The Ad That Never Happened

This is the ad that never happened. I was commissioned by an individual businessman who will remain unnamed to create a far right political satirical illustration for the recent Presidential election. The illustration was to go in USA Today as a full page ad. The individual who commissioned me for this piece was not able to raise the near quarter of a million dollars for a full page illustration in USA Today so it never went to print. The initial illustration was based upon the famous painting of Washington crossing the Delaware. As you can see, very little of the original painting remains, NOTE: This illustration has nothing to do with my personal political views. This was a job in which I was paid to create an illustration to the clients specifications. These are not my views. The original source image is posted below.

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An Ugly Caricature Study

This post is a fun little caricature study I just finished. I didn’t feel the need to push it to a polished state as I was just kind of playing around. I’m not exactly sure why but a couple of days ago I typed the work “ugly” into Google search and found a somewhat less than handsome man. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder? Not sure about that after this project. The mouth wasn’t exactly a funny ugly… it was more of a disgusting ugly, so I changed it up just a bit. This is about a 50/50 blend of photo-manipulation and digital painting so very good practice for me. Anyhow, it was fun. Sorry if you spilled your coffee on yourself. The original source image is posted below.

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Bruce Willis Caricature Study

Here is the finished Bruce Willis study I’ve been working on the past couple of days. I wasn’t concerned with the background as this was strictly a practice piece. I did a lot of experimenting with noise reduction and creating skin textures from scratch on this piece and learned a lot. I have a ways to go yet but I think I’m onto something with these texture experiments. So, it is what it is. The source image I worked with is posted below. No time to waste… on to the next one.

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Bruce Willis – Work In Progress (WIP)

Tonight I have a work in progress of Bruce Willis. I love the way he makes that little smirk and I found a picture with that smirk but it was very noisy and after removing the noise and enhancing the detail, I’m left with patches of skin with no detail at all. This is where the final stage of painting the whiskers, hair and missing skin texture comes in. This image doesn’t look that bad because it’s been shrunk down so much. It’s very noticeable in the high-res file so there will be a lot of detail painting to do on this one.

Below is the source image I’m working with and an earlier screen capture of the work in progress on my Wacom which was posted to Google+ and Facebook earlier today. I’ve started something new on Google+ called “Whats on the Wacom” to give everyone a little better look at the different stages and my work flow. You can see the difference in the screen capture and the portrait above and there will be even more changes in the final product although the basic morph is pretty close to what I want now. And of course, he will be put in another body.

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One Million Google+ Followers – Thanks!!

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I hit another Google Plus milestone today and rolled over one million followers. It’s only been just over a year since the one year Google+ anniversary. Thanks to all who have supported and encouraged me here on my blog, on Google+, Facebook and all of my networks. If you haven’t hooked up with me on Google+ yet, simply click the large image above.

Another milestone will happen later this week as I go over 600,000 blog views from every nation in the world. Business has been good. It could be better and I know it will be with all of this support. Thanks once again and see you at two million!

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