Sunday, April 13, 2014

The Greenman - Chainsaw Carving

Zdepski's carving of a Greenman among English Ivy - Poplar GREENMAN Among the IVY - 12x9 inches - Poplar with Acrylic Patina Zdepski's carving of a Greenman before and after carving - Poplar GREENMAN - Before and After - Rough carving with a Stihl Chainsaw with a Dime Tip Carving Blade. Zdepski's carving of a Greenman 2 three quarter view carving - Poplar GREENMAN 2 - Sideview Zdepski's carving of a Greenman 2 front view carving - Poplar GREENMAN 2 Three Quarter view

Friday, April 4, 2014

Facebook and the False Paradigm

Zdepski Illustraion's Facebook Page Admin Screenshot

I've read a number of articles about how Facebook creates a false paradigm - a perception that folks have perfect lives and are always doing cool things. I don't see it. I see plenty of griping about aches, bad neighborhood kids and dented fenders. I've posted plenty of them myself.

Likewise, I post lots of stuff I think is fun. I think the perception comes from folks not understanding that if the glass is half full or empty, it's up to them. Realize that if we're running in the photo on the beach with our kids, we're probably rubbing the arthritis in our knee when we hit the beach chair.

Don't believe that everyone's life is is a storybook full of joy around the fireplace, while you're stuck out in the snow looking in the window... some schlub has to carry all the wood in for that crackling fire and then haul out the ashes.

My two cents...

With that said - I invite you to follow me on Facebook - No Rose Garden of Rainbow Farting Cats;
Zdepski Illustration - Zillustration

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Mr. Peanut Carving

Circus Elephant carving Mr. Peanut with a Chainsaw by Paul Zdepski

What else would a Chainsaw Carving Elephant Carve? Mr. Peanut out of a Log, of course!

One of many Chainsaw Challenge pieces, now taken into the INK stage, though only in the digital realm. I use Corel Painter 11 to ink my cartoons.

Below is the mock-up of the poster image it is to be used in. I need to hash out more issues, but it is for the Shenandoah Valley Invitational Chainsaw Challenge at the end of August. The white area above will have venue, date and sponsor logos.

Circus Elephant carving Mr. Peanut with a Chainsaw in the Shenandoah Valley Invitational Chainsaw Challenge Poster by Paul Zdepski

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Chainsaw Challenges

I'm working on some ideas for an upcoming circus poster dealing with Chainsaw Carving. No one expects any of this to be true, but I can't stop associating the classic sideshow and circus acts with the buzz of saw blades and the smell of 2-cycle exhaust. These have been pouring out of my sketchbook at a furious rate. I'll be paring them down to a choice few, or possibly just one perfect solution. You can't hinder the process, though. You have to let your mind wander into the most absurd places and see what develops. These are all Palomino Blackwing 602 pencil in my Strathmore sketchbook. I port them into Photoshop via scanner and add some touches of color and textured background. Zdepski's illustration of Chainsaw Challenges, the Rizzetti Acrobats

The Fabulous Rizzetti Acrobats

Zdepski's illustration of Chainsaw Challenges, Miss Tini and General Tom Thumb cutting a cake.

Miss Tini and General Tom Thumb cutting a cake.

Zdepski's illustration of Chainsaw Challenges, the Pickled Punk with Tiny Tykes Chainsaw

The Pickled Punk with Tiny Tykes Chainsaw

Zdepski's illustration of Chainsaw Challenges, Bearded Lady and Knife Thrower

Bearded Lady and Knife Thrower

Zdepski's illustration of Chainsaw Challenges, Monkey and Clown

Monkey and Clown

Zdepski's illustration of Chainsaw Challenges, Ballerina, Elephant and Strongman

Ballerina, Elephant and Strongman

Zdepski's illustration of Chainsaw Challenges, Colonel Glenn

Master of Ceremonies, Colonel Glenn

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Don't Get Yelled At

Advice for 12-year olds, How to Not Get Yelled At by your Uncles by Paul Zdepski

How to NOT Get YELLED At by your Ukrainian Uncles.

These tips also are known to work for German, Norwegian, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese Uncles, too. Adjust accordingly.

I grew up in a family of tradesmen. Each became a master of their craft. My brothers and I were expected to be experienced through osmosis, and if we faltered, we were berated. I was carrying buckets of mortar, shoveling gravel, hauling dirt and sweeping up at a young age. If you were a male in the family, you were expected to work with the men.

shovel sand or gravel from the bottom of the pile, not the top. break loads into two trips rather than one lazy man's load.

On that premise, I've built a number of illustrations about survival at the workplace for 12-year olds. I chose that age because of the biblical reference to manhood… "and yay verily, he became a man…"

Getting yelled at by burly masons and carpenters in front of other laborers and tradesmen is a humiliating and frustrating thing. I'm passing these gems of information onto you and any kids you may know that have to show up on the job site with all the knowledge about how things are done.

I hope this helps. Look for more tips in the upcoming issue of the Magic Bullet 8

Move smaller machines to sweep. carrying two partial buckets is easier than one full one.

Original sketch form - These two tips aren't in the Magic Bullet, but should be.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

zdepski's illustration of sister rosetta tharpe and her gibson SG

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her Gibson SG

This Train! Check out the video... I love her stage presence. She loved what she was doing.

I awoke at 2:30AM again... Sister Rosetta was in my thoughts. I see her in a painting surrounded by little paintings of angelic choir members in different poses of praise. I will have to hash this idea out... However, here's the early morning sketch with digital color and background. I have drawn her with a standard guitar pick, and experts will notice that she used a thumb pick. I'm sorry.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Early Spring

Early Spring - painting by Paul Zdepski

Early Spring - acrylic on canvas, 2014

Second painting of the year. I found an old negative in a pile of family photos. This stems from the late 1930s or early 1940s. I believe it is my sister-in-law's step mother as a young girl. I thought her gesture and placement near the budding fruit tree was very poetic and need to be turned into a painting... here it is.

This painting is currently hanging at the Shenandoah Arts Council Gallery in Winchester VA.