Worthy of a vintage Hollywood style caricature

Famous hair of a flaming villain

Famous hair of a flaming villain

This schmoozing, wise cracking, minion-surrounded, powerful and allegedly based on a Hollywood studio chairman, villain has a very apropos portrait in my “Where Pictures Shine” series.

Where Pictures Shine - Hades by Douglas Rickard

Where Pictures Shine – Hades by Douglas Rickard

From the 30s to the 1960s, movie executives and stars dined in a restaurant in the center of Hollywood called the “Brown Derby”. They would be seated beneath walls of framed caricatures of themselves, drawn by Polish immigrant Eddie Vitch. Like my series, these portraits were made up of a minimal amount of strong lines.
When I began drawing charcoal still-lifes of WDCC sculptures in 2004 I would usually end up smudging areas to create a soft three dimensional shape, and then applying oil pastel colors in the same way. You can see this in my “Charcoal and Oil” series.

I always veered however towards a stronger, heavy-handed application if you will, in my drawing. In art college I tended to use heavy lines during life study, even marking them several times over and over again if necessary to achieve the correct proportions. This may explain my frequent stumbling in art class back at school because we were only ever given the delicate media of water color paint to use.

Why do villains always laugh at their own jokes

Why do villains always laugh at their own jokes

Schmoozing face worthy of a vintage Hollywood caricature

Schmoozing face worthy of a vintage Hollywood caricature

So, do you think Hades, which is my drawing of the Ruben Procopio Walt Disney Classics Collection porcelain, would make a suitable portrait for your wall or maybe even the office of you agent or manager perhaps?

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Medusa versus Cruella

Along with “Pete’s Dragon,” “The Rescuers” was the big, new Walt Disney Productions movie of the day for me, as a little boy. And I remember watching an interview at the time, with the animator of Madame Medusa, Milt Kahl, who said how she was a wilder version of Marc Davis’ Cruella De Vil.

Even though I have a soft spot for Madame Medusa, I can’t really choose which character is the superior rogue. So perhaps it’s only fitting they be together for the very low “Story Lines” Numbered Limited Edition of my still-lifes of these villainous WDCC releases, sculpted by Kent Melton and Patrick Romandy-Simmons. Who’s your favorite?

Medusa and Cruella art

Medusa and Cruella art

Madame Medusa and Cruella De Vil

Madame Medusa and Cruella De Vil

Will the Evil Queen keep her crown?

My “Where Pictures Shine” series of WDCC still-lifes all share some heavy charcoal lines. And in my drawing of the sculpture, “Bring Back Her Heart..” the charcoal takes on its most sinister appearance yet, almost looking like it’s been ‘burnt in’ to the white, watercolor paper.

This 9.5” x 13” version of “Where Pictures Shine – Evil Queen and the Heart Box” is a Numbered Limited Edition of 24. Notice I used the phrase “most sinister… yet,” you’ll have to decide whether my drawing of the Queen’s alter ego, the Hag will win that title when it débuts October 18th!

Silhouette of the Evil Queen

Silhouette of the Evil Queen

Maleficent and another (feathered) horned miscreant

Are you someone who owns my portrait of this “Sleeping Beauty” villainess, part of my “Story Lines” art? Now retired, (apart from ACEO cards,) this NLE Hand-Embellished version was won by Darren and Amy from Solihul (pictured,) back at the 2009 Castle China hosted, Walt Disney Classics Collection Spirit of the Season Fall Premiere Event, in Warwick.

On July 26th 2012, I’ll be débuting another WDCC still-life of a character with horns. The art will be a Numbered Limited Edition of 6 in three versions. Keep a sneaky eye out for a first chance offer on this antihero, through my Valued Buyers e-notelet and Facebook page, early next month!

Sleeping Beauty art at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2009 Fall Premiere Event in Warwick

Sleeping Beauty art at the Walt Disney Classics Collection 2009 Fall Premiere Event in Warwick