Hello Friends! Thanks for dropping in to check out my recent Fan Art! For the majority of 2015, and so far in 2016, I've mostly traded in my writing pen for a Stylus pen and haven't let go of it since. I have been focusing a great deal on my art, and I even started my own Art and Design business in September 2015. I'm an UberFan of so many different Fandom Universes, and I have an academic background in Popular Culture Studies. So as far as my nerdom goes, my horned rimmed glasses are double taped at the bridge. I'd love for you to peruse through the article to view my work. I've included some written summaries about the pieces as well. At the end of the article I have a Poll that I hope every one would be so kind to take part in!
MOVIE FAN ART
"AVENGERS CATS" - MARVEL'S AVENGERS
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.
“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!
“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!
"BOB'S FORTY" - QUENTIN TARANTINO-INSPIRED FAN POSTER
My dear old friend Bob turned 40 earlier in January, and he had a kick-ass party to ring the Birthday in. It was a Quentin Tarantino themed Party skill-fully planned and executed by his lovely wife Laura. In the spirit of the upcoming day/event, I drew and designed this poster a couple of weeks prior to the party and I presented my friend with a framed print of this Tarantino-inspired poster at the event. A little bit of background about the image: my friend Bob is a Music Director and On-Air jock for a Toronto radio station...hence the microphone and tagline. Lots of fun putting this together. I have quite a few friends turning 40 this year (including yours truly), so I may have a few more of these over the coming months.
"THE MANY FACES OF EVA GREEN" - EVA GREEN COLLAGE
This one was an unusual commission request, but turned out to be incredibly fun researching. It was designed for one of my followers on DeviantArt who requested a picture of Eva Green (his favourite actress). I opted to create a collage of Ms. Green’s greatest roles. CAN YOU NAME ALL OF THE EVA GREEN MOVIES DEPICTED IN THE IMAGE?
HORROR MOVIE FAN ART
"25 YEARS OF HORROR VILLAINY" - HORROR MOVIE COLLAGE
Last summer, I enjoyed working on this "long-distance" poster collage. I call it such because I spent the better part of 2 months working on it. Usually when I sketch or paint something it takes me a few hours (maybe a couple of days) 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 a 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 6 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'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).
TV FAN ART
"ROD SERLING & THE TWILIGHT ZONE" - TWILIGHT ZONE
The Twilight Zone is one of my favourite 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.
"IT'S CLOBBERING TIME!" - CM PUNK and the WWE
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. 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.
"SOMEBODY'S GONNA GET IT" - ARROW
I drew this one up in Fall of 2014. 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 in Season 3, 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.
COMIC BOOK FAN ART
"THE INCREDIBLE MARK" - HULK-INSPIRED POSTER
Mark is my oldest and closest friend. We've known each other for over 30 years. He is the next to turn 40, so I made up a poster for him as well. Mark introduced me to comics way back in the 1980's. That's where the inspiration for the comic theme came from for this pic. All the Bingo references are because he's a manager of a Bingo Hall in Toronto. I haven't resented this to him yet, as his birthday is in March, but I'm sure he's going to love it!
"BATMAN & THE ROGUES" - BATMAN
"BEHOLD THE FACE OF DOOM!" - DR. DOOM
I drafted up The Batman and Dr. Doom images above as T-shirt Designs for a really fun Superhero themed Party back in October.
GAMES FAN ART
"SUPER SMASH BROS...AND SISTER!"
Back in early November 2015, 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 reactions were when they were presented with the poster, but I know my client Stephanie was thrilled when I showed it to her. 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!!
WHICH FAN ART PIECE ABOVE WAS YOUR FAVOURITE?
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