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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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!)
Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
The Moody Blues, New York City,Dinosaurs...and back!!!
Oh, and here's some preliminary sketches for two upcoming covers I am doing, for a Heinlein(Bottom) and an Andre Norton(top).
Saturday, April 26, 2008
The Art Corner...
Friday, April 25, 2008
Two New Covers....
SOmetimes it takes time to see the covers I paint made fully into covers as a package with type and all. Here are two which are due out soon. The top -SHADOW OF THE SCOPRION-I did last year, for Night Shade Books,and I love the type treatment and way it was handled. It worked out just how I planned it. The bottom is of course, the first of my Heinlein series I'm doing for Baen. I'm really proud of both and how they all look in the end. The type on the Heinlein is as it should be, kind of a "big book" look which always helps sales. You see, in the end, my art is irrelevant unless it works with type to make a truly "in your face" cover. That's why it's commercial and, well, don't kid yourself it isn't("Things They Don't Teach You in Art School") whenever you do a painting or an image for reproduction and to sell books. Both books are available on Amazon.com for ordering!!!
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Volcano at Sunset...
I have always loved Fredic Edwin Church's enigmatic painting "Cotopaxi" and in the spirit of that, plus a nod to Lord of The Rings' "Mount Doom" I did this. I really like painting nature in action, whether it be this planet or, another. This one is a little gem and one I enjoyed immensely painting. I find landscapes work for me best because of their ability to invite one to make up one's own story around them. While busy these days, I still manage to get out a few pieces when I can, so, I will continue to do so. Enjoy.
Saturday, April 19, 2008
The start of a cover....
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
When Dinosaurs Ruled Picture Books...
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Monday, April 07, 2008
A Golden Planet....
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Of Late We Think of Chuck...
He sort of became the poster boy for disaster films starring in the spate of that genre of films in the 70's like EARTHQUAKE(1974), SKYJACKED(1972), AIRPORT 1975('75) and GRAY LADY DOWN (1979).
Heston later went on to star in a few more SFnal and horrific potboilers- THE AWAKENING(1980) which was a little seen but well done variation on the "mummy" mythos, and later in the 80's he was in a Japanese big-budget bomb called SOLAR CRISIS which was shot mostly in the US with some (at the time) state-of-the-art FX work. The film was funded by a Japanese publishing company who felt, in 1989, that Heston was big office in Japan(the film found it's way to DVD release here and then disappeared). He'd star as a publisher himself in John Carpenter's Lovecraft pastiche IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS(1995) and then one of his last big screen roles was the uncredited elder ape in Tim Burton's PLANET OF THE APES(2001) in which he says the same lines as from the original, just the species are reversed!
No one could orate like Charlton Heston. No one said "Oh My God" better than he. He narrated things quite well such as the opening to ARMAGEDDON(1998) and a documentary on the highly iffy "Prophecies of Nostrodamus"-utter crap but Heston made it sound real. He even played "God" in the one inventively funny bit from the otherwise incredibly awful Paul Hogan film ALMOST AN ANGEL(1990)
In the end, the ravages of Altzheimer's caught him, a tragic disease which the only release seems to be death. He'll be remembered well in cinema for all his achievements. I'll certainly treasure my DVDs of his film work, because his presence was one of the first I'd ever felt on a movie screen.