August 27, 2010

Iceland

Yo! Welcome back, America!

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I just got back from a week+ in Iceland. It was incredible, and I took over 1,200 photos!

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Not all of those were keepers, naturally. It's trips like this when I wish I were a better photographer. I just don't have to know-how to capture all the awesomeness I saw while we were there.

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Iceland was a great trip, and I encourage anyone interested to get a cheap ticket to Iceland, rent a 4 Wheel Drive car and hit the Ring Road without much of a plan or a care in the world (make sure to buy a copy of Lonely Planet Guide to Iceland).

Check out the flickr set here!

August 10, 2010

LifeNow, dude.

A long while ago I did a design for LifeNow Radio.

Well, they asked me to do another one, similar size and pose, only this time it's a dude!

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I like this one much more... I guess that what happens when you compare it to something a few years old.

August 6, 2010

Teeth Noir.

July's Super Awesome Art Challenge topic was Teeth. At first I kicked around the idea of drawing straight up teeth, toothy animals, dentists and other cliche stuff.

None of it exactly titillated me. I started thinking about the weird and creepy Dick Tracy characters who were named for their defining characteristics. Flattop. Mumbles. Itchy. Etc... That immediately struck a chord, although my first sketch was too cartoony and... terrible.

As I was drawing I realized that I wanted to go a more creepy, grotesque route, and less of the silly, cartoon-mobster route.

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his name is Teeth, but I kept his teeth to a minimum so it wouldn't be too silly. i really just wanted his mouth to be gross.

Fun Fact: although you probably can't tell, but the character was (very slightly) inspired by Fred MacMurray from the 1944 Film Noir classic Double Indemnity.

Funner Fact: I am somehow related to Fred MacMurray.

I like the end product, I think. I wish I would have kept some versions along the way. Every time I do a painting like this, it always starts way too light and pale. I'll think I'm almost finished, and I won't notice until I step back and take a good look. Then I keep repainting, pumping up the saturation and contrast again and again.

But I think that's just how it has to go. Hopefully someday I will be able to do it right the first time.