Thursday, December 16, 2010

Elegance

Once again, I tried to emulate JC Leyendecker with the background and I can't even do that very well. The pearls on this were a bit difficult to do, believe it or not.  Acrylic on canvas 16"x20".

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Ellen Page

I'm finally back to acrylic painting, although I did buy some actual color watercolors, so I'll be experimenting with that later on.  Acrylic on canvas 16"x20"

Friday, October 29, 2010

Frankenstein's monster

   Here's another B&W watercolor I did a while ago and with Halloween just around the corner I figured what the hell. I was almost tempted to just put the title as "Frankenstein" but we all know that's the name of the mad doctor who created the creature. Happy Halloween!
On watercolor paper 12"x15"

Monday, September 27, 2010

Rachel

This was painted on illustration board instead of canvas, canvas board etc. I wasn't sure how it would work with acrylic paints but I was very pleased with it. I didn't gesso the board (Drew Struzan typically does) so I can't varnish it or else it will warp.

On illustration board cold press 15"x 20"

Monday, August 30, 2010

Bryan Cranston as Walter White

As I finished this painting, Bryan Cranston just won his third Emmy for his role as Walter White from the AMC series Breaking Bad.  His co-star Aaron Paul won an Emmy as well. Hmm... I should do a portrait of Aaron as Jesse Pinkman.  Great show. 
Update: I've done another painting of WW located here!
On canvas board 14" x 18"

Saturday, August 14, 2010

More water colors

Here are a couple more black and white water colors. Indy came out kinda "meh"  and  I really should have spent a bit more time on the girl...maybe I'll get back to it later. I'm kind of itching to try actual colors instead of black next. On canvas paper 12"x16"

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Thoughts of Autumn


Here we are on the last day of July and I'm looking forward to Autumn. The background on this one is supposed to be a bit out of focus...I may go back and blur it up some more.
I said it once before, but I think it merits a mention again. Hair is fun to paint.
Acrylic on canvas 18"x24"

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Puppy - color pencil


OK...here's another older picture I did to tide things over while I start/finish some of my paintings/other projects. This was done 12-13 years ago...about the same time I did the koala bear picture. I really should have worked on this one a bit longer, but hey it's a puppy! On Canson paper 10.5"x10.5"

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Watercolor experiment

Up till now I've been using acrylic paints, but I've always wanted to try watercolor. I tried watercolor years ago....but stopped because it's very difficult. These are my first attempts just using ivory black.

 It's very hard to control and it's different than painting with acrylics. I'm not sure what the right way is to paint with watercolors, but I've been starting with a very diluted very light black and sort of work my way to the darker colors. Takes a lot of patience...which I don't have as seen here and below.


The painting above is of one of my muses, Natalie Portman and the one to the right is of the Rocketeer.
In the photo reference I was using for Natalie her right eye is covered in shadow and I rendered it as so, but looking at it now I should have added a bit of highlight in there. I think I'll keep practicing with it from time to time though acrylic is still my comfort zone.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Gorilla


It's incredibly sad to say that the gorilla is an endangered species, but they are. Hard to believe that they were only discovered in 1902 and that the DNA of gorillas is 97%  identical to humans.  http://gorillafund.org
On canvas board 14"x18"

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Abby


 

This is my sister's beloved dog Abby, who passed away a couple of months ago. On canvas 16"x20"



Saturday, May 29, 2010

More comics...

This was done in the late 1990's....years before that damn Dr. Pepper commercial. I should sue.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Update plus a comic

Just a quick update - I'm still painting, but the one I'm working on now is starting to become a monkey on my back. It's a 2' x 3' and I think it'll be the last painting of that size I'll do for awhile. Takes me waaaay too long. I also have a painting I need to do for my sister...so I think I may start that and leave the big painting on the back burner for a bit.

Let see...what else? One of my idols, Frank Frazetta passed away on May 10th. Rest in Peace Mr. Frazetta and thanks for the wonderful art and inspiration.

On a final note, I just found out that one of my favorite bloggers Reis O'Brien of Geek Orthodox has decided to call it quits and concentarte on his professional and personal life. He's a great Geek of the highest order and I wish him all the best.

Finally here's a comic I did years ago. I've got a bunch of them. They're not that funny, but I wanted to post some sort of "art" so here ya goes.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch

I finally finished the painting I mentioned in the post below. From one of my favorite book/movie adaptations "To Kill A Mockingbird" Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. There was originally pinstripes on his seer sucker suit but I was happy with the way the suit came out here so I left it...plus I was anxious to start my next painting. Acrylic on canvas 16"x20"

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Drawing Table Project

Matt Graupman over at Spinadoo Comics has a neat idea about posting drawing tables. I'll admit I actually cleaned mine up a little because it's always a mess.  My space is limited so my drwaing table is small just 2 feet by 3 feet. My current painting is not quite done so I threw a paint cloth over it. On the top left is J. Scott Campbell's hardcover sketch book "Monster Green" on the bottom of that is the new Alex Ross art book "Rough Justice", over on the top right is "American Chronicles the Art of Norman Rockwell", below that an issue of "Power Girl"...and some tape.  Hopefully I'll be done with my painting soon.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Zatanna!

Here is one of my favorite of the lesser known Super heroes...Zatanna the Mistress of Magic.
Acrylic on canvas 24"x24"

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Murray Christmas - Take 2!

 
Back in December 2008 I painted a Christmas card for my sister of Bill Murray (seen here) it was small and quick. I decided to re-do in a bigger format. On canvas 18"x24"

Monday, January 11, 2010

Morgan Freeman


 Welcome to the first post of 2010!
One of my all time favorite actors would have to be Mr. Morgan Freeman. I grew up with him. As a kid I used to watch "The Electric Company" on PBS and Mr. Freeman played Easy Reader, along with numerous other roles. So it was great to see him make it to the big time. I think my favorite movie of his would be "The Shawshank Redemption". Morgan Freeman also has one of the most calming, reassuring voices out there. 
Acrylic on 18"x24" canvas