Old Man Like Ron sketch cards are easily the strangest but also one of the funnest trading card projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. The trading card set is based off the popular Youtube series, Old Man Like Ron. The show is very NSFW as it follows the crazy adventures of a foul mouthed old man, who is a puppet, as he chases women, booze, and whatever else he fancies. The show comes from England, which is readily apparent in the choice words the titular character uses.
Prior to this project I had never heard of this show before. After signing on, I watched a few of the episodes and decided to draw the main character, Ron, in images that spoofed popular franchises. I also drew upon other sets I had worked on before at RRParks Cards like Sharknado and Zorro.
What I created
The trading card set is from RRParks Cards. This is a small company out of the states where the owner, Richard Parks, produces only trading card sets of properties that he genuinely loves. He uses professional artist quality paper on his sketch cards and provides his artists with substantial time to produce quality sketch cards. Because of that, I decided to use gouache paint on three of the cards I created; I only did three cards in gouache because it is very time consuming to do. I’m really loving this medium because it can be reactivated at any time with water, dries with a mat finish, and has a great vibrancy to the colour. The three cards I did in gouache were the dinosaur Ron, x-ray Ron, and Zoro Ron.
Hope you like what I created for this set!
Old Man Like Ron on Kickstarter
Go visit the kickstarter campaign for the Old Man Like Ron card set! The campaign ends December 24th, so don’t delay!
I am thrilled to announce that one of my illustrations was included in the Stranger Things Artbook: Visions from the Upside Down! This book was printed by Printed in Blood and is available at local comic stores, Chapters, and Amazon!
As my illustration was included in the book, I have a very limited print from it! This print is limited to just 200 copies and can only be purchased direct from me! I will have a few copies available at the local Red & White Show in Calgary and might have a few copies available at the Comic Expo in Prince George, but that won’t be till May of 2020. If you’d like to buy a copy of the print from me today, then please contact me here! The prints are $60 each plus shipping if ordering online, and they come with a free mini art print of one of my other drawings!
About the Limited Prints
My Stranger Things art print measures 16×12″ and is printed on high quality, Mohawk paper. Each print is hand signed and numbered, and you would receive a random numbered print when ordering, however print number 11 is reserved for the person who purchases the original drawing! The prints are shipped unframed via FedEx.
The Original Drawing
The original drawing I created for the artbook is also for sale. I am asking $525 for the original drawing, plus shipping. The original drawing was created with Copic markers, polychromous pencil crayons, gouache and acrylic paints, with a protective archival quality UV spray added overtop. The original is 11.5×9″ with a 1/2 or 1″ border.
Buy Your Copy of the Artbook
Please follow this link to Amazon & purchase your copy of the book today! By purchasing the book through this link you will also help support me in creating more artwork!
Topps 2018 The Walking Dead: Road to Alexandria is the fourth Walking Dead trading card set I’ve had the pleasure of working on! I am a huge fan of the TV show and greatly enjoy drawing some of my favourite and most hated characters from the show. This time around, the Road to Alexandria set allowed me to draw from any of the characters from the past 8 seasons of the TV show, plus a select few Walkers.
Since I could draw characters from the past 8 seasons of the Walking Dead, I decided to forego drawing Walkers and focus on cast members. I also stepped away from doing some of the current and recent main cast as I had already drawn many of them in the last few projects I had worked on.
Above and below are some 18 examples of the sketch cards I created for this set. I stuck with the same methods I have been using in previous sets, with using Copic markers and oil based pencil crayons over top. On a few, however, I also used black india ink and the white backgrounds on cards like the Olivia below were created with brushed acrylics.
Previous Walking Dead Projects
Check out the previous Walking Dead sets I’ve worked on:
Sometimes when I’m feeling burnt out, uncreative, or I just get an idea in my head I do up some sketch cards just for fun. This recently happened with me when I decided to draw four characters from the classic science fiction show, Lost in Space.
Lost in Space came on the air decades before I was even born, however I did watch it on reruns. I enjoyed the campiness of the show much like how I also enjoyed watching Bonanza, Gun Smoke, the original Star Trek, and perhaps my favourite, Combat! I’m not sure why, but growing up I watched a lot of rerun TV Shows.
Slightly off topic, this did get me thinking why more of these classic shows aren’t aired anymore. I’ve also especially wondered why streaming sites like Netflix doesn’t have more of these classic TV Shows. I would imagine they would be fairly cheap to purchase the streaming rights to?
For these four cards I drew them on personal stock sketch card paper. This paper is from a larger 300lb sheet of paper that is ideal for markers and dry mediums, and I had cut down into 2.5×3.5″ sketch cards. After pencilling out the images, I used my trusty mediums of Copic Markers and polychromous pencil crayons. I added a little bit of acrylic whites to the robot and alien, but otherwise left them as is. However, I did try a slightly messier and blockier style of colouring these, which I quite liked as it added a bit more movement and liveness to the images.
These four sketch cards are for purchase at $20 plus shipping each. I did them for fun so not really asking much for them. If you would like to pick them up, please contact me here or check my Etsy store as they may be listed at some point there.
Earlier this year I started working for the first time with Unstoppable Cards. I had heard about this company through a fellow artist but had never seen their products before as they are located in the UK and only sell their trading cards online.
I shot them off an application and the company dug my work. They immediately offered me a few projects right off the bat, beginning with the Gerry Anderson Supermarionation set and the soon to be released Terminator 2! The Gerry Anderson just released last week but T2 won’t be out for another month or so.
At first I had no idea what or who ‘Gerry Anderson Supermarionation’ was. After looking into a bit more I found out he had created a whole slew of children’s shows back in the 60’s and on, most of which were big only in the UK. Living in Canada, however, we tend to receive a few UK shows and one of which was the Thunderbirds and that show I did watch on reruns in the 90s! It was weird as hell, with strange looking marionettes and goofy adventurous storylines, but also oddly captivating and entertaining.
Video from Gerry Anderson’s Stingray
Artist Proof Sketch Cards for Gerry Anderson
I will be posting my artist proofs for sale on Ebay this weekend (July 15th), with the auction lasting for 7 days. If they do not sell in these auctions I will probably post them for sale on my website here. If you would like to pick them up immediately, please send me a message here and I’ll get back to you right away! If you would like to commission a different Gerry Anderson sketch card or a larger illustration then also contact me here! Bottom line, contact me! 🙂
Gerry Anderson Sketch Cards
For this set I used a few different styles. The sketch card paper stock was a little different from what I’m used to so there was a bit of experimentation. Some of the cards were created with brush pens and copics and others were a mix of copics and pencil crayons, similar to how I tackled the recent Star Wars: 40th Anniversary set.