Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane

About a month back I was contacted to do character designs for a novel by Deanna Raybourn titled Silent in the Grave. The novel featured an amateur sleuth named Lady Julia Grey who was bent on investigating the mysterious death of her husband.

I had a great deal of fun working on the designs and I had created the illustration above as a thank you to the clients who contacted me to work on the project.

Monday, July 6, 2015

Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane

Lady Julia Grey

Nicholas Brisbane
Some commissioned character designs I was contacted to do of Lady Julia Grey and Nicholas Brisbane for a project.
I completed about seven designs in all for the project and it was a lot fun to work on. I was told to make my characters a bit more buxom than I usually do. As you see from the design for Lady Julia.

Monday, June 22, 2015

MASSive Con at the DCU this coming weekend!!

Syd and I will be hitting up MASSive Con at the DCU Center (known to us old folks as the Centrum) this coming Saturday. For Syd it's a chance to meet Jim Cummings. The voice of Winnie the Pooh. I'm using it as an opportunity to promote Alice and the Invaders From Wonderland. I had some cards made up for the show from the amazing poster art Paul Loudon created.

Double Midnight Comics out of New Hampshire is hosting the event. And it sounds like they have some pretty amazing events scheduled. Screenings of Bladerunner, the Goonies and The Never-Ending Story with a special guest who starred in each movie scheduled to appear at the screen and take part in a Q and A.

It will also give Syd and myself an opportunity to visit with my good buddy John Shaver who is helping out Double Midnight with the event,

So if it's looking like your weekend might prove to be boring, check out MASSive Con this weekend!!

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Sympathy for the Devil: Sir Christopher Lee (1922-2015)

Of all the actors to play the coveted role of Count Dracula, Sir Christopher Lee was by far my favorite. Born in 1922, he was the same age my Grandfather would have been and came from that generation who know what an honest day's work.
Something my generation and every generation after me sadly lacks. As well as sorely lacking a respect for our elders as the internet and social media have made us more opinionated, arrogant and with the way people can readily create as many anonymous profile to attack people with no fear of any recourse...
They weren't called The Greatest Generation for nothing, kids.
But he was more than just Dracula. Sir Christopher is in fact mentioned in the Guinness Book of World Records for most movies acted in. Like I said, from a generation which was a head and should above the rest.
And in his case, at over 6'5", that phrase rings more true for him.
He was a Bond villain. He was Sherlock Holmes. He was Lord Summerisle in The Wicker Man. He was in two Star Wars films. And age had not dimmed his ability to be a force to be reckoned with when he appeared in the Lord of the Rings films.
Although he could be called on to be a hero in films. Much like his contemporaries Vincent Price and best friend Peter Cushing. He seemed to relish playing the quintessential baddie.
He was in a class of actors who played both Dracula and Sherlock Holmes.
They don't make them like Sir Christopher Lee anymore. And I think I may have felt the Earth tremble slightly at his passing. Rest in Peace Sir Christopher Lee! You will be missed!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Alice in Wonderland

A work in progress. Illustration on Canson 11x14 Bristol Board and inked with Deleter #4 Black Waterproof Drawing Ink. In the process of adding a light watercolor wash over the inks.
What can I say? I love Deleter Ink. Especially this waterproof ink which is allowing me to use a new watercolor set I bought without the illustration becoming a big smeary mess when I add the colors.
No mess whatsoever! It's great!! I'm so glad I started using it again. Especially #4. It's by far my favorite drawing ink to work with.
I've left a lot of white space in this particular piece because I wanted to leave enough room to let the light watercolor wash shine through without it becoming too obscured by my usual obsessive compulsive line work.
Looking at the piece, there's a part of me that wishes I went with the Ayres Houghtelling versions of Alice's dress. Which was all white as opposed to the blue dress with the little white apron thingy in the front.
I may do a second version of the piece with that dress. Not sure.
Just started adding a few reds and yellows. I will be certain to post it once it's completed.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Final Problem 11x14 Pen and Ink Commission

Just completed my latest commission of THE ADVENTURE OF THE FINAL PROBLEM. Inked in Deleter #4 Black Drawing Ink on Canson 11x14 Bristol Board.
Sherlock Holmes's pose is based on an illustration by an artist who went by the moniker Spy. That image was based on actor William Gillette. Professor Moriarty in my piece was based on Peter Cushing.
Although, Mr. Cushing had portrayed Holmes on both film and television, I always thought he would have made a great Professor Moriarty.

Alice Promotional Cards fresh off the printer

Hoping to pass out a few of these beauties to some voice artists attending MASSive Con at the DCU Center in Worcester MA next month.