Monday, October 21, 2013

Speaking of Werewolves...

For some reason I think werewolves look good in Hot Rods.  My monsters and Hot Rods are fairly benign compared to some but they are appropriate for a fun Halloween. Here's one of my recent pics involving Motors and Monsters.  This is a 16 x 20 inch Watercolor on Illustration board called "Transylvania Speedway".

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Best Free Halloween movie 2013

I love the Halloween Season and I really enjoy old, spooky movies!
I discovered a great, fun, black and white werewolf movie on YOUTUBE
this season, it's THE UNDYING MONSTER, made in 1942.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Groundskeeper and the Ghost

I have been watching a lot of "How To" watercolor videos on YOUTUBE recently
and I've really enjoyed them so I went to a local historic cemetery and did several paintings 
over several days and have started making a few videos of my own.

Monday, July 08, 2013

From YOUTUBE "Mountain lake Spray Paint Art"

A fun, refreshing and creative video of a painting done with spray paint but Joe Vinten.

Terry Madden's neat demonstration for clouds

Here is a neat demonstrattion for making simple clouds by watercolorist, Terry Madden.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Sketching on July the 4th

Happy 4th of July!
I made these 2 little paintings this morning. I see these things every morning from my front porch .
Someday we'll look up and all of those quaint telephone and power poles will be gone.  It's probably a good idea to sketch the things that you see as commonplace as often as you can .

Thursday, May 23, 2013

More on Jack Davis, My Favorite Cartoonist

I have talked about Jack Davis in an earlier blog  but I watched an interview with him by Gary Groth at Strand Books in New York and I was reminded all over again of his greatness and his humility.
Here is the interview, click on the image...

                                               Here's a blog about Jack's Monster Art

Monday, May 20, 2013

Moleskine Goes Public?

Yes, Moleskine, the European makers of those expensive little pocket sketchbooks and other diaries has gone public. Read about it in the Wall Street Journal.

                                   Here's a page from my little 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inch sketchbook

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Have you seen this car?  It's spectacular!

Here's an article on Yahoo! Autos Canada

Friday, May 10, 2013

Momiji Gardens in Vancouver, BC

I got the chance to visit Vancouver, BC last week and scored a new "Profile Picture" in the beautiful Momiji (Japanese Maple)  Gardens located on the Pacific National Exhibition grounds.  Ruth York was the photographer in both cases...(Thank you :)

Old profile

New Profile (My hair has grown a bit!)

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Texture in Alan Bean's Space Paintings

I saw this gigantic painting by Artist/Astronaut Alan Bean at NASA.  I was blown away by the spectacle of it.

Check out the video interview with him posted on Youtube.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

The Halloween Tree on DVD

I'm so happy to see that Ray Bradbury's "The Halloween Tree" animated special is now available on DVD. I have two VHS copies that I have watched many times.  I am told that Ray wrote the story as a  response to his disappointment in the children's special "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown".  "The Halloween Tree" tells the story of Halloween's rich history and of a group of young friends who celebrate it in a special way.
Ray Bradbury narrates the movie and his warm tenor voice adds a wonderful tone to the film.
I often play the video in the background when I work on Halloween themed paintings just to hear the comfortable sound of Ray's voice.
the backgrounds are beautiful autumnal compositions in watercolor.

                                 Here's one of the more dramatic backgrounds from the film

                                                   The Halloween Tree DVD cover

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

Ray Bradbury's Halloween Tree

A friend of mine who was close to Ray Bradbury told me that Ray bought a set of oil paints and basically sat down and painted this famous, the first "Halloween Tree" with no prior practice or training.

                                                                   Ray Bradbury

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

The Incredible String Band Perform "The Iron Stone'

I find this video so incredibly eerie!  I think it was recorded in 1967?  1968?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

House for Peter Rabbit

Happy Easter!  Let me take this time to reveal my architecturally unsound House for Peter Rabbit.  It includes 2 appropriately lanky fairies.  I hope you have a good day!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Miyazaki Movies

How many times will you watch a certain movie in your lifetime?  We own a lot of titles but there is a short list of movies we will watch over and over again and most of them are movies from Studio Ghibli and Hayao Miazaki.
We just watched "My Neighbor Totoro" again and I feel sure we'll watch it again many more times.
Miayazaki movies are subtle and superb. 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Which direction do carousel horses travel?

Evidently American carousel horses travel in a counter clockwise direction while carousel horses in the United Kingdom travel in a clockwise direction.
                                                          An American carousel horse
                                                           A carousel horse in the UK

Monday, March 25, 2013

Windows 98 Paint Job

I think this is the first thing I attempted with Windows Paint when we got our first computer in 1999!

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Tribute to Old E.C. Science Fiction Covers

Here is an illustration I made for a friend's fanzine several years ago.  I wanted to parody the great covers of the E.C. Science Fiction comics.  I enjoyed the experience so I ought to do more!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Ghosts in Photodeluxe

I'm back on the subject of ghosts again (I'm never far from it).
Here is an illustration I made many years ago with an old Adobe product called PHOTODELUXE, do you remember PHOTODELUXE, it was usually free with printers and scanners.  I really liked it, it was simple and straight forward.
I created the little ghosts with an erase tool and the large ghost was created from photographs I took of a friend who modelled for me.  The background was the interior of an old house that was being moved from one of our downtown streets.  I still like the composition.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Art at the Lone Star Round Up

I'm happy to say that my artwork has been chosen, along with many fine artists, to be exhibited at the 12th Annual Lone Star Round Up in Austin, TX, April 5th and 6th.
The Lone Star Round Up is a huge Hot Rod and Classic Car show. I am really looking forward to the adventure!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Painting With Sticky Notes

Do you ever use sticky notes on your paintings?  Sometimes I see problems that need to be addressed on an illustration I'm working on and if I don't have time to fix things right away I may forget the area that needs work.  I've found that Sticky Notes come in handy at those times. 
I'll quickly scribble directions to myself and stick the note right on the spot that needs fixing.
Of course you'll want the painting to be dry before doing this. 
It may seem like an extremely obvious reminder to use but it works for me and I thought I'd pass it on.

Friday, March 15, 2013

What does a real ghost look like?

I've only seen one ghost and I described it in an earlier post about "photographs of real ghosts".  I only saw with peripheral vision (and heard) a ladies feet and skirt walking through the hallway of a house we rented.  My son, who was 2 or 3 at the time, saw her from a more head on point of view.  She just looked like a woman, it all seemed very normal at the time... as I write this 25 years (or so) later, at 11 PM it really gives me the creeps.
In the cinema I really get "spooked" by the more subtle hosts, not bright, flying ghosts with loud, echoing voices.
Below are photos of the scariest movie ghosts that I know of.

First is the ghost from the 1989 BBC movie, "Woman In Black"

Second and third are the ghosts from "The Innocents"

This fourth photo is Madeline O'Malley from the 2011 movie, "The Innkeepers"

Br-r-r-r! Good evening!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In Ray Bradbury's Collection

My hero, Ray Bradbury, died last year.  I'd never met him but we exchanged some letters and he had a few of my prints in his collection.
Many of my drawings and paintings were inspired by Ray's thoughts.  I was so happy to link up with Gregory Miller as the writer I illustrate for because Greg was such an admirer of Ray's, in fact, Greg was mentored by Ray and visited him many times.  After visiting Ray Greg often told me about seeing my artwork in his house and it thrilled me to hear that.
Below are the prints of mine in his collection.  I miss his presence.
Live forever Ray Bradbury!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Monster Car T-Shirts

It seems like I've been overdosing on model cars, hot rods and monsters lately.  I may have mentioned that I've rediscovered those monster/car manias of my youth but I don't think I've shown you any of my monster/car t-shirts.  Mine are pretty tame compared to "Big Daddy" Roth's designs. 
I'm working on a "Haunted Rambler" painting that I'll share soon but it may take a day or two yet.

Sunday, March 10, 2013

9 Part "How To' by Big Daddy Roth

Watch this priceless 9 part "How to silkscreen" video collection by Ed "Big Daddy" Roth himself.

Friday, March 08, 2013

Jonathan Mercado Brings "Big Daddy" Roth To Life

In this YouTube video pinstriper Jonathan Mercado seems to bring Ed "Big Daddy" Roth to life again.


Thursday, March 07, 2013

Picture A Viking Sunstone

kIt conjures up images from a fantasy movie heavy on the computer graphics, an oblong crystal the size of a cigarette pack, a crystal of Iceland spar, the land of the Vikings!  Supposedly Sunstones were used by Vikings to navigate difficult, cloudy seas to make an incredible journey to North America centuries before Columbus.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Tom Daniel, Legendary Model Car Designer

Tom Daniel, legendary model car designer of  "The Red Baron", "Rommel's Rod" and many other classic models talks a little about the struggle between the "suits" and creators in the model industry.

Monday, March 04, 2013

Dan Brereton, My Favorite

Dan Brereton is my very favorite comics artist.  I was very pleased to find this thorough interview with Dan on YOUTUBE.

Good clowns and bad

Do you remember Post Sugar Rice Krinkles? I don't and if I ever saw this commercial as a child I may have  just blocked the the bad memory out!

I would much prefer Emmett Kelly...

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Sherlock Holmes Illustrations

What did Sherlock Holmes really look like? What did Sir Arthur Conan Doyle envision when he dreamed up his Consulting Detective who has inspired so many spin offs of late?
Sidney Paget was responsible for creating the most popular version of the wold's most famous detective.
Paget gave Holmes the deerstalker hat and the Inverness cape that we associate with Holmes so often.  Supposedly Paget was fond of wearing the double billed cap with ear flaps.
Holmes, in Sir Conan Doyle's writings, claimed to be 6 ft tall but Watson said he was actually taller.

My personal favorite Sherlock is Jeremy Brett who played Sherlock for Granada Television from 1984 to 1994.  Brett was 6 ' 1'' and very thin in the early part of the series.
Robert Downey Jr. is only 5' 9" according to Internet Movie Database.  I like Robert Downey Jr. but it just doesn't work for me!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

Conversation With Ray Bradbury

If you are looking for inspiration watch this "Conversation With Ray Bradbury".  This was some of the best spent money that the National Endowment For The Arts ever channeled.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Music while you work? Listen to Richard Williams' story

What do you listen to while you draw and paint?  Listen to what famous animator Richard Williams says about work and music.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Great Richard Williams Animation Studio

I had the great pleasure to view this commercial and several others projected on a 16mm projector  at Richard William's Studio in London way back in the 1970s.

Monday, February 25, 2013

                      Tim Fisher's ink sketching technique is fascinating and with beautiful results!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Levi's Hot Rod Vintage Clothing Film

                                                   Makes me proud to be an American!

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Where do you buy your gRaFFiTi supplies?

Did you know there are many Graffiti Supply stores?  I would like to experiment with the fantastic array of permanent pigment and colors.  I am especially intrigued by Lindsey Lohan White. 33third los angeles and Bombing Science  look like some excellent places to start.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Edward Gorey's Birthday

Today is Edward Gorey's birthday.  He was born in 1925 and passed on in 2000.  I have not really seen many of his pictures, I am mostly familiar with him through his animated intro to the old PBS MYSTERY! program but having read a little about him this morning I am very impressed and plan to look at all of his work I can find.

Eward Gorey- Wikipedia

Edward Gorey House

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Tim Fisher Wet on Wet Demonstration- Tunstall Village

This is a beautiful wet on wet technique demonstration I like to show in my watercolor classes.  The artist is Tim Fisher.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

5 part interview with cartoonist Eldon Dedini

Here is a great interview on YOUTUBE with cartoonist, Eldon Dedini.  You'll recognize his style.  A recurring theme I see in all of these famous cartoonist interviews is that of "being yourself"... it's an old adage but it is always appropriate.
I'll warn you, some of the cartoons are a little bawdy.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Hot Rod CarToons Magazine

Hot Rod CarToons Magazine was a magazine devoted to humor about cars and hot rods and the covers were superb!

Inspired by Hot Rod CarToons Magazine and the hot rods and monsters culture of the 1960's I painted some "Monsterpieces" of my own!

"Graveyard Garage", Watercolor, 16 x 20 inches

 "Transylvania Speedway" Watercolor, 22 x 30 inches

"Brick Street Monsters", Watercolor and Acrylics, 22 x 30 inches

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Incredible Freehand Drawing Skills of Kim Jung-Gi

Watch Kim Jung-Gi draw an incredible mural with a single black marker.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chip Foose Does a Mean Marker Drawing

Here is a captivating Volkswagen commercial. I don't care if it's a commercial... check out Chip Foose's drawing!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Grocery Artist Blues

I worked for a grocery company in the 1990s travelling to many stores with a box of Fomecore board , markers and spray paint.  I was usually drawing big posters depicting happy families on picnics or anthropomorphic vegetables and fruits doing whatever they might do to promote the product on display. 
I was cleaning out my studio and found this sketch made in preparation for some "back to school" signage.  I guess I must have been pretty bored of the ultra happy grocery scene when I made the sketch.  I never made that sign!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

James Gurney speaks about his approach to art

Here is an informative and inspiring interview with a remarkable artist and human being, James Gurney.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Inspiration from the world around me

This little picture was inspired by events that were taking place during October, 2012.  It was the election season and yard signs were everywhere.  We had some new neighbors who decided to celebrate when we normally slept.  That grumpy old werewolf is me threatening to call the cops! 
I decided to make a picture rather than turn my new neighbors in and I think it was a good decision.  Hey, at least I got an idea from it.