Calling Dick Tracy!

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Time Spent: About 8 hours

Chester Gould’s Dick Tracy artwork has to be some of the most anatomically incorrect and downright amateur drawings I’ve seen professionally published. Yet there’s a certain charm them.

I decided to reference one of Gould’s flat iconic images and paint it in a traditional sense complete with value and shadow.  About 8 hours of painting throughout the week and I ended up with this.

Dick Tracy is one of the earliest comics I’ve ever read. And the main reason I’d dig through my grandfather’s Chicago Tribune every Sunday. The 1990 film, toy line, and Nintendo game hold a special place in my heart even though they’re proven to be nothing special.

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Some detail work on Tracy’s suit and watch. 

The character was cemented as a personal favorite of mine as a high schooler. I e-mailed the Dick Tracy Museum located in Woodstock, Illinois to ask about visiting hours when I received a reply saying that they were in the middle of packing up and closing shop for good. It made me realize how easily your legacy can be swept away no matter how iconic your creation may seem. When I explained my sadness and fandom the Museum sent me a Dick Tracy t-shirt on the house. It was something I’d never forget.

I didn’t want Dick Tracy to be forgotten. So I always try to show my support whenever I can.

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Long Live…

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Time Spent: 3ish Hours.

Aimless. That’s the word I’d use to describe my creative process (or lack thereof) lately.  But sometimes I have to put the pen to the paper and just do it. Most of the time it doesn’t work out. Sometimes it does. Either way I don’t regret it. Especially if it works out. I feel this time it did.

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Schiz O’Lantern

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Time Spent: About 5 hours

I really like creating these little watercolor scenes of nothingness. I don’t have to explain or divulge into any specifics. If I want to draw an evil pumpkin monster whispering violence into the ears of children for Halloween’s sake, I draw it. And, oh, look what we have here.

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