Saturday, January 23, 2016

Vampi!


The new Jose Gonzalez Art book inspired me to take a shot at the always-entertaining Vampirella! The Warren catalog of magazines really informed my adolescence--coming to my attention at the precise time that Batman and Spider-Man were feeling a little too much like kidstuffs. The stories were fun, the art was simply fantastic, and there was even occasional illustrated nudity--an amazing revelation to my youthful eyes!

Warren Publishing is no more, but Vampirella lives on, perhaps with a bit less charm than in her original incarnation. Consider this an homage to the Vampi of the 80s--innocent yet deadly, beautiful yet deadlier...

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Who doesn't love the furkini?


Another one in the series of more highly-referenced pieces.  I'm feeling the urge to go back to the more cartoony approach, so don't be surprised if you see some more interesting abstractions in the coming weeks.

I was working on this while watching "Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death", which was extremely inspirational and friggin' hilarious! Early Bill Maher appearance, playing the perfect male chauvenist.  If you haven't seen it, you need to!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

The return of the Furkini!


I'm not entirely sure of this approach. Usually I make up the poses for my Furkini Girl illustrations, pulling poses from memory. This one was fairly closely referenced. Each week, I'll endeavor to do at least one closely-referenced piece (like this), and any number of quick gestural pieces that may or may not become finished Carrtoons.

I believe in constant and never-ending improvement in my work (in all elements of my life, actually), and I want to increase the lexicon of poses stored in my brainstuffs. Don't be surprised if you see this pose recreated with a bit more exaggeration and abstraction.

As with all my most recent pieces, most of this one was done in Procreate on iPad, using a Pencil By 53 stylus, with the pressure sensitivity off. For some reason, I really like the speed-based variance in Procreate--it results in a certain amount of uncertainty that can inform the success of the final piece. I'm contemplating the new iPad Pro, with Apple Pencil--which apparently has really accurate pressure sensitivity, so my process could evolve over the next several months.