Bob's ART du Jour
Hi, I'm Bob Eggleton and this is my painting and "life in general blog" but mostly paintings. Usually they're for sale. Anyway, if you like something contact me at email@example.com and ENJOY!!
- Name: Bob Eggleton (Zillabob)
- Location: New England, United States
I am a Hugo award-winning fantasy/SF artist who works on both publishing projects and film concept work(such as Jimmy Neutron and most recently, The Ant Bully) but I have a passion for landscape work, small paintings and exploring the properties of paint. This blog will mostly showcase my "painting-for-the-day" as kind of a personal voyage. I'll also be inserting sketches,photos and ideas of projects I am working on, that I can, when I can, so look for those every so often(usually as paint is drying!)
Monday, April 30, 2007
Friday, April 27, 2007
Al Feldstein x Me
A collector asked me to do a painting that would be based, more or less on a sketch by legendary EC Comics artist Al Feldstein. Feldstein did a line art sketch and I was asked to take that, and do my take on it. Usually I resist such commissions, but given this was Al Feldstein I saw it as a way of "working with"a legend, like a collaboration. Anyway, this is the result. You can see the original sketch here- http://cafurl.com?i=3903
Thursday, April 26, 2007
A note here. I've gotten AMAZINGLY busy, which is a good thing, but as such, the "painting of the day" will get really sporadic-once or twice a week if I can. Otherwise I'll be blogging and talking about art, life, etc. Feel free to comment. I'll be up and back to smaller works as we get into later May.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The Problem with Martians...
Sunday, April 22, 2007
"Auntie Em! Uncle Henry! It's a Twister!"
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Frank Frazetta and Two Guys...
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
The Ocean of Wrath...
We have had some of the WORST weather in awhile. Literally, the coast of the state was hit with massive, rolling seas. The greatest painter of the sea who ever lived was Ivan Aivazovsky, a Russian artist of the 1800's who did magnificent paintings of the ocean in it's wild. I have to say he'd be my first pick, with Winslow Homer a second, and some of Thomas Moran's paintings of the ocean, in third. The idea is to make the ocean like some kind of personality, rather than a "photo" of what it really looks like. Romanticization is what makes paintings work so well, the ones I enjoy.
The above painting was done rather quickly, and from feeling of listening to the howling wind(it was, really!) and rain on the windows. I worked it in brushes, and palette knife. I also did the lightning, the same way that the "Mad" John Martin painted in some of his Biblical and Apocalyptic visions he did so long ago that are jaw dropping to this day. The tiny ship on the right gives us some connection here.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Camelot...late afternoon, about tea time..
This had a tad more time spent on it than some of the previous, so hence the bit higher price. This was fun to do the clouds. I started off with the cloudscape which was finished in about 10 minutes, then I went about the landscape. Fun little painting. I also just found out, researching this stuff, that the "mounts" castles appear to be on are called "pogs". You find out something new every day in this business.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
I'm still here!
And next it's going to get very busy! The Roq La Rue show was very successful-sold 7 of the 8 pieces I gave them for the show. I'm tired as all get out, so it's slowed me up abit. Moving into some assigned work in the next two weeks, good stuff but as such, posts will be sporadic in nature. So, I'm still here, just busy so hang tight...
Thursday, April 12, 2007
This One is for Kurt...
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Outta This World...again!
I did this also for Roq La Rue Gallery in Seattle. It was sold by them,on the spot, before it even got out there! These rockets take a bit of time for me to make. The biggest problem is the creation of the straight lines-I usually have to get alot of reference, or a model to get the lighting on the rocket correct. It is not as easy as it looks. Then there is the touching up, making the stars and background. In this case the rings were a tough thing to make work in the perspective that I used. And in oils! All in all, a good chunk of the day-as opposed to my looser, sketchy work. But the results are often really nice, and people seem to like them, which for me, is pretty gratifying.
I kind of like the "old space toy" box style of art they reflect.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
A Quick Wave...
A quick painting of some high surf in Jamestown, RI. I did this in about maybe 20-30 minutes, working fast with a palette knife. The color of the Atlantic and Pacific are entirely different colors of blue. The Atlantic is more viridian green and a "deep" almost scary color. I always have to remember this when painting. Paintings like this almost take no planning...they just kind of happen-a quick snapshot of nature. Others however take a great deal of planning.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Sunlight in the forest...
Saturday, April 07, 2007
The High Path...
Japanese animation god Hayao Miyazaki was the inspiration here and Thomas Cole's brushwork. I was playing with sunset colors and clouds, which I can paint more or less by memory. This is what is important about taking the time to view a sunset-memorize the colors and how the shadows are. It's also relaxing and makes you feel very "in the moment, one with the universe" kind of thing as overly philosophical as it sounds. Cole handled plants and clouds with this almost patterned way of repeating brushstrokes. Thomas Cole can teach alot; Fredric Church would attest. I'm also a big fan of Hayao Miyazaki and his amazing films such as SPIRITED AWAY and LAPUTA-CASTLE IN THE SKY. I tend to lose myself in them and, come away with a ton of ideas of my own.
Friday, April 06, 2007
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Thursday, April 05, 2007
Dinosaurs in New York City!!!
And I don't mean the fact we're all over 45...
I needed a few days off break, after producing those images in one hit for Roq La Rue, and taking a trip with friends is the best way to do this.
An adventure in New York City, at the American Museum of Natural History. Pictured is me with friends Lewis Morley and Maralyn Pride, of Australia. Lewis has worked on something like 16 movies, as a model maker, prop and make-up designer-his credits include Star Wars ep 2 and 3, The Matrix series, Dark City, Superman Returns, Crocodile Dundee 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, Razorback and many more. Maralyn is his partner and they have often worked on the same films together, and she's a renowned Dinosaur artist in Australia. The AMNH is really incredible to visit and you can't do all of it in just a few hours which is what we wound up having. This was compounded by the fact that it was SWARMING with kids/families as the schools are off. But the collection of prehistoric skeletons and, original Charles Knight paintings is worth all that!
Artists-I often have sketched skeletons and items in museums. It's the best way to learn about something as you never know when you'll need that memory for reference.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
The EYE has it!!!
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Outta This World #2(8x10,oils, SOLD!)
*Roq La Rue Gallery(www.roqlarue.com) in Seattle, WA is doing a fantastic show from mid-April on called "Amazing Visions". The show is a group show of sci-fi and fantasy art, many by big names of the genre. To add to two of my larger pieces, I did these smaller ones-there will be four in all, all 8x10 and framed. They'll be on display at the gallery when the show opens so please contact them for price and availability!
They'll be one more up here soon so you can see the four. The idea was to do some kind of light-hearted, pulpy style paintings, in oils, that kind of cross the sci-fi bridge with popular culture and old rocket toys. I mean, isn't that what it's all about?? This is what I got into it because of, so the feel of these being retro is very deliberate. Just a joy to paint! I collect toys and they primarily consist of cool space ships and giant monsters.
A note here, I'm taking a few days off for some Australian friends who are passing through, so this week will be sporadic in posts, but you're getting a two-fer here today, so have fun and enjoy!