Sunday, September 29, 2013
Friday, September 27, 2013
I completed a brand new print which Bunny and the Badger will be unveiling at ART IN COMMON taking place in Westborough Massachusetts tomorrow morning starting at 10AM titled THE BOOK CLUB.
The illustration itself contains numerous characters from both classic and contemporary literature in a country club type setting. See if you can spot who is who in the illustration.
For those of you who are unable to attend the event tomorrow, I will have a special 16x20 print available for purchase on E-Bay. It will be printed on high-quality glossy stock and SIGNED PERSONALLY to the winning bidder and dated.
Click on the link below and Happy Bidding:
Monday, September 23, 2013
Two new art auctions to close out September and bring us into the Halloween season. Both with a twist for the cycling enthusiast out there.
Bid on The Headless Cyclist based on Washington Irving's terrifying spectral Headless Horseman and Godiva of the Velocipede which a cycle themed twist on the 11th Century noblewoman who decided to ditch her bloomers and take to her horse sidesaddle in the buff.
Both images will be printed at 16x20 on glossy cardstock and signed personally to the winning bidder. This will be the only time I will be selling either illustration at this dimension. Once the winning bid is met on either, that will be it!!
Be sure to check out those auctions as well as my other auctions today:
Friday, September 20, 2013
HarborArts2013 website. Hope to see you all there!!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
For you Doctor Who fans (like myself) I have some new Doctor Who inspired artwork available for purchase on E-Bay.
And as an ongoing special offer, if you happen to bid on two 9x12 Pen and Ink originals at the same time, you only have to pay shipping for ONE ITEMS. This offer does not include the combination of an illustration and an art print since I have to send them in separate mailers... unless otherwise stated.
Click on the link below to and happy bidding:
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
|No all wrong!! We wanted only Harley Quinn. And we wanted her nekkid!!|
DC Comics just can't seem to get a break. Some of which happens to be their own doing. From criticism over the treatment of Superman the movie MAN OF STEEL (from what I have been told he isn't even called Superman) to the recently backlash over the casting of Ben Affleck as the new Batman (but let's be honest, it's not nearly as bad as either Val Kilmer or George Clooney) as well as the whole New 52 mess which has seen disgruntled creators early exit from respective series's over creative control. You can almost imagine DC adopting the voice of the late Rodney Dangerfield declaring "I get no respect".
While most everything mentioned above is subject to debate, their most recent move has me scratching my head. DC has recently launched a talent search looking for new undiscovered talent to join the ranks of such luminaries as Carmine Infantino, Neal Adams, Dick Sprang and Gil Kane.
Not a bad thing right? Since DC closed their submissions to unsolicited artists, the only way to get your work reviewed was to hit the convention circuit and stand in line for a chance to see if you "have what it takes".
What had people both horrified and offended was the contests stipultions. Would be artists had to draw the Joker's prized cupie Harley Quinn trying to KILL HERSELF while she was NAKED.
I wrote those words bold and in capital letters just so it would sink in with you all. And yes, you read that right. To be blunt, DC wanted to see artwork of Harley Quinn COMMITTING SUICIDE NAKED. Got all that?
But it gets better... or worse depending on your point of view... DC launched the contest around the time of Suicide Prevention week.
I don't know if it was simply due to poor planning or the people involved in this contest are just insensitive. I just find the whole thing rather... I don't know... tactless.
The whole argument of superhero comics objectifying women sexually aside (that's a whole different can of worms) I find myself a little more annoyed about the fact that they seem to be glorifying suicide.
And it's not just DC Comics. An episode of Family Guy really bothered me which we come to find out the family dog Brian has been keeping a gun in his bank vault because he wanted "a way out if life got to be too much". I felt like they really downplayed the whole "you've got so much live for" message at the end and if someone was really at the end of their ropes watching that episode I felt like the only message that people would take away from that is "Hey! If you're life is too much, suicide is cool"..
Maybe it's just me. I don't know. But after seeing some good friends and students of mine unnecessarily taking their own lives, seeing anything that would glorify someone taking their own life upsets me.
All I could see in every one of those cases is a person I care about that I will never see again. A young life whose talent will never be shared with the world. One more wonderful person who will never continue to enrich our lives. Sometimes you never see how much you mean to other people in your lives because you're so busy fighting your private demons. And you erroneously think that you don't matter. And what's worse you're given this false notion that killing yourself is a way out of the pain of life. Little do you know the pain you cause to the people you leave behind.
So, yeah! I'm a little sensitive on the subject.
But it looks as though many other people are just as sensitive on the subject as. Whether it's just disgust over the subject matter or just the fact that this just seems to be a throwback to the 1990's mentality of cheescake art over writing talent. Especially since the contest is asking for pin-up art and not comic pages that shows the artist can tell a story.
It seems as though, with ebooks and motion comics taking off more and more, companies like DC and Marvel are trying to find gimmicks like this to grab readers attentions. Not only with DC rebooting it's entire universe but also with Marvel killing off Peter Parker and having Doc Ock take over is body and Petey's life in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN. Heck, I even saw they were bringing back holographic motion covers. Which I couldn't help wincing a little when I saw them.
In the end, I have to wonder this is not only yet another nail in the coffing for THE NEW 52, but serialized comics in general.
Friday, September 6, 2013
stART on the Street is just a week or so away. Syd and I will be busy for the next week or so creating new jewelry and art which will be available in time for the show on Sunday September 15th.
The three illustrations above are part of my "Chappie" series of illustrations I'm working on for the show. The slightly manic looking figure wielding the Cricket bat at the bottom is based on the late actor Terry-Thomas who was known for playing comic villains in movies in the 1960's and 1970's. A number of them for Disney.
Basically he was the go-to villain if a movie needed an upperclass twit type character who was really more naughty than downright evil.
Unfortunately, I think I ended up making the character look more like Monty Python alum Terry Jones rather than Terry-Thomas.
All three will be available for purchas at stART. And we DO accept credit cards!! Hope to see you all there.