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!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Star Wars!

I have not made a lot of Star Wars art.....that you know of. Truth of the matter is I have done so much of it that I shy away from doing more on my own. Of course I am being vague and cryptic on purpose because I cannot share any of the "other" Star Wars work. But maybe one day I will be allowed. I hope so. So with that being said, I have created another straight up Star Wars picture. I didn't actually set out to do it but was asked and I guess the timing was right and something was in the wind because I said "yes" and I did it. I know that a big mental obstacle for me in doing this is that the obvious Drew Struzan comments and comparisons are even stronger when I do a Star Wars or Indiana Jones picture and as much as I admire Struzan and his work, I also hope people really see him as an influence and that my work is not a complete copy of his method. So now you have taken a peek at my neurotic underbelly of thought, I can show you my Star Wars picture. I was quite pleased with the final piece. Kept it simple.


Monday, February 2, 2015

Another Superman!

I really enjoyed the painting process of my last piece, Henry Cavill, that I naturally wanted to paint that way again and this time using "my Superman" as the subject, Christopher Reeve! Now I know I have done lots of Superman pics in the past year but what can I say?? I make no apologies so you should just sit back and relax and enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Man of Steel!

Yeah, I know. I have ranted several times on my feelings for the latest Superman movie as well as his "costume". But to fair, I do think that Henry Cavil is a good choice for the role. And it's not like I didn't give the movie a chance. I have actually watched it about 4-5 times really hoping that it would grow on me! So when I was tooling around with textures and brushes, I turned to his version of Superman. I think this came out better than I ever expected considering it is all digital. I hope to do another "test" like this again in the near future. And yes, I did avoid drawing his non-red shorts on purpose!


Monday, January 12, 2015

The Batusi!

So the Batman TV show from the 1960's is finally on DVD and people are once again embracing the campy version of the caped crusader. Maybe people needed a bit of relief from all the dark and gloomy superheroes that are just about everywhere these days. I have to admit that I am included. I grew up watching the re-runs of Batman like many kids my age, but I was also thrilled when the camp was abandoned and Tim Burton's Batman was thrust among us. I still love that movie as well but over time I have come back around the enjoying Adam West and company.

So one of the most iconic moments of that show is when Batman engages us all with a dance. You know the one.