Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Arming of Cinderella

This is kind of a different image for me, I started messing around with this a little while ago, it was inspired by a conversation I had about what I call the Arming of Cinderella and Faux feminism (seem to be having lots of conversation about this stuff these days .women's roles and the stereotypes of women in science, entertainment and politics. These conversations seem to popping everywhere. perhaps as a counter reaction to the girl power brand feminism). Anyway, there was a trend in movies in the late 70s and early 80s where women were engendered with what were typically thought of as male traits. These women were independent, strong, and kicked ass when they had to. The best example of this would be Ripley from Alien. Through out the 70's horror had gone from the old studio monster and radioactive mutant giant insect, to the don't look now he's behind you ,female mutilation, sexually charged slasher movies. Alien turned that trend on it's head. Ripley is the strong female character who makes active judgments and survives what is trying to kill her. The male character's are largely passive - most die quickly, others wait for her command. It is Ripley who makes the plan to defeat the alien which works, while the 'powerless' male Captain makes bad judgments as his unsure plan fails. Her sexuality is derived from her strength rather then from her vulnerability. This trend was soon subverted, and while superficiality following the same blue print, these women were little more then card board cutouts, sure they could kick ass, but, they ultimately needed saving and often fell hopelessly under the spell of the male protagonist. Essentially returning us to the old Cinderella syndrome, only with guns....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

The End is Near

Illustration for Firbolg Publishing's "Enter at your own Risk: The End is the Beginning" Which will be released at the WHC2014. The book will feature a cover by Ben Baldwin and interior illustrations by lil'old me. The limited hardcover will be available ONLY at the convention.

as with many of my images this one comes with a sound track... I played this Johnny Cash song repeatedly while painting this image 

Sunday, January 12, 2014

The old west just gets weirder and weirder

The Steam Man of the West (by Joseph Lovece) adventures continue with inventor Frank Rude, Jr. and his motley crew in the weird weird Old West. With Frank's newest invention the Electric Horse at their side the preposterous escapades of the intrepid group continue rewrite history.

The idea is that each cover will aline with the last... There are a proposed 10 books in the series so this could get pretty big.

Monday, January 6, 2014

Tragedy to night

I did the comedy thing last night, so today we have tragedy. Tragedy of Shakespearean sort, you know the, "Murder most foul",“O villain, villain, smiling, damned villain!” kind of tragedy. Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, Lear, the kind where everyone ends up dead.

 Not an illustration of any particular play or story. The image grew from wanting to do a ghost figure then working backward as to who and where the ghost was...