Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Some color caricatures in different styles

Some recent commissions... The first one is done using color pencils; the second two are watercolor markers (markers that can be blended with water.)

The lighter colors drop out somewhat in the scanned image, but it gives a good idea of the bright vibrant colors possible with these techniques (especially the markers.)

Commissions like this are typically $70 to $120, depending on the number of faces, details included, and other factors. Please call or email today to get started turning your friend or loved one (or yourself!) into a silly cartoon.







Sunday, April 28, 2019

Cover for Mike Raita memoir

Mike Raita just wrote a memoir about his career as a sports anchor

...and I got to do the cover!

Yes that's right, he wanted something fun and light-hearted, and had the brilliant idea (I may be a little biased...) to use a caricature on the cover.

(I think ALL books should have caricatures on their covers, incidentally. Please lobby your congressman.)

He also came up with the concept to show a news satellite van with stickers from all the stations he's worked at over his career. As well as a dotted-line map showing the cities he lived in along the way.

After an initial rough sketch to make sure we were on the same page, I proceeded to the line art and watercolor. For this part, I shamelessly channeled my cartooning idol Jack Davis (not saying I succeeded --- Davis had the skills of a 9th level hierophant. Which is pretty whack, if you know anything about hierophants.)

Then, I took the art into Photoshop and added the background map, as well as the text. What a blast to see it all come together:





Here's the thumbnail rough:

Monday, February 18, 2019

Custom Gift Caricature of Retired Professor

If you're looking for a fun gift idea for a friend or relative, don't limit yourself to the conventional!

For this recent commission, the client wanted a humorous depiction of her friend's career as a professor of philosophy and religion. She imagined him weighed down by his many Bibles in different languages, struggling to keep the stack from toppling over.

I worked from photo reference (sent by email) of the subject's face, but made up most of the rest. So don't limit yourself, and be creative. What hobbies, career, or interests would you like to highlight about the giftee? Is there a fun, cartoony way to put that across? 

Of course, I'm happy to help with ideas if you need any! Please call or email today for a quote or more information --- rocksgraphic@hotmail.com


Friday, November 16, 2018

Event Caricatures

Having a party or event? Call today to book a caricature artist! Fun & unique idea! Your guests will never forget it! Makes a great memento, too!

Rates

Every event is different, please call or email for a quote:
p. 205-531-6580
email: rocksgraphic@hotmail.com

Areas Served

Serving the Birmingham-Hoover metro area and regional southeast, including:

Tuscaloosa, AL
Huntsville, AL
Montgomery, AL
Tupelo, MS
Columbus, MS
Nashville, TN
Atlanta, GA
Birmingham, AL
Hoover, AL

Contact

Tim Rocks
p. 205-531-6580
email: rocksgraphic@hotmail.com





Commissions & Custom Art

Cartoons. Caricatures. Custom art. It's a constant, pressing need.

"How will I get through another day without them???!!!" you may be asking.

Well, fear no more. I can provide all 3 of those, plus more:

Gift Caricatures

For Retirements, Birthdays, Wedding Anniversaries, etc. Suitable for framing.

Christmas Cards

...Plus Birthdays and other occasions. Imagine snappy cartoon caricatures of your whole family, flying in a sleigh delivering presents and yuletide greetings. Or whatever else you might come up with.

T-shirt Art

For Company events, Family Reunions, Clubs, Sports, Advertising and Promotion, etc.

Advertising Art

For business cards, store windows, logos, signage, magnets, etc.

...And more!

Whatever your custom art needs, please contact me to discuss it. You can also see my Gallery Page for more samples.
Thank you,
Tim






















About/ Contact

Contact

Tim Rocks
205-531-6580
rocksgraphic@hotmail.com

About

Yes, my last name is really "Rocks." :-)

Photo of me drawing caricatures at the BJCC around 2008 probably. (Photo by my fellow caricature artist Ed Abernathy.)

Anyway, what you should really know is that since 2008 I have worked dozens and dozens of events, and can make yours very fun and enjoyable too!

I have worked events of all types and sizes...

...from small private parties to large corporate events with hundreds of employees and their families.

Mostly I work in central and north Alabama (Montgomery, Huntsville, and Birmingham), but I can and do travel further as well.

As far as custom art and freelance design or illustration, since the early 2000s I have worked on multiple published projects, including for regional book and magazine publishers (such as Books-A-Million's BAM! imprint, and UAB Magazine.)

I have also done many T-shirt designs for a local Alabama screenprinter.

Others come to me looking for unique gift ideas, such as custom caricatures suitable for framing.

I attended Mississsippi State's art program for several years, but am largely self-taught. I grew up in the 80s loving (and copying from) MAD Magazine and comic books.

Please call or email me if you have any questions, to get a quote, or to discuss your project:

Contact

Tim Rocks
205-531-6580
rocksgraphic@hotmail.com

Friday, October 19, 2018

Football mascot sketches

Just wanted to share these sketches from a few recent jobs.

They show the development of some designs for highschool homecoming Tshirts I was commissioned to do.

I will post the cleaned up, "inked" versions in a future post. Sometimes the sketches have a nice quality of their own though. The inks don't always retain the same liveliness of a pencil sketch.








Do you have a project in need of custom art or design? Call or email today!

Tim Rocks
(205) 531-6580
rocksgraphic@hotmail.com