Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Celebrating 90 years of Popeye

 This year marks the 90th anniversary of Popeye the Sailor. Introduced in the "Thimble Theatre" comic strip, Popeye would go on to take the lead role and become one of the most successful and popular characters of all time.
 Above is my re-creation of the first appearance of Popeye when Castor Oyl and Harold Ham Gravy hire him to sail their boat to the casino resort, Dice Island.
 Here I did a sketch of the two ages of Popeye from his first appearance by Elzie Segar to the final look Segar came up with at the time of his untimely death.
Even Superman gets in on the celebration of Popeye's Birthday!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

40 years of "Star Wars"

Today May 25, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the release of the greatest movie ever made, "Star Wars".
I was 14 when the film came out and had just started high school that August. Like most of the summer all anyone was talking about was this great movie about another galaxy and these great characters that save it's universe from this evil empire and main villain in black, Darth Vader.
So a month later, me, my Mom and my sister and a couple of friends finally went to see what the hype was all about. WOW!!! Was I blown away! I had never seen anything like this movie my whole life. A science fiction film that looked lived in. Cool space vehicles and robots that looked real and that were funny. A great hero in Luke Skywalker, a sarcastic pirate in Han Solo (and his first mate Chewbacca the Wookiee), the wise old wizard Obi-wan Kenobi and the brave and brash Princess Leia all fighting to destroy the ultimate weapon, the Death Star.
Never had I seen a movie that sucked me in and made me care about the characters, hate the villains and made me jump out of my seat when the good guys won the day.
Star Wars was and is a big part of my life and changed the way I watched movies and made me want to learn how films were made, how special effects were done and how to tell a great story in any form of media.
Here is some recent artwork I did of the iconic characters from the classic film.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday, May 4, 2015

50 Years of Super Goof

Yoda Animated

Below are some sketches that I did of Yoda in animated form from the Star Wars "Clone Wars" series. I've been wanting to try it and here are the results.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

75 Years of Robin

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first appearance of Robin The Boy Wonder in Detective Comics #38.
He was the first kid sidekick and many more would follow.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

My Tribute to Leonard Nimoy

I did this sketch as a tribute to one of Science Fictions greatest characters, Mr. Spock.
Rest In Peace Leonard Nimoy.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Seventy Years of Smokey Bear

This year marks the 70th Anniversary of our favorite fire-fighting bear, Smokey. 
In 1944 a young bear cub was found in a burnt out forest and grew up to be the National Forestry Services' symbol of fire prevention.
The above sketch was to be used for another idea I had for Smokey but it seemed appropriate for my birthday wishes.
Happy Birthday Smokey!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Happy 80th Birthday, Donald Duck

This year marks the 80th Anniversary of Donald Duck. Donald made his first appearance in the cartoon short "The Wise Little Hen" on June 9, 1934.

Above I used a pose that Carl Barks used for his Dell Four Color story "The Golden Helmet". I used this because I always thought Barks handled him best.