Hey, guys! Did I mention that I'm going to be in my very first gallery show? And that I'll be joined by some of the coolest people in the animation industry? It's called Too Art For TV and it's curated by Liz Artinian. I'll be contributing a portrait to the show. I'm really excited! I'll post more info once the promotional cards are available, but in the mean time, here's a sneak peak.
A lot of people kind of assume that Vampi is just some T&A queen, because...well...look at her! But there's a more to her than her sexuality. Did you know that she's a Vampire ALIEN? From outer SPACE? And that she hunts vampires here on Earth? I wanted to reflect her outer-space origins and give her kind of a fun, Barbarella look; still sexy, but more believable as a hunter.
I also have a nakeder variant. I am honestly torn, here, between staying true to the character and staying true to my own standards. Vampirella's been 3/4 naked for so long...maybe she's just one of those characters that's just SUPPOSED to be naked? I don't know.
I haven't painted a portrait in what feels like a very long time! (In fact I think the last time I did so for recreational purposes was the Thom Yorke portrait...and that was almost a year ago!)
This fellow here is Evan Johansen, aka Magnet, a Norwegian musician. I exaggerated his eyes a lot, making him appear somewhat wall-eyed; not out of any viciousness you understand. Actually I was thinking a lot about white rabbits when I painted him, how they have those far-set, red eyes. For some reason it made sense at the time.
A couple of months ago, back around MoCCA, a fascinating gent named David Malki(!) approached me about painting a poster for him. He had visions of cigar-shaped rockets and chaps in fedoras and a city of lights and monorails! It was my pleasure to bring those visions to life :) Here are the preliminary sketches and studies...
And here is the finished product! It's currently making the rounds at San Diego Comic Con as a limited run print, but at some point in the not too distint future (ha!) it will be a poster available for sale on the internet :) I will, of course, be letting you fine folks know just as soon as that happens.
Concept, text, and typography by David Malki, sketch, design, and painting by me!
I realize I haven't posted any of my Venture Bros. work since...ever? 99% of what I do is props and characters, but on Season 3 I had the opportunity to assist with backgrounds and, occasionally, even paint one of my own! Here are two Monarch interiors I painted for "Home Is Where The Hate Is" (alternatively "My Dinner With Hatred")!
EDIT: I almost forgot to mention the amazing background design team responsible for the original designs here! George Fort is the fearless leader, working with Ray Feldman, Denny Fincke, and Chris Palesty. (Guys, if you have blogs let me know so I can link them!)
And of course I am supervised by the crazy talented Liz Artinian and joined by the amazing Chris Fisher and Deo Pangandoyon (who never ever told me his last name so I had to go looking it up on Google. Thanks, Deo!)
Monarch's Sick Bay
(this one looks like it was stretched and skewed a bit).
Hopefully I can dig up some more to post later on :)
To my new blog/project? It's called Whirring Blender Weekly Design Challenge! Each week I take 2 or 3 designs and attempt to redesign them in another artist or property's style! This week kicked off with my challenge to take two Disney princesses and redesign them after the style of Hyung-tae Kim! Check it out!
This was another commission, this time for a young gent named Michael. He requested Mal and Inara from Firefly/Serenity. Lookit them! Awww! They're so in love! Or maybe not I've never seen the show.
I went with a different shading style here; very air-brushy, which was fun, but not something I plan on doing too much in the future. I'm always afraid I've either gone too far with the airbrush or not far enough!
This is a gig poster I did for London-based band Pocus Whiteface! The lead singer, Theo, commissioned it from me, and he basically let me do whatever I wanted with it. For some reason this is what I came up with!.
Rene Engström was kind enough to help yours truly when I was in need! So in return I drew her this little pinup! If you're not familiar with Rene's comic, Anders <3 Maria, you should MAKE yourself familiar! (Tis a bit graphic, though, so it's not for the kiddies or your workplace.)
One of my favorite actors is Rufus Sewell! So, in celebration of my adding 1 GB of RAM to my Mac, and the fact that it's been far too long since I've done a portrait, I've decided to try and paint Rufus. I'm toying with the approach at the moment, but in the meantime I'll share my sketch with you:
Sorry for the lack of updates, folks! I've been working on a couple of things, but none of them are ready to be shown off yet. In the meantime, please accept this, a preview of my guest comic for The Slightly Askew Adventures of Inspector Ham and Eggs, which should be going up some time this week. It's pretty "in-jokey" so I definitely suggest reading the current story first! It's only about 20 pages and it goes down smooth like a butter milkshake.
Here's a pinup I did for Ham and Eggs. I wanted to make a title card for what could have been an old cartoon of the two animals' early careers. Note the lack of pants on our hero. Classic.
Guys, if you haven't checked out The Slightly Askew Adventures of Ham and Eggs then you must do so now! It's hilariously written by Jesus Hates Zombies's Stephan Lindsay and illustrated by none other than my own sister Lauren Monardo! Lauren is totally kicking hammy butt with the art on this one, so go! GO!