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New Painting (a study in subtlety)

September 21st, 2008 | Uncategorized | Vincent | 3 Comments

In case you hadn’t noticed I have a new main page image.  The last image I had posted there of myself, although dear to me, was done more years ago than I care to divulge.   So I thought I would make a painting specifically for my own website, which I have never really done before.   […]

In case you hadn’t noticed I have a new main page image.  The last image I had posted there of myself, although dear to me, was done more years ago than I care to divulge.   So I thought I would make a painting specifically for my own website, which I have never really done before.   In the coming weeks I hope to tart up the site a bit…but that is another story.

Here is the prelim sketch for such a whimsical display of rage.

I came up with the new painting after doing a rather weird job.  Actually it wasn’t weird it was like a dream come true.  I met this guy named Mike on the  interwebs.  He was looking to get a HUGE tattoo of a T-rex on his side panel( left ribs).  I enthusiastically agreed, loving all things dinosaur, T-rex especially.

I thought I would have fun with him and maybe draw a giant Marc Bolan face as a first submittable.

” What you don’t like riding white swans?”

However when he sent me pictures of his side panel, I noticed that he was ripped!  He had full blown abs, and defined intercostal muscles. No lie, he could have been a stand in for one of those guys in “300″. He also had already mailed me the money, so I decided that i didn’t know him well enough to joke around and risk a severe beating.

Anyway below are the various sketches I sent.

(Round One: Pump it up!)

(Round Two: Where did I leave my car keys?)

( Round Three: Bark at the moon!)

I liked this one the best so I co-opted it for my main page painting.  In regards to the actual concept, I have been feeling the same as our young costumed screamer since becoming a freelancer.  A little fish screaming in a big damn pond.   I have to be very loud to get noticed, since there is so much good work out there by some very talented artists.  Yet it is hard to feel like a big bad illustrator when you still crash your Mama’s house for food (but dammit I can’t help it her enchiladas are ridiculous!)

(Final Round: One bad mammajamma!)

Unfortunately he never sent me photos of his side panel again.  I know he got it done and they kept all the sketchy lines, so I am really anxious to have recorded proof. However he flaked on getting me photos, so this could all be a myth or lie or fable i have just written for your eye pleasure.  I also know that he surfs, so if anyone down in Long Beach sees a pair of sculpted abs rise out of the water with this Prehistoric jaws smiling at you, please do me a solid and grab a cell phone photo of it.

Man I wish you could catch a case of the full blown abs.

- Vincent

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Vincent

I am an artist living in Los Angeles, California and currently working on Illustration, Graphic Design and Visual Development projects for The Odd Gentlemen and Midnight Oil Creative.

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  • Sam Grabowska

    09.21.2008

    I am absolutely smitten with your new image. You have a way of capturing the childhood imagination like no other.

  • I Love how you draw. Especially the kid in the dino costume. I’m an amature myself, so if you could post maybe a few tips or line and circle construction step-by-step sort of dealios (I don’t know the technical term) on how to draw a T-rex (or any dino) I would really appreciate it.

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