Rick O’Connell

Rick O’Connell

Preview image of Brendan Fraser as Rick O'Connell in "The Mummy"

Portrait of Brendan Fraser as Rick O’Connell in The Mummy; released in 1999 The Mummy is an action-adventure film with a little rom-com, and a bit of horror, but loads of fun. There is a vibe of Indiana Jones that runs through the film, but there is a bit more camp and humor than associated with Indy’s franchise. This was one of Brendan Fraser’s biggest box-office hits and it spawned a few sequels, one of which helped launched The Rock into films from professional wrestling. 

This portrait was created using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. 

 

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Batman, The Dark Knight

Batman, The Dark Knight

Batman, The Dark Knight

I grew up as a Marvel-kid, still am actually but like so many folks I still have a fondness for the Dark Knight. Batman was DC’s version of the millionaire crime-fighter that Marvel obviously copped for Tony Stark.

Over the decades, Batman’s stories did not really keep up with the changing society; that was until Frank Miller began working on this character. His work on The Dark Knight Returns is one of the greatest graphic novels with no equivocation. This book has had immeasurable impact upon our popular culture since it was published.  

Concept comic book cover for Batman The Dark Knight

I remember reading the series in college and being amazed at his take on Batman and became a huge fan of both the character and Frank Miller. This illustration, created in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop, is a complete cop of Batman from those books and a bit of my homage to this hugely influential artist. 

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Deckard

Deckard

Portrait of Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard

Portrait of Harrison Ford in his iconic role as Rick Deckard in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner, the film adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Like most of Ridley Scott’s work from that era, it was a defining moment for film. The characters, the gritty locales, and the integration of practical effects and models to envision the future has been often copied but very rarely ever matched. 

This was one of Harrison Ford’s roles outside of the Star Wars Universe of the same era, so the typecasting is similar to Han Solo, but this is a darker film and one has to wonder how Star Wars would have evolved if they had killed Han in Empire Strikes Back like Harrison had advocated. 

This portrait was created in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. 

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Yoda, A Star Wars Story

Yoda, A Star Wars Story

Yoda portrait

This is a portrait of the Jedi Master Yoda, in his swamp on the planet Dagobah. I remember getting The Art of Star Wars books as a kid and drawing and redrawing all of the concepts from development of the films. One of the most detailed drawings I did was of Yoda, this mysterious creature. Out of all of the recent portrait work, I have been wanting to revisit a portrait of yoda and feel this captures a little bit of the spirit of this amazing character. 

Yoda, a Star Wars Story movie poster

Since Yoda is such an important character to the Star Wars mythology, imagine if Lucasfilm made a movie, much like Rogue One, that sit in between Episode IV and Episode V which delved more into Yoda’s backstory.

They could really explore a bit more about his history and culminate it with his involvement in Empire Strikes Back while also introducint whom would become The Child in The Mandalorian series as well. This would tie these arcs more directly to each other while respecting the original intent of the films.  

As with most of my recent illustrations, this portrait was created using Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. 

 

 

 

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Saturn V

Saturn V

Saturn V dawn launch illustration

Morning warmup sketch of a Saturn V rocket launching through the morning’s clouds. A warmup sketch is a good way to start the day and shake some cobwebs out of your head before getting into the day’s work.

This illustration was created in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop and used a set of custom cloud brushes I created.

 

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Gojira

Gojira

Full Godzilla illustration

Full illustration of Godzilla, or Gojira, in all its nuclear-powered glory and blasting something off-canvas.

Gojira/Godzilla conceptual movie poster

This is the alt-movie poster for Godzilla and shared with the PosterSpy community site here

Growing up, Saturday mornings were for cartoons, but the afternoons was for horror films. The local station, WOR, used to show a slew of bad B-movies and horror films every saturday and that is were my love of the genre began. For some odd reason, King Kong was on every Thanksgiving but the real treat was when Godzilla was aired, since it was somewhat infrequent. 

This film was one of my first forays into Japanese popular culture and i have been a fan ever since. This illustration was created in Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. 

 

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