Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Politically Incorrect

I've entitled this post "Politically Incorrect" for good reason. Last week, I made a post here and across social media of the latest caricature illustration of current events. The last image was called Dr Trumpenstein, as he was depicted as a mad scientist with the head of Jeff Sessions in a jar. We all know that Jeff Sessions has been stirring up a little stink as of late and of course, Trump has been in the news every day with something new and outrageous. This is pretty typical of our political system today as it has been for many generations here in the US as well as every other nation in the world. Overall, the image received overwhelming positive reviews but there were a few people who took offense or had something negative to say about it. Even a couple of people who unfollowed me on facebook and I'm sure some other social media platforms. I wasn't the first to create an image specifically called Dr Trumpenstein. Simply Google the search term "Dr Trumpenstein" or search twitter with the hashtag "#trumpenstein" and you'll see there were many before me. 

The reason for this post is to make a couple of points about the matter. I am not against President Donald Trump or any other politician for that matter. Political cartoons and satire have been around since before this nation was founded and will continue to be for all time, or as long as our nation remains free. When I create political images, it's not because of any political agenda. It has nothing at all to do with political party, race, gender, or nationality. They are just for fun. It's the way things have always been and they always will be. If you look closely at the images provided above, you'll see what I mean. There are a wide range of images here (and these are only a few I've done over the years) depicting black, white, male, female, Republican, Democrat, US citizens, foreign rulers and even Mr Bean posing as President George Washington.  Many of these images date back several years when I was doing Photoshop contest work for a site that sadly has closed it's doors called "Freaking News". It was a Photoshop contest website based on current news events with a freaky and funny twist. This is where I got my start in Photo manipulation, caricatures and political satire starting in 2010. I had a lot of fun in those days and met some great artists along the way, many of which will respond to this post as they understand what these images are all about. 

Note: There are several images depicted above of former President Barack Obama. There is good reason for this. I have nothing against Obama, or any other politician for that matter. The reason that Obama is featured in many of my images is that he was the most visible figure on the planet for much of the time I've been working in Photoshop, just as President Donald Trump is now. So, it doest matter what party they're from, their race, gender, nationality etc. It's political satire / cartoons. They are simply meant to be absurd so I appreciate the comments both positive and negative. I guess I accomplished what I set out to do if a few peoples' feathers were ruffled. Just know that I have no prejudice when creating these images and they will continue as long as I have the freedom we have as a nation to do so. Expect more in the future no matter who is in office. I hope you understand. Those who do are welcome to check out my online store at https://www.RodneyPikeArt.com/Store and help yourself to these fun and absurd images. 

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Friday, June 16, 2017

Dr Trumpenstein

This is an old image I created in Photoshop years ago for a Photoshop contest called "Freak Show". I was never happy with it so I decided to revisit it and have a little fun by adding some current figures. I think every town / city has their own creepy old guy TV show who hosts horror movies... Trump kind of reminds me of those guys so here you have it, Dr Trumenstein and Jeff (lost his head) Sessions. Also, Freak Show just seems appropriate for out political system today, don't you think? If you're interested in seeing this image in high resolution or purchasing it, please visit my store. There are over 300 images in the store that can be purchased as well as dozens of FREE downloads. As always, thanks for stopping by and feel free to contact me via my contact form if you have any commission inquiries.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sneak Peak at my NEW web site

Rodney Pike Humorous Illustrator
Here's a sneak peak at my new web site, RodneyPikeArt.com in the making. This is only the first slide of 4 on the landing page. There's a lot of work ahead. The layout of the site itself is relatively simple which I wanted but the e-commerce in the new store is what will take the time but I want to be able to showcase my archived work and the print sizes available as I have been selling a lot of older work lately, as well as my services offered. I hope to have this site up and running very soon so stay tuned! Also, don't forget I am always available for custom high resolution print ready portrait commissions (examples below), as well as very inexpensive custom caricature images in low resolution for fun profile pictures. Just drop me a line at rodneywpike@gmail.com for a quote.
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Friday, May 19, 2017

New Web Site - RodneyPikeArt - Coming Soon

New Web Site Launching Soon
Just a note to say I'm in the process of building a new website. I've had a couple of blogs for several years but never had a proper web site with e-commerce and a proper store offering my services and imagery. I'll have a full gallery with prints of my archived work and the print sizes available which I've received numerous requests for as well as client galleries and all services offered. The new domain is RodneyPikeArt.com and will be going live very soon so keep an eye out!








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Monday, May 15, 2017

Bill Murray Handsome As Ever

Actor Comedian Bill Murray
Actor Comedian Bill Murray
This is a quick caricature study of Bill Murray. He's starting to show his age but he's still funny as ever. I grew up on this guy's comedy starting in the 70s on Saturday Night Live. He's always a fun subject to work with. I've probably done 10 caricatures of him over the years and all of them are completely different. The man has many faces!








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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Hulk Hogan - A Caricature Study

Hulk Hogan - Hulkamania
I hadn't expected to make another post today but being Mother's Day without my Mom this year, I needed something to keep me busy so I decided to take a practice run at Hulk Hogan. I'm presently in negotiations over a commission for "The Hulk" which I'm looking forward to, working with Ron Howard, himself a professional wrestler as well as owner and president of Hogan's Beach Shop  in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The project sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Looking forward to it, besides I always wanted to take a stab at "The Hulk". 

Below is a detail of the caricature. This one is fairly mild. Didn't want to upset the Hulkster! Stay tuned to my blog and my facebook fan page. Lots of cool stuff just around the horizon with regards to caricatures and commissions as well as a brand new web site coming very soon.

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The Hulk - Detail
Hulk Hogan - Hulkamania Brother
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Saturday, May 13, 2017

Remembering my Mom on Mother's Day

Mary Matherne Pike - AKA Granny
Mary Matherne Pike - AKA "Granny" 1928 - 2015
Today, I'm remembering my sweet Mom, Mary Matherne Pike. Mother's Day just isn't the same without her. She devoted her life to raising us and her many grandchildren. Her entire world was her family. I always think of her when I hear the song by Alter Bridge, "In Loving Memory" written by their lead guitarist Mark Tremonti and sang by Myles Kennedy. Happy Mother's Day Mom!

A side note: To everyone who still has their Mom with them... Visit her often, love on her, buy her flowers and make the most of every moment you have her because one day, memories and pictures are all we'll have. 

Happy Mother's Day to all!!


Malvin and Mary Pike
Mom and Dad Wedding Day 1946
Malvin and Mary Pike
Mom and Dad 50th Wedding Anniversary
Me and my Mom 50th Anniversary

"I carry the things that remind me of you
In loving memory of
The one that was so true
You were as kind as you could be
And even though you're gone
You still mean the world to me"...

-Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge









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Clint Eastwood - A Caricature Study

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood - A Caricature Study
This is a recent caricature study of Clint Eastwood, one of my all time favorite actors and arguably the baddest cowboy in the history of the film industry. Gotta love those crusty features! I'm in the process of negotiating a contract for several jobs with another big name you may have heard of, Hulk Hogan. The project sounds like a lot of fun and if all works out, you'll be seeing some fun new work featuring "The Hulk". Stay tuned!!









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Friday, May 12, 2017

Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead - A Tribute

Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead
This is a manipulated caricature of Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead for a new client. Below are a detail of Lemmy’s face only as well as the original source image. 
Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead
Ian Fraser Kilmister (24 December 1945 – 28 December 2015), better known as Lemmy, was an English musician, singer, and songwriter who founded and fronted the rock band Motörhead. His music was one of the foundations of the heavy metal genre. He was known for his appearance (including his friendly mutton chops), his distinctive gravelly voice and distinctive bass playing style. Alongside his music career, he also had many minor roles in film and television.
Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Marijuana

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Marijuana
Attorney General Jeff Sessions "on" Marijuana
This is a caricature spoof on Attorney General Jeff (Sesh) Sessions and his take on... or against the legalization of marijuana. Below are some of his extreme views on the subject:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently declared that marijuana—a drug on which no person has ever overdosed—was nearly as dangerous as heroin, a drug that killed 12,989 Americans in a single year. 

"I reject the idea that America will be a better place if marijuana is sold in every corner store. And I am astonished to hear people suggest that we can solve our heroin crisis by legalizing marijuana—so people can trade one life-wrecking dependency for another that’s only slightly less awful," Sessions said while speaking with law enforcement officers Wednesday. "Our nation needs to say clearly once again that using drugs will destroy your life."

But that quote shouldn't come as a surprise, since the former Alabama senator has long been a hard-line anti-pot crusader.

Here are five other things he's said about marijuana over the years.

1. On what he thought of the KKK in the '80s in comments he later insisted were delivered jokingly...
"OK until I found out they smoked pot.”

2. On the drug being a danger
"We need grown-ups in charge in Washington to say marijuana is not the kind of thing that ought to be legalized, it ought not to be minimized, that it's in fact a very real danger."

3. On Obama's more lax approach to pot enforcement and his admiration for "Just Say No”
"I think one of [Obama's] great failures, it's obvious to me, is his lax treatment in comments on marijuana... It reverses 20 years almost of hostility to drugs that began really when Nancy Reagan started 'Just Say No.'"

4. More on Obama and pot
"You can't have the President of the United States of America talking about marijuana like it is no different than taking a drink… It is different… It is already causing a disturbance in the states that have made it legal."

5. On the kinds of folks who smoke weed
"Good people don't smoke marijuana."








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Friday, May 5, 2017

The Vatican City visits my Blog

Pope Francis
Today, I received a blog visit from the Vatican City in Rome. Maybe it was the Pope, who knows? There are only 195 officially recognized nations in the world today but this was the 215th flag to register on my blog widget. I'm working on a couple of new caricatures. I'll be posting them in the coming days.
The Vatican City - Rome
The Vatican City - Rome
215 Nations have visited my blog
215 Flag Visits From Around The World








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Monday, May 1, 2017

Rodney Pike on Social Media - Come join me!!

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This is a screen capture of my facebook fan page. Click the image about to like it and follow my posts. I was all over with social media for a long time but have condensed it a bit lately. Below is a short list of the platforms that I'm posting to on a regular basis now... OK, I need to do something new for YouTube. I actually have a cool video in the making. Stay tuned. So come and join me!!

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thomas (Tom) Fluharty American Illustrator

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This is a quick caricature study of a friend as well as a very accomplished and successful Artist / Illustrator Thomas Fluharty. Tom is one of the most creative and original illustrators I know. I've always loved his work since I first ran across him on DeviantArt back in the day. Below, you'll find the original source image as well as a feature on the artist and some samples of his awesome work. 
Thomas Fluharty American illustrator
Thomas Lively Fluharty, Jr., is an American illustrator and art educator. Fluharty's work has appeared on covers for Der Spiegel, Time, Mad, and The Weekly Standard, in The New York Times, U.S. News And World Report, the Village Voice, and in books for children. He teaches drawing and oil painting online at Schoolism.com. Fluharty serves as a worship leader at Sovereign Grace Church in Bloomington, Minnesota, a Christian evangelical church affiliated with Sovereign Grace Ministries.

Thomas Fluharty ~ American Illustraor

Thomas Fluharty American illustrator
Beatlemania~Oh the power of Paul
Fluharty was born in 1962 in Santa Ana, California. He studied art during 11th and 12th grade at the Montgomery County Joint Vocational School, in Englewood, Ohio. Then he earned an associate degree at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh. Then he moved to New York City where he trained for thirteen years with Ken Bald, who in the 1950s drew Dr. Kildare cartoons and other Marvel Comics. Fluharty learned acrylic paint at the School of Visual Arts and also attended classes at the National Academy of Fine Arts. For eight years from 2002 until about 2010, he sought classical training for his new work in oil paint. His artistic heroes are Rembrandt and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. He married Kristi Fluharty. They have five daughters and a dog named Cash. The family lives in Prior Lake, Minnesota. Fluharty is represented by Erica Rand Silverman.
Thomas Fluharty American illustrator
MonkeyBoy! Image for the cover of The Weekly Standard
His first major success came when Fluharty designed a cover for Mad magazine in 1996. The New York Times then commissioned five caricatures of Jerry Lewis. "That really started it all," said Fluharty. From 2004 to 2008, Fluharty contributed five covers for Der Spiegel magazine. His work was reproduced in the book and traveling show The Art of Der Spiegel: Cover Illustrations Over Five Decades. Fluharty illustrated three children's books published by Crossway: Fool Moon Rising (2009), cowritten with his wife, Kristi Fluharty; The Barber Who Wanted to Pray (2011) by R. C. Sproul, Sr.; and The Boy and the Ocean (2013) by Max Lucado. For The New York Times in 2013, he painted a caricature portrait of Woody Allen towering over Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest, Scarlett Johansson and Penélope Cruz, who were "strong and memorable women" who had played leading roles in Allen's films. Fluharty and four advertising illustrators founded Pitch House, a company that creates storyboards.
Thomas Fluharty American illustrator
Freedom of Speech from Tom's point of view
Fluharty's portrait of Ken Griffey, Jr. and Mark McGwire was a cover of Time magazine in 1998. The following year, Time gave the work, titled Outta Here!, to the National Portrait Gallery. He has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in New York and in Los Angeles. Communication Arts selected his work as winner for their illustration annuals in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2013. Fluharty won a gold medal for a portrait of Hillary Clinton published in Spectrum.
Thomas Fluharty American illustrator
Mad Mad world of Dogs


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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Robert De Niro A Caricature Study

This is my latest caricature study of Robert De Niro. No client here, just for practice. If you're interested in any custom portraits or archived images, email me for details. Hope you enjoy!







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Monday, April 24, 2017

Kobe Bryant

This is my latest caricature of Kobe Bryant for a new client. Hope he likes it. Some cool stuff just around the horizon. Stay tuned!! 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Gilbert Stuart's George Washington Bean

Gilbert Stuart's George Washington Bean
Lookout President Trump. Mr Bean has found his way into history on many occasions but now has finally made it to the top. There's competition on the horizon with soon to be President Elect Bean by popular vote. This is a manipulation of the famous painting of our first President, George Washington by Gilbert Stuart. This image and many others of Rowan Atkinson's character Mr Bean are available in high resolution at request. Simply email me at rodneywpike@gmail.com for details. Thanks and hope you enjoy!







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Friday, April 21, 2017

Napoleon Beanaparte

Napoleon Beanaparte
It was bound to happen sooner or later. The Mr Bean World Invasion has begun with "Napoleon Beanaparte" in this manipulation of the famous painting of Napoleon Bonaparte by Jacques-Louis David featuring Rowan Atkinson's timeless character, Mr Bean. Enough of this foolishness. On to some serious work now... if that's possible. Hope you got a kick out of it!







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