Wednesday, August 21, 2013


zdepski's illustration of an obese monkey on a hercules bettle I've found a few inspiring pieces of reference for this week's Illustration Friday word. My son found a HUGE bug on our front porch this weekend: The Eastern Hercules Beetle, the largest beetle in the USA at a full 2 inches or more. The other piece of reference was finding a photo of those obese Osaka Zoo monkeys that were all over the net a couple of years ago... they crack me up. I merged the two pieces together into a prehistoric or other-worldly scene inspired by a classic Frank Frazetta pyramid layout. Power in the primordial soup... Digital Ink done in Corel Painter 11, Color is done in Photoshop CS6 on the Wacom Cintiq.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

FezBaby - In Color

FezBaby or Son of Krakatoa

zdepski's carving, FezBaby face region up close

FezBaby - Face Region

zdepski's carving, FezBaby three photographs of the color application

FezBaby - in Color

Chainsaw carving with Latex and Acrylic paint (two areas with metallic spraypaint) 44 inches high, White Pine

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Uncle Burt - Illegal Alien

Fresh Off the Boat!!!

zdepski's illustration of Uncle Burt - Illegal Alien: Ship Diving

Uncle Burt : Illegal Alien - Ship Diving

Fact 3: Burt bet his fellow shipmates he could jump off the ocean liner while under way... His friends (fellow ship's stewards) payed out a rope off the stern... the Captain wasn't happy.

zdepski's illustration of Uncle Burt - Illegal Alien

Uncle Burt : Illegal Alien

Uncle Burt was thrown off the dock into the harbor by his father to "teach him to swim."

Sunday, August 4, 2013

FezBaby - Chainsaw Carving

zdepski's day three progress photo of the FezBaby carving.

FezBaby - about 10 hours of carving. I've been using the chainsaw, but have resorted to chisels to to much of the inside edge details for items like the building block letter-forms, the baby's face and fingers. I also have been using my offset grinder with a 40 grit sanding disc to make the baby's skin smooth. It wouldn't be much of a baby if it weren't smooth.

zdepski's sketch for the FezBaby carving.

Pencil Sketch

zdepski's carving, around 5 hours of effort.

This is around 5 hours in, if you count the drawing. You can see how rough it is with the saw marks on the face. It really did need the sanding disc applied, as seen in the video.