The Rising Star

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Mantovani – Born Free

Here’s an original I made in three days for NerdCon 2017.  You may have already seen him in one of my 3D works years ago on here.  He’s been my latest Superman pastiche for some time now.

An ordinary human who after exposure to a meteorite, develops super strength, speed, and flight.  However, when the U.S. government catches up to him, he is made into their own sponsored superhero, going on missions and being admired by the public.  Though he finds this as an opportunity to make a name for himself and atone for his past, it is not an easy path, especially with the people from his personal life.

George Romero, 1940 – 2017

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There was a point in my life where I had a taste for zombie films.  I think it was around the early 2000s that it started, back when the first Resident Evil movie and Shaun of the Dead came out.  Back then, I started renting zombie films at my local video store.  Of course, they would include the Living Dead films from George Romero.

He was one of those directors I was a fan of at the time.  I have seen some of his Living Dead films, including both versions of Night of the Living Dead (1968 and 1990), Land of the Dead, and the original Dawn of the Dead.  Looking back, I notice they all had an element of social commentary,  such as racial relations (Night) and consumerism (Dawn).  This is what made George stand out from other zombie film directors.  Nevertheless, he played a part in my life growing up, entertaining us with stories of the zombie apocalypse while also including social commentary in them.  This led me to produce this tribute piece.

This ended up taking longer than expected (a little over a week).  I almost posted the original work, which had a different zombie on the left side.

 

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The tar zombie, from Return of the Living Dead, who almost made it into the final.

However, if there’s one thing I learned coming out of this, is that although George’s work inspired the film, Return of the Living Dead, he had no involvement in the making of it.  I spent an extra day swapping it out with another zombie and added a few more details.

Simply at Thimbleweed Park

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The games on Steam series returns, with Thimbleweed Park.  A nice callback to the nostalgic point and click adventure games of yesteryear.  I’ve been working on this piece for awhile, but I kept getting side tracked by personal events.

Spider-man Chilling

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Saw Spider-man: Homecoming over the weekend. It was fun. Of all the Spider-man movies out there, this is one of the feel good movies.  Anyways, decided to draw the web-head lying on the floor, chilling to beats with that hoodie and yellow jacket on, as seen in the movie posters.

Simply Drift’n

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I’ve been playing some video games on Steam during my free time, including Hyper Light Drifter. It’s been awhile since I’ve done anything in my simplistic stylized look.  It took only a day to get this finished.  Will be posting some more game related art later.