-By Justin Sweet

Here’s a piece that I did for Robert Rodriguez’s live action adaptation of FIRE AND ICE done by Ralph Bakshi back in the 80’s.

I’ve been a fan of Frazetta  since 2nd grade when the Stop and Go liquor store down the street from my house got a poster rack with one of the images being Frazetta’s “Beserker” painting. There was definately mixed feelings going into this one.  Frazetta is the most copied fantasy artist in the world, and my job on this film was to copy him.  My job was to do things that he might have done if he had been the concept artist for the film.  Strange to try and eliminate ME from the picture.  I might have barely passed and am glad in hind sight that I didn’t get the A.  Happy to see a little bit of me in there. It’s difficult to try and scratch yourself out of a picture.  I felt a little guilty even trying. It was interesting to come into conflict with my normal tendancies as an artist, lots of thoughts of “he wouldn’t do it this way”.  Humbling too, in closely looking at Frazetta’s work and seeing what a master draughtsman he was.  There was only one Frazetta.  All this being said the project was alot of fun, and Rodriguez was great to work for.

Here’s one of the shots I did for the film that Robert showed at Comic Con. He actually showed this piece in a print out to Sylvester Stallone! I can’t believe that Rocky/Rambo saw some of my art.

Here’s how this one started. Doodle done in whatever sketchpad or paper was available. Scanned in to photoshop and taken into Painter.

Using digital watercolor I blocked my basic composition.
Next I laid in some basic color and sent it over to Robert to see if he wanted this one developed. He said yes. .

Here’s the finish. This was actually meant to be about 80% but after I turned it in I went on to other stuff. Still may go back one of these days and finish it up. Most of this was painted in Corel Painter using the oil pastel.
Here’s a detail.
That’s all folks! Sorry for not responding to the posts last week. Thanks for the reception and I promise to be a better respondent!