Something I did as gifts for my girlfriend. She's mad for hippos for some reason. The first pic features her fave tennis player Novak Đoković and her pekehund Mimi (RIP!). The second one wasn't supposed to turn out so sinister looking: it was only when I finished the rendering I realized it resembles the iconic scene from Coppola's "Apocalypse Now" in which Martin Sheen rises from the water, so I decided to name it "Hippocalypse Now".
"The hottest day of summer so far was drawing to a close and a drowsy silence lay over the large, square houses of Privet Drive. Cars that were usually gleaming stood dusty in their drives and lawns that were once emerald green lay parched and yellowing; the use of hosepipes had been banned due to drought. Deprived of their usual car-washing and lawn-mowing pursuits, the inhabitants of Privet Drive had retreated into the shade of their cool houses, windows thrown wide open in the hope of tempting in a nonexistent breeze. The only person left outdoors was a teenage boy who was lying flat on his back in a flower bed outside number four."
Inspired by the opening chapter of "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix" published in 2003 after five years of anticipation.
TOP: I turned this 2011 unused sketch of Joey Ramone into a tribute to the vintage B-production SF movies and the punk rock band The Lillingtons whose lyrics explore the very same iconography (check out their classic 1999 record "Death by Television"). The Ramones had similar moments - remember the song called "Zero Zero UFO" from 1989's "Brain Drain"? BOTTOM: Joey Ramone as the Modesty Blaise type of a super-spy in the Cold War setting. This pin-up was inspired by the Riverdales' song "Last Stop Tokyo" and Lillingtons' phenomenal spy-themed album "The Backchannel Broadcast". Both bands were musically and thematically heavily influenced by the Ramones, so when I listen to their records I can only picture Joey Ramone singing those awesome lyrics.
A pin-up inspired by Steven Spielberg's 2005 film adaptation of the H.G. Wells' 19th century proto-SF novel which I also like a lot. The creation of this pin-up lasted way longer than I had desired. It was conceived over a year ago - in July of 2011 - when I drew a pencil sketch of only Rachel (played by Dakota Fanning) and the Tripod in the background. Then, I left the piece unfinished to focus on some other projects. When I resumed the work some months later I decided to add her older brother Robbie to the picture... Finally, this summer, I figured I might as well do the whole thing and add the character of Ray Farrier (portrayed by Tom Cruise). Some new coloring approaches that I developed in the meantime were introduced on this one. In fact, I had to recolor few characters from the scratch due to this.
Anyway, hope you all like it - and don't forget to play THIS in the background and turn the volume to the max!
Last November I drew this Tom Waits portrait as a birthday present for my best mate. It was colored traditionally in grayscale watercolor. Prior to that I scanned the lineart and now here's a digitally painted version in technicolor.
A fully colored pencil quickie of Professor Snape from "Harry Potter". It was just for a random drawing practice, but I decided to color it. Might've spent too many workhours on it, though. The most painful part? Drawing the Slytherin House crest. Seriously.
UPDATE: And here's an alternate take - with the portrait put underneath the parchment texture. Now it looks like one of those artist sketchcards. Which one do you like better?
A color practice turned out fully rendered. I chose Franquin's Gaston because he was easy to sketch in minutes and I needed a sketch to start a color test in Photoshop. Maybe people couldn't guess by the looks of my art today, but Andre Franquin was possibly my biggest influence in art. I studied his style meticulously when I was 15. So, here's a tribute to this great artist and storyteller!
Inspired by "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". I have to admit I'm not really satisfied with the pencil work I pulled on this one, but it served its purpose of being a testbed for my ongoing color experiments well. This turned out to be the last post of 2011 although I have six more unfinished illustrations that will be carried over into 2012, along with recoloring the old works.
I've recently watched the first two seasons of Misfits with my girlfriend. Then I drew this quickie of Nathan Young - both obnoxious and lovable, a twat and a prick - probably the most memorable character featured in this British science fiction comedy-drama.
Fat Mike (bass, lead vocals), El Hefe (lead guitar, trumpet, backing vocals), Eric Melvin (rhythm guitar, accordion, the mel-yell) and Smelly (drums) from NOFX. NOFX are an American punk band formed in California in 1983. Today, they are probably the biggest and most popular independent punk band in the world best known for their D.I.Y. approach to music (minimal staff and crew, no management, self-promoting and show booking, staying off the major record labels, mainstream magazines, MTV and commercial radio stations). The artwork was inspired by their documentary series "NOFX: Backstage Passport" which was a lot of fun! I wanted to capture a kind of "trading card" look to it. Hope you like it!
Check out the awesome "NOFX: Backstage Passport" theme song.
Some of the recent Harry Potter quickies turned out fine, so I decided to clean them a bit and give them a full coloring treatment...
LEFT: Sirius Black - based upon Gary Oldman - in his human and Animagus form, with the ancient Black family house elf, the vile Kreacher. RIGHT: Year four Harry from the "Goblet of Fire" era. Inspired by the looks of actor Daniel Radcliffe.
Two commissioned covers for two related projects. 1.) Cover art for an episode ("Stayin' Alive") of "Bloodless" comic book created and written by Marko Stojanović. Published in Serbia by System Comics. 2.) The colored version of the pencil illustration I was asked to do for the cover of "Vekovnici" Sketchbook #4. I previously did a 3-page sequential for a "Vekovnici" book in 2010, published by System Comics.
The promo material (biography) and the banner/e-mail invitation I produced for my upcoming exhibition at Belgrade Student Cultural Center which will be held from June 3rd to June 17th. On display will be an array of my previous work (childhood era included, starting with 1989) complete with current digital artwork. I especially enjoyed assembling all of my childhood heroes - featured throughout my career - for the first time in one single picture: Gremlins, Jurassic Park, The Addams Family, Terminator, The Crow, Alien, Starship Troopers, Godzilla and fighter jets/Robotech...
UPDATE: A big "thank you" to everyone who came to see the exhibit!
Joe Perry and Brad Whitford of Aerosmith. I bought my first Aerosmith cassette when I was 13. I rarely listen to the band now, but when I do (once in a couple of years) it makes me wanna draw them badass dudes. As of 2012, I'm considering adding the remaining bandmates and making this a pin-up...
A tribute to the cult Belgrade garage/blues/punk-rock band. The lyrics snippets were written in hand by my friends: Jana Aleksić, Bojana Janjić, Sonja Baltezarević, Ksenija Marković, Bojan Palikuća, Milutin Bešlić, Filip Janković and Miloš Dimitrijević. Thanks, guys!
The sick Triceratops scene. Paleontologist Dr. Alan Grant (portrayed by Sam Neil) and paleobotanist Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) from Steven Spielberg's "Jurassic Park". Every now and then I tend to re-watch this exciting movie and it amazes me over and over again.
"Even though his motion tracker detected no activity in the sector, Private First Class Hudson, W. suddenly felt the sort of anxiety that you feel when a pointy teeth monster stares at you from the dark - and a strange heat washed over him, the heat that had absolutely nothing to do with the warm corn fields of his native, far away Oklahoma..."
This artwork is based on Bill Paxton's character of Pvt. Hicks, the cocky U.S. Colonial Marine from James Cameron's "Aliens". Ever since the film's 1986 debut, every single line of his dialogue has become a popular cultural reference ("Game over, man, game over!", "Why don't ya put her in charge!", "Stop your grinnin' and drop your linen", "Is this going to be a stand-up fight, sir, or just another bughunt?", "We're on an express elevator to hell, goin' down!" ... just to name a few).
This 1998 first-person video game is often regarded as one of the worst titles in gaming history. Advanced for its time - featuring enormous outdoor environment and dynamic physics modeling - it was rushed and went overbudget several times, so many issues remained unsolved. The developers built and scanned a real 3D model of the tropical island which the player could explore entirely thus resulting in hours of non-linear gameplay. "Trespasser" had a thrilling music score, appealing storyline, top voice acting (Minnie Driver and Richard Attenborough) and a trademark Jurassic Park survival horror atmosphere - setting the stage for much successful "Far Cry" series.
Initially, the game was difficult and buggy for me too, but I gave it a second try a few years later. After a while I got so immersed in its unique enviroment, it even gave me a few nightmares.
Joey, Dawson and Pacey, the original trio of friends from the coastal town of Capeside, MA - just before the raging hormones kicked in. While I was working on this fan art I listened to Bob Dylan's opus, so I considered naming this piece after Dylan's Times They are A-Changin' as I thought the title summed the essence of the show's first two seasons perfectly...
Billy Idol put a great show in Belgrade last week. The first piece was inspired by his 1993 experimental concept album Cyberpunk often regarded as his weakest record that started the decline of his career. I, on the other hand, think that this futuristic concept album, influenced by techno and cybergenre literature, suited Idol's image perfectly and to me it remains his most imaginative effort.
UPDATE: Images were completely re-colored in 2012.
The artwork was inspired by the film "Top Gun" and the slogan "Anytime, Baby" that the F-14 "Tomcat" fighter crews sported on their squadron insignia. After more than 30 years in active service, the "Tomcat" was retired in September of 2006.