Phew! Just finished putting the finishing touches on the Pirate print. What a BEAR! I made many changes to the scanned pencil as I went along, coloring it in Photoshop. My Wacom finger is killin’ me! I removed the “censored” sign from the pantless guy and went for a skirt gag instead. Initially I was going to accompany the print with a “legend” telling the names of the crew and this guy was gonna be “Pantless something” but, opting out of that idea, he looked out of place. Now the tough looking guy has a skirt and is sporting a purse. I also removed the ship from the pic and added a ship’s wheel. I figured that adding the wheel would explain why Blackbeard is above everyone else. The flag is Blackbeard’s actual flag design. It’s pretty trippy.

Rich Powell

I'm an artist/illustrator residing in a small, North Carolina town. I worked for a few years as a conceptual artist and art director in the computer game industry but set off on my own to freelance. I currently do humorous illustration and cartoons for publications such as MAD Magazine and Highlights for Children.

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4 Responses

  1. Ernie Kwiat says:

    I was at Kenji’s studio Sunday. His wife Gail was there with her new IPad 2 and I showed them your blog. Kenji said, “Not so bad!” about the pirates print. He also asked me to say hello to you both.

  2. Rich Powell says:

    That sounds like Kenji! Thanks for mentioning us, I have such fond memories of those days. I stay in touch with Lew Carson pretty regularly but it’s awfully strange being so far away.

  3. Tim Loucks says:

    Just mentioning Kenji prompts the eternal question: “What is Art, Richard?

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