TAZ and LEGO Thomas

Early in November I offered a Poster Promotion, and a couple of people took advantage of that promo and Commissioned me to draw up a couple of posters. That redundant, run on sentence aside, these two posters were ordered for specific people in mind and was a lot of fun to put together.

LEGO Thomas was a commission from my cousin Renelle in Arnprior for her son Thomas, who is a huge Lego AND Ottawa Senators fan. Having seen and admired my previous Lego Man posters, Renelle contacted me about doing one for Thomas to have as a Christmas Gift. Thomas is a really cool and imaginative little boy, who once told me that he was going to grow up one day to be Iron Man. The concept for the design was LEGO Man Thomas standing in a display case made from Lego Bricks. I was told by his Mom that at first he was excited because he thought it was of one of his favourite Senators players, but then was even more elated when he discovered that the poster was of him! Lol. Cute kid.

"LEGO Thomas" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“LEGO Thomas” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

Thomas meet LEGO Thomas - Opening the Poster on Christmas Day

Thomas meet LEGO Thomas – Opening the Poster on Christmas Day

TAZ – Bite Me was a custom request by my Mom who had hired me to do up a poster of Taz for her good friend Geri (who is a huge Taz fan) and to incorporate Geri’s signature “Bite Me” catchphrase! Lol. I know my Mom was really excited to present it to her. This was my first ever attempt at drawing any Looney Tunes characters. The concept in this one, is that the concentric red/brown circles in the background is an homage to the background image of the old “That’s All Folks” title slide from the old cartoons. With Taz effectively “ripping” through it. This was a fun one. They were always my favourite to watch, so I may have to try my hand at other Looney Tunes characters in the future.

"BITE ME" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“BITE ME” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

Taz - BITE ME Poster

Taz – BITE ME Poster

That about gets me caught up to date posting my art pieces that I have worked on since late October to the Holidays. I have a few projects currently on the go, and I will post them when I have completed / delivered them to my clients. I hope everyone out there reading this had an awesome Christmas / Holiday season and here’s to a bright, hopeful, prosperous and promising NEW YEAR!

Please feel free to comment! I like talking to people. :)

**INTERESTED IN HAVING SOMETHING MADE UP FOR YOU? CUSTOM POSTER COLLAGES OF YOUR FAVOURITE SHOWS OR GAMES OR BANDS OR TEAMS? FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH YOUR REQUESTS @ gerryalbert1976@gmail.com **

“IT’S CLOBBERIN’ TIME!!”

Growing up, and well into my 20’s, I was a huge fan of WWE Sports Entertainment. About 8 years ago I stopped watching and following. No real reason other than I just drifted away from it — got married and my wife wasn’t into it, moved away from the gang that used to get together and watch the Pay-Per-Views together every month, or other things started demanding my attention. Last year, I stumbled upon some headlines and other details of match events that had happened that piqued my interest…the Undertaker’s undefeated Wrestlemania streak ended at 21-1 by Brock Lesnar, Edge’s retirement, long time hold out Sting made his WWE debut, “Arrow’s” Stephen Amell stepping into the ring against Stardust at Summerslam 2015, and tons of other stuff. There was enough of a spark of interest that I negotiated with my wife about getting the WWE Network in September and…well…let’s just say it’s THE ONLY thing I have been watching consecutively for the past 5 months! I am hooked all over again!!

My friends Mark, Brad, and Scott are all big WWE fans as well, and I asked them who their favourite wrestlers were of all-time. Mark and Brad’s responses seemed about as traditional as what my picks may have been, but Scott’s picks were a mix of old guard and newer superstars. Most notably, Scott mentioned that hands down his favourite was CM Punk…

Former WWE Champion and Superstar CM Punk

Former WWE Champion and Superstar CM Punk

That pick spiked my curiosity. Mostly, I think, because I really didn’t know who that was! Sure, I had heard of him. His name was familiar to me, but I didn’t recall ever having seen him wrestle before and was not too familiar with him altogether. Punk is not in the current WWE roster, having quit the organization in 2014 and now prepping to enter the octagon of UFC, so I started watching as many interviews – matches – anything that he was in that is floating around on YouTube. He’s kind of awesome. Not gonna lie. So one day in December, having just watched a re-airing on WWE Network of the TLC 2013 Pay-Per-View where Punk beat The Shield in a 3-on-1 handicap match, I decided I wanted to draw him. When I was finished the picture, I decided to have it made up into an 11×17 sized poster and I sent it as a gift to my friend Scott — who’s suggestion of his favourite wrestler ever inspired me to research the superstar in the first place.

CM Punk - A Gift I Drew Up for Fellow Fan and Friend Scott in Arnprior - by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

CM Punk – A Gift I Drew Up for Fellow Fan and Friend Scott in Arnprior – by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

Here’s what the poster looks like…

"It's Clobberin' Time!!"

“It’s Clobberin’ Time!!”

Scott enthusiastically contacted me when he received the poster by mail, and told me how much he loved it. Then proceeded to hit me over the head with a steel chair and levelled me in typical heel fashion with a superkick to the face. Well, not really…but a fan can dream, no?

If you are a WWE Fan, keep your eyes peeled here over the coming weeks as I have a few others in the works right now. Hoping to finish them up once I free up some leisure drawing time! Thanks for reading folks!

**INTERESTED IN HAVING SOMETHING MADE UP FOR YOU? CUSTOM POSTER COLLAGES OF YOUR FAVOURITE SHOWS OR GAMES OR BANDS OR TEAMS? FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH YOUR REQUESTS @ gerryalbert1976@gmail.com **

Christmas Gift Portraitures

My Mom had requested of me to draw up a portrait poster of her two Granddaughters, my daughter Kenleigh and my great-niece Kaia, back in the summer. Well, when I launched Imstillakid Designs back in September 2015, I ended up getting pretty busy with jobs and commission requests that I didn’t have time to do this for my Mom and it sort of fell to the back burner. But in mid-November, with Christmas fast approaching, I decided to put together the portrait drawing of the girls together for my Mom as a Christmas gift instead of a paid gig from my Mom. As she is also a greenthumb and loves flowers, I decided to border the portrait with a variety of colourful flora. That really brought the piece together and really felt like something representative of my Mom. She was very pleased with the finished product when I presented it to her at Christmas!

"Kenleigh and Kaia" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“Kenleigh and Kaia” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

I was also very pleased with my finished piece, and I thought that a smaller poster portrait featuring just Kenleigh would make a nice gift for her OTHER Grandmother (my wife’s Mom) and Auntie and Uncle too, so with a few weeks to spare before Santa’s big day, I modified the picture and made a separate version with just my Crazy K Bird featured. Grandma and Grandpa, and Auntie and Uncle really enjoyed the framed picture gift.

"Kenleigh @ 4 Years Old" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“Kenleigh @ 4 Years Old” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

I cheated and ordered one for myself too (which I just put up at my desk at work to keep my spirits high every day!)….

Brightens up my drabby workstation!

Brightens up my drabby workstation!

My Neighbours Steve and Amanda are good peeps! Steve is very helpful when I demonstrate how little I know about being a Home Handyman, and I carpool with Amanda to the train every morning. I wanted to get them something nice / special for Christmas, but with my wife Val only working part-time gigs right now the $$$ has been a little tight to go out spending lots on gifts this year, so I decided to do a portrait of my friends-neighbours along with their two awesome dogs Richard and Maddie. The setting in the pic is more a cottage-esque setting in lieu of our actual homes. They both were quite thrilled when I presented it to them on Christmas Eve. I really enjoyed putting this one together.

"Steve, Amanda, Richard and Maddie" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“Steve, Amanda, Richard and Maddie” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

In the fantasyland that is my mind, I would have loved to present all my loved ones with their very own custom portrait pic for Christmas but time and moolah always put a kibosh on those ideas! Lol. Maybe NEXT Christmas!

**LOOKING TO GET AN ILLUSTRATED PORTRAIT DONE OF YOURSELF OR OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS? CONTACT ME @ gerryalbert1976@gmail.com TO DISCUSS DETAILS!!**

These Brothers…and Sister…Love to SMASH!

Back in early November, I was pleasantly surprised to be notified on my Imstillakid Designs Facebook Page by my client Stephanie about doing a massive collage poster for her kids. She told me that her two boys were HUGE fans of the awesome Nintendo Game SUPER SMASH BROTHERS and she wanted to have something done up to display nicely in their newly renovated recreational room depicting the game but that would also incorporate all three of her kids into it. Now, I am not too familiar with video games much any more so I enjoyed researching the characters from this game and rough sketching out some layouts. There were many Anime and Pokemon characters that I know nothing of, so that was a bit of a challenge to get just right, but there were also some classic characters from Nintendo’s 80’s heyday that I enjoyed drawing like the Mario Brothers, Little Mac, Metroid, and a plethora of others. This poster took me about 50 hours to complete and was a sheer joy to work on. I don’t know what the kid’s reaction was when they were presented with the poster, but I know my client Stephanie was thrilled when I showed it to her.

"SUPER SMASH BROTHERS...and Sister!!" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“SUPER SMASH BROTHERS…and Sister!!” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

"SUPER SMASH BROTHERS...and Sister - Poster" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“SUPER SMASH BROTHERS…and Sister – Poster” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

What I really enjoyed most about this poster, was being able to work on each character individually and then putting them all together in the layout. This was a fun throwback for me! Kinda wish I had a WII U so I could buy this game and play it! Looks like a lot of fun! Personally, I’d play as Ryu. I used to rock at Street Fighter 2 back in the day!!

**INTERESTED IN HAVING SOMETHING MADE UP FOR YOU? CUSTOM POSTER COLLAGES OF YOUR FAVOURITE SHOWS OR GAMES OR BANDS OR TEAMS? FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH YOUR REQUESTS @ gerryalbert1976@gmail.com **

Pencil Sketchwork

Pencil Sketchwork

WAITED FOR SANTA TO LEAVE. NOW IT’S TIME TO REVEAL MY CHRISTMAS CARD DESIGNS!!

Happy New Year Everyone!! I hope everybody had a great holiday season! Apologies for the long delay since my last post, but much of what I had worked on these past couple of months were gifts that my clients were presenting for Christmas, so I didn’t want to spoil any reveals or surprises by posting on my blog first. But, now that the holiday season has passed us by for another year, I think it’s safe to showcase some of my designs now. I tried something a little different, and in October started promoting my services to create Christmas Cards. I think I had a very good response with this promotion and I got 6 clients from it. Not too bad! These card designs were custom to the client’s specifications, but THIS year I may start working on some generic designs throughout the year as well as the custom orders in the fall.

"South Pole Santa" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“South Pole Santa” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs


South Pole Santa – One of 2 Christmas Card Designs I did for my client Mike Mooney Royal LePage Signature (looking to buy a house in the Greater Toronto Area? Contact Mike he’s the guy to help you!)

"Elf House" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“Elf House” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs


Elf House – The 2nd Christmas Card Design I did for my client Mike Mooney Royal LePage Signature (Seriously, if you’re serious about buying a home give him a call! He helped us get our house a few years back. Great guy to deal with!)

"Working on the Sleigh" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“Working on the Sleigh” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs


Working on the Sleigh – This card design was for my client BMK Installations Ltd. a sheet metal company out of Newmarket, ON. Their request was to somehow incorporate sheet metal work into the design. So, I thought what better than to have the elves working on an all new rocket sleigh!

"Christmas Advice" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“Christmas Advice” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs


Christmas Advice – My co-worker Lucy hired me to draw up some Christmas Cards for her. She is a huge Lucy from Peanuts fan, and wanted that reflected on the card. She loved it! So much so that I decided to be a bit of a Santa and had this design printed on a mug (see below) and presented it to her as a gift just before Christmas. She was thrilled!

lucy mug

"Merry Christmas from Dean and Michelle and the Pets" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“Merry Christmas from Dean and Michelle and the Pets” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

"Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours" by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs

“Merry Christmas from Our Family to Yours” by Gerry Albert of Imstillakid Designs


The last 2 designs were very similar in their requests that I was able to use the background design for both. Dean and Michelle are my Brother-in-Law and his wife and they wanted their card to have them and ALL of their pets on it too…ALL of their pets. Including the fish. Lol.

Putting these cards together was great fun! I might have to look into doing cards for some other Holidays! Look out St. Patrick’s Day!

**INTERESTED IN HAVING SOMETHING MADE UP FOR YOU? CUSTOM CARDS? POSTERS? FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME WITH YOUR REQUESTS @ gerryalbert1976@gmail.com **

Thanks for Dropping By!

~G!

PLAY BALL!!

Several months ago I drew up a funny digital portrait of my daughter Kenleigh. I loved the image so much that I decided to incorporate part of the image into my company logo on my business cards for Imstillakid Designs. A little over a month ago, we had my cousin and her family over for a lovely visit and dinner, and she spotted that same framed picture of Kenleigh that I have already alluded to. Knowing that I had just launched my Art and Design company quietly 2 weeks prior, my cousin approached me about doing a portrait of her 3 sons. I told her that I would be honoured.

Play Ball Boys! by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Play Ball Boys! by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

It took me a couple of weeks to get to working on the picture, as I was busy from orders that had already come in and I wanted to complete those before working on something new, and I also was having difficulty with trying to position an image that would feature a 12 year old, a 4 year old, and an 8 month old in a shared setting and environment. Big age differences, so what could be a shared motif amongst the boys? It donned on me half way through the American League Championship series that these guys are a BASEBALL family and absolutely love the Toronto Blue Jays. Well, there was my answer! I’d design the image with the Boys playing the part of some Toronto Blue Jays. For added fun, I put them each in a different uniform from the team’s storied history.

Hung Up

Yesterday, my cousin and family returned to visit and I presented the poster to them and they loved it! The excited looks on Mommy and Daddy’s faces said it all! One thing I’m really enjoying in this whole business endeavour (besides making money), is how happy my work has made people. That makes me feel really awesome! My cousin sent me the photo above as soon as they got home from their visit with us — already have it adorning their wall. I might be a little biased, but I think that picture looks pretty good there, Cuz!

**Would You Like a Custom Designed Caricature Poster of Your Very Own? E-mail me for more information at: gerryalbert1976@gmail.com **

Special Offers! But Hurry it’s Only For a Limited Time!!

Yay! My First Promotion! I’m still feverishly working on my Online Storefront, which I hope will be up and running soon, but in the interim I wanted to extend these special offers for Christmas!

CUSTOM CHRISTMAS CARDS

Looking for some unique Christmas items that will stand out from the crowd? Why not hire an artist (ahem…ME!) to design Original and Custom Christmas Card Designs. Tailored to your exact specifications, these custom cards really add an extra-special personalized touch to your warm Season’s Greetings for all of your friends and family! If you order between NOW and NOVEMBER 6th, you’ll receive 30% off the regular rate! To ensure that I can meet your time deadlines to send out your completed cards by the end of November, PLEASE order as soon as possible and NO LATER than November 6th!

South Pole Santa CHRISTMAS CARD Preview - Art by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

South Pole Santa CHRISTMAS CARD Preview – Art by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Custom CHRISTMAS CARD Promo - Art by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Custom CHRISTMAS CARD Promo – Art by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Looking to Immortalize your inner-child, or maybe you’re looking for that perfect personalized Birthday or Christmas Gift? Well look no further~! These custom designed LEGO Man posters are perfect for just that! Imagine your face (or a friend or loved one’s face), a favourite t-shirt, and any other sentimental garment or item forever beautifully displayed on an original one of a kind Poster! ORDER BEFORE NOVEMBER 15th to ensure delivery before Christmas!!

LEGO Man Poster Promo - Art by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

LEGO Man Poster Promo – Art by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Dan and His Son Love Their  Custom LEGO Man Poster!  - Art by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Dan and His Son Love Their Custom LEGO Man Poster! – Art by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Dan and his son, LOVE their custom designed LEGO Man Poster! I think one of these starring YOU on your walls would look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

*If you are interested in ordering either of these products, or you are just looking to enquire more information on pricing and availability, please e-mail me privately at gerryalbert1976@gmail.com

Thanks,

Gerry
Imstillakid Designs
Imstillakid Designs Business Card bigger 2

Comic Book Superheroes and Cartoon Sketches

Going through all of my old posts and sketch books in my basement last weekend, I decided to do a post just to showcase some of my original Superhero, Comic, and Cartoon sketches. Some of these date back quite a few years and some are fairly recent, but you can tell that my style hasn’t really changed too much over the years. Anyhoo, I like looking at them, and I hope you enjoy looking at them too! Any constructive and creative feedback is always welcomed!!
 

Batman and the Rogues by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Batman and the Rogues by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
Arrow and Atom by Gerry Albert

Arrow and Atom by Gerry Albert


I drew this one up earlier this year. I’m a huge fan of the show “Arrow”, and Green Arrow is actually one of my favourite superheroes ever. So when I found out that the Atom was going to appear on the show last season, I HAD to draw this image. The pic is actually an homage to the classic “Avengers #223” cover by Ed Hannigan from way back in 1983(?) — except that it’s a mirrored image to “reflect” the different universe. – Total drawing time for this image: 6 hours
 
Sesame Friends by Gerry Albert

Sesame Friends by Gerry Albert


This picture started off as a drawing I did on a white board a while back while I was stuck at work on a Saturday a few years back. I recently uncovered a photo of it and tried recreating it. Sesame Street was my favourite show as a wee lad, and Friends was my favourite show during my young adult years. In my mind, this was an ideal mash-up. But I’ll leave that up to you to decide! Lol.- Total drawing time for the picture: 2 hours

I'm a Christmas Grouch by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

I’m a Christmas Grouch by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Blue Devil by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Blue Devil by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Detective Chimp by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Detective Chimp by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Dr. Doom by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Dr. Doom by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Ghost Rider by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Ghost Rider by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


I like drawing Superhero faces. It’s like my comfortable go-to when I just feel like freely doodling. From the top we have DC Comic’s “Blue Devil” and “Detective Chimp”, followed by Marvel’s “Dr. Doom” and “Ghost Rider”. Drawn digitally. Total drawing time for all of these images: 12 hours

Greetings from OA by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Greetings from OA by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Wonder Woman and Phantom Lady by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Wonder Woman and Phantom Lady by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Superman by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Superman by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Wolverine - Colossus - Hulk by Gerry Albert   - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Wolverine – Colossus – Hulk by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Dr Strange by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Dr Strange by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

X-Men 13 Jim Lee Homage by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

X-Men 13 Jim Lee Homage by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

That’s it for now true believers! More superhero 4-colour fun is yet to come! Excelsior!

Sir Jerrod and Boo – My Original Characters Get the Fan Art Treatment!

Sir Jerrod and Boo are original characters that I created about 3 years ago. I was in a hotel room waiting for my wife to arrive so we could get ready to attend her former employer’s office Christmas Party being held in the ballroom on the main floor. While I was patiently waiting for her to arrive, I started doodling on the Delta Hotel stationary, and watched as my sketch started to transform into a strong concept. I’ve drawn the characters several times, adding something here and taking something away there, and I’ve also written a short story or two starring these characters. They are near and dear to my heart, and I hope to one day do a lot more with them.

WHO ARE THEY?

Sir Jerrod is an Arthurian Knight of the Round Table of Camelot with the same level of experience and skill in battle as his peers. He is far more compassionate than any of the other Knights, and sometimes his reluctance to fight comes off as cowardice but is actually pacifism. While on his own quest to find the mythical Holy Grail he set upon a different path than Sir Bors, Sir Perceval, and Sir Galahad. Jerrod entered a portal deep within the catacombs of Morgan Le Fay and Mordred’s castled and disappeared to parts unknown for 12 years. He was believed to be killed in a great battle. When he returned to Camelot, he was accompanied by Boo — a powerful, loyal, and protective Baby Ogre. Forever a die-hard fan of the TV Show ‘LOST”, I modelled Sir Jerrod entirely after one of my favourite characters from the show, Desmond Hume.

Sir Jerrod’s journey through the mystical portal transported him to a world of Myths and Monsters, and upon his arrival there mistook a mother Ogre protecting her young as a threat and he vanquished the beast. Soon realizing the horror he had committed orphaning a youngling, Sir Jerrod adopted the Ogre and vowed to find others of its kind.

The Ogre, Boo, is still a baby. He’s passive, playful, naturally ridiculously strong (even as a baby), and loyal unless threatened, hungry, or tired (like any baby Lol). He can easily hurl boulders and small car-sized items. I imagine HE gets along with most people, but they may be intimidated by his size and appearance. Boo is an inquisitive loveable companion, but deadly fierce when he or loved ones (Sir Jerrod) are threatened.

Several months ago, I took part in a weekly Google Plus Community effort called CBC Artist Alley #FanArtFriday, where each week everyone in the community would do their interpretation of another member’s original character designs. One particular week my original character designs were selected for the FanArt treatment. I have compiled my favourites of those submissions here to showcase. These guys are some very talented artists and I have very much enjoyed our interactions and shared work in the community over the past year.
 
SIR JERROD and BOO – Sketch and Original Character Concept and Design by Gerry Albert

Sir Jerrod and Boo - By Gerry Albert -  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Sir Jerrod and Boo – By Gerry Albert – – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
BOO and SIR JERROD – Sketch and Original Character Concept and Design by Gerry Albert
Boo and Sir Jerrod By Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Boo and Sir Jerrod By Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
SIR JERROD and BOO ATTACK! – Sketch and Original Character Concept and Design by Gerry Albert
Sir Jerrod and Boo Attack By Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Sir Jerrod and Boo Attack By Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
SIR JERROD and BOO – Fan Art Sketch by Miller Ramos
Sir Jerrod and Boo Fan Art - Miller Ramos https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/gZ5Cf

Sir Jerrod and Boo Fan Art – Miller Ramos https://plus.google.com/u/0/collection/gZ5Cf


 
SIR JERROD and BOO – Fan Art Sketch by Abba Studios

 
SIR JERROD and BOO – Fan Art Sketch by Eleanor Ferron

 
SIR JERROD and BOO – Fan Art Sketch by Aaron Glendenning

 
SIR JERROD and BOO – Fan Art Sketch by The Comicbookist

 
SIR JERROD and BOO – Fan Art Sketch by Micah Weltsch

 
SIR JERROD and BOO – Fan Art Sketch by Loc Nguyen

 
So there you have it. I came across the folder in my hard drive last night, and found all these awesome fan renderings and I wanted to post them for all to see. I hope you enjoy! I’m looking forward to doing much more with these characters in the future. Thanks for reading and have a great day!

~G

I Don’t Like Carving Pumpkins…But I LOVE Painting Them!!

Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved seeing Jack O’Lanterns on steps and porches as Halloween approached. I love the display of creativity that goes in to each of them and I have always been a fan. One slight problem though. I’m not a fan of carving pumpkins. I never have been. For one, as far as the arts goes, basic cutting – carving – pasting – sculpting has never really been a point of interest for me. Secondly, I’m not a fan of touching slimey things. Because I’m a Princess, I guess. It might be because it’s messy, it might be because I’m left-handed in a crazy righty world, but I’ve always tried to put my own spin on Jack O’Lanterns, which is why I paint them instead.

I really started doing this practice a few years ago. It allowed me to get into the spirit of the season, express my creativity, and not have to deal with all the slimey mess. :) I don’t have many photos from previous years, but last year I took a couple of pictures of the Pumpkins I designed. They are painted with acrylics as I find that paint withstands weather the best. They were ghoulishly fun!
nbsp;
FRANKENSTEIN’S MONSTER

Frankenstein's Monster Painted Pumpkin by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Frankenstein’s Monster Painted Pumpkin by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


The visage of Boris Karloff’s classic Monster is iconic. It transcends the Horror genre and is instantly recognizable the world over. When I sat down to paint the pumpkin last year, I was inspired to paint the Monster because I had just finished a Universal Monsters Classic Horror Movie Marathon (consisting of the Invisible Man, Dracula, the Wolf Man, Frankenstein, and Bride of Frankenstein) and the image was fresh in my mind. Of all the pumpkins I have painted throughout the years, this one is my favourite.
 
GRUMPY ONE-EYED CHAIN SMOKER
Grumpy One-Eyed Chain Smoker Halloween Painted Pumpkin by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Grumpy One-Eyed Chain Smoker Halloween Painted Pumpkin by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


I wanted to design something unique for the second pumpkin I made last year. I was dead-set on having a 3D cigar sticking out of the monster’s mouth. The teeth and the stogie were the first things I created on this pumpkin, and I drew the rest around them.

I’ve received a very good response from neighbours over the years for these as well. They find it different and colourful. Which I love to hear! A fun added bonus while painting these pumpkins, was having my daughter doing her own painting designs on the OPPOSITE side of the same pumpkins I was working on. It’s probably one of the first instances where Kenleigh and I worked on an art project together (yet separately). She loves them, and I look forward to picking up a few pumpkins seeing what design she and I can come up with this year!! Maybe this year I’ll try glow in the dark paint!!

If you’re looking to do something a little different yourself this Halloween, why not give this technique a try? You’ll be surprised what you can come up with.
I’ll be sure to post some pictures of this year’s display later!

Cheers!

G.

My Favourite “Loosening Up” Art Exercise – 30 Second Faces

One thing that really upsets me when I find I’m in a situation where I finally have time to sit down and work on an art project or drawing, is having “Artist Block”. It drives me crazy! Sometimes I get inspired when I don’t actually have time to work on anything (like while having dinner with the In-Laws), and sometimes I draw blanks when I have time to sit there and stare at an empty page, canvas, or screen. Does this happen to you folks too?

A little exercise I’ve developed for myself, 30 Second Faces, helps open up my creative juices when I find myself stuck for inspiration for something to work on. It’s actually really quite simple, and I find that it aids tremendously in loosening me up to work on a bigger project afterwards.

Here’s What I Do:

*Randomly pick an emotion, feeling, or theme.
*From the moment my pen hits the page, I have exactly 30 seconds to draw a face that conveys the emotion, feeling, or theme I have already selected.

That’s it. Super simple, and it works. There’s been occasions where I’ve found myself spending a 1/2 hour just drawing these faces instead of moving on to a bigger project. There have also been occasions where I’ve liked the face I’ve come up with so much, that it actually inspires me to continue on with the picture essentially becoming my project.

Here Are Some Recent Examples:
 
ARROGANT

Arrogant - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Arrogant – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
CLOUSEAU
Clouseau - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Clouseau – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
DECEPTIVE
Deceptive - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Deceptive – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
FRIGHTENED
Frightened - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Frightened – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
LONGING SADNESS
Longing Sadness - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Longing Sadness – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
SELFIE
Selfie - 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Selfie – 30 Second Faces by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
MOUSTACHE ATTACK

This doodle is a prime example of continuing beyond the 30 Seconds. I had drawn the original face and found that I really like the cartoonish, villainous face I had come up with. I added some colour and a the finger guns in the moustache. Good fun.

Moustache Attack by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Moustache Attack by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

So, if you find yourself in a situation where you are at a loss with what to work on, try this fun little exercise. You may be very surprised with what you come up with.

AVENGER CATS

A colleague at work recently hired me to design two posters for her with her favourite Avengers as Cats. It was such a fun idea, that I jumped at the chance to come up with something fun for her.

THOR Cat (Commission) By Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

THOR Cat (Commission) By Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

The sire of Odin-Cat does not eat Meow Mix!

Unbeknownst to my client, I actually modelled Thor-Cat after my late childhood cat Tiger. We had T for 12 years before he died. He was a really cool cat. Now when I look at this picture of Thor Cat I’ll also be able to remember my furry friend!

HULK Cat (Commission) By Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

HULK Cat (Commission) By Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Don’t Make Me Hungry, you wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry!

The second poster, Hulk-Cat! I was very happy to see how happy and excited my client was when she saw the finished products! So awesome!

Lemme know if you want one or both of these posters! Message me privately. Hurry, before Hulk-Cat smash!

LEGO LIKENESS

I have been itching to post these two pics because I love them so much. They’re just so much fun! Now that I have delivered the posters to their respective owners, I can post pictures of them! Yaaaaay!

LEGO TIAGO (Birthday Gift) by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

LEGO TIAGO (Birthday Gift) by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


My Best Friends’s little man is having a Lego themed birthday party in a couple of weeks. Instead of buying some over-priced Lego toy item, I thought I would make something special…my ‘lil buddy Tiago AS a Lego Man! (Took me FOREVER to get his face right! Lol)

LEGO Dan and Brendan (Commission) by Gerry Albert - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

LEGO Dan and Brendan (Commission) by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


While having lunch together one afternoon at work, I showed my friend and colleague the previous LEGO person picture I drew for Tiago. He loved it and commissioned me to do one of him and his son! Such a great keepsake!

ANYONE ELSE Interested in Being transformed onto a Custom-Made Lego Man Poster?
All commissions are Designed, printed, and framed unless customer suggests otherwise. Would make a fantastic Christmas Gift for a family member or friend!
Three Poster sizes to choose from = 11×17, 18×24, and 24×36 and Prices Start at just $75 for a custom designed poster! That’s a great deal!!
Poster and T-Shirt Combinations are also available!! Please Message Me Privately if Interested.

What’s In a Name?

This past summer, my Wife’s Grandmother celebrated her 90th Birthday with a large gathering of family and friends. My Mother-in-law spend a great deal of time organizing the event, and she had tasked me with preparing and designing loot bags for the 8 children that were in attendance at the party. No problem. That’s right up my alley! While I was putting things together, I realized that several of these children have fairly unique names. So, I switched gears a bit and decided to adorn each gift bag with a custom made name magnet for each of the kids. I know how hard it is to find a plaque or magnet with a child’s name on it when they have uncommon names. So I decided to draw up each child’s name and make those into magnets that would be affixed at the front of each loot bag. I got some basic info from my M-I-L and attempted to customize each child’s name with their likes and and elements of their personalities that would shine through.

They were a big hit, and I’ve received many compliments on them. I even designed a couple for my own name. I have tons of these name doodles on pieces of paper all over my house, and one day when I collect them all I’ll post them here.

 
BEN

BEN by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

BEN by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
GERRY (w Skulls)
GERRY (skulls) by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

GERRY (skulls) by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
GERRY
GERRY by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

GERRY by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
JACK
JACK by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

JACK by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
KENLEIGH
KENLEIGH by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

KENLEIGH by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
LAILANI
LAILANI by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

LAILANI by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
LIAN
LIAN by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

LIAN by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
MATTHEW
MATTHEW by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

MATTHEW by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
MIKAYLA
MIKAYLA by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

MIKAYLA by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
MORRIGAN
MORRIGAN by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

MORRIGAN by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
QUINN
QUINN by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

QUINN by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
TRINITY
TRINITY by Gerry Albert  - More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

TRINITY by Gerry Albert – More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 

Original Art – Horror Movie Poster – The Icons (1971 – 1996)

"Be Afraid, be very very afraid!"

Iconic Horror Movie Villains from 1971 thru to 1996. Digital Sketch – Approximately 80 Hours Work.

I’ve been trying my hand the past couple of months on working on long-term project based drawings. Usually when I sketch or paint something it takes me a few hours and then it’s done. This time around I wanted a project to work on. Something that I can take my time on and watch it come together over a period of time. That’s not really a new concept to me, as I have had projects like my transformed Air Hockey Table in the past, but I have yet to try something like this with a drawing. Now that I am finished, I’m pretty happy with the results! It took me about 5 weeks to complete, working on it an hour or two here or an hour or two there, but now it’s done and I want to share it (because what fun is art when it’s hidden to the world?). I’ve immersed myself a lot into my artwork lately (some of my other stuff will be in a subsequent post), and it has sidetracked me from posting regularly on my blog. Apologies friends for being away so long, but I’ll start working on being more regular with my posts. I’ve just been having too much darned fun with my art! Lol.

As most of my followers and visitors to my blog can attest, I’m a huge horror movie fan. So I wanted to put together a poster of sorts of all of my favourites. Originally, my concept was going to be 100 Years of Horror – 1915 to 2015 and showcasing the biggest and baddest horror movie monsters of the past century, but I was starting to feel burnt out the further along I was getting with this picture and decided to stop here (that doesn’t mean I wont continue it in the future). This was a lot of fun to do, and I already have other poster collages in mind for future sketches (I have a pretty sweet idea for a Pro Wrestling collage which I look forward to working on).

If you would like to see more of my artwork (which I hope you do!) please check out my Deviant Art gallery! Thanks!

So dear followers I challenge you! Do you think that you can name all of the characters in this poster, and what movie they are from?

House of Horrors - 1971 to 1996 by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)

House of Horrors – 1971 to 1996 by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)

SCREAM QUEEN SERIES – JAMIE LEE CURTIS Collage and Bio

Scream Queen - JAMIE LEE CURTIS - Art  by Gerry Albert -- More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Scream Queen – JAMIE LEE CURTIS – Art by Gerry Albert — More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

JAMIE LEE CURTIS

Although Jamie Lee Curtis was not the first Scream Queen, and has really only been in a few Horror films in her long film career, the movies she did star in had considerable impact on the genre.

In the late 1970’s thru early 1980’s Jamie Lee ran a considerable risk of being forever typcast as a screeching damsel in distress, particularly given that she starred in no less than four horror films in less than 18 months — but then she showed her boobs off in the 1982 Eddie Murphy comedy Trading Places, and her career took off in a different turn.

There was a demure believability in Jamie Lee’s performances. The daughter of Hollywood Royalty, she appeared to be more versatile than the average teen slasher victim of the day and her acting pedigree is clearly evident on the silver screen. Married to fellow actor Christopher Guest, the 5th Baron-Hadon-Guest, Jamie Lee Curtis is on a low level rung of royalty — making her the closest to being an actual “scream queen“. How many others can claim that distinctive honor?

Selected Horror Filmography:

Halloween (1978)
The Fog (1980)
Terror Train (1980)
Prom Night (1980)
Halloween 2 (1981)
Halloween H20 (1998)
Virus (1999)
Halloween: Resurrection (2002)

MASTERS OF HORROR SERIES – GEORGE A. ROMERO – Collage and Bio of the Master of the Undead

Masters of Horror - GEORGE A ROMERO -- Art  by Gerry Albert -- More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Masters of Horror – GEORGE A ROMERO — Art by Gerry Albert — More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

MASTER OF THE UNDEAD – GEORGE ROMERO
 
When I watch any horror movie depicting zombies, I immediately think of George Romero. Even if he is nowhere near the movie. He redefined the concept of zombies in his ultra-low budget first outing Night of the Living Dead (1968). But hidden behind the blood thirsty and flesh craving automatons from the dead, is a tale of survival amongst personalities intent on continuing on with existing societal divides (be it race – gender – or class) long after the fall of civilization by the endless invasion of the undead. Romero plays with these social conventions in each of his subsequent zombie horror flicks — including a deliberate commentary on consumerism, by having a group hold up and fortify in a locked shopping mall in order to ride out the growing threat outside in “Dawn of the Dead“. He also puts capitalism under the microscope and dissects it in “Land of the Dead“.

In The Crazies (1973), Romero opts to have the hordes of murderous people from a small town be infected by a plague, rather than being recently reanimated corpses. This movie also continues Romero’s career-spanning observation on how society will cling to the broken and flawed world they already know versus adapting to new ideologies in order to survive an ongoing, and potentially global, mega-threat.

Creepshow (1982) was a rare departure from Romero’s usual zombie-fare. The movie is a book-ended anthology picture, with various themes and tones, that successfully emulates the classic horror comics of the 1950s that George Romero grew up with. He truly is a Master of the Undead.
 

MASTERS OF HORROR SERIES – VINCENT PRICE – Collage and Bio of the Master of the Macabre

Masters of Horror - VINCENT PRICE - Art  by Gerry Albert -- More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Masters of Horror – VINCENT PRICE – Art by Gerry Albert — More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

VINCENT PRICE

As an actor, Vincent Price‘s early roles mostly had him portraying the antagonist of a picture. By the 1950s, Price had developed a comfortable niche in horror films, and was often referred to as the ‘Master of the Macabre‘. In perhaps my favorite of his numerous roles in and out of the horror genre, Vincent Price shines in House of Wax (1953) as Professor Henry Jarrod. A wax figure sculptor in a museum that becomes horribly scarred and disfigured when he is caught in an inferno that destroys his museum and wax sculptures. He survives the blaze and builds a new house of wax but…(Spoiler Alert!)…the wax figures in the new display are all wax-coated people who were murdered and fell victim to Jarrod’s demented plans. I remember being equally frightened and enthralled by this movie when I was much younger.

Vincent Price became one of the most iconic faces and voices in horror movies, and from 1950 to 1975 you would be hard-pressed to find a horror picture that didn’t star him (or Christopher Lee or Peter Cushing – but more on them another time). He starred in many other great genre pictures such as The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) where Price plays the role of the title character who was the victim of a horrible accident that leaves his vocal chords damaged and face horribly disfigured. He wears a rubber mask to hide his true face, and uses a voice box to speak. Phibes orchestrates the murders of the nine Doctors that were responsible for the death of his wife; and patterns the murders after the seven deadly plagues written about in the Christian Bible. In Madhouse (1973), Vincent Price plays actor Paul Toombes who has become synonymous with one of his roles…Dr. Death! After an extended decade long leave from acting, after his girlfriend was murdered and he suffered a nervous breakdown, Toombes returns to acting but soon afterwards everyone that works around him starts getting murdered. Is Toombes the culprit? Or is someone out to frame him? The movie is a tad cheesy, but has good performances from both Vincent Price and his frequent co-star Peter Cushing.

A title that I don’t see disappearing from his biography anytime soon, Vincent Price was always billed as – known as – spoken of – written about – and referred to as the Master of the Macabre.

MASTERS OF HORROR SERIES – ALFRED HITCHCOCK – Collage and Bio of the Master of Suspense

Masters of Horror - ALFRED HITCHCOCK - Art  by Gerry Albert -- More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Masters of Horror – ALFRED HITCHCOCK – Art by Gerry Albert — More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/


 
Alfred Hitchcock is the immortal master of suspense. His films centered around seedy and nefarious characters. These movies are timeless, and they have often set the standard in many of the conventions of the genre. A career spanning five decades of filmmaking and a portfolio consisting of dozens of motion pictures, Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most celebrated (and often imitated) directors ever.
 
I was in awe of Mr. Hitchcock from the very first time I watched Psycho on VHS as a teen. Prior to that screening I hadn’t seen any other Hitchcock film, but I was so completely captivated by Psycho that I quickly started viewing other films from his repertoire: The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, and many others. There are some classics from his catalogue of films that I still have yet to see.
 
Hitchcock thoroughly enjoyed his craft. He loved working with attractive young starlets who were some of the biggest names in showbiz at the time like Janet Leigh (Psycho), Tippi Hedren (The Birds), Kim Novak (Vertigo), Eva Marie Saint (North By Northwest), Grace Kelly (To Catch A Thief, Rear Window, Dial M For Murder), and Ingrid Bergman (Notorious, Spellbound, Under Capricorn). Alfred Hitchcock was highly respected amongst actors and many returned to work with him in future pictures. He also helped fashion some of the finest performances in the careers of Jimmy Stewart (Rear Window, Rope) and Cary Grant (North By Northwest, Notorious) as well.
 
In Hitchcock’s immortal film, Psycho, a new breed of monster was unleashed and a different kind of victim introduced. Where roles were once clearly established within the horror genre, they were now permanently altered and in disarray. With Psycho Hitchcock helped introduce the concept of the psychosexual or transgendered killer as depicted in the character of Norman Bates – the proprietor of the isolated Bates’ Motel. Eventually, Norman is revealed to be a disturbed individual who has developed a split personality. Aside from his own personae, Norman has created a version of his abusive mother – long since dead and mummified by the start of the movie – that reveals itself whenever Norman is sexually aroused. When confused thief, Marion Crane, arrives to rent a motel room – Norman’s attraction to her is clear and he immediately welcomes her in. Then, half way through the movie, with a blaring “reee-reee-reee” of Bernard Hermann’s haunting score – Marion is murdered in the shower. WTF?? That’s not supposed to happen? The dame always gets rescued by some dude. Well, with this particular scene, Hitchcock managed to change existing conventions and set a new precedent for films to follow. He had directed a revolution and set about a more horrifying misogynistic twist (which Hitchcock claimed was entirely unintentional). But there it was in black and white (pun intended) – women were now being victimized not because of their beauty and perceived frailty, but because they were young, sinful, sexual, flawed, and beautiful – the necessary elements to arouse and attract a predominently male audience. So Marion was essentially offed because she turned Norman on sexually. Norman was such a repressed nutbag, that getting his jollies peeking through a wall set him off on a cross-dressing/split-personality murderous rampage.

Often imitated but never duplicated (unless you want to count Gus Van Sant’s unimaginative, unoriginal, and unforgiving shot-for-shot regurgitation of Psycho in 1998), it is a testament to his gifted vision of horrifying suspense that he has become the benchmark to which future generations are measured against.
 

Alfred Hitchcock Collage - Art  by Gerry Albert -- More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Alfred Hitchcock Collage – Art by Gerry Albert — More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

MASTERS OF HORROR SERIES – ROD SERLING – Collage and Bio of the Master of the Unexpected

Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone - Art  by Gerry Albert -- More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone – Art by Gerry Albert — More From the Artist: http://gerryalbert.deviantart.com/gallery/

ROD SERLING

The Twilight Zone is one of my favorite TV shows of all time. Earlier in September, I was enjoying a marathon viewing of the show on DVD when I was inspired to draw up this poster showcasing my favourite episodes of the series. Although not too gratuitous with themes of horror given that it was a prime time television show airing in the ultra-conservative early 1960`s, the program broke new ground in storytelling. It debuted science fiction – suspense – philosophical – and macabre themes that hadn`t previously been established that are now part of the lexicon of the genre. The success of the show, and its lasting legacy are in tremendous parts due to the creative genius of Rod Serling.

Rod Serling was the creator, showrunner, writer, and narrator of The Twilight Zone. There were others who shared in the writing responsibilities, namely Charles Beaumont and Richard Matheson to name a couple, but the program was the brainchild of Rod Serling. I used to watch this show every week in syndication when I was a child and I would be left completely in awe at the end of many an episode. Rod Serling introduced each episode in his laid back demeanour, cigarette in hand, offering up the story we were about to see for our perusal. In doing so became the face of the program, and thus just as famous as the show itself.

Future works of Mr. Serling that cemented his status as a master of suspenseful storytelling, included the anthology television series The Night Gallery which ran for four seasons from 1970 to 1973 and the science fiction feature film classic Planet of the Apes. He has been awarded several Emmy Awards, numerous Peabody Awards, and a Golden Globe for his writing contributions.

WHY THE TWILIGHT ZONE IS ONE OF MY FAVOURITE TV SHOWS OF ALL-TIME

Number of Seasons: 5 (1959-1964)

There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man’s fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area which we call…The Twilight Zone!

In my opinion quite possibly the greatest anthology sci-fi program of all time. Science Fiction themes that are prevalent in today’s film and literature were first introduced, or showcased, in The Twilight Zone. The atomic age of the 1950’s bore numerous imaginative, and visionary, science fiction authors who developed countless thematic tropes that would be harvested in stories for generations to come. Many of these authors had there stories directly adapted for television by The Twilight Zone‘s brilliant writers, Rod Serling, Buck Houghtan, and Charles Beaumont. This was the first real television show to delve into realms of the supernatural, the scientific, the macabre, suspense and psychology. The Twilight Zone brilliantly displayed the breath of the era through thinly veiled scientific metaphor…and most often a shocking twist ending to play on the perceptions of the audience.

I used to watch The Twilight Zone as a child in the 1980’s. It was airing in syndication in Toronto on CITY-TV at 3:30pm on Sunday afternoons. It was preceded by an episode of Lost In Space, and one of the channel’s weekly Not-So-Great Movies. In my house at the time there was only one televison in the house. It was in the living room. And there weren’t that many channels either maybe 20 or so (seriously dating myself here…). My father would work on his car or outside yard work on the weekends in the backyard — something he enjoyed a great deal doing — and my mom would be in the kitchen baking or finishing up preparing dinner. It was my “job” to stay out of the way and either go play in my room or watch T.V. in the living room. I always chose the latter on those days because I knew that I wouldn’t be just sitting in front of the boob tube. When Rod Serling would pop on screen with his monologue at the beginning of each episode, I knew that I was going to be transported to another place. At least for the following 30 minutes, I was indeed in another dimension. And it was as limitless as my imagination.

MY FAVOURITE EPISODE EVER….

time-enough-at-last

TIME ENOUGH AT LAST

Time Enough At Last is a classic episode of the 1950’s anthology series The Twilight Zone – in it bookworm and introvert Henry Bemis just wants to be left alone to read his books. Constantly being annoyed by other people — always — Bemis decides to hide in one of the bank vaults, where he works, during his lunch break in order to read a novel. While in the vault, there is a Nuclear fallout and everyone on the planet is wiped out…Bemis is now the ONLY person left alive on Earth! He becomes despondent and is about to kill himself when he discovers a public library that has remained intact. Overjoyed that he has enough books to read to last him the rest of his life, Bemis’s mood changes as he is now thrilled to have all the time in the world to read without any interruptions or annoying people being annoying and jerky and annoying and stupid and assholish or rude or condescending…

(Spoiler Alert!)

…but then he trips and breaks his f’ing glasses and cant see clearly without them — so reading his beloved books is out of the question. Now he is all alone and can’t partake in the one activity he loves most. Poor sumbitch.

DeviantArt Commissions – August and September 2015

For the past several months I have really been focused on getting my Art and Design Company (Imstillakid Designs) off of the ground. So far I have had a pretty good response with it, but at the cost of regular blogging. I came to the conclusion after much thought, that I should marry the two (my art and blogging) into a more symbiotic relationship. Thus, the blog re-design and Art focus. The following images are part of my “Gifted Commissions” blitz I did on Deviant Art during the weeks of August 24th to September 4th 2015. One part promotion, and one part gratitude to the 4 DA followers who have just about literally “Favourited” ALL of the works I have posted on that site to date. I wanted to thank them buy granting them each a Free Commission by me of anything they wanted. I realized how old I am when I was given the anime requests because that’s waaay after my time, I think. But it was fun to research the characters and come up with these designs.

Eva Green Collage by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)

Eva Green Collage by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)


This one was an unusual, but turned out to be incredibly fun, commission for a follower on DeviantArt who requested a picture of Eva Green (his favourite actress). I opted to create a collage of Ms. Green’s greatest roles.
 
 
Naruto Uzumaki by Gerry Albert  (Imstillakid Designs) (Commission)

Naruto Uzumaki by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs) (Commission)


A commission gift request for Naruto Uzumaki. This is a popular Anime character that I know nothing about (anime was never really my thing), but I’m not one to turn down a commission. :)
 
 
Ophelia the Dhampir Ermine (As a Human) by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)(Commission)

Ophelia the Dhampir Ermine (As a Human) by Gerry Albert (Imstillakid Designs)(Commission)


This was a commission GIFT request from DA member YamiSona of Ophelia the Dhampir Ermine as a Human. I have no idea what any of that means, but here’s my interpretation of Yamisona’s description of the character.
 
 
Patriot Eagle by Gerry Albert (Commission) - Original Character concept by  scifiguy9000  (http://scifiguy9000.deviantart.com/art/Patriot-Eagle-redesign-521470901)

Patriot Eagle by Gerry Albert (Commission) – Original Character concept by scifiguy9000 (http://scifiguy9000.deviantart.com/art/Patriot-Eagle-redesign-521470901)


Patriot Eagle by Gerry Albert – (Commission GIFT for Scifiguy9000) – this is an Original Character by Scifiguy9000 – I offered to do a commission for him of anything he would like. He said to pick one of his original characters, so I picked Patriot Eagle…what can I say I’m a sucker for Star-Spangled heroes.
 
 

STAY-cation Painting: Re-charging the Creative Juices

Just before I went on Holidays from work the week of August 3rd, I was preparing for an evening part-time job try-out as a Paint Nite instructor by painting a couple of demo works for the two events I was to attend. Ultimately, I did not get the job but the experience re-awakened my inner Van Gogh and I spent the remainder of the week painting and drawing every day. My wife was still working her part-time gig all week and my daughter was in daycare as well, so I had the place to myself and no vehicle to go anywhere. So I spent my much deserved “Me” time by catching up on some delicious over-due Horror Film viewing, and doing some leisurely artwork. As I am very active on various social media platforms, most of these have been posted elsewhere already – like on Google+ or on my really awesome DeviantArt gallery page that I think EVERYONE should check out…(but I digress)…I would like to showcase them for you now here as well, and I would greatly appreciate any comments or feedback you might have. Traditionally, I’ve always been more of a cartoon-y sketch-artist and painting is still a relatively “new” practice for me — I’m still learning and testing myself, so I would love any and all constructive criticism.
 

"Toronto: August 14th, 2003" by Gerry Albert

“Toronto: August 14th, 2003” by Gerry Albert


 
“Toronto: August 14, 2003” by Gerry Albert

Acrylic on Canvas

This first painting is of my home-town of Toronto during the soon-to-be-12th Anniversary of the giant blackout from 2003 that turned the lights off on the entire eastern seaboard. I remember that evening like it was yesterday! I had to bike home from work that night, and saw similar silhouettes like this one. It wasn’t so much the blackout that freaked me out, so much as the next morning! Streetcars were left opened and abandoned on the roads. There was a deafening silence everywhere and there were no cars on the road. It felt as if the city was frozen in time. My cycle to work the next day felt like a scene out of Don McKellar’s “Last Night” (1998). It was nuts.

Well, normally there’s a spot near Cherry Beach (a magical place I spent much of my teens at) where you would normally see the entire city illuminated with bright lights. This is what I imagined that view to be on the evening of August 13th 2003.
 

"Islands of Morra" by Gerry Albert (Paint Nite Try-Out)

“Islands of Morra” by Gerry Albert (Paint Nite Try-Out)


 
“Islands of Morra” by Gerry Albert

Acrylic on Canvas

I believe these are the Islands of Morra but I’m not sure – this was my Paint Nite try out Audition. I believe these are islands from Ireland, but I’m not sure. I had to create a demo piece to try out to be a Paint Nite instructor. The original painting is by a gent names Ward Parker, a Paint Nite Master Painter. I didn’t get the job, so I guess this was not what they were looking for, but I had fun working on this painting any way.

“What’s Paint Nite?” : https://www.paintnite.com
 

"Summer Flowers A Buzzin'" by Gerry Albert

“Summer Flowers A Buzzin'” by Gerry Albert


 
“Summer Flowers A Buzzin'” by Gerry Albert

Acrylic on Canvas

One of the mornings during my STAYcation, I sat in my backyard around 9am and was enjoying an early morning vacation day “aperitif”. While I stared doe-eyed into space, I watched a bee hover over flowers in my garden for what seemed like and eternity. When I went back inside to work in my studio, I threw in a few Horror Flicks and spent the day painting this scene.

We often are too hurried to stop and take in the world around us. I enjoyed my moment connecting with nature. Looking forward to what the future inspires!
 

"Ocean Beauty" by Gerry Albert

“Ocean Beauty” by Gerry Albert


 
“Ocean Beauty” by Gerry Albert

Acrylic on Canvas

By Thursday, it was another Staycation day off with the house to myself so therefore I produced another painting while watching movies.
I always found the movement in Sharks to be so precise, yet graceful. From the bottom looking up, it must be a real marvel to witness them circling and jetting about with the light of the surface peaking through the top of the water.

Sun, sand, sea, surf…ahhhhh I wish I was at the ocean…well, except for the part about the sharks. Lol.
 

Flash and GL - by Gerry Albert

Flash and GL – by Gerry Albert


 
“Flash and GL” by Gerry Albert

Acrylic on Canvas

Next week is my 7 year old cousin’s birthday. It’s a superhero themed birthday party. His favourite superheroes (right now) are the Flash and Green Lantern. So I decided to make him a little painting as a gift.
 

"Hand Famwich" by Gerry - Val - Kenleigh Albert

“Hand Famwich” by Gerry – Val – Kenleigh Albert


 
“Hand Famwich” by Gerry – Val – Kenleigh Albert

Sunday. The last day of my Holiday so a little outdoor painting fun with my wife and 3 year old daughter was in order. Lots of fun! “Famwich” is an inside joke in my family, which I love to use as an expression. Lol.
 
 
DRAWINGS
 
 

"Don't Go In the House" by Gerry Albert

“Don’t Go In the House” by Gerry Albert


 
“DON’T GO IN THE HOUSE” by Gerry Albert

Pen Drawing in Sketchbook.

This picture has nothing to do with the 1979 movie of the same name, I just like the title.

I drew this picture while on the train home from my first day back to work. Yes, the STAYcation was over but I still had the creative motor running so I whipped this one out. I felt like doing a horror-themed sketch but I gave myself some challenges for this drawing:

a) Can only draw with 1 item (I chose a pen).
b) Use only stick-figure creatures / people.
c) Have both a visually conspicuous skull, and one that is subliminal.
d) Have something that represents at least 3 of the movies I watched last week — Dog Soldiers (2002), Dark Skies (2011), Psycho 2 (1982), and Return of the Living Dead (1985). Oh, and if you have a keen eye you just might find an Alfred Hitchcock cameo!
 

"The Real Monster Squad" by Gerry Albert

“The Real Monster Squad” by Gerry Albert


 
“The Real Monster Squad” by Gerry Albert

Pen Drawing in Sketchbook.

One of the movie I watched last week was the 80’s classic Monster Squad (1987), as well as a bunch of episodes of the Real Ghostbusters that my daughter has recently discovered, and it inspired me to draw up the Classic Universal Horror Movie Line Up tonight (left to right – Invisible Man, Mr. Hyde, Dracula, Mummy, Frankenstein’s Monster, and the Creature From the Black Lagoon). I think the Monster Squad concept should be revisited but have the classic Monsters band together to stop Chthulu and his Lovecraftian-alien monsters and save the world…so that THEY can destroy it! But ultimately they become heroes and fan-favourites as they really start halting Chthulu’s invasion. Or something like that. Lol. Fred Dekker. Shane Black…call me! Let’s get this made!

So that’s my STAYcation Art Gallery. I hope you enjoyed what you saw and as I said earlier, I would love any feedback. Have a great day folks~!

Lately, My Art Has Been Getting Me Through Some Tough Times

This past year (heck TWO YEARS!!) has been pretty hard on me. In fact, there’s been so much emotional roller-coaster duress in the past several months that I’ve scaled back to almost never with posting content on this blog. I’m sorry about that to my followers. With everything going on with me and my family this year (my wife lost her job and has had a tough time procuring gainful employment, my Mom moved out of my home because of tensions with the Missus and she’s falling apart from physical impairments, a falling out with my Sister and her family, and my overall career dissatisfaction) I have really delved into my art moreso than my writing. I’ve arranged for a little studio in my unfinished basement, and almost every evening after my Daughter has gone to bed I go down and work on some artistic endeavour. I posted about my massive Horror Movie Collage that took me almost 6 weeks to do in a previous post, but here are some of my other most recent pieces…
 

Drawings of my Daughter by Gerry Albert

Drawings of my Daughter by Gerry Albert


Here are two digital drawings I did of my little firecracker – my beautiful, playful, and smart daughter Kenleigh! The first pic on the left has her being playful wearing Daddy’s costume glasses, and the pic on the right is of Kenleigh and I walking through the park with her riding on my shoulders. My little girl is my whole world! – Total drawing time for both pics: 7 hours
 
 
Various Paintings by Gerry Albert

Various Paintings by Gerry Albert


Admittedly, I’m not the greatest painter. But I’ve been trying to get better at it. The pic on the left doesn’t show how large the painting actually is. It’s fairly big and I styled it after Mondrian. It was a birthday gift for my wife to hang up in the living room.
The middle painting had me experimenting with patterns and alternating colours. I was painting this one (it’s a small canvas) while my daughter was doing her own painting right next to me. I love Daddy – Daughter art time! The last image on the right I did up for my boss at work. I work in Radio and he’s my Manager. Seemed like a no-brainer to me. – Total drawing time for all three paintings: 16 hours
 
The Creeper by Gerry Albert - Clay Bust Sculpt

The Creeper by Gerry Albert – Clay Bust Sculpt


I suck at clay sculpting. But I thought that I would give it a try anyway. This was my attempt at DC Comics character “The Creeper”. – Total sculpting and painting time: 4 hours
 
Fun With Faces by Gerry Albert

Fun With Faces by Gerry Albert


I’ve been really working towards getting better and better drawing faces. Part of that is from practice, practice, practice. These are 4 such faces that I drew up recently – “Sleazy Music Producer”, “Crusty Old Man”, “Pensive Lisa”, and “Nervous Neddy” – Pen and Ink drawings. Total drawing time for all of these images: 6 hours
 
The Crew - Original Characters -  by Gerry Albert

The Crew – Original Characters – by Gerry Albert


Sci Fi Faces by Gerry Albert

Sci Fi Faces by Gerry Albert


Starjammer - Original Character by Gerry Albert
These last three drawings, “The Crew” – “Sci Fi Faces” and “Starjammer” above, are part of a larger story and concept of original characters that I am working on for a Space Epic story. There will be more to come on all of that in the future. – Total drawing time for all of these images: 7 hours
 
 
Some of you awesome fans and followers may recognize some of these works if you also follow me on Google+ or through my DeviantArt profile, as I have posted these in those locations as I made them. But it’s been awhile since I posted anything new to my blog, so I thought why not put a Lil’ gallery together and let everyone know what I have been upto for the last little while. I’m trying to keep a positive outlook on things and move forward, but it’s been very hard. Immersing myself in my art has definitely helped with keeping my head clear and I actually look forward to my new routine now. Lol.

I always welcome feedback and constructive criticism on my artwork. Please feel free to comment if you have any thoughts on these works. Until next time, thanks for dropping by!

~ Gerry!

My Fun Art Project – Turning My Boring Broken Air Hockey Table into an Awesome Comic Book Studio Desk

Last week I was inspired to create a comic book themed table after looking at some cool designs that other creative folks had posted on Pinterest. I have a Mancave in my unfinished basement and lately it’s been feeling pretty boring. I can’t hang anything up on the wall because…well, they are solid concrete walls with insulation on the outside and nowhere to hang anything up. I had been looking for some fun things to do to spruce up my space where I go for solace and inspiration…my Fortress of Nerditude! After stumbling upon and browsing through some Pinterest and You Tube pages of other creative folks doing similar projects, I decided I wanted to try my hand at this as well. I spent several hours Wednesday Evening of last week looking through my short box of duplicate and banged up comics for images. On Thursday I picked up my materials – paint brush, Minwax Water-based Polycrylic and a sponge, and I started adhering images to the table. I used both sides of the sponge in order to smooth out any bubbles and to maintain a smooth solid stick to the surface. Here’s what I ended up with:

My New Comic Book Art Studio Desk Made from An Old Air Hockey Table and Some Damaged and Duplicate Comics from My Collection

My New Comic Book Art Studio Desk Made from An Old Air Hockey Table and Some Damaged and Duplicate Comics from My Collection


 
Edge of the Table Has Superhero Profile Collages Made by Me - I previously posted these Images in my PowBoom Bang Blog.  Now they are an awesome permanent fixture to my cool new table!

Edge of the Table Has Superhero Profile Collages Made by Me – I previously posted these Images in my PowBoom Bang Blog. Now they are an awesome permanent fixture to my cool new table!


 
Along the Outside of the Table - Superman vs Darkseid and DC Villains - Spider-Man vs the Black Costume Symbiote - MARVEL Villains

Along the Outside of the Table – Superman vs Darkseid and DC Villains – Spider-Man vs the Black Costume Symbiote – MARVEL Villains


 
Left Leg #1 - DC Comics - New Teen Titans - Legion of Superheroes - All-Star Squadron - Justice League International

Left Leg #1 – DC Comics – New Teen Titans – Legion of Superheroes – All-Star Squadron – Justice League International


 
Left Leg #2 - DC Comics - Shazam & Superman-Batman & Uncle Sam & Elongated Man - Hawkman & The Atom - Green Arrow (Wonder Woman images are on the last side but I failed to take a picture of that - oops!)

Left Leg #2 – DC Comics – Shazam & Superman-Batman & Uncle Sam & Elongated Man – Hawkman & The Atom – Green Arrow (Wonder Woman images are on the last side but I failed to take a picture of that – oops!)


 
Right Leg #1 - MARVEL Comics - Hulk - Ghost Rider - Moon Knight - Captain America  and The Punisher

Right Leg #1 – MARVEL Comics – Hulk – Ghost Rider – Moon Knight – Captain America and The Punisher


 
Right Leg #2 - MARVEL Comics - X-Men - New Defenders - Guardians of the Galaxy - Alpha Flight

Right Leg #2 – MARVEL Comics – X-Men – New Defenders – Guardians of the Galaxy – Alpha Flight


 
Completed Table - My New Art Studio Desk

Completed Table – My New Art Studio Desk


 
All in all over the course of 6 days (Wednesday to Monday), I spend about 28 hours working on this project. I did quite a bit on the weekend evenings and was fortunate enough to have both Monday and Tuesday off of work to really get in there and put this all together. Aside from getting high from all of the Polycrylic fumes and getting my fingers stuck together (wear gloves kids), I really enjoyed this project and it’s probably one of my favourites that I’ve had the pleasure of working on. A day later and I’m already scouring the ‘Cave for other inspired project ideas!!
 

ART ATTACK: PAINTINGS FOR THE BABIES

 
 
PAINTINGS FOR KENLEIGH’S ROOM

In June of 2011, my wife Val and I went to Calgary to visit her sister Colette, nephew Jack, and brother-in-law Kent. It was a lovely trip and Alberta is mighty beautiful. As a parting gift, the gracious host family purchased a beautiful bedding set for the crib for our yet to be born baby (Val was just a few months into her pregnancy at the time). The bedding set had a cute animal motif. Inspired by the bedding, I decided that I wanted to paint some pictures to hang up in the baby’s room to compliment the set and also add a little bit of a personal touch to Kenleigh’s room. I managed to pull of three paintings seen at below and I named them – 1). Gerard the Giraffe – 2). Ella the Elephant and Friends – and 3). Bull Counting Sheep in the Barnyard. I’m quite fond of these paintings and my baby girl Kenleigh loves staring at them! The paintings were done on pre-fabricated canvas with acryllic paint.

My Paintings for Kenleigh's Room

My Paintings for Kenleigh’s Room

 

KAIA’S PAINTINGS

The paintings below were also inspired by bedding – this time for my great-niece Kaia. I had just completed my three paintings for my daughter’s room, and I wanted to continue. With my Niece Sam’s baby shower approaching, I decided that I wanted to do something nice and surprise her with these pictures at the shower as a little extra gift from me to her for Kaia (wow, that was a mouthful – lol). Sam was overjoyed and hung the paintings up immediately. I felt really proud. The paintings were done on pre-fabricated canvas with acryllic paint.

kaias paintings montage

 

TIAGO’S NAMEPLATE

When I was a kid, I had a neat little wooden block with my name on it that my older sister, Rita, made for me when she was at summer camp. I had it on my door for years as a nameplate. Eventually, I replaced it with other nameplates or signs that I made myself. When our good friends Fil and Sam told us that they were going to throw a birthday party for their little boy Tiago, I knew that I wanted to paint him his first nameplate for his room and I wrapped it up and gave it to him for his very first birthday. Below you’ll see the painting that I did for him. I tried to make it as bright and vibrant as he is. The painting was done on pre-fabricated canvas with acryllic paint.

Tiago's Nameplate

ART ATTACK: HOW TO MEND A BROKEN HEART

how-to-mend-a-broken-heart-by-gerry-albert

how-to-mend-a-broken-heart-by-gerry-albert

HOW TO MEND A BROKEN HEART

How To Mend A Broken Heart – by Gerry Albert – I painted this as a gift for my mother about eight or nine years ago. A year after my Dad died I presented this to my Mom on the day that would have been their 36th Anniversary. It’s a simple painting on canvas done with various acrylics. After my dad passed away in 2003, my Mom was in a very sad place emotionally. I painted this for her in the hopes that it might make her feel a little bit better; but in creating it, I started to resolve some of my own unresolved feelings of my dad. Although it was intended as a talisman for my mother, this painting means a lot to me as well. Possibly the most emotional piece I’ve worked on.

ART ATTACK: THE INTERESTING FACTS ON PENGUINS

Interesting Facts on Penguins

Interesting Facts on Penguins by Gerry Albert

THE INTERESTING FACTS ON PENGUINS

This comic page was inspired by a short story written by my boss’ daughter. I decided to illustrate it for my boss as a gift — a keepsake of his little girl’s cute little story. I opted to sketch it on a cellular sheet and inked with a ultra fine black sharpie marker. I then painted the cell using various acryllic paints. For the finishing touch, I put the completed image in a nice black frame and presented it to my boss as a Christmas gift. He was overjoyed. I received a phone call from him over the Christmas Holidays so that his daughter could call me and thank me personally for it. She loved it and was quite excited on the phone. It really made me feel good that I created something that brought such joy to some good people.

I enjoyed working on this last year. I wish I was more talented because I would love to work on newspaper strips or comic books for a living. But alas, that is not the case. In the 2 years that I have been operating my blog, I’ve focused a great deal of my energy on cutting new images or photo manipulations. Maybe I should start focusing on drawing again. What do you think?

BACK IN THE DAY ARTWORK – ROAD TRIP PROJECT

The actual physical product of this next installment has long been disposed of — I know, I know you should never throw away art but this sucker was over 8 feet high and I had no room for it when we moved so I had to chuck it. This was an ambitious University project and was part of my finals for my 3rd year Visual Arts course. The theme was site and how a place can have multiple meanings for multiple people (there was other criterion which I have long since forgotten because this was all over 12 years ago). My concept was a Road Trip Map — places that I have been to, and the stories behind each trip. The project spanned my whole life to that point.

ROAD TRIP PROJECT

1-prepping-painting-the-world

1-prepping-painting-the-world

1. Prepping Painting the World – I cut two identically sized plywood boards and primed them for painting. The materials I used were primarily acrylic paints, construction paper, metal hinges and eye hook fasteners. I also jimmied up a make shift easel to prop up this large piece. But that will all be evident in subsequent images.[/caption]

———————————————

2-primed-and-ready-to-paint-the-world

2-primed-and-ready-to-paint-the-world

2. Primed And Ready to Paint the World – At this stage, both boards have been pre-assembled and then disassembled so that I could work on each section with minimal obstructions. It’s not visible in the picture, but I had faintly sketched out my outline of an elongated North America.[/caption]

———————————————

3-first-half-finished-painting-the-world

3-first-half-finished-painting-the-world

3. First Half Finished – Painting the World – Now you can see that it’s starting to take shape. On the primary two boards I have sketched and painted a stretched out image of North America. As part of my project I was to emphasize some of the places that I have been to, so smaller boards were put together and would attach to the main boards and appear as an inset would on any standard map. But there’s more to these smaller boards that I will get into in a bit.[/caption]

———————————————

4-here-goes-part-two-painting-the-world

4-here-goes-part-two-painting-the-world

4. Here Goes Part Two – Painting the World – With construction paper I created travel lines and glued them to the boards. This illustrated my route. and destinations. Little toy cars, buses, and airplanes were also glued to the boards to demonstrate the mode of transportation it took me to reach my destinations.[/caption]

———————————————

5-painting-done-painting-the-world

5-painting-done-painting-the-world

5. Painting Done – Painting the World – In this picture you can see that both halves have been fully painted and reassembled. The smaller boards of the individual cities that I chose to highlight have also been painted, hinged, and attached to the main boards with mini eye bolts and tiny hooks (which aren’t really visible in these images). Unseen due to the cropping of the photo is the placement of the assembled piece on the custom easel.[/caption]

———————————————

6-finished-product-painting-the-world

6-finished-product-painting-the-world

6. Finished Product – Painting the World – Here’s the finished product!! Standing tall at just under 8 feet I created a lanky looking version of North America — most maps adopt the Mercator Projection for map depiction (blah blah blah essentially it’s the tradional style of maps that everyone is accustomed to) I decided to go with a Robinson Projection variation. Just to be a little different — which explains why the map looks stretched out. Just thought I should clarify that. The smaller boards open up to reveal pictures, postcards, ticket stubs, sketches, and other keepsakes I collected in each of the individual cities that I chose to emphasize — Seattle, New York City, and Orlando. The small board I created for Thunder Bay is conspicuously absent from this image.[/caption]

Well, that’s it. I came across these photos a few days ago and thought I would talk about this project. It took many many hours (to the tune of 3 solid weeks of work) to put this piece together, as well as the written paper that accompanied it. It was well worth it because I graded quite high on this project. I hope you enjoyed this look into the vault!!

I have much much more artwork floating around at home and I hope to be able to share some more of it with everybody soon. Thanks for checking it out. I hope you liked them!