Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Another bit of messing about in an art challenge from the esteemed Mr. Ruth boards. An attempt to stay faithful in recreating a memorable passage of Kirby from my youth while still bringing a bit of my own sensibilities also. Here's hoping I didn't tarnish things too much. Apologies, Mr. Kirby.
EDIT: By request, here is the original Kirby brilliance so that my pieces may pale even more so.
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Monday, September 22, 2008
On the previously mentioned Greg Ruth boards I put foward a challenge to render images based around a favorite action/suspense film. I chose Leon(aka The Professional) because I love this film. I tried to approach them in a figure drawing style manner. Watching the entire film and doing quick gestures first. Then going back and watching the scenes I wanted to depict repeatedly until I finished. I also tried to do them as quickly as possible.
The first image is the depiction of Leon's final words to corrupt DEA agent Stansfield (Gary Oldman). One of the classic last word scenes from film.
What I really love about the film is Leon himself and Reno's portrayal of him. He is a very sympathetic and likable character despite his profession and doesn't exude the cool all the time that other similar amoral characters with a heart of gold often have.The painted image took a little longer than I wanted so I approached the second with ink and brush.
Finally, I tried to pick up the speed a bit more and used a ballpoint and the leftover ink to do a version of one of my favorite scenes- Leon staring like an engrossed child as Singing in the Rain plays on the matinee. Reno really pulls out all stops with his acting in this brief scene and I'm afraid I didn't quite nail the proper expression but ther you have it anyway.
Friday, September 5, 2008
That said, I don't want to totally neglect this thing since there was a reason I did start it. It's been almost a year since I began it and it's been sitting on idle for six months and change. I'll dust it off and post for the hell of it. I guess I can look on the bright side of things and say that if I put a few eyesores up no one will take notice.
I'll start off with some sillier stuff just because it's a nice balance to some of the other work I put out. Below is a three panel comic I did for Greg Ruth's art challenge. It was based on the notion of one of my fellow poster's, Neil, son's idea of the tooth fairy. His lad's notion was that she took the good teeth and kept them in her mouth and ground the bad ones up into piano keys. Here's my take:
Also on the goofy side, some valentines tags for my son's class last year. He's big into monsters so I tried to do some silly ones that he would like as well.
After making these I realized it just might be a good idea to make one for my son as well so he didn't feel left out. Here it is:
Also, as an added aside I'd like to thank gent and all around talent Joel Trusell for being the only dutiful poster here and to point anyone reading this to Matt Strackbein's own interpretation of the tooth fairy story under the "Homework 1 : Tooth Fairy". Plus look at any of the other art threads on there. Great stuff happening form all the posters in addition to Ruth himself.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
All the folks were incredible to hear speak but I was most taken aback by Yuko because I was wholly unfamiliar with her work. A really incredible blend of traditional Japanese art and illustration. Awesome. She is immediately finding herself on the list link to the right.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
So, I think I'll post some early ballpoint scratches. I scanned four different ones but think I'll post only the three most tangentally related sketches so as to not give much away.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
I did want to share the great idea going on over at Joel Priddy's blog. He's got a little one on the way and is taking black and white (since that is what is supposed to visually stimulate newborns) contributions for flash cards wall hangings, etc.. Below are my two contributions in a little bit better form than what they appear over there. I sent these to him after the first set didn't go through. They must have showed up later because they're the original images. I didn't have the heart to bug hima again as he is busy with baby concerns and other things more important than updating my images so I'll post them here.
The first image is based on our daughter...
and the second embodies our son in many ways.
Both were kind of a fun departure for me. I recommend contributing if you need a small project for a change of pace.