, KELLY BERG, STEVE O. BALDINO, JACOB WHITMORE

Video/Film DJ: PETER BILL

Films: COSMO SEGURSON & JUN TIANGCO III

Wine Tasting: SAVINIA VINEYARDS

Tequilla & Mezcal Tasting: ME`TL

Free Food & Refreshments Smoking Patio $15

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 7pm-Midnight

Art:
Andy Moses, Timothy Williams, Terrell Moore, Raymond Pettibon, Manuel Ocampo, Edward Colver, Roger Herman, David J, Norton Wisdom, James Mathers, Lindsey Nobel, Eadweard R. York, Pacific Dissent Co., Cindy Perkins, Steve O. Baldino, Kelly Berg, Christopher Moonlight, Orion, Jessica Alley, Sandy Rodriguez, The Bone Company, Cecil Campanaro, Peter Bill, Adam Blai, Pixievision, Roger Weik, Jon Feldheger, Tamara Edwards

http://www.blackcatart.com/

The Black Cat Gallery

11523 W. Washington Blvd.

Culver City, ca 90066


Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Christopher Moonlight @ Black Cat Festival V!

BLACK CAT FESTIVAL V!

Live Music:
CRAFT CLUB (10pm)

DJ’s:
RAINBOW UNDERHILL, JUN TIANGCO III

A FINE ART, FASHION, FILM & VIDEO DJ, MUSIC, LIVE PAINTING, & WINE, CHAMPAGNE, TEQUILLA, MEZCAL TASTING EVENT

Fashion Show: TORN BY TEETH, TRES PROPAGANDA, GRACE HAVLAK, FATAL IMPACT (9:45pm)

Live Painting: JAMES MATHERS, KELLY BERG, STEVE O. BALDINO, JACOB WHITMORE

Video/Film DJ: PETER BILL

Films: COSMO SEGURSON & JUN TIANGCO III

Wine Tasting: SAVINIA VINEYARDS

Tequilla & Mezcal Tasting: ME`TL

Free Food & Refreshments Smoking Patio $15

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 7pm-Midnight

Art:
Andy Moses, Timothy Williams, Terrell Moore, Raymond Pettibon, Manuel Ocampo, Edward Colver, Roger Herman, David J, Norton Wisdom, James Mathers, Lindsey Nobel, Eadweard R. York, Pacific Dissent Co., Cindy Perkins, Steve O. Baldino, Kelly Berg, Christopher Moonlight, Orion, Jessica Alley, Sandy Rodriguez, The Bone Company, Cecil Campanaro, Peter Bill, Adam Blai, Pixievision, Roger Weik, Jon Feldheger, Tamara Edwards

http://www.blackcatart.com/

Saturday, August 15, 2009

New Comic Art: Children of the Sacred Tree


Here is the first penciled page for a new comic I'm working on called Children of the Sacred Tree, by David Paul. This work is a departure from my more cartoony style, and entering into a more realistic, design oriented, realm, like with some of my paintings. I also plan to digitally color these pages, like I did with my psychedelic posters.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Past Commissions


I was going through some old photos and found these past commissions I had done. So, here they are. Note: The word dream has been misspelled on purpose, as it was a sample piece, made to get a job, rather than for a job. This way, the prospective client couldn't use it without paying me.







Thursday, August 6, 2009

New Art: Cody LePow & Little Buffalo and the Mustangs

Here's a step by step look at a Rock 'n' Roll poster I just did for my pal Cody LePow and his band Little Buffalo and the Mustangs. Click here to check out their music.





If you're interested in owning a print of this work there are two places you can go to. Just click either of the images below for two completely different options. DeviantART will offer you fun items, like puzzles, coffee mugs, and coasters, whilst Fine Art America will offer you many great framing and paper options.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

New Artwork: What's Your Hairstyle?

Here's a work in progress from beginning to end of a piece I call, "What's Your Hairstyle?" It's for a hairdresser friend of mine, of course, but more importantly, it's my first real attempt at teaching myself to color in Photoshop. Sure I've done it before, but not with the intent of doing anything impressive. During my latest trip to Comic Con, I was privileged to talk to comic book colorists John Higgins (Watchmen) and Sally Hurst. I found them to be lovely people and equally inspiring. They made me want to learn to be a colorist, in short. I know I've got a long to go, but I'm quite pleased with my first attempt.






















If you're interested in owning a print of this work there are two places you can go to. Just click either of the images below for two completely different options. DeviantART will offer you fun items, like puzzles, coffee mugs, and coasters, whilst Fine Art America will offer you many great framing and paper options. Cheers all.


What's Your Hairstyle? by ~christophermoonlight on deviantART

Art Prints

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

The Temp: OUT NOW!

The Temp, by Frank Kane, with fully painted art by Christopher Moonlight is out now. CLICK HERE to see the preview and to order.



This story originally appeared in Moonlight Art Magazine #2 and #4

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Christopher Moonlight Talks Moonlight Art Magazine On Art Rocks Radio

If you missed Christopher Moonlight on Art Rocks Radio last Wednesday, you can CLICK HERE and listen to the podcast now.
Subjects include the importans of print media, great art, and the San Diego Comic Con.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Release: Christopher Moonlight on Art Rocks Radio, this Wednesday!

For immediate release...

Christopher Moonlight will be on Art Rocks Radio (that's http://www.artrocks.ws/) this Wednesday, June 17th, at 7PM talking about the latest issue of Moonlight Art Magazine. Please, come join us in conversation about Moonlight's latest artists, comics, and controversies, by calling tole free at (877) 474-3302. Let's Rock!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Black Cat Festival Sat. June 20 Art! Bellydancing! Fashion Show! Film! Music! 4 Buildings Long!

You are invited to a cauldron of creativity with LA's sizzling Fine Art, Tribal Bellydancing, Fashion, Films w/Live Music, Trip Hop Opera, Tech/Dance Live Music, Goth/Shoe Gaze DJ, Architecture, Absinthe, Wine and....
http://www.blackcatart.com http://www.myspace.com/theblackcatgallery



Black Cat Festival Sat. June 20 Art! Bellydancing! Fashion Show! Film! Music! 4 Buildings Long!