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.