Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Fukushima Godzilla

Fukushima Daiichi Godzilla
Godzilla switches to Water-mode at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant

In the early 1950's, the original Godzilla movie spoke to the dangers of nuclear power unleashed on the natural world. Now, sixty years later, Japan is suffering another crisis from that beast.

I can't see how pumping water on a poison like a nuclear pile will do any good except spreading it far and wide - both via steam and run-off.

If only we had heeded Gozilla's warning.

This piece is done as a sketch in my Strathmore sketchbook, then scanned into Photoshop and colored with the exact pallet used in the recent Ultraman piece. I then overlaid a black layer at percentage of opacity with an adjustment layer to bring the brights and highlights back out where needed. I chose the high contrast to mimic the original Gozilla movie's Black and White feel. There are plenty of scenes where Godzilla is almost in silhouette due to the contrast.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

IF: Toy

zdepski's illustration of Popper - creepy dogbaby
Creepy dobBaby with one of those awful faces from children's books of the 1950s.
zdepski's illustration of Popper - creepy dogbaby close-up
I used to do dogBabies with realistic faces... it's pretty disturbing.
zdepski's illustration of Mia as she Masterfully Mows

I used the Popper toy again in a future illustration for Mia as she Masterfully Mows.

Popper is Oil on canvas
Mia is digital in Cintiq

Friday, March 18, 2011

IF: Cultivate

zdepski's illustration of digging around the roots of the tree.
"Digging around the Roots"
a sketched spread from my Tornado Joe story - the kids are helping their grand father move one of the trees. The old milk cow and her calf are hitched up and ready to pull it back to the farm.

This image reminds me of the years my brothers and father spent harvesting timber or firewood from the many stands of hardwood in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. We cut it, drug it out of the woods, "stickered" it (putting strips of wood between each plank to allow air to move and dry the lumber), planed, sawed and shaped them...

Dad was a fine woodworker - he saw walnut, cherry and oak as money in the bank. He was right. The cost of those woods are beyond the means of many, but dad's foresight has allowed my brothers and me to continue to build items with those harvested trees 30-40 years later.

Dad was cultivating woodworkers.

Sketched from my sketchbook - colored in Photoshop via Cintiq - click to enlarge

Friday, March 11, 2011

IF: Stir

Zdepski's page 2 of Sing Sing, a one act opera
Hazel Awoke Singing One Sunday Morning

Hazel Stirs on Sunday morning.

I've hand bound a short run of 9 books of "Sing Sing - A One Act Opera" in the last 24 hours. My friend Matt Dembicki has offered to show them at the upcoming S.P.A.C.E. show in Ohio next weekend. He has been gracious enough to

  1. prod me into action...

  2. display these books within his rented space...

  3. submit "Sing Sing" into the prize competition for the upcoming S.P.A.C.E. award...

Thank you Matt.

you can download a PDF version of the booklet here, without the super-duper cover wrap (with Hippocratic Oath).

Saturday, March 5, 2011

IF: Warning

Ultraman with his Warning Light blinking, animation by Paul Zdepski
Ultraman just defeated another Rubber suited monster from outer space. He's worked up an Ultra-sweat, and depleted his energy. His Ultra-lite begins blinking a warning. He MUST fly to the sun before he collapses to the ground and dies.
Ultraman with his Warning Light blinking, illustration by Paul Zdepski
Thank you Ultraman, for your service to the people of Earth! Now fly, hero, Fly!
showing my age...
I loved Ultraman as a kid. I had to hang out with the kids down the street to see it. They had better television aerials than us... even though we were on top of the hill, we couldn't get the New York UHF channels in too well.

Ah, the age of analog TV... Three channels and static everywhere else.

Wacom Cintiq, Sketchbook Pro, Photoshop = merged and animated in Photoshop and ImageReady CS2

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