Friday, April 28, 2017

Visigoths


I haven't had one of these posts in awhile, but the weather is getting nicer, so the assholes are coming out of the lairs and out into society. So, yesterday, I was out and about and coming up on a busy intersection. Everyone was slamming on the brakes and swerving. Why, you ask? Because of this piece of crap. What has become an all too popular phenomenon in these here parts, douchebags will walk out into traffic and hold their heads high in their self nobleness. Walking slowly with heads held high in aggression they dare someone to not respect their authority, or whatever it is that they are trying to prove. I'm almost sure it's a lawsuit they are looking for and they are preying on people's good nature that they will not run over a dumb ass who is too ignorant not to walk out into traffic, so it appeases some insecurity that they have. So, this specimen walked out on a green light just before the intersection and when the cars had to come to a sudden stop he stopped and stroked his beard.

He was even wearing a Cosby sweater.

Here is a little insight into the genesis of these posts. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Superheroes For Babies Sketch cards


Last year I was asked by 5finity to do some sketch cards for The March Of Dimes to raise some money for their charity, Superheroes For Babies. Now they are available to bid on. The links for each card are below.






So, if you are in a charitable mood, please feel free to bid away. Someone somewhere will appreciate it, I'm sure.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

British Horror Collection Sketch Cards


Here are 10 of the 30 cards that I did for the British Horror Collection just recently released by Unstoppable Cards. These are unique in that they are specific to a certain movie.
A fun set to work on, to be sure.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Wizard World St. Louis


This weekend I will be set up in Artists Alley at the Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con. You can find me at table 523 and I will have prints, books, sketch cards and doing commissions. Stop by and say hello!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Rogue One, Series Two Sketch Cards


Here are about half of the sketch cards that I did for the Rogue One, Series Two set just recently released by Topps to coincide with the release of the dvd/blue ray of the movie. The few blacked out areas were rejected cards, but I was able to do additional ones to make up for it, so all is well. 







Friday, March 31, 2017

Jabba Sketch Cover Commission


This here is the other sketch cover that was commissioned by the same client as the C-3P0 one and it is none other than your favorite lump of lard, Jabba the Hutt. 

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

C-3P0 Sketch Cover Commission


Here's a recent commission, which was based off of a Clone Wars sketch card that I did some years before. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

Echo Network Castings






I recently finished up another sculpture for a local podcast network that goes by the name of Echo Network (Motown Mojo Live!). So, I was asked to do the logo and cast two in resin. The above two pics are the sculpture done in modeling clay. I reworked the word 'network' a bit for the final casts. The bottom pic is the final product complete with color. I really dislike doing letters, whether drawing or sculpting and didn't want a flat, sterile basic letter, so I worked it a little rough to add some texture.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Darth Vader Sketch Cover Commission


The pic is slightly blurry, but it is from a sketch cover commission that I did over the weekend at the Great Lakes Comic Con. Darth Vader is the culprit, as if ya didn't know. 

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Great Lakes Comic Con


This Friday (5-9) and Saturday (10-6) I will be a guest at the Great Lakes Comic Con in Artists Alley. The show will take place at the sports complex at Macomb Community College, South Campus. You can check out all of the details on their website.

Besides having all the usual stuff like prints, books (Stoopid Stuf, etc.), sketch cards and original art I will also be doing commissions. Stop on by and say hello.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Delays On The Porter Line

Delays On The Porter Line
16.75x13.75
colored pencil on bristol


I'm posting this colored pencil drawing that I did back in 2001 because I've been having a few dreams that involve my grandpa and this piece is about my grandpa. Now, I hardly ever have dreams where someone that I know is in them, especially relatives. I don't know why, but it's true. In the past few weeks I've had  four dreams about my maternal grandfather, the woodworker. In every one, it was him through and through, the way he talked, his mannerisms, the way he dressed. Well, not everyone. In the last dream he was wearing cabana wear, something he would never have done. I do like to think that after all this time he finally came to visit, but who knows how dreams work. 

This piece above was done about two years after he passed away. I was thinking about how family really made it a point to get in his way when he faltered there at the end and how he responded was always with calmness. He was hugely into trains and model railways (his basement set up was an amusement park), so the train here represents him in a way. I borrowed from one of my Thomas Hart Benton's paintings for this part. The train, smoke and sky are in that style if not a plain ripoff. The toy soldiers were something he and I experimented with in my youth. Making molds and trying different substance for the soldiers. Just to see if they worked. Hardly any of them did, but we had fun. The ostriches that are blocking the way with their heads in the sand are family. I felt this of them during these times. The Camaro was one of the two that he owned. The other one, also gold, had a spoiler. He didn't act like an old man, that is for sure. The little guy down at the bottom there is me as a really small kid. I always felt helpless to act and not knowing what to do to help him, so yeah, there's that.

The drawing was damaged some during the last basement flood, so the scan is a bit wonky.

Oh yeah, this piece also won an Honourable Mention Award at the 1st International Drawing Biennale in Melbourne, Australia in 2001. I look at it now and kind of cringe, but happy of the award nonetheless.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Octopus Eye Sketch


This here is a sketch of the eye of an octopus, one of my many spirit animals. These eyes sketches, if you have been paying attention, will be part of a larger piece that I have been tinkering with. Stay tuned.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

H.R. Giger


If Edward Gorey showed me that one can laugh in dark places, H.R. Giger showed me that there is something in the darkness. The first time that I saw his artwork was from the album cover art  for Emerson, Lake & Palmer's Brain Salad Surgery and it both mystified and captivated me. I had a hard time wondering just what was going on here (it was much later that I learned what the title meant, not sure if that was what Giger meant, though). His work, among the most famous, his designs for the alien in the Alien movies, had me trying to figure out if it was about horror, lust, darkness, etc. Should I be afraid or aroused? More afraid than aroused, I think. The Swiss artist, who passed away in 2014, had an imaginative like no other, but what can you expect from a guy who slept in his bathtub.

I'm sure he was a lot nicer than how he looks in my watercolor.



Monday, February 6, 2017

B-17 Sketch by George Gerlach


My grandpa never really talked openly about his WW II experiences when I was a kid, although he did end up sharing a lot with me later on, which I am grateful for. We all knew that he flew in a B-17, but never knew just what he did or where he was positioned, so I asked him at a family gathering and he drew this quick sketch for me. Up on top was where he was stationed.

This was done in the late 70's to early 80's. Another treasured artifact that needs a frame.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Shiver On The River 2017


The annual Shiver On The River event held on Belle Isle will be tomorrow (the 4th) from 10-4. I do believe that most of the buildings will be open and having fun things to do and see, including the aquarium, where you can see the latest additions, red bellied piranhas. 

Monday, January 30, 2017

John Hurt


Just a quick sketch of a wonderful actor who left us the other day. Kane, John Merrick, Jesus, Winston Smith, Ollivander and Trevor Bruttenholm were among some of his more memorable roles (at least for me).

I tried to be creative with the negative space here, but he does look a bit bald, doesn't he....?

Friday, January 27, 2017

Frozen Fish Fiasco Trophies

So, here is what I have been working on for the past few months (with a fractured tibia, to boot!). I was asked to make custom trophies for this years Frozen Fish Fiasco charity event to benefit the ice rink at Clark Park in Detroit. The event, which is organized by Dom Riggio will take place this weekend, both Saturday and Sunday, including a game between the Red Wings alumni and the Detroit UAW.


Here is the finished look, complete with base. Photo by Dom Riggio.

The trophies were done in a cold cast bronze process. They are cast in a resin with actual bronze powder in it and can be buffed to look like an actual bronze sculpture. The whole process was a learning experience for me and I had help with the mold making process from my partner in crime at Venus Bronze Works, Nick Katsavrias and the folks at TFB Plastics, who did the actual pours for me. I'll do a post about the whole process later on.



Here are all 12 trophies upon completion and waiting to be picked up.




When Dom first approached me to do these trophies, he wanted a replica of The Spirit Of Detroit statue by Marshal Fredericks. I thought that there might be some legal issues with doing this, but more importantly, he already had this great logo designed by Ryan Craig, a local graphic designer. So, I did up some sketches based on that design and we went from there.

So, if you want to watch some hockey and support a good cause, get over to the Frozen Fish Fiasco website for further details and head on down to Clark Park this weekend!

And yes, this is another fish sculpture from me...

Monday, January 23, 2017

Motown Mojo Live


Tune in tonight to Motown Mojo Live from 7-9 where I'll be discussing the making of the trophies for this weekend's Frozen Fish Fiasco charity hockey event to keep Detroit's Clark Park operational. Dom Riggio is the host and alongside me there will be writer Montilee Stormer and musical guest The Full Monty.

I'll have more about the trophies here later in the week.

Monday, January 16, 2017

And so it begins....


Here that sucking sound?

It's not the sound of the swamp being drained, it's something far more sinister.

A vampire has to be invited into one's home to be able to enter..... oh, wait.... never mind. It already happened.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Fleetwood, Part Two




So, here are the remaining cartoons of my fledgling junior high school attempt at a comic strip. Sorry. I know that I only threatened to spring the rest on you, but I am a cruel cartoonist who reigns supreme in these parts. It's a kingdom of one, but hey, what the heck...

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Fleetwood




So, going through some old drawings looking for other stuff I found these little gems from my sordid cartooning past. In the waning days of 9th grade as I sat in Study Hall with some other burgeoning hoodlums I created my very first cartoon strip. I only had two characters and I originally named the St. Bernard (the star) Fleetwood and the sailor who found him, Mac. So clever was I.

Oh, and at this time I thought Garfield was hilarious, so you can see why this was so very bad. I did six of these awesome little strips, so I may spring the rest on you very soon. You have been warned.