Friday, March 25, 2016

Morgan O Shay - Frankenstein

2015.06.07 Special Edition, NYC

When we stopped at Morgan O Shay's booth, my son noted that she charged more for not drawing monsters!! This is a woman whose heart is in the right place, possibly put there by some mad art instructor..

Morgan was born and raised beyond the edges of the universe, in a place hidden away beneath the blanket of the cosmos called Miami, Florida. She graduated from Pratt, and is currently a freelance illustrator.  Morgan is a horror film and monster enthusiast with a great vision in visual storytelling, animation and comics...

Her website is full of beautiful monster illustrations...

Friday, March 18, 2016

CJ Oechsle - Dumbledore

2015.11.07 superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

CJ Oechsle is a student at the Kubert School. His dream is a Superman fan who dreams of being a comic book artist...
CJ has done freelance artwork for Legionnaire Comics, as well as pencils for "Dances In Exile", coming out in 2016...


Friday, March 11, 2016

Dave DeVries - Amazon Warrior

2015.09.20 Clifton, NJ

Dave DeVries is an award winning illustrator with 20 years of experience visualizing high impact, high drama images. Dave has worked for many ad agencies over his 20 year plus career but specifically was instrumental in creating marketing strategies and campaigns for Mediasauce. Dave has shown nationally at many galleries.

DeVries is the author-illustrator of The Monster Engine, a book, a demonstration, lecture and a gallery exhibition. The premise for all three came from one single question: What would a child's drawing look like if it were painted realistically?

It began at the Jersey Shore in 1998, where my niece Jessica often filled my sketchbook with doodles. While I stared at them, I wondered if color, texture and shading could be applied for a 3D effect. As a painter, I made cartoons look three dimensional every day for the likes of Marvel and DC comics, so why couldn't I apply those same techniques to a kid's drawing? That was it... no research, no years of toil, just the curiosity of seeing Jessica's drawings come to life. “

Amazon Warrior – Lorenz Hart FDC. Hart composed the score, with Richard Rodgers, for the 1942 musical By Jupiter, the story of a war between the Greeks and Amazons, where the greeks search for the Sacred Girdle of Diana..

The musical was based on the play The Warrior's Husband by Julian F. Thompson, set in the land of the Amazons...

While looking through DeVries sketch work, I noticed a sketch of Xena, and decided to request an amazon warrior, to reflect the musical play By Jupiter...

By Jupiter, 1943,  from the New York Public Library digital collection - Nanette Fabray (Antiope) Ralph Dumke (Hercules) and Ronald Graham ( Theseus).. Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library

Friday, March 4, 2016

Astronaut


In honor of Astronaut Scott Kelly, who returned to earth on March 1, 2016 following a 1-year space mission, on board the International Space Station, to study the effects of weightlessness on the human body, in a effort to aid future flights to Mars...

I picked this up on ebay. I do not know who the artist is, except for the initials AH. I purchased it because I liked the presentation of the astronaut. I can only guess that the use of the Year 2000 first day cover and the ancient figures moving from the stamp demonstrate man progression from early times to the space age...

I usually do not provide critiques but kudos to this unknown artist!..

I have been a collector of space related material since I a child. I can remember being ushered into the school auditorium watching a black and white TV that had been rolled into the room and set up in front of the students. As a group we watched John Glenn's ascent into space, and ever since I've wanted to be Flash Gordon, Buck Rogers and Commando Cody reaching out into space and finding adventures beyond the comic book and television screen. I will still choose to watch a space related movie or book over anything else...

I had the opportunity to meet US Astronaut Buzz Aldrin and Russian Cosmonaut Gherman Titov, when I attended the World Stamp Expo, Nov 1989 in Washington, DC.  I did bring covers with me to created first day covers, but I also brought a blank book to create a journal of the event. ..
each page of the journal had a stamp canceled from the respective country in attendance, to which I added appropriate art. The first page featured the Space Day cancel with the joint-issued US and Soviet Union space issues.
Second page from the book with the First Day cancel for the 20th Universal Postal Congress stamps showing future of mail delivery (e-mail, texting, twitter were not mentioned)...
Knowing Buzz Aldrin's aversion to signing philatelic mail I asked him to sign a blank page in the book, to which I later added his portrait. There were no stamps placed or postmarked on this page. This way even though the entire book is a philatelic item, the page he signed was not directly philatelic in nature...