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Dana Gould plays Helium Comedy in Portland (and I made a poster for it!)

I recently had the very good fortune to do some work for one of the smartest comedians working right now, Dana Gould. He has a new stand up show that he has been performing at clubs all around the country. On March 24 through 26, he will be bringing it to the Helium Comedy club in Portland, OR. To promote this series of stand up performances, Dana has commissioned several artists to create a unique poster for each venue on the schedule. On this occasion, it was my turn.

For those that don’t know Dana, in addition to being a top shelf humorist he is also know for being a tremendous geek. He has a tremendous love for all things science fiction and horror with special places in his heart reserved for the works of Ed Wood, and the “Planet of the Apes” film series. This is obviously something he and I have in common. We first met many years ago, back during my Makeup Effects days, when he came to K.N.B. EFX Group looking for like-minded folks to help bring his MTV puppet show “Super Adventure Team” to life. We bonded over Apes and Monsters and have been friends ever since. Over the years, Dana has asked me to create various pieces of personal art for him. The jobs are always fun and challenging. This time was no different.

The brief for this assignment was simple; create a parody of the cover art to the legendary EC comics “Tales From The Crypt” Issue Number 24. This is the original piece.

Thanks to mycomicshop.com for the image

Thanks to mycomicshop.com for the image

Like the other posters in the series, simplicity was the key. Even though we batted around various ideas, we decided to just stick with the close approximation of the original Feldstein art. After working on the composition, and the DG likeness, this is MY version.

Dana Gould Helium Comedy Poster Art by Mark Tavares

“Dana Gould Helium Comedy Poster” 11 x 17. Brush and Ink on Bristol Board with Digital Coloring and Text. © Mark Tavares

I am actually quite proud of this piece. In the past when I have done this kind of comic book style ink and coloring, I would get carried away with the inking details which I would then muddy up with too much digital color. This time I worked hard to restrain those tendencies and I believe it paid off.

As with his other shows, I believe Dana will be having some prints made which he will sign and sell at the show this weekend. I will also put them up on my print store sometime next week should anyone be interested. I’ll just make sure it’s cool with Dana first though.

If you happen to be in the Portland area this weekend, go check out his show! Tell him I sent you! http://portland.heliumcomedy.com/events/9118

Thanks for looking!

 

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Happy New Year 2016!

Welcome to the brand new year everyone! My family and I had a wonderful Holiday. I hope you all did as well.

One of the great things that happens around this time of year is the “SyFy” channel’s three day marathon of “Twilight Zone” episodes. Just having them on during the day as we went about our Holiday routine provided a wonderful soundtrack to our New Year’s weekend. Rod Serling’s creation while dated in some superficial aspects, continues to stand the test of time. The stories are as powerful today as they were when first broadcast.

Rod Serling himself has always been a fascinating character to me. His onscreen manner as the host of  “The Twilight Zone” with his trademark tight-lipped delivery and ever-present cigarette is the stuff of TV legend. I had made attempts in the past to capture his likeness in a sketch but I was never completely successful. Having binge watched all five seasons over the weekend, and then having seen a fellow artist’s rendering of the man, I was inspired to try to capture Mr. Serling’s likeness once more.

Oil Painting of Rod Serling by Mark Tavares

“Rod Serling” 16 x 20. Oil and Acrylic on Canvas Board. © Mark Tavares

Not a bad way to start the new year, if you ask me! As with my other works, this painting is for sale. Please contact me if interested. I will also be selling prints through my Fine Art America store.

I am looking forward to the artistic challenges this new year will bring, both with my personal work and the reinvigorating of my business, Humerus. Of course, commission work is always welcome! 🙂

Thanks for looking and have a Happy 2016!

-Mark

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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!

-Mark

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