It's fair to say that we are a multi-headed hydra of Geekdom. Superheros, monsters, robots, aliens, Supermonsterrobotaliens, we have 'em all! It was only a matter of time that we dip our feet into the vast waters of fantasy and what better place than in Tolkein's Middle Earth? To commemorate the new Hobbit movie we thought it best to end 2012 with a walk through Middle Earth. Enjoy!
Its been a while since I've watched the Venture Brothers, but my brief time with them was thoroughly enjoyed. Thought I'd throw together a little Brock Samson smashing on the Monarch. See the original sketches over at my personal blog: www.NeedYourDisease.com
I occasionally play Draw Something and I have found if you play it long enough you will start repeating words. To keep it interesting I've been inserting Venture Brother's The Grand Galactic Inquisitor or Marvel's The Watcher. Here is one of my favorites, may post more during the week, enjoy!
Just a quick dip into the vault which yielded a couple Alien-Tastic roughs. The top one was an attempt to paint over a sketch in Sketchbook Pro on the ipad. Might have to reintroduce that to my work flow.
Here's my hat being thrown oh so gingerly into the ring. I couldn't help but think that Jabba The Hut would make a finer statue on Gaston's wall than The Beast. And what better way to kill Jabba than by choking him to death. Of course, to do this, you would disguise yourself as Bobba Fett. Clearly, I've worked this entire thing out.
If you look close at this Disney/LucasFilm conglomeration, past the Star Wars mash ups to it's very nucleus you will find this ill tempered thing staring back at you. Howard the Duck, a dirtier Donald Duck, a property of Marvel Comics (also owned by Disney) was once the hero of LucasFilm's movie adaptation of the Howard comic book. And where is Howard fictionally from? Cleveland, Ohio! Truly a perfect storm that I couldn't dare not to draw.
I'm in the process of locking down a character design and need to create a model sheet to keep my character consistent After a whole bunch of drawing, I've narrowed down my favorite sketches and I'll be using them to put together my final design. Thought I'd throw them up here for people to see.
First they came for the Muppets. Next they came for Marvel. Now they take our Star Wars. Can anything stop the evil forces of...Disney? Who knows? The Rust Belt Monsters have decided to call an audible with our normal schedule and get topical. Of course, doing a round of political art would make more sense, but that's not what we're about. So we've decided to take on Disney's recent acquisition of Lucasfilm. Keep checking back here as we merge Disney properties with the work of George Lucas: Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Willow, even Young Sherlock Holmes.
The final piece of the "Devil's Work" series, and I'm sorry to see it go. Once again using my pal Doll Bambino as the model. Dig back into the blog and check out the older ones if you missed em , and thanks so much for hanging out the past 13 days.
Draw your pals whenever you can, but make time to draw them as devils.
For the last two parts of this series, I'm using my pal Doll Bambino as the model. Partly because she owes me a favor, partly because she's a great homage to Crumb and Coop's devil girls, but mostly because she already had a devil costume.
It's the 1970's and I'm a kid. Every week we ride our bikes to the local Rexxel Drug Store in my home town. Walking into the magazine section there they are. Shelves filled with multi colored covers of comic goodness, rows upon rows of them. Next to the shelves is the spinnerette. Again filled with comics...I feverishly thumb through cover after cover looking for my one true goal that week. Jack Kirby's The Demon.
Probably one of the more bizarre creations of Mr. Kirby...but enjoyable still to this day. (I still own a few copies of the original run...and plan on snagging the omnibus someday along with Kamandi.) The Demon was THE very first comic page I ever did, panel for panel...word for word...I recreated two pages of the first issue. The scene where Merlins demon, Etrigan throws himself into the hordes of oncoming soldiers. Swords, helmets and pieces flying everywhere. I am in awe of the book, little did I know where that would someday lead me. So this was all about fun...and I had a blast doing it. Paint markers...pen...ink on colored paper.
Of all the actors in the horror genre...hands down for me, it was and always will be Vincent Price. As a child I spent many a nights huddled in front of the t.v....at times into the wee hours of the morning ( When all good, normal little kids were sleeping.) watching as Vincent dispatched waves of vampires ( The Last Man on Earth.), buried his insane sister alive ( Fall of the House of Usher), attempted to chop his brother in law in half ( The Pit and the Pendulum) hunted witches ( The Conqueror Worm/ Witchfinder General.) or had us checking beneath our theater seats. ( The Tingler ) But perhaps my favorite of his performances was of his portrayal as The Abominable Dr. Phibes. A vengeful Doctor out to make the 9 physicians he held responsible for the death of his beloved wife, pay for their wrong doings....and in a not so niceness nasty way. Using the curse of the pharaohs his dispatches his victims in inventive ways. Done with tongue in cheek Prices portrayal is ...well......priceless. In the film he never speaks...via moving his lips. Instead he talks thru a plug coming from his neck and jacked into a phonograph. I cannot....I repeat...cannot recommend the film enough if you like your horror... a little dark...a little twisted...but told with a smirk. This was part of a batch of bic pen character studies I did for a final piece.
I actually watch horror films all the time. If I'm up late working, and not listening to music, I've got a horror film on in the background. But there are those films out there that have such phenomenal portrayals...the actors or actresses are at the height of their abilities, that it is a genuine joy to watch them....in some cases come unraveled. Such is the case with Betty Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane. Although Joan Crawford as her seemingly victimized sister, does a great job...It's Ms. Davis's portrayal of Baby Jane Hudson that steals the show. If you've never seen the film, I shudder to think, do yourself a favor...watch it.
Thought I would throw some color on my Frankenstein sketch from the other day. It was a fun little exercise, but reminded me that I really need to calibrate my monitor and Cintiq. Taking it from my drawing source to the main screen showed me how grossly over-saturated it actually was. So I'll probably take care of that this weekend.