July 11, 2016

Dreaming of VHS

Two pen drawings from work downtime.  Did the bottom one first and added modern movie titles to it for fun.  The second one is a reminiscing of a time when I used to fantasize that somewhere out there is a parallel Earth where Gary Kurtz and George Lucas never had a falling out and they continued making wonderful Star Wars movies throughout the 80s and into the early 90s.  The drawing is supposed to be an artifact from that parallel world showing the three prequels that that duo would have made in a format reflecting the kind of tapes I owned growing up (before eventually buying them legally).
The titles are -
1. Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (It's a fine title and the story would introduce the villains and their motivations.)
2. Star Wars: The Clone Wars (I swear when the second one was coming out everyone just believed that it would be called this.)
3. Star Wars: Fall of the Jedi (Kind of just made it up.  I guess you could also go with Rise of the Empire but whatever it's my parallel universe.  Call it what you want in yours.)

I'm actually a bit relieved that the prequels turned out how they did.  I was heavy into Star Wars for a long time (still kind of am in different ways) but their failings freed up my mind and started pushing me to create my own universe and stories and I'm kind of grateful for that.  

July 9, 2016

Work Doodles

Two more work doodles.  Fiend Without a Face 
and of course, The Monolith.

July 4, 2016

B-Movie Saturday

Work doodles.  Usually by Monday I'm ready for B-Movie Saturday again.  Top to bottom: Ro-man (Robot Monster), The Venusian (It Conquered the World), Martian (George Pal's War of the Worlds).

March 19, 2016


Messing around with props.

January 16, 2016


Drawn on breaks at work.  I was looking at the more recent series of cards for Mars Attacks, in particular the artist sketch cards and most of them are really really wonderful.  MY sketch cards are in response to the terrible, nameless, ones whose claim to fame is that they are drawn terrible and to see if I could do better.  Drawing terribly is not a style.  It's lazy and it drives me crazy.

What I learned while doing this exercise into interstellar world domination:
1. It's nearly impossible to cut a bunch of card stock all to exactly 2.5 x 3.5 inches despite the use of a t-square and matte cutter.   
2. It can be difficult fitting all the detail you want into 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  

The two part card at the bottom was based on the shrink ray card from the set.  I thought it would be cool if they had a "biggifier" ray that made a martian giant.  He was originally going to be fighting a King Kong type monster but I thought it'd be funnier if he's just screaming, marching and blasting the city. The top right is also sorta borrowed from one of the Army of Darkness posters.  I like to think that the Martian women would be just as ugly as the men and you'd be unable to tell the difference. The next step is to color pencil these bad boys and hopefully not destroy them in the process.  I'm not affiliated with Mars Attacks or Topps but after doing these I humbly think I should be, at least in the artist sketch card department.

January 11, 2016

Lost and Found

A true story...

December 24, 2015

There is... another... Sky-walker...

A true story...

December 19, 2015

True Toy Stories

A true story...

November 9, 2015

Indiana Jones and the Call of Cthulhu Revisit

Reposting and sharing some detail shots.

Original post: 

November 8, 2015

Animation Stuff

Working on a new portfolio to make this career thing happen finally.

October 30, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween

June 20, 2015

Bird Watching...

Yes I saw Jurassic World.  Yes I loved it.  I appreciate when a movie acknowledges that they can still be fun.

Afterwards I started messing around with doodling Raptors in my sketchbook.  The first attempts were in keeping with my recent obsession with trying to get good with colored pencils.  I'm most happy with this attempt.  Enjoy.

Happy Mummy's Day - er - Father's Day

Happy Mummy's Day -er- 
Happy Father's Day everyone!

June 10, 2015


Have you ever drawn something that comes out so much better than you thought that you instantly panic, thinking that you've seen the image before and that you've just inadvertently copied it?  That moment didn't happen until I started coloring this thing with colored pencils.  This is actually the third thing I've done in colored pencil recently and the third ever of any merit.  Two of them I can't show you because they deal with "Smacked In The Head".  The medium shift is a direct result of seeing artwork from the new Mad Max movie and while drawing this thing I was thinking about that movie, Heavy Metal comics and Judge Dredd.  There's no story.  I just like mutants.  Enjoy.

February 10, 2015

Video Store Membership

I never had my own membership card to a video store.  In high school I depended on other people's cards to rent movies and then in college I mainly went for the bargain bin $10 dvds.  In hindsight I feel like I missed out so I decided to make my own and get it laminated.  I gave it a touch of the fifties because of my love of diners and named it to reflect my love of b-movies and drive-in's from that era of the 40's and 50's.  The dates were random to add to the effect/era.  I could go all out and add textures and weathering to really sell it but I won't.  The address is actually the address of the video store we used to go to in Pennsylvania when I was growing up.  It was a mom and pop store owned by a friend of my dad's.  I think it has since become a pizza shop.  Enjoy.