Friday, November 25, 2011

Constantine

Tonight I decided to do something different and follow my wife's lead. I chose to pick up a canvas and try my hand at some two dimensional artwork. It really is different then carving a block of wood and painting what is left. I am not familiar with having to worry about depth and highlighting in this format. Well anyhow, here is one of my favorite characters. Please grab a pint of black and light up a Silk Cut for our main con-man, John Consantine.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

New Leaf

It was during my last commission piece that I have looked at maybe changing up how I carve superheroes. I decided to do them in a bust style instead of just the head. I typically do this with just my Superman, but really like how it turned out. Here they are.


I am currently working on a Daredevil and will probably do a Batman after.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Hellboy

It was almost a year ago that I had wanted to carve a Hellboy. It was just a couple of weeks ago that I finally completed one. I have been a huge fan of Mike Mignola and Hellboy, and had wanted to do Hellboy as one of my first superhero carvings. I tried and tried, but could not figure out a way to get him the way that I saw him. I had screwed up so many pieces of the typical size of wood that I normally use, and decided to carve him from a bigger piece. I had gotten a 3"x3"x6" piece and started hacking away. It didn't take long to realize that it wasn't going to be easy and I had set it aside to tackle less taxing projects. As I became more comfortable in my style, I had started to notice my unfinished Hellboy. I spent the end of last week and the weekend to finish outstanding projects and this was one of them. I could not be more proud of deciding to finish what I had started ten months ago.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Scan Time

Scan Time. A wonderful time of the year. Tomorrow we will be heading to the Scandinavian Festival here in Charlotte and we will begin our preparations for our 2nd annual Viking party here at our house. We will be having games, meat,and mead. I had wanted to do more of a traditional food course, but I am not exactly sure how to ferment shark meat. Oh well, I can research it for next year. I am also excited to say that this year we will be having a costume contest and I have made a special trophy for the event. I have carved a Thor that we will put the name of the winner on the back and continue to do so year after year. I am sorry to say that the winner will only be able to take pictures with the carving. I am way too close to it to let it go out of the house. It is the first one that I have done that I do not want to part with.
Also in honor of our 2 weeks of Scandinavian fun, I would like to post a picture that sums up why I love comic books. This picture is from a writer (Garth Ennis) and artist(Glenn Fabry) that I have enjoyed for years. The panel shows just how goofy superheroes can be, and how difficult it is to take them seriously sometimes. It is from the mini series Thor Vikings, and shows just how much influence cable t.v. has on a Norse God.


Rock on, Thor dude!
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