Michael Shapcott
  • Drawing/Painting/WIP
  • January22nd

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    I recently completed a piece for an exciting upcoming exhibition called Painted Sound, a project curated by Ixie Darkonn and Alexandra Mazzanti (Dorothy Circus Gallery) that opens at Flower Pepper Gallery in Pasadena later this month. Inspiration for each piece came from my go-to inspiration… MUSIC! Artist’s chose a song, painted their hearts out, and wrote about how and why the song inspired them. The painting images / descriptions from the 46 artists taking part will exhibit AND be made into a small book coming out later this month (will keep you posted about that!).   Here’s my piece…

    Circe   (pronounced SUR-see)
    inspired by the song Now’s the Only Time I Know by Fever Ray
    11″ x 14″
    Graphite/Acrylic/Oil on Canvas

    EXHIBITION: Flower Pepper Gallery, Pasadena, CA | Jan 26th – Feb 28th, 2013
    OPENING: Saturday, Jan 26th from 6 pm – 10 pm

    Visit the exhibition website www.paintedsoundshow.com to preview the show and find out which songs inspired each piece. Also on the site is a very cool preview trailer which I’ve re-posted below.

    Artists taking part include:
    Adam Oehlers | Afan | Afarin Sajedi | Alessia Iannetti | Anne Angelshaug | Aunia Kahn
    Brian Despain | Christos Tsintsaris | Clementine De Chabaneix | Elena Cermaria | Felipe Bedoya | Francescaromana Di Nunzio | Gabriel Gressie | Guillermo Lorca Garcia | Ixie Darkonn | Jana Brike | Jeff Mendes | Jezabel Nekranea | Jon Enigma Jaylo | Kristian Adam | Leila Ataya | Luciano Civettini | Marco Tarascio | Mari Inukai | Mark Elliott | Matt Linares | Michael Shapcott | Mr. Klevra | Naoto Hattori | Natalie Shau | Natascia Raffio | Nom Kinnear King | Paolo Guido | Pluvia Blanchewoods | Robert Dowling | Ryan Myers | Sarolta Bàn | Scott Radke | Seven Moods | Shazia Rashid-Smith | Sonya Fu | Steven Kenny | Valentina Brostean | Xue Wang | Yoshimasa Tsuchiya | Yosuke Ueno

    Hope you can make it out!!

  • April23rd



    When I started Drawing a Drawing 365 (www.DrawingADrawing.com) I had no idea how fans would react to my lofty ambition to take on 365 daily portraits, dozens of drawing & painting commissions, and a full-length tutorial all in the span of 1 short year! Well…

    25 days and 365 backers later,
    we’ve hit the $50K mark…
    and we still have 5 days to go!

    This has been an absolute dream. There are no words to express my gratitude for all of the support I have received so far. I have a lot of work ahead of me and I can honestly say that I’ve never been so excited to create art in my life! I am so grateful for the opportunity to learn and grow throughout this exciting process, and share my journey and the beautiful things that are sure to come out of it with those who are interested.


    For those just joining… I am drawing 1 portrait every day for 1 year to help fund a full-length drawing/painting tutorial via Kickstarter*. Those who support the project have the opportunity to be one of the “days” in the 365 days and have their own unique and meaningful personal portrait drawn.

    In appreciation of all of the love & support I’ve received from this project…

    I’m giving away THREE free portrait days!

    To give you a glimpse of what 365-pledgers (and portrait WINNERS) have to look forward to, I’ve created an example of what one of these sketches will look like along with a time-lapse video of the making-of.

    Cora by Michael Shapcott
    ^ An example of a 365-sketch (Cora, 8×10, Gesso/Graphite on Illustration Board)

    Cora by Michael Shapcott (detail)

    Watch it on YouTube: http://youtu.be/flgSn2lb_8U
    Watch it on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/40547161



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    • Deadline to enter is Wednesday, April 25th at 5pm EST.
    • Anyone worldwide may enter!
    • Three winners will be chosen at random and announced sometime Wednesday evening on this post.
    • The 365-day portrait project starts June 6, 2012 and ends June 6, 2013.
    • Portrait days will be chosen for each of the winners.

    Thank you and good luck!!

    *Kickstarter is a platform for artists to showcase and raise funds for their creative projects. It allows fans the opportunity to help bring the ideas they choose to life. The best part is that in return for a pledge, backers get cool rewards… in my Drawing a Drawing 365 project this includes prints, DVDs, personal portraits, even an e-book sharing what I’ve learned to help fellow artists launch projects of their own. (www.DrawingADrawing.com)

    ——————– UPDATE ——————–


    Thanks to everyone who entered! I truly appreciate all of the wonderful, beautiful comments. You guys are awesome and I wish I could create a special portrait for each one of you!
    Unfortunately there can only be THREE winners and they are…

    • Congratulations Courtney! Your day is October 20, 2012.
    • Congratulations Laura! Your day is October 21, 2012.
    • Congratulations Lee! Your day is October 22, 2012.
    (I've emailed each one of you with details.)
  • March27th


    Personal Portraits for a LIMITED TIME ONLY!!!

    Drawing A Drawing 365: A Kickstarter project by Michael Shapcott

    I’ve got an exciting new Kickstarter project in the works…

    • 1 portrait daily for 365 days
    • A new full-length painting tutorial
    • EXCLUSIVE Limited Edition prints
    • And rewards starting at just $5!!!

    Join in the fun @ www.DrawingADrawing.com

    *Hurry! This project ends April 28th!

  • March7th


    Una by Michael Shapcott

    16″ x 20″
    Graphite, Acrylic, Oil on Canvas

    Una by Michael Shapcott (detail)

    Prints available HERE. Original for sale. Please contact me if interested. Thanks!

  • February23rd


    Work in Progress (Graphite Underdrawing)
    Work in Progress (Graphite)

    I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of seeing into the future. Ultimately I feel that we are the creators of our own destiny but also that there is this mystery and force that is greater than ourselves simultaneously at work. It’s no doubt that our choices and actions help to create our future but how much is left to fate or to the great threads that link all of our lives into one? Perhaps most intriguing, is there a way to tap into and obtain a glimpse of what can or will happen to us?

    Michael Shapcott at work on The Death of CrystallinaWith these questions and ideas in mind, I decided to create this visual story of a girl who traveled a long distance and overcame many challenges to obtain an ancient power to see into the future. Instead of a crystal ball, her tool is an actual crystal which she retrieved from this rocky and violent mountain landscape. The painting image is the point where she rests with her hard-won prize and is unexpectedly shown a major shift in her life’s course, a big change like the one often depicted in the death card from tarot decks.

    The girl in the painting is named Crystallina. I found it fitting not only because her power comes from a crystal but because of an interesting personal story… A few years back, my fiance and I decided it’d be fun to go to a psychic. During my session, the woman reading me looked at me and super-seriously said something like, “When you’re painting, there is a spirit around you helping you. Her name is Crys… Crysta… Crystal… CRYSTALLINA!”  I didn’t really know what to think. I remember part of me found it funny (a “bull s!@#” might have ran through my mind) but another part of me was intrigued by the idea of this spirit helping me paint and maybe working through me somehow.

    The Death of Crystallina by Michael Shapcott

    The Death of Crystallina (detail) by Michael Shapcott

    Death of Crystallina (framed) by Michael Shapcott

    The Death of Crystallina
    24″ x 36″
    Graphite/Acrylic/Oil on Canvas

    This piece will be exhibited alongside many other talented up-and-coming artists at Thinkspace Gallery’s Picks of the Harvest 2012 show opening March 3rd and on view through March 24th in Culver City, CA. It’s an amazing line-up so if you can make it out in person, do it! If you’d like to see a preview of the show, visit Thinkspace’s sneak peek HERE. The complete lineup is listed below (click to enlarge).

    Picks of the Harvest 2012 at Thinkspace