Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Faded Glory

Old man in a CT Diner, sketch by Paul Zdepski

Old Man in a Connecticut Diner

Faded husk of a different man waiting for Godot. He was a sack of bones in baggy machinist's clothes. Sip, sip sipping his Decaf.

I used some faded blue jeans as my pallet choice. It's a 2B Graphite drawing from my last trip to my MFA sessions in Connecticut... up the river from Avon.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Roof Patch

Tante Marta on the Roof patching it with Flattened Sardine Cans by Paul Zdepski

They used flattened sardine cans to patch the holes in their roof.

It was quite a sight to watch Marta on the roof, scuttling from one leaky hole to another under the watchful eye of Emma and Lydia on the ground. Marta was a self sufficient person, with a can-do attitude. Since the sisters ate canned sardines and oatmeal every day, they had accumulated barrels, and I mean 55 gallon OIL DRUMS of sardine cans. They use the materials on hand.

The Blue Jay watching the action is a homage to the only bird Marta ever killed. She said the Jay infuriated her as it chased all the other birds from the bird feeder in the winter. After she shot it with her 22cal., remorse set in. The Blue Jay was only behaving the way God had made it. If it's any consolation, my sister remembers seeing birds fly down and sit on Marta's hat and shoulders... so they knew she had the best intentions.

Click the picture to view at twice the size.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Player Piano

Zdepski's illustration of his Tantes player piano

The Tantes had a player piano... we never heard it play.

My great aunts were hoarders before the word was commonly used... We use "Pack Rats" to describe them. The only four legged item without crap piled on top was the dog. Even the Tub had newspapers and boxes piled inside.

Click the Pic to enlarge the Clutter!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Ant Trap

zdepski's concept illustration - ant trap

Ant Trap - Creature Concept

Working up some Sci Fi art - I love doing it, but haven't pursued the market. It's just plain fun for me. These are ant-like creatures on another world. Like all good architects, I've placed a human in the picture for scale. Adobe Photoshop

Monday, May 14, 2012

Stand Straight

zdepski's illustration of Marta telling Lydia to Stand Up Straight

Marta Pestered Lydia to "Stand Up Straight!"

Lydia was much more frail than Marta could stand, and with their deeply held opinions about every subject, Lydia received a few comments about her posture.

I doubt the word "Osteoporosis" was even in their vernacular, since it isn't written in Leviticus or Isaiah.

The latest piece in the ongoing saga of Tantes Marta, Lydia and Emma. This piece is drawing in graphite, the cleaned up in Photoshop.

Friday, May 11, 2012


Tante Marta eating Corn on the Cob - Illustration by Paul Zdepski

Marta's industrial grade dental work ensured that corn was on the menu until the end.

Tante Marta had some crazy steel rimmed teeth that could gnaw through chicken bones and venison jerky. She wouldn't shy away from anything set before her at the dinner table.

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Dutch Boy

zdepski's illustration of his brother mixing paint by hand

Tante Lydia made James mix paint from Linseed oil and White Lead Bricks. Dad arrived 6 hours later with a Drill. James' hands were too blistered to use it.

The Tantes had ancient paint laying around their property that was part of their father's business in Irvington NJ in the early 1900s. By the 1970s, the lead bricks and linseed oil had crusted and turned to tar. We were at the mercy of the "adults", and forced to do chores for the old ladies... some chores were easier than others.

My brother James still cringes at this story. NO, he didn't have a pair of wooden shoes on, but it makes the picture.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Moldy Oldie

Prune and Peach illustration by Paul Zdepski

Prune and Peach

oil on strathmore 4ply museum board, 1997

an oldie from the flatfile, as a commentary on old dudes marrying young hotties. Sugar Daddy plucking some Gold Digger from some perfectly miserable existence into another. I think of Woody Allen and Soon Yi, Tony Randall and Heather Harlan or most famously, J. Howard Marshall and Anna Nichole Smith.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

I Didn't Understand Them

zdepski's illustration - I didn't understand them

My Tantes were whacky old ladies. I didn't understand them.

This is a frame from the upcoming comic in the DC Conspiracy's Magic Bullet #5. There's a July deadline for artwork, but I've got such a busy summer, I need to finish it now or lose my window.