Shadowness - Tom990 http://shadowness.com Despite being repeatedly told that all artists drink too much absinthe, cut their own ears off and only make money after they’re dead, I have always... en Surf Knight http://shadowness.com/Tom990/surf-knight-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/surf-knight-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/394858/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Dear Olympic Comitee, I watched your last show at London on my telivision and thought it was quite good. However I have some ideas that I think may help you get more people interested in your programme, after all, nobody likes sports these days do they? They're all inside eatin nachos and playing mario warriors. That's why all the kids are so fat! People say that kids these days play too many voilent video games and it isn't good for thier intellectual and moral development and they shpuld be outside in the fresh air (unless you live in London or somewhere big, where there isn't any!) playing sports and engaging in physcal activities and stuff like that. I dont mean to boast but I'm very clever and got several Bs at school in subjects that are not dance, drama or cooking. Therefore you should listen to my idea which is this: More fat children will go outside and play sports and like your olympic advertising shows if you make them more like video games. That is to say- more violent. Here is one such suggestion i have drawn for you on my computer it is called "Surf Jousting". It could also be named Joust surfing or Water pole. The object of the sport is for two men riding the sea waves on surf boards to go towards each other very fast with big poles and smack each other right in the melon. The last one to drown wins. it will be more popular with sharks added. Please let me know if you think this is a good plan and if I can have some money for suggesting it. i have got more suggestion to offer soon Yours Sincerly Tom McGrath Professhunal Artist P.S This work is copyright 2013 to me. So don't nick it eh! Sun, 08 Dec 2013 12:02:43 -0500 The Great Race http://shadowness.com/Tom990/the-great-race-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/the-great-race-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/394112/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />And Sultan Silliman is off with an early lead in this years annual intercontinental vehicular expedition extraordinaire! Hopefully he won't break down half way this time. Once again he's got Mehmet the monkey with him, his lucky mascot from his six previous failed entries. Just behind him we see the gracious Madame Beuharniaus on her faithful steed "Cranberry Jam". They've always got stupid names haven't they? Let's face it, she's not gonna win- that horse/camel thing is going to get tired- this is a really long race for goodness sake! In a close third we've got Raj MacDumpling- last of the famous MacDumpling brothers. Pioneers of heavier than air flight- now for the most part sadly deceased. He's the bookie's favourite to win anyway- assuming he doesn't nose dive into a sausage factory or collide with a church steeple like his brothers. God rest their souls. Adams and Jones are a clear fourth position in the HMS Tattysloop. Guess they don't realise half the course is over land- should be exciting to see how that pans out anyway... Thu, 05 Dec 2013 10:02:31 -0500 Deiselpunk Mech http://shadowness.com/Tom990/deiselpunk-mech <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/deiselpunk-mech"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/381707/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />I did a mech design back in college that I've since decided that I hate. Consequently I felt compelled to redesign it with my more up to date and advanced err... "skillz" You can see the offending/inspiring picture on my blog here: http://www.spikedmcgrath.com/blog/dieselpunk-mech/ along with some work-in-progress shots showing the painting process. cheers! Tue, 15 Oct 2013 10:30:36 -0400 Are we nearly there yet? http://shadowness.com/Tom990/are-we-nearly-there-yet-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/are-we-nearly-there-yet-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/373846/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />This picture started out as a character design for another wizard, and grew into a short story idea. maybe I'll write the whole thing as kid's book one day- it's funny how the smallest little sketch idea grows into something bigger. You can also see the work in progress images on my blog here: http://www.spikedmcgrath.com/blog/nearly-yet/ There's also a short story excerpt to give some meaning to the image which you can read on my site here: http://www.spikedmcgrath.com/gallery/are_we_nearly_there_yet.html Cheers Sun, 15 Sep 2013 10:08:28 -0400 Kieth & Sue 4 eva!!! http://shadowness.com/Tom990/kieth--sue-4-eva-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/kieth--sue-4-eva-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/362962/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />This is Keith & and his girlfriend Sue. As you can see they're at least 50% in love. It's Ok, she's not real. These two are fictional characters I came up with for the fun of painting them. After the last portrait I did to practice and entertain myself I wondered how I could keep things fresh and increase the challenge a bit? The answer: two heads are better than one! The real fun of doing a multi-person portrait is that you don't just seek to convey the details of the faces, but to convey the relationship between the subjects too. I've got a brilliant idea for what I'm going to do next... Yeah, thats right 3 people. It's the logical progression isn't it? :P Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:15:44 -0400 Dimitri http://shadowness.com/Tom990/dimitri-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/dimitri-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/362961/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />Here we see the delightful Dimitri the clown on a quick coffee break behind the big top. lovely chap, great sense of humour. This picture is a another attempt by me to further practice my grasp of facial anatomy. If you're interested you can see a .gif showing the long and winding route this image took from conception to completion over here on my blog: http://www.spikedmcgrath.com/blog/ I had such good fun painting this, I'm planning the next one already. Hopefully in the end I'll have a gallery of fictional faces getting progressively better. We shall see. Thanks for looking! Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:15:43 -0400 I like painting wizards http://shadowness.com/Tom990/i-like-painting-wizards-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/i-like-painting-wizards-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/362960/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />So erm... well... you seee.. ...I like painting wizards.! That's it really. That's the extent of the idea behind this image. I wish I could say more, I really do. But I just thought to myself "you know what, I think I'll paint a wizard now". And I did. That's him there. Tue, 06 Aug 2013 12:15:42 -0400 Guide Crocs for the blind http://shadowness.com/Tom990/guide-crocs-for-the-blind-2 <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/guide-crocs-for-the-blind-2"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/322414/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />I was recently asked by a man with a large Bison on a short lead if I was interested in creating a poster for a new government sponsored charity initiative to help blind and partially-sighted people improve their lives. Obviously, being a charitable sort and upon considering the fee, I decided to accept. This poster is the resulting work. All the blind people who've seen it say they like it! I've been told that the website is not currently working, but if you like you can visit my website instead: ww.spikedmcgrath.com Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:53:48 -0400 Come to Kenya we have have Hippos http://shadowness.com/Tom990/come-to-kenya-we-have-have-hippos <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/come-to-kenya-we-have-have-hippos"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/322412/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />I think this image makes perfect sense without an explanation. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:53:47 -0400 Pat Fury: Crime fighting lollipop-wielding extraordinaire http://shadowness.com/Tom990/pat-fury-crime-fighting-lollipop-wielding-extraord <a href="http://shadowness.com/Tom990/pat-fury-crime-fighting-lollipop-wielding-extraord"><img src="http://shadowness.com/file/item9/322413/image_t6.jpg" /></a><br />An old design for an unconventional video game hero. Sun, 24 Mar 2013 19:53:47 -0400