Friday, March 22, 2013

Jason Palmer panel at Wonder Con

I love the folks a Comic-Con international. Every year, at both Comic-Con and Wonder Con, they have special guests. Most are stellar artists and writers that you are familiar with, and then they throw a bone and include a few lower profile folks that they feel should get more recognition. [link] Well guess what? This year, I'm one of those folks! So if you find yourself at Wonder Con in Anaheim Ca. March 29th -31st, come on over and say hello. Yelena and I will be at booth #1109. And if you can stand more of my babbling, please come to the Spotlight on Jason Palmer [link] panel that they are putting on at 5:30 on Saturday, Room 213. In the meantime, let me know what, if anything, you'd like to hear about, and maybe come up with a question for the Q & A. Thank you, and thanks to Comic-Con International for giving some love back.

And because I haven't posted anything in months, say sorry, here's a recent piece I did, created on the Cintiq. I scrubbed color into both the highlights and shadows, giving a rather pleasing effect, I think.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Original Crystal Skull art for Blu Ray

This is the art I did for the Crystal Skull spread in the Indy blu ray.  I was told to change the Kate Blanchett character Irina and Indy.  They hated this Indy.  Although I was quite happy with it.  So I changed them to the version you see on the box.  One thing I didn't change was Indy's placement.  I placed the new head right where this one is, but somewhere along the way, it was nudged over so he's midway between Irina and Mutt.  Like it was an oversight on my part.  Several other elements were nudged around as well.  None of this improved the design.  I suspect some of you are thinking 'what's the big deal?' and some of you know how aggrevating this is.  Don't get me wrong, I really appreciate the gig, and the people that fought to have my artwork in the set at all, but this kinda thing can drive ya crazy.


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Me and George RR Martin

A story from Comic Con:  at this year's Random House soirĂ©e, I had a nice sitdown conversation with George RR Martin.  I showed him some of the Game of Thones work I did for HBO.  It was especially gratifying that he liked my favorite stuff that HBO had turned down!  Anyway, as we said our goodbyes, he stopped, seemed to decide something, then reached into his pocket, then with a smile handed me a penny.  A Westeros penny.

I thanked him profoundly, but I'm also thinking 'what the hell just happened?' maybe I should take it to Braavos, hand it to someone and say "valor morghulis" or he's unloading pocket crap. Beats the hell outta me.

Pretty cool though.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Unused promotion for Game of Thrones season 2

Being an avid fan of A Song of Ice and Fire, I've had fun pitching marketing ideas for Game of Thrones, both season 1 and 2.  Lot's of ideas are pitched by several designers and artists from several agencies, so I don't get my hopes up that any one will win through, but I thought this one had a chance:

In the second book, the characters are spread out all over Westeros, so I thought it would be cool to show our characters standing on a large, room-sized map of Westeros (perhaps like the map at Dragonstone) at their approximate location.  There would be a series of ads with photos taken from various locations.  All would be of the same group, but focusing on different characters due to the vantage point -Dani from the southeast, Jon from the North, Tyrion from the Southwest, and so on.  Furthermore the photos could correspond to a fly around bumper/commercial for the show.  Well, this one didn't make it through either, so I can share it with you!    
For a few more of my GOT orphans, check out my Deviant art page:

Sunday, December 11, 2011

More Deliverance ideas

I wanted to do something really different, something stark and graphic, so I did these.  Somehow, until my Art Director pointed it out, I didn't realize I was doing Saul Bass, even though it's painfully obvious.  Still these were fun, doing them was a palette cleanser.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

"The machines will fail.."

Portrait of Burt Reynolds for Deliverance piece I worked on.  Tried to push the brutal, man vs nature theme in the rendering.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Wonder Woman pilot art

Earlier this year there was an attempt to create a new Wonder Woman TV show.  I was asked to create a variety of art that would be used in the pilot.  As too often happens, I'm provided little or no reference.  A photo shoot was scheduled, but that was days away and I had to get started, so I drew a few portraits of actress Adrianne Palicki but didn't draw the hair because I didn't know what it was going to look like yet.  These where later incorporated into other art, but I kinda like them on their own.  To see another, check my  Deviant art page: