Friday, August 5, 2016

I'm back! From Instagram!

Well, hi everyone!  Please get a shovel and help me knock all the dust off this website, would you?  Thanks.  I've been drawing, but I've posted a bunch of them on Instagram instead of the old blog.  I think it is time to rectify that.  I'll just pull up some sketches I've done and offer a little info about them, either the media, or the subject, or whatever.

This one.  Okay, this is just a very quick watercolor I put in my sketchbook.  I was sitting at Starbucks and was trying to put my thoughts together after being bombarded with the horrible news from that morning.  When the idea came to me, I only wanted to sketch it out in pencil to see if worked.  It didn't.  The idea was good, but my pencil sketch wasn't great, so I inked it.  That m ade it better, but I knew that I wanted to add color later.  I just couldn't wait for later.  I went to the counter and got a cup of water and went back to my table where I had my watercolors in my pack. In under two minutes, this had sprung from my brush.

It moved a lot of people. It was shared, it was used as profile pictures, it was what certain people needed to see in order to grieve over the loss of 49 innocent victims.  It grew beyond me.  I only wanted to create a tribute.  It became a statement.

The only thing I wish differently was the number of people who used it without acknowledging where it came from.  I saw protest signs with a variation of this, except the Florida tear was rainbow striped, not the eye.  I saw a picture of someone's tattoo.  The recreated my image extremely well...except they purposely left my signature off.  Even friends posting on Facebook used it without mentioning my name.  Ups and downs, dear readers, ups and downs.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The personalities of turtles

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have been a favorite of mine since the 1980s.  Beyond watching the cartoons and movies, I was able to bring them to life in a major theme park during the early 90s.  For this project, I was asked to create a little art for a new Turtle fan's birthday.  The media is acrylic on connected 12" X 12" canvases.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's all about the eyebrows

I guess it is time to wrap up this series of ferrets.  Even after a season of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, I'm not sure how I feel about his portrayal.  He's a fine actor and I enjoy a great deal of what he brings to the character, but I think the writers have been turning in scripts intended for someone else, whether someone earlier or someone yet to be cast.  At least Capaldi gets to share the TARDIS with Clara Oswald.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bow ties are cool

Matt Smith's eleventh Doctor came crashing into our hearts with a redesigned TARDIS, a penchant for bow ties and fezzes, and a craving for fish sticks and custard.  The show itself had some fundamental changes as well, with show runner Russell T. Davies exiting and Stephen Moffat taking lead.  While I favor a lot of the tone of the show during Davies' run, Moffat created some of the strongest female characters in the series' history, including my favorite, Clara Oswald.  Argue amongst yourselves, if you must, but that's my opinion.

Monday, February 16, 2015

My Doctor!

No secret, David Tennant is my favorite Doctor.  Despite my sadness at losing Eccleston after a single season, I was won over by the end of  Tennant's first episode, even though he was unconscious during most of it.  His style was easy to relate to, with skinny pinstripe suits and Converse trainers and that wonderful trenchcoat.  He was charming and funny and just enough danger to make him riveting.  I didn't want him to go.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The return of the Doctor

As a kid, I never really embraced Doctor Who.  The alien costumes and low budget special effects sort of turned me off and the local PBS station aired the episodes out of order.  I remember a little about the Cybermen being frozen (on Mars?), but that's about it.  When the show was revived back in 2005, a friend of mine really pushed to get me to watch.  After seeing the first episode, he didn't have to push anymore.  The special effects had improved, but the costumes were the particular stand-outs.  The second episode was set in the far distant future, aboard a satellite positioned to observe the last moments of the planet Earth's existence.  Among the guests were a group of sentient trees that were absolutely gorgeous examples of prosthetic make up and costumes.
 Anyway, Christopher Eccleston played the Doctor for one extraordinary season.  His strong presence paired with unpredictable humor and an infectious smile easily made the ninth Doctor one of my favorites.  And here he is as a ferret.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Seven, Eight, and War

As I continue with the Galliferret Doctors, I've reached one of my favorite looks, Sylvester McCoy's seventh Doctor.  There's something very nice and dapper about this costume, despite the silly nature of the question mark umbrella and sweater motif.
 Next up is Paul McGann's eighth Doctor, but not necessarily the one people might remember from the television movie that aired in the mid 90's.  This costume is the more weathered one that makes its appearance in the "mini-sode" that appeared before the 50th anniversary special.  With one speech, McGann took his version, one that had been developed as a series of audio adventures, and made it canon.  Faced with the most difficult decision of his life, the Doctor had to become something darker...
...which brings us to John Hurt's War Doctor.  My understanding is that the original concept was to bring Christopher Eccleston (the 9th Doctor) back for the 50th Anniversary episode and have him team with David Tennant and Matt Smith.  Unfortunately, Eccleston's relationship with the franchise has been strained and he turned down the role.  That led to the "revelation" of unknown regenerations.