Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Don't Get Yelled At

Advice for 12-year olds, How to Not Get Yelled At by your Uncles by Paul Zdepski

How to NOT Get YELLED At by your Ukrainian Uncles.

These tips also are known to work for German, Norwegian, Italian, Portuguese and Japanese Uncles, too. Adjust accordingly.

I grew up in a family of tradesmen. Each became a master of their craft. My brothers and I were expected to be experienced through osmosis, and if we faltered, we were berated. I was carrying buckets of mortar, shoveling gravel, hauling dirt and sweeping up at a young age. If you were a male in the family, you were expected to work with the men.

shovel sand or gravel from the bottom of the pile, not the top. break loads into two trips rather than one lazy man's load.

On that premise, I've built a number of illustrations about survival at the workplace for 12-year olds. I chose that age because of the biblical reference to manhood… "and yay verily, he became a man…"

Getting yelled at by burly masons and carpenters in front of other laborers and tradesmen is a humiliating and frustrating thing. I'm passing these gems of information onto you and any kids you may know that have to show up on the job site with all the knowledge about how things are done.

I hope this helps. Look for more tips in the upcoming issue of the Magic Bullet 8

Move smaller machines to sweep. carrying two partial buckets is easier than one full one.

Original sketch form - These two tips aren't in the Magic Bullet, but should be.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sister Rosetta Tharpe

zdepski's illustration of sister rosetta tharpe and her gibson SG

Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her Gibson SG

This Train! Check out the video... I love her stage presence. She loved what she was doing.

I awoke at 2:30AM again... Sister Rosetta was in my thoughts. I see her in a painting surrounded by little paintings of angelic choir members in different poses of praise. I will have to hash this idea out... However, here's the early morning sketch with digital color and background. I have drawn her with a standard guitar pick, and experts will notice that she used a thumb pick. I'm sorry.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Early Spring

Early Spring - painting by Paul Zdepski

Early Spring - acrylic on canvas, 2014

Second painting of the year. I found an old negative in a pile of family photos. This stems from the late 1930s or early 1940s. I believe it is my sister-in-law's step mother as a young girl. I thought her gesture and placement near the budding fruit tree was very poetic and need to be turned into a painting... here it is.

This painting is currently hanging at the Shenandoah Arts Council Gallery in Winchester VA.

Friday, January 3, 2014

Wild Charlie Valinski

Wild Charlie Valinski and ole Number 1 - painting on canvas, 2014

Wild Charlie Valinski and Ole' Number One - Acrylic on Canvas, 2014

First painting of the year, second in the "Uncle Charlie" series. Charlie was a racer in the 1920s and was killed while racing in 1929. My mother in law has a few Charlie stories, but mostly remembers how her father, Charlie's brother worshiped his memory. I'm doing this series as a memorial to him, for her and my own children. He deserves to have bit of history told about him.

Those of you that have been watching my style of digital illustration may not realize that I know how to paint... but I do.

Wild Charlie Valinski and the Nyikos Automobile Club - painting on canvas, 2013

Wild Charlie Valinski and the Nyikos Automobile Club Racing Team - Acrylic on Canvas, 2013

Charlie joined a number of other Polish/Hungarian immigrants in the 1920s as part of the automobile craze. He was a draw to local races throughout Indiana and neighboring states, with the monicker "Wild" tacked on before his name. He died on a banked turn after tangling for position with a fellow racer. The other guy walked away, but Charlie's lifeless body had to be carried off the track. Wild Charlie Valinski and ole Number 1 - pencil sketch on canvas, 2014

Wild Charlie Valinski and Ole' Number One - Pencil Sketch on Canvas

I block the painting in by drawing directly on the canvas. I then do a number of washes with acrylic to build up the deeper color.

These two paintings are for sale, and currently hanging in the Shenandoah Art Council Gallery in Winchester VA if you want to check them out.