Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Dirk vs. Zach

For the past year, I've been having an art trade battle with Dirk Erik Schulz, a German based freelance artist who's done work for Doug Tennapel and is completely insane! We've been going back and forth drawing each other's characters since 2009, we were supposed to do 3 pics each but he sprang an extra surprise pic on me so I had to do the same for him.

His wonky style, appealing colors, skillful use of textures and diverse subject matter is what draws me to this artist, and might be why we've become really good friends.

So what I'm going to do is showcase both of our works, comparing the fanart to the original.

First are my fanarts of Dirk's characters compared to his originals:












and Mine

And now Dirk's fanarts of my characters compared to my originals:





Mine (this ones really old)







and Dirk's


Alot of people have said that we have similar art styles. But this post isn't to decide which one of us is the better artist, no no, its to show that our style of drawing, designing, thinking, and putting together an image are very different.

We each kept those little things that make eachother's characters who they are while still taking a lot (and I mean A LOT) of artistic liberties to make it our own, as well as a tribute.

In closing, Dirk is a great guy, a classy motherfucker, a psychopath of concepts, and one of the most talented artists I know, all rolled up into one.

If you don't know about him, be sure to check out his DeviantArt account. You won't be disappointed.


EDIT: Here's what Dirk himself had to say about it:

Hehe, I see so much in our battle:

1. Our original characters are on both sides 'less' detailed than the fanart/trade pic. We really took liberties with the other character and were more brave to explore the limits.

2. Your drawings have a more jagged feeling, while mine are more round ones. We share the same detail love and zanyness, but the slight different use of other ground shapes/tools change the overall look.... See More

3. We are both aliens.

4. We share the same love to ugly creatures and weird things. And understand that these are the elemenst to create interesting characters. And so we add it to our OCs.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Frank Zappa plus Tattoos!

Howdy! Haven't been here in a while. Sorry about that. I've been enjoying my summer vacation so far. I have a lot to post though, but I'll start with this first cuz I'm super stoked about it!

So I was commissioned to do this Frank Zappa caricature for a man with an awesome mustache.

My dad had introduced me to Zappa's music, and I always thought he was really weird and comedic, which is my cup of tea. Since then I never had the reason to ever caricature him, until now.

Aside from just doing the caricature he souly wanted it for this purpose...

He wanted it to match my Tom Waits image which he also wanted on his arm. I could see these two having a smoke together talking about random shit...

I've been commissioned a couple times to do tattoo designs but I've never seen the actual tattoo on the person, so you can see why I'm super excited about this.

I got alot of sketches and animations and stuff to show, but I'll show that another time.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Luxury of Monsters

Hey Blog.

So this was the final project for my Life Drawing class this year. We had to pick a multi-figure compositional piece and replace it with our own figures and ideas.

I chose this painting called "In Luxury, Look Out" by Jan Steen, circa 1663

And I replaced all the figures with Universal Studios Monsters, circa 1920 and 1930 (strictly). I simplified my style a bit, just to get this done on time.

Alright, so from Left to Right we got:

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
Werewolf of London (1935)
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
The Bride (Bride of Frankenstein) (1935)
Frankenstein's Monster (Frankenstein) (1931)
The Cat (The Cat and the Canary) (1927)
Dracula (1931)

We also had to study the composition and break down the figures into simple shapes.

This was a whole lotta fun to do and my teacher really dug it. Great way to end the school year eh? With moooOOOooOOOOnsters!

Done in prisma markers on yellow green water color/pastel paper (I don't suggest you combine the two, alot of my markers were killed by the rough texture of the paper)

Also please excuse the quality of this piece, it didn't fit in my scanner so I had to photograph it and edit in Photoshop. Still doesn't look too crisp.


I got a couple animations to post including my 1 minute film so I'll show those soon and NEXT post will be about dragons, I sssssswears!