Wednesday, October 29, 2008

UFC 90

So I went to UFC 90 in Chicago last Saturday and was a little disappointed. It was the first time in history that the UFC was in Chicago and the months leading up to the fight was torture to me. My expectations were shattered by sub par fights, bad decisions, and the anti-climactic showdown in the main event.


The event wasnt really in Chicago, but just about 20 miles away in Rosemont. A large group of friends pitched in for a limo so we could get as drunk as we wanted and not have to worry about anything.


The Ladies were all over me right when I walked in.


After I said "adios" to the ladies, former UFC champ Mark Colman followed me until I took a picture with him. I politely obliged.

Mark has a little highlight I would like to share with you that is the funniest thing I think Ive ever seen in MMA.

Its only 13 seconds long so enjoy this:



Nicole likes it !

This is a shot from our seats. Cote went down in the 3rd round for no apparent reason. Turns out he tore his meniscus in his knee. He had aggravated it about 4 weeks prior to the fight but did'nt want to pull out because it was a shot at the title.

Thanks Cote.



I might just watch the UFC events at a bar on pay per view for awhile until I get the bad taste out of my mouth..

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Goodbye Patrick Welch

Friend, mentor, professor, artist Patrick Welch passed away last week, Oct 16 2008.



Patrick was truly an incredible man.

I had the honor of studying under him for many classes. I first met Patrick back in the spring of 2006 for Drawing and Charicterization. I also took Storyboarding, Acting for Animation, and my Senior Thesis with him.

Patrick's teaching style is like nothing Ive ever experienced. He loved to joke and have fun and truly cared for each students' success. He was a great inspiration to everyone. You wanted Patrick's approval. You loved going to Patrick's classes. He had an infectious personality and you just wanted to be around him.


In 2006, Welch started an art movement collectively known as the micromentalists. The general philosophy of the group is that art need not be "monumental" in scale to be important, and has been described as "pseudo-Marxist".

The group is known not only for its premise of small art, but also for its commercial practice of selling art at lower prices, adjusted for the income of the buyer.

Welch is perhaps best known for his "Miniature Hate Paintings" which evoke a strange combination of childhood nightmare and adult neurosis, drawing on references from contemporary fine art, comic books, and science fiction. More recently his "Miniature Insult Blocks," painted on 1" x 2" blocks, detail English playground childhood insults in the saccahrine colours of boiled sweets.

Heres some of Patrick's mini paintings:

"I Now Understand"

"Gods Work, Not Mine"

"Art Tree Rapist"


"Art Killer of Trees"
"Self Titled"

"Shit Mouth"

"Would/Wood"

"P Fuckin Dub"



Patrick was a fun guy to be around and sometimes we would draw ugly pictures of each other.

Here's a couple of charicatures of Patrick I did in class.




Also some Patrick Welch sketches I snagged from him in class:

Self portrait:


Random sketches:


We all love you Patrick and you will be missed.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

John K's Political Toys


John K has created some political toys to get your juices flowing for the upcoming election. I got my Obama toy the other day and its absolutely amazing! I can't believe the level of detail and craftsmanship put into this toy. The photo doesnt do it justice, so you have to order them to see for yourself!

rfxtoys.com

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Charicatures!

We were working on our new website at work and they wanted me to do charicatures of everyone. I dont have pictures of the people so you'll just have to take my word for it.

There's a lot of inside jokes going on, and when we couldnt find something to make fun of, we just decided to pose them with one of their intrest/hobbies.

Here it is on our website:

Here!


Can you guess which one is me?

Saturday, September 20, 2008

New Freelance Stuff!

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Ive picked up a few projects here and there to keep myself busy. Ive been working full time at my job doin all kinds of stuff like storyboards, concepts, animation and 3D modeling. Sometimes its hard to just come home and start working again after 9 hours at the office but I force myself to pick up little projects like these. Ive fallen out of my art mode before and it takes awhile to get back on track! So keep drawing or whatever you like to do!


This one I did for a guy who needed an illustration for a menu in a bar. I guess the thing was chicken wings and beers for a cheap price during the week sometime. So he wanted a chicken holding a beer and a "wacky face."

I went a little too agressive on the fucked up factor of the chicken and he wanted me to tone it down a little.


So I toned it down and gave him a responsible drinking chickens face.

Cleanup


I remember when UFC first came out in the early nineties and my buddy and I would rent the tapes and watch them without our parents approval of course and we loved it!

I sort of lost track of the UFC fighters for the latter part of the nineties since they could'nt show the fights on pay per view and I kind of thought it just went away.

Since Dana White and the Fertitta brothers bought the UFC for 2 million dollars, they have grown the business into a billion dollar industry. They implemented rules and got it commissioned by the states. Now MMA is bigger than ever and I love it!

So anyway, I know quite a few guys that I wresteled with in high school that have gone on to fight in MMA.

One guy that I know that used to be a piercer for my tattoo artist buddy, opened his own gym and needed a logo for his gym, the Acadamy of Mixed Martial Arts.



Heres a few versions I did for him.



Tuesday, September 09, 2008

George wipes mouth #6

I fixed the eyelids so that they are consistent throughout. Also tweeked the eyebrow.

Monday, September 08, 2008

George wipes mouth revisions

Heres the revisons:
#1. I straightened out the box. Is this what you meant John? Also made tassle and mouth thicker.
The next two are the same head. I thickened the eyebrows and eyelid line

#5. Thicker eyelash line
#6. Thicker eyelash line. You also mentioned thicker eyebrows? They are from pose 5..did you mean thicker eyebrows on #4?
Thicker eyelashline.
Let me know if these are good to go!

Sunday, September 07, 2008

George wipes his mouth

Some of these look a little cluttered with all the layers but here they are.




Wednesday, September 03, 2008

George heads

A couple more George heads.Let me know if I need to ink the window. It looked a little rough as if it is just used as reference.