Eliza Lo : When Words Fail To Express Feelings

Source: Legendary Michael Jackson – By Yvonne Verhagen | All Things Michael

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To those who still haven’t heard of her name today, I would like to introduce a very talented artist from Hong Kong by the name of Eliza Lo. Over the last years Eliza has created the most beautiful drawings of Michael and, devoted as she is to help continue Michael’s legacy, she is not quite intending to stop doing so in the future. Without ever having had any formal training in her field, and by only using a pencil most of the times, Eliza Lo has proven to be a pure natural talent!

The first time I came upon a drawing of Eliza was in 2010, when I, as a Dutch translator for the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait, was asked to translate a remarkable book, titled ‘Fans in the Mirror’, which was created by Valmai Owens. The book is a beautiful collection of letters, poems, tributes and artwork from fans around the world. Amongst all the absolutely beautiful artwork presented in this book, Eliza’s work somehow immediately spoke to me. I was most impressed by the realistic style of her art. Looking at it gave me goose bumps! It made me feel as if Michael was going to jump out of it any moment! I came to realize that this had a lot to do with the fact that Eliza had succeeded in perfectly capturing the expression in Michael’s eyes. Soon, every time when I came upon another artwork presented in the book, I could easily tell whether it was Eliza’s, just by first of all looking at this ever captured vivid expression in Michael’s eyes. The expression that clearly mirrored Michael’s mood at the very moment that the original photo was taken. Whether he had been sad, happy, excited or contemplating, Eliza’s drawings would show it without exception.

Ever since she was a little girl Eliza loved drawing portraits, but as so many of us may have experienced with our passions, she put it aside for many years due to the course her life took.

Eliza’s first drawing of Michael Jackson

Eliza’s first drawing of Michael 

She carefully started drawing again in 2007. Never having known much about Michael, only being aware of some of his music, Eliza was asked to draw a portrait of him shortly after his untimely passing. What happened to her while drawing that first portrait of Michael, changed her life. She couldn’t help feeling compelled to find out what kind of person Michael Jackson had been. She started reading and learning everything she possibly could about him, she learned of his achievements in music and of his humanitarian work. She soon came to understand how this man could have such a huge impact on this world, and why people from all over the globe were affected so deeply by his death. Like quite a few of us, she was angry at herself for how little she had always known about this great man.

Not being able to express in words the millions of feelings that were living in her heart when it came to Michael, Eliza started to express them in her drawings. She created drawing after drawing after drawing, and today she still hasn’t stopped drawing him. After she had done around 100 portraits of Michael, she started thinking about publishing a book containing her work, and donating all the proceeds from it to charity. She felt that this was the best way for her to honor Michael and to help him in making his dreams come true.

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Having her book completed Eliza knocked at the doors of many publishers, but as she found none of them interested, she decided to self-publish it. Today, people from all over the world are enjoying her wonderful book, which she titled, ‘A Loving Tribute To The King Of Pop, Art Inspired By A True Artist’ and which ended up containing more than 130 beautiful drawings of Michael. In the author’s note from her book Eliza says, Every stroke I put on paper is from my heart and meant to let the world know that he was indeed a very beautiful man with an even more beautiful soul. Every single drawing is done to honor and respect this great man.

Besides publishing her artwork in a book, Eliza also decided to expose it on a website called ‘Fine Art America’. From this website her drawings are available as greeting cards, prints (canvas, metal, acrylic), posters and even phone cases. In this time of the year, also MJ Christmas greeting cards from some of Eliza’s drawings are available from the website.

FMSC logo_horizontal_PMS 647CAs mentioned above, Eliza donates all the proceeds from her art to charity. As she especially wanted to help continue Michael’s legacy of caring for children in need, she chose to support a non-profit organization, named‘Feed My Starving Children’ (FMSC). Founded in 1987, FMSC tackles world hunger by sending volunteer-packed, nutritious meals to more than 70 countries, where they are used to operate orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs to break the cycle of poverty. Each meal costs 22 cents to produce and contains 20 different vitamins and minerals that are specifically combined to meet a child’s nutrition needs for one day. From the amount that Eliza was able to donate so far, no less than 10,000 meals for children in need could be provided! This certificate shows her most recent donation to the organization.

FMSC reports to be preparing for long-term needs these days. They point out that, with it currently being the planting season in West Africa, the true devastation from the Ebola crisis is only just beginning to show, Due to the number of people affected by Ebola, and extensive fear and lack of education about how the disease spreads, people aren’t working. Crops are not being planted. Farmers don’t have the workforce necessary to plant a majority of their fields, or they are simply not planting at all. Without crops to harvest, food will soon become scarce in West Africa.

If you want to get a glimpse of Eliza’s beautiful book, or if you are, with the Christmas season arriving, perhaps interested in purchasing it, either for yourself or perhaps for someone dear to you as a present, please check for it on her website.

To view or perhaps purchase (Christmas) greeting cards, prints, posters or phone cases based on Eliza’s artwork, please take a look at fineartamerica.com/profiles/eliza-lo.html?page=1.

Enjoy!

Yvonne Verhagen

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By supporting Eliza you are automatically supporting the charity of her choice and therewith of course also Michael in his so strong desire to care for children in need.

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No one should have to suffer, especially our children.
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Ripley’s Displays Exhibit Features Portraits Of MJ, Lennon And Hendrix Made From Dog Hair

Sources: IC Florida |Ripley’s |Edited By – All Things Michael

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ORLANDO, Fla. — Imagine what a creative artist might do with ordinary dog hair. Yesterday it was lying all over the floor, but with a little Help from artist Mateo Blanco, it’s now an amazing portrait of John Lennon.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! has acquired three of Blanco’s portraits – created entirely from dog hair – and will unveil them at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium on Friday, December 12 at 10 am. Blanco will be there, along with Edward Meyer, Ripley’s VP of Exhibits and Archives.

Blanco used only dog hair to create images of John Lennon, Michael Jackson and Jimi Hendrix. He was listening to some of Lennon’s songs when he got the itch to pay homage to the legendary performers and decided dog hair would be a challenging medium to use – and one readily available from his local groomer.

Blanco, a Colombian-American opera singer who has performed his own songs for millions of people around the world, is a fan of using unusual media for his artwork. Earlier this year, Ripley’s acquired three pop culture portraits he created entirely out of sugar, two which are on display at Ripley’s Odditoriums.

The new Michael Jackson portrait will stay on display at Ripley’s Orlando Odditorium; John Lennon is headed for Ripley’s Mexico City; Jimi Hendrix is destined for Ripley’s Key West Odditorium.

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando is conveniently located at 8201 International Drive, and is open daily from 9:00 am to midnight (last entry nightly at 11:00 pm). For more information, please visit www.ripleys.com/orlando or call 407-345-0501.

Former Ripley’s Tributes To Michael

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Portrait made from 12,784 gumballs – 2009

Ripley’s Michael Jackson made out of candy -2012

Ripley’s Michael Jackson made out of candy -2012

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26 Awe-Inspiring And Rare Photographs Of Celebrities Hanging Out

Sources: So Bad So Good | Edited By – All Things Michael

We previously brought you 32 Magnificent Black And White Celebrity Photographs so consider this part 2 if you like – this time even more wonderful characters sharing moments together, direct from the archives.

We’ve put together rarely seen photographs of some of the most prolific, seminal, trendsetting, influential and ground-breaking individuals in popular culture.

The likes of Sir Paul-McCartney, Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Princess Diana, David Bowie, Art Garfunkel, Paul Simon, Yoko Ono, John Lennon, Danny DeVito, Christopher Reeve, Claire Danes, Giancarlo Giammetti, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Valentino, Anne Hathaway, Charlie Chaplin, Albert Einstein, Brigitte Bardot, Pablo Picasso, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Vivien Leigh, Ringo Starr, Andy Warhol Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas and Alfred Hitchcock all feature.

Whether they are controversial directors, fashion icons, versatile actors, religious figures, mathematical geniuses, sporting heroes, universally acclaimed musicians, artistic visionaries and even royalty – everyone who is anyone is side by side in 26 candid and timeless photographs.

Woody Allen and Michael Jackson

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Michael Jackson, Francis Ford Coppola, George Lucas

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Elvis Presley, Joe Esposito, Frank Sinatra & Fred Astaire

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Elizabeth Taylor and Princess Diana

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Charlie Chaplin and Albert Einstein

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Mother Teresa and Princess Diana

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100 Artists Reimagine Their Favorite Classic Album Covers

Sources: Huffington Post – Katherine Brooks | All Things Michael

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Thirty Three & 1/3” is the name of George Harrison’s seventh studio album, released in 1976. The series “33 1/3” is a famous collection of books dedicated to individual albums, published by Bloomsbury Publishing beginning in 2003. And “33 and a Third and a Third” is an exhibition, out this week in Los Angeles, devoted to — not so surprisingly — well-known albums.

Gallery 1988 recruited 100 artists to reimagine their favorite albums, from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” to Hank Williams’ “I Saw the Light” to Radiohead’s “OK Computer.” In typical cartoon form, the illustrators give new life to cult favorites and pop successes. Curated by artist Dana Lechtenberg over the past two years, the show has a piece of music history for everyone. There’s Kraftwerk, Johnny Cash, the Ramones, Guns N’ Roses, Smashing Pumpkins, Weezer and much more.

Lechtenberg has been a fan of G1988 for some time, but — based in Iowa — he’s not often able to attend the gallery’s shows. So he started his own. He held the first two shows in his home state, exhibiting works by 33 and 1/3 artists (the third being his eight-year-old daughter, Emmalene). Now that the work is headed to Los Angeles, the show will include a limited edition seven-inch box set of cover songs. Eel Bros pay tribute to the Nerves, Sean Bonnette to Modern English and the Misfits, and Rozwell Kid to Wheatus and Graham Nash.

“I like the idea of record covers being ‘covered’ by different artists,” No Age’s Randy Randall explained in a press statement for the show. “The iconography of album covers hold meaning and is up for interpretation just as much as the songs are. Playing another musician’s song is not only a musical tradition it is a right of passage that pays respect to the artists who have inspired and influenced your own art. This dialogue between contemporary artists and cultural icons speaks to what it means to be a ‘fan’ and an admirer of an art form that is well acknowledged yet may be on the endangered species list in terms of relevancy moving forward into a digital age. Without providing answers to the way forward, these visual and musical artists appreciate the legacy of music and visual art that is ‘the album cover.’”

The show is on view at the Gallery 1988 East location, from December 5 through the 21. But for those who can’t make it to L.A., we’ve got a preview of the exhibition here. Keep in mind, this represents only 10% of the show. There are 90 more canvases where these came from.

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Doll Artist Noel Cruz Repaints Michael Jackson And More

Sources: NCruz.com | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Noel Cruz is one of the most versatile and distinguished repaint artists in the doll community. He is most recognized for his character and celebrity based dolls due to their uncanny resemblance to the people they portray. His dolls are derived from several models like Gene, Tyler, Sydney, etc, by various doll-makers such as Robert Tonner and Franklin Mint. His repaints as well as his portraits are done with intricate detail to the point of being naturally lifelike in essence. Highly regarded among collectors and artists alike, Noel attempts to raise the bar and bring a fresh take to the common mass produced doll with every face he paints. Noel’s specialty is with one of a kind repaints. The beauty of repaints is that almost no two are exactly alike just as no two artists are alike.

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What defines Noel’s style of repaint is his focus in achieving a sense of both aesthetics and likeness. He has developed this style across hundreds of dolls all ranging from unique and exotic originals to some of the most recognized celebrity faces in history. All his dolls now belong to the personal collections of their proud owners.  You can follow Noel on Facebook and check out his blog!

For submission and rates, click here for commission details. If you have questions about Noel’s repaints or an idea for a future, send an e-mail to noeling61@yahoo.com

For media/interview inquires click here.

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Click picture to see MJ dedication page

Before and After – Custom repaint of 1/6 scale Hot toys Thriller zombie Michael Jackson figure.

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Before and After – Custom repaint and hair restyle of 12 inch Black and White Michael Jackson doll.

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Mr. Cruz recently sold a Jennifer Lawrence repainting of the Hunger Games -Katniss doll for $2,500 on Ebay:

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Before and After – custom repaint and hair style of 16 inch Lady Gaga doll.

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Custom repaint and hair restyle of the 17- inch Vampire Diaries’ (Ian Somerhalder) Damon doll.

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Marilyn Monroe

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The Big Bang Theory’s (Jim Parsons) Sheldon Cooper doll.

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Thriller – Michael Jackson – The Splash! Paintings

Sources: Splash | All Things Michael

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Michael Jackson’s Thriller is a 13-minute-and-43-second-long music video for the song of the same name released on December 2, 1983 and directed by John Landis, who also cowrote the screenplay with Michael Jackson.

This Giclée Artwork is printed on a high quality poly/cotton blend canvas with pigment ink that offers rich and vibrant fade resistant colors. This is a perfect reproduction of the original Splash!painting. Each piece of artwork is coated with a layer of glossy acrylic UV coating to simulate the oily look and feel of a painting. The image is wrapped around on all sides of 0.75 inch depth wooden stretcher frame and stapled on the back. Once displayed on your wall, the canvas will have a 3 dimensional look. This “Gallery Wrap” is a contemporary framing style with clean black sides that sets this artwork apart from traditional framing. This official Splash! artwork also makes a great gift!

  • 20×20 inch printed reproduction of the original painting
  • Canvas stretched on a gallery wrap .75″ stretcher frame
  • No Additional Framing Required
  • Ready to hang on your wall

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10 Unique Smoke Art Posters Featuring Iconic Personalities And Characters

Sources: PRLog | All Things Michael

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Nov. 14, 2014NEW YORKThe famed personalities are: Michael Jackson, Marilyn Monroe, Mickey Mouse, Abraham Lincoln, Che Guevara, Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, and Heath Ledger in his guise as The Joker.

The soft, misty edges of each design alludes to the haunting, impermanent, fragile nature of smoke, and the untimely deaths of many of those pictured only serves to add to the spooky, ghostlike aura.

Mielu comments: “Why smoke?  Because the lines are beautiful, the transparency forms different shades of black and grey and the lines of smoke make striking portraits”.My posters give a whimsical look to well-known characters, casting an almost ghostly light on them. I use easily recognisable portraits, but take them to the next level with my distinctive smoky style.”

The young artist is selling his work via crowdfunding platform, indiegogo. Each portrait is printed on high quality paper, and they can be ordered in four different sizes, ranging from small to extra large.

The posters are dispatched in protective cardboard tubes, with the exact dimensions and prices listed below:

- A3 – 11.7 x 16.5″ (297 x 420 mm) $30

- A2 – 16.5 x 23.4″ (420 x 594 mm) $40

- A1 – 23.4 x 33.1″ (594 x 841 mm) $50

- A0 – 33.1 x 46.8″ (841 x 1189 mm) $60

The complete range is also available at a discounted rate, dependent upon your preferred size.

Che Guevara

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Bob Marley

Bob Marley

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Abe Lincoln

Abe Lincoln

Marlyin Monroe

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Jimi Hendrix

Jimi Hendrix

Mickey Mouse

Mickey Mouse

The Joker (Heath Ledger)

The Joker (Heath Ledger)

Mielu says: “I love how these posters have turned out; they flow seamlessly, giving a deconstructed, abstract feel. This is a new, fun way of creating portraits and I would love to continue developing my work, but I need help with funding”.

“If you’re looking for something to hang on your wall – whether at home or in the office – these are guaranteed to spark conversation because they are rare pieces that really stand out.”

Each portrait is carefully made with attention to details; it’s a skillful process that requires equal measures of patience and creativity. The artist concludes: “These are beautiful and unique designs that I would love to share with you, so you can love them as much as I do.”

For more information visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/personalities-smoke-po….

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One of the World’s Best “Run The Jewels” Murals Is In Denver

Sources: The Village Voice – By Isa Jones | Edited By – All Things Michael

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Run the Jewels is one of the most exciting musical projects happening now. The collaboration between Killer Mike and El-P is having something of a heyday, raising an amount of money that surprised even them for a cat-related remix project called Meow The Jewels, getting featured everywhere from Rolling Stone to Complex. Oh, and the duo just released an album. The frenzy continues with a graffiti project called Tag The Jewels, where artists from around the world took on the Run the Jewels logo.

There have been entries everywhere from New York to New Delhi, but one of the most widely-circulated came from Denver, courtesy of Gamma Gallery.

The artist behind the project, Gamma Acosta, contributed a handful of variations on themes ranging from police violence to religion to Lord of the Rings. The one that’s earned the most attention so far is Thrill the Jewels, featuring the duo as the werewolf and zombie from Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video. You can watch it come to life in the timelapse video below.

Acosta is, according to our sister paper the Westword, a well-known street artist in Denver.

More murals from Gamma below.

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