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Krypto!

You may have noticed a serious lack of posts from me. That stems from several reasons. I have a few projects I’m laboring away on that I can’t share, that’s not uncommon, but I’ve also taken on a part time job in a retail shop. Mostly tho it’s been because of our dog. Snickers is only six years old and the friendliest, playful and most energetic dog. A few weeks ago, I got up early as always, took out the dog and made breakfast as always. Snickers is like my shadow. Before I sat down to eat, he left my side and went to lie down. And then things got worse. In a matter of hours he became almost paralyzed in his hind legs. He didn’t fall or jump. There was no yelp that he was hurt. It just happened. We took him to the emergency vet, one that we never saw before. Snickers was diagnosed with IVDD. Basically a spinal cord disease that his regular vet failed to diagnose for years and thought he had stomach issues. They couldn’t help him but offered to euthanize him. We took him to Gainesvill…

Obi-Wan's Failure

So new Star Wars art always seems to have a bigger audience and response. I wish there was a better story to go along with this post. Unfortunately, this was a bit of a disappointment. As many of you may know, Star Wars holds an event every two years called Celebration. They don't have a usual artist alley, but instead have a handpicked group that a jury selected of artists that have worked on LucasFilm properties before. You need to apply in short. So a few of my friends have been encouraging me to do so for some time. About a year or so ago, I decided that I would and began work on my submission. Oh. If you were curious about my LucasFilm credentials, I have worked on quite a bit of Star Wars themed M&M's work as well as designing two official t-shirts for the old Star Wars Weekends held at Disney. So I obviously chose Obi-Wan as my subject as he is my favorite character from the Star Wars franchise and I had an idea that I thought would be pretty cool. I set about my w…

Boba Fett and Ursula!

Every so often I get asked to do some commission work. And 90% of the time it's for something totally out of the ordinary. I get it. People are asking for what they want and can't find anywhere else. I guess a drawing of a classic style Superman is too commonplace. Hence the requests for "Batman with a ski hat and a Hawaiian shirt". I don't usually post things of this nature because I feel that it's a personal thing for the one that requested it and that it probably lacks a widespread appeal. So I recently took an "odd" commission and to be honest I took it because of two reasons. Things have been weird and I've lost a huge amount of income this year due to the Covid, and that I have known the person who requested it for more years than I can remember. It was for a wedding gift as well. So the commission, as you can surmise based on the title of this post, was for Boba Fett with Ursula from the Little Mermaid, done in a pin-up style, standing o…

The Adventures of Superman!

Back when I was a kid, I was enthralled with TV heroes as you may already know. Everyday after school the best hour was the Adam West Batman re-runs and The Adventures of Superman with George Reeves! This was before the Christopher Reeve movie came out and for a kid locked away in the fall season due to allergies, these shows were pure gold! I still enjoy watching them today.
I actually started working on this a few years back after I completed the 40th anniversary poster for Superman: The Movie. If you remember, in that one, I posed Christopher Reeve in the iconic pose of Superman found on his first issue. So for this one, it just seemed to be a natural to pose George Reeves in the pose of Action Comics #1! So I began to sketch and layout thumbnails and as it happens, nothing was clicking and my motivation waned and it wound up on the shelf. I would take a peek every now and again but to no avail. Then, I recently opened it up and looked thru the reference gathered and tried a few mor…

Project Mercury!

I have been a fan of NASA since I was a really little kid. My parents were big fans as well and it was the joke in the house that my brother and I were named after famous astronaut, John Glenn (my brother's name is Glenn). My nickname growing up was "Buzz" and I was born on May 5th. I would also drive by the sign that commemorates Oradell, NJ as the birthplace of Wally Schirra every day on my way to high school. If you are a fan of NASA then you know what all those references mean. I remember more about visiting Kennedy Space Center as a kid than I do Walt Disney World and when I first moved to Florida, I convinced a whole group of people to go to Cocoa Beach for the day to watch a shuttle launch. I can now actually see enough of the booster rockets on a launch from the front of my house.
So when Space X recently launched their first manned crew to space, I was ecstatic! I was glued to the TV and raced outside to catch a glimpse in person! With my passion for NASA re-igni…

John Carter of Mars!

I did a John Carter piece several years ago and actually still pretty pleased with how it came out. Someone recently saw it for the first time and asked me about it too. Right after that conversation I found myself doodling on my iPad at night in front of the television and what I got was a sketch of John Carter. Sometimes these things just surprise you and you go with it. That's a blessing and a curse as you get the wild inspiration to fuel you but it also often lacks the proper planning of a picture that I normally prefer to do. So then it becomes trying to fit a square peg in a round hole. Art isn't always relaxing, in fact it's usually more frustrating! Like when I decided to add the other characters! First I added Dejah Thoris and was into the inking stage when I realized I didn't care for the pose and scrapped her and started over. Then she looked like Storm of the X-Men circa 1979 and had to make more adjustments. When I added Tars Tarkas I wanted to emphasize h…

The King! (Mignola Style)

I’ve always been a big fan of Mike Mignola and he always inspires me with his art even tho I draw nothing like him. Who does?? His posts of late have been so much fun that I thought I would try my hand at drawing The King in the best “Mignola” I could do. I am sure that the experts and Mr. Mignola himself could easily spot the differences but I am not in the business of making straight copies or styles. I hope to grasp at least one aspect in order to incorporate it into my own "stew".
Enjoy!




Strange New Worlds!

So they finally announced that Captain Pike and his crew of the Enterprise will finally be getting their own show. I am really stoked about this and I am really praying that it lives up to the hype and expectations. About a year ago when they were on Star Trek: Discovery I made a picture with the main trio. But something always bothered me about my drawing of Spock. I don't want to point out specifically what it is, and PLEASE don't guess because then it gets really awkward when people start pointing out what (they think) is wrong and it's not at all what I am looking at. So I made the decision to go back into a completed picture. A rare thing with me. I completely re-drew Spock and then made a few other modifications as well. I am much more pleased with it but I am wondering now if I will need another re-visit when they unveil the actual logo of the show. Ugh!
Enjoy!





When I Seen A Elephant Fly!

Dumbo has always been one of my favorite Disney movies. I remember seeing as a kid in the theater and hearing the songs on my parents radio from time to time. I never once thought that any of it was racist. It seems now that it's become a target second to Song of the South in that regard. Seems to me that someone thought it was and said it, people heard it and agreed without watching it for themselves and deciding. They are black because they are crows. They are crows because Dumbo is on a farm at that point in the movie. They speak with an old southern "backchat" because they are southern. I've worked with people that spoke that way and most of them were not even black! As a kid in the northeast I thought all southern people spoke that way just like southerners were expecting me to talk with a certain accent being from New Jersey. I figure if Floyd Norman doesn't have a problem with it, why should I? I don't wish to have any type of argument or even a discus…

Winnie the Pooh!

Full disclosure, I’m not a Winnie the Pooh fan so this would probably not have been done if it wasn’t commissioned. Don’t hate me. It's not like I don't appreciate the movies tho. I do love the format of the original with the book itself playing a part like when Pooh is skipping along the type or when the letters fall off the page when it rains. Plus the voice casting is stellar and Sebastian Cabot as the narrator! But as characters I find them all to be quite simple and there is no "villain" so there is no drama for me. They can be fun to draw sometimes tho.
Winnie the Pooh and gang.
Enjoy!



Paul Bunyan!

Growing up as a kid in the 70's we obviously didn't have access to cartoons like today. We only had Saturday mornings, a few old, after school shows like Woody Woodpecker and Sunday nights on the Wonderful World of Disney. Most of the year I would be continuously disappointed on Sunday nights after being so excited with anticipation for it to be finally time for Uncle Walt to come on, following the nature show Wild Kingdom (I hate nature shows!), totally wanting a Disney cartoon to be shown...more nature. UGH! Took me years to figure out that Disney only showed the cartoons near holidays for the most part. But one of those cartoons that they would bust out (they didn't show the feature films) was Paul Bunyan! I loved this short! So much that it made my disdain for nature programs and petting zoos grow because if they didn't have a blue ox, well then what's the point!??

So I have been drawing quite a bit of Disney characters lately and was asked to do one of Paul Bu…

Atari Force Babe!

I made that title misleading on purpose. I do remember the Atari Force comics and read the free ones that came with certain games and the house ads in DC Comics but I never actually cracked a cover on any issue. So when I recently got a commission to draw a character from the comic, I had to "Google it". While the character itself is not hard but who the heck designed it?? Why on earth would you put all those scales and such that you would have to repeat on every panel?? I might have used technology to cheat a little. I mean, I was smart enough to employ the resources available to me.

Here is Babe from Atari Force.

Enjoy!



The Great Mouse Detective!

I'm a big fan of The Great Mouse Detective! I was in high school when it came out and was not very cool to still like Disney movies back then so I had my mom drop me off at the theater as she went shopping nearby so I could see it. Must have been strange for all those moms and dads with little kids to see this teenager all by himself to see an animated movie.  I did that several times actually in those awkward times. I loved it. Skip ahead more than a few years and I find myself on an internship at Walt Disney World and lo and behold, others loved these movies as well. In fact, my first day at the Disney-MGM Studios was a personal tour as that was where I was to work, and I got to see the Magic of Disney Animation and my two favorite Disney movies got quite a bit of screen time. Peter Pan and The Great Mouse Detective! Back in the day, Disney would screen movies in the park theaters after closing for cast members from time to time. That's actually where I got to see Song of th…

Brave Little Tailor!

One of my all time favorite Mickey Mouse cartoon! It's no mystery that I not only love Disney animation but I am a big nut for the history as well. There is so much information out there that is probably not only more accurate but much better organized than I could possibly share here so if that is your thing as well, sorry. So after my Pecos Bill experiment, I decided to push myself a bit more in using Procreate on my iPad a bit more and rather than just doing a spot illustration again, but to actually make a proper picture. While I was at Disney, I am sure I must have drawn this version of Mickey but I couldn't really say for sure. I mostly remember drawing Fantasia Mickey much more and the classic red shorts versions but not Brave Little Tailor. So I decided to draw that one. And the giant as well who, by the way, is NOT Willie. He came later.

Enjoy!



Pecos Bill!

So I have been pretty much streaming a lot of Disney + lately. As of this writing we are still being "socially distant" and I have not had as much work to do lately and to stay out of my wife and son's way as they are working and going to school respectively in our small house, I have been hanging out on our back patio. It's actually a great place. Fresh air, a ceiling fan, by the pool and we actually have a TV out there now. Sounds ritzy but it's not, but it is nice and we are blessed to have such things. So since I was using Disney cartoons as background noise, I was inspired to quite a bit of Disney characters while doodling. Some of them became much more than doodles. So when Pecos Bill came up while watching "Melody Time", I was reminded that when I was very young, my brother and I had one of those read along records of this and that I played it quite a bit even before I learned how to read! I loved it! Plus I was experimenting with a new drawing a…

Retro Flash Gordon!

I actually penciled this drawing by hand with the full intention of inking traditionally and such. I must have chickened out. I did have it printed a few times to practice inking and painting it by hand but I never got any results that I really liked. Was pretty frustrating actually. So I still had the drawing laying around and it was already scanned in, so one night while sitting down with my wife to watch TV, I decided to noodle away on it digitally on my iPad. And I just kept going. Little by little. Literally sometimes I would only make one mark and then close the app. Sat in my files for what seemed like forever. Then when I thought I was actually done, I decided to play with the zip tones. So when I was finally "done" I had, what I think, looks like an old b/w magazine comic illustration. I kinda like it.

Enjoy!






Robin Hood!

Here is the finished Robin Hood picture. Pretty pleased with how this turned out. It's also been a while since I have drawn Disney characters. Odd considering how long I did it in various jobs. Turns out, I miss it and it has really re-ignited my love of the Disney animated movies! Might be more to come.

Robin Hood! Enjoy!




Oo-De-Lally!

The Disney version of Robin Hood is one of my favorites.  I know this is not the finest in the Disney stable, but I do admit that it’s a guilty pleasure that I love this one. I do wonder how different (better) it might have been if there was a real villain to be a threat in this movie. Imagine if Scar from Lion King were Prince John! I’ve been watching a LOT of Disney movies while working recently. Mostly as background noise. Last week I may have put on Robin Hood more than once and posted about it on my personal social media. Inspired me to sketch Robin. In fact, Whistle Stop is not only the ringtone used when my wife calls me, it was even played at our wedding.

Oo-de-lally!




I usually paint in greyscale first when I paint 'toons.




And here is the shield and logo that I did in vector to be spliced in.



Dragon's Lair!

I loved this game as a kid. Well, I didn't love playing it to be honest. It was slow, clunky and was double the price of any other video game at .50 cents! Sure you got 5 lives but it didn't really last any longer. For me anyway. I much preferred to get a good vantage spot to watch someone who was good at playing it! That way I could watch the animation. I always wondered why you couldn't put money in and just watch the cartoon. That should have been an option!

So there have been rumors and false starts about a Dragon's Lair movie for literally years. We just got another snippet of news recently that Netflix is making not an animated movie, but live action. I was not thrilled to hear this. I would much prefer a hand drawn, animated movie. The good news was that they want Ryan Reynolds to play the hero, Dirk. I kinda like that idea.

So obviously that was enough to set me off and drawing (what else can I really do, as I am writing this we are still in quarantine for the …

The Child!

OMG! I can't believe I forgot to post this one here. As you know, you have to post all over the different social medias these days and I get bad at keeping them all straight. Actually, this blog suffers the most as I am sure it has become the bottom feeder at seeing my work. Unfortunate as it really has been my favorite way of posting and interacting although I guess it also has it's drawbacks now as people have less and less attention spans and don't want to invest in reading my incoherent babble about this and that. Thanks if you made it this far! ;)

OK. So this little guy has taken the worlds heart and I can't blame them.

Enjoy!




More Orion!

While I was in Chicago this past year for C2E2, I got asked a few times to actually draw comic book characters. It doesn't happen very often as people usually want me to paint a portrait for them while at my table. So I did a few b/w sketches and I was pretty pleased with how they came out. I also doodled a bit in my sketchbook and came pretty close to finishing one of Orion of The New Gods!  A big favorite of mine and I was pretty jazzed how the drawing was coming out. When I got home, I made a few more revisions and called it finished. I didn't initially ink it because of reasons that still may come to light so I will save that for a future post. But then the pandemic started and I had a bit more free time on my hands and I wound up nibbling at it more and more until I just wound up finishing it. I also decided to keep it under wraps but then more time past and then wound up sharing with a few friends. They were very enthusiastic about it and prodded me into sharing what I d…