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.