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Sunday, 23 September 2012

                                        Comicbooked for the rest of my life

Throughout my work I have always tried to create sool looking imagery. Images to inspire or at least to entertain, But I have a yearning(is that how you spell it?) to delve deeper,to tell stories. Because if a picture is worth a thousand words then surely a page of pictures is worth thousands more!Right?!
SO over the next year I will be focusing in on storytelling with pictures.That's right -Comic books.
They are my first love and what got me into art.
So no better way to kickstart(no pun intended!) my focus than an intervew!
Thanks to Adam Cheal for a great interview,very much appreciated!
p.s. get well Stan we are thinking of you!
  

Thursday, 13 September 2012

                                                 The tales of Elthric and Veldran

I come from a creative family.Both my father and brother Karl write.And write well. Me I'm more of a visual guy.
But to write and create to me seems harder.Why? Well you have to get someone to sit down and invest time in your work to get the most out of it.And in today's fast food world of a thousand funny gifs and "like" this or "fav" that, we have a steady stream of disposable stimulation.
It's time to slow down! Because you get out what you put in! Invest a little bit of time and look for those hidden gems of true inspiration!
My father's fantasy book is posted monthly at inkbot.net. I happen to love my father's writing.Am I biased? I try not to be!
But here's the cool thing in today's world of self- promotion! You can try his work here - http://www.inkbot.net/akt/akt0101.html and try it for free! Remember free doesn't always mean sub par. It just means the right person hasn't discovered it yet.
If you don't like it, try something else by someone else! But slow down and try. You may find a few hidden gems!
And now here's some self-promoting! Here's a sculpt I created for artwork to go with the story! Easy right!












Monday, 10 September 2012

                                                            Horror film work



I am currently working on conceptual work on a horror film.
Very excited as my love of the horror genre along with comic books is what has fueled my path into art. There's nothing like going to a horror film and jumping,or being creeped out! And with Halloween coming up I'm getting in a ghoulish mood!
NDA's stop me from showing much but this image is so vague it is ok. More an exploration of surreal,subversive imagery to get across mood. The creature/mutant/22 eyed monster(sorry cant say) I am working on is fun to create. Once I got the all clear I will divulge more information.
You can keep up with my work and general rantings on twitter @MarkBeer4

Sunday, 29 July 2012

                        "Killer b*****s of the zombie holocaust" crawling your way!

 Been hard at work on "Killer b*****s of the zombie holocaust"!!
It's such a wonderful thing to be creative, but to be creative on something with others who love the same genres and have similar interests is such a cool thing.
The Killer b*****s comic spans may genres, Horror/scifi/adventure/disaster/thriller.Name it,it has it.
Dean Mitchell has created a world that speaks to fans of these genres without exploiting the catagories for the sake of it. Wait and see!
Renzo Rodriguez is the series penciller while I am on shading/greyscale duty.
Mindy Lopkin has just joined the team on lettering duties! Welcome Mandy!
The style has many influences from E.C. comics,Sincity to Schindler's list. Really a nice style to have.It has it's own personality.
So things are really beginning to move for the comic.
Dean is currently producing a film with the executive producer being a living legend!!
So congratulations Dean!
Mr Adam Cheal (who's horror comic book series "Toxic storm" is now available here- http://www.toxicstorm.com/#!home/mainPage ) has just interviewed Mr Mitchell for "Killer b*****s" here- http://www.comicbooked.com/killer-bs-of-the-zombie-holocaust-exclusive-preview/

You can follow the comic series for news and competitions here-  http://www.facebook.com/KBoftheZH



Wednesday, 18 April 2012

"Killer B*****s of the Zombie Holocaust" is a road trip following Laura and Sarah as they battle through a game.

The game is controlled by a group of people inside 'The Dome', contestants have to battle through a city to find a suitcase that has two tickets out, and will gain you entry into the 'The Dome'.

Who the people are within 'the Dome' is unknown and the technology they have is different to anything we have seen before, all we do know is that the winning contestants are to be used for a war that is starting.


This comic is going to be a treat for horror/scifi fans!
Dean Mitchell has been hard at work writing the series with artist Alberto Rodriguez on pencils.
I have been lucky enough to work on the comic giving it an extra "Ooomph!"- That would be shading and selective colouring then!
I will also be creating covers for the series.
Below are some of the enhancements I have been creating for the series. A special thanks to  Alberto for letting me ride his coat tails!!












 You can read more about the comic here-

http://downthetubescomics.blogspot.co.uk/2012/04/killer-zombies-set-to-storm-london.html

Avery special thank you goes out to Mr John Freeman!Always there to lend support to the indy comic industry!

Follow the "Killer b*****s of the Zombie Holocaust" on facebook here-

http://www.facebook.com/KBoftheZH

Friday, 6 April 2012

Inkbot is a unique bunch of characters.Spear-headed by the website's creative director Christian Rubiano the site has steadily gathered momentum over the years with a pure passion and determination that comic books are not dead but rather in a state of transition.
You see they understand and love comics with a passion!
The comic industry is an over saturated industry with a rather small fanbase.So why knowing this would you even try to "break" into the industry?Simple-you love comics! And if you don't love comics then don't get involved in the industry!
If the comic industry is to stay healthy and alive then there needs to be genuine passion,diversity and talent.
Jan Velazquez is the series' artist on Inkbot's Genesis.He is a struggling artist(and don't let artists who have "made it" tell you the starving artist is a myth!Or that "they aren't good enough then".That is complete crap!...says me on my last piece of toast)who puts his heart and soul into his work.
I mean the guy was on dialysis,needing a kidney and all he could think about was creating his best work.Because Jan is passionate about what he does!
So if you haven't got a genuine love for comics step aside!
You can read Genesis here-
www.inkbot.net/genesis/pages/00.html

Oh yeah,here's some promo work I created for the series.
Thanks to Christian and Jan for great inspiration!














You can view the turntable video here-  https://vimeo.com/39261862

Monday, 2 April 2012

                                                                   Moblin turntable

I posted the Moblin creature design I created for Ign.com last year for the 25th anniversary for Zelda. Here are some updated pics for the design as requested by a few people.
Also there is now a video of the model up at the below link.
I am currently working on a film project that infuses ideas of scifi,fantasy and a social commentary on where we are going as a species.
The project is under wraps at the moment but come early summer I can start to show some of the work. I am very excited by the story and the premise.I think you will be too.










Link to the video turntable of the model
 http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpuptr_moblin_videogames

https://vimeo.com/39638001 


Saturday, 24 March 2012

                                                                    DARKSEID


Superman is my favourite character ever!I know people say Batman (a close second)is but they're wrong.
You see I must say to the comic book writing community "STOP DUMBING DOWN SUPERMAN TO MAKE BATMAN LOOK COOL!!!!"
You see Superman is a warrior!And although some writers and stories ham up the boyscout side,other stories exist where he is a total badass!This however doesn't mean he is without his softer side-he is Superman after all!It just means he is a full character with different sides.
A lot of people like to point out the fact that he can't be hurt.But they're wrong there too.Apart from the fact that his strength and power has increased dramatically over the decades he can be hurt.
Could you imagine if your parents and your whole planet were destroyed?
Could you imagine the alienation (okay literal alienation)you would feel on a different planet!
How about evil villains trying to kill you on a weekly basis?
What if you don't save everyone with such power? what kind of hero are you?AARRGGHH!!!! the guilt!!!
Now imagine outliving your loved ones and seeing them die.
And throughout this you keep smiling and doing the right thing!
Because you're not a whiny bitch crying over mammy and daddy,while living a billionare life style with hot chicks after you!!!
Okay this isn't an anti Batman blog,I love the caped crusader!But I'm making a point!A very geek point but a point nontheless!!
What has this got to do with my Darkseid sculpt?..um I guess I have issues....






 


You can view and download the turntable video of the model on vimeo.Be sure to go to the bottom right hand side and go to download video,there you will see the high def video-
http://vimeo.com/39138325






                                                                   Scifi art now

SciFi Art Now is a book collecting some of the best in contemporary science fiction art by a wide range of creators. The book, edited by John Freeman, includes an introduction by the legendary Chris Foss and is on sale now in all good bookshops.

"Scifi art now" is a book I am very proud to be part of.The book really does collect a great sample of art from contemporary artists working and aspiring to work in the scifi art genre.
The book has seven chapters that covers robots, aliens, spaceships, cities, warfare, space girls and steampunk.
My work in the book spans over 3 pages,with two in the robot chapter and one in the alien chapter.
I would like to thank John Freeman for the great work involved in putting the book together!


You can read about the artists here- http://scifiartnow.blogspot.co.uk/
Book review and preview- http://parkablogs.com/content/book-review-sci-fi-art-now
Buy "Scifi art now" here- http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/006200557X/ref=s9_simh_gw_p14_d0_g14_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-2&pf_rd_r=0V2B0XV4682M7KB0C4D0&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470938631&pf_rd_i=507846











Friday, 23 March 2012

                         The legend of Oakswamp and the mysteries of Ironwood

Director Jed Burdick is busy developing his scifi/adventure/fantasy film "The legend of Oakswamp and the mysteries of Ironwood".
The movie is a very special project that fuses elements of "Stand by me" and films like "Cloverfield" into a new and exciting story involving Nazi science, Genetic manipulation and some truely unique creatures.
The film is based in the 50s and that sense of wonder and hope that America had is a great counterpoint to the horror that lies within the woods.
I was lucky enough to be one of the conceptual artists on the film.You can see the promotional trailer here- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KOT35dEf_E
You can read more about the film here-  http://scifipulse.net/2010/08/exclusive-spooky-scifi-oak-swamp-movie-in-the-works/
"The legend of Oakswamp and the mysteries of Ironwood" site- http://oakswamp.com/os/index.php














                                                               FAN BOY

Creating art work that is well executed,exciting and marketable(nothing wrong with that)is a big part of what drives an artist.We all get shaped by our environment and experiences.Pop culture is always reflected in work,it is what we see and learn throughout our lives that influences us in so many ways.
If you look at fanboy art Batman,The Hulk,Wolverine and many other characters are represented constantly.Everyone is trying to add something to what they love.These characters are so beloved that they are always open to interpretation.
That's what I love about these characters!You have a problem with superhero reboots?Hell the comics do it with each artist and writers' arc!
Here are a few of my fanboy images..










I love to sculpt and paint fully realized characters,but the hardest part of the process for me is choosing a final image.However with the 3 dimensional aspects of sculpting it allows you to have multiple angles,shots,lighting and other ways to present work.Soon I will upload high quality turntables of my work,but for now here are some new shots of the Freddy Krueger model.













                         To see the video of the sculpt as a turntable presentation go to this link-
                         https://vimeo.com/39146838

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Before I learned painting in photoshop or digital sculpting I always rendered with a pencil.I am a big believer that if you can paint traditionally or sculpt traditionally you can digitally too and vice versa.I never understood the prejudices against new technology,good art always shows through.
I like to use the computer,it's cleaner and more efficient at producing work.It cuts out a lot of headaches.The biggest is scanning work in.
However lately I have a bit of a yearning to get off the pc and onto my drawing board.Perhaps it's due to eye strain but I miss paper and a pencil,I miss the mess.Maybe it's just the fact that I need to change things around now and again to stay fresh.
I have posted some pencil renderings here(I love black and white images)that I did a few years back,so I hope you like them. I know I enjoyed drawing them...so where's that f#ckin% sharpener gone?!