Art pieces created for the Art Show section of the 2012 annual Denver StarFest multimedia convention.
Stewards of Gondor
Actors Sean Bean, John Noble and David Wenham as Boromir, Denethor and Faramir, from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
Stewards of Gondor - Detail
Close-up on actor Sean Bean, as Boromir, from Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings film trilogy.
The digital art workflow provides the ability to really zoom in, layering on detail at a level impossible in the standard analog paintbrush methods.
This adds more realism to the full scale piece.
The Millennium Falcon from George Lucas' Star Wars films.
This project began as a request from a friend for a piece that could hang in his son's room. He was a huge Star Wars fan, and I had never done the Falcon before, so it seemed a natural.
Kessel Run - Detail
The Millennium Falcon from George Lucas' Star Wars films.
The detail on the ship was extensive, involving over 70 separate layers and requiring over two weeks of work.
In contrast, the asteroids were finished in a couple of evenings.
Armed and Dangerous
A collection of iconic characters from fantasy and science fiction along with their formidable firearms.
Armed and Dangerous - Detail
Actors Clint Eastwood, from the film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot and Michael Gross, from the film Tremors.
Each portrait and associated firearm was created on a separate layer so that compositing and positioning would remain fluid throughout the entire project.
Actor Jonathan Frakes, as William Riker, from Star Trek: The Next Generation TV show.
The piece depicts a time in the future when Riker has risen to the rank of Admiral and has refitted the U.S.S. Enterprise into a dreadnaught class starship.
Staite of Grace
Actress Jewel Staite, from genre favorite TV shows Firefly and Stargate: Atlantis.
Staite of Grace - Detail
Often, the details for the hair and clothing on a portrait require more work than the actual facial features.
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Art pieces created for the Art Show section of the 2013 annual Denver StarFest multimedia convention.
Princess of Mars
First off, I loved the 2012 film John Carter. 'Nuff said.
Here is my version of the character of Deja Thoris, as portrayed by actress Lynn Collins.
Daughter of the Jeddak of Helium, head Regent of the Science Academy, and very able at handling herself in a fight.
There need to be more heroines like this in fantasy and science fiction...
One of our guests this year is Avery Brooks....so.....
While the DS9 space station is new, I cheated on the starship Defiant -- I had done a version of that years ago and simply imported it and updated the detail. (Did I mention I LOVE working in digital world...).
I also decided to add a 'wormhole' effect that was a little less gaudy than the one used in the series episodes. This representation is based on one of the standard physics metrics for an Einstein-Rosen bridge.
Actress Amanda Tapping -- who got canceled out this year due to a scheduling conflict on filming her series.
Since the art is done I'll still bring it to the Con. And it'll be done for next year when Amanda is scheduled to attend Starfest 2014.
The character is Colonel Samantha Carter and is depicted here as Commander of the U.S.S. Daedalus enroute to the Pegasus Galaxy in Stargate: Atlantis.
Actress Julie Caitlin Brown is joining us this year.
Her memorable character of Ambassadorial Aide 'Na'Toth' from Babylon 5 remains a tour-de-force performance.
I also added a couple of heavy cruisers over the Narn homeworld just 'cause.....
Got a few requests for an 'X-Wing' piece. Here it is....
Had to go with the Death Star and some planets because the roundness of those elements juxtaposes nicely with the angularity of the X-Wing fighters.
Actor Ben Browder is a guest this year, and has starred in two fan favorite TV series -- Farscape and Stargate SG-1.
Actress Claudia Black is not a guest this year but also starred along with Ben in both of those shows, so I figured what the heck.....
It Takes A Thief
At the end of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey we are teased with a look at the eye of one of Tolkien's iconic creations -- Smaug, the Dragon.
Don't know exactly what visuals are coming in part two of The Hobbit in December, but I decided that Bilbo, played by actor Martin Freemen, needed a portrait done and what better background to use...
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Art pieces created for the Art Fest activities of the 2014 annual Denver StarFest multimedia convention.
The Game is Afoot..!
I love the new BBC series Sherlock which re-imagines Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stalwart detective for the modern age.
So, here are Benedict Cumberbatch as Holmes and Martin Freeman as Watson.
Last Son of Krypton
Henry Cavill is the latest actor to portray Kal-El / Clark Kent in Man of Steel.
I went for the airiness of clouds and open atmosphere - in the manner of Maxfield Parrish - to emphasize the character's freedom of movement.
Last Son of Krypton - Detail
It was difficult to maintain the consistency of the 'fabric' which comprises Superman's outfit and family crest, so I relied on the brush capabilities of Photoshop's digital paint tools.
The 'texture' was still 'painted' by hand, but using the brush settings for repetition and spacing did most of the work.
I wanted to do a piece of artwork using the 'Scarecrow' from Walt Disney's 1964 TV mini series. I loved the character, as well as actor Patrick McGoohan.
But why stop there ?
I immediately came up with eight other iconic characters who also wore masks.
These are the heroes without superpowers, who simply use their skills and training (and some technology) to help them fight the good fight.
Dark Side of the Moon
When Close Encounters of the Third Kind first hit theaters I was in college and a buddy of mine asked me to do a painting for him "...when I had the time...."
I'm ashamed to admit it took several tries over many years because, well, life happened.
After a personal trip up to Devil's Tower to gather reference photos, I finished this last year, and to reward him for his patience had a rather large print (almost five feet) mounted on a gallery quality float panel.
Nichelle Nichols, Lt. Uhura from Star Trek, is attending Starfest this year, so doing a portrait was a natural.
And I decided to go 'old school' and portray her as she appeared back in the day of the original Trek series along with the USS Enterprise.
Actress Suzie Plakson is a guest at Starfest this year, and since I've always liked her Klingon character from Star Trek: The Next Generation, I wanted to do a portrait.
And since I had never really done a good one of Michael Dorn as Worf, I figured this was a good time to rectify that. Besides, the Worf / K'Ehleyr storyline was one of the better ones on the series.
A modified Kuat Systems Engineering Firespray-Class Patrol & Attack Ship, belonging to one Boba Fett, is one of the more interesting designs to come out of the Star Wars movies.
After a friend requested my take on this, I eschewed the standard space scene to have the ship entering atmosphere of a moon orbiting a ringed giant planet.
It may not be Bespin, but in the whole Star Wars universe there have got be be other cloud cities.
At The Battle Of Endor
Billy Dee Williams is also a guest this year, so I went with a scene from Return of the Jedi depicting General Calrissian's foray in the film's culminating conflict.
Naturally, since he was the original owner of "the fastest hunk o' junk in the Galaxy" it was appropriate to include the Millennium Falcon along with some other support craft.
Actor Tim Russ is a guest this year so I recycled an old image of the USS Voyager starship and dropped in a portrait piece of his Vulcan character.
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Art pieces created for the Art Fest activities of the 2015 annual Denver StarFest multimedia convention.
Son of Vulcan
The name is revered among science fiction fans in general and Star Trek fans in particular.
Like others, I was deeply saddened by Leonard Nimoy's passing. The night after reading his obituary I had a dream with a mental image of many faces floating over a desert landscape.
The next day I laid down the sketchwork for this piece which is my remembrance of a great person and a great actor portraying one of the greatest characters of science fiction literature.
I had yet to do a piece of this great icon of comics history, so I decided to "suit up" and render this version of Captain America.
Actor Chris Evans portrays the MARVEL superhero, and the challenge in this piece was to capture Mr. Evans' expression as a mixture of confidence and concern.
Upon completion, I realized that the pose and the composition here was such that this could easily be a 'TIME' magazine cover for Person of the Year.
Steve Rogers - Detail
The fun in doing the Captain America piece was two fold -- one was "scuffing" up the shield and two was playing around with the textures in the fabric of his suit.
Actor Angelina Jolie in the role of the iconic Disney character.
For me, the two most interesting aspects were the intriguing leather-wrapped horns and, of course, the wings.
I also muted the background sky to evoke the feeling of a classical painting.
Maleficent - Detail
The eyes were fun to do and the result was, I think, appropriately creepy.
A goodly amount of time was spent on the wing detail and the texture of the feathers.
Off On A Comet
Jules Verne's fictional tale updated for the 21st century as astronauts observe a cometary nucleus rounding the Sun.
The comet nucleus is based upon close-up images of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko captured by the European Space Probe Rosetta.
The spacecraft rendered here is based upon concept art for the ISV Venture Star as seen in the film Avatar.
Off On A Comet - Detail
My homage to the classic space art paintings of Chesley Bonestell shows a group of astronauts who have gone EVA to set up scientific instruments on the comet's nucleus.
The detail on the comet's surface is based on data shown by the close-up imagery captured by the main Rosetta spaceprobe and the little Philae lander probe which detached and touched down.
Actor Richard Dean Anderson as Colonel Jack O'Neill from the the TV series Stargate SG-1 and Stargate: Atlantis.
Mr. Anderson was a guest at the 2015 Con, deciding to come after hearing from fellow actor Amanda Tapping (a previous guest from 2014) on how good of a convention the Denver folks ran...!
Actor Terry Farrell as 'Jadzia Dax' from Star Trek: Deep Space Nine was also a guest for 2015.
Here, I used a DS9 scenario where Dax met up with old friends -- a trio of Klingons played by actors Michael Ansara, John Colicos and William Campbell, reprising their roles from the original Star Trek series (albeit with updated makeup).
When I had my buddy Kevin (Starfest MC) get this signed by Terry her comment was: "...Who do I have to kill to get a copy of this...?"
She got her copy, and later he reported that Terry had some moist eyes, remembering her three co-stars who are all now deceased.......
I love when I can bring a small piece of happiness to people who have entertained us so much over the years.
Quark • Rom • Nog
More Trek guests for 2015 were the the actors Armin Shimerman, Max Grodénchik and Aron Eisenberg who portrayed Ferengi characters on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
I used the DS9 station as well as the wormhole motif for a background. (Gee it looks like the same background from another piece I did back in 2013 for Captain Sisko. Shhhh......!)
I think I'm done painting "ears" for a while.......
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Art pieces created for the Art Fest activities of the 2016 annual Denver StarFest multimedia convention.
Classics • Forbidden Planet (1956)
I always wanted to see a good rendering of that scene where space cruiser C57D first touches down on the "...fourth planet of the great main sequence star, Altair...."
So, if you want it done right - do it yourself!
I replicated the landing scene from the movie, but adding much greater depth of detail in the landscape than could have(or would have) been put into a 1950's era matte painting.
Altair 4 - Detail
Classics • Forbidden Planet (1956)
I've always loved to paint "rocks" -- maybe it's because I was passionate about Geology, which I took as a minor in college.
Also, all of those rocky planet-scapes by space artist Chesley Bonestell inspired my artistic thoughts of deep space exploration for decades!
In any case, I put all of that into this piece, and it was fun to "go wild" on an alien landscape and not worry too much about actual geological weathering and so on!
Alan Rickman (1946-2016)
The moment I heard of Alan's passing I knew I was doing a piece of art to memorialize some of the great performances and characters that he had given us.
I only had so much room (and time) available, so I pared it down to what I consider his more iconic roles (artist's prerogative).
Hopefully, your favorites are among them.
OK, I wasn't there on the *first* day the movie opened -- but we did manage to go the first week.
And as I was "geeking out" over getting to see a brand new 'Star Wars' movie, the images started pouring into my mind, which is either a blessing or a curse, depending upon your point of view.
I had to update my take on the good ole' Millennium Falcon, seen here as it attempts to evade the First Order in escaping the planet Jakku under the capable piloting of new hands.
Stahma Tarr • H. G. Wells
With Jaime Murray coming, I was torn with what image to render -- and then decided to do this duet.
I very much enjoyed the twist on the classic H.G. Wells character that she portrayed on Warehouse 13 and equally loved her turn as an alien matriarch in Defiance.
I did not get a chance to meet her, but was told by friends that she loved the art!
"Helo" (HEE-low) is the callsign for the character played by Tamoh Penikett in the TV show Battlestar Galactica (2003)
I went for a combination of the 1960's style sci-fi paperback cover, while trying to keep the "tech" look of more modern works.
Actor Conner Trinneer played Chief Engineer 'Trip' Tucker on the TV show Star Trek: Enterprise.
Again, I went for the theme of 1960's sci-fi paperback while also maintaining a modern "tech" look.
He signed a copy for me and also wanted one for himself, commenting that he was tired of looking at all of the standard stock 8 X 10 glossy photos produced by the "studio machine."
Actress Nana Visitor played 'Major Kira Nerys on the TV show Star Trek: Deep Space 9.
She was added to the guest roster late in the game and I had to scramble to get this done, so I "borrowed" my own rendering of the DS9 space station, starship Defiant and the series' ever-present wormhole from other pieces of art that I had already done. (Did I mention that I love digital artwork!?)
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Art pieces created for the Art Fest activities of the 2017 annual Denver StarFest multimedia convention.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
One of my favorite TV shows! When I heard that Ming-Na Wen was coming to Starfest 2017, I decided immediately to do a group shot.
Sadly, Ming-Na was injured during filming and had some minor surgery scheduled for the same weekend and she had to bow out.
So we posted this piece at the Art Show along with a sheet made out as an informal "Get Well" card to send along to her.
A whole lot of people signed it and hopefully, she enjoyed her fans' best wishes!
Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)
The moment I heard of Carrie's untimely passing I knew I was doing this group shot of her Star Wars character.
Guardians of Antiquity
Actor Christian Kane is one of the stars of The Librarians and I've liked his work since back in the Buffy/Angel days.
So, I put him in the front and gave him a big gun, which I hope he liked!
As you might expect, the hard part was not the characters themselves in this group shot, but all of the books!
My favorite fun part on this one was the antique world globe in the lower left.
Bill Paxton (1955-2017)
Another great actor that was lost to us this year -- and I'm not sure which is more distressing, the fact that he left us too soon or the fact that he was the same age as me!
Bill was in so many movies and there was no way I could include that many characters, so I just chose a few of my favorites
The Sorcerer Supreme
I'll admit it -- when they first announced a MARVEL Dr. Strange movie I was dubious if they could pull it off.
It got a whole lot better for me when I learned that Benedict Cumberbatch was cast in the lead! Perfect..!!
I decided to emphasize the theme of circles here -- the sanctum window - the 'Eye of Agamotto' pendant - the magic shield in the good Doctor's hand.
And that 'shield' took almost as long to do as the rest of the piece! (See the detail closeup...)
Strange Magic - Detail
The Sorcerer Supreme
This 'magical shield' took almost as long to do as the costume detail in the rest of the piece!
Part of it involved a separate creation in a 'flame fractal' program while the rest was simply detailed graphic art pieces.
Fourteen layers of blended artwork just for this shield!
Riding the Storm
I hadn't done a new piece in my 'Dragonrealms' series for quite a few years. But watching a nasty storm come over the Rocky Mountains last summer kind of inspired me!
Back in the day when I played D&D with college friends, we loved to anchor mythical creatures, like dragons, solidly in their environment.
Here are my version of 'Storm Dragons' who ride the winds up through the clouds and recharge their power by drawing down the lightning!
Chekov • Bester
Walter had been to Starfest a few times before, but this is the first chance I had to do a portrait.
To my surprise Mr. Koenig showed up at the Art Show to get a copy for himself. I asked if he would autograph one for me and he assented.
As he finished the signing, I shook hands with him, saying that his 'Bester' character ( from the TV show Babylon 5 ) was my favorite.
His eyes twinkled as he replied in his best faux Russian accent: "Tank You!"
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