Thursday, March 24, 2016

I miss Ray Bradbury!

    Ray Bradbury's stories gave me an extra excitement for life, like that first dose of crisp Autumn weather that makes everybody a little more alert, a little more ready to believe in ghosts and fairies!
His words were like paint, right out of the tube. His ideas gave me ideas and it all seemed right!

    Several years ago I was compelled to make paintings and drawings inspired by his book THE HALLOWEEN TREE and the Hanna-Barbera "The Halloween Tree" production. I sold the paintings and prints of them online and eventually sent some of the prints to Ray after finding his address on a piece of stationery published in a book about him. Weeks later I happened to check the spam file of my mail and there was a peculiar email, it was from Ray! He thanked me for the prints, complimented my work and said it was good that I had sent them to him, that they helped him realize his ideas were moving in the world.

   The Halloween Trees and haunted houses I painted introduced me to other Ray Bradbury fans who became friends, most especially my dear friend Gregory Miller who was a close friend and disciple of Ray's. Since our meeting I have illustrated 5 books for Greg, the first, SCARING THE CROWS, is dedicated to Ray. Another friend I gained through the Halloween Tree paintings facilitated an exchange where I signed more of my prints to Ray and Ray signed some of my prints to me and also, over time, sent me signed books!

I never actually met Ray but sent him scans of hand made cards on his birthdays and Halloween
and friends through his website and his daughter would see that he received the images.

Greg called me on June 5th, 2012 and told me Ray had passed away... many of us stopped breathing and I still haven't found a replacement for the only person who was on my list of "People I'd Like To Meet". The wonderful thing that remains is the friends I made through Ray!









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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Collecting My Originals

If you wonder about collecting some of my original art I recently posted several in my eBay shop.
Sometimes I like to take a large piece of illustration board and fill it with many images then cut the board up into smaller drawings and paintings.
 I have a hard time letting the large board go! The 20 x 30 inch piece looks so cool populated with the originals, like some unique wrapping paper with no repeating image.

The board on the left is full of Autumn and Halloween images, below that is a picture of several drawings in progress on a pad of drawing paper.
The last images are single pictures cut out and featured in my eBay store .
Thanks for looking!














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Thursday, February 25, 2016

A New KING BRONTY! "Witch Castle Continued!"

King Bronty and Prince Podoee have been lost in "Witch Castle" for months now (barely a heartbeat in Dino-Time) and now it's time to do something about it!









I hope you enjoy this blog.  I truly enjoy making "King Bronty"!  "King Bronty" is drawn on paper then transferred to bristol board using tracing paper and a carbon-like paper.  The transferred drawing is then inked in black lines with either ink and a brush or a brush pen or a Sharpie marker.                         
Next, I use combinations of Crayola Markers, Pitt Artist's Markers, Prismacolor Markers, gouache paint and colored pencils. Then, of course, I scan each page, re-size it and post the strip for you to enjoy!    
 Please use the little PayPal button below to support "King Bronty" with any amount you wish.
Thank you!               
                                                                          John Randall York




Sunday, February 14, 2016

KING BRONTY IS TWO YEARS OLD! Happy 2nd Anniversary!

Valentine's day, 2014 was the first day I published by web comic "King Bronty, The World's Greatest Dinosaur Knight!"
I initially started with a kingbronty.com address but it became easier, and more fun, to use my blog and YouTube as King Bronty's home.
Here is the beginning of King Bronty, I hope you'll enjoy King Bronty!



Friday, February 12, 2016

KING BRONTY Episode 7 WITCH CASTLE By John Randall York a hand drawn we...

KING BRONTY! "Return To Witch Castle!"




Yes, we are finally returning to "Witch Castle" and here is the complete record so far, for your enlightenment and for mine. 
King Bronty and Prince Podoee finally left the pirates of the "Scurvy Shark" and took off in their little boat, the "Dino Flyer" with a promise to their father to be careful.
Today I have collected that story so far to bring us all up to date!













 
                                         
 












 I hope you enjoy this blog.  I truly enjoy making "King Bronty"!  "King Bronty" is drawn on paper then transferred to bristol board using tracing paper and a carbon-like paper.  The transferred drawing is then inked in black lines with either ink and a brush or a brush pen or a Sharpie marker.                         
Next, I use combinations of Crayola Markers, Pitt Artist's Markers, Prismacolor Markers, gouache paint and colored pencils. Then, of course, I scan each page, re-size it and post the strip for you to enjoy!    
 Please use the little PayPal button below to support "King Bronty" with any amount you wish.
Thank you!               
                                                                          John Randall York