Thursday, December 22, 2011

kermit welles

I've not yet seen the new Muppet film - definitely on the radar.  I do miss Jim Henson behind (under?) Kermit. Miss Piggy without Frank Oz is another character in my opinion - no disrespect to the current, capable crew - just what I'm used to.

I remember years ago my mom telling me that Sean Connery was the "real" 007. I couldn't imagine anyone BUT Roger Moore in the role at that time . . . so I'm sure the new Muppet voices are just fine for many.

This was done for the Third Rail Design Lab forum as part of the annual "Vlad Fiks Memorial Noir Jam" in memory of a very talented, generous artist who passed away in 2009.

acrylic inks with photoshop copy.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

my friend chuck

I truly appreciate the opportunity to work as a freelancer.

It began with a decade on the bass guitar and subsequent survival of over 600 weddings/functions, countless club dates, studio sessions and an annual Beachcomber 4th of July Extravaganza down in Wellfleet, MA.

I do miss it . . . but still get to stay up all night once in a while with a deadline! These days there's no gear to lift or early morning 'cold tea' at Chinatown's finest post-club hang . . . and it's definitely better for one's family life.

Post music biz I started storyboarding around Boston and eventual had the good fortune to meet and work with many of the fine folks at Hasbro and their Cake Mix Studios.

Here's a thumbnail sequence and a few penciled pages from a Tonka Chuck & Friends kids book which was used as an insert for one of the playsets. I had a great time working with these characters for a fews years - watching them develop into their current 3D selves on Hasbro's Hub TV.

All images © Hasbro so look but please do not copy!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Season's Greetings, y'all! Time to roll out the new blog . . .

The plan is to post various works in progress, finished pieces and stumblings from the never-ending journey that is skill set improvement. Also featured will be various inspirational books (in print and out) from my ever growing art how-to/sketchbook/portfolio collection. Once an addicted comic book junkie . . .

In the meantime, thanks to cartoonist extraordinaire Bill White for the Holiday flame-under-arse that helped get me - and the ball - rolling . . . check out the hilarity here: