Illustrations

Johnny Depp as vampire Barnabas Collins

Portrait of vampire Barnabas Collins, as portrayed by Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows. Semi-finalist in the Dark Shadows art contest.

The DA website is hosting a contest featuring none other than Tim Burton’s latest flick Dark Shadows. Based on the cult 60s TV show, the movie looks to be right up my alley. Johnny Depp plays the main character Barnabas Collins, an 18th century vampire who turns up in 60s era America to find that everything has changed, and of course the wackiness ensues. Depp looks to be in top form, channeling some of my favorite roles of his from previous Burton films such as Edward Scissorhands and Sleepy Hallow.

The contest is simple: draw a portrait of Barnabas as portrayed by Depp in the new movie. I went with a fairly straightforward idea of doing a period portrait, so I brushed up on some turn of the century artists such Ingres and Gainsborough who were considered neoclassical painters. Also, being a big fan of Rembrandt, I decided to apply his use of darks and spotlights which I thought would work well with the atmosphere of a vampire portrait. I didn’t have much time to work on this as I found out about the contest rather late, but still I had lots of fun with this one.

Zombies Vs. Gladiators Movie Poster

Movie poster design for a proposed movie by Amazon Studios Productions: Zombies Vs. Gladiators, an idea so crazy that it just might work.

By now everyone knows Amazon is the one-stop cyber-shop for all your rabid consumerist needs, but did you know that they’ve also launched their own movie studio? Yup, in addition to their Kindle and media streaming business, Amazon Studios is sponsoring contests open to all would-be Hollywood hopefuls to make it in the big time. They’re partnered up with Time-Warner among others so there’s some significant muscle behind the operation, not to mention big bucks as they’re giving away prize money in the six figures every month!

Last month I entered the rewrite contest for a screenplay that is currently a frontrunner for production: Zombies Vs. Gladiators. I dusted off my rusty screenwriting skills and was surprised when my script was picked as a semi-finalist out of hundreds of competitors. Unfortunately my script was not picked as a finalist but I still felt good about making it that far. Now this month Amazon is hosting a movie poster design contest over at Talenthouse for honor and glory and of course a cash prize as well.

I decided to do something inspired by the old school fantasy painters such as Frank Frazetta and figured I might as well do one of these process pages showing how I went from sketch to finished painting:

Below is the finished painting complete with Roman-style movie text:

 

Gears of War 3 Wallpaper Design

Semi-finalist in the Gears of War 3 wallpaper design contest. Digital painting in Photoshop.

A lot of stiff competition out of thousands of entries, so I’m glad have made it into the semi-finals.

Austin Chronicle Illustrations

Some freelance illustrations published in the Austin Chronicle.