I’ve done a lot of Flamenco Dancers and Spanish themed artwork (bullfighting, anyone?) for the Niche Hospitality Group, here are just a few painted in oils on wood. These are on display at their Bocado (Tapas Wine Bar) location in Welleseley, MA.
Special thanks to my lovely wife for modeling these poses.
Here’s the design for the new Mezcal Cantina (Niche Hospitality Group, Worcester MA) tee shirts. Similarly themed from the past Mezcal post, this time I had some fun drawing a room full of calaveras rocking out, recently found out it will be used as the staff’s tee shirt design.
This was all created as vector art, which not only means that it was easier to add all of those rib cages and teeth, but it can also be enlarged for a wall decal, billboard, etc… without losing any clarity.
Theodore Ryken in Bruges (30″ x 40″. oil on wood) was the first portrait commissioned by Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA. Seeing as I’d posted sketches for this piece last year I thought I should follow up and show how it came out.
Ahhh, backgrounds. While I was painting this I kept asking how I got here, and wasn’t this initially commissioned as a portrait of Theodore Ryken? Why am I still painting all of these bricks?
Well, that’s what happens sometimes. This portrait was well received, and I’m pretty satisfied with my brick renderings placing Ryken (as a colleague commented), “in his natural habitat.” Ryken was responsible for the formation of the Xaverian Brotherhood, a group Catholic teachers focused on bringing education to the poor, hence the open book and outstretched hand. It was important to the client that the religious garments were accurate to the time, down to the detail of which side Xaverian brothers wear their rosary beads, and the proper height that the crucifix would be worn.
This 30″ x 40″ oil on wood portrait (icon?) of Saint Francis Xavier was commissioned by Saint John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA, photographed and transferred to a banner for use at school events.
I’ve always enjoyed Asian landscape paintings, and have experimented with Sumi-e technique, so it was fun for me to work in that style using a completely different medium. We (the headmaster, and a few trusted members of the administration, and myself) went through a lot of different ideas of what sort of background setting would suit St. Francis, and I was pretty happy that we settled on this one! As a result, not only was I able to paint some of those mountains, but I also enjoyed mixing a lot of symbolic imagery in to the piece. For example, I’d wanted to add a young plant or tree of some sort to the foreground, representing the new growth that would come from his work, and chose bamboo because of its symbolism in Asian culture having to do with perseverance. There’s also the water flowing from his sleeve (virtually) representing Baptism… but I won’t go on anymore! See for yourself and if seems strange (the footwear, the Shinto gate, the red obi etc…) know that there’s probably a reason for it, and don’t hesitate to ask!
Also, this is probably one of the last fine art posts I’ll be making to the mcnemesis blog. From now on I’ll be posting a strictly fine arts related portfolio at mcm-enemy.com and keeping all of my comic book / illustration work here at McNemesis. The Fine Arts site is still somewhat under construction as I re-organize files and add to the portfolio, but take a look there if that’s the sort of stuff you’re interested in, should be completed soon!
I posted this pig-nose Trump on Facebook a while ago (gut reaction to some statements he’d made at the time) but I thought it wouldn’t hurt to throw it up on the ol’ blog in response to the fact that this guy’s pretty much cinched the presidential nomination. We’ll see what happens… Wouldn’t mind working on another one on the same theme but I’m busy doing up sketches for a client at the moment so it’ll have to wait.
We’ll see what happens…
Was recently contacted by the Niche Group and asked about decorating the windows of their (expanded) Mezcal location in Leominster, MA. They were looking for something inspired by José Posada’s prints but with a modern touch, so I added a few hipster calaveras as well as some cellphone-selfie takers. We wanted it to look like a fun time for a bunch of skellingtons:
How’d we do??
If anyone’s curious – I sketched these out on good old fashioned pencil and paper and then took some time “inking” it as vector art (courtesy Adobe Illustrator) so it could be enlarged by about 1000% without losing image quality. Troy Pontbriand (their graphic designer) did a nice job handing these files and turning around the final product:
And I thought it was cool that one of those skulls worked out pretty well for use as part of the sign for the newly expanded bar area:
Will have to drive out and see it in person one of these days!
I entered a web comic contest a while back and created this image just to help promote. It didn’t go TOO badly, and it was fun (thanks to all the supporters out there!) but, nah, Pale Dragon didn’t bring home the win! It kept me busy converting standard comic pages to something fitting a web based comic, and makes me think about developing more work specifically for web.