Bob's ART du Jour
Hi, I'm Bob Eggleton and this is my painting and "life in general blog" but mostly paintings. Usually they're for sale. Anyway, if you like something contact me at email@example.com and ENJOY!!
- Name: Bob Eggleton (Zillabob)
- Location: New England, United States
I am a Hugo award-winning fantasy/SF artist who works on both publishing projects and film concept work(such as Jimmy Neutron and most recently, The Ant Bully) but I have a passion for landscape work, small paintings and exploring the properties of paint. This blog will mostly showcase my "painting-for-the-day" as kind of a personal voyage. I'll also be inserting sketches,photos and ideas of projects I am working on, that I can, when I can, so look for those every so often(usually as paint is drying!)
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Sunday, October 28, 2007
The Isolation Room....
This week involves getting ready for the World Fantasy Con in Saratoga Springs, NY next weekend. No rest for the weary. I managed to lay down, for a few minutes and let Halloween songs run over me, from The Lost 45's , a radio show from Boston that plays music you never hear anymore. Tonight was Halloween music- Rocky Horror-The Time Warp, Michael Jackson-Thriller,Ray Parker Jr- Ghostbusters, Bobby Boris Pickett-The Monster Mash, Warren Zevon-Werewolves of London...etc etc. A nice relief from the intensity of painting intensely. Some visual stuff this week, I promise. In the meantime I think I'll watch The Paul Lynde Halloween Special from 1976-Oh-my-Goodness!!!
Friday, October 26, 2007
Digital Coda...The Happy Medium
Digital does some amazing work esp for films-conceptual art through the finished product. Just look at TRANSFORMERS...amazing, utterly. I'm anxious myself to do more "dabbling" like that because it begs to have it's own properties explored. And as I said...what is art but EXPLORATION of ideas and those ideas... EVOLVE...(I'm not yelling, just talking in Big Capitals!). Once I get through with this oil painting maybe I can...do..oh, another oil painting..and...well, you get the picture(pardon the pun).
Both media take one ingredient that people often forget-talent. There are some amazing, genuinely talented people who's style transcends the medium. Still, when you get to corporate ladders, you get people who have no clue that it all just doesn't happen "by pushing a key". No... it takes artists, model builders, designers and so on to make it all come together. Digital is just another tool in the box to use. And when you all make it work you have the happy medium.
Just thoughts for today. Pictures to come.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Me digital? Naaaaah.
All this said....I do dabble. What I am doing is a book involving dinosaurs matched in with photos. My end of things is very tradtional-pencil work. The pencils will be augmented with digital coloring and touching up, by someone else. It's a wholly commercial job, and it's a major commission so I couldn't ignore it and it provided a chance to be involved in producing a whole book as a team effort. More on all this later.....
But not to worry, I would never give up painting-I'll be one of the "dinosaurs" myself if that be the case. So far, I must be doing something right.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
A Whiter Shade of Pale.....
The Fall Gate, Cockington(8x10,oils, SOLD!)
What a week it has been in terms of some work and catching up. Mostly a book project that involved dinosaurs and my first foray into digital art. However, there were so many scenes and images in my head to paint from the recent trip to England, that I made sure to do one once a day. And, as I said, pictures will be posted in groups now, it's just easier overall. The song "Whiter Shade of Pale" by Procol Harum, I can always associate with a visit to England. Maybe now it's because I have a friend who sat in while the song was being recorded in 1967, and she has some good stories about it. Maybe it's because it reminds me of the White Cliffs of Dover, in the south, near Beachy Head, kind of not far from Eastbourne that, I seem to recall hearing on a car radio when I was at this very spot in 1971. In WW2, great battles between British Spitfires and the German Luftwaffer took place right around here. What is immediately striking is the fact these giant cliffs are just sheer-straight down and made of chalk. There are no fences as what you see when you approach the edge, that darker area in the forground, just drops right off!!! People have actually driven their cars right off the edge in the fog. It's almost surreal to see this. And the effect of sun on them is striking-clouds form shadows so some areas are slivers of bright light, and others, darker. And, at the bottom-to give you a sense of scale, is a lighthouse. Don't worry, I'm not going into Thomas Kinkade territory! The bottom piece is some of the lovely Fall colors at Cockington Park, not far from Torquay.
Monday, October 15, 2007
A Craft of Love....
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Been busy, hence sporadic posts but, ah, here are two little paintings, just done. Based alot on memories and some pix I took while in the south of England. Constable was sure right about those skies. There is nothing quite like them. These are all from an area near Torquay called Cockington Village. It's a living town but somewhat suspended in time, kind of in a valley-thatched homes, old, ruined buildings, homes people still live in. And a really amazing park and grounds that one could spend days in. More paintings of this area to come....
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Running with Hunters...
Interior color-mountain flyover
I'm completely exhausted these days. Settling down from travelling a bit too much it seems. Still have to get those UK pix up. I had to hit the ground running the other week, finish the cover to Lou Anders' edited SIDEWAYS IN CRIME book for Solaris in the UK, and move onto finishing up some other projects...
Here are three paintings I did for the upcoming Subterranean Press edition of HUNTER'S RUN by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham. It's quite an adventure on an alien world with (at one point) an attack from a creature called the Chubacabra. I always like these special edition books as it always gives me more freedom to do some interiors and some straightforward SF(or fantasy or horror) artwork. Look for it around January, or go to http://www.subterraneanpress.com/ and pre-order it and take a peek at some of the other fine books they put out. Subterranean Press produces some of the most beautifully designed and printed books I have ever seen and am proud to be part of.
Monday, October 08, 2007
Quick note-Been busy!!!
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Followed by a Moonshadow...
Some sketches....some ideas...
A couple of covers I am working on. The top one is a collection of slightly funny SF stories, by Ben Bova. I sort of had an open idea on this one because when you have a selection of stories it's hard to do any one image. The bottom is for a Heinlein re-issue called BETWEEN PLANETS and is alot of fun to do. Enjoy!