Monday, November 26, 2018

Cyber Monday Free Stuff

Cyber Monday Free Stuff

Cyber Monday Free Stuff

Click the "Shop Here" button for FREE image download. Every item on the gallery you will be directed to is absolutely free for the holidays. Feel free to help yourself while this offer lasts.


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Monday, October 15, 2018

Mr Bean Hijacks Another Rembrandt Masterpiece

Mr Bean Hijacks Another Rembrandt Masterpiece

Mr Bean Hijacks Another Rembrandt Masterpiece

Mr Bean hijacks another Rembrandt Masterpiece. The source image is a famous self portrait by Rembrandt called "Self Portrait with Two Circles". Rowan Atkinson's Mr Bean character put into absurd situations and inserted into famous paintings by old masters has been by far my most popular images, so here's another one to be added to my ever growing Mr Bean Store. I've done quite a few images over the years from very complex time consuming pieces to the simplest of pieces like this one and these silly images always win out. Be sure and check out the full Mr Bean Collection Here. I've been asked to put more of this type work out there, so look for more craziness ahead.

 
Will Mr Bean make a comeback?



   
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Saturday, October 13, 2018

Custom Caricature Portraits Available

Custom Caricature Portraits

Custom Caricature Portraits Available

I'm back to doing some custom caricature portrait commissions lately so I thought I'd make a post and let you know your options. I provide two basic types of caricature portrait commissions. A low resolution headshot caricature mainly for use as a social media profile pic which is the least expensive. Not that these are expensive. I offer very affordable prices on these. The other would be a 300DPI, 8 x 10 or larger with custom background of your choice. All files are downloadable upon payment. Above are a few examples and below, you will find a few before and after shots. These make great gift ideas for the holidays. You may contact me by my contact link provided or simple email me at rodneywpike@gmail.com for details.
Custom Caricature Portraits
Custom Caricature Portraits
Custom Caricature Portraits
Custom Caricature Portraits
Custom Caricature Portraits
Custom Caricature Portraits



     
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Friday, October 12, 2018

Jay Z

Jay Z

Rapper Jay Z

Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as JAY-Z, is an American rapper and businessman. He is one of the best-selling musicians of all time, having sold more than 100 million records, while receiving 21 Grammy Awards for his music. The man with the million dollar lips. This image was a poster commission from a while back. I have many of these in my store and have had some requests to add a little flare to some of them so I reworked this one and several others. All are available in my store now and several more on the way. I'll be posting more tomorrow.
Interview with Jay-Z




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Saturday, August 25, 2018

John McCain Great American Hero Passes Away

John McCain American Hero August 29, 1936 - August 25, 2018

John McCain Great American Hero Passes Away

Tonight a great American Hero, John McCain passed away. This image was done years ago for a Photoshop contest entry and though first was done in jest, tonight is intended as a tribute to this selfless man. Rest in peace sir. We thank you for your life long service to this nation.

John Sidney McCain III (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018) was an American statesman who served as the senior United States Senator from Arizona, a seat to which he was first elected in 1986. He was the Republican nominee for President of the United States in the 2008 election, which he lost to Barack Obama.

McCain graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1958 and followed his father and grandfather—both four-star admirals—into the U.S. Navy. He became a naval aviator and flew ground-attack aircraft from aircraft carriers. During the Vietnam War, he was almost killed in the 1967 USS Forrestal fire. While McCain was on a bombing mission over Hanoi in October 1967, he was shot down, seriously injured, and captured by the North Vietnamese. He was a prisoner of war until 1973. McCain experienced episodes of torture and refused an out-of-sequence early repatriation offer. The wounds that he sustained during war left him with lifelong physical disabilities.

He retired from the Navy as a captain in 1981 and moved to Arizona, where he entered politics. In 1982, McCain was elected to the United States House of Representatives, where he served two terms. He entered the U.S. Senate in 1987 and easily won reelection five times, the last time in 2016.

While generally adhering to conservative principles, McCain also had a media reputation as a "maverick" for his willingness to disagree with his party on certain issues. After being investigated and largely exonerated in a political influence scandal of the 1980s as a member of the Keating Five, he made campaign finance reform one of his signature concerns, which eventually resulted in passage of the McCain–Feingold Act in 2002. He was also known for his work in the 1990s to restore diplomatic relations with Vietnam, and for his belief that the Iraq War should have been fought to a successful conclusion. McCain chaired the Senate Commerce Committee and opposed pork barrel spending. He was a member of the bipartisan group known as the Gang of 14 which played a key role in alleviating a crisis over judicial nominations.

McCain entered the race for the Republican nomination for President in 2000, but he lost a heated primary season contest to Governor George W. Bush of Texas. He secured the nomination in 2008 after coming back from early reversals, but was defeated by Democratic nominee Barack Obama in the general election, losing by a 365–173 electoral college margin. He subsequently adopted more orthodox conservative stances and attitudes and largely opposed actions of the Obama administration, especially in regard to foreign policy matters.

By 2013, however, he had become a key figure in the Senate for negotiating deals on certain issues in an otherwise partisan environment. In 2015, McCain became Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. He was diagnosed with brain cancer in July 2017; following the diagnosis, he took a reduced role in the Senate. McCain's family announced on August 24, 2018, that he would no longer seek further treatment for his cancer to prolong his life; he died the next day at the age of 81, four days before his 82nd birthday.


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Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Me Messing around at The Zoo Health Club

Messing Around at The Zoo Health Club

Just a quick video of my progress in the gym since my back surgery (Double Fusion) in November of 2017. Why don't doctors tell us that the one and only treatment for what ever ales us is right in out local gym. Exercise and nutrition will fix all of your life issues.  Working out at the gym as well as my newest hobby addition to my life is Silver Stacking. This video if of me goofing around in the gym, which is pretty typical of my mornings. If you would like to to know more about my brand new offer of a trade deal on portraits with no out of pocket dollar expense, Click here! 




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Friday, June 1, 2018

Caricature Portraits Available For Silver Trade

Custom Caricature Portraits

Caricature Portraits Available For Silver Trade

For those out there who think that I only do commercial work, I wanted to let you know that I am accepting personal portrait commissions. Not only that, but I have to tell you about my new venture / hobby. I'm collecting and stacking silver for my future and my children's future. With the growing uncertainty in our economy, the US dollar and other reasons, I've decide in addition to my normal monetary commissions, I will now accept trade deals in the form of precious metals. For now, I'm mainly concentrating on silver in the form of .999 fine silver bullion whether it be in silver rounds or bars as well as silver coins, (many consider junk silver). From complete collections to just a few silver coins you may have stashed away. It's surprisingly simple and inexpensive. If you don't have the cash but may have a few silver coins passed on to you, It's cheap and easy to get that fun image. Here's how you do it:
caricature for silver trade

I will offer two options:

  • Option one: In exchange for a simple low resolution caricature profile picture which can be used to spice up your social media presence or what ever you desire, all I would ask for is 5 Troy ounces of .999 fine silver bullion or $5.00 face value in 90% silver coinage, dollars, half dollars, quarters or dimes in any combination as long as it equals $5.00 face value in silver dating 1964 or earlier.
  • Option two: In exchange for a 300 DPI - 8" x 10" high resolution caricature portrait with a custom background of your choice, all I would ask for is 10 Troy ounces of .999 fine silver bullion or $10.00 face value in 90% silver coinage, dollars, half dollars, quarters or dimes in any combination as long as it equals $10.00 face value in silver dating 1964 or earlier.
It's as simple as that. I provide a comp for you to approve first. Then you mail me the merchandise and on receipt of it, I will complete the final image and provide you a link to the digital download of your choice.
I would require head shots at high resolution and a good expression, large enough for an 8x10, 300DPI or larger file. You are welcome to email me for more details and / or additional information. I can be reached at RodneyWPike@gmail.com. They make great gifts and are reasonably priced, even more so now. Fill out your request on my contact form here and I'll get right back with you with details of how to get the best shots for the best results.
A great way to spice up your social media profiles or a really cool gift idea. Contact me today!





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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

Speak No Evil

Today's post is called Speak no Evil. This illustration was originally a Photoshop Contest entry at the current news Photoshop contest web site, Freaking News which has sadly closed down for business. This was one of my earliest photo-manipulations and contest entries way back in 2010. As I've mentioned in previous posts, my favorite contest there was called "The Freak Show". The freakier the better and pretty much an anything goes type of contest. During my early years working in Photoshop, I was particularly influenced by artists such as Max Sauco with his sometimes absurd surrealism and in this case I drew inspiration from one of my favorite artists, Gottfried Helnwein whose paintings depict hyperrealistic surreal and sometimes images that are a bit disturbing. If you would like to see some examples of his work and learn a little more about the artist, I did an artist feature which can be viewed here. I've reworked several images that were done in the early days lately which I think had some potential but needed a little work and I want to make sure I have good quality images in my product line for download. If you're interested in this image, simply click on the image above and you'll be directed to its product page. I still have several of these to complete and make available in my store before I release some new work with a fresh new look. I hope you like them.

Update: I'm finally back behind my computer after a long difficult time physically. I've suffered from back pain most of my life and it all came to a head a couple of years ago. I saw several doctors n the VA system and after about a year and a half of getting put off or offered opioids, I sought medical help outside the VA system. I had to get outside insurance which took a full year. At that point, I was starting over again with all of the possible treatments outside of surgery but it was getting so bad that I wasn't able to sit behind my computer anymore, hence the lack of posts and new work for such a long time. I've literally been out of the game almost completely for the past 3 years. It's been a long painful road but I finally found a brilliant surgeon in Baton Rouge who after exhausting all other possibilities, performed a double fusion on my lower back. L4 - L5 and L5 - S1. I'm now 6 and a half moths out of surgery and doing exceptionally well. I've been in the gym 7 days a week rehabbing myself and strengthening my core. It's going better than I had expected but still have another 6 months or so before I'm 100%.

On top of that, I was totally out for the past 2 months with a kidney stone that was more stubborn than me. I've had them before but this one brought me to my knees. I was scheduled for surgery last week at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans but fortunately passed the stone only minutes before they were to roll me into the operating room. I'm so glad all of that is finally behind me. I feel like I'm 20 again. Ok, maybe 35 but I'm doing well and ready to get back to work.

Thanks to my friends and all of those in my social network who kept me going through those tough times. Look for some cool new work right around the corner. Lord knows the news headlines are giving me plenty of material.
     


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