Mikey Espinosa – Mermaids Lure

I recently watched a Polish movie called THE LURE. It is a musical/horror/darkthriller movie which I feel will be a cult classic in the future. After watching it, I was fascinated with the idea of seduction and how mermaids use their voices to hypnotise their listeners. IMG_3938IMG_3952IMG_3966IMG_4161IMG_4162IMG_4177I also wanted to tell a story of unrequited love. Do you see it?

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MIKEY ESPINOSA – WOMEN OF THE ISLAND

I wanted to celebrate femininity, slightly inspired by the Moana film and Te Fiti, the goddess island. I painted the figures like they were in the form of an island with the hairs falling over their bodies as if it were a waterfall. The woman in the centre faces the air as if she is giving air and a breath of life to the island.Mikey Espinosa - Cracked 1.12.2017 rawIMG_8705Mikey Espinosa - Cracked 1.12.2017 rawIMG_8733Mikey Espinosa - Cracked 1.12.2017 rawIMG_8788Mikey Espinosa - Cracked 1.12.2017

MIKEY ESPINOSA – MEMORIES OF CORNWALL

Last year, I visited a place in Cornwall called Lizards Point, it was beautiful to see mountains, hills and a beautiful sea I would never have expected to see here in the UK. It was very reminiscent of the time I went to St Ives in 2009 to learn how to paint landscapes, so this painting feels like a love letter to that time. I painted using acrylic paints.Mikey Espinosa - Cornwall landscape inspired painting visit sept 2017

MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINO TRADITIONAL DRESSES

Mikey Espinosa - Filipino group redesign of traditional outfit

The first dress on the far left is the Singkil dress from the Maranao region. Popularly seen in a Singkil dance that involves bamboo.

The second dress is the Mestiza dress. It is the most modern traditional dress that has high shoulders and a neckline that reveals the colour bones. I decided to have the sleeves as part of an overcoat made of  banana fibres, similar to the material commonly used for a barong.

The middle dress is the Maria Clara dress and was popular during the Spanish period. The Maria Clara was named after a Spanish heroine.

The Kimona is a more relaxed formal item of clothing often worn in the Visayan area. The skirt is known as the patadyong.
Inspired by the Igorot, there were so many ways I could have designed this dress, but I decided to incorporate the patterns found in clothing and the tattoos that represent strength and nature, depending on the tribe.

MIKEY ESPINOSA – MY LITTLE PONY – THE PRINCESS CELESTIA AND PRINCESS LUNA

For my nieces birthday, I wanted to paint something she loved, we had our favourite cartoons as a theme for our party. I had Sailor Moon and she had My Little Pony. My nieces favourite characters are Princess Celestia and Princess Luna who are both associated with the sun and moon. The Sailor Scouts are also protectors of the galaxy so I wanted space and the stars to be a common theme. Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 OctoberI had the two Princesses attached to string to give the impression that they are floating or hovering around the moon. I also wanted to give the impression that Princess Celestia was making way for Princess Luna to take over the night with the moon.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw moonFirstly I had to paint the moon and the sky and later I then added the stars.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October - Princess LunaPrincess Luna without the background.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 2Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October - Princess CelestiaPrincess Celestia without the background.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 3Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 1

MIKEY ESPINOSA – SAILOR MOON WITH THE SCOUTS

Now that I’ve redesigned the Sailor Scouts, I wanted to have the scouts painted together using watercolour. I took inspiration from Kevin Wadas composition of the Sailor Scouts floating across the galaxy looking like Celtic goddesses. Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017Sailor Venus redesign takes inspiration from Greek mythology and ancient buildings, the shape of the columns that held up the temples are evident in the design of the shoes. Because she is the second in command after Sailor Moon and the personal bodyguard, I wanted her to be at the front, leading the group. Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor VenusWhen I was redesigning Sailor Uranus, I kept thinking rock climber and digger. I gave her straps to emphasise this and sturdy looking shapes in her designs to show her strength. She floats behind her lover Michiru aka Sailor Neptune, always watching over her and her princess Sailor Moon.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor UranusSailor Saturn always seemed like a dangerous and lonely character. I wanted her to face outwards to show her loneliness and disconnect from the other scouts, but I also positioned her close to Chibiusa since they have somewhat of a close relationship. Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor SaturnSailor Pluto, the mistress of time soars above the scouts to show her power. She also playfully cares with Chibiusa who she loves and cares for.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor PlutoSailor Neptune to me represented beauty and the arts and I wanted her to be expressive with her pose. Her clothing is reminiscent of fins and I added the gold droplets to symbolise movement of water.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor NeptuneOur princess is of course in the centre with her hair fanned out showing her connection with everyone.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor MoonSailor Mercury our techy nerd was the second Sailor Scout to be found. To me that shows her loyalty to Usagi, she’s been there since the beginning (Excluding Tuxedo Mask.) She is also the the techy girl and has a key role during battles.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor MercurySailor Mars was the third to be found and I placed her in front of Sailor Moon because of her protective nature towards her. She’s a fiery personality too so I imagine she would be the first to enter the battle.Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor MarsSailor Jupiter is the power house and the strength of the inner Senshi, I put her above Sailor Moon because of her over protectiveness for her friends. Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor JupiterSailor Chibimoon is care free and fun loving which is why I painted her with a smile and looking upwards. She is beside her best friend Sailor Pluto and close to Sailor Saturn but is behind the majority of the Scouts who love and protect her with all their might! Mikey Espinosa - Sailor Moon redesign - Group painting October 2017 - Sailor Chibi Moon

MIKEY ESPINOSA – MY LITTLE PONY – PRINCESS LUNA AND PRINCESS CELESTIA

I LOVE My Little Pony and so does my niece! It was our joint birthday recently and we decided to put our interests together to create a Sailor Moon and Pony themed party. Princess Luna and Princess Celestia are her favourite characters so it definitely helps add to the whole galaxy and space theme. I decided to create a magical painting with the two princess floating .Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 OctoberFirstly I painted the background board which was in a frame. I painted the dark galaxy and the moon. I wanted the feel to be mysterious and I think the stars and moon add that mysticism to it.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 3I used water colour and ink for the two princesses. Celestia descends as she allows her sister to take over the evening.Mikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 2and Princess Luna rises as she bids farewell to her sister to guide evry’pony during their sleepMikey Espinosa - My Little Pony framed art 2017 October raw 1