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Old 09 September 2007   #1
Strange Behavior (Illustration) Entry: Ralph King

Ralph King is entered in the "Strange Behavior Challenge" update: View Challenge Page

Latest Update: Final Image: Presley Plumbers (The King Unplugged)
 
Old 09 September 2007   #2
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Darth Variables



Greetings!

Credits – Based on Darth Vader by Lucas Films Ltd., Popeye by Elzie Segar,
The Hulk by Stan “The Man” Lee, and Bozo by Alan Livingston

Here is my first abnormal concept. It is a bit on the artsy side, kind of a mix between Andy Warhol and Gary Larson. I want something funny but more geared to the fantasy & Si-fi area. Anyway hope it gives someone a smile.

Back to the drawing board….
 
Old 09 September 2007   #3
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Presley Plumber



My latest concept deals with the King and Plumbers with a vampire condition
 
Old 09 September 2007   #4
elvis

that vampire-elvis-plumber is great. nice facial expression...and the fangs just make it even better.
 
Old 09 September 2007   #5
Line Art or Model: Presley Plumbers



Presley Plumbers (Artists with Plungers)

Credits:
Frank Frezetta - Indomitable
Frank Frezetta – Mongol Tyrant
Frank Frezetta – Tiger woman (women)
Frank Frezetta –Escape on Venus (Tiger)
Frank Frezetta – Night Stalker
Frank Frezetta – King Kong (Women)
Elvis Presley and Elvis Presley imitators reference photos

Background
Concept Story - the heroic and monstrous models for Frank Frezetta’s incredible paintings (Indomitable, Mongol Tyrant, Tiger Woman (women), Escape on Venus (Tiger), Night Stalker, and the women shown in King Kong) have to make a living. Because of having such strong forearms they are naturals at pluming. They often get together dressed as Elvis and as dancers for some karaoke. This combination of skills and interests congealed to create a company called Presley Plumbers.

It is the discordance and ambiguity of such far flung attributes I hope makes this piece interesting and humorous. I mean no disrespect to any of the component characteristics, to Frezetta, Plumbers, Elvis, Elvis fans and any race, ethnic group, or gender, while certain vegetables and microorganisms are being scoffed at.

I also get while creating the piece the added bonus of getting to copy and learn from one of my all time favorite fantasy artist.

Notice:
The toilet plungers are only intended to represent toilet plungers, not phallic symbols (which would be spooky when you consider that an alien tiger has a plunger). Toilet plungers provided by Plumber World Inc.

No pickles were injured in the creation of this work in accordance with the People for the Ethical Treatment of Pickles and The Vlasic Convention.

No endorsement is made regarding greasy hair treatment products.
 
Old 09 September 2007   #6
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Presley Plumbers



shading working in progress

Shading work in progress

Credits:
Frank Frezetta - Indomitable
Frank Frezetta – Mongol Tyrant
Frank Frezetta – Tiger woman (women)
Frank Frezetta –Escape on Venus (Tiger)
Frank Frezetta – Night Stalker
Frank Frezetta – King Kong (Women)
Elvis Presley and Elvis Presley imitators reference photos
 
Old 09 September 2007   #7
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Presly Plumbers



More WIP - color and composition studies
 
Old 09 September 2007   #8
Hey Ralph, really funny concept inspired in Frazetta´s work and your previz are great !! Good luck and looking forward for more updates!!
 
Old 09 September 2007   #9
wow

u have a strong hand nice I think that the final post is gonna be great.
 
Old 09 September 2007   #10
To tarekmax

tarekmax,

Thanks for the encouraging words.

Last edited by Korendo : 09 September 2007 at 01:27 AM.
 
Old 09 September 2007   #11
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Presley Plumbers (The King Unplugged)



Sending second batch of color studies.

Last edited by Korendo : 09 September 2007 at 12:01 AM. Reason: Slight typo
 
Old 09 September 2007   #12
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Presley Plumbers (The King Unplugged)



Hers is a closeup of a dead pickle guy.
 
Old 09 September 2007   #13
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Presley Plumbers (The King Unplugged)



Additional canvas space compared
 
Old 10 October 2007   #14
Concept Sketch or 3D pre-visualization: Presley Plumbers (The King Unplugged)



More WIP

A rough quote from Salvador Dali

“Announcing the declaration of the imagination and mankind’s basic right to their own madness. Only the violence and continuance of the hardened dream can resist the hideous mechanical civilization that is our enemy.” Salvador Dali
 
Old 10 October 2007   #15
hahahaha, hey Ralph, I really like your writing man!

First, thanks a lot for stopping by and leaving comments on my entry. i appreciate it. As far as your piece goes, that is a strange and very funny concept man. I love the whole idea of those muscle characters being so good at plumbing, and forming a band very casually as you've described it your color palette is very nice too, it reminds me the pastel tones of Frazetta illustrations.
If i had to critique, your canvas is a little too squareish I guess, and the composition is a bit too centered. you could move around some of the characters a little maybe, and break that symmetry while preserving the balance in your composition. but anyway, feel free to ignore if that's what you're going for. After all, this kind of format and symmetry works pretty good for illustrations of show posters... keep it up dude!
 
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