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Iron Giant 15th Anniversary

Once again, Creature Features is sponsoring an exciting Group Art Show and I am very proud to be included in it. This year, the animated classic “Iron Giant” turns 15. The folks at Creature Features put together a fun show with a lot of great artists to celebrate the occasion. The show opened last evening, 11/8, and will run through Sunday 11/23.

My contribution drew inspiration from the magnificent painted covers of classic Gold Key comic books like, “Lost in Space”, “Dr. Solar”, “Turok, Son of Stone”, and my favorite, “Magnus Robot Fighter”. Like “Magnus”, the Iron Giant’s antagonist, Kent Mansley, thought of himself as a “Robot Fighter”. He would, of course, be cast as the hero in his own “Alternate Universe” comic book. He even has a name very similar to “Magnus”. So, there is was. Once I had finished the painting, the project wasn’t going to be complete until I scanned it and put together a composite of the full “cover” in Photoshop. Here they both are, side by side…

"Cover Art to Mansley Robot Fighter Issue #15"   18 x 24.  Acrylic on Masonite. ©Mark Tavares

“Cover Art to Mansley Robot Fighter Issue #15” 18 x 24. Acrylic on Masonite. ©Mark Tavares

Prints will be available in my Fine Art America store very soon! Thanks for looking!!


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H.R. Giger

Greetings once again!

Well, the “Godzilla:All Art Attack” group show has been a success. The opening brought in a huge crowd, and the event was chronicled on several important websites. Taylor and Eric should be very proud. I am very happy that I am included in such a fun event. Of course, that has made coming up with something better for the next show, “Planet of the Apes: The Evolution”, a much harder task. I have the “bones” for several decent ideas. The problem is that I can’t, as yet, quite figure out how to properly assemble those bones into a decent painting.

Just to give my mind a break, I thought I might work on something else for the moment. As you may have heard, noted Swiss Surrealist painter and sculptor, Hans Ruedi Giger, passed away last week at the age of 74. In case there is someone reading this who might NOT know, H.R. Giger is probably most famous for designing and helping to create the titular creature from the 1979 horror film “Alien”. Many considered his work to be genius. I am not sure about that. It was, however, intense, fascinating, and inspirational to generations of creature creators and nightmare designers.

I had thought about doing a tribute piece that involved his most well-known creation, but there are plenty of those on the Internet already. Instead, I chose to do what I always do and focus on the man himself. Giger himself was as intense and surreal in appearance as anything he created with his airbrush. A most interesting character indeed.

Mark Tavares's painting of H. R. Giger

11 x 15. Acrylic on Watercolor Paper. © Mark Tavares


Rest in Peace.



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Godzilla All Art Attack art show

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Sunday honoring the Mothers in your life! In addition to being thankful for the Mothers in my life, I am also quite proud to announce that a new art show in which I have taken part opened this weekend. The “Godzilla All Art Attack art show opened to the public on Sunday. The show is being presented by “Creature Features” on Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, CA, to commemorate the opening of the new “Godzilla” film this Friday, May 16. There is a huge display of artistic talent on display and I am honored to be a part of that crowd. Here is my piece entitled “Steve Martin’s Impending Regret”.

My Godzilla painting "Steve Martin's Impending Regret"

28 x 22. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

The original is listed for sale in my “Current Work” portfolio. I have also made prints available through Fine Art America. Simply click on the “BUY PRINTS” link and it will take you right to the store.

If you find yourself in the Burbank area during the month of May, do yourself a favor and check out the show! (BTW, it’s FREE!) Click HERE for info!

Thanks for looking!


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Planet of the Apes Art Show

There are a couple of fun things to report. I am joining a group show in June, and possibly one in May! They are both being held at the same place, Creature Features in Burbank, CA (www.creaturefeatures.com). The show in June takes on the “Planet of the Apes” film franchise and features all manner of Planet of the Apes Art. It coincides with the release of the new film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. I have a couple of ideas for paintings, one of which will feature the makeup artists who were responsible for creating the groundbreaking look of the original series characters, as well as inspiring folks like me to pursue makeup as a career. Here are the first sketches. There will be more to come as I progress.

Painted sketch of Makeup Artist John Chambers

7 x 9. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

7 x 9. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

7 x 9. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

I did mention another show, didn’t I? Well, Creature Features is also doing a group show in May to coincide with the release of the brand new “Godzilla” film. Exciting stuff! I wasn’t aware of the show until recently. I was going to bypass it and put all my energy into the “Apes” project. However, a few ideas have popped into my brain for that show as well. Stay tuned! It’s going to be a busy couple of months!

Thanks for looking!


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Daenerys and Elliot

“Game of Thrones” is BACK! YAHOOO!

Okay, confession time here. I have actually never seen an episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. However, every friend I have ever had swears up and down that it is pure genius. One of those lovely friends has lent us the previous three seasons and at some point in the near future, we will join the cult. For now though, the premier of the 4th season inspired me to paint up a little something silly. In my scenario, The Walt Disney Company has acquired HBO and has implemented a plan to insert the studio’s stable of beloved characters into the cable net’s original programming. Since “GoT” has a lady in it who raises Dragons, I thought maybe this would happen… Daenerys and Elliot!

11 x 15. Oil and Acrylic on Watercolor Paper.

11 x 15. Oil and Acrylic on Watercolor Paper.

Sure, it’s silly, but just imagine the rides at Disneyland that would follow!

Thanks for looking!


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Happy New Year!

While looking for a way to ring in the new year, I was reminded of a classic episode of the t.v. series “M.A.S.H.” entitled “A War For All Seasons”. For those of you too young to remember, the events of an entire year are compressed into one half hour episode. It starts and ends with a New Year’s Eve celebration. During the party, Colonel Sherman T. “HORSE HOCKEY!” Potter dressed as Father Time gives a somber toast, hoping that this is the year the war will end and they can all go home. Of course, that wouldn’t happen for at least another two seasons.

Originally, I planned to recreate the Potter/Father Time image and post that as my “Happy New Year” card. As I thought about it some more, I came to the conclusion that, while it is a memorable image from a great series, it would just be too much of a bummer on which to launch a New Year. So, I went with a more hopeful, happy version of the 4077’s curmudgeonly C.O. offering a toast.

"Harry Morgan" 10 x 15. Acrylic on Illustration Board.

“Harry Morgan” 10 x 15. Acrylic on Illustration Board.

“Here’s to the New Year. May it be a damn sight better than the old one.”

Amen, Colonel! Save me some Scotch and Fig Newtons please!

Happy New Year! May it bring you everything you desire!


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New Stuff!

Hello again!

I apologize for the posting gap here. I am happy to say that it is because I have been busy. Lots of hush-hush Halloween product design stuff for favored clients, as well as some brand new artwork for my design company, AND a home remodel project have all kept me very active. That is not to say there hasn’t been a moment or two, here and there, where I can slow down and work on something personal.

Speaking of which, I have uploaded a couple of new things to the “Caricatures” portfolio page. Please check out my versions of “George Lucas”, “Steven Speilberg”, and “Alan Arbus” (noted photographer and actor who portrayed Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H) and let me know what you think.

More to come soon!

Thanks for looking!



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Things that inspire!

Hello again!

I hope your Tuesday is treating you well.

Like everyone else, there are many times when my creative well runs a little dry. Thankfully, the world is full of inspiration to help “top off the tank”. So, in addition to to using this site to show off what I can do, I also want to occasionally lend some blog space to those things that really fire me up and make me want to paint, or draw, or just be creative!

These are the “Things that Inspire”!

For my first entry, I present the Stanley Kubrick Exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

This is the first retrospective of the filmmaker in the United States. If you live in the L.A. area or are planning a visit in the next few months, I highly recommend taking this in.

Now, I am not a Kubrick fanatic by any stretch of the imagination. My favorite film of his is “Dr. Strangelove”. Beyond that, I love certain aspects of his other films but that’s it. That being said, I can certainly appreciate his importance in the world of cinema. So, I was interested in the exhibition. I just had no idea what to expect.

To put it simply, it is the director’s entire career under one roof. There is a treasure trove of personal memorabilia such as letters and notes from over the years. One huge display case is devoted to his collection of cameras and lenses used throughout his career. They go into great detail about things I, of course, never knew anything about, such as his early job as a photographer for “Look” magazine. It is said that he honed his filmmaker’s eye through the taking of the thousands of photographs(900 actually printed in the magazine) while on assignment. They discuss “Fear and Desire”, a film he loathed so much, that he pulled it from distribution and tried to erase it’s existence.

Naturally, the displays of props, costumes, special effects materials, set designs, and so much more are what really grabs your attention. As a Make-up Effects artist, I really appreciated seeing the “Moonwatcher” costume and mask from “2001: A Space Odyssey” as well as the “Starchild” puppet and it’s exposed eye mechanisms. Being a longtime fan “James Bond” art director Ken Adam, I appreciated seeing his drawings and architectural model for the War Room set from “Dr. Strangelove”. Although, I have to say my absolute favorite thing was also the smallest. It was the combination “Bible and Russkie Phrase book” right next to the survival kit prop from “Strangelove”.

My biggest take-away from the event was the staggering amount of preparation Kubrick went through for each picture, even the ones he never made. There was a bookcase on display from Kubrick’s home that was filled with every book he could find on the life of Napoleon Bonaparte. Right next to it was a card catalog Kubrick and his hired staff created to organize the massive amounts of research he was doing to prep for an ultimately unrealized biopic of the French dictator. Next time, I think I have over thought a painting, I will have to remember that bookcase.

The exhibit runs from November 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. Do yourself a favor and go. Here are some pictures to whet your appetite!


DiscoveryStarChildSurvival KitWar Room
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