Friday, December 7, 2012

AGAIN, ALLIGATORS: Alligator

The final piece in this series. It turned out slightly more fantastic than I had initially anticipated, but I think it works well within the context of the series of illustrations. My wife really liked this one, so she claimed it right away.

ALLIGATOR

15 inches by 11 inches
acrylic paint, charcoal, ink, marker, mucus, pencil and rain on watercolor paper
October 31, 2012

6 comments:

  1. Wow! I really like this one! It reminds me of Ralph Steadman's style!

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  2. Thank you both, and very good eye Green Morning. I had been looking at a lot of Steadman's art while working on these "Again, Alligators" pieces and they were a huge influence on me.

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  3. Matt, another fantastic piece. It's funny, someone already mentioned seeing an influence there...to me, more than any of your recent pieces, this one shows an Ian Miller influence. In particular, I'm thinking of his classic cover for The Martian Chronicles, which shares the triangular motif with this illustration. Anyway, great work, as always.

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  4. You have a good eye, Dara. While Miller was not an intentional influence on this piece, his hold over my imagination is so strong and goes back so far that I truly think nearly everything I do is in some ways touched by my fascination with and admiration for his work. He has this way of drawing monsters and dragons with that harsh, triangular head and jaw that I've never been able to shake. That comes through a lot in my work, and I think you can even find some elements of it in everything from my very first Spudd 64 comic from 2004 all the way to my Moby-Dick illustrations.

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