Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Have yourself a very Kubrick Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! My newest evolution is is a little different. It's a tribute to some of the best films by legendary director Stanley Kubrick. I recently saw the LACMA exhibit of Kubrick's films here in LA, and it was stunning. The original props, the annotated screenplays, his original director's chair- what a treasure trove of film geek goodies! If you guys like these "director" evolutions, let me know. I've got a couple more ideas for future illustrations, but if you have any ideas for filmmakers you'd like to see, please leave them in the comment section, or on my facebook art page (link to the right). They have to have at least 5 iconic movies to their name. The more recognizeable the characters, the better. Thanks, and have a great holiday!

Friday, December 21, 2012

30 years on, and I still love Masters of the Universe

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Masters of the Universe, one of my favorite toy lines as a kid. I watched a few of the cartoons in the early 80's, but never really got into them. I made up my own personalities and voices for each of the characters that was totally at odds with how the cartoon made them out to be. The toys were the the things that captured my imagination. The designs of the characters were just hilariously over the top, yet perfect. A giant bee man, a skull faced guy, an elephant guy with a metal head? What more could you ask for at 6 years old?! I hope someone finds a new way to reboot the franchise, because I'd love to see He-Man brought back to the big screen using today's special effects. I hope you enjoy my tribute to the manliest hero of the 80's.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Evolution of Charlize Theron

One of my favorite actresses has to be Charlize Theron. Obviously I didn't include every one of her memorable roles, but I tried to choose some of her most iconic ones. Who could have predicted the icy blond temptress cat-fighting with Teri Hatcher in 2 Days in the Valley would be in a few short years, become one of the most acclaimed actresses of her generation with her utterly fearless and terrifyingly intense performance in Monster? I hope you enjoy this tribute to the evolution of this incredible actress.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Night Glow

This is a piece of development art for an independent project I'm working on. I'm having a lot of fun exploring this world, but also practicing Photoshop painting as well. It's not my strength, but I feel I learn something new each time I do one of these pieces.

The Art of Jeff Victor Store is Live!

Hi guys, and thank you so much for the past few weeks of enthusiastic support for my art. It's been wonderful. A lot of you have inquired about buying my prints. I'm happy to announce that I started an online store for your print needs. I am featuring some of my most popular illustrations. I will be adding more art as I do it, so keep checking back.  At this time, I'm only going to start shipping to US customers, but International customers, please be patient, I will get to you-Promise! Thanks again for all your support. It means a lot to me, and I hope you enjoy all the art that is yet to come!

Quick link to my online store is here

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Welcome to Skull Island

King Kong-one of the all time great time monster movies. Even the Peter Jackson version, while overly long, was a fantastic adventure film. This is kind of a blend of the two versions, done in my style. I hope you dig it.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The King of Pop

With all the scandal and controversy surrounding him, people seem to forget what an unbelievable entertainer Michael Jackson was. One of my favorite musicians, this piece is a tribute to his legacy.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

The Genie's Wrath

This is some development art for a personal project I'm starting. I am trying my hand at a more "epic" painterly style for this series.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Mystery in the Plaza

As an artist, I am always looking to improve. While I feel my strengths are in character design, I feel like an area that I'm not that strong in is incorporating a character into a scene. This is an exercise piece to improve my digital painting, color, and composition skills.

Nerd Alert

A quick sketch this morning

Tom Hanks goes Viral!

Sorry, that's not a "Philadelphia" joke. My Evolution of Tom Hanks picture was posted on Reddit, where it somehow made the front page and just exploded. My sincere appreciation and gratitude to anyone that liked it, shared it, or commented on it. I am flattered beyond belief. I will be making prints of not only Tom, but the rest of my Evolution series beginning next year. I will post when and where they will be available for purchase. "T.Hanks" again, and bookmark this page, as I post lots of art and a new "Evolution" twice a month.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Night Flying

Korra tribute to go along with my Aang tribute from earlier this year. Trying out some new brushes, but I may have overdone it a bit... :-{

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Have a Happy T.Hanksgiving!

Who doesn't love Tom Hanks? The guy is a national treasure. I had the pleasure of working with him once (briefly), and I can honestly tell you, I thought the guy was incredibly nice and cool. So, this is for you Tom. I think you're awesome.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

American Movie

One of my all time favorite documentaries. Quickie before bed.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sexy Back to the Future

Marty and Doc as sexy girls. Um, sure, why not?

Monday, November 12, 2012

More Animated Superman

I've been daydreaming all weekend about what a new Superman animated show could look like. 

Friday, November 9, 2012

Superman the New Animated Series

I would love to someday be the character designer on a new Superman animated series featuring more of a cartoony look.  I love the old crazy 50's Superman comics, and think a series that focused on those adventures would be really cool, kinda like how Batman had Brave and the Bold. Oh well, a fan can dream. :)

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Classics of Crap Volume 47: Howard the Duck

Hey guys! Got a real stinker for you today. Believe it or not, Jar Jar Binks is NOT the worst idea George Lucas ever had. That honor goes to the catastrophic 1986 misfire, Howard the Duck. After the back-to-back smashes of the Star Wars trilogy and the first two Indiana Jones movies, George Lucas was on fire. The producers of Howard must have thought that they would be printing their own money. Sadly, what they printed was one of the worst movies of all time. Basically, the premise is that Howard is this duck/humanoid thing that gets sucked into our dimension, and while trying to find his way home, battles evil aliens and beds a sexy pop singer. Yes, there is some disturbingly alarming human-on-duck sexiness on display here. Not enough you say? Well, may I present: Duck Breasts. This movie is heinous. If you choose to watch it, good luck.

Friday, November 2, 2012

New Disney Princess

The other day, there was massive news that Disney bought Lucasfilm, and the internet was flooded with fan art supporting the merger. I guess I'm not the only person to think of this idea, but hopefully you guys like it anyway. I am honestly excited for the first time in years about the prospect of new Star Wars movies. I am a HUGE fan of the original trilogy, and lately it's been tough to muster up any enthusiasm for the property. (I think a piece of my soul died when they made Star Wars M&M characters.) But...there is, as they say, a new hope. 2015 can't get here soon enough!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Have a Spooky Halloween!

I tried to draw this in the style of "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark", which was a lot of fun to do, but it came out WAY creepier than I intended. :S

Monday, October 29, 2012

Winter layout

Messing around in Photoshop, trying to get comfortable with the program.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Who doesn't love Rick Moranis?

Seriously, this guy was an 80's comedy legend. What's your favorite Rick Moranis movie?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekend life drawing

Hey guys, I traded my traditional pencil and notepad for conte crayons and newsprint for this weekend's life drawing. My scanner isn't big enough to scan paper this size, but I photographed the pad so you could see some of the drawings I thought came out pretty well.

Classics of Crap Volume 46: Teen Witch

Hey bad movie fans! Welcome back to another totally rad to the max edition of Classics of Crap! If you are a certain age, you probably remember a movie called Teen Witch. They used to run it ad nauseam on basic cable in the early 90's. It was utterly horrible, but somehow I couldn't stop watching it. I was hypnotized by the awful acting and the most atrocious musical numbers I've ever seen. Watching it again just the other day I had a little more perspective on how unbelievably 80's it really was. It's pretty much mindless teen fluff about a girl who discovers that magic may be nice, but it's what's inside that counts. HA! Not really! In a surprising twist, the girl learns nothing, alienates her friends, kills(?) another student by making him disappear, and ultimately becomes super materialistic shallow brat by getting what she wants. Wow, thanks 80's. It's really the songs of Teen Witch that launch it into Classics of Crap glory. Please watch this musical number to "Top That" and try not punch your computer.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Rat Casino Layout

This piece was a homework assignment for a Layout for Composition Class taught by Will Weston.

Ahoy matey!

A commissioned piece for a good friend.

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Weekend life drawing

Some nude studies I did this weekend at Art Center.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Evolution of Uma

Uma Thurman is a great actress, but when she is in a Quentin Tarantino movie, she kills it. Here are some of the highlights (and one lowlight) of her career.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Classics of Crap Volume 45: Riki-Oh

If you are a regular reader of my blog, then you know about my love of cheesy B-Movies. Well, this is the motherload right here. Riki-O, sometimes called The Story of Ricky is one of the goriest, most violent, jaw droppingly hilarious kung fu movies ever made. It's got gallons of fake blood, a crazed prison warden who keeps breath mints in his false eyeball, monsters, exploding heads, strangulation by intestines, and oh, SO much more. It's the crap movie gift that keeps on giving and giving. It is pretty gruesome, but it's so completely over the top, it's impossible to take seriously. YouTube search for 'Ricky Oh' to see for yourself just how bugnuts crazy this movie is. I saw this at a local midnight show at the New Beverly Cinema in LA, and the crowd reaction was unlike anything I'd ever seen before. They tore the roof off the place. If you've got a strong stomach, this flick is highly recommended.

This clip is SUPER CRAZY VIOLENT, but totally worth watching:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

'Arry Potta?

Life Drawings

Some life drawing sketches from a session at Art Center this weekend. I love doing figure drawing, especially when I don't feel like I need to duplicate reality, but when I can play around with proportions.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Munsters vs. Addams Charity Piece

Hey guys! This is a piece I will have for sale next month at http://www.susanitaslittlegallery.com for the Munsters vs. Addams Family tribute show. Part of the proceeds will benefit children's charities, so if you are interested, please head over to the website and see if there is any art you'd like to buy.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Classics of Crap Volume 44: Nothing But Trouble

     Hey guys, sorry I missed last week's Classic of Crap, I was animating my Empire Strikes Back Uncut segment. So, to make it up, I picked a real Grade-A stinker for you this week. 1991's comedy flop, Nothing But Trouble.
       Dan Aykroyd had a stellar run on Saturday Night Live, followed by a string of brilliant comic performances in such films as Ghostbusters and Trading Places. But all that came to a screeching halt with this ill-advised passion project. As writer, director, and star, Aykroyd put it all on the line with this movie, but sadly for him, it was one of the biggest critical and commercial bombs of the year. I suppose he intended it to be a comic riff on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, but it is one of the most misbegotten movies in the Classics of Crap series.
      Seen by many during its long run on cable TV in the 90's, this movie was not easily forgotten. Ghoulish makeup and nauseating characters, including two greasy fat humanoids named Bobo and Lil' Debbull, make this movie a queasy, awful viewing experience. This movie has to be seen to be believed, if nothing else, for Aykroyd, in full monster makeup, playing the Judge, eating a foot long hotdog wearing a penis nose prosthetic. There's some nightmare fuel for you. So, am I recommending this flick? Sure, I'd say give it a shot on a rainy afternoon. It beats a trip through Mr. Bonestripper any day.


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Empire Strikes Back: Animated

Here's my submission to a fan remake of The Empire Strikes Back for Starwarsuncut.com
The plan is to give 15 second clips of Empire to artists/filmmakers and have them recreate it in their own style. If you know me, you know there's not a movie I love more than Empire, so it was a pleasure to work on this. If I had the time, talent, and inclination, I would animate the entire movie. The lipsync is a little off in the embedded clip, which is a pity, since I took the better part of a decade to get it just right. >:/

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Actor Evolution: Johnny Depp

Super-Mega-Big Actor Evolution for you guys tonight. Johnny Depp has been so great in so many movies, I couldn't just narrow it down to just 5. What's your favorite Johnny Depp character?

Saturday, September 8, 2012

It sucks to be Frog Boy

Morning warmup. I guess I was feeling in a Tim Burton mood today.

Monday, September 3, 2012

Sketch Carding

Hey guys, I did some sketch cards for DC's New 52 and Walking Dead in the past few months, and now that the sets are out (or, almost out) I can show you my work. I have two artist proof cards left for Walking Dead, so if you want to commission one from me, shoot me an email and we can work it out. First come, first served. I haven't received my AP's for DC yet, but when I do, I'll let you guys know.

Classics of Crap Volume 43: Samurai Cop

Hi guys and thanks for reading my bi-weekly column, Classics of Crap, where we look at the worst, most hilarious movie failures ever.  Today we are celebrating Samurai Cop, a movie I discovered thanks the gentlemen over at Red Letter Media. They highly recommended it, and boy oh boy, were they right. This movie is hi-lar-ious. Every line reading, every action scene, every everything about this movie is so wrong, it just becomes so right. This is bad movie lovers paradise. I honestly went round and round trying to think of one image to encapsulate the wonderment that is Samurai Cop. Finally I settled on one of the most memorable exchanges between Samurai Cop and a horny nurse. If you haven't seen the clip: DO SO IMMEDIATELY. Trust me, you don't want to miss this one.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day 30

BOOM! It's finally finished! 30 Day Drawing Challenge is done! I'd like to thank you all for your support,   it's been a blast. I'm a bit fatigued from all this drawing, so I'm going to take a short break, but don't worry, plenty of new art is on its way!

Monday, August 20, 2012

30 Day Drawing Challenge Day 29

Day 29: "Hairy". I saw this guy at the beach once. He was awesome.