Found this pic of a series of banners I designed to promote my horror/sci-fi con Monsters and Robots. I banged out eight of these in one afternoon with the help of the mighty David Smith cleaning up my concepts and color choices.
What was originally a news site about all things monsters and robots and their respective genres, morphed into a convention in 2016. For a new show, it had its marketing challenges, but the fans loved it and the vendors did well. But my Lyme disease came back around that time, so I shelved Monsters and Robots until 2018. More news about that soon.
Some friends of mine out in L.A. are making a wild Â webisode show called Agent 88. It’s been described as “Quentin Tarentino meets Mr. Magoo.” Â They’ve asked me and other artists such as Jim Mahfood, Simon Bisley, Kevin Eastman, Â David Mack, and many other talented humans to each contribute a page for a book that will be printed by the folks at Heavy Metal Magine. Looks like a groundbreaking show for the Web. Check it out at www.agent88films.com.
I hit a wall sometime after the last post. I drew all morning, trying to get Mr. Tarantino’s likeness down. Enlisting different styles: simple, stylized, complex, illustrative, cartoonish, Hirshfeld, Drucker, etc. I was getting worse. A slight improvement, and then a huge slide backwards. Then I noticed my dog wanted to go out — it was noon. Might as well let her out and make a sandwich while downstairs. Although not truly hungry, I knew I would be soon enough. One sandwich later, this drawing appeared.
Tarantino explains in great detail everything he does and everything he loves. Here, in one of his patented gestures, he makes points one, two, and three.
These hands are more expressive. He’s a mad genius. I found him archived on this Charlie Rose Show on Google video. Why do I bother Tivoing anymore?
I love him because he’s maniacal. Tarantino exudes passion about film. He’s got so much to say in such a short amount of time. I recently saw him on Charlie Rose and he was infinitely entertaining. Then I saw him on Iconoclasts on Sundance Channel, and he was so animated as he explained in detail about his craft.
I saw him one night when I came out of the Archlight Theater in Hollywood, a few months before Kill Bill was released. I loved his films and wanted to go over and speak to him, but I soon realized he was wacked out of his mind on whatever. But there he was, railing against the studio system and anything else you’d want to hear from him. God love him!