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Stan Against Evil and Dana Gould

Premiering November 2nd on IFC is a brand new comedy from Writer/Comedian Dana Gould called “Stan Against Evil”. It tells the tale of recently retired Sheriff Stan Miller (John C. McGinley) and newly appointed Sheriff Evie Barrett (Janet Varney) as they battle the 172 Demons that have descended upon their little town of Willard’s Mill, New Hampshire. I had the pleasure of seeing the first two episodes at a recent screening and the whole thing is quite funny! There are a number of references that could only have come from the mind of Dana Gould. It is fair to say that it occupies some of the same territory as “Ash VS. Evil Dead” but that’s okay. There is plenty of room there for everyone, AND it’s free!

My connection to the whole thing came about recently. I have been fortunate to work with Dana on a number of posters for his recent Stand-up gigs around the country. We share a lot of the same geek sensibilities which makes the assignments a true pleasure to work on. Having been aware of the painting I did of the cast of “Justified”, Dana inquired about the possibility of my doing a painting as a wrap gift for his cast. How could I say no? With “Justified”, I had seven seasons of material with which I was very familiar. “Stan” hadn’t even premiered yet. All I had was a reference shot of lead John McGinley. So, Dana gave me access to rough cuts of the first two episodes. It’s good to be the Executive Producer! After reviewing those, I had a good idea of the tone. I then set to work sketching a few ideas. Dana’s main requirement was for the setting to be the Witch’s Graveyard from the show. In addition to the videos, he also gave me some nice photo reference of the cast and the location. Armed with all of that, a design was agreed upon and I set to work on the painting. This was what emerged a short time later.

Stan Against Evil painting by Mark Tavares

“Stan Against Evil” 24 x 18. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

Dana and I both referenced Al Jaffee’s “Fold-In” illustrations in the back of every MAD Magazine as a style reference for this painting. I hope I managed to capture some of that essence here!

I highly recommend checking out the show. Head over to IFC for details by clicking this LINK!

Thanks for looking!

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October Shadows 2014

Another October is upon us and that means it’s time to get my Halloween on! A big part of that is being able to participate once more in Taylor White’s fabulous “October Shadows 2014” Group Art Show at the Creature Features Gallery in Burbank. As in the past, the show celebrates the traditional iconography of Halloween. Artists had to incorporate Witches, Pumpkins, Bats, Cats, etc. into their works in order to be accepted into the show.

I wanted to tackle a Witch portrait, and there is no more iconic a witch than the infamous Elphaba Thropp, a.k.a. The Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz”. The character, immortalized on film by the equally iconic Margaret Hamilton, has been painted time and again. In trying for a fresh take, I was inspired by the self portraits of renowned artist, Frida Kahlo. One painting in particular shows the artist posed against a backdrop of tropical flora and surrounded by monkeys. The connection to the Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys was inescapable. I had my take.

I present to you, “Portrait of Wickedness”!

"Portrait of Wickedness"  24 x 30. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

“Portrait of Wickedness” 24 x 30. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

The show runs through Halloween. You can find information at www.creaturefeatures.com. In case you are interested, this painting is for sale. Contact me for details. Prints are available HERE!

Thanks for looking! Happy Almost-Halloween!!


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Hey There!

Greetings good people!

It is with great pride, and sore fingers, that I present the years-in-the-making, finally complete, brand spanking new, MarkTavares.com!!

To all of you who thought this would never actually come to pass, well, you were almost right! 🙂 I have owned this particular plot of cyber-real estate for a number of years. Plenty of folks, including my very patient parents, have tried over the years to gently nudge me into putting my stuff online. Being portfolio adverse, I would always seem to find reasons to avoid this. One of the main reasons was that I had steady work in recent years with Don Post Studios. My thought process being “Hey, so what if I am technically freelance? I’ve got steady work. I don’t need to build the website just yet. What could POSSIBLY GO WRONG?”

Okay, I never said the last part. Still, in September of this year, the Don Post Studios train pulled into the station for the last time. With no fanfare whatsoever, the parent company, CSS Industries, pulled the plug and sold the entire Halloween division to a competitor, Gemmy Industries. Don and the remaining staff, including me, were all let go in one fell swoop.

Let me take this moment to say that I loved every moment of my time at Don Post Studios. Really, what’s NOT to love? I got to make Boogedy Halloween masks all year round. Don treated me like I walked on water. Not to mention, I got paid to do this job! There was no downside. However, in the interests of full disclosure, I have to admit that I had been getting restless in recent years. It had nothing to do with the job. I just found myself in my mid forties and somewhat rudderless. Make-up Effects, the profession for which I moved to California, had sort of dried up for me. As previously stated, the Halloween Industry was very good to me. It just wasn’t getting me to where I wanted to be. I had been making noises about being taken more seriously as an artist. A good goal, but one that takes focus. Now, I don’t know about you, but I have sometimes found focus a little hard to come by. Life tends to get in the way. It’s much easier to say “I’m tired. I’ll paint tomorrow” when you have steady, easy work coming in. I pretty much knew that it would take a breakaway from Don Post Studios to put me back on the right path. Well, “be careful what you wish for” as they always say.

Now that the DPS chapter of my career has come to a close, I had the motivation to get off my ass, and start making headway towards my artistic goals. Among the more important steps was getting this site built. Now, not only do I have a portfolio for potential clients to view, I have a means of charting my progress. You may notice that some of the pages are sparsely populated. That will change soon enough. I am still going through piles of poorly cataloged material. As I pull more stuff, it will be posted.

I am also starting to look into doing more commission work. I have already completed a couple of assignments. When I get permission, I will share them with all of you. Hey, if you’re interested in commissioning some artwork, I am always willing to discuss! (End of Shameless Plug)

In the meantime, please stop by regularly. I am going to do my best to keep up with these postings. At the very least, I will announce here when I have posted a new scribble on Facebook or something like that.

Thanks for reading!


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