Friday, December 31, 2010

Bouguereau - Helnwein

Tonight I did something way different. I've manipulated a painting for a Photoshop contest requiring that you combine two paintings into one. I used William Adolphe Bouguereau's "The Curtsey" and Gottfried Helnwein's "The Disasters of War". I chose them because I wanted to use extreme opposite type art. I'm not really pleased with the results but thought I'd post it anyhow. Don't worry folks; I'm not changing my style. I love caricatures and will continue to do them. I have posted the source paintings below. This just isn't my thing so I'll be back to caricatures tomorrow. BTW, this piece has been featured on Bouguereau.net.


Original source paintings:


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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Gareth Bale

Tonight I did a full body caricature of Gareth Frank Bale (born 16 July 1989) is a Welsh footballer who currently plays for Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur and the Wales national team. I've had a lot of requests for soccer players but have had a hard time finding good images to work with. This one, posted below for comparison, was a pretty good image.


Original image below:


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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Stephen Colbert

Tonight I Just felt like doing a portrait, so after an hour of trying to decide who I wanted to caricature, I finally settled on Stephen Colbert. He has some interesting features like that one wild ear. He was on a blue background so I decided to stick with the color scheme. I've provided the original image I worked with below for comparison. I think I'm going to do a soccer player tomorrow. I'm still looking for Heavy Metal stars and I'm taking requests provided I have a good image to work with.


Original image:


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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

George Wein ~ "Jazz Master"

I've been fixing computer problems all day today so I didn't get to do the caricature I wanted. I decided to do a quick one to have something to post tonight. I chose George Wein named a "Jazz Master" in 2005 by the National Endowment for the Arts. I did some experimenting on this one with recreating skin textures where they were totally lost. It was a good exercise and I learned a couple of tricks. It's late...off to bed.


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Monday, December 27, 2010

Bill Clinton - Still Kickin'

Tonight I did a manipulated caricature of Bill Clinton. I know he's not in the news much these days but I never caricatured him before so I decided to give it a go. Me makes a great subject. I've posted the original image I worked with below for comparison. Now it's time to do something a little more wild and crazy.


Original source image below


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Sunday, December 26, 2010

My Life Morphed by Rodney Pike

Tonight I have a morphing video I created for one of my Behance Network projects which I've posted on my YouTube Channel and was put together using FantaMorph by Abrosoft. It features some of my photo manipulations and caricatures cropped for the face morphing. This was a learning process, so the next one will be much better. This is a very short video, just over 3 minutes but was a huge file size, just under 2gb so It took for ever to upload to YouTube. Hope you like it. I'll be back to photo manipulations and caricatures tomorrow.



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Thursday, December 23, 2010

James Hetfield of Metallica Head Caricature

This is a photo manipulated caricature head study of James Hetfield of Metallica that I used in a previous project. I thought the Heavy Metalers out there may like to see it. I'm planning on doing AC/DC next. Anyone know of any good images?


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Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Robert Trujillo of Metallica

Tonight I have a caricature of Robert Trujillo, the bass player for Metallica. I've had some requests for metalers and Trujillo specifically. I'm working on another project so I did this while I was uploading some large files. The image I had to work with wasn't the best; so I used a little Topaz to clean it up a bit. Not the resolution I like to work with though. Here is the image I started with. I had to do a little splicing. I've also posted a video with Rob in action. He's awesome and a great subject...very animated.



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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Ozzy Osbourne

I've been away for a couple of days buiding my Behance Network page and putting together a few projects to get it kicked off. You should check it out. Tonight I did a quick caricature study of Ozzy Osbourne. I've always liked this image of him and I had a lot of fun tweaking it. I've also posted the original image as well as a very popular song and video by Ozzy called "Dreamer". I'm looking for some good images of Heavy Metal groups or individuals so if anyone knows where I can find some, let me know.


Below is the image I started with.



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Thursday, December 16, 2010

Saddam Hussein ~ A Caricature Study

Tonight I have a quick caricature study of Saddam Hussein. I know he's old news but I wasn't doing caricatures when he was in the news and I've wanted to caricature this image since. I think this was his best shot, next to the one of him hanging by a noose of course. Here is the original image I worked with. I'm posting early tonight because I've been fixing computer problems all day and I'm turning in early tonight.


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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Metallica ~ A Group Caricature

Tonight I Have for you a group caricature I did of one of my favorite bands, Metallica. I have had requests for Metallica so I decided to do all of them tonight. The original image is posted below for comparison and a video for your listening pleasure. "Nothing Else Matters (Live Earth, London, 2007) [HD]"





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Sunday, December 12, 2010

YouTube video of my Caricatures

This video is a compilation of photo-manipulated caricatures. I have been doing photo manipulations for FreakingNews.com since April 2010 but I just started experimenting with caricatures 6 months ago. I have put together about 85 of my caricatures in this video. I have done more but a lot of them are rough studies not suited for this project. It's 12.5 minutes long. I hope you like it.

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Saturday, December 11, 2010

James Hetfield of Metallica


Tonight I have a caricatured manipulation of James Hetfield of Metallica. This was a requested caricature. I used two different images of Hetfield for this one. The image with this pose wasn't real clear so I used another head. It's still not as crisp and clean as I like my work to be but It was good practice.

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Friday, December 10, 2010

Moonlight stroll


This is a couple of caricatures I did for some good friends, Claudio and Adrianaa Paolini as a gift. I hope I got Claudio's wife's name correct. Click on the image to view full size. Merry Christmas Claudio!

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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Lady Gaga ~ Two Caricature Studies



Tonight I did a couple of quick caricature studies of Lady Gaga. She's definitely not hard to caricature since she normally looks very abnormal to put it mildly. I think I made her too cute. She can be kind of disgusting at times. That's all for tonight but I should have something a little more interesting tomorrow.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Obamunism

Omama 2012
Tonight I'm posting the finished piece from a study I posted a few days ago. This is a caricatured manipulation I entered in my 34th "Freak Show" Photoshop contest at FreakingNews.com called Obamunism. It took gold. The original body image was created by Sven Juhlin, a brilliant 3D artist. *UPDATE: Nov. 7, 2012 - Re-elected..... Original source image by: Sven Juhlin @ http://forums.cgsociety.org/showthread.php?f=132&t=834177&highlight=Nazi.















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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Charlie Watts of The Rolling Stones


Yesterday I told you I wanted to do a more extreme caricature inspired by Russ Cook. Well, this is my attempt. I chose Charlie Watts, (Drummer for The Rolling Stones) because he already has that long face and nose. It is in no way to be compared with Russ Cook's mastery of extreme caricatures. I tend to be a very conservative person and I have to push myself to try and max out the color, saturation and exaggeration in my work or it turns out looking muted and washed out. This was a big change for me and is about as extreme as I get. This type of exaggeration when manipulating a photo really gets challenging trying to maintain skin textures as well as likeness. This was a great practice piece for me and I hope to do more of the same soon. I'm including the source picture below for comparison.


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Monday, December 6, 2010

Rev. Al Sharpton

I'm working on a couple of projects right now and was running out of time so I decided to do a quick caricature study of Al Sharpton by request. I hadn't thought of doing him and he turned out to be a great subject. This Study is not in what I consider a finished state. It was strictly for practice. I want to do something a bit more extreme next time. I'll have to find the right subject for it. For example, I love the work of Russ Cook. He really pushes the limits with his caricatures. I don't expect to turn out a caricature comparable to his but I want to experiment with some extreme exaggeration. Russ has a gift of exaggerating a face until it is completely contorted, yet he captures the essence of the person. Check his work out. It's awesome stuff. Well, it's getting late so that's it for tonight.

Update: Al Sharpton Tweaked












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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Obama ~ A Caricature Study


Tonight I have a rough preliminary caricature study of Obama for you. I'm working on another project for a contest and this caricature will be used in. It has an ubusual look to it but be assured I have specific plans for him and you'll understand  it when you see the finished product, which will be posted in 2 or 3 days. I think you'll like it. Well, it's about time to turn in, just wanted to post a little something.

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Arrogance ~ A Caricature Study


Just a quick caricature study for you tonight. I loved this image of this arrogant "gentleman" so I decided to enhance it a bit. Good practice and lots of fun. Now I'm off to watch the UFC.












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Friday, December 3, 2010

Lionel Messi - "Maradona's Successor"


Tonight, I continue the soccer player series with Lionel Messi. Lionel Andrés Messi was born 24 June 1987 and is an Argentine footballer who currently plays for FC Barcelona and the Argentina national team as a forward or winger. He also holds Spanish citizenship, which makes him eligible as a EU player. Considered one of the best football players of his generation and frequently cited as the world's best contemporary player, Messi received several Ballon d'Or and FIFA World Player of the Year nominations by the age of 21 and won both by the age of 22. His playing style and ability have drawn comparisons to Diego Maradona, who himself declared Messi his "successor".

I did a full body caricature on Messi. I didn't like the background so I took him off and made a new one similar but with a little more depth and color. Hair can be challenging when changing backgrounds because the background color bleeds into the hair, and other places. I masked the hair off as best I could but it still required painting the hair on his head as well as his arm hair. I decided to add a little detail to his face because it seemed a little washed out. I added facial hair as well as some sweat droplets. He looked like he should be sweating. I really enjoyed this one and I hope you do as well. I've posted the image I started with below for comparison.




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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Leslie Nielsen Remembered



Tonight I'm posting a caricatured manipulation I did as a tribute to Leslie Nielsen, which I intended to post the day he died, but Freaking News posted a Photoshop contest called "Remembering Leslie Nielsen" so I decided to enter it into the contest to see what it would do. It took silver so that wasn't too bad. I love this image of Leslie Nielsen with this big eyes and that surprised look. I couldn't resist doing it. I really concentrated on the eyes and completely re-made them to enhance that expression. He was good practice and a lot of fun to do. This is the image I started with:

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Gottfried Helnwein - Genius or Deranged

I'm half sick again tonight and not up to working so I'm featuring one of my favorite artists.  For those of you who may not know of his work, I discovered Gottfried Helnwein's work about a year ago and it really struck me and the scale of his work is unreal. His work is very moving, sometimes shocking, disturbing, massacre and down right brutal but I think we can learn a lot from this artist. I also posted some of his more tame images. For a more thorough representation, you can visit his web site which is listed below.

Gottfried Helnwein was born October 8, 1948 in Vienna, an Austrian-Irish fine artist, painter, photographer, installation and performance artist.


Helnwein studied at the University of Visual Art in Vienna (German: Akademie der Bildenden Künste, Wien). He was awarded the Master-class prize (Meisterschulpreis) of the University of Visual Art, Vienna, the Kardinal-König prize and the Theodor-Körner prize.

Helnwein has worked as a painter, draftsman, photographer, muralist, sculptor, installation- and performance artist, using a wide variety of techniques and media. His early work consists mainly of hyper-realistic watercolors, depicting wounded children, as well as performances often with children in public spaces. Helnwein is concerned primarily with psychological and sociological anxiety, historical issues and political topics. As a result of this, his work is often considered provocative and controversial.

Viennese-born Helnwein is part of a tradition going back to the 18th century, to which Messerschmidt's grimacing sculptures belong. One sees, too, the common ground of his works with those of Hermann Nitsch and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, two other Viennese, who display their own bodies in the frame of reference of injury, pain, and death. One can also see this fascination for body language goes back to the expressive gesture in the work of Egon Schiele.


Clarity of vision in his subject matter was emerging in Helnwein's art that was to stay consistent throughout his career. His subject matter is the human condition. The metaphor for his art, although it included self-portraits, is dominated by the image of the child, but not the carefree innocent child of popular imagination. Helnwein instead created the profoundly disturbing yet compellingly provocative image of the wounded child. The child scarred physically and the child scarred emotionally from within.

In 2004 The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco organized the first one-person exhibition of Gottfried Helnwein at an American Museum: "The Child, works by Gottfried Helnwein" at the California Palace of the Legion of Honor. The show was seen by almost 130,000 visitors and the San Francisco Chronicle quoted it the most important exhibition of a contemporary artist in 2004. Steven Winn, Chronicle Arts and Culture Critic, wrote: "Helnwein's large format, photo-realist images of children of various demeanors boldly probed the subconscious. Innocence, sexuality, victimization and haunting self-possession surge and flicker in Helnwein's unnerving work".

Harry S.Parker III, Director of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco explained what makes Helnwein's art significant: "For Helnwein, the child is the symbol of innocence, but also of innocence betrayed. In today's world, the malevolent forces of war, poverty, and sexual exploitation and the numbing, predatory influence of modern media assault the virtue of children. Robert Flynn Johnson, the curator in charge, has assembled a thought-provoking selection of Helnwein's works and provided an insightful essay on his art. Helnwein's work concerning the child includes paintings, drawings, and photographs, and it ranges from subtle inscrutability to scenes of stark brutality. Of course, brutal scenes witness The Massacre of the Innocents have been important and regularly visited motifs in the history of art. What makes Helnwein's art significant is its ability to make us reflect emotionally and intellectually on the very expressive subjects he chooses. Many people feel that museums should be a refuge in which to experience quiet beauty divorced from the coarseness of the world. This notion sells short the purposes of art, the function of museums, and the intellectual curiosity of the public. The Child: Works by Gottfried Helnwein will inspire and enlighten many; it is also sure to upset some. It is not only the right but the responsibility of the museum to present art that deals with important and sometimes controversial topics in our society".


You can learn more about this incredible artist and see more of his works at Gottfried Helnwein's web site.



 

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