Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gears & Beers 'poster'

...for the Calgary Steampunk monthly meetup.
and for practice.

Some stuff you may not have seen.

Click on the picture for a larger view.

Micheal the Squid

Mitten Dog

Please stand by.

Save Second Base T-shirt design.

The Jersey Devil.

Vancouver Aquarium (rejected) T-shirt design.

The girl in the fur bikini.

Elvis Island.

Canada Rocks T-shirt design.

Film Production website splash/welcome screen.

Monday, October 25, 2010

the Eau Claire Dirigible

Did some more experimental editing.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Another lightbulb goes off!

I got another flash of insight yesterday. I'm used to the old fashioned painting-on-glass method of matte painting. It occurred to me how to do it digitally and so that's what I did. This was done in fifteen minutes or so including walking to the park and rendering the video file, so it's all quick and dirty, but I'm rather pleased with it.

Sure opens up a world of possibilities! I just got my gallon pail of Green Screen paint today as well, so that opens up an even wider world. It's going to be a great year!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

14 Days from Damnation: the Director's Cut

A mountain expedition in 1882 runs out of food two week's ride from their destination, Fort Palliser.

In 1996, I made 'the Panic Edit!' because we had a tight deadline. What you see here is as close as it'll ever get to being done properly, so enjoy.

Also, a lot of people just don't get it. See if you do.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Grey eyed Goddess

The luscious Ms. Candace.

Mostly because I'm tired of seeing Malkovich here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Malkovich malkovich malkovich

I've been busy with several projects, but I did this up just for some content.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

It's a WHEEL, Sable. It turns and such.

Mr. Warren Makin tuned me into something that's probably as primitive and basic as the wheel, but since I'm so 'olde schoole' I still use an inkwell and slates-and-chalk, this is kind of a big deal to me. He didn't outright show me, but he did some goofin' with a greenscreen and it just all fell into place in my head. It only took about 15 minutes to go out and shoot as well as edit it. :S Anyway, here it is:

Friday, July 16, 2010

More celebrity caricatures

Tom Jones

Mary-Louise Parker (from "Weeds").

Sunday, July 11, 2010

New work

Did up some caricatures just to jazz up the blog here...

Pam Grier as "Coffy"

Salma Hayek and Penelope Cruz
in a really bland movie

"It's a laminate."

Thursday, May 27, 2010

By the pricking of my thumbs...

Something wicked this way comes.

...then rang the bells, both loud and deep, God is not dead, nor doth He sleep

More fun with photo editing and self portraiture. Inspired by the original scary Disney movie with Jonathan Pryce as the villain, Mr. Dark (below).

Mr. Sable, the alias I've been using for about 15 years now, is a bit of a play on "Mr. Dark".

I also did these up today:

Click on them for larger views.

I had a very creative and productive day.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Some more celebrity caricatures

The cast of "My Name is Earl".

From pencils to completion, four hours.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

More caricature work

Ngozi Paul, actor and producer for "Da Kink in my Hair", a Showcase & Diva TV show (formerly Global TV) I've recently taken a liking to. She's a super cool and interesting lady.

She was going to introduce herself as "Dark Nymph" but thought that'd sound stupid.
This is my pal, Jenn. She's one of them goth types, but also a WWI history buff. This was done up for her birthday.

And this is my pal, Randy.

Friday, May 7, 2010

In the details.

I thought I'd make a period gig poster for set dressing in my Film Noir, inspired by a specific one in the movie "Idlewyld", which I'm certain was inspired by old Cab Calloway or Cotton Club posters. It'd be just the sort of thing the characters in the film would go see.

A blowup of a screen capture of the original in the movie "Idlewyld".

To give it a more period feel, I gave the singer Betty Boop eyes.

This sort of thing in the background goes a long way to establishing setting even though no one will really pay attention to it.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I love the photo editing!

This is for one of the photo challenge groups I belong to on the Flickr.

"Can't find a damn spot anywhere... what with people parkin' their taters on the street..."

This is the original:

Yes, I have all those cars... plus one that wouldn't fit in the shot. They're for a force perspective shot in a film that I will post about once that shot is done and process.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Ah, I've been busy...

Went to New Jersey to hang out with my friend for a while. ...and my compu-tron went on the fritz so no new arts to show you, but here's some pix from The Garden and Empire States:

Had a great time and I can't wait to get back. Doing all I can so I can be there again soon and for a much longer visit.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Not to be used as a personal flotation device.

My friend, Ms. Brannon, asked me to do her up a pin-up style logo in a circular design. I made it nautical to fit with her company name 'Dreadnought Designs' and even put that on the life preserver. The cartoon is computer coloured pen and ink and the life preserver is straight vector created entirely in the computer.

You can see the banner 'in situ' at her blog.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Graphic work

I was asked to update a 1940's business card for a client. It belonged to a relative of his and I suspect it's as much a tribute as it is just a plain cool design. I didn't have the long lost type styles as the original had; I suspect they existed only as movable lead type, but I think I caught the period feel with similarly deco fonts. I did away with the hand drawn shading on the city because I thought the solid (or a halftone) would be bolder and more graphic as well as thinking the lines might not print well.

Oh, and he wanted a dirigible. Well, who doesn't want a dirigible?! Wouldn't make sense to leave it out considering the company name.

This one was fun to do. Often many different clients will ask for the same damn bulldog they've seen on someone else's logo and can't be convinced that maybe a new one would be better. Those kind of copies are the kind I find boring, as opposed to this rare and historical reproduction and update. These are what I enjoy.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Learning lots!

've been watching (participating through live chat) Lar deSouza's "Lartist at Work" Ustream Friday nights. Lar usually draws the Sunday version of Least I Could Do and people watch and learn and ask him questions which he answers live. This guy's a very talented artist, but moreso than that, he's happy to share what he knows. I've been using graphics programs for many, many years - but everyone uses each program differently. There's a bzillion ways to do any one thing on any program, but Lar is a Photoshop guru. And immensely patient answering the same questions over an over. He's a great teacher for sure. Anyway, since I've been absorbing his tricks and tips, my own work is improving vastly (in my eyes).

I am so much faster than I ever was and mistakes are far easier to correct now. I got two of what would've taken me a whole work day done today; the beer label previously posted and the zombie cartoon above. I'm most impressed with myself.

The subject, Ms. Michele, is a movie makeup artist specializing in the gory stuff. It's probably been over 20 years since I drew zombies. This one seems odd, but all the elements were requested and Ms. Michele has been known to dress just like that while out shooting. Her pet bird really has a hoodie too. I won't type the bird's name; this is a PG-13 blog. Zombie gore not withstanding.

So, thanks for the education, Lar! It's helping quite a bit!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Slightly more graphic

I do a lot of graphic art as well as just cartoons. All fonts and layouts and such. Below is a label for a micro-brewed beer in Mahopac, New York. Micheal S., the brewmeister, himself an Irish Italiam American said, "It's comical, slightly insulting and fairly accurate."

And the beer really is flavoured with coffee and whiskey!

This is a recent commission for Cherry Bomb Kustoms. They needed an image for general promotion and for business cards. So here it is. Kind of a fun one, but it took a lot of tweaking. Back in real cut-and-paste days, they had pencil pushers. I suppose I'm a pixel pusher.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

More caricatures

The lovely, soulful, and serene, Ms. Petrona

Rosario Dawson and Rosie Perez

Ryan Sohmer and Lar deSouza, creators of "Least I Could Do"

Remember, you can always click here to see the lot of them.

Let me know if I can do one, or twenty, for you.