Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Marvel Masterpiece III Sketch Cards

Here are the first of my approved cards of the Marvel Masterpiece III set put out by Upper Deck. Or as I like to say, the Mighty Marvel Mugshots, as I have chosen to to some pretty straight forward face shots. This is one goofy assignment, I tell ya. The first batch that I submitted for approval were all rejected and looking back at them some were questionable, but I did have a few that I was extremely happy with and they didn't make the cut. So, the next two batches that I sent in were much smaller in number and more were approved than not, so I was happy. But again, I had some pretty good ones that were rejected, so I don't really know what's going to work and what isn't. I just have to do what I think is best and cross my fingers.
For those of you not in the know of who's who in the Marvel universe, these are the names of the characters:
1. Jack O'Lantern 2. Juggernaut 3. Dreadnaught 4. Ego 5. Elektra 6. The Thing 7. Eternity 8.Galctus 9. Karkas

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Homer Davenport Days 2008

In Silverton, Oregon they have an annual celebration in honor of the political cartoonist Homer Davenport. Besides the cartoon contest and exhibition they also have a slew of activities that you can check out here. This here is my inclusion in this year's contest. I remember some time ago, old "Dubbya" was bragging about being a war president (such an honor!), but he was really a downright peace loving kind of guy. I couldn't help but think about how many lives have been lost (by his actions) during his eight year peace reign.
Serenity now.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Blindness 2

What happens when you lose all sense of autonomy, when you lose any resemblance to independence? And then you literally go blind? Apparently, you become a giant bird skull.

This is the second of three drawings.

The Last Independent Spark
colored pencil on tinted paper

Monday, July 7, 2008

Icarus 1917

Ever since discovering Greek mythology as a kid the story of Icarus has always held a firm grip on me. The cynics out there will tell you that is because I would never listen to their wisdom and in not doing so fell to the obvious doom that always awaits those who fly too close to the sun. It goes much deeper than that and there is so much that even I don't understand about my fascination with the wax winged one. It's a cautionary tale and that's what has always been the important aspect. Maybe I'll "get" it just before they pluck my feathers from the sea, but I doubt it. 

I'm not sure why I chose a German WWI type Icarus. It was just one of those images that got stuck in me noggin awhile back and I went with it. Plus, I like the iron cross.

Icarus 1917
acrylic on illustration board