Friday, June 23, 2017

1386 - Mayorotechnics


If I were mayor, I'd pass legislation that would allow me to shoot off the annual Canada Day fireworks for my City.  Mayor Greg Moore, pictured above, hasn't done that yet.  




 

Monday, June 19, 2017

1385 - Gestures & Scale

A bit of planning from the old sketchbook:  I want to have a crouching hero character but I want his body proportions to be good.  So, I drew him standing in one colour and then used the measurements to figure out his proportions when crouching in the next colour.  The croucher's head is too big, but I decided to enlarge it so that it reads a little better. 




 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

1384 - "BBQ'an"


I really enjoyed the Logan (2017) movie, enough to fashion myself into this tribute poster.  Well, mostly I did this because my barber was out of town on vacation for a month, and my hair and beard grew out long.  I am powerfully loyal to my barber (see JSVB Posts #343 by clicking here.), so I knew it was better for me to wait than find a replacement barber. With long scruffy hair,  I knew if I pranced around in my suit I could re-create the look of Logan.

The hands are a problem, though, since I don't have adamantium claws.  I do have barbecue utensils, though, so close enough.  The cruel irony is that the weather has been cold and gloomy for the past week, and something my wife and I ate has been upsetting our stomachs, so no BBQ.  Quel bummer.




 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

1383 - Jeff Prances Camerawards


Today is the thirteenth of the month, which is traditionally Ungood Art Day on JSVB.  I show some of my works that just isn't all that great.  Most artists always strive to exhibit only their best work, but the ungood stuff is often the foundation for the final product.

Take the photos above, which are self-directed of me walking in a stiff and peculiar manner towards the camera. They aren't much to look at, but with a little love and attention, I can build them into something I figure people will like - see JSVB tomorrow. 

Sometimes, it's irritating for me to show clients me work in progress, since often the early stages are so ungood.  I remember one client whose wife told him to drop me because my stuff was looking really rank.  Truth be told, it did look bad, and I wasn't even certain I could pull the project together.  One thing I have learned, though, is that a piece won't seem complete until I get around ninety percent into the project.  It's almost always that last push that makes the whole thing sing... or not.  




 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

1382 - Happy (Fiftieth!) Birthday To Me (8)

Click above to embiggen.


(Cue John Barry Orchestra, James Bond Movie Theme Mode)

He has your figure on his mind
He knows that numbers never lie
The years tumble forward, a deadly sum
But he's prepared you for the world to come

He knows all the best odds to play
To draw you in his own special way
He lives under no one other's thumb
He'll have you ready for the world to come

Lovely woman, with your precious look
He will trace you in his artful book
You will live forever by his design
His very touch is a golden mine
With you near he is far from done
He will bring you to the world to come

The world to come!
The World To Come!

The Woooooooorld Tooo Cooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo- (breathe, Shirley Bassey, breathe!) -oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooome!

cha-cha-cha!





Friday, June 9, 2017

1381 - Golden Numerals



My new favourite typeface of all time has to be Baskerville Italic, as shown above.  Recently, I participated in a psychological profile to find the typeface most suited to me, and Baskerville Italic was the result.  

Designed in the late 1700's by John Baskerville and manufactured into metal dies by John Handy,  this venerable typeface was regarded by Pierre Simon Forniere, the inventor of the point system for controlling font sizes, as "the best italic to be found in any English foundry". High praise indeed!

I used a bunch of Photoshop blending effects to make the number "50" look snazzy and golden. Shiny!  




Friday, June 2, 2017

1380 - Stanley Cup Birds 2017


Two new chicken-sized Stanley Cup jerseys for 2017: no self-respecting chicken would ever wear a Penguins jersey, though.  One of the chicken brothers has been temporarily replaced by a penguin.  I had to break a promise to myself that I would never ever make a chicken-style Pittsburgh jersey, since I really do not like the Penguins, least of all their captain Crosby.  The last couple of times the Penguins made it to the final, I found excuses not to make their jersey.  Hopefully, the Predators will find a way to win the Cup this year!