Thursday, August 30, 2007

Ra Ra Rasputin!

Just drawing Rasputin makes me feel icky. What a strange guy. Glad I got something done again for Drawergeeks though. Now I just have get rolling again on Toon Club...

Thank you so much to Ryan Wood for mentioning my blog on his blog. If you haven't checked out Ryan's work it's fantastic and crazy inspiring. I particularly love his stylized portraits. It makes me grumpy when I walk through those big art galleries and see contemporary art represented by artists who have painted a canvas entirely green or something equally silly, rather than the work of someone who can truly whip a paintbrush (or stylus) like Ryan.

30 comments:

Mark Montague said...

Great picture. You've got the evil stare spot on.

The painting looks like an old master.

Kactiguy said...

Cool and creepy.

Alex Fleisig said...

nice one sarah.

Nathan Lindsay said...

awesome one sarah. don't tease about drawing again for toon club unless you mean it :)

marcobucci said...

Great Rasputin!

mike said...

hey! you posted!

i thought raspi was a fun topic. what a ridiculous creepy guy. there's just something morbidly funny about how hard he was to kill. :)

and yeah- yours is awesome.

murf said...

Yes, the stare is great, as is the hairstyle & beard. Not to mention that great song you quote in your entry's title "Ra Ra Rasputin, lover of the Russian Queen."

Vanhoozerbot said...

Holy Shnykies!
This is fantastic!
FANTASTIC!
The lighting makes me shed a tear.

You have just made me want to try harder.
Thank you for keeping me humble.

Jeremy

crylic said...

very nice Sarah, great job.

Jessie said...

Hehe that reminds me of .. I think an Amy Rigby song .. called, "Like Rasputin" - although I don't actually know much more about the guy, so I'll have to look it up. :)

kim said...

Wow ! quite convincing!

Wish I could be part of drawergeeks...

jim bradshaw said...

It's been a while since visiting your blog. I am blown away. It was fun looking at all the new stuff. How did you get this good? sheeesh!

EraserFoot said...

You seem to be finding your stride with the painting. Nice work.

Pinflux said...

Lovely pic!

I found you through Ryan Wood's blog in fact, and have added yours to my little list of regular visits :)

Keep up the great work!

J
www.pinflux.deviantart.com

bog_art said...

Is the second Rasputin I see in the day.. Coincidence??.. great job..

Breadwig said...

Faboo Sarah. You earned the top slot!

PEPE said...

it was a real treat finally meeting u in san diego!! ... and as always killer work!!

Steve Schwartz said...

a sinister sort of cute!
as always, love the face.

Emma said...

He looks really offended! Do you use photoshop or painter to get that kind of oil-watercolor look?

I met you at the flight booth at Comicon very briefly, but I really liked your comic and your work here... awesome.

kend said...

hi sarah thats just awsome

mauricio salmon said...

sick lighting! i feel ya when it comes to comtemporary art, there's a whole bunch of galleries down in chelsea that show work that makes me say WTF!

Heather Dixon said...

This is fantastic! And I totally agree with you about Ryan Wood--he's a master. Sam Nielson is another one of my favorites (also found through Ryan's blog).

Btw, you're working for Rainmaker in Vancouver...would that be Mainframe Entertainment?

Dominic Bugatto said...

very cool

Tyson said...

Sarah -
Love the drawing (it's almost boringly predictable that all your drawings are going to rock). Ryan's art looks pretty cool, too.

But, I have to say, a lot of 'contemporary art' can be good, too. What you describe sounds like abstract expressionism, and when it's done right, I love it.

I guess I relate to it a little bit, since I play instrumental music. This post is a drawing of Rasputin, and the title is from a song about him. When I create an instrumental, it's only about itself - it's not really about anything, not really telling a story. In the same way, when Mark Rothko creates an abstract expressionist painting, it's only about itself - it's not a painting of something.

The potential downside of that argument, of course, is that many people don't really care for instrumental music, either. Ah, well.

sarah said...

Thanks everyone!

And good thoughts Tyson! My big complaint though is that artists who's work is geared towards illustration and commercial work somehow don't count as 'artists' too when it comes to museums and so forth. I'd love to see that change. It would be great to see all sorts of work equally represented.

TURCIOS said...

FANTÁSTICA LÍNEA Y ESTILO!!
SALUDOS

TaniaMC said...

Very nice, love the facial expression!

Anastasia said...

Sarah your drawings are phenomenal, such great characters and colours and lines, beautiful!

Mattias said...

Great drawing

Raymond said...

"It would be great to see all sorts of work equally represented."

I'm not sure whether you're referring to all "work" (say of a cleaning lady being equal to CEO's job) or just in art - but in the latter case I guess that'll happen when pranks get to be perceived the same as writing.