Friday, January 1, 2010

Blast from the Past #263: "Happy New Year!" card

Well, here we go again -- another new year. Hard to believe it's 2010... it seems like just yesterday people were arguing about whether the millennium started in 2000 or 2001.



This art is from a New Year card I made back in 1978. -- PL

7 comments:

mikeandraph87 said...

That is an interesting take on the old man/baby new year concept.
A literal "blast from the past" as we blast towards the future.

April said...

Thank you for interpretting that. I'm not good with picking up on visual symbolism. Is baby new year blasting through the wall?

Adam Riches said...

Hey Pete, first off Happy New Year! Second, I had a question for you. In the majority of these older pieces you've shown us, they are done in pen & ink, sometimes with varied techniques, crosshatch, stipple, etc. I was wondering though do you have any work from your time as a student or in your early freelance days that is really super rendered color work?

I've always thought it would be interesting to see your take on something using photorealism, or maybe something really painterly done in oils? I know you've alluded to having done work in this vein with posts like #228: "Spherical car pursued by robot drones", or some of your pieces that have gradients done in dr. Martens dyes. I was just curious about that though because I've noticed that most of your really highly rendered stuff is b/w so I was just wondering if you we're holding out on us, or if there is really isn't some treasure trove of super rendered full color pieces somewhere in your archives.

~ tOkKa said...

-->> Damn, that father time is in pretty good shape !!

**
" I was just wondering if you we're holding out on us, or if there is really isn't some treasure trove of super rendered full color pieces somewhere in your archives. .. .."


..also'd be interested in seeing more of your earliest beginnings of evolution into the digital realms of colour. Like that ol' classic TMNT movie III Mag poster .

PL said...

"Adam Riches said...
Hey Pete, first off Happy New Year! Second, I had a question for you. In the majority of these older pieces you've shown us, they are done in pen & ink, sometimes with varied techniques, crosshatch, stipple, etc. I was wondering though do you have any work from your time as a student or in your early freelance days that is really super rendered color work?

I've always thought it would be interesting to see your take on something using photorealism, or maybe something really painterly done in oils? I know you've alluded to having done work in this vein with posts like #228: "Spherical car pursued by robot drones", or some of your pieces that have gradients done in dr. Martens dyes. I was just curious about that though because I've noticed that most of your really highly rendered stuff is b/w so I was just wondering if you we're holding out on us, or if there is really isn't some treasure trove of super rendered full color pieces somewhere in your archives."

No, I don't have some hidden trove of "super rendered full color pieces" -- I wish I did! I have done very few things in color, relative to the number of things I've done in black and white. It's actually one of the reasons that Kevin Eastman and I formed Mirage Studios back in the early 1980's -- at the time, I had more experience in drawing, and he had more working in color, so we thought that combining our strengths might be a viable idea when trying to get illustration jobs. -- PL

Adam Riches said...

"PL Said:
No, I don't have some hidden trove of "super rendered full color pieces" -- I wish I did! I have done very few things in color, relative to the number of things I've done in black and white. It's actually one of the reasons that Kevin Eastman and I formed Mirage Studios back in the early 1980's -- at the time, I had more experience in drawing, and he had more working in color, so we thought that combining our strengths might be a viable idea when trying to get illustration jobs. -- PL"

Very interesting! I didn't know that about you guys. It's been my experience that most illustrators while in school dabble with a with a variety of media (albeit with little success in many cases) before settling on their media of choice which they refine from then on.

Perhaps I could throw a suggestion your way? The next time your feeling inspired to tackle one of your tremendously detailed pieces in b/w, you should clear coat it and then try throwing some color over it, maybe in washes of acrylic or oil?

OR!

(possible fantasy here) have you ever thought about letting a fan do a collaborative piece with you? I've long been itching at the chance to do a collaborative piece with you. I'm pretty adventurous with color and media, it could be really fun to take one of your rendered b/w pieces and do some airbrush, oil, and colored pencil over the top of it.

~ tOkKa said...

-->> There's an idea..


cuz inadvertently -- ..