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Merry Christmas 2011!!

That wonderful time of year is once again upon us and even tho the year is usually filled with both good and bad things, I hope that during this season we can all come together and pray for a better tomorrow.

This years cards were done on time and the order even arrived to my house this year. So no drama in that department. I hope you like it.


My Christmas present this year was meeting George Perez!


George was once again in my town to help raise money for the local theatre group and was doing quick sketches to do so. This time Mindy came with me for moral support and to either laugh at me stumbling over my words or to prevent it from happening. I am not really sure which. George does not remember meeting me priviously but why should he?? I never held any illusion that I would walk in and he would proclaim, "Jon! Great to see you again!". And that is probably a good thing for my health as if that had indeed happened, my head would have exploded. I don't think I really need to keep elaborating how much George Perez has meant to me, but if you want you can go back and read all that here.

So without further ado, here is another pic of my and my idol and inspiration, Mr. George Perez and the head shot of Ant-Man too!! Awesome!!

Ghost Hunters International!!

Avid readers will know that two members of SyFy's Ghost Hunters International were also present at the recent Hurricane Who show along with yours truly. You can read all about that here. So, long story short, Paul Bradford of said Ghost Hunters contacts me and asks if I would be interested in doing a picture for him and Scott Tepperman to use as they hit other shows and conventions! Nice! I acted all humble and low key while accepting the offer and then ran to tell my wife and proceeded to jump up and down with glee. I am so professional!!

This was actually a really fun pic to do even with the ASAP deadline and I think it turned out pretty good. Paul was really easy going and open to letting me just be me and had some fun with the picture. They even picked the thumbnail I liked better and you know how often that happens!! So here are some goodies to look over. I am posting both rough sketches they got to choose from and the final ink line before painting as well as the final. No v…

Logan's Run (Again!)

A few blog postings ago I mentioned, and even previewed, a re-worked version of the Logan's Run art I originally did back in 2008. What a difference a few years makes! Now to be fair, the original one was done when I was just first started to think about what my work should look like. And I am not convinced that you actually get to make that a concrete decision. It seems to have a life of its own and it behaves and grows on it's own and you can really only influence it and nuture it. A lot like being a parent actually.

I really didn't expect to finish this picture so soon either as I have so many other projects keeping me busy right now but it moved along faster than anticipated and a lot of the thinking about it had been worked out back in 2008. As was much of the leg work such as looking for reference. So here is my re-worked version of Logan's Run plus the time lapse video and even more sketches of the development including THE original one done those many years ago…

Lunchtime Painting 3

...and 4 actually. I got two done and figured I would post them both this time as I barrel away on some other projects. Got some cool stuff coming as well as this year's Christmas card! That didn't sound right. The Christmas card is cool too.

An Accidental Bond

I was doodling the other night right in Photoshop and drew a dapper looking fellow seen here.

I really liked the looseness and such but I was also taken with how "Bond" he looked. To me anyway. I remember seeing a sketch that Ian Fleming had done when he first created the character and this is what it reminded me of. Upon further investigation I saw how my memory played a few tricks with me but the impression was made. With some tweaking and painting in a short amount of time I was left with a more Daniel Craig version of Bond. At least I thought so.

Lunchtime Painting 2

Here is another iPhone painting from a few lunch breaks taken in the park here in Central Florida.

The Master! Part Five

"You. Are. Not. ALONE!" To me, one of the best moments of the new series of Doctor Who. It still gives me chills to watch that scene. Derek Jacobi gives a chilling performance and I honestly felt sad that "Professor Yana" was only a disguise and he was going away. Plus I really loved how so many seeds for this story were planted so far in advance. I think I want to go watch it again now.

And as usual, the time lapse video.

Lunchtime Painting

With the weather so glorious here in Central Florida lately, I have taken to having my lunch at a nearby park. It's quiet, peaceful and best of all, not in the office! I spent about two days with my leftover time working on my iPhone on a landscape painting. I got more in the hopper too.

"My Friend Pinto" ?????

Um. Ok. I really don't know what to say about this. I will tell you that I actually found the trailer on-line and watched it. I have no desire to watch the movie.

Bret did it again.

Bret Melvin struck again. You may remember a blog posting not to long ago that featured many of the iterations of my peerless mug! Well, the one by my co-worker Bret, has been taken to another level. He decided to not only draw yet another version of me, but to also take the drawing already done and take it to another level. I like this one so much it has replaced the older portrait that graced this blog in the "about me" section.

iPhone 4 & 4S cases!

I finally got my new iPhone 4S and a terrific case for it as well!! Yeah, it's my Eleven Doctors picture! I had the weeping angel on my old iPhone so I thought I would mix it up a bit. You can get one too at my Red Bubble store and you can use that handy link or the one that is always down to the right of the screen.

What's in the pipeline.

As we begin to run into the holiday season, I know that I have to really start making strides on this years Christmas card for the Pinto family! That is priority one as my demanding art director knows where I sleep! I'm also plodding away at the next Master installment as you have already seen the small sketch done at the Hurricane Who show. Here is a value study of that same sketch.

Also, while at the show, a nice fella named Chris was working the booth right in front of us. Cool guy and we got to chat some as well. He's a big Logan's Run fan and really liked my pic that was in my book ( you can see it here ). He was kind enough to bring in a working prop replica from the film to show my one day too!! Was really neat! So I got to thinking that I wonder what my Logan's Run pic would look like if I painted it now as it was done just prior to the current look of my work. I know this really goes against the changing of my work rule once my name is on it, but if Lucas can …

Two Quickies from the Show.

I was a bit miffed at myself for not having any art ready to be signed from the other guests at the show. I was so wrapped up about getting everything together that it never even crossed my mind. Plus the fact that I never anticipated Mr. Malloy or Mr. Bulloch being so generous with signing stuff for me and my son. Luckily I had a Boba Fett painting done some time ago that I could print out and bring in (you saw it here ). What I did not have (yet) is a picture I had done of Davros!! So, being worried and nervous about how the second day would go, I got little sleep so I found myself with some time to do a quick digital painting of the creator of the Daleks. Printed it out and viola!! Simple as that right!!?? I hope to do a "Pinto" version of the character in the near future. Maybe a whole scene with the 5th Doctor, Tegan, etc.! Fun!

I also had some free time  during the show to work on the next installment of The Master! I'll finish this one day too. Holidays are coming…

I Survived Hurricane Who 2!!

So my first convention appearance is now in my rear view mirror. Wow!! Overall I have to say that I had a GREAT time! The first time you do just about anything is met with some trepidation and this was no exception. I didn't know anything about "loading in" and the behind the scenes stuff at shows like this and really proceeded with caution. So glad Mindy was there with me to keep me from getting over run with nerves. I knew starting off with a small show such as this was the way to go tho, and I was correct with that at least. We didn't exactly sell out or turn profits, but we did better than expected and had some other perks that you can't put money on. I got to meet some really awesome people!!! I don't think I was set up for more than 10 minutes when a kindly, soft-spoken gentleman came over and introduced himself with a "good morning" salutation to boot! My jaw hit the floor and I admit that I had to take a fleeting glimpse of his name badge to…

Two Days to Hurricane Who!

Getting really nervous now. I've never had a table at a show before so if you read this and are going to be there, stop by and let me know that I should relax!! First person who mentions my blog gets two free cards. Hope to see you there!!

Working on The Night Shift: Final!

It's done. It's FINALLY done!! Not that I was laboring over this one or anything like that, I actually really had fun working on this pic and I am super happy with the final result too! I hope the homage to the Shaun of the Dead poster is appreciated too. My one regret now that it's all over is that I didn't plan the headstones well enough. I should have had the people who worked on the movie's names on them. Or even mine! Oh well. Next time.

Happy Halloween everyone!!

And as usual, here is the time lapse movie too. Enjoy!

Update 10/28/11: Thanks to an insightful critic (that's you Cory!), here it is again but with a black border.

Working on The Night Shift: Part Three

So sorry. If you were hoping to see the final yesterday (like me!), you were obviously disappointed. I know I was. Turns out the community yard sale last weekend and the play at my son's school took more time than I expected. Plus, and I am not just saying this to buy more time, I don't want to rush this. Honestly. I want this to be right and it's not like I had to have it at the printers or anything of that nature. It is almost done so I just need to stay the course. It'll be worth the wait or lunch is on me! Not really.

Here is a sneak peek tho. Enjoy it!

Road to Hurricane Who: Part Four

Banner arrived several days ago. Well, the second version at least. The first one that arrived did not print very well but the good people at Vista Print were kind enough to re-print it for me with a new file that compensated for the bad printing. The second one was great!! Yesterday, Mindy and I went to the hardware store and bought PVC piping and fittings to create a frame/stand for it. Ok, Mindy really built it and I helped but hey, I'm not too proud. Here are more crappy pics from my iPhone.

Working on The Night Shift: Part Two

Just thought I would post the final drawing, inked and inked with flat color. I have to say that the inking stage is the most fun for me. With all the thick and thin lines and the clean edges in Illustrator, I know I am on the right path when it looks good like this. Plus, using the latest version of Illustrator has made this stage SO much faster than it used to take me. The width control and live editing of the line are the most useful things ever added to Illustrator for my money.

More to come soon!!

Working on The Night Shift

Way back in Feburary, I ran across a blog that spoke about my work being stolen and sold without my consent. It wasn't my blog, if that is what you are thinking. I mean that someone else had taken notice and was kind enough to write about it and help spread the word. I was touched that someone thought enough to do that and I contacted her to show my appreciation. What I didn't know at the time is that Erin is also quite a talent and makes really cool films with her husband. I followed a few links and watched the trailers and the original short of a film called The Night Shift. It's REALLY cool! I thought it had a teriffic and original premise and the characters were awesome! I started some doodles but didn't initially proceed because another artist, Kyle Henry, had already done an awesome painting (and with real paint!!). I didn't want to try and follow that! Over time tho and after doing my Mercury Men picture, I decided to actually give it a go and just take it m…

Road to Hurricane Who: Part Three

Books arrived!!! So excited to get home tonight and find a box knowing it contained my printed books! I was super careful as I cut thru the cardboard and wrapping making sure to not damage anything. They came out great!! I know my lousy iPhone pics (3GS by the way so I have no exterior illumination on my camera.) do NO justice to the book, you have to see them in person. And I hope you do!! I am getting really nervous now.

Road to Hurricane Who: Part Two

Posters? Check! Oversized cards? Check! Sharpies? Check! So far so good. Book is printed and I am just waiting on delivery. Also ordered plastic sleeves (still need cardboard backing) for original art! Yup! Gonna be unloadind just about all of the drawings used to create most of the work in the book and seen here on my blog.

Also, and I really was not planning on this, t-shirts!! Yup, t-shirts!! This is a design that you cannot find on my Red Bubble site either, you can only get it from me. The bad thing, ...I only have about 5 at the moment. The machine at the printer for these broke and I am waiting to see if it gets up and running again in time to get more for the show. Talk about your limited quantities!!