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Image: 1931-Speed-Week-Poster_Final.jpg   1840x2959 333039 bytes 2010.09.07

1931 Speed Week Poster

A submission for the recent "Speed Week" over on the "Spontoon Island" website.\r\n\r\nGuess what language the poster is in.\r\n

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Image: 1932-Speed-Week-Poster_copy.jpg   2959x1665 538203 bytes 2010.09.07

1932 Speed Week Poster

Another Spontoon Island "speed week" entry (this time, in Dutch)\r\n

Tags: 1932 Speed_Week Airrace Poster Dutch Winged Helmet Art_Deco   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: 1934-Speed-Week-Poster.jpg   1840x2959 832648 bytes 2013.09.27

Soviet Speed Poster 1934

It's been quite some time since I last posted\r\nany artwork up on here.\r\n\r\nSome artwork I designed for the recent "Speed Week" on Spontoon Island.\r\n\r\nI'm shocked at how long this piece has been in the pipeline.

Tags: Soviet Russian Propaganda 1930's Constructivist  
Image: 1940-Mercury.jpg   1632x1200 454894 bytes 2010.02.22

1940 Mercury Lead Sled

\r\nThis particular piece is of some significance to me because there is one particular DA artist whose digital work has been a great source of inspiration to me greatly. He is Yankeedog. He and I share some of the same interests (in particular, classic American cars)\r\n\r\n this isn't a valentine's day pic. I just had that particular idea for the background in my head. I am quite pleased with the way the "metalfake paintjob" turned out.\r\n\r\nAll in all, I think this piece has some good composition to it.

Tags: 1940 Mercury Lead Sled Lowered Pinstripe Red Metalflake   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: 48-Buick_2.jpg   1228x842 263355 bytes 2010.02.22

48 Buick Kustom

Recently, I treated myself to a set of\r\nPrismacolor markers.\r\n\r\nThis is my first-ever attempt at using them.\r\nThey will take some getting used to.\r\n\r\nWith this little exercise, I was trying to\r\nvisualize how I would customize a car\r\nsuch as the '48 Buick Roadmaster\r\nsedanette. My inspiration for the\r\nlook of the headlight clusters came\r\nfrom those found on quitle a nnumber\r\nof Hooper-bodied cars of\r\nthe early-mid 50's.

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Image: Alouette-Scrape.jpg   1268x1748 1095705 bytes 2010.02.21


I'm really starting to get the hang of using scraperboard.\r\n\r\nThis is one of the earliest characters I ever came up with. Her name is Alouette (she's a Samoyed)\r\n\r\nThis chara must be around 10 years old, now. Maybe I should do some more work with her.

Tags: Samoyed Nightclub Torch Signer Microphone Stage   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Batty-Dove_WIP.jpg   2568x1620 340168 bytes 2010.09.07

Batty's Last Stand WIP

It's my take on the beginning of a great\r\nscene, from probably one of the greatest\r\nfilms of all time-Blade Runner!!!\r\n\r\nIt's been quite a hard slog, so far.\r\n\r\nBR (c) the Ladd Company/WB, 1982/2010.

Tags: Bladerunner Roy_Batty Rutger_Hauer 1982   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Cubist-Air-Pirate-Panda.jpg   1701x2126 377067 bytes 2010.02.21

Cubist Air Pirate Panda

This is a follow-up to my original brush-and-ink illustration, "Air Pirate Panda". This didn't take that long to do this in Photoshop-just a few hours.\r\n\r\nThe inspiration behind this image was Dutch/German modernist poster deign of the early/mid 1920's.\r\n\r\nI reckon the centrepiece of the image would look good on a T-shirt.

Tags: Panda Air Pirate Chinese Cubist Expressionism   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Dark-Dobie_copy_2.jpg   1784x2910 923372 bytes 2010.02.21

Into The Darkness

I was beginning to think I'd never get this piece finished, seeing as my computer'd been constantly shutting down by itself, at the time. I'd really like to get my hands on an Apple Mac sometime in foreseeable future.\r\nWhen I started on this, I intended it as a piece of fanart, then later on, I decided that it would be just as good as a piece of standalone artwork in its own right.\r\n\r\nThe smoke turned out pretty good.

Tags: Doberman Dobie Trenchcoat Chiascuro Cigarette Smoke   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Femme-Fatale_2.jpg   797x1254 652307 bytes 2010.02.21

Femme Fatale

I actually started this one last year.\r\nI'd only recently just managed \r\nto get this finished off.\r\n\r\nI can certainly say one thing-working with vectors in\r\nprogrammes such as Photoshop can be quite a long\r\nslog. \r\n\r\nOriginally, I had intended to draw Alouette with a\r\nfeather boa in her hand. I eventually decided it was\r\ntoo much hassle to do. Apart from which, I felt it\r\nwas a bit pointless.\r\n\r\n\r\nProbably the most awkward part of the piece was\r\ndrawing out the gun.\r\n\r\nArtwork (C) Stuart McCarthy\r\nAlouette (C) 1999/2010, Stuart McCarthy

Tags: Samoyed Femme Fatale Blood Gun Gunsmoke Dress 1940's   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Harmony-Dragon.png   1280x556 180569 bytes 2010.06.26

Breath Of Fire

Another recent experimental piece done in Harmony.\r\n

Tags: Chinese dragon Harmony Drawing Fire Breathing Swirls   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Harmony-Fish.png   1280x585 139524 bytes 2010.06.26

I Am a Fish

Some more practice with Harmony.\r\n

Tags: Fish Scales Harmony Drawing Silver   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Harmony-Signature_copy.jpg   1033x509 60726 bytes 2010.04.16

My Signature In Harmony

Just another little experiment with drawing in Harmony.

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Image: Harmony-Soldier.png   1280x556 217193 bytes 2010.06.26

As the city burns

Man, I'm really finding my legs with that graphics tablet!\r\nTo begin with, you sort of have to look at the screen as though you're actually drawing on a sheet of paper in front\r\nof you.

Tags: Roman Soldier Helmet Harmony Plume Fire Flames Seige   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Hospital-Sketch.jpg   1575x2291 823492 bytes 2010.02.27

Gestural Hospital Sketch 2007

Near on three years ago, I was in hospital.\r\n\r\nTo pass the time, I would draw some sketches of the\r\nother patients on the ward. I decided to suggest the figures through loose, gestural lines. This is probably the loosest of the bunch.

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Image: Hospital-Sketch_2.jpg   2304x1596 759466 bytes 2010.02.27

Gestural Hospital Sketch 2007 2

2nd in a series of 6 gestural drawings I did in hospital.\r\n\r\nThis one looks surprisingly lifelike.

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Image: Hospital-Sketch_3.jpg   2267x1596 791442 bytes 2010.02.27

Gestural Hospital Sketch 2007 3

This is a sketch of a patient who was lying next\r\nto me when I was in hospital.

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Image: Mottenfest-Bday_Finished.jpg   2072x2614 688900 bytes 2011.05.26

Mottenfest's Birthday Pic

Here's a little something I rustled up for mottenfest:\r\nfor his big day a while back\r\n\r\nIt took me about a fortnight to get this done (on-and-off with some other commissioned work I'd been doing then.\r\n

Tags: Mottenfest Rensis Coyote Birthday Tuxedo Drunk Streamer   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Nazi-Speed-Week-Revised_copy.jpg   1840x2959 874979 bytes 2010.02.21

1937 Speed Week Poster

I had done a previous version of this poster design, but I FELT was lacking a little something, so I decided to make certain parts of the image look more "three-dimensional".

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Image: Nosferatu-Scrape.jpg   845x1170 264156 bytes 2010.02.21

Nosferatu On Scraperboard

My second effort in drawing on scaperboard.\r\n\r\nThis time, I feel as though I'm starting to find my footing with using the scraping tool.

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Image: NosfeRATu.jpg   2918x3496 1846116 bytes 2010.02.21


The character in this Photoshop rendering is based on the main character of Murnau's 1922 classic, "Nosferatu", played by Max Schreck. When I first started working on this, I envisioned the vampire as a rat! (no prizes for originality, there)\r\n\r\nI tried to capture the atmosphere of the original movie, as well as getting a few ideas from Art Deco graphic design, and German Expressionism.

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Image: Panda-Air-Pirate.jpg   805x1164 666844 bytes 2010.02.21

Panda Air Pirate

A brush-and-ink illustration of a pulp-style Panda air pirate I have recently drawn. As well as brush and ink, I have also used permanent Black markers and fineliners. I based the design of his outfit loosely on the armour of a Mongol warrior. The flying helmet was inspired by the early-model (1920's-30's) Red Army helmet. I haven't gotten round to blessing this character with a name.\r\n\r\n(c) Stuart McCarthy, 2007. Please do not redistribute or alter.

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Image: Saluki-Harmony.jpg   770x564 77274 bytes 2010.04.16

Saluki In Harmony

Recently, I happened to be browsing on FA and found a sketch done by Soundhound, with the free drawing tool, Harmony. I thought I'd give it a whirl.\r\n\r\nThis is one of my first attempts.

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Image: Sandy-Harmony_copy.jpg   481x460 48507 bytes 2010.04.16

Sandy In Harmony

A little Harmony doodle of my spaniel gal, Sandy\r\n\r\nIn spite of the lack of features, Harmony is quite easy\r\nto use.\r\n\r\nSany (c) Stuart McCarthy, 2005/10

Tags: Sandy Field Spaniel Blue Eyes Harmony Drawing   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Sandy-Scrape_Reworked.jpg   1593x2329 865141 bytes 2010.02.21

South Seas Sandy

A scraperboard piece of Sandy taking a dip on a south seas island. I couldn't quite fit it onto my scanner, unfortunately.\r\n\r\nSandy(c) Stuart McCarthy, 2005/10

Tags: Sandy Field Spaniel Bikini South Pacific Calm Bathing   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Satan-2.jpg   1100x1280 441603 bytes 2010.02.22

The Face Of Evil

At one point, my art was going through a bit of a "cubist" phase. This is another example. I started and completed this in one night. I would like to take my digital art a step further and produce proper "painted" pieces.

Tags: Satan Horns Cubist Cave Inferno   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Sewer-Rat.png   943x460 84217 bytes 2010.09.06

One Lowdown, Dirty Rat

A little piece I did in Harmony.Since \r\nI got my Wacom A4 tablet, my Harmony\r\nwork has come on in leaps and bounds!!\r\n\r\nI also tweaked it a little in Photoshop.\r\n

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Image: Sher-Hound.jpg   1597x2325 2275099 bytes 2010.07.01

Sherlock Hound

Please excuse the rather lame title. It has very little to do with the original Miyazaki series (even though that's what inspired me to do this)\r\n\r\nI quite like the "antique" look created by the coffe-wash.\r\n\r\nI'm in two minds on whether or not to add a few washes of colour to define certain areas of the drawing-what d'you think?\r\n\r\nAny feedback greatly appreciated.\r\n

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Image: Sophia-1932-2.jpg   1201x856 1177685 bytes 2010.02.21

Sophia At The Races 1932

Every year, in August on the Spontoon Island Website, Ken Fletcher invites all contributors (including myself) to submit work for the recent Speed Week art section. This is something I put forward to be submitted.\r\n\r\nIt is meant to be a sepia photograph of my character, Sophia, getting ready for an air race. I rendered this with a brown watercolour pencil.\r\n\r\nSophia (c) Stuart McCarthy, 2004/10.

Tags: Sophia Ibizan Hound Italian Pilot Chinstrap Airrace 1932   [More Info] [Comment]
Image: Sophia-Beach_2_copy.jpg   1028x680 251391 bytes 2010.02.21

Beach Blanket Sophia

A pic of my chara, Sophia, hitting the beach. \r\n\r\nRendered with graphite pencil and watercolours.

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