the Latest Plague

“The Latest Plague” is an illustrative political cartoon. It, hopefully, illustrates the affects of corporations upon world finance and therefore the general population. It was digitally drawn in MyPaint with a Wacom Intuos 5 graphic tablet and signed and branded in Photoshop.


Bad Monster

This is a digital drawing, virtual ink on virtual paper… if you will, done in MyPaint and Photoshop using a Wacom graphic tablet. It is just one of those things that just flowed from the pen. It is possible it will later become a digital painting, but we’ll see.

The “Bad Monster” painting, along with the sketch, was featured in issue 92 of Photoshop Creative magazine.


Bono

This caricature of Bono from U2 is one of three for a caricature series entitled “Monsters of Rock”. I made the sketch for this caricature about mid March and just now got around to actually painting it. The caricature itself was painted in MyPaint and the background, shadows, signature and branding was done in Photoshop.


Alfred Hitchcock

I have decided to do a series of caricatures. These series will be broken up into groups of three containing individuals that are recognized personalities within their field of expertise. The master of suspense and mystery, Alfred Hitchcock, is my chosen first to launch this adventure. And I have titled his group “Masters of Mystery“!


Hayao Miyazaki

I created this caricature / illustration of Hayao Miyazaki for fun and practice. Sabina had created a caricature of him for a facebook group, Caricaturama Showdown 3000!, and talked me into joining and submitting my own caricature. As usual, I did a pencil sketch and painted the rest in Photoshop.

For those of you that don’t know, Hayao Miyazaki is the manga artist, animator and film director that has created such amazing and surreal films as “Castle in the Sky“, “Spirited Away” and “Ponyo“.

The sketch:

World of Art

In creating this image I danced around quite a bit. I started off looking for some reference images but didn’t find many that fit my idea of things. So, I decided to create a reference in 3D Studio Max. Mainly for the water aspect of the painting because even though I love the water and how it can add a touch of magic to any environment, it isn’t very easy to get it right and will harm the painting more than help it if you don’t get it right. And being that my painting’s subject was surrounded I wanted to get it fairly “right“. As I got into modeling things, I thought that maybe I would just do the whole thing in 3D instead of a 2D painting. But then I came to the point that I just couldn’t get the lighting the way I wanted. I tried different things in Photoshop to give it that atmosphere I was looking for and then realized that everything is too realistic. Although I wanted a semi-sense of realism, I wanted more the feeling of fantasy with a touches of cartoon like exaggerations. And so I started over. I first sketched it out on a piece of paper and then painted it in Photoshop. Most of the elements from the 3D version are in the 2D version but I am much happier with the results of the 2D painting.

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Star Wars Comic Art

As a kid I was always fascinated and drawn in with comic books and the stories they told. Among my most favorited were “X-Men” and “Avengers“. Aside from the fact that these stories were about people that were born different and through that they were shunned, or even hunted, by those they were risking their lives to protect, I was also drawn in by the art work. The pictorial form of telling a story was intriguing and captivating. I have always been a more visually stimulated person. The printed word seemed to be almost hypnotic through which I would simply zone out and not understand a word I had read. Therefore I would wind up reading the same paragraph again and again just to understand and remember everything I had been attempting to consume.

Another childhood favorite was the Star Wars movies. I didn’t want to do the original stories because they have been done by multiple publishers. So, I had read a few post Battle of Endor novels (21-26 years post) from the “The New Jedi Order” series and decided to do a bit from one of those novels as a graphic novel. Below is an excerpt from Balance Point chapter 14…

Story and Original novel by Kathy Tyers


Marie Curie

Albeit this subject is not the liveliest, she was kind of fun. She kept reminding me of the bride of Frankenstein. You see it too? Well, it is supposed to be Marie Curie… which in some senses, I guess, it isn’t too far away from being her. The initial sketch was on paper with pencil and the sepia coloration and detail work was done in Photoshop. Some have stated issues with her eyes and with the image’s border. However, in my defense, I purposely left the lighting glare and reflectiosn from her eyes because I wanted to get across the impression I got after looking at all the photos of Marie Curie. That being of emptiness and an almost ghostly presence. I don’t know if that was really the case or simply the result of having to pose for photos back when there wasn’t flash and they had to pose and be still for a short period of time. And the image border I tried to decorate with radio active symbols… some don’t mind them, some like them, and others can’t stand them… you can please some of the people…
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