Thursday, June 21, 2012

LeRoy Neiman 1921-2012

Iconic American artist LeRoy Neiman, known for his trademark handlebar mustache and his bright, impressionistic portrayals of the world's top sporting events, died in New York on Wednesday. He was 91.

Neiman was born June 8, 1921, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the son of Lydia Sophia Serline and Charles Julius Runquist. He later took the surname of one of his stepfathers, after his biological father abandoned the family, his biography says.
He enlisted in the army in 1942, serving during World War II. Neiman was in the invasion of Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge, according to his publicist Gail Parenteau, later attending Chicago's prestigious School of the Art Institute on the G.I. Bill.
Neiman taught at the Institute for 10 years early in his career before gaining recognition as a contributing artist for Playboy in the 1950s.
The series "Man at His Leisure" appeared in the magazine for 15 years, showing the artist's impressions of sporting events and social activities. Included in the series was the Grand Prix in Monaco, the Beatles in London and the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
Staying true to his style, Neiman's public persona was as almost as colorful as his artwork.
"I guess I created LeRoy Neiman," the artist once said, according to the biography on his website. "Nobody else told me how to do it. Well, I'm a believer in the theory that the artist is as important as his work."

I have read a few articles that say Playboy tarnished his reputation as a serious artist.

I HIGHLY disagree and think he was a defining visionary of Playboy's legendary image and style.
Plus, he looked like he had fun doing it.
Thumb through any vintage issue of Playboy and tell me its not true.

Rest, in peace.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

A Look Back Pt 15- Wednesday, June 20th

...And here is the last of the Dune art I will show.
 There is always more but, this is a good place to stop for now.

"The willow submits to the wind and prospers until one day it is many willows — a wall against the wind. This is the willow's purpose."

- Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam 
Dune character studies.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

A Look Back Pt 14- Tuesday, June 19th

Here is the full image ROUGHLY put together.
 ( Small scanner, sorry.)
Enjoy, fellow Dune fans!

Dune studies.

Monday, June 18, 2012

A Look Back Pt 13- Monday, June 18th

Well, it's late and I missed posting for my Monday audience, but here is my rendering of Frank Herbert's Dune.
Its a fantastic book and I really fell into drawing it for some time...
There is a good body of sketches from that time I read the book over and over.
A little bit of Moebius' concept influence and some David Lynch-ian feeling helped to round out my ideas as well.

I will put the whole image together, but for now here's some parts of this giant sheet of character sketches.

The Baron, Lady Fenring, Duncan, and Feyd.

Paul Atreides and Dr.Huey.

Count Fenring, Thufir Hawat, and Lady Jessica.

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Look Back Pt 12- Friday, June 15th

 Just had lunch w some long time video game pals/veterans and thought this would be a good offering for today.

Might have seen these on a previous blog post. Maybe not.

Unused concepts for a space game that was never really going to get made. Mutiny was afoot while us swabs were on deck working.

Some quick comps from a game I worked on in '99.

NO weekend posts, so see you Monday.

*** I'm the first to admit I don't do great vehicles, but I  liked the ideas enough to show them... ***

Space vehicles- rough comp

floating car

 ...and a big ,bad mini boss w/ a dust buster missile launcher.

Heavy, dude.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

A Look Back Pt 11- Thursday, June 14th


Goldie-The Mack

"The Mack"- 1973

Goldie and his younger brother, Olinga, work it out.

 "You really don't understand do you?

Hey man don't you realize in order for us to make this thing work man we've got to get rid of the pimps and the pushers and the prostitutes and then start all over again clean."

"Yeah but nobody's pushing me anywhere ok. I mean not you, not the cops, nobody man. I mean you wanna get rid of the pushers I'll help you. But don't send your people left to me."

"Oh come on John, can't you see that we can't get rid of one without getting rid of the other. We gotta come down on both of them at the same time in order for this whole thing to work for the people."

"Yeah but nobody's closing me out of my business."

Based on a true story.
Bored kids on a ranch w firecrackers.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

A Look Back Pt 10- Wednesday, June 13th

We are at double digits for posts now!

Today's offering is left overs from my video game days. ( R.I.P. )

The first two were studies/ roughs of the main human villain for Monolith's Aliens vs Predator 2.

General Rykov. A hard nosed, surly guy.

 And this is from 2004's Lemony Snicket's game.

A power meter for your character aptly named the misery meter.
Oh, the tongue in cheek joke of making a misery meter for a video game.

And now a tangent...
Video games. Never what it should have been after all those years.
I loved the people I worked with. Most of them. Found some good friends along the way.
I'm sure they feel the same. The ones that don't...?

"I don't care if you like me or not...'cuz I LIKE ME." - Bernie Mac

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

A Look Back Pt 9- Tuesday, June 12th

 Its a great feeling as an artist when you are finally able to draw
 the subject matter you admired and grew up with.
 This is copied/redrawn from a really neat Robotech art book that came out some 20+ years ago.

Robotech:Macross' Lisa Hayes

Nina paints.

I seem to draw a Nina girl every now and then. I don't know any Ninas but seem to like the name, I guess.

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Look Back Pt 8- Monday, June 11th

Happy Monday, to all.
The posts keep coming!
Any questions? I will answer in a timely manner.

Nina says, "Mine."

X Factor's Marvel Girl and Cyclops

Vincent was pleased.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

A Look Back Pt 7- Sunday, June 10th

This has been on my blog before or a previous incarnation of it, but- I like it.

Lets Get It On- 1973

"We're all sensitive people
With so much to give
Understand me, sugar
Since we've to be here
Let's live
I love you
There's nothing wrong with me
Loving you, baby no no
And giving yourself to me can never be wrong
If the love is true."

Marvin Gaye was and always will be the man.
Excellent, inspiring music for the short time he was here.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

A Look Back Pt 6- Saturday, June 9th

Dandy Rollins makes a graceful exit.

Friday, June 8, 2012

A Look Back Pt 5- Friday, June 8th

We made it through a work week of consecutive posts.
Hope its been fun and enjoyable.
We will see how week 2 goes. 

Science fantasy prologue page
At the last checkpoint of the Outer rim, a lone guard keeps alert with stims and the slight breeze of the evening.
Two anti -grav Check point robot guards are his only company.
The Titan gun tugs hover back and forth in an alternating crisscross pattern. A dated relic from a long forgotten campaign, but no less deadly for their age and wear.

Mendel checks his counter and sighs.
 “ I should alternate them.”
He cracks a stim under his nose and inhales, but coughs and throws the stim capsule to the ground.
What the hell is wrong w/ me?! 
How did I get to this point?
A worthless sentry on a long forgotten outpost w/ two scrap heaps for company?! They are as old as my grandfather himself when he was in the service of the Imperium.
What a solider he was!
A glorious career in the military, serving in deadly campaigns and fighting for a just cause. Honored by all who knew him and served under his command.
Look at me …demoted so many times, they dump me at  the furthest checkpoint in the realm.
An embarrassment to the uniform and with two mindless antiques that  need constant repair.

Scared of whats under the bed.

Love and Rockets girls.
 My friend Mando worked at Fantagraphics and he turned me on to this series around 1998 and I am forever grateful.
 Amazing work from the Hernandez clan for all the years they have made this comic.

Monday, June 4, 2012

A Look Back Pt 1- Monday, June 4th.

Going to a commercial art school, we were taught to think and draw w an editorial hat on, mixed w a fine art sensibility.
 Books, comics, and movies were always being looked at for entertainment and inspiration.

ALEX- A Clockwork Orange.
Alex, a teenager living in near-future England, leads his gang on nightly orgies of opportunistic, random "ultra-violence." Alex's friends ("droogs" in the novel's Anglo-Russian slang, Nadsat) are Dim, a slow-witted bruiser who is the gang's muscle; Georgie, an ambitious second-in-command; and Pete, who mostly plays along as the droogs indulge their taste for ultra-violence. Characterized as a sociopath and a hardened juvenile delinquent, Alex is also intelligent and quick-witted, with sophisticated taste in music, being particularly fond of Beethoven, or "Lovely Ludwig Van."

Dark Tower
Great first book. Stephen King really had a great novel here that went slowly south w each book. Sorry, but it's true.

The Graduate.
Ben and Elaine.

Benjamin Braddock, who will soon turn 21, returns to his parents' home in Southern California after graduating from a college on the East Coast. At his graduation party, all his parents' friends want to know about Benjamin's upcoming plans for graduate school or a career, something about which Benjamin is clearly uncomfortable and anxious. His parents ignore his anxiety and are only interested in talking about his academic and athletic successes and their plans for him to attend graduate school.
Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's law partner, asks Benjamin to drive her home from the party. She invites Benjamin inside and attempts to seduce him, removing her clothes. She tells Benjamin, who becomes increasingly nervous, that she finds him attractive and wants him to know that she is available to him anytime. Mr. Robinson arrives home but neither sees nor suspects anything. He advises Benjamin that he should relax and enjoy his youth while he still can. A few days later, Benjamin contacts Mrs. Robinson and clumsily organizes a tryst at a hotel, and the two begin an affair.
Benjamin spends the summer floating in a pool by day and meeting Mrs. Robinson at the hotel at night. Through their encounters, Benjamin discovers that they have nothing in common but also learns that Mrs. Robinson was forced to give up college and marry someone she did not love when she became pregnant with her daughter, Elaine.
However, under increasing pressure from his parents to begin a career or enroll in grad school, Benjamin is set up on a date with Elaine, whom Benjamin last saw in high school, by his father and Mr. Robinson. Although Mrs. Robinson has made it clear to Benjamin that he is to have nothing to do with Elaine, Benjamin eventually succumbs to the pressure and takes Elaine out on a date. During the course of their date, Benjamin goes out of his way to mistreat and be rude to Elaine, even going as far as taking her to a lewd strip joint, in order to sabotage the evening. As Elaine begins to sob, Benjamin explains his motives and that he only asked her out on a date as an obligation from each of their fathers. The two reconcile and each discover that they are able to discuss their current worries and their plans for future happiness.