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09

May

Here’s a sketch painting I did as a tribute to my favorite scene from The Avengers. If you’ve seen the movie then you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you’re one of the two people who hasn’t seen it yet, then I won’t spoil it.

Here’s a sketch painting I did as a tribute to my favorite scene from The Avengers. If you’ve seen the movie then you’ll know what I’m talking about. If you’re one of the two people who hasn’t seen it yet, then I won’t spoil it.

19

Apr

Digital caricature painting of Jennifer Lawrence from The Hunger Games.

Digital caricature painting of Jennifer Lawrence from The Hunger Games.

09

Jan

Here’s a caricature I did of Helena Bonham Carter in full Bellatrix Lestrange garb from the Harry Potter movies. This was painted in Photoshop.

Here’s a caricature I did of Helena Bonham Carter in full Bellatrix Lestrange garb from the Harry Potter movies. This was painted in Photoshop.

13

Oct

Bela Lugosi color

I went in and added color to my Lugosi painting. I took my visual cues here from the work of the great illustrator Basil Gogos, who gained fame in the 60’s and 70’s for painting many amazing covers for Forry Ackerman’s Famous Monsters of Filmland. One of the things I loved most about those covers were the artist’s remarkable color palettes he used. They were all ultra bright and shouldn’t have made any sense, but somehow they did.


07

Oct

Cheyenne

A while back I found a really incredible set of vintage photos online of a bunch of Native Americans taken sometime in the late 1800s. This is a member of the Cheyenne tribe. He had such an incredible face, I just had to paint him.

06

Oct

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

I heard the news last night that Steve Jobs had died. It’s truly sad day for the entire world he helped change. There aren’t many people you can call a true visionary, but Steve was one of them. I’ve been using Apple products for most of my adult life. I spent about an hour sketching him on one such device last night.

01

Oct

Mila Kunis

Here’s a painting I’ve been working on and off on for a little while of actress Mila Kunis. I was tempted to paint a Meg Griffin hat on her head, but I didn’t think most people would get the joke.

29

Sep

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Several months back I was hired to do a cover for the Nashville City Paper. It’s a long story, but the short version goes there was a bit of a mixup with the schedule and as it turns out I had to turn around the entire cover in just about seven hours. This is far and away the shortest time I’ve ever had to do a cover for any publication and on top of that there was surprisingly little photo reference to be had of the people I had to paint. I finished on time, but I wasn’t really happy with the result, but at the time I figured at least it was done and that’s what mattered. The story, incidentally, had to do with a crazy contract/real estate deal involving three former Kansas City Royals, Dan Quisenberry, George Brett and Willie Wilson. Today the AD from The City Paper realized he never sent me a copy of the cover to show me how the final layout turned out. I have to admit, seeing it now months later, I like how it turned out better than I did before.

27

Sep

New York Observer Cover

Here’s my latest New York Observer cover. This one was particularly difficult because it was almost impossible to find a photo of the main subject. The article is about a guy named Bill O’Reilly (no, not that one). He’s a Republican political strategist who ran the campaign of Bill Turner, who won Anthony Weiner’s House seat in a heavily Democratic district. After much searching, I only found a single, not very good photo of the guy. I take a little comfort in knowing that even if I messed up the likeness. No one is going to know what he looks like anyway.

22

Sep

Peter Dinklage

I cleaned up my painting of Peter Dinklage and added some color. Here’s how it turned out.