Monday, July 20, 2009

Another me

I could NOT sleep last night. I got up not to disturb my wife (Mindy. See hon, I can refer to you by name. :) ) and went to my studio figuring I would draw until I got tired and then lay down on the sofa. No such luck. I would up drawing, inking, painting and uploading my new face in several areas. I would write more but it's just about time to wake Mindy (See! Two times!!). Good morning everyone.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

The Duke

As I stated in my last post, I set out to try this new look of mine but with the added aspect of trying to keep a likeness as well. I am more or less pleased with the likeness and very happy with it as a piece all around. I may be biased tho since lately, nobody seems to be liking my work. I know times are tough and I need to keep things in perspective but I feel a bit beat up of late. I know rejection is a big part of being an artist, but I am going thru a LOT of it lately. Maybe I shouldn't be venting about such things here but I do find a cathardic relief sometimes from just writing stream of conscious style. Things sure seemed a lot clearer and easier in a John Wayne movie!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

All Coming together

During a recent online search of artist representation, I came across,I believe, a British artist whose style really caught my eye. I looked it over for quite some time but I didn't save the name or image because I did not want to start directly copying his look. That was several weeks ago and finally last night I drew a quick sketch that I thought would be good for me to emulate based on what I remembered of it. I was drawn to it because it collected all the things that I like to use in my pics. Only I have been bouncing from one style to the next and one program to the next in utilizing a particular style. In this, I decided to use what I liked from each program and combine them. Genius eh? Well, I never made claims to be smart! The sketch was actually done by hand ( I am not adverse to using the computer but I really wanted the control I can only get by hand.), then scanned in and inked in Illustrator and really working the thick and thins. All the flat colors were done in Illustrator as well. Then I opened it in Photoshop keeping the separate layers and re-saved it as a .psd. Then I opened it in ArtRage to render the parts that I wanted to have a painterly feel. I did every part separate so I could easily cut away the excess back in PS later. ArtRage does not allow you to do this unless you create stencils and that would take too many layers and too much time. It may look ugly at this stage but that's cool. Then I re-exported a new Photoshop document from ArtRage and cleaned up the paint, adjusted colors and added some textures and the cup and saucer. I feel like I really played my strengths on this one and I am quite pleased with the results. I am eager to try my hand at this again and try to do a likeness of someone and see how that turns out. It may crash and burn but unless you try to fly you won't find out!

The Sketch:

The Ink:

The Paint:

The Final:

Monday, July 6, 2009

Man From Atlantis!

Here we go again. Yes, it's another trip down memory lane for Jon. Before he was Bobby Ewing and re-appearing in a shower as the worst sub-plot in television history, Patrick Duffy was a water breathing crime fighter for one season of "Man From Atlantis". There was even a Marvel comic adaptation of the series that I recall reading as well. I don't really remember which came first for me. It was really my older brothers comic and he "let me" read it on occasion. The show was very much a formula. Duffy was the last citizen of Atlantis, or so we thought since he also had amnesia, who washed up on shore after a storm. He is found and rescued and when it's discovered he has gills and can swim deeper than a submarine, he is used by the government for covert operations. What's not to love??? The great Victor Buono (King Tut in the old Adam West TV Batman show as well as recurring roles on Wild, Wild West) played Mr. Shubert, a former junk collector turned would-be world conqueror. I actually have a "borrowed" copy of the pilot on DVD and it's watchable and I am sure there are clips and such on YouTube if you are so inclined. A simple google search found me many treasures including an awesome TV Guide cover painting back when TV Guide covers occasionally had awesome artwork! I almost didn't want to post it since it's cooler than my pic!

There was even to be a Man From Atlantis toy line that was in the works but scrapped since the show was cancelled so quickly. Darn it!

This one is another Illustrator pic. Enjoy.