Saturday, July 30, 2011

IF: Obsession

zdepski's illustration of Helter Skelter, Charlie Manson and the Beatles

Helter Skelter - Charlie Manson and the Beatles

Charlie was Obsessed with the Beatles, the girls weer obsessed with Charlie and the Beatles were obsessed with their music.

Digital illustration in Corel Painter 11 and Adobe Photoshop via Cintiq.
Click to enlarge the image.
Here is a link to an earlier sketch of this composition done in ink. I deleted the stained glass windows behind the Beatles, but kept the floral archway. You can see it's a bit more complicated, but I like the results of the colored version much more.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Perennial Project -Shrunken Heads

zdepski's illustration of shrunken head number 3

Shrunken Head Number 3 illustration
Merger illustration of previous head illustration from NYC and my newly sculpted head number 3.

zdepski's sculpture of shrunken head number 3

Shrunken Head Number 3 raw sculpture
sculpted from Super Sculpy, roughly 3x3x3 inches

Click to enlarge the illustration - sculpture is same size as blog display

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bookplate

zdepski's illustration of an armadillo reading for a bookplate
My cousin, Sarah and husband, Joel are looking into how to get the books they loan out, back. Joel is tired of whipping out a Sharpie and scribbling his name in the upper left-hand corner of the inside cover. So, a quick email and a quick turn-around has produced the first "Meissner Library" bookplate.

I've used my Armadillo Reading in the Cactus Patch for the imagery, and ignoring the border at this moment, since they may need to run them off as Avery labels. No border is the same as ample bleed in a situation like this. Many folks have Microsoft Word and an Inkjet printer, so it allows them to output a stack of labels in a few hours.

If Sarah and Joel want to go through a print shop, I can dream up an appropriate border to go with the image.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Worry Bird

zdepski's drawing of the Worry Bird, Flugimistletoeboo

The Worry Bird - Flugimistletoeboo

Digital illustration derived from a carving my father did, long before I was born. I have seen the Worry Bird on the side of WW2 airplanes, and also as a character by Daniel Clowes. I wanted to put my own spin on it, but try to place elements from my Dad's carving; big beak, crossed feet, no wings, but without a pine cone body.

I'm sure my pop saw it in a magazine or while he was living in Alaska. It must have been part of some obscure pop-culture reference or song of the day... The name alone has a real "Andrew's Sisters" feel to it... I'm still researching.

The Worry Bird has got a place in my heart, like the Kitchen Witch, especially when trying to juggle so many things at once, as I do... Let HIM worry about it, not me.

Steven Zdepski's carving of the Worry Bird, Flugimistletoeboo

Carving of the Worry Bird by Steven Zdepski - Flugimistletoeboo

B-24 Bomber - The Worry Bird

B-24 Bomber - The Worry Bird

Friday, July 15, 2011

IF: Gesture

zdepski's Swimming Hole illustration for Corporal Punishment Series

The Swimming Hole
Some kids had above-ground... other kids had in-ground Pools. We had a hose!!
"Con Found the Doggon Thing Anyhow!! Oh Good Night!!" -- Dad's Tirade
Dad yelled at us to stop or we'd burn out the water pump.
So... We all got Impetigo from the Crap-filled creek.
The next year we got a YMCA pool membership.

The gesture was there... it didn't quite work out the way we planned.
The latest in the Corporal Punishment Series. Click to enlarge the Summer-time Fun!

Also: DOWNLOAD the new 24 page Gallery Book for my joint show at James Madison University! HERE IT IS

For those that couldn't make the opening, click the link above to check out the accompanying gallery book with an introduction by WMRA/NPR contributing reporter, Martha Woodroof. If you're in the region (Virginia) between now and October 3rd, stop by the WMRA studios for a tour of the show.

Friday, July 8, 2011

IF: Stay of Execution

zdepski's illustration - stay of execution
Stay of Execution
Messing around with a new approach to digital painting. I created a brush from a photo of cluster of crystals, nearly 1500px wide, which scales well when used as a 50px or 17px brush. The result is a natural edge without the digital feel. I'm also trying to work "backwards" by creating an interesting silhouette and then adjusting the form to fit. I started with a simple grayscale paintings of an Evil-Germanic-Santa-Claus and a Raggity-Prisoner. I added color over a few hours in Photoshop and Painter11. The background is from photo reference I shot at the parking garage at the college, but crudded up the interior with a few dangling wires and three goons standing around in the shadows.

There's a lot to learn with both of these approaches, but I'm liking the recent results.
Zdepski's source images for making Crystal Brushes in Photoshop
Crystal Formations for Photoshop Brushes

Also: DOWNLOAD the new 24 page Gallery Book for my show at James Madison University! HERE IT IS

For those that couldn't make the opening, click the link above to check out the accompanying gallery book with an introduction by WMRA/NPR contributing reporter, Martha Woodroof. If you're in the region (Virginia) between now and October 3rd, stop by the WMRA studios for a tour of the show.

Monday, July 4, 2011

shrunken head nyc

zdepski's digital painting of a shrunken head
I took a photo of a shrunken head in a glass vacuum jar while in SoHo NYC. I just found the photo and did a quick Cintiq painting of it in grays in Adobe Photoshop. Two days later I was messing in Corel Painter 11, trying to fine-tune some brushes for an upcoming comic book project. A good pen tool is in desperate need, so I made a new pen I call "Comic Inker", which is how I did the hair on the shrunken head. I didn't get to into the rope, but that would be very much a penned item if taken further.

I need to sculpt a couple more heads for my display. I've got to find some doll hair, or an old wig to use. The replacement hair from Michael's is awful; too curly and tangles too easily.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Vulture Squadron

Vulture Squadron by Paul Zdepski

I started messing with a black silhouette on a widescreen ratio canvas. The shape was real jagged and roughly in a bird shape. I thought I'd push it into a spaceship or jet. The background had been a rough and craggy moon surface, but eventually morphed into a mysterious city at night. Searchlights are searching for the squadron, like the London Blitz.

New direction, but an obvious progression from my science fiction work.

Done entirely on Cintiq in Photoshop. 2300 x 5000 pixels. Click it to see it at 1000 wide

Friday, July 1, 2011

IF: Remedy

Hippie doing Recycling by Paul Zdepski
The Remedy for Clutter is Recycling!

Get it out of the house and down to the collection center... HEY! Isn't that my P-Funk Album???

Watercolor on Fabriano.

DOWNLOAD the new 24 page Gallery Book for my show at James Madison University! HERE IT IS

For those that can't make the opening, click the link above to check out the accompanying gallery book with an introduction by WMRA/NPR contributing reporter, Martha Woodroof. If you're in the region (Virginia) during the next few months, stop by the WMRA studios for a tour of the show.