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    I'm posting this pic to contribute to a discussion Allejo05 is starting in the "fine arts" section under the listing "narrative painting"
    http://http://www.conceptart.org/for...d.php?t=101143
    This is version 2, closer to my expressive intent than version 1, which sadly I lost in the process of moving about 3 years ago. There will be a version 3, before I move on to the next in a planned series, so crits on this would be appreciated.
    Anyway, I call it ELECTION2000:Beloved Son, and is my statement on the election, or as some including myself style it, "selection" of George W. Bush. Candidate Bush asked us to examine his character through the prism of his faith, a faith I share with him. I've conceived of a series I'm calling the King George Bible Accounts, which place President Bush at the center of certain Biblical narratives, to see what I can illuminate about him.
    Here I've chosen the "The Baptism of Christ" as related in the Gospels. As Jesus is baptised by His cousin John, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove alights on His shoulder and a voice from on high which we understand to be emanating from God the Father proclaims variously "This is/ You are My Beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased."
    Traditionally artists have used this narrative to depict simultaneously the 3 Persons of the Trinity. Jesus stands in or near a body of water in company with the Baptist, while in the sky immediately above His head the Dove of the Holy Spirit hovers, and in the highest region of the sky among the clouds, artists have pictured hands in an attitude of benediction or a white-bearded elder for God the Father.
    I included the words "Beloved Son" in the title not only to link this piece to the Baptism narrative, but also to speak to Bush being the scion of a wealthy, powerful family who owes all his achievements in life to that connection, and "no merit of his own".
    For the Baptist I've placed Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist, who at the time presided over the narrow partisan majority which "selected" Bush for the presidency. He anoints Bush with a solid gold bowl filled with blood vomited from the beak of a wild-eyed, war-crazed bald eagle standing in for the Dove of the Holy Spirit, symbolizing the crazed war-fever the administration was stirring up at the time I conceived the piece. Where the eagle on the president's seal grips arrows in one claw and an olive branch in the other, my eagle grips arrows in both. Beaming down from above I place the eternally genially smiling face of Bush's true spiritual father, Ronald Reagan.
    in the distance, on the shore of the river stands a crowd of African-American men and women held back from the proceedings by white secret service men, symbolizing the flagrant suppression of the African-American vote in Florida in 2000 which helped the current president to so horribly exceed his real level of incompetence.
    Additionally, I wanted to make the larger point of how routinely people of color in our society are denied full access to justice, as symbolized by Rehnquist. An interesting side-note is that, only after executing this second version, further research revaled to me that Rehnquist first came to political prominence when as a young attorney in Arkansas in the 60's he spear-headed a Republican effort in that state to suppress the minority vote! You can never do too much research, it seems.
    Allan woke up about 5 minutes ago, gotta post the image and fish him out of his crib before he goes nuts!


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    Hya Cory, g´night Allan

    That´s some really impressive study work and good progress. I very much like the cartoon style pieces witht he strong shadows.
    Talking about shadows. YOURS ROCK. I am so in love with the character and the stuff around. Great style. Cool captures. I´ll be back. Carry on.

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    Nice updates. Great to see a huge pile of sketches in there.
    my sketches here... http://conceptart.org/forums/showthread.php?t=92997

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    WOW...that's quite the political statement. Everyone wanted some blood after Sept. 11th, though, not just the Bush administration. Myself included. It is time for my buds to come home, though.

    Bush is definately no Reagan. Ronnie would have this shite wrapped up by now. Alas, where is Ron when we need him most? Notice the terrorists didn't pull this crap when he was around or else...HAMMER OF THE GODS. LONG LIVE REAGAN!


    PS- I've posted at least one sketch of Madison so far, my very first post in fact. Where's Allan, I ask you? ("Touche, salesman." --Peter Griffin)
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    It is time for my buds to come home,
    again I say AMEN. Our service people WON Bush's war of choice for him, the only loser is the terrible non-policy of Bush and his neo-con organ-grinders for the post-war occupation, which was totally unworkable!
    But here's a link to a news story which gives me hope that they may be coming home sooner than later
    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/new...cle2042072.ece

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    Bbwolf, thanks! I've loved the Shadow since first encountering the character in the Kaluta-drawn comic in the 70's. a few years after I read the paperback release of the original novels with Steranko covers and was REALLY hooked on the whole milieu Gibson and his successors conjured for the character, to say nothing of the radio dramatizations!
    Toward the bottom of this update you'll find some sketches I did to prepare for the "Shadow up against the wall" piece, which, as happens too frequently, I like better than the finished piece, but hey! the guy who commissioned me to draw a Shadow image for him was happy! It's interesting; back when I was still doing character commissions I'd get a lot of requests for Batman, and I admit doing him makes sense for me. I never came up with a pose and composition for Batman, however, but I felt it would make a much cooler image with the Shadow! To date, I've yet to do a color Batman!

    Sevans, thanks, man, will definitely be back at your thread for more
    inspiration!

    Also posted near the end are colored pencil portraits, one from long ago of Conan the Governor--another tiny scan, with the orignal sold long ago--and one I'm currently wroking on of Tom Baker as the Doctor. Colored pencil on toned paper was where I cut my teeth on color work, but as mentioned, for the last 2 years I've been studying pastel portraiture and figure painting. This WIP is my first colored pencil work in all that time and OMYGOD, this now feels like PULLING teeth! 3 hours I've been working up this little 9"x12" pic, and I'm still not nearly done, where as with soft pastel on an 18"x24" sheet of paper, I would be just finishing up and the image would be at so much more powerful. I'll finish this for discipline's sake, but then that's it for colored pencils.
    Probably.
    Apologies on the quality of the image. I'm between scanners, so this is a heavily Photo-shopped pic from my cheap digital camera, speaking of which...
    Piranha, THE TIME IS NOW. Last night I set up a time with my brother for scanner use to post my subtler pen and pencil sketches, including Boris&Bela---and the night failed miserably. Chaos was erupting in his house by the time I showed up--he has 2 teen-age sons and my sister-in-law breeds and trains malamute sled dogs, at any time she has 3 or 4 of the gorgeous BRUTES stalking around--So I thanked him for his good intentions and headed home.
    This morning I gave one more try with my digital camera, opened the crappy image in Photoshop, and WOTTAYAKNOW, with massive and varied layering got pretty close to the original sketches. so herewith,
    BORIS&BELA
    Followed by a figure study of Allan, who'll be turning 2 end of this month, but from my imagination, inspired by an assignment Lockard gave last term, wherein we were supposed to render in pastel a typical scene/occurence in our daily life, as always with reference to the figure. As he laid it out in class I pictured exactly what i wanted to do. Every morning I take Allan for a walk through the yard of the local elementary school; that is, I used to, near our old house in Ann Arbor, we're in nearby Ypsilanti now.
    Anyway, from that ritual walk burned into my memory is the image you see here, Allan clumsily but fearlessly running before me down the sidewalk, head thrust forward, arms flapping behind like a baby chick. I'm especially pleased with the right arm and hand, that is SO Allan! This image is especially important to me because one day during this routine, as I was wool-gathering behind him, he suddenly really poured on the speed in his head-long rush to engage the world, so of course I snapped to attention and sped up, thinking "Oh, the boy is getting away from me" and was suddenly siezed by the realization "my boy is going away from me in space...AND TIME". I felt genuinely grieved at suddenly understanding he won't always be like this.
    "Wait, stop, PLEASE!" I wanted to cry after him. He's changed so much in just two short years, and I feel like I missed so much of those earlier stages, I wasn't paying attention enough...I explained these feelings to Lockard at the end of class that day as I showed him some conte scribbles of Allan. He gave me a great suggestion. In the space ahead of running baby Allan, put a ghost-like image of Allan in his teens, then ahead of that, adult Allan, to convey that sense of time. I have a pastel sketch of that composition I'll look for to post later.
    After Allan I have a mess of gesture drawings reffed from muscle and sports mags . Tennis and basketball mags seem to yield the most interesting poses, with the former frequently suggesting sword-wielding warrior poses!

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    My favourite Docter Who (basically stopped watching after Tom Baker was replaced), a Conan, and a cool idea about raiding basketball pictures.

    The old classic monster movies were so cheesy and yet are so cool to draw.

    Nice update.
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    Nice update. I have to get ready for work. I'll edit this post and add some thoughts tonight.

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    Edit: I'm back. I dig the idea for ghost Allan, it's a great friggin' idea. That should prove to be an especially interesting and complicated challenge: to project what he will look like as he grows into adulthood. What a fun piece to look at with him in the future! Makes me want to do the same with Madison, but my challenge would be to go in reverse as her mom took most of the baby pics so I would have few refs to work from. How close will you come to full-grown and uncontrollable(heh,heh) Allan? Time will tell...and it IS so bittersweet and melancholy, them growing up. Allan's still little. Make the most of it, my friend.

    Boris is cool, I like the one where he is reaching out. You should do one of your great full-blown pastels of him! Arnold's face looks off a bit...too big or too square maybe, not sure...but good color and anatomy. I don't know who the doctor is, for shame, but it's probably the strongest piece in the latest update. Nice, suttle colors.

    You keep talking about your mentor...are you taking formal art classes or just something on the side? Done any more commissions lately? Anyhow, great stuff, as usual.
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    Last term...laid it out in class...assignment...

    OK. So you ARE taking some formal classes. Duuh. Dumb question.
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    Nah, not so dumb, I've been rambling about so much here with every post details are easy to lose! Jon Onye Lockard is a portrait painter and muralist who teaches "pastel portraiture and figure painting" at the local community college. A few of us die-hard adherents, GROUPIES, if you prefer, just keep taking this class with him each semester. He's such an excellent teacher that he finds ways to keep the same basic material fresh and challenging each semester. I'm frankly in awe of him, and felt deeply flattered a couple of terms ago when he gave me to understand he considered me a "mentee", explaining it's the handful of students like me who keep him going, make teaching both challenging and rewarding.
    You're absolutely right about the Arnold picture. My focus was not enough on the forms of the face when I drew it. I remember shortly sfter drawing it that I was surprised anybody could recognize him. The second Conan movie was only a few years old by then, so I expect the look, pose, and weapon-style were still fresh in people's heads and really provided the clues to who he was supposed to be.
    Thanks so much for the encouragement on the "Allan growing up" picture. It's one of my slated projects for this interim period. Between watching Allan and school, I only have time to draw Lockard's assigned projects, and by next semester, I will have added some part-time job or other to the mix!
    Oh well, it's all keeping me fit. I just realized yesterday that in the process of striving to keep up with Allan already this summer I've shrunk two belt-sizes! Also Lockard has taught me to look on any problems life may hand me as a creative challenge.
    Thanks too for your kind words about the Doctor. He's the star of BBC's longest running tv series, DOCTOR WHO. A time and space-travelling alien scientist, he finds himself plunked down in weird circumstances throughout time and space. He always introduces himself to the locals as "the Doctor", and everybody he meets just goes with that, instead of asking the obvious question, "doctor who?", hence the joke title of the series.
    Anyway, at last count there have been I believe 10 different actors who have played the Doctor. The writers of the series came up with the rationale that the doctor's race has the ability to generate a new physical form when the current one becomes damaged beyond repair, ie, when he's dying. Peter Cushing actually played the part in the theatrical release DOCTOR WHO AND THE INVASION OF THE DALEKS. The daleks are probably the doctor's most famous, enduring, and evil foes.
    Tom Baker, the guy in my pic, had the role through the 70's and REALLY made it his own, not least through playing the Doctor for 7 years straight, still the record, with most actors hanging around for at most 4 years. I agree with Sevans about Baker being the best. In fact it was while watching a dvd rental of one of our single favorite Baker serials--the show was a weekly cliff-hanger--GENESIS OF THE DALEKS, that I finally decided it was time to draw the Baker Doctor.
    See if you can find it rentable, I heartily recommend the Baker episodes!
    I think you're right about the Doctor being my strongest color piece. It combines the understanding Lockard has helped me acquire about approaching a painting, always understanding there's MORE to understand, with a color medium I flatter myself I understand very well, where there're still gaps in my understanding about pastel, though Lockard told me a couple semsters ago on a scale of 1-10 with pastel I'm about an 8, but I know the fact that I realize I have much yet to learn, and am excited about the process of learning, factors into that equation.
    Sevans, thanks also. As mentioned above Verna and I also think Baker's the best. I've loved those old monster movies since I was a kid. A few years ago at Halloween the Turner classic Movies Channel ran 'em all back to back. I stuck in an 8 hour vhs tape, and got all my favorites. The sketches were from freeze-frames of that tape. While Dracula was my fave monster as a kid, nowadays I especially love Karloff's make-up for both THE MUMMY and of course FRANKENSTEIN.
    PiranhaClan has some great Karloff work posted on his SB, check it out!
    I also particularly like the basketball pics for study, because they tend to show the limits of anatomical possibility, with the running, dodging around and jumping. Also you get lot of cool fore-shortened shots from above the basket as players sink the ball. And you get great group shots as players writhe and twist around ech other to get the ball.
    Hm, I made myself a promise I would not post here without updates but I didn't really plan for any this time, just responding out of insomnia. Guess I'll just see what lurks on the desktop...
    Okay, I have one more page of Bela studies. I love the bat-wing feel of the cloak as Bela draws it around him. Details like that grab your attention when you're freeze-framing for ref! Next some anatomy studies with blow-ups for detail, and blow-ups of a page of gnome/elf-type doodles. Then some examples of my inking with abrush over cartoonists' pics I find on the web. Hodge-podge!

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    Insomnia, huh? I have to be awake right now...graveyards. Dig the hobbit sketchies. Also, Frank Cho is the man, he draws great babes. Adam Hughes is fantastic also. Nice inks. Legosi pastel, I'm tellin' ya'.

    Thanks for the props on my Karloff studies.

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    yep, I love me some Cho and Hughes cheesecake, and add to them Jaime Hernandez. I have a scan somewhere of a Powergirl I tried to do in those guys' beautiful, deceptively simple line pretty girl style.
    this time I have an update of the Doctor. I've put in 5 hours on it total now, STILL not done, but one neat thing is my Photoshop skills are improving, this scan is close to the reality, with the highlights maybe a little more stark and hard-edged than in the original; then some more gesture drawings from mags and finally some miscellaneous cartoony work. Of the latter the one with the big sword appears twice, each time with slightly different cropping because instinct tells me one of the versions is extremely funny, but I don't know which. And if neither is, well, i need to know that too.
    Now I'll add the pix and then lie down with a book.
    Damn insomnia.

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    nice sketchbook out of curiosity, what support do you use for the pastels?


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    Thanks for stopping by!
    Lynda/Wonder Woman, "Pope Rex", Viggo/Strider ,and my two Bush pix are all on "velvet grey" colored Strathmore charcoal paper, which I see from your blog you're well acquainted with. Nice work yourself, by the way, gonna take a longer look later.
    The other pastels were on rough newsprint. With both I clip 10-12 sheets to a board to get a "spring", like stretched canvas. My teacher in pastel, Jon Onye Lockard, specifies those two surfaces for class. The Strathmore, while not as toothy as your white paper, is still worked the way I described, layering strokes then "pushing" the pigment into the valleys to slowly build the tones.
    You absolutely can work this way with soft pastel on your white paper, it's just a longer process of layering/wiping-layering/wiping-etc, but in the long run your color blending will be that much more rich and subtle. A couple semesters ago I brought to class a stack of Canson Mi-Tientes(me-TINS) pastel paper, blue with subtle flecks, very close to the color and texture of the paper my Prismacolor Tom Baker/Doctor portrait is on. That paper is itself another Mi-Teintes color. Anyhow, I'd just been given this stack I brought to class as payment for helping an artist friend with an art fair exhibit, and wanted Lockard's opinion.
    If you're not acqainted with this paper, which I'm assuming you are, because I see on your blog you do like to experiment with surfaces; but just in case not, this paper is double-sided, one side having a subtle tooth, the other side being seriously toothy with a kind of chain-link fence pattern. Lockard told me that that second side was the one to develop pastel on ,"but you'll have alot of work ahead of you." Same with your white paper.
    Since reading your reply to me in your SB I rmembered the experience of a colleague under Lockard's mentorship something like 7 years now, and she's GREAT. Anyway, Lockard gave her a special assignment a couple semesters ago. She had to develop one of her life drawings into a light acrylic wash painting on a surface called "Charco-board", which she was to use as an under-painting over which she would develop soft pastel, then layer oil pastel over that. I think that addresses your point about just using paint in the first place if you're just gonna turn pastel INTO paint with solvents. Wish I could report the results, but that semester she and I attended different sections.
    "Charco-board", by the way, is just the specific brand-name for a type of matt-board which has had a sheet of Strathmore or Crescent-like toothy, toned drawing paper glued to it. In the process the tooth gets flattened somewhat, but it's still an extremely hardy surface, and it's much bigger than the untreated sheets, I think the dimensions were around 4'x5'. The experience is like canvas board as opposed to stretched canvas in that you have to practice extra sensitivity with your application, because there is no absorbing "spring".
    What was the oil pastel like for you? I get the impression from your SB it's kind of unforgiving in direct application in the way wax "Crayola crayons" are. I'll post this in your SB too, to make sure you see it.
    A couple minutes ago Verna walked in to nicely but firmly indicate she could use some help with house-cleaning, so I'll quickly post a few things ready to go on the desk-top, and have comments and replies later.

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    I will put the long version of my reply in my SB But I would recommend you try using Strathmore Artagain paper and Wallis Sanded Paper. I bet once you try the sanded paper, nothing else will be good enough.

    Oil pastel reminds me of crayons, though that might be because I got a cheap set of student grade ones which is waxier than artist grade which is oilier(sp?)

    I like that second sketch http://www.conceptart.org/forums/att...1&d=1184547160 and the one in the previous update, catain american punching the red skull, that style reminds me of Jack Kirby.


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