Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Sunday, March 28, 2010
For some reason I felt inspired this year to contribute to March MODOK Madness. I do have a soft spot for this once obscure character. I discovered him back in "What If" #37. Although I bought several comics growing up I was not a serious collector and had no idea who this character was. Something about MODOK's giant head of matted hair painfully squeezed into that crazy chair outfit slightly disturbed me. What was more disturbing was Giant Man jumping on top of it and shaking him around. Poor MODOK seemed so fragile and pathetic after just freezing Captain America with his "invincible" mind beam. This issue gave just enough information to let you know he is a mad, genetically altered scientist on one hand bent on world domination but on the other hand feels the world needs his genius. I didn't get it, but I do remember being briefly obessed with drawing this guy and another bizarre villain, Arnim Zola. Here is a page from that issue.
The once obscure MODOK now has fame with his own fan pages here and here. I decided instead of a Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing (M.O.D.O.K.) that Knitting might be fun substitute for K. Sitting upon his Rocket Rocker all his yarn and needles are neatly stored in his armor, and he has his A.I.M. henchmen on hand to try out his wool products.
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I feel a bit like a prophet. In November 2008 I made this T-shirt design as a Christmas gift, which I posted about earlier.
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Jason Alexander is a fun guy to caricature and almost hard to draw wrong. Gabrielle Reece was more difficult. I had to completely redrew her face in Photoshop. YouTube volleyball video was referenced to try and draw the pose in a way that looked right. The artwork was inked with a brush. Then I spattered ink on a separate sheet of paper and layered it in with Photoshop.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
ML also records Oprah daily. Thankfully she showed me this, "That's Incredible!" show from February 23rd. There were several guests on the show, two of which stood out as the world's tallest. One was Marvadene "Bubbles" Anderson, at 6'10" the tallest 16 year old in the world and is predicted to hit 7'1". She recently moved to the U.S. from Jamaica and is very well spoken and charming for her age with a strong sense of self and good sense of humor. I am confident she will meet her goals of playing in the WNBA and being a pediatrician or whatever she sets her mind to. I hope her body is able to keep up with the pressures of basketball training as she was shown using crutches.
Another guest who also exuded personality was George, the world's tallest dog. He is a great dane about 43" to the shoulder and 7'3" from nose to tail. He looked quite at home sitting in a chair with his front legs propping him up.
About the art:
I used an old piece of Strathmore 400 series watercolor paper that was yellowed with age. I lightly penciled in the rough, put down the watercolor then used a crow quill pen to ink over it. The rough paper is not ideal for the pen but was heavy enough not to tear. I was trying to keep it spontaneous looking like the work of Richard Thompson or John Cuneo (NSFW), which was not as easy as they make it look, especially when I don't use my watercolors that often. Working with traditional mediums makes corrections much more tricky, too. I added a line in George's hind leg that should not have been there but was able to clone and smudge it out in Photoshop. I also used Photoshop to add highlights to the noses of Bubbles and Oprah and white space around the dog's head to break it out from Bubbles' clothing. The original art is about 6"x6".