Montag, 20. Dezember 2010

Merry Xmas, everyone!!

Hello everyone, wishing you a happy Xmas and an excellent year 2011.
I proudly present my first cover caricature, done for the Austrian satirical magazine RAPPELKOPF !
Hope you like it, it depicts the Austrian comedian Michael Niavarani.
So if that caricature is to your liking...go out and buy Rappelkopf, so that they can continue to deliver stuff like that.

Sonntag, 26. September 2010

Making of the Ultimate Manolo: Sarah Jessica Parker

Hello all, my last piece received an enormous response on Caricaturama Showdown 3000- thank you for all this wonderful feedback! I really appreciate it and it makes me happy to see that may artwork can generate that kind of reaction. 
I thought perhaps some are interested in how this piece was done, here comes:

I always look how people go about a new challenge, which is a great in Caricaturama as you can see many different approaches. So I decided that her chin would really be something to stress...thinking also about what is typical of her I came up with her shoe fetish thing in Sex and the city...after a few reference pics it clicked.
I usually start with digital sketches, this time it was on paper:

At this point the sketch contained enough structure to start blocking in colour.

 The reference shot was very light, so I started to enhance contrast, especially in areas where light met dark.

 The hair was done again with Chris Wahl's wonderful hair brush (the whole piece was painted in CS4).

 The hair was backlit and I painted back and forth a few times until it felt right in terms of contrast.
At the end I thought that the background could use a colour that made it pop- I also changed the proportion of the canvas, as the long shadow needed more room. Changed the contrast a bit more, made some more details- almost done.

Here some details, which were added right at the end:
 The wart was done according to the reference shot, apparently it is slightly transparent...

 The lashes I did on a separate layer to get some nice strokes down which do not smear underlying areas.
And again: the Ultimate Manolo
Prints are available here  Gallery

Dienstag, 14. September 2010

Another 1st place in Caricaturama....Queen Elizabeth II !!

Thanks again everyone for all the votes.... ; )
Here she is, in all her g(l)ory:

Montag, 13. September 2010

Making of....QE II !

hi all, this week's Caricaturama challenge: Queen Elizabeth II!
Here's a slideshow exported from Lightroom, hope it works.
Made this last night, so I saved not often enough, get the picture:

Anyhow, here's a sketch to show how it all started:

Freitag, 3. September 2010

Montag, 30. August 2010

Another winner: my Michael Cera comes 1st in CARICATURAMA Showdown 3000!

Another week, another challenge...Michael Cera, rising comedy star:
Here is a crop of the final piece, some 80%:
Hope you like, comments & crits are welcome!

Montag, 23. August 2010

Christoph Schlingensief,

24.10.1960 - 21.8.2010

Donnerstag, 19. August 2010

Anne Hathaway Portraiture

I don't get around to do much free work these days, here is an Anne Hathaway that I did a few weeks ago, when there was more time for such kind of work. The finished piece is 90 x 60 cm.
This was inspired by a very captivating shot of Anne Hathaway - in a sense she is not a classic beauty, I really like the quality of her expression in this one- hope you like!

Another 2nd place at Caricaturama....some weeks ago with M.I.A !

This is my first portraiture (who coined that term, Robin Crowley?) done entirely in Photoshop. One of Jason Seiler's students commented on the mysterious brush #24, well...I gave it a go! Hope you like!

Dienstag, 17. August 2010

Gerard Depardieu - Caricaturama 3rd place!!

3rd week in a row among the first 3 of Caricaturama...thanks for the votes!!
Was painted in Corel Painter XI, 6362 x 5543 pixels big.
Here my portrait of Gerard Depardieu:

Here is the sketch:

Comments are welcome!!

Sonntag, 18. Juli 2010

John Cleese!

Hi all, I somehow managed to get enough votes to win last week's Caricaturama Showdown 3000-
thanks to everyone who voted for my John Cleese!

Here is the underlying sketch, it was pretty much a quickshot...

Mittwoch, 7. Juli 2010

New gallery online!!

After many hours of work and testing, changing, reformatting, thinking, re-thinking, ladies and gentlemen...
here is my new caricature portrait gallery:

Gallery link

The concept itself was done by Chio Maisriml, many thanks!

Montag, 5. Juli 2010

Michael Ballack.....

I drew this during EURO 08 when Ballack scored a perfect shot and annihilated all Austrian hopes to get ahead in the championship. Now, 2 years later, the German team performs football miracles- even without Ballack...

Montag, 28. Juni 2010

The pimp and the model!

Hi all, a new piece, a wedding present. Don't know too many details, but apparently models do study philosophy these days. Hope you like, c & c, welcome as usual!

Dienstag, 22. Juni 2010

"Servas die Madln, servas die Buam...

...ein Gruß auch an die Daheimgebliebenen....."

Doping or not??

Former Austrian fast track runner Stefanie Graf allegedly used doping- oh Steffie, you shouldn't have.

I mean, really, does that woman on the right look as if she had EVER used any form of doping??

Montag, 14. Juni 2010

In Memoriam...Dennis Hopper

Here's my humble attempt to portray Dennis Hopper, 1st attempt, it is hard to find something that will do him justice:

I plan to do him in "True Romance", the scene with Christopher Walken, a scene of great intensity and acting.

Dienstag, 8. Juni 2010

Tilda Swinton

Another piece for the Caricaturama 3000 on Facebook:
Here is a detail from the face, I quite like the painterly look:

Freitag, 4. Juni 2010

Making of Tilda Swinton

Here's making of Tilda Swinton, I hope it captures what is typical.- comments are as always welcome!

Donnerstag, 27. Mai 2010


A day's work, Painter + Photoshop (5%)- hope you like, comments are welcome!

Dienstag, 25. Mai 2010

Making of Frank.

Hi all, here the making of Frank, sketch in Painter and colour, and some final touches, including the smoke figure (courtesy of Frank Frazetta, of course) in Photoshop.

Robin Crowley, fellow artist from Mexico!

About 30 minutes, start to finish! Hope you like!

Donnerstag, 20. Mai 2010

Frank Frazetta.

Another portrait done for Ariel Medel's Caricaturama 3000 (funky name) on facebook:

Painted in Painter, can post making of if anyone is interested.

Oh Donatella, you shouldn't have started surgery!

20 Minutes sketch of Donatella Versace.- enjoy and feel free to comment!

Mittwoch, 19. Mai 2010

Pictures at an exhibition: ILLU-Styria

Hi all, since my exhibition is still on, here some shots from the location, Winery Schilhan in South Styria, Austria:

The architecture of the tasting room and cellar is really something- it's been dubbed "Crocodile rock" due to the fascination the owner, Willi Schilhan, shows for rock music. The building literally snuggles on top of the hill's crest, right inbetween the vinyards- to give you an impression what it is like there:

Although this wasn't taken right at that specific winery it gives a good impression of the lovely landscape. A friend of mine called it once jokingly "The shire" referring to Tolkien's book- except people aren't midgets there and only some have hairy feet ;)

Montag, 17. Mai 2010

Scarlett Johannson Sketch!

Here's a Scarlett I drew today for a Facebook caricature group founded by Ariel Medel. Enjoy!

Mittwoch, 28. April 2010

Making of Arnie

As people often ask how the paintings are done, I'd like to show the "making of Arnie":
Software used is Painter XI and Photoshop CS4, mostly Painter, though.
Comments are welcome.