Thursday, May 23, 2013

Jon McNaughton is a Genius!


(Full disclosure, I am not a liberal, a Democrat, a conservative or a Republican. I'm a rational human being.) 

If you have not seen Jon McNaughton new masterpiece entitled Liberalism is Disease then for all that is good and just in this world, please look at it! After you have a peek come back and I'll tell you why he's so magnificent.  

Jon McNaughton, Troll Level Expert ( Click for larger view)

 So when I first looked at his new piece, I had the same reaction that many people would have.  Hey, he has great technical skill and mastery of the medium. I also thought, Oh look he still lives in the fragile cocoon of a dying world view, clinging so desperately at a blatantly false dichotomy, thus ignoring the true evil of greed, power and domination that is practiced by both parties and their corporate overlords. Then, after I brushed that clearly illogical thought from my head, I had another idea.  Maybe this guy really is a genius.  Allow me to explain.

Methinks that Jon has taken a cue from Fox News and pundits like the ever controversial Ann Coulter. These people enjoy shouting platitudes and vowing forever war on opposite points of view.  I can't take half of what they say seriously as no rational human being should. However, These people have graduated from esteemed universities with multiple degrees with complex sounding names and make millions of dollars a year. Most stupid people are not so successful. So why do they say such nonsense? Because controversy sells and it sells big.  

That's what dear Mr. McNaughton is doing here. There is a reason that he put Jon Stewart, one of TVs most beloved and rational thinkers next to a dark hooded Satan-esque character. He knew it would draw the ire of the unwashed hordes. They would then tweet and blog and Facebook endlessly about this horrible terrible no good piece of "art". This would give him boat loads of free online publicity. ( Yes I'm well aware of the irony here)  Furthermore, he knows that by putting Stewart, Colbert and Maher in a quarantined island of evil liberalism, He stands a good chance of being brought up on their shows. More publicity!  It's free advertising to the entire country.  What artist wouldn't kill for that kind of publicity?!

He's a genius! I don't know if he actually believes in all the utter and complete tripe that he paints into his elaborate political cartoons, but hey it sells! He might not care that Thomas Paine all but declared war on religion and that Thomas Jefferson was an avowed Deist who rejected the Messianic Christ, but that doesn't stop him from painting them right next to Jesus in this humdinger.  He doesn't care, he knows that conservatives will looooooove this and liberals will hate it and shout about it so much that they will wake up the conservatives who didn't see it. Then those conservatives will drive on down to the print shop and pick up the latest giclee, and McNaughton gets to laugh all the way to the bank.  

There you have it Jon McNaughton: Troll Level, Expert.  

So thank you Jon, thanks for teaching me how to make more money. All I have to do is make wildly over-the-top political cartoons and call them "art". The more over the top and outlandish, illogical and wildly absurd the premise, the better I should do in sales. Thank you for showing me the light.  You are my hero, my light, my shining star. I'm so proud that I had the honor of graduating with a BFA from the same university as you. It makes me weep sweet tears of joy.  

Money here I come!


Thursday, May 16, 2013

Davy Crockett the Colorful


So I went ahead and digitally colored that drawing of Davy Crockett I did a while ago. I like the translucent effect of this and the fact that I can still see some of those fun sketchy pencil lines.

Here they are back to back in case you for got, or didn't want to scroll back about five posts.


Friday, May 10, 2013

Galileo's Night


Galileo, Painter 11 19"x13.5"


 Here's a recent Illustration that I worked on recently for a unit on astronomers. It's a painting of the famous Italian astronomer Galileo.  It was a lot of fun to work on. I'm fascinated by this particular filed of science as well as the history of  pioneering thinkers like Galileo.  It's odd to think how rudimentary his telescope was and how far he advanced the observation of the universe. Anywho, enjoy the image.


Here's my original drawing that I did on humble old paper with a #2 pencil that I found under my couch.  I used a statue of the astronomer for reference.

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Court Alchemist


"The Court Alchemist" 4" x 4" Acrylic on illustration Board


It's always nice to have someone commission you for some fun art that's left almost entirely up to your purview. Many moons ago I painted this little gem, and gave it to a friend.  Recently she wanted to make the single painting in to a triptych, so I created this mini painting to go along side my original.  I also have one more that I'll post later.



These are always fun to do, I love little paintings and fun illustrations, this was both, so naturally I was entertained. I do hate how scans always murder my originals. I used a gel pen for the intricate design on his coat and it came out white in this image. In the original its actually a bright opalescent yellow.  But, hey that's the cost of doing things the traditional way.
  Before and After of "The Court Alchemist" 

Friday, April 5, 2013

Davy Crockett



A drawing of Davy Crockett that I am, so far, not been very  successful at  painting. It's a pity, because I do like the drawing  Hopefully I'll be able to plow through my blah attempts and pull it out of the fire. We'll see. Stay tuned.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Monster Monday!

Remember those awful yearbook photos from high school and jr. high with those bizarre trippy backgrounds? That's kind of what inspired this monstrosity. Garlud the Halitosic is getting his picture taken for the Underworld memory book.  Look at that smile! What a handsome lad.

Oh and since I titled this Monster Monday, does that mean I'm going to post a new Monster every Monday? I dunno you'll just have to see won't you?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Gruenkeilsplater


Yeah, so I painted this. Questions?

Gnarled HIll


Gnarled Hill, digital paint

So here's the final painting that was produced from the sketch that I did yesterday. I finished this in Corel Painter 11. I was able to learn a lot about the medium that I didn't know before. I've been playing with it a lot, so its good to be familiar with it.

Anyway, I thought that I would give you all a look at my process, to see how I get from line drawing to final piece.



Here's my sketch that I finished yesterday, just #2 pencil on regular old xerox paper.


Here's the piece scanned in and then I did a transparent sepia over lay on top. I like to kill the white, it bothers me so. Then I increased the contrast to keep my lines visible.   



At this point I'm laying in dark and light on the tree trying to preserve my lines.  I'm also struggling to find my color harmony.  


I've started to lay in some of the larger areas of green and blue introducing some cool color tones.  




Here I'm still blocking in a lot of the color, and starting to work on some details, and doing so too early. I get bogged down in minor details that don't address the whole composition. Bad artist, bad!


By now the background is being thrown in, because I felt like it, There's still a lot of roughness about that needs to be addressed. 



I revised the back ground and touched up the color in a lot of places. I also threw in some details to make things a bit more solid. I also threw back in the figure in the background.  I don't think it messes too much with the composition, but it adds to the visual narrative.    

Thursday, March 21, 2013

House of Tree


So I've been working on ideas to pull together a new and improved portfolio. I'd like to include some fantasy art in there. So last night as I was scribbling away, this fantasy tree house evolved from my pencil.  I had no say in the matter, it simply wanted to come into existence, so here she stands. I thought that it would hmake a nice painting as well, so my next step will be to do so.

Stay tuned for the next chapter.


Monday, March 11, 2013

Born of Fire



"Born of Fire" Digital Painter 11  3000 x 5000 pixels

OK, so I joined Deviant Art about 4 years ago. I posted some things there and then never returned, until recently. For some reason I stared posting my work there and I've run into a few competitions they've been having.  Among them is one for the new Tomb raider game that's coming out, so i thought, hey why not turn something in, it'll be fun at the very least, I really don't expect to win as I've seen some great quality pieces in the running.  

I went with this pulp comic style, its a bit different from everything else I've seen.  Hopefully a few people will like it.  

Here's my original color sketch, it was in a bit different of a direction even though the compositions are similar. 


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