Ever since reading it sometime in high school, "A Good Man is Hard to Find" from Flannery O'Connor has been a favorite short story of mine. I've been preparing promotional material over the past month or two, and I did this illustration from the story as part of it. If you haven't read it, the story's full text is available free on line, and I would recommend checking it out. If you have, you will most likely recognize the character of the Misfit. This scene has always been one of the most poignant to me. I've always had a very distinct mental image of the Misfit's appearance, which I think I got about 85% true to my imagination in this drawing. I was lucky to find decent reference of Fred Gwynne, whose features come pretty close to how I pictured the Misfit. His face provided a good foundation to work from. As you can see, the parrots and blood spatter are absent from his shirt in the original line art. I drew the birds and blood separately in black ink on tracing paper over the original, then scanned them in and colored them digitally. I haven't settled on which color version I like the best yet (these are two of four-ish examples). I'll be making postcards to send out to art directors before Christmas, so if anybody wants one sent to them, let me know. I'd love to expand this out to 4-5 illustrations for the story sometime, but I've got a comic project with DV Brother Nate that is due to be brought to the next step, so the series will have to wait for the time being.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
Sunday, November 4, 2012
I did these three illustrations at the beginning of October for an online literary magazine called Commas & Colons on the advice of my DV Brother Nate Perkins, who has a piece of writing in the same issue. You can see the illustrations with the poems they were created to accompany here http://commasandcolons.co.uk/private/33781849569/tumblr_mc1uk0ZEep1r1xjl8 under the titles "Cutting Class" (Allie Marini Batts), "On a Ferry", and "Pausing" (Both by James Valvis). Every piece is illustrated, so every link is a double-whammy. Some of the pieces (like Nate's) haven't been uploaded yet, so keep checking to see everything (especially Nate's).
Sunday, October 28, 2012
My Saturday was spent pinstriping this '31 Model A Roadster restoration project. The man you see in the bottom picture is Robert Todd, a recently retired member of BYU's mechanical engineering program. He's been working on this particular Model A for a couple of years, after finishing a '28 a couple of years before that. He didn't know any pinstripers this time around (Ed Roth pinstriped his '28. Tough act to follow.), so he got in touch with Bob Barrett, one of my professors from the illustration department, who sent out the call for someone with striping experience. It was a fun job, but a lot tougher than I had expected. I'm a little out of practice doing stripes on cars, and I'd never done restoration pinstriping before, only custom designs off the cuff. I mixed up some oneShot to match the factory "Tacoma Cream" color and got to work. It took a lot longer than I had planned, but I believe both myself and Mr. Todd (and Ang, who came along to moderate my work) were happy with the end result. The whole thing made me want to do more striping though, so track down your old MC helmets and surfboards (or Model A's) and give me a call!
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Day 17 is from one of, in my opinion, the most terrifying moments in horror cinema. This comes, of course, from Jack Nicholson's character Jack Torrance in the Shining. Go watch the movie if you haven't, and get as scared as I did!
Saturday, October 13, 2012
Alright folks, it's time! I've got a stack of Ghouls-in-the-Dark ready to go, with another batch getting painted tomorrow. For just $9.99, you can have a piece of hand-painted art that glows in the freaking dark! If you don't see your favorite monster of choice here, get in touch with me! If you can't get to me through blogger or Facebook, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Sunday, October 7, 2012
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I originally wrote a lengthy description for this post explaining just how much I detest hitler, but I don't think that begs any elaboration. Everybody but total dicks know hitler as a total dick. For those of us who don't sprech Deutsch, you are probably familiar with hitler's great manifesto on whininess and zealous bigotry, Mein Kampf. Kampf, as many know, is the German noun for "struggle", or "fight". With the simple addition of an "r", however, we get "Krampf", German for "cramp". Looks like 'ole Onkel Adi shouldn't have gone swimming so soon after eating that big bowl of dumb.
So, I wasn't really planning on doing a horror drawing every day in October until I posted the Headless Horseman sketch on the first and my brother asked if I was. I don't really want to create pages of blog posts based on 31 days of single drawings, especially since I won't have time every day to pound out a lot beyond quick monster doodles. That being said, if I do something especially cool or fun, I'll put it up here. In this case, I did a quick color version of the Karloff drawing above, so I thought I'd post it. Check my Facebook page for drawings every day, or keep yer eyes on the Pad for the greatest hits. Keep creepin!
Monday, October 1, 2012
Friday, September 21, 2012
These are just pages out of my sketchbook, all done roughly in the month of September. The monsters are all concepts for Ghouls-in-the-Dark, though not all will become such. The top image shows my slowly developing understanding of coloring in photoshop. I finally figured out how to even make a layer, so it's still a little primitive.