Thursday, September 29, 2011

GODS AND HEROES

More footage from the various artists working on the IMMORTALS GN here.

Monday, September 26, 2011

IMMORTALS GN EXCLUSIVE ON MTV

'Immortals' Graphic Novel Exclusive Clip: Go behind the scenes to see how "Immortals" was transformed for the big screen.

Friday, September 16, 2011

ALL AGAINST ALL



Various Inks and color pencils on 16" by 20" acid free olive / tan Canson mat board .



Detail.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

WHERE I REST, NO STRESS



Original is 16" by 20" on olive tan board.
Ink and Pencil

May post on my bigcartel art store in a week or so.



Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Saturday, September 10, 2011

VIOLENCE PORN

This trailer for Gareth Evans's THE RAID received some criticism for it's violent content.
They likened it to "Violence Porn" and "Trash" prettied up with appealing modern movie making.



So here's my take.
The ugly can be appealing, it is just expression, and ultimately all film by the mere fact that it is filtered through one POV is compromised and artificial. Critics years ago focused on John Woo's (HARDBOILED) violence as if this was reality, while simultaneously condemning that it is also falsifying brutality by making it "appealing". The mere admission that it is appealing on a pure cinematic level raises it from "trash". "Trash" are gratuitous 'Faces of Death' type of images, it is "porn" because the visuals are devoid of pure cinematic content. Raw record keeping lacking journalistic integrity, sold merely for pleasure. Only the torture and violence is left without a trace of the director's fingerprints. Meaning anyone who can point and shoot ala surveillance cam uploads equals trashy violent films. Fans of Woo admire the masterful use of movement, composition, tone, and can differentiate the art from the trash. Lumping ALL violent imagery together as if the aesthetics and motion language of movie making itself does not matter is replacing moral judgement for artistic merit.

Looking forward to up and coming director Gareth Evans's latest effort. Perhaps he shall be the future of "trash". But then again, one man's trash is another man's treasure.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

PENS TEST



I created these samplings to help remind me of what kind of line quality, flow and ink richness I want for a specific task.
These are all pens with hard nibs, no brush pens or soft tipped markers.
The type of paper you use also matter, because some pens may respond much better on a different surface.

Everyone will have different results, so I'd advice drawing up a test page of your own.
Keep it around like a menu to see which pens respond best to your needs.
Know your materials, Know your tools. It will allow you to do the experimentation on what really matters - the image!

For my blog post on Pens, Markers and Brush Pens.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

BATMAN THREE




4" by 17" Ink on Bristol
I did three versions of this pose.
One was for the LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT comic.
The second was a small rough color marker study.
Both have sold.
This is a much larger grey toned piece.

AVAILABLE at my new original art store front at bigcartel.com