Monday, November 25, 2013

Cops n Robbers......

As with most kids. I spent a lot of time in front of the boob tube growing up. Watching TV shows like CHiPs, Starsky and Hutch, Charlies Angels Miami Vice and Crime Story just to name a few. And as most artists do I create from life. So, it's only natural that I create images from these shows. I have a couple of different series of images I've done. Haven't finished them yet, they're works in progress. So I guess i'll show them from oldest to newest.

This image was created for myself. Inspired by Miami Vice, and also Phil Collins "In the Air Tonight" made popular by that show. This is probably the first of this style I did. The one I absolutely LOVE! Not to toot my own horn, but I really think this turned out great. I was very happy with how it looked when done. Entitled "Vice" it's the famous Ferrari (actual ferrari instead of the Corvette Kit car they built for the show) in the upper area I filled that in with the car speeding down Biscayne Blvd from the first episode. Created in Photoshop, based off found images combined with black background. adding light and shadow to create the "Lights On" look.

A lot of my inspiration or ideas come from searches of the internet along with what ever i happen to be listening to. This next one I created after having searched for an image of John Bakers GMC step side truck from CHiPs. I'm also an avid model builder and wanted to try and create a model based on his truck. So, I did a search on the internet for his truck. And I couldn't find any descent images anywhere. I decided to create an image based on some screen captures I found that were terrible DPI's and that way I'd have something to look at when I decided to start this project.

So, I took to work, started looking for a descent picture of a GMC Step Side 4X4 to modify to create this finished image. Again, this was based on screen captures of the truck in the series with a few modifications. The wheels aren't the same as what were on the original. but, i did color them like the original. The lights on the roll bar and brush guard aren't the same either. His truck had square lights and I believe only two on the roll bar and two on the brush guard. Strangely everything was the same color which for the model wasn't going to be done that way. I'd do them in chrome, just looks better to me. So, the striping was what I was really interested in finding. And again, not one good image of the stripes so I had to create them based on the screen captures. I believe I did a really good job. got the correct number and look to them.

Crime Story was another cop show series that was created by Michael Mann. The creator of Miami Vice. This series took place in the early sixties in Chicago and Las Vegas. The main Character Michael Torello drove a black 57 or 58 Chrysler 300 convertible. So... I decided I wanted to create an image of his car in the same style as the Ferrari. But also including some signage from the show's opening credits. So, the Orbit was chosen. I believe it may have been a screen capture that I captured from the series. So incorporating the Orbit sign in this image kind of like my "Late night at the shop" series. I used the lights from that as light to reflect off the car. Along with the lights on the car itself.
This is the finished product and I have to say I'm really happy with how it turned out. I like the detail I was able to include in it. Reflections etc.

This is the latest creation. The "Starsky and Hutch" Torino. Again using found images from the internet and photoshop I combined this background image which originally had a Mercedes concept vehicle in it. With this for Torino. I wanted to do something along the lines or the Ferrari and the Chrysler. But, then decided I wanted to try a not quite so dark image. Using some natural light to create highlights and reflections. This isn't quite as cool as the dark ones. But, at the same time. It's a first for me creating a dusk shot that looks fairly believable.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Now and then.....

I had a project come up that I wanted to do.

This was kind of a now and then kind of thing. So thanks to my mom's high school year book and the Idaho state historical society. I was able to come up with some good images of buildings that used to be in certain areas in Caldwell, Idaho. I went over to Caldwell and had my grandma go around with me while i took pictures of how the areas looked at that time. My Grandmother gave me some interesting information on most of the places since she'd also grown up in Caldwell.

This is an image of the College of Idaho in Caldwell. The smaller picture to the upper right is of soldiers marching in front of that same building. My grandmother told me the soldiers were stationed there. It was a training facility for the military before sending the soldiers off to active duty. I think it was the training facility for the medics. This is where my Grandfather was stationed when he met my Grandma and said he'd marry her. Footlocker flow is on the left, and the background image is the one that I took using Infrared film. I LOVE the infrared film and what it does to foliage and sky.

This image is of the Caldwell Board of Education Building. It started out as a schoolhouse and I believe spent a brief period as a Library. I believe my Grandmother told me it was one of those old one or two room school houses for that area.

The image in the lower right is what the middle section of this building looked like when it was first built. The lower left is after they started building the surrounding sections which leads to what it looks like today.

The building in the lower half of this image is what this building looked like in it's hayday. It was also a school. It had been there for a long time. Obviously at some point they'd removed the angled roof which was much cooler. They tore the place down about 5 years ago. the building in the main image to the right of this building is all that's left. Washington elementary school is what it was called I think.

In the begining......

I am a struggling artist I guess you could say. I graduated a number of  years ago with a degree in Illustration and Photography from Boise State University in Boise, Idaho. Since then I've tried to get on with various companies both locally and world wide. These attempts have been in vain however. I'm still punching a clock in the public sector waiting for my ship to come in.

Well, it was back in College or shortly their after I came up with a name for my company. A name I wanted to use for a design company if it came to that. I had several ideas but none of them really spoke to me. None seemed to express what I had in my head until I came up with Cauldron Graphix.

The Cauldron to me symbolized the pot of ideas I called my head. What does a Cauldron do? well... it's used for making things, creating thing. At least it is as most of the world knows it.... "Double bubble boil and trouble, fire burn and Cauldron Bubble" or something like that. Anyway, to me it symbolized the pot where my ideas came from. And then the Graphix was simply because that's what I wanted to do, but not how I wanted to spell it.

I guess this would have been back in college since I created business cards for my "Senior Project". These business cards basically showcased what I'd accomplished by that time.

That was the first incarnation of my business card. I really didn't have any kind of company identity. So, within the last year or so I came up with one. One that I felt was representational of my ability to do characters. and covered the other aspects of my abilities.

May I introduce to you.......

Casey the Cauldron!

So, now that my buisness has a name and identity I figured I need to get it out there and recognized so I've created this blog site. Basically to showcase my stuff. But also for trying to gain contacts and possible jobs.

This is my first official BLOG!