Friday, May 27, 2011

IF: Asleep

Puapualenalena and the Mocking Demons
Puapualenalena and the Mocking Demons

Here is a snippet from the Hawai'ian Folk Tale, "Puapualenalena, Wizard Dog of the Waipi'o Valley" by Thomas Cummings, Jr. I was matched with Thomas in the "Trickster" project, edited by Matt Dembicki and published by Fulcrum Press. Trickster is currently up for an Eisner Award in the Best Anthology category, and I PLEAD with you to vote if you're an artist or writer in the comics industry... we're real "underdogs".... snicker-snicker-snicker

This was my first fully digital project, so I'm pretty excited that it's part of such a well regarded anthology. I worked on this with my old Intuos 3 tablet. Not the easiest item to work with.

Thanks for voting, and let's cross our fingers for the announcement at San Diego Comicon!

Friday, May 20, 2011

IF: Soaked

zdepski's illustration of the ground crew for a Mecha
Soaked with Suds
No matter how cool the machine, some poor jerk has to wash it when the hot-shot pilots bring it back to the base.

I think my ability to draw robots and machinery is very limited, so I'm challenging myself to do more of them, rather than avoiding them. I notice my "mecha" look very organic in places, but that's OK. I need to make them my own.

I had recently seen an old Army Air Corps film on the B-29 "Superfortress" from 1946. I took the nose of the airplane to make the "head" of my robo-thingy.

Pencil to Cintiq with Photoshop.
Click to enlarge.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

IF: Safari

zdepski's Recipe for a SAFARI mixed drink

1/2 oz. Lime Juice
1/2 oz. Maraschino Cherry Juice
1/2 oz. Grand Marnier
2 1/2 oz. Rum
Shake with Ice
Pour in Tumbler
Garnish with Mint
Commune with Nature

I love all things "Tiki", so I wanted to do a Tiki Tumbler drinking glass, PLUS I've been itching to do a recipe of some sort. I thought it would go well with my style of writing on my drawings as part of the narrative. I looked and looked for a Safari sounding drink name, and didn't find one I liked, so I made my own.

I wish I had a better equipped Liquor Cabinet, but I'll have to wait to gather the ingredients.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Rope a Dope

Zdepski's Illustration, Rope a Dope

I Learned to Climb Rope with My Toes
Acrylic on Canvas - 24 inches high by 18 inches wide
May 13, 2011

Enough said...

Self Portrait of me during 1968, the Summer of Love. My first painting in two years.
Click to enlarge the Muscular Tree-Monkey Toe Grip!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Davey Crocked

Davey Crocked - Orange Blossom Honey Label

Davey Crocked
4/5 Crock
Blinded Tennessee Hydrated Bear Grease
Warms You When You Hunt Bare
Burpled By Al & Moe Blottling Co.
Dollars, Taxes
1 lb. Honey, Tropical Blossom, Edgewater Florida

In the 1960s, before the Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages, was a little company called Orange Blossom Honey by Tropical Blossom of Edgewater Florida. They packaged their honey in glass 1/5 Whiskey Flasks with crazy labels. My older brothers, Greg and Mark loved them, and had a few sitting in their room as decoration after the honey was gone. I think there is a bit of Mad Magazine influence.

Gag Bottles - Orange Blossom Honey Label

Top Left: Old Grand-pa
Top Right: Daniel Booze
Lower Left: Old Bar Stool
Lower Right: Old Dog Cabin

I found them all at a Japanese collector site. My bottle is down on the right! I'm going to do some further research about the labels to add to this post.

Friday, May 6, 2011

IF: Beginner

zdepski's illustration - boy's side of the gym
School Dance, Boy's Side of the Gym

Someone has to break the ice! Middle school dances can be a stress on kids that don't fit into their own skin. The boys are all trying to be cool, but hoping the girl they're crushing on will look their way.

My daughter Zhana was the inspiration for the chatty little lady on the right. She's all about dancing and is asking the boy that sits next to her in Civics class to boogie-down.


Pencil and Photoshop on with my Wacom Cintiq.
Click the Picture to Enlarge the Awkward Moment!

ALSO: Please check out my NEW Slideshow on my portfolio site... It's Ginchy!