Archive for May, 2013


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by bigbabyhead


I started a new series to paint 50 portraits this summer. Here’s the 1st. In honor of the recent TPC win here at Sawgrass. Mostly, I wanted to get do a series of famous and infamous people that one could recognize at a glance and see if I could nail a painterly likeness with a technique which is based in photographic reference, reproducible and quantifiable in terms of time. Tiger was 4 hours for the artwork and 1 hour in reference time on the net.


Iron man(s)

Posted in Salvador Larroca with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by bigbabyhead


I am a big fan of the Iron Man movie series and particularly the Tony Stark character as portrayed by Robt Downey Jr. Especially in light of his personal tumbles a few years back it is amazing that he seems on top of his game as an actor. Artists just want to make art. It’s the best way to keep our demons at bay.

It is also really neat to witness the renaissance of figurative art as a direct result of application digial tech in entertainment. The comix industry feeds movies and vice versa.

After seeing a matinee of  Iron Man 3, I found this Marvel hardcover comp in the local library “The Invincible Iron Man” and was really entertained by the story and knocked out by the art, it got an Eisner award too. If you don’t know what that is, you ain’t no comix fan. Above is some of the art.

Heres a blurb on the artist Salvador Larroca, I didn’t include a link because his work is all over the web.

With the succesful launch of the Iron Man film, Larocca was given the opportunity to team with writer Matt Fraction and do the art and cover work for a new Iron Man on-going series, The Invicible Iron Man.  Their first arcs won an Eisner in 2009 for best new series.  Larroca has also been nominated for a 2010 Eisner for best cover artist.  During the Stark Dissasembled story arc, Larroca did a series of variant covers with a different layout.    Following Issue #25, Salvador also assisted in designing and now drawing the new Iron Man Armor.



Posted in Old School Illustration, phenomena, William Rutherfoord with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2013 by bigbabyhead

Bill R 2 Bill R. Gypsy1


William Rutherfoord’s work is graphic, painterly, urgent and timeless. Forces that seem opposing and contradictory, nestle like spoons.

Bill does not do editorial illustration for a living. He lives in Roankoe,Virginia where he paints pictures of the world from his basement. This piece is called “A great Shaking”. There are pictures of Bill and his basement from earlier posts here.  I promise to post more of his work as it gets passed to me.

Assignment-Editorial/Story Illustration

Posted in Flagler Illustration Class with tags , , , , , , , , on May 16, 2013 by bigbabyhead



The students this semester did some top notch work for my  class at Flagler College, Illustration 325. Here’s 2 fine examples of the work from an assignment for Editorial/Story illustration.

I choose the Aesop’s Fables as the story content because they are 2000 years old and still relevant and in the public domain so we won’t have any copyright issues should the work be published later.

Stuff like this never gets old in my opinion and the students gave it a nice fresh coat of paint. Good Work.

Class Assignment- Character Design

Posted in Flagler Illustration Class with tags , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2013 by bigbabyhead


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This is the work of 2 of my students from last semester’s Illustration I class at Flagler.

The assignment was to choose an existing character and transform it into a “stock” monster (werewolf, Frankenstein, etc.). Then produce a style sheet complete with final B+W drawing, expressions and turnaround. These two nailed it.