FEAR -ARCADE ART
After my success with INVADE, I moved on to another classic arcade game. Pac-Man! I wanted to focus on the blue ghost. As a graphic, I found it so strong. I am trying to fuse arcade neon and fun with dark and frightful. This piece came very close to being over worked. Keeping it simple was the challenge which helped finally find a balance.
What started out to be a redo of a .swf file I did as spec work for an online idea I had for atrai.com turned into a word project with Shepard Fairey influence all over it sprinkled with a zesty amount of Hatch and Art Nouveau. Not a bad way to get through a icy cold weekend.
Retouched a vintage pic of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) making him look many years younger. Was bored and thought this would be fun.
A better version. Very Dave Mckean. I like the resolution of the layout.
Golden Age Sandman speed painting done using procreate on my IPAD with my brand new Intuos Pen!! I am loving it!!
LOBO: The Czarnian Motorcycle Diaries
Intergalactic Bounty Hunter and psychopath. The true Anti-hero of the DC Universe. One of my favs in this series. With this challenge, thinking about all the gorgeous Frazetta like work we have seen by so many artists like Simon Bisely, coming up with a fresh take seemed impossible… However, I thought maybe if we took this character into a different element. In the tradition of Predator, before he became an intergalactic bounty hunter, before slaughtering his entire species so he can be alone, before fighting Superman and God… Lobo would be strategically placed on Earth during the 50’s with his special abilities nullified to practice the art of hunting. I see this as a movie poster chronicling his adventures on this planet. How he came to love dolphins, how he came to love skulls, and why he chose hook and chains as his main weapon of choice. This worked on so many levels and thrilled with the results…. and yes, I did lift this pic from James Dean… SUE ME!!..lol
The one who rallys. The one who calls on others to come and defend the universe when needed. The one who was saved by the one who monitors us all. I really had no strong ideas on putting a twist on this character. So for the sake of expedience and practice I just went ahead in re-doing ala George Perez style while adding a celestial feel to her yet treating it as I did with the previous “Wally West Flash” piece. I want to revisit this, but am happier with the better than expected results.
WALLY WEST FLASH
I wanted to revisit this one. I felt this would work better as a graphic element. I am glad I did. Plus I could get my brother off my back!
ACE: THE BAT-HOUND
One of my favorite Comic-book paintings is from Alex Ross depicting Batman swearing in a young Dick Grayson to join him in his war against crime. It can be seen here. As Ace: The Bat-hound was assigned to me, after brainstorming battle armors and exotic cross-breedings, I just kept on seeing a Big German Shepard who is both imposing and loyal as how the character was originally interpreted in its creation. So with my limited autographed collectors edition Giclee Alex Ross Print of this painting (I am a geek) I scanned it in, removed Dick Grayson and placed a German Shepard in his place. This was a challenge because I needed to make this work as an Alex Ross painting. Some brushes, some reworking of the painting itself, properly placed highlights and a few filters. A cheap solution to this assignment but a good one none the less. Alex Ross fans and Dog lovers should be happy.
John Star, scientist gone rogue creating an hourglass that controls the very properties of time. This character in my opinion sported the absolute worst costume I have ever seen. Please see. So for this challenge, I did take liberties. I picture this John Star, after possessing this weapon of extreme power, becoming a time hopping druid of sorts merging science and magic to manipulate outcomes that are needed to happen in the time stream. I see this character aiding Booster Gold and the Time Masters while at the same time, fighting them as his future or past self…. Grant Morrison needs to write this story cause my head already hurts.
And I close off the year with Ragman. Dc Comics 1st REAL jewish superhero who controls clothing and other magical abilities. This was a challenge because so much gorgeous art (both fan and professional), were done of this character and I did not know how to put my stamp on it so to speak. In addition, I really did have a hard time connecting with this hero so I went with a Graphic approach using textures not knowing what the outcome would be.This is tasteful, strange and creepy. A successful close to the year.
THE ODD MAN
The challenge continues with this VERY obscure character, Steve Ditko’s, The Odd Man. Very little is known about this persona for he had very few appearances in the DC Universe since his creation. From my research, Clayton Stoner is a tough guy with “odd” abilities. With these talents he was able to not only defeat his opponents but also humiliate them. I would be humiliated too being bested by a man in a suit like that. Any case, I wanted to convey both grittiness and style. This was a challenge but fun.
So as the challenge continues, I was given “Richie Rich” out of sarcasm. Well, I decided to do it out of spite. Spite is a powerful emotion and can lead to either glory or ruin. But that’s another subject. For this. I decided to do a inspiration board of what a “tell all” book from the character of Richie Rich would look like. I decided to model Chip Kidd and what he would do. I always loved his work and admire his ability to make strong choices and at the same time, making it look so easy. I assure you this was not easy. I spent almost the entire project second guessing myself. Maybe it’s because I have a cold or just maybe those choices are just that hard to make. Regardless, it’s done and I like how it came out.
As the challenge continues, I was charged with my interpretation of the infamous Batman villain “Scarecrow”. A psychotic yet brilliant Dr. Crane who is obsessed with causing fear and anxiety to his fellow man with his dreaded fear toxin. This is a dangerous villain and I wanted to convey that. Many interpretations of this character always seem child like, weak or just way over the top. I wanted something a little bit cooler, more bad ass but maintaining his overall creepiness. This is a criminal genius who has followers. Certainly, some charisma must be shown. I referenced James Obarrs Crow character for the dark tone, A bit of Matrix’s Trainman for height and then some personal accents. Took a lot of short cuts and didn’t break new ground with this in regards to technique but I like what I did.
Part of yet another welcomed challenge, I put together this digital concept of Shazam Captain Marvel. As a child, I was always engrossed in the Kroft Superstars TV series of Shazam. I was in awe of every transformation from the character of Billy Batson to the worlds mightiest mortal. I wanted to capture that in this piece. In addition, I referenced the TV characters costume, because… well… it was my favorite take of it. However, instead of the TV character (actor ), I decided that maybe I should use someone who is… well… in shape?..lol.. So I refernced WWE./MMA athlete, DAVE BATISTA!!! The size and intensity of the photograph was all that I needed. Works?