Monday, November 29, 2010

Comic book cover parodies

Here are three more Fine Arts Comics cover parodies. I keep doing these in my spare time and have a large number of these finished which may end up in a self-published book.

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Friday, November 26, 2010

New comic book cover parodies

I have run out of storyboard and ad comp material to post, but I always have things that I'm working on and will continue to show new items. I will go through a few old files and may find another batch of marker renderings which I will, of course, post. Today's pieces are part of a new series of Fine Arts Comics parodies which I've been working on for the last few weeks and I may try to self publish them as a book. I've submitted many new book ideas to several publishers for the last few years and have not been able to interest any of them, so that doesn't appear to be a viable option.





These covers are created by scanning my drawings or other images into the computer, then adding the logo and other type. It's a fun series to work on and helps me to sharpen my computer skills, it's great practice.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving !!!

Have a great Thanksgiving from Gloria, Laura, Jpeg, Tiff, Blackjack, Schnicklefritz and me !


Friday, November 19, 2010

Wine tasting/Benefit tonight

Tonight is the Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative benefit to raise money to have one of my sculptures constructed and placed in Sawyer, Michigan. The event is being held at the Craig Smith Gallery at the Gordon Beach Inn in Union Pier, Michigan.

SculBenePoster Final 4

The sculpture will be 18 feet tall and constructed of steel.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

More animatic frames

Here are more frames from the animatic that I showed in the last post. Animatics are quite complicated to produce, but can be very effective when filmed. I received many animatic assignments from my New York clients over the years. There may have been a few more frames in this particular commercial, these are all that I could locate. In fact, I've completely run out of storyboard frames to post but may find more in the future. I'll be posting more illustration work and the paintings I'm presently working on.





Monday, November 15, 2010

A complex animatic

Here are some frames from a very complex animatic. Animatics usually have moving parts and when filmed, create an illusion of how the final TV commercial will actually appear. I can't remember the ad agency or client, but I did a lot of animatics for Advil, which this commercial most likely was done for. I usually had a week to complete the renderings which were done using markers on layout paper. It was a tough schedule as there normally were many moving parts such as arms and heads turning, everything had to be thought out and planned thoroughly. The backgrounds often were rendered quite large, 18 or 24 inches wide. They also required much tighter renderings than the normal storyboards.

This commercial was about a woman artist that was doing restoration on a mural in a museum, this was the opening frame, a complex scene with many details.



I had to render several individual figures with separate arms do they could be moved during the filming. On the next post I will show more of the frames.

Friday, November 12, 2010

More Colombo yogurt frames

Here are the rest of the frames from the Colombo yogurt assignment that I posted previously. The art director requested tightly done renderings with a soft look.



Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Very tightly rendered storyboard frames

This was a 16 frame assignment for Colombo Yogurt, I don't recall the art director or ad agency, but it was done for one of my New York clients. I had a rep in New York which I worked with for years while living there, Diane Boston has a company called Way Art. She brought in a lot of great assignments for me, including many animatics.
The art director wanted tightly rendered frames with a very soft feel. This probably was another overnight assignment, as most were.



These were all rendered in the 5 x 7" size using markers on layout paper. When finished, I would scan the renderings and E-mail them directly to the art director in New York from my home in Sawyer, Michigan. For reference, I shot photos of my wife Jeanne, she worked as a professional model for years. It's very handy to have a model around the house when you are an illustrator.
I'll show the remaining frames on my next post.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

A fund raiser is coming up soon

The Harbor Country Public Arts Initiative has chosen one of my sculptures to be constructed and erected in Sawyer, Michigan at the Red Arrow Highway and Sawyer Road. The piece will be 18 feet tall and will be painted, welded steel. The Craig Smith Gallery will be having a benefit soon to raise funds for the construction of the sculpture.

SculBenePoster Final 4

Monday, November 8, 2010

More sketches and frames

A few frames that I found including underlay sketches. They were done for one of my New York clients, I don't remember the ad agency, art director of product. These were again all rendered using markers on layout paper and were 5 x 7" in size.


I do believe that there were several more frames, but these are all that could be located in my files.

This may have been a sketch for a magazine ad, again I'm not sure. The size was large, about 8 x 10", so it wasn't part of the storyboard group. That looks like an air conditioner crashing through the background. I'll soon ne running out of storyboard material to post, hoping to find more in my files. I have some very tightly rendered frames for my next few posts and then a very complex animatic. I used to render many animatics, which are frames that have moving parts, which were filmed and better simulated the actual TV commercial. These usually took me a week or ten days to complete, most were very complicated.

Friday, November 5, 2010

A few more storyboard frames for Doner

I found several more storyboard frames done for Doner in Southfield, Michigan. I frequently was called to work at the agency for several days at a time when they were developing ad campaigns for their clients. These frames were rendered with markers on layout paper and were 5 x7".




Wednesday, November 3, 2010


A few frames from a group done for one of my New York clients, I don't remember the ad agency, art director or the product advertised. it was most likely an overnight assignment as was most of my storyboard work. These frames were 5 x 7" and rendered with markers.



Monday, November 1, 2010

A painting for Gloria's birthday

Gloria's birthday was last Saturday and I went up to Grand Rapids to wine and dine her and give her the acrylic on canvas painting below as a present. She was very pleased and we had a great time, as usual.