Wednesday, November 18, 2009
I am a huge fan of the British TV show Doctor Who. Particularly the 1970's episodes. This phony recruiting poster for the fictional United Nations Intelligence Taskforce features U.N.I.T commander, Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart. Although the Brigadier is obviously meant to make you think of Field Marshal Montgomery, the design of my poster was deliberately meant to remind you of the famous graphic image of Che Guevara.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
I just found this the other day. Seems pretty clear I had been reading a lot of old Dell and Gold Key Lone Ranger comics at the time. Sadly, I WILL draw on any handy piece of paper, no matter how crappy.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
My 4-year-old son and I were having our "Craft time" (or "crapt time" as he calls it) and we were coloring in a Mickey Mouse coloring book. One of the pages asked us to "draw a Disney character". Well, since the book was already chock full of good drawings of Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, I chose to draw the Aracuan Bird from "Three Caballeros". I thought it turned out pretty good for a crayon drawing from memory. Not sure which is dorkier, my choice, or the fact that I'm posting a coloring book page for everyone on the internet to see.
In Widescreen, no less. Over the weekend, someone asked me who Lee Van Cleef was ("Death Rides a Horse" was coming on Encore Westerns.). I tried to explain by describing him and listing a few of his films, but to no avail. Finally I whipped out my sketchbook. "Oh, HIM. That hawk-faced guy!"
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
I decided to get down to basics and spend a little time drawing from life to re-strengthen my drawing skills. I was trying to capture an animal in motion. However, since our overweight long-haired dachshund doesn't move much, he wasn't much of a challenge.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Here we have a sketch of Mortis Gratuitus, champion gladiator of the arena during the oh-so-short reign of the emperor Pompous Ignoramus. Gratuitus was known for his particularly brutal slayings and was often sent to the penalty box for continuing to kill his opponent long after he had already cut him into small, unidentifiable bits.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Here we have Theseus, Hero of Athens, battling the Minotaur of Crete. According to what I've read, Theseus found the Minotaur sleeping and stabbed him to death. That's not very sporting, and it's not much fun to draw. This will have a background...eventually.
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Out of all the brutal accounts of carnage in the Old Testament (The Tanakh, for those who prefer) perhaps my favorite is the part where Samson lays waste to 1000 Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. First of all, it's incredibly violent in a Frank Frazetta sort of way and secondly, it makes your Sunday School teacher have to say "ass" which causes uncontrollable giggling. I enjoyed this sketch so much, I'm going to work it up as a full-color piece.
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Monday, May 4, 2009
Okay, so I'm still really jonesin' for retro sci-fi, but I need to market my portfolio to as many RPG companies as possible, and Fantasy seems to be where the bread and butter is. To that end, I started this morning on some more fantasy pieces. I wasn't in the mood for medieval stuff, though, so I decided to get Bronze Age on your asses.
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
Descended from chimps recruited to test spaceships, Ayps have an intense hatred of the Human race. They have renamed themselves Ayps to cast off the names mankind has given them (i.e. Apes, Chimps, etc.). Ironically, they still call themselves by family names given to them by their former Human "opressors". Names like Coco, Ham, Bonzo are all very common and popular, perhaps because Chimps have no previous naming traditions of their own. Ayps call their new homeworld "Bandar Log" and are ruled by His Emperial Majesty, Emperor Zippy I, Ruler of Bandar Log and Protector of Charlie". Charlie is the name of Bandar Log's only moon.
The absolute worst thing you can say in the presence of Ayps is "Monkey". In ANY context this will start a riot.
Friday, April 24, 2009
Beneath the frozen surface of Europa, moon of Jupiter, lies a planetwide ocean of incomprehensible depth. In the murky darkness beneath the crust of ice floes live the Sirenians. The sirenians are best left undisturbed. After all, they're attracted to light and movement and they are at the TOP of their world's food chain.
Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Ah the Little Green Men. Look at that smug look of self-satisfaction. The Superior way he holds that death-ray. you can just see it in his beady little eyes, how much he wants to come to Earth and take our women. LGM's are not, in fact from Mars (See previous posting re: Spiders from Mars) but rather from Titan, moon of Saturn. They hate it when people mistake them for Martians(indigenous, or otherwise). They avoid visiting Mars altogether, largely due to the fact that it's populated by those yucky spider-people and a bunch of dull, inbred Terra-Farmers. LGM's don't get along with anyone, but they desperately wish to be invited to all the cool parties. ESPECIALLY the ones on Venus. Little Green Men are NOT from Mars, but Statuesque, sultry women ARE from Venus.
I'm reading 2001 right now, and it puts me in mind of all those theories about the "Ancient Astronauts" who may have visited Earth when Mankind was young. To that end, I present you with the Ancient Astronaut! Who knows what cosmic secrets are bouncing around in that huge noggin of his? Who knows what inscrutible thoughts lie behind that great stone face? Who knew flying saucers had so much headroom?
Okay, so I ripped off another Bowie song/album. The name "Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars" was just too good to pass up. So HERE are the spiders.
The Planet Mars was recently made habitable to Human life by a planet-wide terra-forming effort. This yielded two results: 1. Earthmen can inhabit Mars and 2. the Spider-people who had long lain dormant in their buried egg-sacs hatched and immediately began attacking the Nova-Martian settlers. In fact, most of the Earthian-Martian populace still mourns the now infamous "Last stand at Fort Wells" and the "Battle of Big Face". Things have improved in recent months since the construction of the new, walled city outside Fort John Carter.
For a little while, I'm going to limit this page to sketches. Right now, I'm in a retro, sci-fi frame of mind. I have been entranced for years by the eerie beauty of the David Bowie song "Major Tom- a space oddity" ( I think that's the right title) as well as the Weird, uber-creepy Peter Schilling version of Major Tom and, of course, Bowie's "Ashes to ashes". I am perfectly aware that Major Tom is a fairly conventional astronaut and not a space-opera hero, but I always sort of see him as a Flash Gordon/Buck Rogers kinda guy. To that end, I did the following sketch of Major Tom... obvioulsy this happened before he burned up on re-entry, or drifted off into the Void or O.D.'ed or whatever. Enjoy.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Monday, April 6, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I know, I know. EVERYBODY hates Ewoks! Well, you know what? They suck waay less than Gungans. At least they had the dignity of an indigenous gibberish instead of a patois of broken English. Anyway, those irritating little bears were pretty tough. This one has bitten off more than he can chew, attacking a large forest animal without any of his friends to help.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
As anyone who ever bothered to look at my previous postings on this blog knows (anyone?), I'm a sucker for Indiana Jones. This little number was inspired by two things: Indiana Jones and the Jungle Cruise ride at Disney World. As you can see, I'm working my way up to full backgrounds. I feel like my work has gotten a little vignette heavy lately.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
So I was watching this thing on the Science Channel about Sasquatch and...
Okay, I don't want to sound older than I am, but The Six-Million Dollar Man was the shit! And the episodes with the Sasquatch (played by Andre the Giant and Richard Kiel) freaked me out when I was a kid.