Creature Sketch...

So, one of the drawbacks of working in oils is that sometimes you have to take a break and let things dry. While I'm waiting for my headless horseman to dry a little, I worked up the sketch for my next halloween painting... The Creature From the Black Lagoon. Just imagine this dude hanging out watching you next time you go swimming in a lake or something. Creepy.

Headless Horseman...

Here's an in-progress shot of my headless horseman portrait. I'm kind of excited to see this one finished.


Moral Midgetry!

My buddy Brian has a new blog. Go check it out. He's already off to a very good start... Moral Midgetry.



Ok. This video makes me happy. So happy I just bought the album.


Halloween is Coming! Halloween is Coming!

Why am I so excited? Well my friend Christopher and I are doing a joint Halloween themed show at Amy's Ice Cream that will be up for the entire month of October. It should be a pretty cool show. We have very different styles and we're each doing 3 pieces that have the same subject matter. It'll be interesting to see what each of us comes up with. I'll post more details as I have them.

In the mean time, here's an in-progress shot of my first piece for the show.



Holy Cow! I'm so excited. My buddy, Brian Baker, just got his advance copies of his new book with the cover I did for him. I can't wait to get my hands on one.

It's a great book. Everyone should encourage their local booksellers and libraries to order it. You can visit Brian's site for more information about the book. Here's part of a letter Brian sent out with all the info you'll need to get bookstores and libraries to order his book...

Amazon.com will have copies for sale (not pre-sale, though. Sorry, small press), you can purchase copies directly from the publisher at Crossquarter.com (not pre-sale, though. Sorry, small press), or you can go into your local bookstore and buy one. If your local bookstore doesn’t have a copy ask them to order one. In fact, even if you have a copy ask the bookstore to order one. If you don’t pick it up, they will put it on the shelf for someone else to enjoy. The store might ask for the ISBN number, it’s 978-1-890109-82-0 (1-890109-82-7).
“Gee,” you think, “that sounds cumbersome. Anything else I can do for you?”
Thanks for asking, yes. Please ask your local library to order a copy. Also, I’ll need reviews on Amazon.com – even if you didn’t like it, a review is a review. Speaking of reviews, if you happen to have contacts with any local press or ideas of places that might like to review such a title, please let me know.


'Scanner' Portraits

OK, so (as I mentioned in my last post) I've decided to start taking commissions for Scanner Darkly style portraits. What qualifies this yahoo to do this, you ask? Well, I was a bonafide animator on the motion picture. I've also had enough time off from working on the movie that I'm no longer sick of working in this style.

Here are a few samples of what the end result looks like...

The top two are portraits I've done, the third is a still from a scene I animated in the movie.

I'm asking $100 per portrait. Why so much you ask? Well, aside from being a little time intensive, you get a JPEG of the finished portrait, plus a vector version (EPS, unless you specify otherwise) that you can have printed as large as you want and get it framed. These things look really awesome when printed on a good printer.

What I'll need from you is a good quality digital photo. E-mail it to me at jasonp@manlyart.com . Please make sure the file is no larger than 1 MB. Zip files are fine, so you can send a better quality photo. After we've discussed what you want, you can send a payment by PayPal and you'll have your portrait within the next week or two. It's easy.


Yes, I'm still amongst the living...

Hopefully this will make up for the complete lack of posting lately. Things are starting to settle down a little bit.

For today's treat I have a "Scanner" style portrait I did for a friend of mine. As I was doing the portrait I saved out in-progress shots and put them together in a quicktime so can see how the portrait progressed. It's kind of cool.

If anyone is interested, I'm taking commissions for portraits in this style. You'll get a JPEG and an EPS (so you can have it printed out at any size). I'm thinking $100 for a one person portrait, more than one person we can negotiate. Drop me an e-mail if you're interested.


So, the first image is the original photo, and the second one is the "Scannerized" version...

And here's the QuickTime...