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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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Custom Caricature Portraits Now Available

Custom Caricature Portraits
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. 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 a quote and / or additional information. I can be reached at RodneyWPike@gmail.com. They make great gifts and are reasonably priced. 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.

I also offer custom low resolution caricature portraits for profile pictures. A great way to spice up your social media profiles. Contact me today!




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