Continuing the trend of having an unpredictable/ odd selection of subject matter, here’s a new one – this time using the beloved Super Mario franchise I grew up with. It’s pretty crazy that I still play Mario games even today considering I played my first one (Super Mario Bros [NES]) way back in the early 90s. I’m sure I over glamourize things like this but I often wonder what it would be like to be on a team producing/ developing a Mario game – I wonder what it feels like to be part of creating something with such a high bar of quality, creativity and ambition.
It’s highly probable that the past 3 iPhone paintings I’ve done are the final evidence that I’m a crazy person given the contents of each covers vastly different topics (a fly battle, a winter scene and now this?). If nothing else, clearly I have some form of adult A.D.D? In any case, this one took the longest of the three – probably just because I fussed with it the most. Towards the end I actually added a silhouette of a guy standing in the center of the picture looking up – but while that did give it an interesting (different) feel, it detracted from the “scenic” quality of the original idea so I took it out. I could ramble for a while about my personal thoughts on this scene… it’s affect on me as a child growing up, as a Dad now myself, etc – but I’d rather let people come to their own conclusions. Note: I recently came across the following article that relates to this topic: http://www.khouse.org/articles/1998/113/ – warning though, it’s not exactly light reading!
Here’s another of the “3 at once” pack that’s been holding me up. Most people who know me know I would really like to go on a mountain vacation (adventure) so I guess that’s where this idea came from.
This one was going to include a bear (to complete the reproduction of one of my favorite movies of all time [“The Edge”]) – but after a couple attempts I conceded that my “bear anatomy” painting skills were pretty bad I resiged to making this just a still life of nature (going back to my Bob Ross wanna-be roots).
Like with past pieces, I could have spent much more time on this one but to make room for future ideas I’m releasing it to the wild as-is. PS: If you’ve ever seen the movie “Never Cry Wolf” imagine some guy playing an oboe in the background for the full effect.
Here’s one of the three pieces I’ve been working on. I have no idea where the bug thing came from – the idea started out just some neat woodsy night scene. But when I’d fleshed out most of the woods it felt pretty muted/ dull… So I figured why not add some color – and here’s where things ended up! Little trivia – I did about 70% of this one while waiting in line for an hour and a half at the DMV to renew my 4 month overdue expired license!
Just in case anyone was thinking my love for iPhone painting has already started to fade – I am working on a new one! In fact, the reason its taken so long to get a new one done is because I’ve actually been working on *3* instead of just 1. As soon as I really got into the 1st one, I thought of another idea, and then it happened again… so here I am.
I’m not sure which will be done first, but one should be done soon – I know, the world is on the edge of it’s seat. Stay tuned and try to hold on.