Friday, May 15, 2015

More Rebels!

I hope you liked reading about and looking at my Star Wars Rebels piece from my last post. It occurred to me after the fact that I didn't include any of the "behind the scenes" stuff and comps that I have been adding to the posts as well lately. I am here to rectify that. So here is the individual characters as I worked thru them piecing them together from multiple reference as well as the final tight pencil drawing.


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Star Wars Rebels!

As much as everyone told me how much they liked Star Wars: The Clone Wars, I could never get myself fully invested. Heck, one of my friends from college was even a director and yet there was something about knowing where the characters were headed just seemed to take the air out of it for me. I mean, how much suspense can you get when Obi-Wan is in a death trap when you already know where he meets his true demise. Maybe I should have just been along for the ride. I can see myself eating crow in the future after I "discover" it and binge watch on Netflix and once again come to the realization that I am a tool! So after saying that, let me also say how much I love watching Star Wars Rebels! I do. I didn't think I would, but I do. I love the look and sounds of it, the characters and the designs of the ships! I love all of it! Did I mention the designs? Maybe it's because I was always enamored with the original design work of Ralph McQuarrie that it adds an extra layer or appeal to a nerd like me. If you don't already know, Mr. McQuarrie was the original concept artist for Star Wars and his iconic designs have influenced untold numbers of artists! I really love seeing the early concept designs for C3-P0, Han Solo and such just walking around in the background and the fact that Chopper and Zeb resemble early R2-D2 and Chewbacca drawings is magic!! If you have not watched it yet, I highly recommend it. Sure, the pilot movie is basically Disney's Aladdin but it gets better and the season one finale is some of the best Star Wars I have seen in a really long time!!

So when I first started thinking about doing a Star Wars Rebels piece, I very quickly came to the conclusion that I wanted it to look like real people and not the CG characters. I don't have anything against the CG, I just wanted to "cast" the show with real people and challenge myself with really working with diverse reference material and pull it all together and make a stew! It WAS a lot of work! But I also think that it paid off and I am really happy with the final product. The response on Facebook was overwhelming as well as the compliments I have received at conventions I have already been at with it. In fact, I just got back from a show where Steve Blum, the voice of Zeb was kind enough to sign one for me!! He was awesome!!


Monday, May 4, 2015

May the 4th Be With You!

As you may know, today is what has come to be known as "Star Wars Day". Just a bit of fun and this year it is just another step as we inch closer to the release of the new film that many of us are eagerly awaiting. I know I am! Not gonna start a debate of the merit, or lack thereof, of the prequels tho.

So it seemed fitting that I should sit down and right this blog entry and share a bit of Star Wars art that I have recently completed. I shied away from doing any such pictures for a long time as there was just so much already out there and that I was doing a lot of work for a certain candy company that wanted to update their own Star Wars themed characters.

The picture for today is of Obi-Wan Kenobi. He's long been my favorite character of the saga as I feel that he is the lynchpin in the Darth Vader story. He warns Qui-Gon Gin about training the boy and then takes up the mantle himself which only leads to disaster and the only retribution he can find is to watch over Luke until he his ready to be trained to defeat his wayward apprentice.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Star Trek: The Cage!!

I grew up watching re-runs of the original Star Trek. This was before Star Wars or anything like that. I loved it and Mom and Dad would watch with us. My favorite episodes was the two part story that showed us the original Captain of the Enterprise and what happened to him. I was completely fascinated and kept wondering what other adventures did this crew have! This was before I found out that this was the original pilot and spliced in as a cost saving device but even after learning that I still always wondered "What if....". This stayed with me for a very long time and I was probably a bit too excited when the re-booted Star Trek movie was announced that it would have Captain Pike in it!! I really was. Was I the only one? People seemed to be so divided over the new movies that I now wonder if maybe re-casting this original crew from The Cage would have been a better way to go. I know the character recognition would not be the same with the exception of Mr. Spock and the ship itself but it was worth a thought. Maybe we might see it one day. Would make a cool TV show too! Besides, wasn't that what it was intended to be?


Here is the pencil drawing as well as the individual portraits as I painted them before being composited together.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Another Wall Crawler!

So all of this Spider-Man work has made me nostalgic for some of the "classic" stuff that I remember as a kid. Of course I listened to my old rock-comic record (still have it on vinyl but I also have it on my iTunes) and then found the old 1970's TV show on YouTube! You know I had to watch all of them!! So bad they are good! I easily remember being SO excited for these shows and would even cut out the pictures from the TV Guide! Finally a live action Spider-Man! I didn't even know until years later that Nicholas Hammond (Peter Parker) was also in some movie musical called The Sound of Music! Not that I have ever seen it. So after all that I of course had to do yet one more Spider-Man picture. Quick one tho. So do you remember the 1970's show?

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Spider-Man, Spider-Man...

So it's late March now and I am swamped with work and new opportunities. It's an exciting and stressful time all wrapped up at the same time. Anyway, I was digging in my files looking for something and found something else instead. It happens a lot! So about a year or so ago I began work on a new Spider-Man print. Probably when I was all hyped up with the impeding release of Amazing Spider-Man 2. I figured that my Superman with a newspaper backdrop worked out well that I could explore that again and figured since Peter Parker also works for a newspaper and is featured to heavily in his mythos that it seemed like an obvious think to do. So I was off and running in making a new "newspaper". No cheats. I actually wrote the copy that is seen on it, even tho most of it will be covered up later. I was all set to use the characters from the movie for the "photos" but then had a change of heart. I decided not to just do "the movie" but Spider-Man in a broader way. Make sense? So I used some classic art instead and made my own Spider-Man. I even changed up the classic web pattern to further emphasize that this is not based on the movie. And it was fun to do!


Here are some shots of the "plain" newspaper as well as the final pencil for Spider-Man and a shot of the web pattern being done in vector.

Monday, February 23, 2015

11th Doctor, Amy, Rory and River!

Just felt like it was time to re-visit the Matt Smith era of Doctor Who with a new piece. I have also been getting a lot of feedback about doing Amy and Rory so why not!!?? This was a bit longer in the making than other pieces lately. I actually started pulling reference for this many months ago and even had it frankenstiened together into a composition well before the holidays. But it just kept getting pushed back in the production line until recently. Not gonna lie, this one was a bit more "work" than it seemed to be the norm of late. I really don't know if it was lack of motivation, which would be odd for me considering the subject matter, or if it was the amount of portraits that this one required. I even had to put it back on the shelf after it was completed for a day or two before making my customary post-"I'm finished" tweaks. In the end, I was pretty pleased with it so I guess it was all worth it. I hope you all like it as well.


Here are a few of the "work in progress" shots!