Archive for Terry Tidwell

Today at Miracle Studios

Posted in Miracle Studios with tags , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2019 by uncannymanfrog

I’m back to blogging again. The studio had gotten so busy that I’ve been neglecting my life of an illustrator blog. Of course I’m talking about “The Uncanny Man-Frog” blog, named after a comic book I did years ago. I’ve started to take this social media thing more seriously. I now have an Instagram account also, I’m calling it the KID KOG Instagram.

Terry Tidwell spotted in his natural environment.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags on November 20, 2019 by uncannymanfrog

Tidwell was photographed at his hangout, a local dive coffee shop in Brookside. He was drinking tea and listening to who knows what, (it was the Dandy Warhols) on his shiny new headphones. When asked if he ever had any intention of returning to write his blog, he looked vexed and said,” Soon, possibly.”

Sketchbooks

Posted in Comps, Illustration, Sketchbook with tags , , on April 29, 2019 by uncannymanfrog

Here’s an old (over ten years old) sketch book of mine that got water damaged. I can’t bear to throw it away. Have a look!

A color sketch of Tori, my youngest daughter.

So water damaged you can barely see it. It’s a leaf!

“Planning for a Sci Fi illustration. Robot looks like it has its creative origins from “Doc Magnus Robot Fighter”. And the old rocket ship pictured above, standing on its fins, was a retro design at the time. Not today though, thanks to Elon Musk’s SpaceX endeavors!

My portable tool box back in those days.

Anatomy Studies

Posted in Anatomy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 27, 2019 by uncannymanfrog

Friday night at the local coffee shop finds me studying anatomy, specifically the knee. I signed up for Proko’s anatomy course. I thought I knew almost everything about the human body, but thanks to Stan Prokopenko and his Proko.com site, my knowledge of anatomy is at a whole new level. I recommend his site over any of the anatomy books I’ve studied, and I have a stack of anatomy books 3 foot high.
If you don’t want to purchase his courses, Stan generously gives you about 50% of the content free of charge on Youtube.

IMG_6380 Here are some sketchbook  pages from my studies tonight. This sort of intensive study is worth it.  When you know the bones and ligaments and how they connect, you can draw the figure with confidence!

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Don’t just listen to or read the lesson. Drawing through the material commits it to memory.   I enjoy studying, sketching and observing  to constantly improve.

 

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Another good reason to study!  Imagine yourself as not having to stop and consult reference every time you draw the figure.  If you know the anatomy inside out you can speed through it, even take artistic license and break some rules!

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Oops!  I misspelled  “half”!

Check out the courses available at Proko

Thanks, Stan you’re an amazing teacher!

 

Twilight Avenger: Cover Concepts

Posted in Comps, Twilight Avenger, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on August 7, 2014 by uncannymanfrog

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Twilight Avenger compBI had fun at the studio today working on cover concepts for my upcoming Twilight Avenger graphic novel.

The second one is my favorite, not only because of the composition and action, but that it shows june bugs swarming his magnesium light and leaks in his gas weaponry.

Twilight Avenger , is a bit Steam Punk looking.  But John and I were doing this type of thing before Steam Punk became popular.

The publisher is Pulp 2.0 Press.   We’re finishing up the creative part in the next month or so.   Pages still need to be lettered, and art touched up a bit.

Dallas Comic Con: Part 1 of 3

Posted in Comic Conventions, Cosplay with tags , , , , , , , , , on December 16, 2013 by uncannymanfrog

fd-header3October 5 of this year I attended the Dallas Comic Con Fan Days.   I wasn’t going as a guest or anything special, just as a fan.  The main reason for my trip  was to meet Neal Adams, who was my favorite comic illustrator since I was in jr. high.

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Cosplay (Costume Play) in the convention center garage while waiting to go in.

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Yours truly on the dealers room floor.

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The Black Widow was there!

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Best thing in the Wizard of Oz: Flying Monkeys!

Comic Cons ,in my region of Oklahoma, Kansas, and Texas, have been on the decline the last several years.  I was surprised to see the crowds swarming Fan Days.   Just to get in the gate took a couple of hours,  waiting around, as people who had prepurchased tickets streamed in the gate first.  I do think that the shift of major comic book conventions to emphasize television and movie stars may account for the massive crowds.  On the comics guest list, in addition to Neal Adams, were Simon Bisley,  Michael Golden, and Kelley Jones.  The media list included Ron  Perlman (Hellboy), Jon Heder ( Napoleon Dynamite) and some cast members from Breaking Bad.

My friend , Mike, from Fort Worth went with me to the con.   I think this is his second convention, the last being some 20 ago. He was there mainly to see the cast from one of his favorite shows, Breaking Bad.  He calls the show “genious”.   He also summed up the Dallas Con with a single word:

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Toy and Action Figure Museum

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2013 by uncannymanfrog

Action Figure Museum

Why am I looking so astonished, or perhaps incredulous or probably just stupified?   Why you ask?
It’s because I’m blown away by the tons of toys and action figures at the Toy and Action Figure Museum.

museumHere it is, located on the brick streets of downtown Pauls Valley, Oklahoma.  Check out the attention to detail on the robotic figure: He’s battle damaged!

batcave cap BStoy wallEvery nook and cranny is packed with almost every action figure you can imagine.

I was lucky enough to run into the Toyman of Pauls Valley, Kevin Stark.   Kevin donated his toy collection to form this museum.  He gave me a tour of his museum, and his studio, Stark Art.  Kevin is an accomplished toy designer, cartoonist and painter.  His favorite action figure:  The Composite Superman!COMPOSITE SUPERMANCOMPOSITE SUPERMAN AF

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Thanks Kevin for the tours.