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I’m in ImagineFX!

I had a nice little surprise today. I picked up the October issue of ImagineFX and what you know, one of my paintings is in it. I did this about a year ago for a contest the magazine was running to paint the cover for the issue. I didn’t win the contest and, truth be told, when I look back at my entry I can see about a million things I wish I’d done differently and/or better. But when I checked out the magazine I was pleasantly surprised to see my painting ended up among the runners-up. This is pretty gratifying considering they apparently received over 300 entries. It’s an honor just to be part of such an amazing group of artists. BTW, this was done by flip-flopping between Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter.



Stan Lee

I finished my painting of Stan Lee. I wanted to add a few ironic touches to the painting, so I put the Marvel Comics legend into a classic Superman pose, showing off one of his famous catch phrases. I also wanted to make sure I gave it a bit of a Jack Kirby flourish, so I added some Kirby-style crackles to the background. I painted this jumping back and forth between Photoshop and Corel Painter (with just a bit of Adobe Illustrator for the background).



Zombie Boy

When I was five my mom and dad got divorced. My mom got custody of me and my dad got visitation rights. So when he’d come to pick me up he’d often try to overcompensate by letting me do whatever I want. I was seven years old when he decided to take me to the movies. My choice: Dawn of the Dead. I know, I know. Say what you will about bad parenting, but that pretty much set me up for loving horror movies for the rest of my life. In keeping with this tradition of bad parenting, I decided to use my beloved son as the model for this zombie painting. I know it’s kind of sick, but my son loves it. This was about six hours in Photoshop and Corel Painter.



Springsteen Redux

I tweaked a few of the details I wasn’t happy with. One artist I respect suggested the left arm looked a little stumpy, so I lengthened it. I added a couple other details like the necklace as well.



Bruce Springsteen

I’m a lifelong Springsteen fan. The first time I ever saw him perform live was pretty much a life-changing event for me. I wanted to try to capture some of the energy of his live performance into this caricature. I think I’m still going to go in and add a few details here and there, but thus far I’m pretty happy where this one is going. This is a mix of Photoshop and Corel Painter.



Chuck Jones

Anyone who knows me, knows what an animation nut I am. My favorite cartoon director, hands down, is the great Chuck Jones. Had he lived, tomorrow, September 21, would have been his 97th birthday. In honor, I decided I wanted to paint the great man. I opted not to go for my usual caricature, and instead rendered this as a straight portrait. This was done as a combination of Corel Painter and Photoshop.