Hey there folks! I just finished a commissioned piece of a 1981 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am. A wonderful fellow from Strongsville, Ohio wanted a cartoon of his car and him, in an environment that suggested it is his home town, to hang in his office. He provided me with some wonderful reference images and it all came together rather nicely… I think.
Anyway, as per usual, it is a digital piece, created in Photoshop using an Intuos 5 graphic tablet.
Recently my life has thrown me a few hurdles to overcome. Life does that on occasion to everyone. Some hurdles are a bit taller than others, but still just a hurdle nonetheless. My approach is always to jump the hurdle and get it out of the way… deal with it. You know? Even if my “jumping the hurdle” isn’t always of a gazelle like quality.
But I get advice, here and there, about how I should try and bury myself in something else… to keep my mind occupied so that I simply move away from the hurdle and continue my life in another direction rather than taking my lumps, scratches and bruises to get over the hurdle and continue my journey in the direction I had originally started out. I generally don’t say much in contradiction because I know they are just trying to help. But it always confuses me a bit. It has always been my experience that if you avoid a hurdle you can’t finish the race… eventually you will have to jump the hurdle. I think it is easier when you know why that hurdle is there in the first place…
Well, here’s my next installment of “FREE Stuff!” and it is my latest CARtoons illustrations as desktop wallpapers. I only offer two sizes; the most common, and largest, in both 16:9 and 4:3 monitor aspect ratios.
That’s right boys and girls!! You can download a Krass & Bernie CARtoons Magazine cover image for your Facebook profile or fan page. It is possibly the most remembered title image of the Krass and Bernie comic with a few tweaks and modifications. I have colored it… the main difference… and expanded its dimensions to be that of a Facebook cover image. I removed the “Krass and Bernie” title text and put the CARtoons logo instead along with a Facebook logo in the corner. Just click on the thumbnail below to download the image.
Well, this is my Happy Halloween painting… a day late!
Inspired by Disney’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Halloween special. When I was a kid I looked forward to watching that cartoon every year. It was one of my favorites!
Anyway, I wanted to record the painting process but I had some problems during the process and didn’t feel like starting over. I did manage to record the sketch. It is on YouTube. The sketch and painting were done in MyPaint using a Wacom Intuos 5.
The last couple of posts I made were of CARtooons ( ’79 Toyota & ’57 Chevy ) where I made reference to the CARtoons magazine and George Trosley. So, I started thinking maybe I should get into it and (in my best southern accent) “let them young’uns know whut’s whut“. I won’t go into the technical aspects of CARtoons magazine as you can find plenty of info in that regard from the external links I provided above. Instead I will tell you more about what it was for me. So this is more a rediscovery than a discovery.
For me, CARtoons magazine was the ultimate world of imagination. I got into the magazine, stories and artwork in the 80’s. Being that I just got a driver’s license and my own car (a 1975 Oldsmobile Cutlass Supreme… lovingly referred to as the Tank) and I loved to draw. It was magic. Seeing the things people, or Krass & Bernie, would do to cars, trucks, vans (or whatever they got their hands on) provoked me to get into the workings “under the hood“. It was a whole new world of creation and exploration. The amount of knowledge and understanding of mechanical devices I gained during that part of my life is / was priceless… in my opinion.
Anyway, since I recently got back into drawing my own CARtoons I became a bit nostalgic and collected some magazine covers to share with you all (plus this super cool FREE Facebook cover image!). As with most people that used to read CARtoons magazine… I wish I still had my old issues.
Here’s my latest “Bad” illustration! This is “Bad to the Bone” another addition to my “Bad” series of children (so far just girls) in cooperation with a monster like being. My working title, all of about 1 hour, was “Just Bad”. Well, obviously that didn’t stick. It was only my working title until I figured out what monster would be behind the little girl. This was drawn and painted in MyPaint and Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos 5 graphic tablet.
This is my rendition of the LOST Supper. I had the idea to do such a painting after having finished watching the series again and during my researching and collecting references I discovered ABC Studios had photographed their version of the LOST Supper. So, I wasn’t sure about actually doing it since it had kind of already been done. However, a few friends helped convince me otherwise. I think the chosen characters and their placement makes sense and works well. I tried to keep a lot of the poses the same, or near the same, as in da Vinci’s Last Supper. Since da Vinci’s is in rather bad shape I also referred to Giovanni Rizzoli’s copy of Leonardo’s painting.
Photoshop Creative magazine, issue 92, was published this month featuring my “Bad Monster” illustration in the Reader’s Gallery on page 8.
They contacted me on August 13th and asked if I would mind them publishing the “Bad Monster” painting. And of course I was like, “How much is it worth to you?”… and they didn’t reply any more…
=0P (just kidding)
No, seriously, I was excited! I prepared all the files, sent the copy release, and asked when it would be published and where I could purchase additional copies… and nothing. No Joke. I checked issue 90, waited for issue 91, and then I wrote… they replied and said it would be in the next month’s issue… and there it was. It was difficult to not share the news when I heard and actually wait for the magazine to come out… but I did it! Anyway, it’s cool!
This piece, titled “Invasion” is a sort of study or practice piece. I realized I needed to work on my ambient lighting in paintings to help bring across an emotion that might not be obvious within the action or focus of the painting. Mainly for the painting I started planning a couple of weeks ago. I will possibly do a couple more studies of a different nature because somethings I will be attempting are not really me or part of my style at all.
“Invasion” was painted in MyPaint and Photoshop using a Wacom Intuos graphic tablet.