Thursday, February 24, 2011

Window Display Is Done and Up At The Comic Outpost

As I stated in my previous post about forced perspective, I'm not a big fan of it, and I more often miss than hit it. So here's the other side of the window display at The Comic Outpost that I was working on; Wolverine:

Without a flash

With a flash

I'm happy with the way the colors came out (since I was mixing my own to match the 80's Miller/Claremont Wolvie colors), but I'm not too happy about the posing or some of the shading. I had to hurry through some of the shading this time around due to the fact that I was getting really hit hard by the fumes from the marker this time for some reason. As for the final window display...

Nothing fancy, just a comic book shop with superheroes in the window. I did futz with the positioning a little...



See the difference? No? Really? Actually, I just lowered Batman a little since he was a little too high for line of sight when you walk by the window. Yes, I do think about these things when setting up a window display, even one as simple as this one. 

Anyway, hope you enjoy the pics, let me know in the comments below (or on Facebook), and keep a watch out for the snow that is supposed to hit San Francisco tomorrow afternoon/evening. Thankfully I bought a new space heater just in time!

Definitely WANT!

You know how some of you out there (you know who you are) kind of blew off my 40th birthday? Well, I know how you can make it up to me even though it is three months late (not that I'm counting or anything) by getting me this:

This way, I can always think of you after having had that burrito from the questionable taqueria down in the Mission. Now bust open that wallet and get buying!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Thor Trailer # 3

All I have to say about this can be summed up in two words; FUCK YEAH!!!

Hello Forced Perspective, My Old Frienemy

I promised in my last post to put up some new artwork, and I fell a little behind in that endeavor. I completed one of the two pieces I'm working on, but don't have it up in the window as of yet. That doesn't mean I'm going to skimp out on showing it to you....

There you have it. Batman from Batman Beyond. He's in a pose that has him jumping out at you, hence the forced perspective. Forced perspective pieces are not always my favorite things in the world to do (and some of my old art teachers would probably which I'd stop doing them), but not everything in this world had a flat, 2D look to it. 

This is why I sometimes I do pieces in this way, to get the practice and to work outside of my comfort zone a little. To push myself and my abilities so that maybe I can learn some new trick, or technique that I can add to my toolbox. Sometimes it comes out okay (like this time), and other times it may not and it looks a little goofy (which you can still pass off as art and say that you meant for it to look that way). The point is, that each time is, or should be, a learning experience no matter how many times you've attempted a technique, otherwise you're not challenging yourself or your audience. 

Anyway, I've babbled on long enough. Here's the picture again with a before (pencil sketches and blocked out with masking tape for painting) and after.

Oh, and as for the specifics of the piece...3/4" foamboard that was hand cut with a box cutter, primed with clear Gesso, painted with acrylic paint, and finished with Sharpie markers. Enjoy.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Oh, The Humanity!!

I honestly wonder who comes up with crap ideas such as the one I'm about to post below. Is it just one guy (since there seems to be the same theme going on)? Is it multiple people with the same weird obsessions (like tentacle porn)? I mean who in their right mind would want to use Bacon Toothpaste first thing in the morning? Or even just before you go to bed. Because that's the last thing I want my mouth to feel like, greasy bacon.

Don't get me wrong, I love bacon. I've even tried to incorporate it into some dish ideas that shouldn't be discussed in public, but I would never brush my teeth with it. Ugh. 

Anyway, on a side note, I'm working on two painting projects at the moment. One is almost finished, and the other is primed and ready to start. I'll be posting the pictures up this week sometime after I have the window display done.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Cap AND Thor Trailers Are Up

We had to wade through a fairly lame game of grab ass played by a bunch of millionaires for it, but here it is, the trailers for both Captain America and Thor:



What I thought to be the first glimpse of Namor in the Cap movie is actually Cap himself, BUT you do get a fairly good look at the Red Skull (if you pause) in the trailer and he looks bad ass! Can't wait.

Remakes: The Armpit of Moviemaking

After seeing that the remake of "Single White Female" (aka The Roommate) got the number one position in the box office this weekend with a paltry $15 million, I came up with better idea. Well, actually it was an idea that George Lucas had that I 'remade' into my own, but don't tell him that. 

Take popular movies of the past, add some CGI or extra footage to modernize (ie. bastardize) it, change some of the footage order to change up the plot a little, and then release it under a different but similar title. I figure that at most the cost for the CGI and reshuffling of footage would cost $2 million, so a whole shitload of money could be spent on marketing the movie to teenagers who haven't heard of anything original from less than 3 years ago. 

This way, Hollywood executive bottom-feeders that keep doing these total remakes would be whittled down (due to survival of the fittest), bad actors from tv shows like "One Tree Hill" would never be able to find work other than on bland soap operas, and music video directors would stay where they belong making bad faux-art commercials. This would also free up studio money to start making original films and taking a chance on stories that don't fit the typical Hollywood money-maker role. 

But that's just a thought. I could be wrong.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Because It's Funny...

We all know that the best part of the Superbowl is the nipple mean, the commercials. Yeah, the commercials. Because let's face facts, football became boring a long time ago, and no one really pays attention to what team's millionaires are playing that other team's millionaires. 

But I digress. One of the commercials for the Superbowl leaked early, and I thought it was funny enough to post for a chuckle or two. Don't blame me if you go out and buy a car because of the ad. That's just an old Jedi mind trick that only works on the weak-willed. Enjoy.

Friday, February 4, 2011


So right now I could be posting the new Captain America movie poster, or the multitude of shots of Andrew Garfield letting it all hang out in his new Spidey costume (complete with crotch in the bad guy's face (or a stripper move, I can't be sure)). Instead, I'll present you with this:

Wrestling, hypnosis, break dancing and a fat guy strip tease. It doesn't get more horrifying than this right here, kids.