Tuesday, January 26, 2010

New stuff: Spider-Man cover (after Romita)

Below is the original cover of SPIDER-MAN #124 by Mr John Romita.

Then we have the various stages of my commissioned version-which had both the advantage AND disadvantage of not having all that copy on the piece...

That's all...Vokes...;o)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

The Kreativ Blogger Award goes to...

You may be asking yourself..."What is this dainty image from someone's kitchen wallpaper doing on the legendary artist Neil Vokes' Blog?"

Well,I wondered the same thing until my good buddy and fellow ETP group member,David Zuzelo explained it to me...allow me to elaborate...

Some time ago this "award" was passed along from a blogger to others whom they admired (my research points to a Norwegian lady named Huldas Verden - the translations are sketchy,but this seems to be the basic story) and others continued this practice until this very day when it ended up in MY Blog.

There are some basic rules associated with the award:

1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award... Thanks, Z!
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog... Done.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award... David Zuzelo
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting... See below.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers... Also below.
6. Post links to the 7 blogs you nominate... Done
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs letting them know they have been nominated... Soon...;o)

Davey Z awarded me this honor and in appreciation I'll not break the "chain"...

Name 7 things about myself?
If I must...

1- I once had the absolute,unbridled joy of being a Rock 'n' Roll lead singer...for all of three performances-but I wouldn't trade them for the world.
2- I'm an absolutely unashamed Anglophile-I adore England's films,people and countryside.
3- I have a mini Christopher Lee Shrine in my studio.
4- I have never gotten over John Lennon's untimely death.
5- I have an addictive personality.
6- Just the mere thought of 1970s era Lina Romay makes me feel all naughty inside.
7- If you touch me in just the right place I giggle like a little girl...nah...I made that one up (or DID I?)

Nominate seven blogs?

I'd like to nominate Z's but his Blog should already be on most of your lists,you silly people (but it is linked above for the uninitiated) ...;o)

1. Ade Salmon Art - The blog of one of my very best friends and a Helluva artist,Adrian Salmon- Ade is my Brit brother of a different mother and I admire his work and the passion behind it- I'm still in awe of the fact he actually started a blog-if you knew Ade like I do you'd be surprised he could even fit another thing into his busy schedule- much less one where he has to talk about himself so much (a subject i have very little problem with...ahem) Please check him out.

2. Today's Inspiration - As an artist who faces a blank piece of paper as often as I do,wondering what the heck I'm gonna draw,good inspiration is an absolute must- well this is one of many sites i visit for that very reason- the many beautiful sketches,old magazine ads and various other works of art never fail to get my artistic juices flowing.

3. Hammer and Beyond - Holger Haase and I share a love for Hammer Films-the British "House of Horror"- and in his blog he shares that love with others - H2 is another friend,I'm happy to say,but don't think that just because these blogs are made by my pals that I'm prejudiced-I'd be visiting their blogs anyway because they're worth it.

4. Wrong Side of the Art - I love movies- and the old movie posters that used to announce their coming-this site always has a fresh batch of high rez images of those classic posters (not the more recent kind which seem to have lost the "art" that used to make these special) check 'em out.

5. The Groovy Age of Horror - The "gila monster clamped onto your boot" kinda fella that drives this blog is also a good friend (OK- several of my fave blogs are done by friends-so sue me) Curt Purcell is a voracious reader & a man whose obsessions are worn on his internet sleeve. From the blog's title to it's many X-rated images from obscure foreign paperbacks,Curt's passions are laid out for all to see.

6. Golden Age Comic Book Stories - Another wonderful site for beautiful images,mainly from comic books and related works-more inspiration and just plain beautiful artwork.

7. Exploitation Retrospect - Dan Taylor (also known as The Hungover Gourmet ) is yet another good buddy,but also an exploitation film nut (and probably Klaus Kinski's number one fan!) and one devoted blogger-I barely manage to keep this one up to date and Danno has at least six i can think of... go-see-enjoy.