A special thanks to all of you who came to our art lecture at HEVANSTON GALLERY in Evanston this last Tuesday night. Douglas Klauba, Aaron B. Miller, Charlie Athanas, Steve Bialer and I were very happy with the turnout, and I hope to post video here soon, since Charlie Athanas taped the event.
Tomorrow through Sunday I will be at Chicago’s C2E2 Convention at McCormick Place with plenty of affordable prints and original art for sale, so be sure to join us if you can. I will be in Artists Alley at Table F1. Around noon tomorrow, I have a signing to do for publisher Michael Phifer, but I will be around other than that. Joining me tomorrow will be Mike Bawden and Tim Bawden of Silent Gunfight, creators of THE WASTED LANDS Board Game IRON WARS. If you love big, giant trains, strategy and card play, this is the game for YOU.
I am honored and humbled that Oscar and Emmy Award winning makeup & visual effects artist Doug Drexler wrote a beautiful Foreword for my new WASTED LANDS OMNIBUS book, published by Magnetic Press. Here’s the Wikipedia detail on Doug, to bring you up to speed if you are unfamiliar with his enormous body of work:
Doug Drexler (born in New York City) is a visual effects artist, designer, sculptor, illustrator, and a makeup artist who has collaborated with such talents as Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman, James Caan, Meryl Streep, and Warren Beatty. He began his career in the entertainment industry working for makeup legend Dick Smith on such films as THE HUNGER and STARMAN. He has also contributed to Three Men and a Little Lady, The Cotton Club, FX, Manhunter and DICK TRACY. Dick Tracy earned Drexler an Oscar, as well as The British Academy Award and the Saturn Award for his special makeup effects on characters such as Big Boy Caprice (played by Pacino) and Mumbles (played by Hoffman). Two Emmy nominations in the same field followed for three years working on Star Trek: The Next Generation, where he performed such tasks as aging Captain Picard for “The Inner Light”. His final make-up job for the series, and perhaps his career, was the Mark Twain makeup worn by Jerry Hardin in the two part episode “Times Arrow.”
In 1992 Drexler made a career change by moving over to Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as designer, digital artist and effects artist. He continued in that capacity on the subsequent Star Trek films as well as Star Trek: Voyager. In April 2001 Drexler worked as senior Illustrator and CGI designer on the fifth Star Trek series, Enterprise. Following Enterprise, Doug was hired by renowned Visual Effects Supervisor Gary Hutzel as CG Supervisor on Battlestar Galactica, “Caprica”, “Blood and Chrome,” and “Defiance.” Doug won two Emmy Awards and a Visual Effects Society Award for Galactica.
What I admire most about Doug, aside from his amazing legacy, is that he always challenges himself to grow in his art and in his career.
As always, thanks for reading. Hope to see you soon.