12/28/10

NEW BLOG

Over the last several years I've gathered a lot of film images. Whether for composition, lighting or color I use them as reference and general inspiration. I like viewing films in this contact sheet mosaic, like a color script brought to its final conclusion. I've also posted some individual shots. So that each post didn't get too long I narrowed those down to six, a random number but one that made me choose favorites. Visit the blog here: 

12/24/10

BABY BOY

ROMAN LEE ROMANO
Born December 15th, 2010
at 5:55am / 7lbs 13oz

CHRISTMAS CARDS




Digital




6/16/10

BRADBURY AT 90

A commissioned illustration for Written By the magazine issued to members of the Writers Guild of America (West) every other month. This summer issue celebrates the life and work of Ray Bradbury who turns 90 this August. 

I'm a huge fan of Bradbury's work, so this was a dream project. Thank you to Roger Allers, who recommended me for the assignment.


10 1/2" X 13 1/2"
gouache/digital

Some slight adjustments were made to Ray's face for the final cover. At (left) is the original gouache. At (right) the digital pass.

THE MANY FACES OF RAY


ROUGH SKETCHES
There is so much to pull from Bradbury's writings, but in the end I opted to keep the piece simple and contain most of the story references in Ray's coat, making him the Illustrated Man.
In 2007 Bradbury received the Order of Arts and Letters medal (above), the highest cultural honor bestowed by France.

COLOR THUMBNAILS (Digital)



Final layout (left) and alternate version.

5/18/10

NAUGHTY BITS

More pieces for the upcoming Cuter Than Stranger show.

DINGLE-DANGLE
4" X 4"
Gouache

HAPPY FROG
4" X 6"
Gouache

COCTEAU HORSE
4" X 6"
Gouache

5/17/10

THE MONSTER SQUAD

The completed series inspired by the 1987 film of the same name.



DRACULA

FRANKENSTEIN


THE WOLFMAN


GILLMAN


THE MUMMY

All 6" X 6"
Acrylic

4/30/10

WORK IN PROGRESS

ZOMBIE



BAT BUST
This was sculpted, molded and cast in plaster 3 years ago. I painted it last night and will mount it on a pedestal. Maybe I will put some little wings on him. These small sculptures are fun to do. It reminds me of making dioramas as a kid.





THE MONSTER SQUAD
A couple of years ago I saw The Monster Squad (1987) for the first time. It's a very entertaining movie. The lead monsters in the film are Dracula and Frankenstein. The others have supporting roles but they make a good looking group. Frankenstein and The Wolfman have yet to be finished.


4/11/10

THE BIRD SHOW

These pieces were done as part of a group show with artists Ben Adams, Ben Burch and Nate Wragg. Each of us designed a layout for one of the four seasons, then painted every season using our respective layouts. It was a fun exercise. To see all 16  paintings visit: LUNAR BOY GALLERY

SPRING BREAK
Layout by Lou Romano 

SUMMER BATH
Layout by Ben Burch

BLUE FALL
Layout by Ben Adams

WINTER FIRE
Layout by Nate Wragg

All 12" X 12"
Acrylic

1/8/10

ANIMALS

HOLMES & WATSON
5 3/4" X 10 1/4"
Gouache

COOKIE & BEANIE : FEAST
10 3/4" X 14 3/4"
Gouache

Preliminary sketches