Rock & Roll Hall of Fame | ULOG #EIGHTEEN

These were a bunch of drawings I did for a client. Mostly 9 x 12 on Vellum. I think it was for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it was so long ago, I can't remember for sure.

The client wanted a bunch of drawing of music celebrities. This was back in the days before the internet.  You couldn't just do a search on Google. You had to go down the Fan Photo stores on Melrose, where they would sell 8 x 10 headshots of famous people. You'd go through them like you were shopping for 12" inch record albums on display.  You also had to pay for each photo individually.

I don't know if there's much need for this type of work any more now that kids can just comp up something from an image search.

My hope was that the client would want to pay for illustrations. But that never happened.  A lot of these jobs never got beyond the sketch stage. Sometimes they would hire a better or more famous artist to do the finishes.

These were fun to do and if I am remembering correctly, they paid me well. I'm getting into the mindset that if I want to do a project like this again, I'm going to have to generate one for myself.

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Ashen for Nokia

This piece was part of an assignment from Grey Advertising Canada for an ad that was going to go inside of train cars. The concept was to make the passengers feel like they were caught in the crossfire of a showdown between this guy and an alien.

The job was fun and I painted it with ArtRage version 1.0 which at the time I was still using as a free demo. It got the job done and I still love that software.

 


Caesars Palace

This was  a piece I did for Caesars Palace for a promotional mailer for a Super Bowl party.  It's cropped down from the original.  In the original there was a gladiator facing off against this guy in a 3 point stance like two football players at the line of scrimmage. This part of the painting was my favorite. It was also the last time I painted in oil for quick turnaround jobs.  After this, I switched to painting digitally.

 

 


Rainbow Mountain

This was a poster job I did for a pediatrician many, many years ago. His name was Noah and his practice was called Rainbow Mountain.

This was the first job I ever did that taxed the capabilities of my computer beyond what it could handle. I only had 2 Gigs of memory and I was afraid of putting in 2 more sticks and potentially breaking the computer.  I knew next to nothing about messing with hardware.

My process would be to buy a new computer and migrate all my hardware and data to that new machine. At this time, I didn't have enough money to buy a new computer this time and I was too scared to fiddle with hardware in the middle of a job.

Since there wasn't enough memory and Photoshop kept crashing.  The same file would also crash Painter. I had 28 versions of the same file because I was backing it up constantly.

The only application that could handle it was openCanvas.  openCanvas enabled me to paint and build it in layers without crashing. For that reason, I am loyal to openCanvas.  I still use it to this day.