Tuesday, October 29, 2013

"It's Pronounced Fronk-en-steen!"

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This is the post I intended to publish, before I found out about the passing of Lou Reed. I "try" to post once a week. But if I were to wait until next week, this picture would be seasonally inappropriate. We wouldn't want to have that.

This is a painting of Frankenstein's Monster from The Bride of Frankenstein. I drew the original sketch a few years ago, and found it in my sketchbook a couple of months ago. The style and color palette was influenced by the horror painter Basil Gogos. His artwork for Filmland, Famous Monsters, Fangoria, and Aurora Monster model hobby kits in 60s and 70s, brought the Universal Monsters back from the dead, so to speak.

I painted it digitally in Photoshop and Corel Painter. It was really fun emulating his style, which is very hard, and his palette. . . which is even harder! I basically commandeered the colors from another painting. But as I painted it, I was able to slowly pick up what he was doing.

Thanks for looking, and have a fantastic Halloween!


Sunday, October 27, 2013

Rock and Roll Animal: Lou Reed

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My Favorite Musician passed away today, the amazing Lou Reed. I did this speed painting today in his memory. His music and lyrics have always been an inspiration to me. Thank you Lou Reed


Friday, October 25, 2013

Monsters Should Be Able to Celebrate Halloween Too

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This is a Halloween comic I did for the UVU Review. A little background on it. My younger son and I are dressing as Mario for Halloween. . . Big Mario and Little Mario. My older son is dressing as Iron Man. I joked that he should dress as Iron Man with a Mario hat and Mustache. Then I thought it would be really funny to see Frankenstein's Monster and Dracula dressed up for Halloween. It is also inspired by the art of Charles Addams, the creator of the Addams Family.

I slipped in two references to other horror films. Find them and post in the comment section below.

Happy Halloween!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Mark Twain - Complete

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I finished this a month ago, or so, and had never posted it. I was showing a friend my blog, and couldn't find Mark Twain… oh well. Here he is now. Mr. Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 - April 21, 1910)

“Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company”  — Mark Twain

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Fun with watercolors

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These days I mainly paint digitally. I haven't touched tradional media in a year or so. The other day I really wanted to do a watercolor. I just wanted to have fun, without any pressure to make an amazing piece. 

It's not anything massively important, but it was fun to do, and I think it came out pretty good. So here it is. My reference was a photo of an Italian villa. I used pencil, ink washes, watercolor, and a crows quill with ink.

Have a great week and thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

London After Midnight - Complete

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Here is the complete painting of Lon Chaney, and my submission to 'The Gallery of Terror'. I'm actually quite happy with it.

If you didn't read my last post, this is Lon Chaney from 'London After Midnight'. It was directed by Tod Browning ('Dracula' and 'Freaks') and was released in 1927. Unfortunately, the film doesn't exist anymore. The last known print perished in a 1967 MGM vault fire. I've always found  'the man in the beaver-skin hat' (as he was known in the film) to be a thoroughly creepy character, and a great icon from the silent film era. 

I painted it in Adobe Photoshop without an under-drawing. I normally do a pencil drawing first. But this time, I painted it straight. Then I add filters and effects to make it resemble an 1860's daguerreotype. 

Until next time 


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

London After Midnite

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This is a great post title. It's 2:40 am, and I'm ready for bed. Happy October! Time for Halloween paintings. It's Lon Chaney from "London After Midnight" (1927). It was directed by Tod Browning (the director of 'Dracula'-1931 and 'Freaks' 1932) Unfortunately the last known copy of the film was destroyed in the 1967 MGM Vault fire. 

Maybe I'll add color to it later, but I'm submitting this painting into a Halloween show tomorrow.

Thanks again