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All Taped Up And No Where To Go

“Wait a minute, Doc. Ah… Are you telling me that you built a time machine… out of a DeLorean?”

“The way I see it, if you’re gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?”

For as classic of a movie as “Back To The Future” is and as iconic as the Time Machine DeLorean has become…you know that one day they are going to remake the first movie and everything’s going to change. They remake everything these days, and “Back To The Future” is not safe from such perils as well. My hope is that never happens, ’cause the next thing you know the Time Machine will be made from a Toyota Corolla or some green Hybrid car or something like that. A Corolla does not a Time Machine make…the DeLorean has been, is, and will always be the make and model of the time traveling vechile of the future. ‘Nuff Said!

Batteries Not Included

“Whoa, this is heavy.”  “There’s that word again; ‘heavy’. Why are things so heavy in the future? Is there a problem with the earth’s gravitational pull?”

I’ve always said that if I won a large sum in the lottery, if by some chance all my numbers came up in the Powerball…my one main luxury that I’d splurge on would be finally obtaining my dream car. Second to that would be a life-sized Han Solo in Carbonite, but that’s another story. If I could get my hands on an actual prop vechile from the movie that would be the best but if not, then at least a faithful replica would suffice. The only other added thing would be that I would have to have a Hoverboard replica as well laying in the seat next to me at all times. However, since I have not been fortunate enough to gamble my way to extreme riches or have yet to make them on my own…my dream is completely out of my reach…at the moment. I’ll have to be satisfied by merely being within a foot of it. Look…but do not touch!

I’ve been to Universal Studios several times, both in California and Florida, and whenever there I made sure to visit my holy ground…the site of the “Back To The Future” DeLorean. The photos below were taken during one such occasion back in Summer of 1990.

Boy you can not fathom the restraint it took not to break that barrier, crack open a gulf wing, and zip off into the future for a little joyride. I am so proud of my will power that I demonstrated there that day and on any other day I’ve been there.

Well…I guess this is the closest I’ll ever get, but at least I got this close…right!

Reruns

“Yeah, well, I saw it on …rerun.”    “What’s a rerun?”

I absolutely miss all those 80’s sitcoms and TV shows. It’s one thing to pop in a DVD and watch them that way but that still doesn’t disguise the fact that they’re reruns. Why oh why couldn’t they discover hidden away in the corner of some dark and dank basement boxes upon boxes of lost episodes from my favorite 80’s TV show. How great would that be…brand spanking new shows of shows that are no more…brilliant! How come they don’t find “Lost Episodes” like they use too. There was a time when they were making these discoveries it seemed like on a daily basis. Were people in the 80’s just more responsible that they didn’t lose episodes of the shows they had worked so hard to produce…is that it? But oh how a boy can dream that one day again he’d hear, “Stay tuned for a very special episode of ‘Diff’rent Strokes’.” Oh well, that day may never come but at least there are DVD season sets. If I want to travel back in time to the 1980’s, all I have to do is press play on the DVD player and zip on back to experience the nostolgia…1.21 gigawatts not required.

Future Boy

“Then tell me, ‘Future Boy,’ who’s President in the United States in 1985?”

I know that some fans are more faithful to the original, but I’ve been a fan of every incarnation of “Back To The Future.” Whether it be all 3 movies, the animated TV series, the comic books, the Universal Studios Ride, or merely the Direct TV commercial with Doc Brown…I’m a fan! However, not everything “Back To The Future” related is a gem. If you’re a super fan and simply miss seeing Christopher Lloyd decked out in his Doc Brown garb and you’re tired of just watching the movies, as if that would ever happen, then the following just might be for you. Back in 2007, Christopher Lloyd shot a short film for Mircosofts’ Key Note Address as Doc Brown and spoofed the movies. Even though it was nice to see Emmett once again, it was pretty sad and only made me miss the movies more. Thankfully I could pop in my DVD’s and erase the bitter taste of the Microsoft film from my memory. If you’re brave enough and have several minutes of your life to waste, then click on the link below to view the short film.

2007 Microsoft Key Note Address Short Film

Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Flux Capacitor

“No, wait! Doc. Doc. The-the-the bruise – the bruise on your head. I know how that happened! You told me the whole story. You were standing on your toilet, and you were hanging a clock, and you fell, and you hit your head on the sink. And that’s when you came up with the idea for the Flux Capacitor…which… is what makes time travel possible. “

As I most likely mentioned here countless times and as every single one of my friends and family will confirm…I’m a hugh fan of a little 80’s flick titled “Back To The Future.” When I was a kid, I wanted to be Marty McFly…at certain times…I still do. I wanna zip around in my DeLorean time machine, evade Biff’s descendants on Mattel Hoverboards, and play “Johnny B. Goode” at the Enchantment Under the Sea dance. I’ve always be pretty hard pressed to pick a favorite movie. When people ask, I tend to rattle off a list as long as my arm and then add an Et cetera at the end to show that the list continues on for infinity. However, when push comes to shove, the Adventures of Marty and his faithful companion Dr. Emmett Brown…would definitely be at the top of that list.

With that said…

I want a DeLorean Time Machine…it is my dream car…not just a DeLorean but the actual one from the end of the first movie with the Flux Capacitor, Time Circuits, and of course absolutely…a Mr. Fusion…’cause who wants to get trapped in the past with out the ability to travel back home to your own time. Getting one’s hands on 1.21 Gigawatts is pretty damn difficult…watch the movie…you’ll see. So, if I can’t somehow own the original prop vechile, or reconstruct a replica like so many out there do, then at least I could own the device that makes time travel possible…the Flux Capacitor. I spotted on the Internet that Diamond Select Toys has produced an extremely detailed prop replica of the Flux Capacitor for you to power your own Time Machine. I guess Time Travel is finally possible for everyone who can afford it. So today’s Post It Post drawings were inspired by exactly that, my desire that one day my sweet Fluxie…you will be mine!

Post It Posts R Back!

That’s right folks…read it and rejoice…just as it states above…Post It Posts are back! Now even though I’ve been posting lately, the Post It Note drawings have been MIA. Below are the first of many to come so prepare for the onslaught.

So one of my New Year’s Resolutions this year was to draw and create more personal artwork for myself. I want to up my production and be the Stephen King of the art world when it comes to prolificness that is. So far I’ve been pretty successful, but there’s still more that I could be doing. This past Christmas and as well as my Birthday, I received a number of pre-made blank canvases as presents. People were trying to tell me something…don’t you think. However, approaching a painting can be daunting to say the least. The glaring white void of a blank canvas screams to have pigment smeared and lathered on it’s surface…that I have yet to accomplish this year. I will definitely have completed a painting, at least one, by the time 2010 comes screaming into existence…FO SHO! Painting is time consuming for me, but it’s worth it when I’ve finish covering my massive canvas and stand back to take admire my handy work. It’s at that point that I realize that I’ve just created something, no matter how good it is, that will out live me long after I am simply dust in the wind.

So my “Artzee Fartzee” Post It Note drawings today are about just that, putting my nose to the grindstone, buckling down, (insert your own cliched phrase here), and just get at it while the getting’s good! So until next time, I’m back off to my art table to bang out another drawing.

The Force Is Strong With You!

In my continuing campaign to post more examples of my illustrations from concept thru creation to final birth…I wanted to share with you artwork below.

Like any guy from my generation, especially one that has both feet in the deep end of the pool of Geekdom, George Lucas’ “Star Wars” Universe…precisely that from the original trilogy, has always been a strong influence on me. For my own personal joy, I choose to illustrate four characters from those movies. The stylized Gouache paintings I illustrated were done on Watercolor Paper and measure 5.5″ x 7.5″.

Each one of the paintings started off as pretty detailed and tight pencil drawings on Tracing Paper. Working on tracing paper in this manner was a hold over from my college years where I was taught to do all thumbnails on Tracing Paper for some reason…I still not quite sure why. From there I made Photocopies of each of these drawings and did Color Comps in Prismacolor Color Pencils. A majority of the time I nail the colors I’m gonna use on the first try. Occasionally I may tweak the colors a bit either in another Color Comp or during the painting process itself. From there I work rather closely at trying to match those colors in the Final Gouache Painting. I think I was successful.

“Darth Vader” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Boba Fett” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Stormtrooper” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

“Jabba The Hutt” Pencil Sketch, Concept Color Comp, & Final Painting

Click on the Pencil Drawings and the Concept Color Comps to view them larger.

I plan on doing more paintings in this style either in Gouache or in a digital format because the style really lends itself to the vector Illustrator format. I’ll keep you updated here. May the Force be with you!

Man Of Steel

Faster than an speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound…is it a bird? Nah! Is it a plane? Nope! It’s Superman…sort of!

Several years ago I had an assignment back in college to illustrate any current affairs topic of my choosing…the stipulation…I had to us a pre-existing famous piece of artwork as the inspiration for my design. At the time, Christopher Reeve had just suffered the tragic spinal cord injury that put him in his wheelchair and left him paralyzed. With the time that followed, his perseverance to survive against all odds, I saw him more of a Superman than ever before…and I believe he did too. “Man Of Steel” is a 5.5″ x 7.5″ Gouache painting on Watercolor paper.

My inspiration was Pablo Picasso’s painting “Girl In The Mirror.” There was enough tenderness and…no pun intended, self-reflection, that it certainly fit the subject matter that I was trying to illustrate. I went for a more literal translation of the piece and switched out the Girl and here reflection for Christopher and his rather super mirror image.

Above is also my original Pencil Sketch for the painting that I drew on tracing paper then blew up to the appropriate size before transferring it to Watercolor paper and laying paint to paper.

This illustation is probably one of my favorite pieces that I’ve done. I was really proud of how it came out.

AIGA 2008 Design Summit

As you’ll notice from the drawings below, neither of them really have much to do, if anything to do with the subject of this, my 17th Post It Post. I’ll get to the drawings a little bit later…but first, let’s talk about the AIGA 2008 Design Summit.

The AIGA is an organization for Graphic Artist and Designers. This past Tuesday, December 16th, the New Orleans chapter hosted a Design Summit at Loyola University. It basically was a 3 hour panel discussion about what we as a community of Graphic Artists could do to help with the recovery of New Orleans in this Post-Katrina environment. The panel was made up of several of the founders of some of New Orleans’ leading design firms. Many of them discussed their personal and professional experiences dealing with Katrina and the state of Graphic Arts now here after the big storm.

As someone who has felt like he’s not really been part of any type of Design or Illustration Community, it was an excellent experience for me to be surrounded by like minded individuals. At my previous job, I was pretty much isolated from the community as a whole. For the longest time it was only me designing and drawing in an office by myself until they eventually hired someone else on full-time. So for all of my time there, we were pretty much an island to ourselves. Now as my situation has changed, I want to make an effort to become part of that world that I had felt like I had been denied previously.  I’m still contemplating joining the AIGA, I’m leaning towards it. I’m also going to look into if their are any organization in New Orleans like the AIGA but for Illustrators and Traditional artists. The thing is that I’m both a Graphic Designer and an Illustrator…I’m a Graphic Illustrator so to speak. No matter what I decide about membership, I definitely plan to attend future AIGA events that are open to the public.

So hearing each of the panelist speak, I definitely got a feeling for them, and hope to be able to interact with many of them here in the near future. New Orleans is a great town, despite all the negative images and stories that are put out there…it’s something worth saving and making strong once again…if not better.

And now for the Post It drawings.

I’m a big fan of the classic Rankin & Bass Christmas specials. I must watch them all every season. Without them, the Holidays just aren’t the same. Of course the granddaddy of them all is “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.” So I couldn’t let the season pass without having Troy and friends confront some of the North Pole’s favorite Misfits. So enjoy Troy’s confusion with Rudolph’s ability and His Canine Pal’s frank discussion with Charlie and his Box. So as you can see, they definitely don’t have anything to do with the subject of today’s post, but I had fun drawing them.