Adventures of my sketchbook, part ??? The scanner doesn’t like ringed books.
Top: Line width got messed up on the troopers after my other pen ran out of ink. Remember kids, once you use a thicker line, you can’t go back to fix it (unless you do that in photochop).
Below: What happens when I spend three days using different color gel pens and color drops. Clone troopers and Jedi, oh my. Um. Well, there’s a lot going on here, so I don’t blame you if you can just pick out a few faces here.
(names withheld to protect the witnesses, some editing done)
(originally submitted to notpulpcovers.com back in 2014, but meant for all the owners of blogs that post stuff I like)
Greetings and long letter from a fellow collector
This is a very long letter of
appreciation for the wonderful job you do in this site. No, I regret to
tell you in advance that I am not sending you a cheque as a token of
appreciation, so you can delete this message now and read no further.
However, if you have trouble sleeping or have two hours to spare with
nothing better to do, like watching the paint dry, read on.
me to introduce myself, I am a connoisseur of art and a man of taste.
The quality of said art and taste may be debatable, quesitonable even. By the way, I am not
an American nor a native English speaker, but come from Spain, if you
are American, that’s in Europe, not south of Mexico, Google maps is your
friend. So please forgive any spelling and grammar errors and be
thankful I don’t grate your ears with my horrible accent.
the last few years I started collecting, retouching and posting in
forums military and battle paintings to use as wallpapers and
screensavers. If for no other reason that I had lot of time in front of
the screen and I wanted to stare at something else than the dull Windows
background. Oh, and because since I got married I couldn’t have naked
girls on the screen anymore like normal guys do. Everybody needs a
hobby. Until I find one, collecting and photochopping paintings for
desktop will do.
At some point I got a bit jaded of the monotony
of images of war, death, destruction and the implements of it, so for a
change I started collecting images of art I like and find cool. So I
turned to the hobbies of the age most mentally retarded of my life, that
is my teenage and wasted youth years, and added to my art galleries the
themes of roleplaying games, fantasy illustrations and computer games
from the 1980s box art. Then I dug deeper and started with the genre of
movie posters: the more lurid and trashy the better. adventure, sci
fiction, horror, action, sexploitation.. etc.
But my craving for bad art eye porn wasn’t satisfied. I wanted more, more!
one day in the bookshop I came across a book about the “Men’s
adventure” magazine covers. A Taschen brick, coffee table size. Since it
was too big to conceal, even under my trenchcoat, and was on discount
sale, I bought it.
I hit bottom with that one. I loved the pulp
art. Being a World War Number Two freak, I specially enjoyed the Nazi and BDSM themes. That
probably is Too Much Information… relax, I am kidding. In fact I was
repelled by those covers. I like the whole “damsel in distress” theme,
but trivialization of Nazi attrocities and the outright sadism of those
covers were quite sick. One thing is being kinky, being sick and twisted is
another entirely different thing. What was wrong with the American
people who bought that? In the same way never liked gore movies.
the rest of the pulp covers I loved. Such great art technique! And such
gorgeous women they had in the 50s and 60s, curvy and with slim waists!
(just like my beloved wife).
But there was a problem, the pics
were either too small, or couldn’t get decent wallpapers of the full
size covers because the book was a bitch to scan, being so heavy and
thick, and I loathe taking a razor to it.
So having hit bottom, I started to dig. I searched the internet for pulp covers of those masters. And found your site.
somebody that shares the same obsessive compulsive collecting disorder,
I have to tell you that I can fully appreciate the work, no, the labour
of love involved in finding all these wonderful pieces of art,
collecting them, and sharing them.
I spent days, weeks going
through the archives downloading images I liked. Frankly, a lot of the
images are rubbish, but what to one is trash, to somebody else may be a
treasure, so please keep posting indiscriminately, we all have our own
tastes. You probably don’t share my unhealthy obsession with sharp
things or things that spit hot pieces of metal and things that go boom.
spent days arranging the images you posted, retouching them for better
fit or improvement, and making collections for them. I use an old
Webshots desktop application, wich was responsible for this obsession
with wallpapers. The sotfware allowed downloads of pretty photographs
for wallpaper, and you could add your own images. It’s dated but it
works, and allows me to manage my collections much better and has better
settings than simply use Windows default screensaver.
thanks to you, my wallpaper galleries have now about 3 Gigabytes in
size, numbering eight thousand images in several dozen cathegories. As I
said the pulp covers are a welcome break from the images of tanks,
airplanes, warships, soldiers and battles.
It’s not just the
pleasure of viewing the images when I am taking a break, I switch on
the screen saver and watch the paintings cycle on the screen for a few
seconds, it’s just that the search for suitable images became an end to
itself, I get a thrill when after hours of tedious internet search I
stumble upon a source of good images. A gallery like this is a godsend.
We are not worthy!
Come to think of it, if you are a god, then I
would have to send you some offering more suitable than a mere cheque,
but I am afraid that sacrificial virgins are in short supply nowadays.
addition to the images you supply, the links you provide to other
insane collectors like ourselves are very valuable. I bookmarked the 80s
and 90s stuff site, and the Back in the Dungeon gallery. Even if the
pics in itself are not good enough, they give a lead for finding other
Over the years of posting war paintings at forums
I have become frustrated and bitter about the lack of recognition and
appreciation from people. Seems only a few freaks have the artistic
sensibility (or the shared bad taste) to appreciate them. I got very few
rewards in return for my effort to disseminate these paintings. I
thought that after so much effort, it would be a waste that those images
would die with me, and I want to share them with more people than just a
couple close friends.
Well, there really a lot of people
interested in this stuff, judging by the thousand of views the paintings
threads have. I was bitter that forum admins didn’t thank me for my
contribution, but I no longer care about that. What kept me going was
the encouragement and appreciation from some people that enjoyed my
postings and thanked me. But alas, those faitfhul were few and far in
between. Most people just click on the thread, download image and say
nothing. No comments, not even a simple “thank you” message or “I liked
this one”. Ungrateful bastards.
So eventually I got fed up and
burned up with forums. I only got aggravation from them and no respect.
And some subjects are exhausted after retrieving and posting every
painting of that theme, from museum galleries to book scans to box art. I
had only kept going for the past couple years by inertia, and because
the forum served as a backup of my images. I have lost a lot of work a
few times due to computer crashes, despite precautions and periodic
backups. Now that imageshack killed my old accounts, I have given up
totally in messageboards. Their loss not mine.
self pitying bitching and moaning is just to tell that if you ever feel
unappreciated or get frustrated with posting the images in your blog, I
know how you feel and want to know how much I value and appreciate your
effort in this blog, and how thankful I am that you gathered all these
pieces of art and preserved them for fellow enthusiasts and future
With every cool painting you posted that I liked,
you gave me a little pleasure and made my life a little happier, and for
that, I give you a big heartfelt thank you. I am sure I am not the only
one that feels the same.
Your example is also inspiring. I had
posted my images in forums because it was easier. It never occurred to
me that you could do a blog on illustration. I thought it was too much
work, but everybody is doing it, so I can too.
Once more, thanks again for your effort, and I hope this letter made you smile and feel good.
Very best regards.
If you wonder about the name of this blog is because it’s an off topic gallery of all the paintings that I like and are not war paintings. And “outer”, because is a nod to sci-fi B-movies that had the “from outer space” in the title