Saturday, October 31, 2009

Halloween 2009

zdepski's drawing of Halloween in a small town, 2009
300th Blog Post - WOOOHOO!
Our proximity to the rural countryside means we get piles of kids swarming our neighborhood from less populated areas. I have no idea who these parents are. I've never seen them in town, or the local supermarket. I see license plates on mini-vans from West Virginia, which is nearly 20 miles to the west... Free candy is a big draw.

I did these two sketches while handing out candy at the top of the drive. Baby Landon kept trying to get out of the stroller, Pissing off Baby Mommy - He got smacked after Mowma yell "LANDON! Yall are Burnin My Biscuts! NAEW SIT DAEWN!"
-- WHACK!!!

Poor bastard (in the truest sense of the word)... Who knew Halloween had so many rules... not nearly as fun as shown on Nickelodeon.

West Virgina Daddy was toting his spawn on his shoulders, sucking a ciggy while attempting my steep drive. I thought he would start hacking coal dust when he puffed to the top. He was so winded, he just stood there with baby Finster on his back, looking at the view below.

Only happens once a year - Like the Circus coming to town.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

IF: Skinny

zdepski's digital painting, Boney Pup 2006
Creepy-Groovy Boney Pup
All toothless smiles. Boney Pup is a favorite of my son. The pup was originally painted in 2006, oil on 4x5 inch canvas board. I ported a scan of the painting into Corel Painter 11 and got to work today. Boney is as skinny as you can get, PLUS he's a good Halloween themed piece for Illustration Friday.

Oil to Digital

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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Commie Cosmonaut

zdepski's digital illustration Spud Cosmonaut
My latest Commie Card, the People's Hero, Comrade Cosmonaut. He's underlit with a spacey green light, often seen in Science Fiction movies... My wife and I laugh at the way Hollywood designers illuminate the faces in those movies... Have you ever tried to drive a car at night when someone has the interior light on?

According to Wikipedia: "Yuri Gagarin, Russian, is the first human astronaut. Valentina Tereshkova, Russian, is the first astronaut woman."

Card number 4 in the Commie Spud Game. Digital Illustration using Painter 11, Photoshop and Illustrator CS2

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Wednesday, October 28, 2009

target practice

zdepski's drawing of ahziz's assistant helping with target practice.
Ahziz's Assistant

saw a photo from one of the "Stans" in the 1900s. The rifles those warlords were toting are very odd. strong curve on the gun stock, decoration along the barrel and percussion caps, like from the early civil war. They look bad-ass and full of attitude... grandpappy's of the Taliban. Here's a quick sketch of some target practice along the mountain pass...

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Monday, October 26, 2009

SI 52 Entries

zdepski's entries to the society of illustrators 54th competition

Here they are... my entries for the Society of Illustrators 52th Competition. If you know any of the judges, send them here to know which ones to pick!

-- added the Punch Buggy piece into the mix this morning... that's 8 total... One HAS to hit...

i keep telling myself...

-- Update 11/23: skunked again. i have to figure out what i'm doing wrong - there seems to be a glass ceiling for overweight Ukrainians. "No Slavs" policy at SI.

Immaculate Indigestion

zdepski's pencil sketch - Immaculate Indigestion
Thinking about Christmas cards and Overeating... This is the problem with an over-active imagination... no brakes on this guy... AT ALL!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

D is for Daniel

zdepski's pencil drawing of Daniel destroying doormats

D is for Daniel Destroying Doormats

a revision to the original sketch. Daniel is more up front and frenetic. The other (below) is too much about the yard, not the action. This one is much more about the dog.

The whole project can be viewed at
zdepski's pencil drawing of Daniel destroying doormats

Saturday, October 24, 2009

christmas card - 2009

zdepski's digital illustration, gnome-made jello

mmmm... gnome-made jello.

tastes of the season. Grandma brought her famous jello mold...

oh well, at least it's not a rat like last year.

soon to be printed and in the post. let me know if you've moved since last year.

watercolor and digital - Painter 11

IF: Fast - Commie Motorcyclist

Zdepski's digital Illustration, Spud Commie Motorcyclist
Speedy and Nimble, the Motorcyclist is ready to deliver messages to the Kremlin. She's wind blown, but determined. A true Patriot of the People.

Another in the long list of Commie Spud cards. Thank you to Orysia for checking my Russian. She suggests changing the word for Trapper, to Hunter in the previously posted card. I hate looking stupid, more than ignorant. Thanks for catching these blunders!

pencil to digital. Painter 11 is where all the coloring happens. Card layout in Illustrator, and final parts merger in Photoshop.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

dogBabies Relaunch

Zdepski's dogBabies ABC book - Mia Masterfully Mows

M is for Mia, who Masterfully Mows

Here's my dogBabies Backyard ABC book, as it stands... no lipstick on this pig! I'm showing it all, Real Time, as I work it out. Some of the pages are complete, others need to be entirely reworked... I'll be updated them as they get finalized.

Zdepski's dogBabies ABC book - Favicon

Here's a small detail that many sites forget to deal with... the FAVICON (favorite icon) - I'm using "dogBaby #1 - Spotted Pup" as the little icon that pops into the browser address region and in the tab. He started it all in 2006.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

IF: Frozen

From the Steppes of Siberia, the Commie Trapper comes in out of the frigid cold. Spud Card 21 - Replete with a Grizzly Bear coat and hat.

Pencil and Painter 11, Illustrator and Photoshop - analog to digital

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Three in the Air

zdepski's digital painting of a jet

Next in my quest for THREE... an ole timey Sabre-like fighter with a three on the side.
pencil and Painter 11 digital illustration.

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Three in the Burbs

Zdepski's Three in the Burbs - Digital Illustration
Got interested in representing the number 3 in different ways - the Art Directors Club of Metro DC has a segment on their blog: that polls for the "top three" of various topics. It got me thinking. started knocking ideas around... first one to come out of Painter 11 is "Three in the Burbs" - I had a blast incorporating a sloppy little sketch with a crisp letter form. I usually hate those mergers, but this one turned out fine. I tired to fit a swimming pool into each back yard, but found it cramped the flow in spots.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Commie Card Revised

zdepski's Commie Spud - Diver, digital illustration
Here is the new revision to the basic Commie Spuds' card layout. I reworked the ribbon after my bud Bill called me out on copping out on the Illustrator hacked ribbon from the comp. He was right as ever, and I reworked my ribbons on the entire 26 card set, PLUS my unique "Capitalist" card, pictured below, which gets its own unique ribbon and money pile center piece. Not fully satisfied with the placement of the figure, color treatment or scale, but it's got the vibe I'm looking for...

zdepski's Commie Spud - Capitalist, digital illustration

All digital, except for the initial pencil drawing. I use Painter 11, Photoshop and Illustrator CS2 (still too cheap to upgrade)

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Hot Rod Betty

Zdepski's digital illustration of Betty Page on a Flatehead Ford motor
Betty's surfing a Tsunami with two Hot Dog Tiki gods.

I tried to model my technique on Gil Elvgren, but seemed to have a more wild subject than Gil usually executed. I used the Tiki god from the Brady Bunch episode with Vincent Price... NOT exactly, but the face and rounded hair bits are from that tiki necklace. The dude way in the back is from my earlier Short-board Tiki from July.

The Hot Rod masthead is correct, since they had switched from the deep maroon and cursive "magazine" to the block letters on hot red in 1952... PLUS Hawai'i was still a US Territory in '52, not becoming a state until Eisenhower signed the paper in 1959.

25 cents... wow.

Digital Illustration - Corel Painter 11, Adobe Photoshop CS2 and bits of Illustrator CS2

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Friday, October 9, 2009

IF: Flying

zdepski's digital illustration, Kelly Kicking a Kite
Sometimes, a kite needs a little help getting off the ground.

Kelly Kicking a Kite

K from dogBabies Backyard ABC project.

Pencil, Painter 11, Photoshop CS2

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Zdepski's digital illustration of Betty Page on a Flatehead Ford motor
Betty's surfing a Tsunami with two Hot Dog Tiki gods.

I just finished this on Sunday Afternoon... Betty Seems to be FLYING down the Tsunami on the Flathead Ford... So you pick the one you like.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

New Card Layout

zdepski's revised Commie Spud Card layout
Commie Cards are taking shape. I took some great advise from David Labrozzi and got hammering on the text and continuity of objects within the layout. I did away with much of the "computer crisp" within the type and objects. I wanted a bit more hand-done, so I was able to use a number of sketchbook items like the star and potato in their near-raw form. i also did away with some of the visual clutter around Sputnik... I like how the Ribbon is working now, it's more organic and easier reading of the titles.... yes?

I also got rid of the MIG and Sputnik on the face region. I thought it was busy... this also enforces the 2 designation... the whole joke! Commies are all the same value in the idealized society.

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Saturday, October 3, 2009

Before Tor - Chowderhead

Zdepski's version of Chowderhead Cohen testifying - 1940

Chowderhead Cohen is listed in this 1940 photo as a Labor Spy and Strike-breaker - I did some web searching an found him to be a small-time thug and enforcer for a madam he also was suspected of murdering in 1931 - love the expression... i thought it was a gangland murder photo, but he's just testifying before Congress... getting all sweaty.

John Baer's Illustration of the Christmas Presents from Labor Struggle - 1940

John Baer's editorial illustration depicting a child - 1940

I bought an archive of the union newspaper, LABOR from the library sale yesterday. $5 for the weekly editions of 1940 and 1941. LABOR was published by a conglomerate of 15 different Railroad Unions out of Washington DC. Unfortunately, many of the pages are falling apart, but I thought I could find some cool "Commie" reference for my latest jaunt. There are some very, very stiff editorial illustrations by a cartoonist named John Baer (1886-1970) - DIG THE HAIRLINE ON THAT KID!!!

John Baer's Illustration from 1940

Baer did go a number of "Fat Cat Industrialists" and "Rich War Profiteers" - Perfect source material for my last Commie Card: The Old Maid - The Capitalist. Here's my sketch:
Zdepski's Capitalist sketch for his old Maid set

IF: Germs - Swine Flu

zdepski's digital illustration of the h1n1 germ
First image to pop in my head upon reading the word of the day... H1N1 Germ, pig virus, swine flu, porcine puking, bacon blasting, ham heaving... I'm running out of cleverisms.

pencil to digital, Photoshop CS2

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