To go along with my podcast where I and my friend Justin Murray recap the entire original Transformers cartoon episode-by-episode I’m also trying to create a new piece of art to drop along with each episode every Tuesday. This particular painting is a recreation of the wanted-style Megatron poster hanging in the munitions factory where puny flesh-creatures are building new weapons to take on the Decepticon threat. I had a lot of fun doing this and really like how it came out. So much so that I put it on a bunch of merch over at my TeePublic store. If you’d like the original email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. It’s 9″ x 12″ acrylic on Canson mixed-media paper. Enjoy!
Here’s a little painting of one of the greatest movie moments ever, even if it is only the second best in its own movie, Steve Rogers showing Thanos, Thor, and the world that the little budge we saw in Age Of Ultron was no joke and he is truly worthy to wield the mighty Mjölnir. And then goes opening up a giant can of whoop-ass on the mad Titan before ultimately being bested right as the newly un-snapped cavalry arrives (the single greatest moment in the movie, and in any movie of the last few years). I w,ant to do a piece depicting Cap finally – FINALLY! – giving the iconic “Avengers, assemble” line, but I’m still unsure how to go about doing it. It would certainly be a much larger canvas piece. I had to get this one out of my system, though. The image and moment are just too good. So here he is. 9″ x 12″ acrylic on canvas. Email email@example.com to purchase.
Here’s some more fun with gouache and classic cartoon illustration with another Disney character. This time it’s Jiminy Cricket, another example of great character work from the Disney Studios during its golden age. He is such a great character. His wry sense of humor, detached bemusement at the events that transpire around him, occasional curmudgeonliness, and overall American-ness make him a perfect guide and entry point to what is a very classic, often dark, old-world European fairy tale. Without him I don’t think the movie works nearly as well as it does, if at all. I love him. He’s easily one of my favorite Disney characters ever.
This is an 8″ x 10″ painting done entirely in gouache, mixed with white and black acrylics. I initially went this route because my white and black gouache was running low, and I always have a surplus of both in acrylic. So, I decided to use those as mixers and, man, I really like how it turned out. The acrylic blend added just enough extra thickness and consistency that I think really brings a richness to the whole piece. I also, once again, used official Disney art for reference, but with an original pose and a bit of my own style imposed on it. I’m really happy with how this one came out and think I may finally have landed on my own style and technique for how I want to do this type of art going forward. Enjoy! If interested in this, or any other art, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Continuing my progress working with gouache paint and trying to become a better cartoonist/illustrator, here’s a 8″ x 10″ painting of Donald Duck in gouache with a watercolor background and colored pencil border.
One of my favorite parts of Disney+ has been watching the old Donald Duck and Mickey, Donald, and Goofy shorts. While the guys at Warners, and later MGM, went with wilder, more gag-driven humor Disney emphasized more character-driven humor, and Donald is my personal favorite result of that. I laugh more at his reactions to things than I do the comic situations that set them up. How quickly he can turn on a dime from frustration and rage to childlike glee is great. His “Oh boy, oh boy!” cracks me up every time. So, expect to see more of him from me in the future.
I used a couple of pics for reference, mainly one with this pose used for corporate imagery, combined with his classic look and coloring from the ’40s and ’50s (specifically The Three Caballeros). So, instead of the red bow, yellow piping, clean shirt front, I went with the black bow, white piping, and four button shirt front. My main goal was to try and keep the character recognizable and somewhat on-model, but also try to put a little of my own style in it. So, some lines became cleaner, some features more exaggerated, the pose slightly different. Overall, I really like it and think I’m on the right track. I hope you do too. If interested in this piece or any other art, just email me at email@example.com
The Decepticons are after Dr. Alcazar’s new antimatter formula and it’s up to the Autobots and their new friend Chip Chase to stop them! Justin and Craig break it all down in the latest episode of Optimus PrimeTime: More Than Meets Your Ears!
This week’s Transformers art is an 8″ x 10″ ink and watercolor painting by Craig form 2017. Visit Craig’s art store here. For more info on his art, or to commission a piece of your own, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Two of the main things going on in my life right now are my friend Justin and I relaunching our old podcast where we recap every single episode of the original 1984 Transformers cartoon, with me creating a new piece of Transformers art to post alongside each new podcast episode, and me trying to become a better illustrator, especially when it comes to more cartoony and stylized pictures and mastering new media like watercolor and gouache (new to me, that is). So, here’s the first fruit of that marriage, a painting of both the Autobot’s and the 20th century’s greatest leader, Optimus Prime – in all his 80’s glory. The painting is done entirely in gouache, with colored pencil for the background grid and some detailing and linework as well. If you’d like to own it, email me at email@example.com