Thursday, May 31, 2012

Barney Stinson 2012

The self proclaimed living embodiment of all that is AWESOME, the ironic oversight being his initials.

This was one I had to draw, as Neil Patrick Harris is one of those character actors that not only seems born to play the part but makes it his own. How do I know this? I don't even watch the show "How I met your Mother" and I know that he is its heart and soul. Not to mention he's written and published a book known only as "The Bro-Code" (leave it to a gay guy to help shepherd the straight -lol) 

Monday, May 28, 2012

Gibblet first look teaser

I came up with Gibblet a little while ago during a college exercise, it's the ongoing story of a free range turkey (who's range isn't that free) and is trying to get into the hen house. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Amelia Gamble SBS Sketchbook Sessions Ed Dyer PCPP

Meet Miss May, Amelia Gamble a tribute to all the girls I've loved before- well, up until 2009. As a Pop Culture Pin Up Princess it's really an "in name only" title as she is an original creation and a way of honouring my exes; weird though that may sound I really have no animosity towards any of them, which can either be attributed to either my ability to move on after a break up or theirs.
It's also a nice example of my early stuff, the anatomy is a little off, though the head is supposed to be that big and the original sketch has not been worked on since.

Through out the rest of May and June I will be bringing out more of my old stuff. 

Shrek 2010

Shrek, from Shrek... doing The People's Eyebrow

Hey Rock, do you smell something?

Sometimes there's a conflict between original source material and adaptation, simply put, whenever you meet someone who says "The book was better" this is what they're referring too.
To be honest I've never been a "read for fun" type, not due entirely to the quick fix mouse click world we all currently inhabit (I distinctly remember a pre-Internet time) but unless a book can be put on in the background, it almost always feels like a homework assignment. Even illustrated books left me wanting it would often be a case of not enough words to picture ratio or the other way around. 

Anyone who says a picture is worth a thousand words needs to play Draw Some before waxing art theory. 

However to strike a balance between word and picture is a razors edge, a co-existence that at times doesn't even work in comic books.  

However after reading and by "read" I meant skimmed through at a second-hand book store I sometimes hang out in; I realised that sometimes the aesthetic decisions made in regards to character design can either be tragically missing the point or a marked improvement. In this case it's a stand off and yet those unfamiliar with the original would accuse the movie of plagiarism, however getting Shrek out of his paisley tunic and barbershop pajamas with ugg boots was probably the better move, in the long run.

I still thoroughly enjoyed Shrek though by the second movie I lost interest in the series, which is, at the end of the day made for kids- usually with parents struggling to keep them entertained.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Jigsaw "Billy" caricature 2010

For whom the Tobin Bell Tolls

Kind of like a twisted combination of the Joker and Pee Wee Herman, Billy doesn't, play well with others, so to speak. 
Ah the Billy puppet from John "Jigsaw" Kramer, the disarmingly creepy mascot of the SAW movies- the little franchise that could and eventually did become as frustrating and confusing as its titular antagonist. The first film was an intriguing and suspenseful well staged and directed student film which had garnered a cult following. However the lure of the sequel machine meant this series was in trouble by movie 3 and by the 7th that original fan base was decimated.
The concept was simple enough: What do you get when to combine the Zodiac Killer with Home Alone and the board game Mouse Trap?

However though the first installment had some star power in the form of Danny Glover and Cary Elwes along with one of the film's writers as a protagonist. The film was staged in a dank and uninviting place- to paraphrase Trap Door- it lends its frightening nature to the small cast and the intimate relationship of the imprisoned to the jailer.
By the sequel the shine had diminished and the "D" list celebrities began showing up, to be killed in various hellish if not ironic ways (think the killer from the movie 7 if he had more of a budget).
And yes- this character is a ventriloquist's dummy with a painted wooden nutcracker's head and no one is entirely sure if it's actually alive.

As a kid growing up in the 90's the books of R.L Stine (basically the Stephen King for preteen demographic) was the go to source for cheap paperback horror.

I drew this one back in 2010 as part of a movie monster mascot retrospective.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Love lies Bleeding, a student work 2004

These are a collection of photos pulled from my TAFE scrapbook when I was first studying fine arts. Of all the subjects I took to sculpture more than any other and I produced a series of pieces made from clay.
The story behind Love Lies Bleeding was kind of an homage to Michelangelo's La Pieta and Heavy Metal magazine.  

It was the Angel of death with the virgin suicide its wings spread out to form a heart shape. Though I still have the piece the clay did not fare all that well before and after the firing however it will be made into a proper 3D model in zbrush.

The Sketchbook Sessions- The "Talk" 2012

Last days of the old Freaky Tiki 2011

My live art show was drawing large scale cartoons with pop culture based themes.

Before I commenced my work the stage the light and the paper.

My supplies.

Some meme base.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Wasabi Whale- I came up with this character for a PSA about the whaling industry- back for a graphic design project back in 2006. Basically for the shock value of the subject matter and the fact you can sell anyone of just about anything if you make it "Chibi" a term that literally means make it as cute and non threatening and it'll sell. Oh man, will it ever sell! 

But also it's a swipe at the self appointed whale protectors, seafaring hippies with environmental agendas that border on the militant and occasionally the insane. If you where born in the west during the last 40 or so years, for the most part, have been indoctrinated to save and protect endangered species; usually without judgment or question. The question I have is: Hey have you ever tried whale meat? It'd be a safe bet that a resounding "NO" is the answer. I do get it that certain scientific data needs to be taken into account lets face it whales, though majestic aren't terribly fast, vicious or threatening (with the exception of Killer Whales*) but the knee jerk reaction to the Japanese and to a lesser extent Norwegian whaling industries  is so vitriolic you'd swear it's like homophobic projection by those in the closet, but in this case it's the other other other white meat. What I'm basically saying is try it first before you blindly accept something on faith. - and yes, I am kidding. ;)

Monday, May 14, 2012

D Day

Well it's finally here hell comes to suburbia once more, though Diablo is a very cool game that captured my imagination way back in the 90's and continued into the early 2000's I was always more of a Starcraft fan. Though there was no midnight release it should definitely live up to all nerd expectations and, at the very least keep us occupied for a while.