Now featured on TurningArt! It's a rather novel idea where subscribers can rent art prints for a monthly fee, as well as collect credit towards the purchase of both prints and original paintings. My page on their site can be found here.
SUNRISE: A SONG OF TWO HUMANS July 9, 2014
I first saw F.W. Murnau's SUNRISE when I was in college. I knew about the film's historical significance, but had no idea of its emotional impact. It marked one of those rare cases where I fell head over heels in love with a movie while actually watching it for the very first time.
Sunrise won the Academy Award for "Best Picture, Unique and Artistic Production" at the very first Oscar ceremony in 1929 -- a special, one-time recognition that many film scholars consider to be the equivalent of the "Best Picture, Production" honor, awarded to Wings. See the film, and you'll understand why.
I wanted to give Murnau's film the "epic" poster it never had. It was also an experiment in dealing with a new digital form of image manipulation, as I tried to give it a "silkscreen" / woodcut effect, using a palette of only nine colors for a nostalgic feel.
TWENTY-FOUR BY THIRTY-SIX documentary. May 28, 2014
On Monday I was interviewed for TWENTY-FOUR BY THIRTY-SIX, a documentary on movie poster artwork. When I first heard about the project some months ago, I was very, very intrigued, and to actually be a part of it now is a big thrill.
The film is a labor of love by a team of documentary filmmakers who have been traveling the world interviewing artists and fans. It's unique in that it's not just about traditional movie poster art (and it's decline in recent years), but the movement among fans -- many of them illustrators themselves -- who, through independent means, are taking it upon themselves to resurrect an art long thought dead...and it's become so popular that the movie studios are finally taking notice.
Thanks to Kevin Burke for being such an engaging interviewer, and for letting me drool over his amazing digital camera setup. (Yes, Kevin, I suffer camera envy.)
For the Love of Movies... May 6, 2014
I've been meaning to get around to this for a while: a little promo video about my artwork. Special thanks to journalist/arts critic Rich Kane for making it happen.
We have a winner! May 5, 2014
Longtime "Indyfan" Mark Martino is the lucky winner of my giveaway 21"x32" canvas print. I'll be having more such giveaways in the future, so be sure to subscribe to the newsletter and follow me on Facebook to automatically enter!
True Adventure: The Key to Eternity. March 18, 2014
I recently completed a poster for a rather inventive short film, "True Adventure: The Key to Eternity." The filmmakers wanted something in the style of Drew Struzan's Indiana Jones posters.
Someone once called me a Struzan/Amsel wannabe. She meant it as an insult, I took it as a compliment.
Lenticular goodness. February 3, 2014
Behold, my new business card. I like to think it'd make Patrick Bateman envious.
Holiday portrait. December 30, 2013
A little painting my sister asked me to do, as a gift to her in-laws:
LINE WORK: Artists for Yolanda Relief. December 8, 2013
I'm honored to have my work included in an online auction to benefit the victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
I have three pieces up for auction, and each one is signed along with a personalized letter of thanks.
I'm starting a newsletter for those interested in keeping up with my art and writing projects. (No, they won't contain any political rants, I promise.) Once I hit 200 subscribers -- which may take some time, I know -- I'll be giving away a large 21"x32" canvas print of my "Raiders" fan art. And yes, it's free!
Forms for submitting to the newsletter can be found at the top left and bottom of this page.
Stuck again by "Three Thorns"... October 27, 2013
I've postponed site updates for quite some time (again) due to a busy work schedule and personal life, as well as a promise I made to myself that I'd get a book cover finished first. Well...I finally finished it.
I've done several proposed covers for author Michael Gibney's "Brotherhood and the Shield" series, which is finally slated for distribution next year. While we're not sure if or how this artwork will be used, this illustration was our favorite thus far, and I'm hopeful. (It's all up to the publisher...and as I repeatedly tell Michael, whatever they decide, I won't take personally; that's simply the nature of the business.)
If used, my face will also be creeping out children everywhere. The cover prominently features a villain -- old, bald, and with a sinister smile. I modeled for it not out of personal ego but necessity, as no other suitable models were available. You can see this, and other samples on the BOOK COVERS page of the art gallery.
Little family portrait. June 8, 2013
I visited family back east late last month, and in preparation I finally got around to finishing a long overdue little illustration of my niece and nephew. (Overdue is a gross understatement: it was originally supposed to be an Xmas gift to my sister...last year.)
Signed limited edition glicee prints exclusively available at Pasadena's Paseo Colorado. June 2, 2013
I'm happy to share that Rudd Rudluff, a recurring guest on TV's reality series STORAGE WARS, is now featuring exclusive, signed glicee prints of my work at the Antique Mall in Old Town Pasadena's Paseo Colorado.
Rudd showed me the first framed print today, and I was a bit stunned. I dare say it looks much better than the frame I put my original painting in.
For more information, check out the Antique Mall's Facebook page. The store itself is located at 309 E. Green St., Paseo Colorado, Pasadena, CA.
UPDATE 6/7/2013: Rudd just generously bought me an even more elaborate gold frame for my original painting. We both think that if I had used this in the Nucleus Gallery show 2 years ago, it would have sold!
Poster Frame Depot writeup! March 30, 2013
It's the same old song and dance: I've been so swamped with work that these site updates come only once in a blue moon.
Once thing I've done is add a few more artists' links to the ARTISTS I ADMIRE section, at left. These include extraordinary talents such as Ciara McAvoy and Laurent Durieux, both of whom I've had the pleasure of chatting with a little bit.
In other news, some weeks ago the guys at POSTER FRAME DEPOT reached out to me, saying they wanted to feature one or two pieces of my work on their site. I was delighted by the offer, of course, but I didn't realize they'd write up an entire profile on their blog... I'm quite flattered! I'm also glad they took the time to mention Richard Amsel, though there's no way the quality of my work remotely compares to his...
Admittedly, the two pieces of mine they featured in the article are not among my personal favorites. (That Indiana Jones piece makes me cringe, in fact.) But THE FELLOWSHIP I'm sort of OK with... :)
So let me give a shout of thanks and appreciation to these guys, who offer quality frames -- made in the USA! -- in a variety of styles and colors, and at very good prices! (And no, they're not paying me to write this.)
Another image revision -- THE FELLOWSHIP. January 20, 2013
Completed ten years ago, The Fellowship was my first attempt at painting in oils, and it certainly took the longest amount of time to finish. It's not one of my favorite pieces, but I'm proud of it just the same. I had to do some touch up "fix it" work on it after an application of varnish had accidentally wiped away some of the thin painted details from the surface. This new, rephotographed image shows these revisions, as well as color and detail adjustments that better reflect the original painting.
Rollover the image to see a before and after:
Return to "NIMH" yet again... January 17, 2013
Of all the movie related artwork I've done, the one most popular among fans is "Gateway to NIMH," an illustration I did back in 2001 as a tribute piece to Don Bluth's THE SECRET OF NIMH.
While I liked the final artwork enough, I must admit I didn't think all that much of it at the time. I worked on it over a few evenings, after coming home from my grueling day job, and don't remember anything particularly challenging about it; the design was quite simple, and painting it was relatively quick and easy. But over the years I've had more requests for prints of this piece than anything else I've done. That, and the fact that the artwork has turned up -- always to my surprise -- on ripoff T-shirts and even an article in The Hollywood Reporter. In fact, someone just emailed me about a custom Blu-Ray wrap website that features the following:
I gave up on patroling the internet for unauthorized use of my artwork a long time ago, mainly because the illustrations themselves are often of licensed properties that I myself could not profit from. I'm actually flattered when they turn up where they do.
Of all my work, the illustration is now my personal favorite, and I promised myself I would never sell the original (unless, of course, the price was a really handsome one). I therefore decided it was time to have a new, high resolution scan made, and I'm a bit shocked at the comparison to the original image:
This new image captures the exact dimensions and proportion, includes what had previously been cropped out (including my signature!), and colors have been matched as closely as possible to the original artwork.
I'm planning to do this with a few other pieces in the near future. Next up...The Fellowship.
Comic-Conn catalog. January 7, 2013
I'm finally getting around to posting this -- the ComiConn catalog from last summer's event containing my artwork. The INDY V bandwagon has pretty much tipped over, but I hope at least someone out there enjoyed this illustration.
Happy new year! January 6, 2013
I've been retinkering with this site throughout the holidays, and am testing out this new layout for the main page as well as the art gallery. I want to sort out a few details before moving forward with all the other pages of this site. This, and a few current art projects, are the big reasons why I've been slow in my updates and posts.
So...do you like the new format? I wanted something same, but different -- including links to all the art gallery pages from the front main page. Also included are easier links to places where you can buy prints and T-shirts of my artwork (see top left corner), a neat QR code (top right), a wider reading pane and banner animation, and a new archive banner at the bottom of the page. (Just look at how different this place was back in 2005!)
There are months and months' worth of posts I've fallen behind on, and when my current projects are done -- hopefully by the end of the month -- I'll be more frequent in my posts.