Posts Tagged ‘art’

And Why Not?

August 8, 2012

Yesterday I posted my Heromachine depictions of The Fiend. Then I went home and made some of two other GK1943 characters, so I suppose I ought to share them also. The Themiscyran Amazon named Galatea and the shadow-born quasi-angelic woman named Twilight.
Well, here they are! (more…)

Another Look at The Fiend

August 7, 2012

Some while back I stumbled over Hero Machine, but I didn’t really take the time to do more than glance at it very briefly until last night, when I decided to try and put it through its paces and see if it was up to creating images of a rather challenging character: my own Brigitte Adelinde von Teufel, better known as The Fiend.

For those of you that might be new readers, Fraulein von Teufel is a gestalt being, created by thoroughly merging the mortal woman whose name this creature still bears with a demoness (specifically a Fury, a bringer of punishment and retribution), as a result of a botched summoning where the Nazi Occultist (Sigismund von Asch, the human Brigitte’s mentor) tried to sacrifice her to summon the Fury in question through her mortal shell. Neither the woman nor the demon exists anymore, in their place is a hybrid partaking of the abilities, knowledge and identity of both at once. She hasn’t aged a day since that event in 1938. As a character, one could think of her as being somewhere between Elsa Schneider, Illyana Rasputin and John Constantine. But enough jibber-jabber. Here are the results of my fevered experimentation. As always, click the images if you want to get a look at larger versions of these images.

Modern era Fiend

Here’s Brigitte in the modern days. She doesn’t look half bad for a centenarian!

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Three Troubled People

April 6, 2011

Troubled Headline 2

Below we have a concept sketch from my upcoming project “Troubled”. More to come later. Who loves ya, baby?

Three Troubled People and also see this piece on deviantART

A Troubled Thought

March 30, 2011

Troubled Headline 2

At Pat’s suggestion, I redid that logo ever so slightly.

I think I may at some point soon put together something that Ryan suggested to me recently, and which had crossed my mind occasionally in the past as well though I’d never approached it with anything like seriousness in the past. I think that I just may make a webcomic (or more likely a multimedia narrative project incorporating both webcomic style graphic storytelling and text based updates as well as whatever else I get the urge to create for it). I think that I will call this project “Troubled,” (you know, like that logo-ish bit of text up there) for some reasons that are fairly obvious, and others that are a little bit more obscure. (more…)

Troubled

March 29, 2011
Troubled headline1 by Uhlrik
Troubled headline, a photo by Uhlrik on Flickr.

This is for something that may or may not be coming down the pipe, out the chute and into your faces. Watch this space. Well, if you want to. If you liked the fiction bits I’ve posted lately. I won’t force you to. But I might just be sad if you don’t.

Changeable Suits Of Apparel: Linda Lee

December 11, 2010

Given that I am a gamer geek that rather enjoys creating artwork, I have decided to post some artwork to my blog again. In this instance, a series of four pieces relating to a miss Linda Lee, about whom this post was written a while back.

LindaLee-state 5
Linda Lee State 5 of 5 by ~uhlrik on deviantART

LindaLee-state4s
Linda Lee State 4 of 5 by ~uhlrik on deviantART, also on Flickr

LindaLee-state3s
Linda Lee State 3 of 5 by ~uhlrik on deviantART and also on Flickr

LindaLee-state2
Linda Lee State 2 of 5 by ~uhlrik on deviantART and also on Flickr

Yes, I’m posting 4 of the 5 here. #1 is pretty much just her in shorts and a tank top anyways, since it’s the base on which the other four were built. It’s on my DeviantArt if you really need to see it. I created these because I wanted to draw her digitally, but also wanted to try out a few different looks for her. So there you have it.

A Daily Deviation? For Me? Awesome!

November 28, 2010

Wow, that’s what I get for vanishing from DA again for a while… I totally missed some major stuff. First, one of my sculptures was awarded a Daily Deviation on DeviantArt! The piece is below:
Headless 3
Headless 3 by ~uhlrik on deviantART

Secondly, I got requests for me to approve this piece being added to two different galleries on DA. Needless to say, they’ve been approved now. I wish that this sort of thing generated an e-mail notice or something on DA, since I got them during a period of DA-inactivity. But anyhow, a huge thank you to LabyrinthCreations for first featuring my work and to both of the gallerists that asked to display it afterwards! And which were they? Well, see below:

:icon4rtnow:4rtnow, a group focused on showcasing professionals here on dA. They were founded by anda0105, and they display some exceedingly cool work. Give ’em some love.

:icondd-catalogue:dd-catalogue, the home of Daily Deviations. You don’t need me to tell you that they show some of the best of the best that DA has to offer. I’m honored and humbled to have a piece invited for display there.

I first posted that piece in 2006 (and sculpted it prior to that), and it is incredibly gratifying to have it noticed and appreciated at all, but especially some years after the fact, and despite the fact that I’ve been pretty quiet on DA for a while now. It’s incredibly encouraging, and hopefully it will inspire me to further and better efforts!

Yes, I’m excited. Yes, I’m a dork. But yes, I have every reason to be happy about this.

Note: the flash-based embed code from DA didn’t seem to be working properly with wordpress, so I’ve used the image embed for the same image from flickr instead – That one’s here.

Colossal Marionettes Walk The Streets of Berlin

October 15, 2009

In early October, France’s Royal de Luxe street theatre company came to Berlin to perform a several day street theatre spectacle dubbed “The Berlin Reunion” celebrating the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. As part of this event, a pair of huge marionettes known as the Big giant and the Little Giantess (an uncle and his niece, long separated by a wall that the gant himself has finally succeeded in demolishing) searched the streets of the city for one another and finally being reunited. Check out the full article from Boston.com. There are many more pictures to be seen. Totally worth checking out, and an inspiring piece.


This one above is beautifully shot.


I love how expressive the marionette’s eyes are even though they’ve got limited eyelid movement.


You can never go wrong with aviator goggles.


These are the coolest puppets ever.
This one of them embracing is actually quite touching.

Uhlrik Through New Eyes

February 1, 2009
Uhlrik Portrait by Unyko

Uhlrik Portrait by Unyko

My friend was itching to test out new techniques for her watercolor pencils and asked for volunteers to offer some characters of their design. Naturally, I offered Uhlrik.  Her original post with some other busts on it is here.

I like her style, and have hoped for some time that she’d draw the big guy, and I’m happy with the results now that she has. It is pretty interesting to see how someone with a very different art background from myself (IE a girl who mostly draws cute semi-anime-ish anthro animals) depicts  UberGoatBoy.  >:-D

Artist Profile: The Wyeths

January 17, 2009

It has been a while since I have posted a profile of an artist, but I felt the need today. I get most of my news online, but every day I do give the newspaper a very quick glance-over as I’m delivering it to Al along with his breakfast. A little blurb at the bottom of the LA times front page caught my eye, announcing the passing of Andrew Wyeth.

The name “Wyeth” is one that I have known as long as I can remember knowing the name of any artist.  Some of the earliest artists that I ever became aware of individually were Kay Nielsen, Edmund Dulac, Arthur Rackham, Howard Pyle (whose illustrations struck Vincent Van Gogh, another of my favorite artists, “dumb with admiration”*) and (sensing a pattern?) the members of the Wyeth family.

The Wyeths are an incredibly talented family of American artists and illustrators that have left a deep and lasting impression on the people of America, and I would be remiss to discuss the legacy and career of Andrew Wyeth without mentioning his father N.C. Wyeth or  his sister Henriette Wyeth Hurd.

As usual with my artist profiles, I will provide a brief blurb about the artist, from an artist’s perspective, and a short sampling of their work. Now, usually when I elect to profile an artist it is an artist that’s not exactly a household name but today that is not the case.

Andrew Wyeth has been referred to at times as “The Painter of the People,” because his works have been very popular with the American populace at large. He is one of the best-known American realist artists of the mid-20th century. He shunned the rapid advancement of cities and technology, embracing a regionalist approach to his artwork by depicting rural landscapes and people of his beloved Pennsylvania nad Maine rather than dwelling on the highbrow nonrepresentation of his urban-based modernist contemporaries like Jackson Pollock or the literary subjects that his father N.C. Wyeth tended to favor. Wyeth developed a sort of spiritual connection with the landscapes and people that he painted, producing dozens of studies in various media before finally producing a finished work. He is known for his ability to convey what is not said in his pieces:  shades of subtle emotion in both figure and landscape, soft shades of psychological meaning and feeling. Where his father’s work is bold and forthright, I find Andrew’s work to be subdued and thoughtful yet still with sufficient force to catch hold of the viewer.

Enough blathering about his work, it’s time to share a few pieces and provide brief commentary.

Christinas World (1948) - one of the most significant paintings of the mid 20th century.

Christina's World (1948), tempera on panel - one of the most significant paintings of the mid 20th century.

I’d be mad to post about Andrew Wyeth without sharing the above image. It’s easily his best known piece, and it’s one that I simply adore. It is a depiction of a paralyzed (probably from polio, I understand) woman of Wyeth’s acquaintance crawling across the fields of her family farm. His models included Christina herself as well as Wyeth’s own wife because he wanted to depict how the then-middle aged Christina Olsen might have looked on her family’s land in her youth. I find this piece melancholy yet beautiful and peaceful. It’s an image that sticks with the viewer, I think.

Trodden Weeds (1951)

Trodden Weeds (1951), tempera on panel

The above piece is an interesting self-portrait. Here Wyeth, recovering from a major surgery and illness, portrays himself walking a hill in Pennsylvania that he had known his entire life. Curiously, the boots he is wearing here had once belonged to Howard Pyle. I’m not usually a fan of self-portraiture, but this piece fascinates me. Wyeth communicates a tremendous amount about himself and how he felt without revealing his face or hands, which are usually considered the most expressive parts of the body.

Okay, I could go on for days but I’ll just share two more of Andrew’s pieces, landscapes:

One of Wyeths later paintings, The Carry (2003)

The Carry (2003), tempera on panel

The above is a tempera on panel, depicting a shallow portion of a river in Maine. Wyeth painted pretty much until the end, and I had to share this one. It’s lovely and textured. The things the man could do with water, one of the hardest and most evanescent subjects that exists.

Wolf Moon (1975), watercolor on paper

Wolf Moon (1975), watercolor on paper

This piece here speaks to my dramatic sensibilities and love of chiaroscuro. I had to share it just because I love it. Plus, it shows a sketchier and looser technique than we usually see in a finished Wyeth piece.

Now, I have to share some N.C. Wyeth stuff to showcase his usual quick-reading and dramatic sensibility. I won’t go on about his bio, but I’ll let three of his pieces and Andrew’s own writings do most of my talking. I’m actually much more familiar with his work than Andrew’s.

The Giant (1923) - oil on canvas

The Giant (1923) - oil on canvas

What could evoke the imaginations of childhood and a sense of wonder more than this image? The love that Wyeth had for children is deeply evident here.

The Indian In His Solitude (1907) - oil on canvas, from The Outing publication, a depiction based on Longfellows The Song of Hiawatha

The Indian In His Solitude (1907) - oil on canvas, from The Outing publication, a depiction based on Longfellow's "The Song of Hiawatha"

That one’s got drama, but it’s drama in repose tied up in the face and form of a lone figure.

Illustration for Treasure Island (1911)

Illustration for Treasure Island (1911)

I couldn’t talk about N.C. Wyeth without sharing at least one shot from either Treasure Island, King Arthur, The Last of the Mohicans or Robin Hood. It would somehow be against the laws of physics.

Because this has gone on forever, I’ll just share one image by Andrew’s sister Henriette:

Death and the Child (1935)

Death and the Child (1935)

This piece is soft and sensitive, yet in a very different way from Andrew’s sensitivity. The soft focus is a bit more overt in its sentiment, but focuses on the tragedies inherent in life and the loss of a loved one rather than drawing out the motion in landscapes.

Anyhow, I hope that this snapshot will inspire you to look deeper and I hope that you will share my appreciation for the works of this deeply, richly talented family. That’s all for today.

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