Friday, March 29, 2013

Bill Cosby

Comedic influences when I was a kid: Robin Williams when he was doing stand-up, Eddie Murphy, and Bill Cosby. His stand-up, The Cosby Show—everything he did I loved. His show introduced me to Ray Charles. He even reminds me of my grandfather. I grew up with this man. I love this man. So why wouldn't I paint a cover when I had the opportunity to.

Here's a detail:

And here's the full cover:

This has to be my most favorite portrait so far. Very fun doing this.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Equal Marriage Rights and Bacon

Just supporting equal marriage rights and my love of bacon at the same time.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Kawaii Kon 2013

Every year, I participate in Kawaii Kon's art auction. I rarely sell my work during the rest of the year because, honestly, I don't like to. I'm too attached sometimes and other times, I think no one will like it. This year I had three pieces for sale, and all three have found happy (I hope) owners. The piece above, "Wheel in the Sky," sold for the most. It was my favorite of the three and is based on the video game, "Journey." (I hope you get the 80's music pun.)

"Adventure Time" is a show I got into because of my nieces. And guess what. They grew out of it. I didn't. I still love the strange, adult (sometimes dark) humor. No other show can pull off their main character liking faux meat meant to taste like humans. Kids are lost to it. Eccentric adults love it, like the one that bought this. It was the smallest of the bunch, but the one I had the most fun making.

I reviewed "Portal 2" for my newspaper's video game blog when it came out in 2011. Next to "Uncharted 3" it was my favorite game of that year. This one had two pieces to it that played off the game's concepts. The main character, Chell, was porting from one picture frame to another. This is the piece that got the creative train going on the rest of the other pieces. It was sold at silent auction and the last time I checked, it was going for more than I thought it would go for. In total, I made enough to renew my car's registration. One last thing to worry about.

I'm glad other people were so excited about these pieces that they went for what they did. I suppose I will never know what others will like until I put it out there.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Hold These Truths

This is one of the few TGIF covers where text is the star. If I had it my way, it would have been black and with text and nothing else. You can see what I mean below.

It would have gone against the grain but I think I could have made it work. The Star-Advertiser has a policy where photos are king. But recently, this trend of text being the center of attention is hopefully something I can build on in the future (without getting a mouth full from people on the top floor.) Still, one of my favorite covers yet.

Saturday, February 02, 2013

Return to Sender

Sometimes, when I'm cooking, I have way too much time on my hands.

Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Oscars: The Academy's Movie Masturbation Material

Why I think "Argo" will win the Oscar for Best Picture this year: It's a movie about a fake movie being shot in Iran. Explanation? The Academy loves themselves so much. And because they do, they reward movies about movies. If the subject of the film has an element about movies or acting or theatre (British spelling), it's gonna win.

Last year, "The Artist" won a ton because it's about silent movies. And it only beat out "Hugo"—also about movies—because only one could win and "The Artist" was the moviest movie of 2012. By the way, both films won 12 Oscars between them. Twelve!

The year before was "King's Speech," which is about a King who is taught to act like he can speak in public. Acting! "But it beat out 'Black Swan,' Joe." Shut up! That's ballet!

2010: "Hurt Locker." No movie-related nominees that year. Moving on.

2009-2003: No movie-related nominees, unless you count "Finding Neverland," but that movie was more about literature. And it sucked.

2002: "Chicago," a movie about actresses fighting for the spotlight beat out "The Pianist," a holocaust movie? What?

2001: "A Beautiful Mind" beat out "Moulin Rouge." Exception to my theory? No. It was a whorehouse, not a theatre.

2000: "Gladiator": Ancient theatre. "Are you not Entertained?"

1999: "American Beauty," where one of the characters thought the most beautiful thing in the world was a plastic bag floating in the wind that he filmed? The film clip of the floaty bag was one of the last things shown! COME ON! Movie masturbation. Though "American Beauty" was a great "mystery-of-life in a mystery" film, I think "The Green Mile" should have won that year. No Oscar ever for Frank Darabont.

1998: The most tragic Oscar Best Picture upset. "Shakespeare in Love" beating out "Saving Private Ryan." Yes, "Shakespeare in Love" was a great film. Great film. But "Saving Private Ryan" was the greatest war movie of all time! The first 20 minutes of the movie defined how cinema was to be filmed for the next decade! From 1998 and on, all you saw in movie action scenes was high-speed film running at normal, real-time speeds. Look at any war movie after 1998 and see the cinematic impact Steven Spielberg created. "Shakespeare in Love" was a romance comedy with Shakespeare in it. Man. Spielberg's best movie since "Schindler's List" losing to a romantic comedy directed by John Madden. No, not that John Madden. Director of "Captain Corelli's Mandolin." "Oh, THAT John Madden."

And I think, tragically, history will repeat itself and Spielberg's best movie since "Saving Private Ryan," "Lincoln," will loose to ANOTHER movie Ben Affleck is in, "Argo" (he played the legendary actor, "Ned" in "Shakespeare in Love." Huzzah!)

Like the kid filming the floaty bag in "American Beauty," the Academy Awards will talk about substance. But most of the time, they're waiting for a chance to film their next-door neighbor topless to stroke their own "ego" later. Pleeeeaaassee prove me wrong, the Academy.

Tuesday, January 08, 2013

Manti Te’o

Manti Te’o was nearly awarded the Heisman trophy. As a tribute, we ran an extensive profile in a special section by the Star-Advertiser Sports staff. They asked me to do a cover and this is what they got. Not very happy with the left side. Would have been remedied if I had more time to work on it. Though the same could be said about Notre Dame's offense. OH!

Here's a detail: