Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I'm A Work Of Art

When I attended GenCon last month, I had the opportunity to meet and speak with a number of artists in the Vendor Area. There was a lot of talent there, but I was really impressed with the work of Brent Woodside of Woodside Illustrations in particular. He has done some spectacular work on various Lucas Film projects as well as some TOPPS trading card limited edition sketch cards. If you have a look at the online gallery, you'll see that he has a very distinct style that successfully merges realism with cartoon/fantasy elements.

Anyway, Brent did a pencil sketch of me in the guise of a typical World of Warcraft human rogue character. It arrived in the mail yesterday and I have to say that I really like the result. It's drawn in pencil on good quality 11x14 paper. He successfully captured what I would call the "essential TommyMac elements" which includes the high forehead, the cockeyed self-deprecating grin and the side-ways head tilt. I haven't had anyone attempt to do an artistic rendering of myself since getting a characterture done of myself at Navy Pier some 15 years ago. Upon seeing what Brent Had come up with, I knew right away that I should have had him do the picture in color when I had the opportunity. There's always next year. Meanwhile, I'm very pleased with what I've got. It might even be suitable for framing. 

1 comment:

  1. That looks pretty bad-ass. He did some really great work. I'm going to NY Comic Con so hopefully I'll get some artists to do one for me.:D