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Undead, Will Travel

By ChrisAppel
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This was a limited edition lithograph that Pinnacle Entertainment Group issued to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Deadlands western-horror franchise.
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menapia's avatar
I always enjoyed your characters and they always made those Deadlands books stand out.
ErtanKarademir's avatar
harika tebrikler...
JediMorningfire's avatar
Not much I can say other than this is one heck of a cool pic and a great depiction of Deadlands' non-evil iconic gunslinger.
giadrosich's avatar
Not as good looking as the Chinese girl I'm currently working on (drawing, that is), but justifiably, a lot deadlier. Um...on second thought...

Another grand image, Chris!

:D
Darkmir's avatar
I think it took some moxy to use this pose. It seems to me many illustrators would have turned the body more towards the viewer, and put the right arm on the other side of the character's face. This would have been a safer route, leaving the face unobstructed, and the sense of depth easier for the viewer to discern.

To be honest, I might very well have directed one of my artists away from this pose during the development stage. I worked as an art and creative director for various companies in the high end screen printed t-shirt industry for 20 years. Mostly licensed merchandise for major brands and popular media. The work was executed on a much faster turn than the type of illustration that hallmarks your gallery here. So it was that I made quick decisions on edits and critiques, and the work was completed in hours, or days, at most.

Getting back to my point; I might have been sufficiently unsure of this pose working to let it fly. But, in this case, I feel it really works. The placement of the right forearm made me stop and look more deeply at the piece. At first to determine if it worked, but then to observe how it worked. It affects the sense of depth, there is no doubt. Especially in the area of the face. In my case, it made me look at the face and study it more than I might have in a typical gestalt viewing of the piece, such as one might give it when browsing various covers on the shelf of a book store. Careful craftsmanship makes the perspective work, and the overall effect is to make the viewer travel much further into the piece than they might have otherwise.

Again, in my opinion, a courageous choice. I'd be interested to know if the client had anything to say about this pose before you completed the work.
ChrisAppel's avatar
It's been a few years since I did this. The main discussion with my AD was to do pieces for the project that were iconic representations of characters, rather than full scenes. I wanted to approach the two gun pose without mimicking any of the classics--Eastwood's crossed pistols from Josey Wales comes to mind.

I generally do a rough sketch and then pose for digital photos to help refine the pose. I seem to remember that the old duelist stance--gun up and next to the face--felt more natural to me when posing than crossing the body like Eastwood or the classic Sean Connery Bond photo. Too far to the outside would have placed me in Yosemite Sam territory, which I also wanted to avoid. This stance, as you say, introduced the risk of flatness into the composition, but I wasn't too worried about it at the time. I'm not sure whether that was confidence or foolishness, but the piece seemed to work in the end.
Darkmir's avatar
I agree... it worked...:)

A quick note regarding my gallery:

I lived and traveled for several years out of a 32' 5th wheel travel home. I stored some belongings for a year or so when I began traveling, but after a while, every possession I had was in the travel home. I was t-boned by a drunk in an F150 just outside Ft. Lauderdale late one night, and before the fire rescue guys could make it there, my home, my duelly, and his truck burned to their frames. I, and the drunk, were left unhurt.

The main bulk of my professional portfolio was in boxes in the back of my trailer. Some on disk back-up, but much of it the original art, or in actual printed form on t-shirts and pelons. All was lost. What you see in my gallery here either represents work I did after the fire, or that I was able to locate from various web based galleries and client websites my work had been attached to online. A few boxes of older work from 20 years ago had been kept by my ex wife, which she graciously returned to me after the fire.

Most of the really cool stuff, like work done for major theme parks, Star Wars, Star Trek, The NBA, The NFL, etc. is lost forever.

I still see an old shirt I designed, either on someone walking in the mall, or online by chance, now and then.
CanRay's avatar
When did Ronan Lynch start packing Smith & Wesson's?
ChrisAppel's avatar
The reference line drawing they sent me for him had him packing Schofields (or something that looked a lot like a break top S&W) instead of Peacemakers, so that's how I painted it. Several people have commented on it over the years. I'm not sure who did the drawing I was sent, maybe Kevin Sharpe?

Anyway, I've always had him carry the Smiths. He's got them on the Coffin Rock cover, too.
CanRay's avatar
Well, with how often he loses pistols, it's not surprising he's packing different ones in various stories and places. =P
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