Here is the card my wife made for my birthday. Once again, it features our cats. In additional to celebrating my birthday, this card also celebrates my completion of the American Council on Exercise Group Fitness certification.
People say that all I ever paint are gorillas. Well, here’s a painting of a completely different primate. This gibbon happens to himself be an artist- a “mixed media” artist of a sort. Many might find the content of this image a bit inappropriate for a Valentine’s Day card, but that’s exactly what this illustration was for. And my wife, who loves primates, was not at all put off by gibbon’s unconventional choice of tools.
In case you thought that was just very dry-looking paint on his palette, here’s a detail:
In a few days, I will post the Valentine’s Day card my wife made for me. Also, I will soon begin writing what I hope to be the next great American erotica short story. Stay tuned for updates.
I wasn’t the only one who was late finishing an X-mas card illustration. My wife didn’t finish this until after I finished my Giant Gorilla digital painting. In case any of you missed the explanation of the Noid’s significance in our household, it is all about our cat Dr. Zoidberg. I call him Zoids for short, and since that rhymes with “noid”, I am always telling him to “Avoid the Noid” in reference to those old Domino’s Pizza commercials. As you can see in this drawing, Zoids has made peace with The Noid under some X-mas mistletoe:
So, today is January 13 and I just now finished the illustration for my wife’s X-mas card. I can’t explain why it took so long to finish, I guess time just got away from me. It’s been doing that a lot lately, although maybe this time it’s because I had to do more prospective drawing. Anyway, here it is:
I’m pretty happy with how it came out, I suppose. I just wish it didn’t take me so long. I probably need to start working on the illustration for Valentine’s Day if I ever hope to finish on time.
Roy Wayne Farris, a.k.a The Honky Tonk Man, had one of the silliest professional wrestling gimmicks during the golden age of silly wrestling gimmicks. He was a heal Elvis Impersonator that pretended to be unaware of his heal status. Fans loved to hate him and he was a master at pissing them off. He also happens to be my friend Jeff’s second favorite wrestler of all time. Last year for X-mas I painted Jeff’s first favorite, Randy “Macho Man” Savage, and I figured I’d continue the tradition this year. Here’s how it came out:
My two nephews like trucks, so I decided I would make them a t-shirt featuring a garbage truck. I also threw in Bubba, the eldest’s stuffed bulldog, and Bean, his younger brother’s stuffed orangutan. I hope they like the shirts…
If you know of some other people the size of children or toddlers who would like to wear a t-shirt featuring a bulldog, an orangutan or a garbage truck, you can buy they at Donkeyshines Jr.
Recently, I was introduced to a certain sub-genre of literature known as Dinosaur Erotica. Not being much of a reader, I confess I tend to judge books by their covers. After seeing some examples online, I have to say, I wasn’t too impressed with the effort made by these designers and illustrators. The people and the animals aren’t interacting and there doesn’t seem to have been much thought given to composition. I’m not sure exactly who the target audience is for this type of fiction, but I got the idea that a stylized illustration parodying old romance novel covers could add a sense of irony that might draw readers who wouldn’t otherwise have any interest in this type of thing. Here is my first crack at it:
I decided to go with a classic dinosaur style with dragon scales instead of the more bird-like appearance of modern dinosaur depictions. I thought this gave the illustration a sense of romance that might have been missing in a more realistic approach. I have to admit, that I secretly hope this will lead to some freelance work. I will be contacting some of these Dino Erotica authors soon…
Here’s my latest digital painting, created for my wife’s birthday. I admit I did not finish in time, but that’s because of the ellipses…
Prior to actually beginning this piece I spent hours and hours watching tutorials on Lynda.com in attempt to learn how to draw in perspective using Photoshop. I am a slow learner, and in the end, I am not positive I actually got those ellipses drawn accurately. There’s lots of measuring and tiny lines and dots that are hard to keep track of. Sometimes you have to zoom out to 10% of your image size because the vanishing points are so far apart. From that distance, all the tiny dots and lines blend together and you can’t really see anything. Anyway, I did my best, and have come terms with the fact that, while “close enough” could lead to crooked houses and law suits if I were an architect, it’s just fine for an illustrator.
As always, drawing the gorilla was the easiest and most satisfying part. Drawing all those bananas, on the other hand, was quite mind-numbing. My wife counted about 75 bananas in the foreground alone, and each was individually drawn. I suppose I should watch some more digital painting tutorials to see how other illustrators do things like that, as I have a feeling my methods aren’t the most efficient. Anyway, here’s a detail: