Sunday, December 16, 2012

In a Galaxy, rather far away...

Star Wars ACEO 2-card art. 2.5" x 7".
When Star Wars first hit the movie theaters back a million years ago, my brother and I must have been the only two kids in the entire US to have missed the movie and even more astonishing, we missed even the tv advertisements. Strange, we were connoisseurs of every (Sci-Fi) tv show and movie during the late 70s and 80s, but somehow we managed to miss out on all the Wookies and Ewoks hype.

Today I'm more up to date with the ex-LucasFilm entity, and have found that even at a later point in life I can enjoy drawing the characters. Admittedly though, SW isn't what Star Trek is to me, but I can still savor drawing each widget of a DeathStar or Millennium Falcon. I blame the later interest of Star Wars on the little kid in me who remains fascinated by all things colorful, animated and dripping in creative juices.

Yeah, it's fun.

So May the Schwartz Be Wit You--whatta world, whatta world....! (Wait! Wrong franchise!)

Saturday, December 8, 2012

Get 'em while they're hot!

All during December, look for more new cards posting! Aren't sure of the perfect Holiday gift? Hey, look no further, I can help! Of course you could buy a card from some other artist much more talented, but where's the holiday spirit in helping out some other guy? :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, every-one! -Steve

Monday, November 26, 2012

New ACEO Cards on the move! Get some!

From the TV Show "Firefly", here's the spaceship
Serenity, drawn on my new StanleyArt sketch card stock. 2.5" x 3.5".

Order your custom sketch card today!

-thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

New Webstore coming & Shameless plug alert!

My all new webstore is being designed and will be loading up within, I'm guessing, in about two weeks. What will be up for sale? Everything I can draw, reproduce, or pull from the archives! Heck, if you suggest it, I'll draw it. (As long as you pay for it!)

Meanwhile, keep looking and stay tuned!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

New Sketch Card stock is in! Get one!

I received my new custom sketch card blanks from a company called "Versicolor"! Wow, are they nice. The card stock is a #130 Cougar, and it is the brightest white I've ever used and a grade nicer than anything provided by Topps. And priced affordably. Be sure and review them if you're in the market for custom sketch cards.

Meanwhile, you guys buy the painted cards from me. :)

Happy Thanksgiving! Gobble gobble!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sketch Card MadNESS!!

Sketch cards! Sketch cards! Get 'em while they're cold, ladies and gentleman!

It's official--I'll be taking orders for fully custom, Stanleyart sketch cards upon arrival of my new blanks! Which will be in about 7-10 days.  And--I'll have card pricing, with reserved times posted both on the website and here on the blog and on DeviantArt.

So be sure to enquire-- and buy many many cards.

I thank you.

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sergio Oliva--Bodybuilder--Biggie Size!

Here's one of my crude comprehensives for a poster idea, based on the bodybuilder, Sergio Oliva. He was nicknamed "The Myth", due to his unbelievable size & muscularity. Little known fact is Oliva beat (7x Mr. Olympian) Arnold Schwarzenegger for the Mr. Olympia title back in 1969.

How weird Stern and Jerry Aldo Riveera

On a flight home from an out-of-state gig, I carried on with me my sketchbook to do a little mindless drawing. For some reason I left my drawing pencils and pens inside my luggage. Duh! Luckily I found a pen and also a National Enquirer stuffed inside the seat-netting in front of me. Apparently someone worked a crossword puzzle and blackened the teeth of a smiling celebrity. (OH wait, that was me.)  Inside the rag were two fancy faces that stuck out like a sore thumb. Oh joy oh bliss--Geraldo Rivera and Howard Stern.

Entertaining or complaining, both guys at some point ate the foot of a chair during their careers and left us amazed at why the cameras would continue rolling. Sensational Springer-vision! That's why! Our interests and limbic systems forever tainted.

My catharsis, and much needed, developed these hastily drawn caricatures of both media-hookers, with viper-like ties and Medusa-like hairdews. Geraldo sports a small nose bandage, and Stern sports his original nose and chin.

Of course Batman just appeared out of nowhere, cuz, well--HE'S BATMAN.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Caricatures are so-- "relative".

A few years back, I found these guys on some website and naturally I had to draw them. But I couldn't tell if they were real people or real people portraying my relatives--anyway, they fit nicely in my sketchbook. I actually resemble the guy in the 4th spot--JUST kidding. :P


Hide your dog!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Batman, oh... Bat--man.

And a Michael Keaton Batman fan am I. Inspired to draw--something!--in my sketchbook I grabbed some Copics and scribbled out the Dark Knight. Once I got tired of looking at the lifeless gray-toned page, it was scanned and sprinkled with color in PS. Not glamourous, but neither am I.

The Chronicles of Yawnia continue.


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Ship" to-my-lou, my dahlin'! Star Wars Ship gazing.

Recently, (as in LAST NIGHT) I decided to 'Deviantart' myself, and create my own artist page and profile. Well shucks, you need to upload artwork to that new page. So since thawing out of a long long apathy-induced-hybernation, these leftover Star Wars cards featuring the Millennium Falcon and sister Star Wars vehicles are now surfacing. Have a look, will ya? Encourage the sleeping bear to get busy making some honey! (What do Star Wars cards and bears and honey have to do with each other? Pfht!)


Monday, August 27, 2012

Mihailo Vukelic: A great great talent, and wonderful guy.

Mihailo Vukelic - Art Gallery Show

My mind was on other things while his show was going on back in 2010, or I would have attended, but, Mihailo Vukelic is an enormously talented man, innovative and gifted beyond his years. Enjoy his youtube video and review his work as often as you can while internet surfing.

Please see for yourself. Click here. I double-daggone dare ya.


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Ye Shall not drink and draw.

Elderly Woman Ruins 19th Century Fresco in Restoration Attempt

ht spanish painting jesus badly restored thg 120822 wblog Elderly Woman Ruins 19th Century Fresco in Restoration Attempt
Centro de Estudios Borjanos
It’s one thing to stage a do-it-yourself renovation on a table, mirror or painting found deep in the weeds of a yard sale.
It’s quite another to attempt a repair job on a one-of-a-kind 19th century fresco by the Spanish painter Elias Garcia Martinez with a few broad brushstrokes.
Such was the lesson learned by an elderly member of the Santuario de Misericodia church in Borja, in northeastern Spain. Her handiwork, or lack thereof, was discovered after the painter’s granddaughter donated the work, “Ecce Homo,” to the archive of religious paintings housed at the Centro de Estudios Borjano, also in Borja.
When officials from the center went to examine the work at the church a few weeks ago, they found it was not as Martinez had left it, the U.K.’s Telegraph reported.
The last photo taken of the artwork before any damage was done, in 2010, showed Martinez’s intricate brush strokes around the face of Jesus.  A photo taken in July by center officials for a catalog of regional religious art showed the painting splattered by white marks, possibly the work of the woman trying to remove paint.  The final photo, taken this month after Martinez’s relative donated the work, showed broad and thick layers of paint now covering important details in the work, such as the crown of thorns on Jesus’ head.
While not a good day for art historians, local officials said the restoration attempt by the woman, said to be in her 80s, was not malicious, just misguided.
Juan Maria Ojeda, the city councilor in charge of cultural affairs, told the Spanish newspaper El Pais that the woman turned herself in and admitted causing the damage when she realized it had “gotten out of hand.” He added that the woman, who was not identified, attempted to restore the work with “with good intentions.”
The U.K.’s Independent reported the church and center are now trying to assess the damage to the painting and determine whether a professional can restore Martinez’s work.  Ojeda added that the woman herself would meet with restorers to explain what kind of materials she used to help them undo the damage.
There was no figure given on the value of the work, said to hold more sentimental than artistic value because Martinez’s family is known in the local community.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Joe Kubert, comic book artist icon, dies at 85

Joe Kubert, comic book icon, dies at 85

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Joe Kubert, called one of the last of the great American comic book artists as well as the founder of The Kubert School, has died.
Kubert, 85, died Sunday in Morristown, N.J. of multiple myeloma, according to The New York Times.
Kubert was born to a Jewish family in southeast Poland before immigrating to New York as a baby. He started drawing comics at an early age before working for DC Comics in the 1940s. He continued to draw in the hospital despite his illness. 
“He’s the longest-lived continuously important contributor to the field,” Paul Levitz, a former president of DC Comics, told The New York Times on Monday. “There are two or three of the greats left, but he’s definitely one of the last.”
Kubert is best known for his work on the DC Comics characters Sgt. Rock and Hawkman. He was inducted into the Harvey Awards’ Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1997 and Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1998.
Kubert also worked on a number of Jewish projects, including “Cartoonists Against the Holocaust” for the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, a traveling exhibit of 1940s political cartoons from American newspapers about the Jews in Nazi Europe, and a two-page adventure comic with moral lessons called “The Adventures of Yaakov and Isaac” for the Lubavitch magazine Moshiach Times, reported The Jewish Daily Forward.
He is also known as one of the leaders of the Wyman Institute campaign to persuade the Auschwitz State Museum in Poland to return eight paintings belonging to Dina Babbitt, a fellow cartoonist and illustrator. He started a petition that gathered more than 450 signatures of comic book creators from around the world and international attention for her cause. 
He founded The Kubert School in Dover, N.J., to train future illustrators. It is the only accredited school devoted entirely to cartooning and graphic art. 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The thinks of the past.

Gene Simmons drawing. Copics and
prismacolor on red stock.  20'' x 25''
Started thinking about 1978. This is what crept out onto red paper stock. Sketched with Copics, colored pencil and a hint of acrylic paint--and get your grandma out of here.

I'll scan properly and place on the website eventually.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Look at my Tee-Tees!

In the midst of creating new art, my apparel site will contain new sampled tees, inventory for sale and how to get custom shirts for your upcoming event!

More soon. Stay tuned!


Saturday, April 21, 2012

Four vintage guys

Who, I'm not sure, and from when in history, I don't know. However I liked the reference and warmed it up a bit. Photograph of my original oversized drawing with some filters and blurring added.


"Squint" Eastwood. Making my day.

Clint Squint'in Eastwood.

I can feel the heat off the desert plain now.



Sketchcards from Stanleyart

With a little nudge, I can make the pencil make lines on paper stock. It's amazing. :)
I've got new card stock coming up and then I'll begin to sell these little suckers. 
Be Well-

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Scott Cranford Superman Portfolio. The Return of a long dormant project?

Since meeting my friend, Scott P. Cranford, back in 2002, I've always believed his Steve Reeves/ Kirk Alyn resemblances made him the solid character model for Superman. Certainly for 8 years the city of Metropolis, Illinois thought so too, as Scott portrayed Superman annually for the city's Superman Celebration.

Years ago I set out to produce a Superman Portfolio and had high-hopes of submitting it to DC for review. Although, here it is, what, 10 years later, and the project is still incomplete. From countless thumbnails, to designing and creating brand-new Super-Cran costumes, seamlessly seamed together by my friend, Lisa Huggins, to hundreds if not thousands of reference poses, and multiple drawings, the project has yet to coming close to the finish line.

Honestly I wish I had a sane reason for the project not being finished and ready to show. But looking back on the years my guess would be that I simply favored paying freelance gigs and fatherhood over this portfolio. Don't get me wrong, both were wise-decisions mind you, although my time-lordship has improved greatly, my kids are older and my interest with this project has begun to come back-- and I want to resume it.

And maybe I will.
Montaged photos of Scott P. Cranford in the process of being illustrated
into Superman. Canson paper stock. Stanleyart © 2005
Sketchbook image of Scott Cranford as Superman, or more
appropriately, "Super-Cran".
Stay Tuned.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Clowning around town.

Prismacolor on red Canson stock.
It's rarer these days for me to demo in public, (let alone setting aside time to,) but I was able at the recent PCS Arts Festival. This years theme was based on clowns & circus. So following the direction of my dear friend and art teacher extreme, Mrs. Duffy, an oversized clown emerged on my easel which drew out many decorated smiley faced students with many solid art questions.

Here's a digital snap right before I packed it up and split.

My most rewarding off-site art moment of the year by far.


Friday, March 2, 2012

Ghost 'Writer" disowned.

Bummer to read this about Gary Friedrich. We've talked a few times @ shows we guested at together, and I had high hopes the ownership rights could have been resolved and that he could have been integrated back into the Marvel workplace. Didn't expect this for the outcome. Wow.



Judgment has finally been passed in the Gary Friedrich (creator of Ghost Rider) versus Marvel Comics case, and what judgment it is. The courts have ruled against Friedrich, requesting the colossal sum of $17,000 from the one-time freelancer for Marvel in a shameful show of corporate greed. While the evidence is stacked against Marvel with numerous accounts and documents (many of which you can read for yourself here) with Friedrich’s ideas clearly having been conceived before his employment with Marvel, the decision rested solely on the “work-for-hire” agreements signed by Marvel workers back around 1978. In essence, the “work-for-hire” clauses (on the back of paychecks, no less) were a clever way for Marvel to usurp any and all creative rights from those who would submit work, commissioned or otherwise.
This sneaky stipulation worked to keep Marvel Comics in the clear, demanding the hefty sum in exchange for Friedrich’s monetary gains related to the Ghost Rider name. Friedrich has been shafted, for lack of a better term, and all for a few measly words on a piece of paper, proving that in the corporate world, nothing is ever truly yours until you get it in writing. While unfortunate for Friedrich, it should serve as a warning for any freelancer or young comic artist looking to establish a name for themselves.
It’s a shame, and one good reason to reconsider seeing the upcoming Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance. We doubt Marvel will be having Friedrich over for a viewing party any time soon.
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Monday, February 20, 2012

"Cuz ya gotta have FRIENDS!"

Classic monsters or celebrities in need of plastic surgery. You decide.


"Full of Shemp".

Bee-Bee-Bee! It's Shemp Howard! A stooge if ever I sawr one.

Read about Shemp you knuckleheads!


J.C. Penney

And here all this time I thought he was just a department store. :)

James Cash Penney. Original sketchcard art.
Copics and Pitt pen markers on cardstock.
James Cash Penney. I kid you not.
Founder of JC Penny's.
A plethora of Pun.


Miller's Dark Knight sells for huge money.

I think I swallowed my gum. It only sold for $448,125. And this was during a bad economy.
Imagine if had been good. WOW.


Monday, February 13, 2012

Get tew duh choppa, Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Hey, it's Arnold or Ahnowd, depending on what country you're from. I've rendered Arnold a few times for t-shirt designs, caricatures and cards, but I've never painted him full color. The attached image represents 1/4 of the nearly finished piece, which I hope to share soon.

Brrr! It's cold outside!

Full color image coming soon.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

More Sketchbook

Merely to confuse you--by making more than one blog post in one day.

Cool grey copic markers,
with a hint of Pitt pens,
and Prismacolor on sketchbook
stock. What is this?
Oh yeah, 8.5 x 11".


Stanleyart REBOOT--and it feels good. :)

It's taken the better part of a year to regain my creative senses and get back to the drawing board. While I had some seriously dark clouds looming over my head in 2011, I'm happy to say they seem to have passed and I'm now enjoying being back in my studio in a creative environment.

Today's attachments are a few pieces from my sketchbook. The finished versions of these comps will pop up on my website, and I'll make notice when they do.

Some will remain sketches though, so, keep that in mind. :P

Be well-

Full color illustration (cropped) of
bodybuilder, Steve Reeves.
Classic and natural physique.