Thursday, February 28, 2013

Worf

Continuing the trek (pun very much intended) to the Star Trek: The Next Generation poster continues. This would have been fun to post in the Klingon language, but I, unfortunately, do not speak Klingon.

"Hab sosli' quch!"













Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Giordi

Didn't I just post pictures of Mr. LaForge just recently?? Sure I did! Go back and check them out because I am not gonna repost them. So there! Well, since you have already seen the sketches of Giordi, I thought I would share the final inked version, painting progress and the final. More to come! Enjoy.


 


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Data

Working on finishing that Star Trek: The Next Generation poster in time for MegaCon and the clock is ticking. I am trying to work several pics at once to keep them all uniform but obviously there comes a point in time where you have to focus on a single one in order to get something done. Here is the progression of Cmdr. Data. Enjoy.

Digital sketch.

Lazy half drawing.

Inked.

Painting progress.

Final.


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Sketchin' the Next Gen!

Gotta really push now. Deadline is looming larger and larger! Got my sketch all mocked up together and thought I would share. Hope this one turns out well.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Trekkin' to MegaCon!

I am really trying to push this picture out to have ready for this year's MegaCon here in Orlando. I have been going for years and years and this is the first time that I have a table at the show. My first BIG show and I am starting to get really nervous. Since most of the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation is scheduled to be there, doing a picture to go along with my Original Series picture was a no-brainier. Several posts have already showed some progress of this pic and I just thought that I would share some of the sketches of the other characters that were not included in those postings. I kinda got carried away on the Geordi LaForge sketch, but I was really having fun using ArtRage 4 on my tablet computer and was experimenting a bit.

Enjoy!





Tuesday, February 19, 2013

alttlestyle.co.uk are crooks.

Last month I received an email from someone in the U.K asking if the product seen at www.alittlestyle.co.uk was legit. He sent me a link and I looked into it. It most certainly is NOT. I never uploaded my art to this site nor have I endorsed it in anyway. I was never contacted by the company that posted it nor the person that uploaded it. IT'S STOLEN!! Readers can easily point out that it is the exact same piece that I have had trouble with in the past. I even blogged about it back in 2010 (link)! I immediately contacted this company thru their website as well as using their company email. The contact was ignored and the email was returned as "undeliverable". I tried again and it was once again returned. I tried two more times. All returned. I created an account in order to leave a review to point out that this art was stolen and that was never posted. So I called them. I spoke to a man that identified himself as Eban and I explained who I was and what I was calling about. He asked for the product number and I read it off to him. He denied that this was a real number that his company used. He then asked me to email him with the link so he could find the item in question. I explained that all my emails were returned and all other correspondence was ignored. He assured me that they had a computer glitch with their mail and it was now fixed and I could now re-send an email. I hung up and sent a new letter. Guess what. IT GOT RETURNED!!

This company is obviously not a reputable company and uses less than honorable business practices. I would recommend that you DO NOT USE THIS COMPANY! In fact, spread the word about them.



Captain Krunch 1976

This may be the most cherished of drawings that I have ever done. I can still remember drawing it at the breakfast table one bleak and dreary winter morning in New Jersey. Yes, I was eating Captain Krunch for breakfast that morning and was suddenly inspired to draw the box art. I was quite proud of my piece and showed it to Mom and Dad. I even addressed it to them on the back of the paper. They beamed with pride (as parents do) and that was that. I recall Mom showing some neighbors and relatives in the following weeks and then I basically forgot about it for years. When I was older and using the telephone, (You know, The ONLY one in the house and was tethered to the wall!) I came across it tucked inside my mom's address book. She saved it, but not like all the other pictures she saved. This one was kept separate and in a place where she would see it on a regular basis. I was amused by this and would see it from time to time as I used mom's book in the years following.

As many readers know, I lost mom last year. When we were cleaning out her place, we found her old address book and the picture was still there. I took it out and tucked it inside my own sketchbook to keep it as flat as I could. I still keep it there today and move it from book to book. I remember that feeling of accomplishment that cold morning and wonder if I will ever have that same feeling again. Do you only get one? I know I have something like it when my own son shows me things he is proud of, but it's different. Maybe that's why artists keep drawing. Maybe that is whey I keep drawing.

Thanks Mom. This is the one that started it all.



Friday, February 15, 2013

Pluggin' Along!

Do you know how much time painting your house cuts into your drawing time??? A lot!! I once worked as a house painter for about 11 years when I was much younger and I still think I paint pretty well. Maybe just not as fast. I was pretty insulted when I got home the other night to find a business card of a painter stuck in my door. Granted I only painted half the house so far but really?? Did he think I was doing such a poor job that I must obviously need help?? Or did he stick one in every door on the street? Even if it was the latter, why would he stick one in a house that was already in the process of being painted?? I'm gonna call him tonight.

So I am still juggling the two projects and gonna share here now. Well, soon. I have also started playing in ArtRage 4 as it just came out and tested it a bit with my rough sketching for the older brother in the book. Never used the watercolor brush before so what the heck! Was fun!

Enjoy.

Actually did this on my phone.
ArtRage4 and a sticky note!

Working!

Working on Trek as well.





Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Next Two

Really trying to stay focused on this project as I have procrastinated for SO long before starting in earnest. Usually starting is the hardest part. Nothing more intimidating than a white page!! It doesn't hurt that I am really enjoying myself with this either. I will have to briefly interrupt the flow to finish getting ready for MegaCon but so far I have successfully bounced back and forth. Hope I can keep that going.





Sunday, February 10, 2013

1st Two!

Just thought I would share the first two completed pages of a children's book I am working on. Going for a more retro look, almost Golden Books vibe. Hope I achieved that. I like it as does the author. What do you all think??





Wednesday, February 6, 2013

I really am working.

Honest. I actually have several finished pics that I can't share just yet and I am currently working on several new pics as well. Ya just gotta trust me on this. I really wish I could find more time to devote to my drawing but I do need to sleep more than when I was a younger man.

Here are some doodles from a book I am working on (and will give more details in the near future.) and a photo of my tablet with my first rough sketch for my Next Generation drawing that I am working on for the Orlando MegaCon.

Enjoy!








Monday, February 4, 2013

Jones!!!!

Who doesn't love Indiana Jones?? Well, if you don't, just stop reading now. Don't wanna start a debate nor am I going to talk about Crystal Skull. I would just love to do a full on illustration of the intrepid archeologist one day in the near future, but for now all I have or a bunch of thumbnails and a phone sketch.

Enjoy!





Friday, February 1, 2013

Old Animation

Once upon a time I harbored a very strong desire to be an animator. Now, I have not wound up as an animator, I did briefly make a living as one when I first got out of college. I spoke about that company before and don't really wish to go down that path again. But look! I have overcome some of my laziness and found the post so if you want to go and read about it, you can do that here.

So here are two pencil tests I found recently. There are more but I may save those for another day.

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