Thursday, December 23, 2010

Retro Thursday*

I was digging around, trying to find something holiday related for this week's installment. I finally found an illo from years ago, created while at a newspaper in Pittsburgh. The story dealt with takeout meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Season's Greetings!

*In an effort to post something at least once a week I'll be showing some artwork from the archives every Thursday.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Frank Frazetta tribute entry

Gallery Provocateur has had an open call for submissions that ends today. It was to create a tribute piece to Frank Frazetta.

This from their Facebook page:
"Create a piece that is evocative of Frank's work but not a carbon copy or literal rendition of it. It must convey the essence of his distinctive work. Frank's compositions were strong and based on classical principles, masterpieces of energy and color. Epic and powerful. Images must be more than just a repaint of a reference image. Size is unlimited as well as medium."

I first came upon the open call through Jon Schindehette's blog. He is the Creative Art Director for Dungeons & Dragons® - Wizards of the Coast - and also a judge in the Gallery show.

When I set about to create a piece I wanted it to be something with a vintage flavour. I figured most entries would be of barbarians and damsels - a lot of what Frazetta is famous for. You can see them all here. So, I went a down another route in hopes that it would be different enough to set me apart from the rest. I settled on a travel poster to the place Frazetta was born.

The graffiti is of the Death Dealer, one of Frazetta's more popular characters. You can't tell from this image, but a closer look would reveal that he has a single tear (red paint drip) in memory of Frazetta who passed earlier this year. And I put a large lizard atop the Brooklyn Bridge. There are a number of Frazetta paintings that include large lizards stalking their human prey.

At any rate, it was completely worth it to create an image in honour of Frank Frazetta. I used to do a lot more fantasy artwork in which Frazetta was a huge influence. I hope to get back to it someday, but for now I'll stick with the retro/vintage route.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Tron art should be on sale Dec. 15th

Acme archives now has the finish image up. Just got word that they will be releasing it Dec. 15th with the others being released each day leading up to Friday when Tron opens in theaters.
Again, it was a great opportunity to create something that was officially approved by Disney. Here is the image. Click it to go to Acme Archives Direct.

Dont forget to check out the other artist contributions here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Star Wars travel posters now on t-shirts has started creating products with all eight Star Wars travel posters of mine. The store is still a work in progress so check back for more products and revised placement of images. It isn't tied in with my store so I don't have any control over which products will be made. I do know that Zazzle can't print them on any paper product (posters, cards, flyers, brochures, bizcards, etc.). They have started placing the images onto tshirts, hoodies, hats, mugs, mousepads, buttons, magnets, etc.

Click here to get there.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

More iPad cases

I can't believe I haven't posted since Nov. 19. I guess it's because I'm waiting on a couple of things to come through. One of which is the Tron poster for Acme Archives. It's been approved so I hope it will be up there soon. I'll definitely post when it does.

I've had a couple of requests for more artwork on iPad cases over at Zazzle. Here are some examples: