I must have seen The Raiders of the Lost Ark about a dozen times in the theater, the year it came out. It remains one of my favorite films. This portrait is a reworking of an earlier spot illustration from last year. As I work on my technique, I revisit some old concepts while working on new ideas to keep up my hand skills.
Another holiday favorite in our household is the classic A Christmas Story. Although it did not perform well on its theatrical release, it has become a staple of holiday film viewing all over the country.
This is a spot illustration of Ralphie in his Easter Bunny suit that he gets on Christmas morning. Like most of these representative illustrations recently, it begins in vector and then is painted in bitmaps using a variety of brushes and channel operations.
Hydro74 is one of the best illustrators working in the industry today. His skill with line work in Illustrator has no peer. This past week he posted an open collaboration on his instagram account. Being an admirer of his work I jumped at the chance to work on this fun project.
HIs themes for this project was based around one of his skull illustrations; and what goes great with skulls? Why Deadpool of course.
It is great to work together with other creative professionals on projects, both real and diversionary. I plan to do more of this in the coming months as these opportunities open up in the community.
I am continuing to work on these sketch portraits throughout the week. I find I am most productive on Friday evenings after a full work week and the family has gone to bed. I can experiment and focus on some new technique and themes, then awaken on a Saturday morning to finish some of these thoughts.
This image is from Empire Strikes Back and has Luke sitting in the cockpit of his X-Wing fighter. Empire is probably the best of all the Star Wars movies and probably in no small part to the marvelous direction of Irvin Kershner. George Lucas was great at directing the phenomenal action sequences of the original Star Wars film, but it was Kershner that directed the actors, like Mark Hamill, to bring out the lifeblood of these rebel scum.
I am happy with some of the progress I am making with these experiments and have been working on larger concepts to create paintings and illustrations that can help expand the current projects in queue. If you would like to work together, please contact me here.
Planet Pulp is an online gallery that highlights a pop-culture theme every month. As part of their “rogue’s gallery, we choose how we illustrate that theme every month which is then posted to the Planet Pulp website, twitter, and instagram.
This month’s theme is “bingeworthy Netflix shows”. Since I have just finished The Punisher, I chose to do a stylized poster of the show’s main character, Frank Castle, and his signature skull.
The top image is the finished piece. The second image, however, is the complete Frank Castle portrait I illustrated before designing the final poster. The illustration began in vector format, roughing out the character. Once I had the basics, I began painting the larger bitmap file. Once that asset was finished, it was all laid out in concert with the iconic skull to create the final poster.
Please feel free to contact me about working together on commissions or other projects.