In January of 2017 the talented actor, Miguell Ferrer passed away. Recently, I believe a lot of people were familiar with him from his work on the TV show NCIS. For me it was his roles in the original Robocop movie, Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Traffic, and his incredibly long list of TV roles including his portrayal of Albert Rosenfield on Twin Peaks.
After his passing I started looking up other bits of information about Miguell Ferrer. Honestly, I had only previously been familiar with his film roles. Like so many other Hollywood celebrities, I read that Miguell’s parents were both celebrities, with his father winning an Oscar. One of his cousins, surprisingly, was George Clooney!
Miguell didn’t start acting until his 20’s, but his career went into overdrive quickly after it started. His childhood passions of comic books, science fiction and action carried through his career. His enthusiasm for the genres he worked in and the opportunities he had was clear, as shown in a 2009 interview with AV/Film where Ferrer was asked about many of his iconic roles including…
“RoboCop was maybe the best summer of my entire life. It was the summer of 1986, and it was the best part I’d been asked to do at the time, and working with an amazing director, Paul Verhoeven. The writer Ed Neumeier and I became great friends, and he gave me just so much to work with. I woke up every day and when I was looking at myself in the mirror shaving, I just couldn’t believe my good fortune. I was the happiest guy probably in the state during that time.”
This is part of my ongoing series of portraits of those who passed away in 2017. Please comment below if there is someone you think I should include in this series. I have about six more ready to be posted as well 🙂
I’ve always been fascinated with space, NASA, and those that pushed through the impossible to explore the unknown. Eugene Cernan was born in 1934. He was an American astronaut, naval aviator, electrical engineer, aeronautical engineer and fighter pilot. In 1972, the last and final NASA mission to the moon took place, with Cernan, his third trip to space, as commander of Apollo 17. This final lunar landing was to have Cernan be the eleventh person to ever walk on the moon and be the last man to re-enter the Lunar Module.
This sketch of Mr. Cernan was done on 8 3/4″ x 6″ illustration paper. I used a black #14 Kuretake brush pen and white acrylic paint. The NASA emblem was coloured with copic marker and then edited in Photoshop to give it a grainy texture and added the white splash marks overtop of it.
Milt Schmidt was born in Kitchener Ontario, March 5, 1918 and passed away this year at the age of 98.
Milt was a WWII veteran in the Canadian military and a Boston Bruins legend, playing from 1937 to 1942 and 1946 to 1955. He won two Stanley Cups, coached the Bruins from 1955 to 1966, and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.
This sketch of Mr. Schmidt was done on 8 3/4″ x 6″ illustration paper. I used a black #14 Kuretake brush pen for inking the pencil sketch. Grey markers were used in places on the portrait and a yellow marker with a white grease pencil overlain overtop was used for the background.
As I am still in the process of completing this website I want to hold off on publishing blog posts. In about another week (end of April 2017), I will start posting here on a variety of subjects. These will include art, comic books, publicize upcoming sales on this website, and other semi-random musings. One thing for certain though, is that all of my art and design projects will be announced here. When a new trading card set or a small film that I created storyboards for is about to be released, this will be one of the first places I will talk about it! You can also message me through these posts to ask about these projects!
Overtime there will be a bevy of more reasons to follow my site and I hope you enjoy it!