Sunday, December 6, 2009

Red

I actually finished this a week or so ago, but just now got around to taking a picture of it.  This is the same girl from the earlier painting "Introspection + Progression", believe it or not.  So this is a sequel of sorts. The other painting used cool colors and this used warm colors.   Acrylic on canvas 16"x20".

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Koala - Color pencil


This was done...wow...about a dozen years ago. It was rendered with Prisma-colored pencils on colored Canson paper. Colored pencils are fun, but very time consuming...plus your always sharpening the pencils which wear down quite a bit. Who doesn't love Koala bears? 

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Happy Girl

I wish I had access to a bigger scanner because this is just
8 1/2"x11" image of a 12"x16" canvas board painting. I'm starting to get into more background imagery as I get a bit more confident. Perhaps I'll take a digital photo of this painting to get the big picture.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Dracula/Vampire Bat


I was going to wait till Halloween to post this...but then I thought "meh". It's based on the 1992 film "Bram Stoker's Dracula" by Francis Ford Coppola. Gary Oldman plays Dracula and in one point turns into this big vampire bat. One of my favorite flicks plus it says pretty close to the source material for the most part. Acrylic on canvas paper 12"x16'

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Cowgirl


Here's a really quick sketch and next in my ongoing series of cute girls in hats/funky headgear paintings.  This was done in a little over an hour. Acrylic paper 9"x12"

Monday, September 28, 2009

Sam Elliott - Gen. John Buford

Once again here's Sam Elliott, this time as General John Buford from "Gettysburg".  I tried doing something a little different in the background by utilizing a technique from JC Leyendecker which didn't come out the way Leyendecker does it. Oh well...Ya gotta try. Canvas 18"x24"

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Dino Designer Color


This was just a really quick painting of a T-Rex I've been wanting to get out of my system for awhile now. Since most paleontologists really don't know what color dinosaurs were, I figured why not a bumblebee colored T-Rex?
On canvas paper 9"x12"

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Introspection + Progression


Here's a portrait I like to call introspection. Again, I must apologize for the crappy quality of the photo. I'm a lousy photographer. The painting looks much better in real life. On canvas 16"x20"
I've been wanting to show a progression on how my painting starts out, but I always forget to take pictures...and it's just as well because the following pictures were out of focus so I tried to correct that in photoshop.

The first step after I pencil in the subject is to paint in the darkest areas with diluted burnt umber. This gives it a water-color like appearance at first.
After that I went in and started to add some color and I also added more layers of burnt umber and alizarin crimson into the shaded areas.
Once the desired color is found I just keep adding more layers using thicker coats of paint. For this particular portrait I decided to get rid of the subjects fingers that were peeking out from under her arm. After I was satisfied with the main subject I went in and added a little color in the background.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

FINALLY!



I finally finished a painting I promised my brother-in-law last year. It's funny folk who have passed on playing poker. They are from left to right; John Belushi, George Carlin, Rodney Dangerfield and John Candy. Taa Daa.
On canvas 20"x24"

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Art book suggestions


Wow. Been awhile...I know. I'm still working on a painting for my brother in-law and should be done sometime next week(?) and I'm also working on another portrait just for fun...so hopefully I'll have some new art to post. Meanwhile I've also been perusing some art books. Mainly J.C. Leyendecker a beautiful hardcover coffee table book about one of the great unsung painters this side of Norman Rockwell.



Next is Famous Monster movie Art of Basil Gogos Mr. Gogos is perhaps best known to horror movie monster fans for his incredible covers he did for "Famous Monsters" magazine back in the 60's and 70's. Awesome stuff.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Bigfoot

I've always held a deep fascination with cryptozoology and also the paranormal. I grew up watching "In Search of..." and have always been intrigued with Sasquatch aka Bigfoot. I decided to finally do a painting of my interpretation of Bigfoot after I received an email from Loren Coleman -Author, blogger, cryptozoologist and all around nice guy.
This just took maybe an hour on 9"x12" canvas paper. To learn more head on over to Cryptomundo and also be sure to check out Loren's other cool blog Twilight Language.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Purposed JDF comic


Here's a couple of pages from a purposed comic I did for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, which at the time was (I believe) called just the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (JDF). This was about 12 years ago. I had a friend who used to work at the JDRF and she suggested I come up with something, so I decided to do a comic for kids who might have been diagnosed with diabetes. The villain of course is diabetes. Nothing ever became of the project, but I had fun with it. The entire comic can be found on flickr.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Nazi Smasher!


These were done about 10 - 12 years ago...it was inspired by an episode of "The Simpsons" when a character mentioned a comic book (non-existent as far as I know) called "Nazi Smasher" I really should go back and put in the title on the cover page (I left room for it). Oh, well. I just wanted to post something since I'm still laying out a new painting. I'll post another full length comic in a bit.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Update

I finally updated a couple of images with better(?) resolution. I re-did the Crime Noir pix below and the Mark Twain picture, although I don't think it looks any different. I'll have to keep at it. Been busy with boring real life stuff. I'm in the process of starting my brother-in-law's painting. When it gets further along I'll start posting some pix.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Crime Noir


Here's my homage to the hard boiled crime noir/pulp fiction covers. I apologize for the crappy resolution. Whenever I get a new camera I'll re-take some of the images on my blog. This painting was inspired by the great Glen Orbik. Masonite board 12"x16"
Edited to add: I created a mock mystery novel cover for the painting.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

"Who ate all the Pecan Sandies?"

Here's a real quick painting of Roger from American Dad. He's my favorite character from the show...I may do a series of these featuring Roger in his various disguises. This took about an hour or so. 9"x12"

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Snow girl

I finally had the opportunity to use a palette knife to create the mountains in the background. I wish I could paint better backgrounds...but I find painting people more interesting (which is ironic, since I'm not a "people" person) and I'm also lazy. Canvas paper 12"x15".

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Aviator Girl

Yup. Another cute girl in funky head gear painting. I know...the clouds look awful, but in my defense this was the first time I've ever painted clouds. Weird, huh? This was done on canvas paper 9"x12".

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Preliminary Sketch

OK here's a sneak peak at a long term project I'm working on. This sketch is just one of several people in the painting. It will be done on canvas 24"x36". I'll be working on it off and on and I'll be showing the progress of the painting as it gets done.

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Malamute pup

I said it once, I'll say it again....you can't go wrong with puppies. Earlier I painted a full grown malamute husky and I saw this reference and had to paint it. For those of you keeping count...this is number 5.

Friday, April 3, 2009

Girl in Hoodie

Again another cute girl with kinda-sorta headgear. This one was a direct inspiration from Michael Dooney's blog Sketchpaints! I was lucky enough to find this reference by surfing the web and just had to paint it. Canvas paper 12"x15"

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sam Elliott - Cowboy



One of the great character actors out there is Sam Elliot. Not only is he well suited for westerns but he's also equally at home in modern action/comedy films as well. I have a feeling I'll probably be painting Mr. Elliot again. On canvas 18"x24"

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Ben Bailey

I'm a huge fan of Cash Cab...it's a game show on the Discovery channel hosted by Ben Bailey. The fourth season is supposed to start April 20th! This painting was done on canvas paper 9"x12".

Friday, March 27, 2009

Kill da Wabbit!!


One of my favorite subjects to paint...cute girls with funky head gear. This is a smaller painting done on 12" x 15" canvas paper. This was a lot of fun. BTW most of my knowledge of Opera is from Bugs Bunny cartoons. So you see...watching cartoons can, indeed, be educational. The woman in the painting is Lisa Bettany and she's a hell of a photographer. Her blog is Mostlylisa. Check out some of her awesome photos over at Flickr.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

The Joker


It seems pretty moot now, but here's my rendition of Heath Ledger's iconic take on the Joker. Note that there is no light reflection in the eyes. Most subjects you tend to see some sort of reflection of light which gives the subject a subconscious "twinkle in the eye" the window to the soul. Here we have none. Interesting. Or not. On canvas 18" x 24".

Monday, March 23, 2009

Collie

This is a recent smaller painting done on canvas paper 9"x12". I think this the first breed of dog I remember as a child probably due to "Lassie". This marks the fourth dog painting so far.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Natalie Portman

I was trying to be all artsy-fartsy with this one. Natalie Portman is, of course, a very beautiful actress, but she's got some weird looking ears. Not that there's anything wrong with that. You should see mine. It's on canvas 24" x 36" black and white.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Mr. Spock

This was my very first attempt at smaller "Sketch-paint" Using canvas paper. I did this as fast as I could...took about an hour. The term "sketch paint" is from a fantastic artist by the name of Micheal Dooney. He's got a great blog called, funny enough, Sketchpaints. Although it's been awhile since he's posted anything, but he's a professional artist....so I cut him some slack.;)

Friday, March 20, 2009

Alaskan Malamute


I love this type of dog. Very powerful with beautiful eyes. Of course I love all dogs pretty much. This is another smaller painting done on canvas paper image size 8" x 8/12". This was the second smaller painting I did. Used a stiff bristle brush to stipple the paint to get the the illusion of the heavy fur coat.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Kate Beckinsale

This was the third smaller paintings I've done on canvas paper 12" X 15". I painted as fast as I could and it took about 2-3 hours. There's all sorts of pictures of Kate Beckinsale where she looks more glamorous and gorgeous but I liked this particular reference with her knit cap on.

Abraham Lincoln

I never realized how misshapen Mr. Lincoln's face was. Apparently he was hit in the face by a horse as a child and as a result half his face grew a bit differently. Also he had blue/green eyes, but here they look more green. Masonite board 18" x 24"

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Herman Munster


One of my other all-time favorite TV shows is "The Munsters". Herman Munster pre-dated Homer Simpson in the lovable, man/child, idiot department. That is due to the incredible Fred Gwynne, who not only was an accomplished actor, but a hell of an artist himself.

Chupi

This is my cat Chupi-loopy. This was a real quick paint/sketch. He's a great cat. Very friendly. Canvas paper. Image size 4" x 5"

Hunter S. Thompson


I did this for my nephew a year ago for Christmas. Took 3-4 days. Now that's a Christmas miracle. I think part of it has to do with the fact that I didn't have to paint the eyes.
Canvas 24" x 30"

Lion

Another small study...this time of a lion. My favorite part of this one is the surface the lion is resting upon. I just used a gob of burnt umber, white and black paint and used a palette knife to create the texture. Canvas paper 12" x 15"

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Mark Twain


One of my all time favorite American authors and humorists. Mr. Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain. Tons o' fun to paint. This particular piece didn't take all that long to do (which for me is a miracle) it's done on canvas 24" x 30". This is actually the second painting I've done of Mr. Clemens. The first I gave to my Sister ;) in Texas. This will probably not be the last. Sorry about the crappy resolution. It looks much better in real life. Really.

Snow pup

Here's another puppy. I guess I should state up front there's gonna be a lot of puppies in this blog....so get used to it. Besides who doesn't like puppies? No one. This was for my other Sister ;) on the East coast. Once again acrylic (most of my paintings are acrylic unless otherwise stated) on canvas paper image size about 7" x 8" ? Something like that.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Murray Christmas


I made this for my Sister ;) as a Christmas card using canvas paper. Image size is around 8" x 10" . Not sure if it looks like Bill Murray, but that's who it's supposed to be. Bill is one of my all-time favorite actor/comedian's. My favorite role of his was as Bunny Breckinridge from Tim Burton's Ed Wood. Que Sara, Sara
Edited to add - There's a much better painting of this done a year later right here

A horse is a horse....

Here's a smaller painting done on canvas paper. I think the actual image size is like 4" x 3" or something like that...so if you click on it it looks sort of weird cause it's appearing bigger than the actual image. This was done back in January I believe.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fred G. Sanford


Here's another early painting. This was done about two years ago. Mr. Redd Foxx as Fred G. Sanford from one of my all-time favorite shows "Sanford and Son". Had a blast painting this. The hat was a little time consuming because I stippled the black and white on, but it was worth it. The hair was also fun to do. I think painting hair is one of my favorite things to do. Acrylic on canvas 22" x 28"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Puppies!

Here's a more recent painting done on canvas paper. The canvas paper is 12" X 15", but the painting itself is probably only 8" x 10" again with acrylic. Puppies are not only fun in real life, but they're also fun to paint. You can't go wrong with puppies. OK all together now...."Awwwwwwwwwwww."
Also....I really need to improve my penmanship. That looks like something I would've signed as a ten year old.

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Wonder Woman

Here's another early painting I did...in fact it's the second painting I ever did. Obviously it's my take on Terry Dodson's Wonder Woman. I wanted to see if I could paint reflective metal. Took forever, but I was happy with the result. Acrylic on canvas 28" X 22"
BTW - I highly recommend the new DVD Wonder Woman
from legendary producer Bruce Timm and Director Lauren Montgomery. It's rated PG-13.