Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Dungeons and Dragons for Gygax

Here's my piece for the:

Tribute to Gygax

a group exhibition celebrating the memory of Gary Gygax
and his creation of Dungeons and Dragons.

Aug. 23rd - Sept. 27th

Opening Reception
Sat. August 23rd 2008
Titmouse Studios
6616 Lexington Ave.
Hollywood, CA. 90038

"Leave My Uni Alone!"
Acrylic on Wood
9"x 12"

I know when people think Gygax or D & D they think of the Role Playing Game, but I always think of the cartoon. I was always a GURPS kinda guy.

I used to watch this cartoon religiously every Saturday. I loved it and could recall whole episodes, but why? I remembered the music and BGs being kinda of creepy, but it feel like that was quite it, so I watched an episode to find out why it made such a big impression on me. I was super surprised by how depressing it was! (go to 03:57) Those poor kids were pulled from their world. Sure they got cool weapons, but their whole lives were just chasing this "portal" home and dealing with a little dwarf who wouldn't tell them which way to go home but give them riddles!

Maybe that's why it made such a big impression...

Here's a close up:

I was thinking about doing another cut out piece, but I really felt like spending more time on painting and less on woodworking.

Well, that's the last piece for now! Fwew!

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Blogger damon said...

i loved the show to kids shows form that time were surprisingly dark did you ever watch thundar?

that is a really nice painting

very dynamic

good job

6:00 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Most excellent Gabe!

I didn't even know there was a Tribute to Gygax this weekend.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Awesome! Really great piece- I love it!

for a REALLY interesting article about scientology and the DnD animated show (and muppet babies), you have to check out this interview with one of the original writers:

fascinating stuff- totally reminds me of what you said ... creepy how they sneak that stuff in!


1:53 AM  
Blogger Jared Deal said...

this should be a wicked show. just sent my stuff in earlier this week... wish i could be there. take some pics if you go!

11:03 AM  
Blogger Double0zero said...

Dude this Rocks I totally loved that Cartoon when I was a kid. HK

5:58 PM  
Blogger Mukpuddy said...

Freakin awesome dude!! The cartoon was one of my favs too!

7:15 PM  
Blogger LFW said...

Yeah! I saw that show a lot also. and the thing was YOU NEVER SAW THEM MAKE IT BACK! they were eternally trapped in that realm until they grew old and died, lol. How sad.

I think that little guy was just using them to do all his dirty work so he could take over, the jerk.

great painting


2:37 AM  
Blogger Kim Roberts said...

Oh wow! Really nicely done :D

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

osnap! Great panel, gabe. The D&D cartoon was one of the better ones. (I'm lookin' at you, Punky Brewster!) My best memory of the show was finding it on Russian tv when I was a student there. We also got Alf, Dinosaurs, the Last Temptation of Christ, and Italian porn.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Jorge R. Gutierrez said...

Freaking amazing Gabe!!!
Seriously, I hate you.

4:17 PM  
Blogger Dee said...

Hey, nice piece Gabe! Turned out great! I loved Uni!
Did you go to the show? Heard it was cool! =)

2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The finished piece looks incredible, Gabe!!!! I just don't know how you find the time to do it all!!!

5:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oops! "anonymous' was me! teehee!

Jorge cracks me up!!!!

5:29 PM  
Blogger Alan said...

Great image. I love that show.

11:22 AM  
Blogger BLAMMO The Art of Jason Groh said...

Great stuff Gabe!
Very inspiring.

2:11 PM  
Blogger Patrick Kochakji said...

Nice painting! It was my favorite piece in the show. I'd like to buy it and hang it in my son's room.

8:46 AM  
Blogger Dougmian said...

Nice! Your desing combine with brush and screen! Great job!

7:42 PM  
Blogger Iggy said...

Awesome piece Gabe. I used to watch this cartoon a lot too... dubbed in portuguese. It was one of my favourites back home. Cheers. -iggy

10:33 AM  
Blogger Owen Flanagan said...

I love the painting he was my favorite character in the cartoon when i was a kid.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Such Awsomeness!

2:08 PM  
Blogger Thierry Cattant said...

Love your art!!

1:23 AM  
Blogger Bill Ferguson said...

That looks awesome! Great job!

2:11 PM  
Blogger Dan Bob said...

I'm impressed. nice painting!

8:09 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...


8:43 PM  
Blogger Dear Joshy said...

This comment has been removed by the author.

2:20 PM  
Blogger Dear Joshy said...

Dear Gabe,

...You might be doing one of the following:

1) Being incredibly busy.

2) Avoiding my emails in an effort to ward off time-consuming-stupidity.

Fair enough. Never the less, I'm going to use your Comments section of this Blog Entry to ask you a technical question.

Q: Do you have a Photoshop/Illustrator brush or technique that allows you to digitally create a dry brush/gouache effect?

Point of reference:
The background images of each panel

Please respond at your leisure.

[Translation: I'll nag you incessantly if I fail to hear from you by November 15th. Today is October 21st.]

2:22 PM  
Blogger Julia Lundman said...

hi there! i just love this painting!

i was curious to know if you need to prime the wood first with something. i tried painting on balsa wood but the paint wouldn't stick. this was gouache. maybe acrylic? do you shellac it afterwards too?

really nice stuff! i love the cut outs!

2:49 PM  
Blogger double H said...

Great stuff, Gabe. I am stopping by to swipe one of your Cintiqs, by-the-way.


Howie Hartman

4:12 PM  
Blogger Kyle Marshall said...

Fun stuff!

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Blogger Unknown said...

That's so awesome!

10:47 PM  
Blogger Hobo Divine said...

Ya Dungeon Master more like Dungeon Bastard!
Hardly a guide!

It was a pretty sad episode as you described.
It's kind of cool though they had that kind of writing for a cartoon too.
I guess they don't have a dentist in that realm do they man Venger need's some dental work BAAAAAAAAAaaaad!

~ Peace


7:19 PM  
Blogger Bernard Joaquin said...

that's awesome....use to watch this when I was a kid on saturday mornings...

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