Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Bailout ChooChoo


for tuesday

Tuesday Sketch(s)

This lacks the charm of "Cork" and the wit of "Norbert and Billy". Just a two sketches done in a meeting scanned and stitched together. If you're inspired, you can post their imagined conversation. Mr. Buncake let's keep it clean.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Mrs. Marble

This is a Creeple character... I don't know anything more about her other than that. She started out as a guy, but after I put in the spikes I thought she should be a female. We watched 1993 version of The Secret Garden last night with the kids and the Maggie Smith character no doubt influenced me on this.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Judo Gene LeBell answers my Dumb Question

The Underground MMA.TV forum had Gene LeBell offering to take questions. I offered up....

"Did Steve Martin require much prep when you did the high crotch lift into a garbage can scene in Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid?"

LeBell.."Mr. Wind: "Steve Martin is my favorite living comedian and he was a super athlete when we shot our films together. When you lift somebody by the crotch they don't need any prep, they just jump."

I have a lot of LeBell's books and video. I'm just a huge fan of the idea of Gene LeBell. Toughest man on Earth. It was a kick to have him give me a funny answer from what has to be an infinite library of anecdotes on Hollywood stunt work.

Arrgh. I had Gene's name spelled wrong initially. Sorry about that Gene. (Don't want that guy mad at me.)

Debate Doodles

Quick, the occasional likeness.

Friday, September 26, 2008

3 Evil Cousins

Click the headline to see a terrific Blog... it's Called 3 Evil Cousins (how I love that name) and it features book reviews "by teens, for teens". Why should you look at it? Well, my oldest has written a couple of the most recent reviews (Artemis Foul and Peeps) and it features a great illustration by TAG's own MJM! If you look at some of the links on the blog you will see some "Bios" of the reviewers along with some more cool drawings.

Oh, and there is also a link to Cafepress so you can order your very own 3 Evil Cousins shwag!

A big thanks to Maurie for encouraging kids to do cool things together!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Rick's In SEATTLE?!?!

DUDE, that is SO COOL you're in Seattle. That's Blair and I's absolutely most favorite American city. Have you looked in Magnolia for a place to live? We like that neighborhood lots. Love the downtown.

And you can play tennis between drizzles.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Shame faced

I post this shame-facedly. There's so much that's been posted here that I've wanted to comment on--Tom's videos, Cork, and I see a new comic strip that I haven't even had time to delve into. My only defense is I'm horrible at multi-tasking. I haven't even applauded the new TAG Blog header, which is magnificent.

Sigh. I'll get back to it.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Friday, September 19, 2008

Return of Gun Nose (Liberal Warning ...) ;-)

Here is a new film, an introduction to a collection of music videos that will be coming out about one a week. The overall show is called "Gun Nose Presents" ... and this segment will come before each of the videos. It is quite liberal in its leaning, so if you're not of that mindset, don't look ... ;-)

For those who don't already know, I wrote the music and lyrics and my friend Mark DeCerbo (he of local bands Four Eyes, Steely Damned, and Rockola) recorded the instruments, vocals, and mixed it.

As I finish each video I'll post it. Most, if not all, will have character animation, so I will be rapidly learning new skills.

Norbert and Billy 11

I missed a day and I only had time to scan one strip. Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Norbert and Billy 9 & 10

Billy is sent to the the slammer, but this gray-bar hotel seems strangely familiar...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lunch Painting

An armed character with gas mask tears an angel in a destroyed street.


A few doodles around a top down set design for a show called "Body Doubles ..." more about that when it's ready to debut.

Norbert and Billy 7 & 8

Picking up where I left of last week. It's been pretty satisfying posting these and reading your comments. Thanks for all the good feedback.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Cork 7

Didn't have any time to work on a new Cork this weekend... so I did one anyway.

Sunday, September 14, 2008


Taking a break from "Norbert and Billy," which I'll resume posting tomorrow. This is another comic strip my best friend in college, Josh Touchton, and I thought about doing. He was the idea guy/writer and I was going to be the artist. It was basically going to be a one-panel strip about a big dumb redneck named Tink and his white trash family. Josh has to have one of the most wicked senses of humor in the world and most of his ideas were lifted from everyday observations of the denizens of the small town in Arkansas where we went to school. I have to contact him see if he's up for more.

I drew this back in the mid-90's after I had discovered inking with a brush. Once I got the brush, I stopped using crow quills. It's hard to beat the organic character a Winsor& Newton series seven sable imparts on bristol. Anyhoo, enjoy. These are my people.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Digital Painting Bible

A student of mine. Reese by name, had the book that I've linked to here. (click title)

I know these kind of books are common but this one really seemed to have good information. Mine will be here Tuesday. I'll review it some more then.

What struck me was all the detail on settings that can stay arcane unless someone clearly points out what they do.

It's also cheap. 13 bucks. But it also seems to have a flimsy papeback binding. Might come apart eventually.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Norbert and Billy 5 & 6

Hope I'm not wearing out my welcome with this. Please let me know if I am.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Norbert and Billy 3&4

When I did this strip, I was basically just making stuff up as I went along with no real plan. Mainly, I just enjoyed having a total cad for a main character. He could be a real jerk which meant he got some kind of vicious comeuppance as a result.

Norbert and Billy

From the way-back machine, circa 1992. This was my first and only attempt at making a comic-strip for syndication. I noodled this out during my junior year of college when I was taking summer classes. Motivated by Scott's 'Cork' strip, I decided to dust this off and scan it in. I'll run the whole series if you guys like it.

Mark and Kirby rip-off

He draws on Yo! Gabba Gabba as of late, which I have yet to see.

oh yeah- click link for R U Experienced?

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Work in Progress

This is a sketch for a digital painting I'm working on.

Hick Werewolf and Bela

Bela's the human. Done during a company meeting.
Guy on top is just my usual doodle on scrap paper

Monday, September 08, 2008

Old Blog and Old Times

Last night I was invited to attend a group of concept artists who get together once a week to hang out, draw, chat and perhaps hire a model to pose. I went and it was very cool… and familiar. It was like the old TAG days had been revived!

At any rate, I’m bummed that I discovered this group as I’m headed out the door of the Bay Area, but I am inspired to find or start my own group up north. It brought back a lot of good memories of hanging out with you guys… thanks, guys & gals, for being part of TAG and providing me with fond memories and inspiration all these years. :)

Oh, and be sure to take a look at my old blog... I'm posting there again! http://rickart.blogspot.com/

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Trailer #2 is here:

Just click on the title to go there. It's similar, just shuffled a bit and with different text.

This week I'm going to try to put together a video that explains how the game is played ... it'll involve green screen, so wish me luck!

Craft Services on the set of Mothman

My head was very freshly shaven. But the "blueing" of my beard and head are very pronounced in the photo.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Little After Effects Movie for The Cyber Ring

Here's a first look at the first trailer for The Cyber Ring, a reality game show that I'll be pitching to Endemol through Talpa Creative. So much fun to pitch stuff. I'm finalizing (simplifying) the details of how to play the game right now.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Tutorial from Conceptart.org


I'm using this in my next class at Otis

The second image is a student's reaction to "A Poacher finds an Alien in his Steel Trap." Pretty good I thought.

Nice TAG logo at the top of the page by the way. Jeff probably?

Laundry Day

On Tom's recommendation, zipping over here from Facebook TAG.

So here's the sketch for my new book with Clarion -- I just got the news yesterday that they bought it! This is the first book I've sold based on one spread (sketch) and the manuscript. Wow, that's a lot less work than doing the whole dummy before I show it to the publisher. So, I think this is pretty unique -- very much a graphic novel format in a 32 page picture book for little kids. I'm inspired by artists from Sendak (everything) to Shaun Tan (The Arrival) to Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) and hope I've got my own little take on the idea.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Have I posted this before?

I'm not sure if I've posted this before... this should look familiar to Tom C.

Cork 6

I finished this on Friday but it took till now to find a workable scanner.

Monday, September 01, 2008


This post is for a certain TAG member that I happen to know will be turning 55 this month. I was reminded of this while reading a Tommy Tomorrow story that shows that in the enlightened year of 2061, workers will be required to retire at the age of 55! To learn the identity of the mystery TAG member in question, just unscramble the anagram that is the title of this post. Other variations include "GOIL'S NOODLES", "LESS GOOD LOIN", "I, GODLESS LOON", or "O, GODLESS LION", "LONE DOG SOILS", "OOLONG SLIDES", "LO, LEO SINS, GOD", "LI'L GOOD NOSES", "LOG SLIDE SOON" and "DOG NOISES, LOL".