jason shorr

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“Why, you ask, was I bound in chains in this cold and dismal place? Not for any mortal sin, but the wickedness of my abhorrent face!”

Figuring out how to translate the Phantom’s disfigured face has proven a lot more challenging than I expected. Here’s where I’m at so far… and yes, that’s Mads Mikkelsen in the middle of the three rough sketches. 

Happy Birthday, Tom! 

In celebration of Tom of Finland’s birthday, I’m sharing one of my drawings that appears in the 2nd issue of Loverboy Magazine as part of their feature on Andy Butler. I created several scenes of Tom inspired work to interact with the photos of Andy shot by Greg Bailey. One of the most fun projects I’ve ever done! 

What you see here is just the version of my work, without Andy, so it looks quite different in the actual mag. Check out Loverboy Magazine, issue 2 for a full 6 pages of this, plus the cover! 

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Some of my favorite sketches from my evening at Besame cosmetics on Saturday night. Besame is a fabulous brand started by two ArtCenter grads who make very detailed reproductions of vintage beauty products.

Saturday night, for their launch of their new cake mascara, I was present to draw tons of lovely ladies, many who came fully decked out, using the mascara itself to sketch.

So much fun!

“I remember there was mist… swirling mist upon a vast, glassy lake…. There were candles all around, and on the lake there was a boat… and in the boat, there was a man…..!

Who was that shape in the shadows? Whose is the face in the mask?”

Finally went back and finished this composition that I’d roughed out and posted *months* ago. First in a series of lots of Phantom vis dev work that I’ll be posting in the near future. I’m going back to my roots and building up my vis dev/ character design portfolio. 

Something Wicked…..

After finishing my Blue Velvet poster, I realized how much I missed really painting, so here I go again. This is a portrait that has been on the back burner for about 3 years actually. Back in 2012 when I did my Maleficent and Evil Queen oil paintings, I had one planned for Ursula, with the actress Amy Hill as my model.

Amy was kind enough to sit for my reference photo shoot at her home, and I applied some seriously rough drag makeup on her before taking the photos. I drew up a detailed sketch digitally, and was all ready to project the drawing onto a 26x30 canvas and go at it. But I lost my momentum. 

Now that I don’t have much space in which to paint a large canvas with oil, or much time, really, I decided to just do it digitally and have fun. And maybe someday I’ll do the real deal on canvas. Anyhow, I’m liking it so far. This is just a small snippet of the work in progress!