Tuesday, October 27, 2009

The Mummy for Halloween

Another Universal Monster for Halloween!
Boris Karloff as Ardath Bey as Imhotep the Mummy, from Universal's original 1932 version. Not a great movie as horror movies go - it's pretty slow, the plot shuffles along with the mummy, although the atmosphere is wonderfully creepy and the lighting and sets are great. Plus I just enjoy drawing Boris Karloff - he had an amazing set of facial features even without all the monster makeup.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Frankenstein For Halloween

You know, as scary as Frankenstein is, he's got nothing on the scariness of an uncertain future. Last week I and about 50 co-workers were laid off from Slipgate Ironworks, where I'd been for two years, as the project was cancelled. It's the second time I've worked n a project for two years only to have it killed. I'm beginning to wonder if it's something I'm doing? Well, not this time anyway - this time it was because of "Insurmountable technical problems" early and ongoing decisions made by people who are still at the company. Ha ha - the current state of American Business - what are ya gonna do? Ha ha!
I am, in all honesty, much relieved, in spite of the scary uncertainty. The project had settled into a routine of instability and constant upheaval, and morale was beleaguered if not gravely wounded. Pulling the plug on the game, it turns out, was actually a blessing. May it rest in pieces. Once I landed from the rug having been pulled out from under me, I realized I could do any number of things, go any number of places - it was very freeing.
So anyway, Halloween is a mere ten days away, so I'm getting into the mood with the help of Frankenstein's Monster! (also, the DrawerGeeks subject this week is Frankenstein - http://www.drawergeeks.com/index.php)
Boris Karloff's monster is eternally fun to draw and paint - even more fun than Abe Lincoln - so I try to never miss an opportunity. Enjoy! And Happy Halloween!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Poison Ivy

Admittedly I went a little overboard in playing around with the DrawerGeeks theme this time - I've been looking at Leyendecker a lot lately, so I made this feeble attempt to channel his amazing superpowers in portraying Poison Ivy weaving her sappy spell on The Batman.
With abject and humble apologies to Mr. L.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Anne Hathaway paint test

In attempting to broaden my meager abilities in Photoshop, I wanted to try mimicking a more classical paint style on a caricatured drawing. I started by grabbing a photo of Anne Hathaway cause I think she has a great face to draw and paint, kind of lends itself to a classical portrait look. Of course now I'm seeing all kinds of flaws in it, but . . . I gave myself a limited amount of time to work on it and needed to stop and get on to something else. I guess I'm about 75% happy with the way it turned out, and now I'm eager to try more of these exercises soon. (Hey! Meager and eager! In the same post!)

Friday, July 31, 2009

Oz Monkey

Ahh, the flying monkeys from The Wizard of Oz - misanthropic, mindless wicked witch-minions, or sensitive, mistreated, misunderstood pawns, or perhaps just midgets in weird little suits? Whatever your opinion, they're awful fun to draw! Here's my entry for this week's DrawerGeeks. http://www.drawergeeks.com/

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Betty & Veronica's Cougar Club

This time around the DrawerGeeks
(http://www.drawergeeks.com/) subject was Betty and Veronica, of Archie Comics fame.
I liked the idea of them being aged up a bit. I'm guessing they would age better than Archie himself, who, let's face it, was never that attractive even on his best day.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Night Angel

Another entry for DrawerGeeks - (http://www.drawergeeks.com/) - this time around the meme theme was "angel". More playing with slapping a buncha textures onto a scanned and painted drawing in Photoshop.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Paramount Studios - October, 1968

My first entry for Drawer Geeks! I think at first I stressed myself out juuuust a bit and was overthinking the whole thing - but in the end I'm pretty happy with the piece. Hope you like it too. Here's where you can see the rest of the awesome entries in this ongoing art meme\blog: http://www.drawergeeks.com