Wednesday, June 12, 2024

A Recent Sci-Fi Commission

11x14
ink and markers on bristol board

This here drawing is a recent commission for a fine chap across the pond. He always has fun ideas and is a treat to work with. The gal on the speeder bike is his own creation, in which I've drawn before. The speeder bike is an unused concept from the original Star Wars trilogy, in which was designed by Joe Johnston, I believe. A fun commission, for sure.

 

Tuesday, June 4, 2024

Rupert Murdoch

 


So, this post has two parts to it, both somewhat serendipitous. First, a shameless plug for my book of caricatures that came out earlier this year. The book, titled 86 Sycophants, Charlatans, Leeches, and Opportunists of the Donald J. Trump Sh!tshow features all kinds of questionable people who just can't stay out of the news, including Rupert Murdoch, who as you you know by now has married yet again, joining his media empire with that of Putin (close connection, ex, etc) to make things even more questionable. Of course, you can get a copy of my book by contacting me via any of my social media accounts or directly through email at madplanet@sbcglobal.net.

Now, on to part two of this narrative. I am currently absorbing Peter de Seve's latest art book, Local Fauna, which is quite awe inspiring, as you can imagine. Today, I read a bit where he talked about a certain cover that he had done for The New Yorker, in which he and his editors and fact checkers scanned repeatedly for any errors in it. After it was published (of course), a reader noticed the two right feet on the figure in said cover. Now, what does this have to do with Rupert Murdoch, you might ask? Well, just before getting everything together for the layout and after hundreds of checks, I noticed something a little off. you guessed it. Old Rupe's right hand was... well, a left hand. Now, I know that professional artists do this from time to time, as Mr. De Seve's tale will attest, but man... that one almost slipped by. Too close for comfort! And I couldn't tell you what made me 'see' it that one time as opposed to all the others, but I sure am thankful for catching it in time. So, yeah, it happens.



Thursday, May 30, 2024

Darren McCarty

 

9x12
ink on bristol board

I wasn't going to post this drawing that I did prior to heading up to Traverse City (Acme Twp) for the Cherry Capital Comic Con because I wasn't too sure how I felt about it. Meaning, that I wasn't too sure if it looked like him. Once there, I showed it to a few people and they saw a likeness, so I put it out to sell. 

Well, to make a long story short, I showed it to a friend/colleague who sets up alongside McCarty at shows and he liked it and showed it to DM. After a short exchange, he now possesses the drawing. 


He sincerely seemed happy with the drawing, so I was happy to give it to him. I just love making millionaires happy! It was a good moment, though, with some fun chit chat between us. 



Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Cherry Capital Comic Con 2024

 


This weekend I will be set up in Artist's Alley at the Cherry Capital Comic Con at the Grand Traverse Resort in Acme, MI (Traverse City). So far this is my only appearance for the year and I will have all the usual stuff; books (including the latest), AP sketch cards, original art, stickers, prints, as well as doing commissions.

So, if you are in the area of northern Michigan and into this kind of stuff, make sure to stop on by. I will be there all three days (Fri-Sun). They will be having some interesting media guests as well as some of the Midwests finest creators. Go here for all the details.

Saturday, May 4, 2024

Hope Hicks

 


Hope Hicks is in the news, testifying against her former boss, because, you know, it's now beneficial for her to do so. I sense a book coming soon. So, here she is, from my book 86 Sycophants, Charlatans, leeches, and Opportunists of the Donald J. trump Sh!tshow. Copies are available, both in hardcover and paperback. Just contact me.

Monday, April 22, 2024

Go Figure! Sketch Night at Rainy Day Art Supply

 This past Saturday was live model sketch night at Rainy Day Art Supply in Grosse Pointe Woods, MI. Darian Wolfe as Death from the movie Puss In Boots 2. She did a great job, for sure! This time I took the fountain pen approach instead of the colored pencils that I've been using. 









All done in my sketchbook.


Friday, April 12, 2024

A Portrait of an Artist and His Wife

9x12
ink on bristol board


Here is the last of the commissions from the Sh!tshow Kickstarter campaign. The client wanted a portrait of me and my significant other. Why? I have no idea, but I took it as a challenge to have a bit of fun. Well, as it turns out, I had a lot of fun with this one. I incorporated elements of surrealism (think more of Dali than say, Tanguey) and symbolism and went to town. The background design is the facade of the Italian church that we were married in. And, of course, I had a little help from Sandro Botticelli.