Friday, March 24, 2017

Kolchak. The Night Stalker!

My friend Oliver posted an old picture from TV Guide or such and asked if anyone remembers. Well, I do! To be honest, it scared the heck out of me but I kept watching! I guess Oliver's query was enough inspiration for me to doodle on my phone for a while because that's what happened. I do admit that I used a visage from a Dracula movie for my vampire instead of one from the actual show but hey, who doesn't want to see Kolchack take on Dracula?!


Friday, March 10, 2017

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them!

I admit that I am not as big of a Harry Potter fan as my wife and son. I like it fine and love going to Universal Studios here in Florida to get totally immersed in it but I have only read the first book (way back when it came out) and don't always sit for all the movies when Mindy and Joe have their marathons. I do take some small credit that I introduced them to it tho! So when Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them came out, I was excited but not pulling my hair out in anticipation. I was quite surprised how much I really enjoyed the movie! And it was me that suggested that we go back and see it a second time as well. Granted I had to ask some questions about how this all works together in the wizarding world that Rowling created but I love the fact that my family can answer all of them! You know, I think I actually like this movie the most of all the "Harry Potter-verse" films. If you have not seen the movie, then my apologies that my picture contains a spoiler.


And here is the original thumbnail from my sketchbook! Kept it pretty close!!

Thursday, February 23, 2017


Lots of pages from my sketchbook today. Lots of exploration. 


Saturday, February 18, 2017

Planet of the Apes on TV!

Back when I was in college I painted a picture with oil and pencil on board based on the short lived television incarnation of Planet of the Apes. Several years ago, someone suggested that I should think about re-exploring an older piece and I thought this would be a good one to do that with. I originally thought it would be a straight up re-do but as I worked on it, it decided to keep changing. For what it's worth, I hope you like it. 


Here is the original. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

Planet of the Apes!

One of my all time favorites, the original Planet of the Apes!! Yeah, I know the quote up top is from the sequel, but it's too good not to use. 

Another collaboration between my iPhone and my desktop computer. Most of the work being done on my phone and it sat there for a really long time too as I was so dissatisfied with how it was turning out in the early stages. My reference was blurred and was too low in resolution but in the end, I think that helped with the "rougher" look. 


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Return of the Six Million Dollar Man!

Another fine example of me needing a technology upgrade. Like my Tom Riddle picture recently, I also did this on my old first generation iPad. Which means it may not be printable at the full size. Very ironic that it should be a picture of The Six Million Dollar Man, the technological marvel of 1974! I was rewatching a few old episodes recently and it actually dawned on me how funny certain aspects of the show were. In one scene, Steve Austin is in his familiar running suit in a gym doing curls with his bionic arm. I suddenly realized that he doesn't need to be doing that!! It was just so the audience can be reminded of how much he could lift with a bionic arm since the weights were clearly labeled. Too funny!


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Rogue One

Like many of you I am a big fan of Star Wars and Rogue One was no exception. I actually liked it more than Force Awakens! I knew at some point I would create a picture but was not expecting the way it happened. It kind of happened without me knowing it. You see, I usually sketch thumbnail drawings and such until an idea hits me, this one happened differently. I was casually looking at possible reference photos and clipping them from the web and then just started "frankensteining" them together in my iPhone app (ArtStudio) when I had a few minutes to kill here and there. Then when I thought I had something, I just began drawing and painting thinking all that while that this was just a "warm up". I was actually quite surprised when I realized that I had something a bit more. I then transferred the file to my desktop and added more to the composition and pushed it a bit further. I was happy with the results especially since I was coming out of quite an artistic funk when it started.