Friday, June 24, 2011

IF: Midsummer's Night

zdepski's painting Jake and Jennies, 2005
Jake and Jennies
4:30 am on a muggy summer's morning - Jake (Bottom) is interested in who's disturbing his nighttime frolic with the Jenny sisters.

Sorry I'm copping out with a painting from 2005, but I'm still framing my show. I have to deliver the pieces on Monday... setting glass, screwing hangers and tying wire. The tedium of being an artist.

I could use an assistant, but I don't trust anyone to do it the way I want it done.

Friday, June 17, 2011

IF: Launch

Shocked Doc illustration by Paul Zdepski
Shocked Doc
Doctor Fizzle has launched his latest creation. He wasn't expecting the Artificial Intelligence to be so independent!

I have no idea where this picture stems... Pick a word and run!

This is a very odd painting done in Photoshop CS5 on my old Wacom Intuos3 5"x7". Hope you like it. Click the image to enlarge.

Zillustration-Chillustration

Zillustration-Chillustration Postcard Paul Zdepski and Tom Chipley's art show
Illustrators indoors? Yes, we're house trained. Tom Chipley and I are showing at the local National Public Radio (NPR) affiliate in Harrisonburg Virginia. WMRA is the radio station of James Madison University, and serves the Shenandoah Valley, Blue Ridge and Northern Virgina regions. Tom's work has graced the pages of ROAD & TRACK, ROD & CUSTOM, and MODEL AVIATION magazines.

The opening is Friday, July 1st from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. If you can't make it, know that the show runs until October 3rd. I will be posting a PDF catalog of the work, including an intro by a respected person with more clout and word prowess than I can muster. The catalog will be available after the opening.

I hope to see you there. If you can't make it, download the catalog after and let me know what you think! OK?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

IF: Swept

zdepski's character study of Baba Yaga sweeping her porch
Baba Yaga Sweeping Her Porch
When I read the Illustration Friday word, "Swept", I thought of "Brooms". I couldn't get past the simplest solution, which is someone sweeping... but, who? Why?

Witches are always associated with brooms. Ok... Cliche witch riding a broom? No.

I figured I tie it back to my Ukrainian roots, and have Baba Yaga doing something. How about sweeping her Hut that has Chicken Legs? How about sweeping her porch? What is a porch on a legged hut?

Why am I asking so many questions for an Illustration Friday project?

Here's Baba Yaga sweeping her porch, whistling a little Spring Cleaning tune. A Twitter friend said she looks very "Flintstones" - I have to agree

Cintiq in Photoshop - used a Primary pallet, Red, Blue and Yellow... I think I could use a couple of different pallet approaches. I'm not satisfied with the RBY pallet.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Shrunken Head Display

zdepski's shrunken heads on display
Here they are, Bushy and Baldy. Shrunken heads made of Super Sculpy, leather, bone, shells and stones. I wanted to put them in the upcoming show in Harrisonburg, VA, but they needed a display box. I made a simple poplar box then lined the back with split bamboo, suspended the one and set the other on a bamboo section. The leaves are dried bamboo, too. I used them to make it a little "jungle-like".

The show is in two weeks, so I'm scrambling to finish all of the frames... 40 pieces going in, with a short dozen of them without frames. work work work.

click the pictures to enlarge them.

Trash Cart

Family Photos: 1890, 1939 and 1969
zdepski's white trash relatives
Photo of my grandmother, Hazel in a cart with her sisters being pulled by some sad black kid from the neighborhood - The poor kid looks like he was crying, too. My White Trash great-grand parents are in the background with their hands on their hips, like a couple of Cracker-Misers... Well, that's New Jersey.
Frenchtown New Jersey Band, 1939
Mr. Hitler taught the Frenchtown Marching Band how to Goose-Step in bobby-socks. Mom has her saxophone and uncle Bill is in the back with his trumpet. Imagine the cacophony coming from that house on Saturday afternoons while they practiced!
zdepski holding a submachinegun on his brother James, 1969
My older brothers were into photography. They had a dark-room in the basement. We younger brothers were posed like action figures to get the perfect shot. James is taking a bullet, while I aim down the barrel... "Hey, Einstein! No need to aim when you're that close!"

Friday, June 3, 2011

IF: Shadows

Professor Becker smoking a cigar by Paul Zdepski
Professor Becker Smoking
My friend BJ Becker was kind enough to pose for a number of us while in New York a few years back. BJ is a handsome guy, dresses to the nines, full head of hair and sports a monocle. You can't ask for more!

Upon reading this week's Illustration Friday subject, I immediately thought of the old TV soap opera, "DARK SHADOWS" from the late 1960s. I was a bit young, but was fascinated by Barnabas Collins (played by Johnathan Frid), the resident Vampire on the show. I thought BJ had a bit of that same Gothic mystery about him in this pose, so I put a monogrammed ring on his little finger and illuminated it with the glow of the cigar.

I have been lax about painting directly in the digital realm, and thought I should do a grisaille in grays. I cheated by adding the cigar glow.

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Kazu Sano

link to zdepski's PDF of Kazu Sano lecture

Sorry to hear of the passing of illustration great Kazuhiko Sano (1952-2011). His work is awe inspiring. My condolences to the Sano Family, friends and many the students he mentored. You will be missed.

Kazu's website can be viewed here.


Click the pic to download my reaction paper to the Kazu Sano lecture of March 19th, 2009 at the Academy of Art, San Francisco, CA. The paper's theme is mentors and teachers. Sano's story was uncannily similar to my mentor Hiroshi Murata's early upbringing.