Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Big doin’s over at the Zombie Marge Blog ( http://zombiemarge.blogspot.com). There has not been a post there for over a year, so I’ve decided to revamp the site and make it the home for my new web comic, Zombie Marge Comix. Yes, you heard right! Every two weeks I plan to put up a new strip following the exploits of everyone’s favorite undead curmudgeon and her cast of monsters and misfits. Ol’ Marge is set for some wild misadventures. On the in-between weeks I will post comic convention tales, news from my zombie-proof bunker and sneak previews of some of the other books I’m involved with.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
Illustrator and Graphic Designer
Monday, March 12
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Canzani Center Auditorium (map it)
Free & Open to the Public
Brian Ewing is one of the most prolific, iconic image-makers in rock music and pop art. Like his heroes and mentors—Frank Kozik, Coop, and Tara McPherson, among others—he has built his success in poster art into a career that spans illustration, album covers, original art prints, skate decks, and shirt designs. Informed by art nouveau, ukiyo-e woodblock printing, SoCal “kustom” car culture, and the comics, Ewing’s work fuses his explorations of perspective, color, and space with classic imagery from American youth culture. His clients have ranged from Metallica and the Warped Tour to the Strokes and Death Cab for Cutie (not to mention The New Yorker and a number of advertising agencies).
Currently a resident of New York City, Ewing attended the American Academy of Art Chicago for Illustration and the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design for Fine Arts. His first monograph, Don’t Hold Your Breath: The Art of Brian Ewing, was published by Dark Horse in 2010.
I was at the Museum Centre looking through a book I purchased for use as bat reference and stumbled across a picture that made me go, '... Hmmmm, this bat needs an evil skeletal rider with a fiery mace! Yes it does! :P I made the drawing a while back, and always wanted to paint it. Tonight it just seemed the right time. Sat down, and three hours later, whapow! Bat rider. Photoshop over a drawing.
I forgot to blow the drawing up so when I shrank it down the painting would tighten up at its normal size. Sooo, this reproduces well at half its size. That's okay, though. It ends up being about 5"x6.5", which means it's nearly cover size. HOWEVER, the dimensions are closer to a magazine proportion. So, in the end, I'm calling this a glorified colour study, lol. Which it is, anyway. It was an experiment and has the little thumbnail I used to layout the final design in the bottom left corner.
Thursday, February 23, 2012
The slideshow is amazing... Too bad it is in DC...
Link to the collection: http://nmwa.org/exhibition/detail.asp?exhibitid=221
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Okay, so I just got back on here and checked my last post and saw that Chuck and Christina had gone to the trouble of commenting and I didn't respond! I hadn't visited the site in awhile due to business. However, it seems that your concerns were my own, for now I am come to you with the changes you specified, only I left in the shield.
So, here you go :P Sorry I didn't get back to you guys. I forgot about my post. I've been so worried about the front cover image I spent days changing things (removing mostly :P) but to now avail. Christina, you should have said something on Facebook. I would have checked here sooner :P
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
From the article:
Sunday, February 19, 2012
Some great stuff! : http://theartorder.com/category/guest-writer/randy-gallegos/
It got me thinking that maybe we should do an interview series on this blog. What do you think?
Friday, February 17, 2012
I thought I would post a recent project, since the play opens tonight. I have handled advertising for the Saint Joseph Drama Club's yearly play since 2001. Twelve shows in all, with subjects ranging from super heroes, vampires, mobsters, westerns, the circus and more. This years show is based on fairy tales, thus my heavy Maxfield Parrish influence. My involvement began assisting my wife by doing a one color line drawing for the program. These days it's all my job, I edged her out. (No, she just doesn't have the the time.) The job has grown to full color posters, t-shirts, web ads, billboards and the program. But it's one of the more fun projects I look forward to. I get complete freedom to come up with images based on an early draft of the script. There's only been one instance of censorship, when the priest objected to my rendition of Adam. (Picture Fred Flintstone wearing nothing but a fig leaf.) Enjoy the poster, and if you are in the Highland Heights area, come see the show!
Just finished the back cover drawing of Smaug for 'The Hobbit'. I am working on tightening and making any big changes to the front cover. Here is a recent version with the dwarves all finished. All the characters are famous illustratours that have influenced me in a big way. If any of you have Facebook, you can see who I've tagged there. Otherwise, I'm just going to make a list here.
The Brothers Hildebrandt are Fili and Kili, Pyle is Dwalin, Whelan is Balin, D.K. Sweet is Bombur (he was a big dude), Waterhouse is Thorin, Durer is Nori, Parrish is Dori, Michaelangelo is Ori, Alan Lee Oin, Howe Gloin, Pogany Bofur, and Elmore Bifur. You'll all have to wait to see who Gandalf and Bilbo are :) More to come, very soon. Will probably post the finished cover drawing later today.
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
© 2012 Mary Jo Hull
It runs March 2-31. Opening is March 3, 6-8 pm w/ awards at 7pm
Check it out!
Nice write up by Janelle Gelfand in the Cincinnati Enquirer about the World Choir Games Poster by C. F. Payne and the unveiling.
Monday, February 13, 2012
I am creating a new website finally. I remember using Digimarc to embed a digital watermark in Photoshop on all images. It used to be free with Photoshop. I remember that Digimarc sent me a notice saying that it wasn't free anymore - so I dropped it. They want $49 a year to use it again. I wonder if any other people use it or know of any other digital watermarking software that doesn't involve an annual fee?
Live music, socializing, bar and food at 6:00 pm each evening.
1028 Scott Blvd., Covington KY 41011
Interactive Google Map
Printable Map & Written Directions
Printable Downtown Bridge & Street Grid
Printable Parking Map
Thursday, February 9, 2012
From Tom Richmond's blog:
"Their proposal was to solicit submissions of completely finished cartoons with a weekly deadline of Fridays at 11 a.m.. The submissions would be reviewed by the editors, one chosen, and then that cartoon would run in the Sunday Review. The cartoonist who’s work was chosen would sign an agreement granting rights to the Times (not to be reprinted anywhere) and would be compensated $250. The ones not chosen would get nothing."
Thoughts? In addition to outright disgust? This is an ugly, ugly trend...
From the site: Enjoy extended shopping hours for a great cause with two fantastic talents!
Author and illustrator Loren Long and author John Hutton will be here to discuss and sign their books.
During this event, 20% of the evening's sales will go to Every Child Succeeds, an organization which assists families in Southwest Ohio and Northern Kentucky through home visits that help at-risk, first-time parents create a nurturing, healthy environment.
Contribute to this local organization while supporting local authors, illustrators, and our local business!
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I cannot go since that is close to my trip to Taos, but some might find it interesting. Chris Sickels wrote up a review of Icon 6: http://cincyillustrators.blogspot.com/2010/08/chris-sickels-icon-6-report.html
It looks like this one has some interesting speakers including Adam Rex, Dan Santat and Sam Weber.
It looks like early-bird registration is still available. Anyone going this year?
Monday, February 6, 2012
Well, I had finished a monster project and started my cover portfolio, only to be dragged back into the former commission. Now I am done and back on track. Here's the final back cover sketch prior to reference, as well as the final rough layout of the front and back covers.
P.S. I'm pretty psyched. The back cover image employs the 'Windmill Principle' James Gurney spoke of in his investigation of tonal relationships in 'Imaginative Realism'.
I know there are a lot of animation fans here, I am excited to see this.
Saturday, February 4, 2012
Wednesday, February 1, 2012
It’s been quite some time since I posted, but I hope to do better in the near future. Among other projects, I’m currently putting the finishing touches on a 90 page graphic novel titled “Midnite Matinee Comics” that uses public domain films in a fumetti-style approach. My intent was to recreate the movie-going experience of the fifties and sixties that includes a cartoon, Rickey Rodent, a chapter of a serial, Commander Bolt Uprite, ads inviting you to go to the lobby and buy snacks and the main feature, Island of Lost Gorillas. All rewritten in new and strange ways. Along with these there are several movie previews, including this one. It originally comes from an old Christmas special that has very little to do with Christmas, as it takes place in February and is narrated by a groundhog.
Enjoy! And have a wonderful Groundhog Day!