Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I decided to take this illustration a little further than it'll be seen in the book. Using Corel Painter X, I'm experimenting with some different "paints" and "brushes." The kids have been colored with a digital watercolor custom brush and lots of blending and I used an Artist's Oils bristle blender for the witch's face. Still working on the background. I'll post it again when I'm done.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Well, the latest image I wish to share is from Pinocchio's version of Cinderella. While the story keeps the familiar premise of a nice girl being made servant to domineering stepfamily until a fairy godmother enables her to pursue her dream prince, some of the supporting characters seem more appropriate to Disney's Beauty and the Beast, specifically Colonel Mop and Miss Bucket. Also, rather than a grand ballroom, the action takes place on a frozen lake. Yep, it's all about ice skating.
In this illustration, I left the mop alone, finding plenty of humor in the puppet's original design, but I made minor modifications on the bucket and the mouse. Cindy, on the other hand, looks nothing like the marionette.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Okay, the holiday season is upon us and there's Christmas in the air, even here in Florida. The current temperature is 49 F and dropping. Sure, Jack Frost would melt into a grumpy little puddle, but anything below 60 F makes the local population pull out long johns and electric blankets. Trust me.
The story behind the illustration to the left is one of show biz and holiday spirit, "Santa's Holly Follies." The featured character is Chris Holly, host of a popular seasonal variety show. The program features juggling wise men, songs of Chanuka and Kwanzaa, dancing snow women, and a ballet flamingo. Not only does the show go all over the map, seasonally speaking, it is the only show staged by Pinocchio's Marionette Theater that wasn't based on an existing story.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Hey all. Here is the cover of the book project on which I've been working. Inside, there are nine different scripts of shows, including Hansel and Gretel, Rumplestiltskin, and, of course, Pinocchio, all of which have been performed for live audiences at Pinocchio's Marionette Theater in Winter Park, Florida, with one exception. The poor economy closed the doors of this wonderful theater before Snow White was staged. With luck and support, Pinocchio's can re-open in its new location at the Altamonte Mall. For more information, contact Dave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More illustrations will be posted as we get closer to the release date of the book. I'll let you know.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I just wanted to assure everyone that despite all appearances to the contrary, I haven't given up art or blogging. I've been busy working my fingers to the bone with a book project. Only one more illustration to go and it should be out for a Christmas release. Once I get permission, I'll post the pages here. Promise.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Saturday, August 9, 2008
Okay, here are some of the pictures I promised. The event was called "Art in the Orchard," and we were, indeed, in an old apple orchard. The fine folks at Charley Clark's Steakhouse have turned it into a great outdoor bar and were gracious enough to allow the NorthEastern Arizona Fine Arts Association the run of the place for the holiday weekend. I met a lot of great people, got encouraged to do more art and really consider how to apply it towards the market trends of the region, and I got to hang out with my brother for a couple of weeks.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
In late June, I went back to AZ for my high school reunion. It was very nice, reconnecting with folks who are a lot nicer nowadays than they were back then. The following weekend was the 4th of July, so I expected to see a parade and watch fireworks with the small town enthusiasm. Well, the fireworks were okay (I've seen too many Disney shows to get impressed), but I never got to the parade. Instead, I was drawing caricatures at my first Art Fair! A last second cancellation opened up a space for me, but I spent the day scrambling to gather supplies and figuring out how to actually pull it off. Believe it or not, I was able to make a small profit after all the costs were factored in.
I do have some photos of my set up, but I'll post them next week. Finally, I will have high speed internet at the house and I'll be a more consistent presence from now on.
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Friday, June 6, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Here's a very quick post featuring a shot that the local newspaper had for my graduation. The bearded guy with the honors cords is me. I actually get along with the other grads in the picture, but we were in line alphabetically regardless.
Don't worry, I'll post some art in a second or two.
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
After much thought and consideration, I finally decided to open a storefront with CafePress. I'm offering dark colored t-shirts featuring the lovely image to the left. If I hear enough interest, I may include white shirts later. The prices start at $21.99 for a nice, heavy cotton, men's t-shirt and go up for women's t-shirts (it's not my fault; CafePress set those prices).
I'm working on another design intended to be for light colored women's shirts, so look for that soon.
The link is: http://www.cafepress.com/blackbearsghost
See you there.
Thursday, March 27, 2008
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Well, for Brandes' Media class, the latest assignment is an acrylic painting with either a Sci-Fi or Fantasy theme. I've had a lot of fun with dragons and knights lately, so I'm continuing in that vein.
Normally, I would paint a color rough with the same media as the finished painting, but I found myself at the mercy of an empty ink cartridge in my printer last night, so I couldn't print out my line work and paint on it. Rather than showing up at class with nothing, I did it in Photoshop. It shows my intended color scheme of complementary red and green, but the actual tubes of paint I own may or may not match up with this. So, I'll be doing another color study later anyway.
On a side note, I think I'm really channeling some classic Disney animators with this piece. My knight reminds me of Sir Kay from the Sword in the Stone.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
No, it isn't a "Gilliamation" or some other Monty Python reference. I wanted to show a piece I did for my Figure Painting class with Fiore Custode. The model's name is Sarah and the angry expression comes from the fact that holding the pose for four class sessions really did a number on her neck. She was a trooper and stayed as still as could be expected, but she was in a good amount of pain.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Monday, January 28, 2008
After the last post, I realized that there was something lacking. I needed to frame in the image so the monkey could break the frame. The white sidewalk also posed a problem because its brightness would pull attention away from the monkey and cup.
I made those adjustments and went to class for critique, where another MAJOR issue was pointed out....the monkey's eyes are too dark and alien-looking.
I researched white-faced capuchin monkeys for this. They truly have these dark, huge, almond shaped eyes. I didn't see an image of one where the whites of the eyes were evident, but Brandes says that it is just too creepy, so I'll work it a little more. I was aiming for the Chuck Jones "so-cute-it'll-break-your-heart" look, the same one Shrek's Puss in Boots did so well. A little more research and I'll post another version tomorrow.