the punisher

the punisher

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.

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general organa

general organa

Last painting of my 20178-2018 winter vacation. Despite most everyone in the family being sick over a majority of the holiday and losing: my printer, my digital tablet, a backup hard drive, and my eyeglasses this was still a relaxing vacation.

Loads to do in this new year, but this portrait of Carrie Fisher as General Organa is the last painting of my time off over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Looking forward to all that the new year has to offer and if you want to work together drop me a line through my contact form, or catch me through instagram or twitter.

no one is ever really gone…

no one is ever really gone…

Saw Star Wars: The Last Jedi again today. Coincidentally, it is also exactly one year since Carrie Fisher’s death. It was great to see her on the big screen for her last and most iconic role as General Organa so I thought I would whip up a quick tribute to my favorite Disney Princess, Princess Leia Organa in a role that defined her career; the young and defiant rebel princess.

illustrated tribute to Steven Spielberg

illustrated tribute to Steven Spielberg

Illustrated Tribute to Steven Spielberg

As I continue to refine my illustration skills to digital equivalents of my hand skills I keep experimenting with techniques. One of the great places I get to try different exercises is with Planet Pulp’s rogues gallery challenges every month. I was honored to be part of the crew this year and have been trying new ideas out every month since I joined up.

This month was a tribute to Steven Spielberg so all of his work was fair game and I thought I would play with Indiana Jones. The first image is a vector spot illustration with a nod back to classic illustrators I studied over the years.

The second piece is the same image, but interpreted as an attempt to paint using the digital bitmap tools I have available to me.

screenprint?

screenprint?

Printing a “screenprint”

Having done screen printing a hundred years ago, I always wondered if there was a way to replicate that process using a printer and if it would make a difference to the final piece? This weekend, with a little spare time before the crush of the holidays, I took some time to experiment.

Breaking out one of the recent posters from my new The Buena Vista | Mountains of the Disney Parks series, I first had to split the channels into separate photoshop files. From there it was a matter of trial and error to rip the pieces so they would print only their respective color.

Most people would question why anyone would try to do something like this and my answer is this – because I can. There is a bit of the analog in me that loves some of the processes used to create art. Many of those are eliminated through the use of digital products that has enriched many aspects of working as a creative professional. However, there is still a thrill to a handmade or bespoke piece of work and the imperfections that spring up or to quote the jedi master Bob Ross, “happy little accidents”. I was attempting to see if there was some difference to the printed piece when produced in this manner that would justify turning a simple print job into a more drawn out process.

When I compare the two versions of the print, one printed traditionally in a single pass versus the image printed in multiple passes there is a noticeable difference in the color of the screen printed piece; there is much more of the white of the paper showing through the image which brightens up the whole piece. While the single-pass print does not possess the same level of brightness. They are both excellent prints in quality, tone, and consistency but the difference is noticeable. I would not use this process in a daily routine, but for specific pieces this is actually a worthwhile endeavor for me.