Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Susan Hayward...

Susie woulda been 93 today, so here's a few reposts in her memory...

One of the most prized items in my collection, my vintage Susan Hayward Autograph!

Tomorrow Olivia DeHavilland turns 94!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

New Artwork...

Just finished this last night...


My very special friend and fellow blogger Lotus flower recently introduced me to this Marvel comics character and I immediately liked her look and her mythos! I had this great picture of a model posed with a sword and thought it was fitting for her and so I worked up a sketch of the figure and went from there....this is what I ended up with. My first marvel character, it was fun!

Colored pencil and Neocolor II crayons, lots of water, lots of solvent on 13" x 16" museum board.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Aelita, Queen of Mars...

Some screen caps from a 1924 Russian silent film I watched the other day....

Aelita herself, bow to the Queen!

Apparently this was the first sci-fi film made in Russia, but most of it takes place in Moscow.

All the stuff on Mars was total Art Deco insanity!

The costumes were totally wacked!

Life on Mars as not portrayed as a very happy one! Basically it was just a huge socialist propaganda film disguised as sci-fi!

When the humans land on Mars they incite a revolt amongst the underground slave society, of course leading the main character to loudly proclaim they will start a new system just like that of the Soviet Socialists!

All in all not a very good film but totally fascinating and visually interesting! Glad I saw it once!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

More sad Frazetta news...

The exploitation and disrespect of Frank Frazetta and his legacy continues...

Sometime last week Frazetta's original cover art for EC's Weird Science Fantasy #29, long considered by many to be one of his finest works and arguably the greatest comic book cover ever sold in a private sale for $380, this may seem like a tidy sum but in reality it is a pittance compared to it's true value as an astonishing piece of art and it's influence on an incalcuable number of artists and art lovers in the decades since its creation. That this iconic masterpiece was liquidated for such a bargain basement price less than a month after its creators passing shows a shocking level of disrespect on behalf of the sellers.

*scan courtesy of Mr Door Tree*

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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Diary of a Stripper....part IV

Making progress on the desk project...

The last piece to be stripped, now its just a matter of scraping, sanding, putting it back together, staining, urethane, making new drawer pulls....that's all!

Gluing the left side pieces back together

lots of clamps! I did this side in 2 stages but the right side I'm gonna glue all at once.

Here's how it looks today....somehow I think I sanded too much, the right side looks just like a garbage can now! OK, seriously, the right half gets glued together tomorrow, woo hoo!

And the award goes to...