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Rainbow Film Festival Premiere

My talented friend Dane Neves made a short documentary about me and my art and it’s premiering at the Rainbow Film Festival! It’s a special honor to be in the festival because a few years ago, I shot the festival’s key visuals, so now everything comes full circle.

Dane is a brilliant writer/singer/director/puppeteer and he followed me around at events and filmed me drawing in my studio, so you’ll get some behind the scene views of me working and stuff!

If you’re in Hawaii, please come down and check it out! Both Dane and I will be at the festival and doing a Q & A after the film.

Thursday August 8
7:30 pm
Doris Duke Theatre

Click here to buy tickets

If you can’t make it down, the full movie will be available on YouTube after the film festival

Cheyne Gallarde
Superhero Designs for Toyota Hawaii

To promote the all-new 2020 Corolla, Toyota Hawaii hired me to create original superheroes inspired by features of the car.

I designed Mamoru to represent the speed and safety of the car. His name means “to protect” in Japanese. His costume bears the same grid pattern found on the car and his shield is inspired by the unique hubcaps.

Kid Kahoku represents the technology found in the Corolla. I wanted to make him a very bright and intelligent kid so I named him after a star. It’s also an homage to how ancient hawaiians would use the stars to navigate.

“Reliability” is a feature I had a challenging time representing. My solution was to model the character after the most reliable thing in Hawaii, the sun! Alaula harnesses the power of the sun and can fire sunbeams from her hands. Her stark white ponytail has a unique pattern which I modeled after the fishtail palm trees found in Hawaii.

Kuliona was modeled after the local Hawaii aunties I see. She is strong and powerful, but also playful and fun. It was important to make her look thick and strong so that local girls have someone they can identify with and cosplay as! Her name is a contraction of “Kula” which means gold and “Liona” which means lion.

The finished characters were printed on an eye-catching car wrap which can be seen at various events around the island. If you’re going to be at Honolulu Comic Con in August, you can catch the car (and me!) at the Toyota Hawaii booth. They’ll also be giving away limited edition trading cards I created!

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Cheyne Gallarde
Opening Night at Strut SF Art Exhibit

On Friday June 7th, the doors opened to my solo art exhibit at STRUT in the San Franciscio AIDS Foundation. It was such a wonderful reception! My favorite part was meeting so many people who traveled from all over to see my art and pick up some prints.

The gallery consists of thirty 11”x14” pieces that show the diverse covers I’ve created over the past few years. I chose the specific size and layout because I wanted to recreate the nostalgic thrill of seeing a comic book shelf in a shop. All the different covers facing you, inviting you to inspect them further. It was also a chance for people to see all the aged paper and mis-registered halftones that are essential elements in my art but are not visible when seen on social media.

Big thank you to Baruch and the STRUT SF team for hosting my art. They’ve been very welcoming and so helpful! Also big thank you to my boyfriend Omi and my assistant Rae for helping with my merch table!

It truly is an honor to be showcasing my art in the heart of the Castro during Pride month! My art will be on display until June 30th, so please check it out before then!

STRUT SF
470 Castro Street

"Same Trixie, Different Parts" for LOGOTV
Final color image of Trixie Mattel

Final color image of Trixie Mattel

Illustration for LOGOTV interview with Trixie Mattel about her documentary premiering at Tribeca Film Festival.

The brief was to make it look like a country album cover, so I pulled inspiration from modern artists like Kacey Musgraves and classic covers by Dolly Parton.

I provided client with 3 different sketches and the selected sketch was turned into the final color art shown.

Original Rough Sketch

Close up texture

Close up texture

Cheyne Gallarde