By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN
When you think of where painters apply their inspiration, a canvas might come to mind. But one local artist is creating artwork on surfaces as small as playing cards.
Craig Fraser showed two pieces of artwork on "First Look with Scott Cox" Friday that will be displayed at the Carpe Calvariam (skull show) this weekend at Gold Tooth gallery. Forty-six contributing artists from across the country will showcase their art.
"Artist Steve Leahy from back east created this skull artwork on two razor blades," Fraser said Friday.
The skull is prefectly detailed and the colors are vibrant on the razor blades. Leahy used airbrush and painting techniques to create the masterpiece Fraser knows will sell.
Simulcast host Scott Cox said the experience of going to one of these shows was mind boggling.
"You see something like this and your mind is trying to grasp how somebody creates this because a regular person couldn't do it. The level of detail freaks me out," Cox said.
Cox asked Fraser how he came up with the idea of drawing the many pieces. The answer was simple.
"Nothing is created in your head," Fraser said. "You get influenced by enough artwork and it gets stored in the back of your mind and then one day you get inspired to create something."
The skull show's opening is 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday at 1660 Oak St. For information, call 325-5548.