Saturday, October 14, 2017

Remembering my Dad on His Birthday

Today I'm remembering my Dad on his birthday. Malvin R. Pike born October 14th, 1919. He would have been 98 years old today. I always said my dad would live to be 100. He was a strong man, always fit. Born a poor share cropper from a very large family, he had to grow up fast. He quit school to work the farm in the 6th grade and later finished his education while working at Exxon. He served bravely in WWII and was wounded 4 times. Of course, they didn't count shrapnel holes as wounds back then. Four purple hearts,  two bronze stars and numerous other accommodations, he was on the first wave of Higgins boats to land on Utah Beach on D-Day, June 6th 1944. After the war ended, he started work at Exxon where he remained until he retired. He married my Mom, Mary Matherne Pike shortly after returning from the war and had six kids. I was the last of the six. Below are a few more pictures of he and my mom.

Happy Birthday Daddy!











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Friday, October 13, 2017

Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist

Rodney Pike by Sebastián Cast
I'm honored to have received my caricature portrait by the super talented Sebastián Cast. I've followed his work for quite some time now and I believe he's right up there with the great Sebastian Kruger. Below is the source image I provided for the portrait as well as a bio and a few samples of his amazing work.

Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist

Sebastián Cast was born on January 29, 1973 in the city of Buenos Aires capital of the Argentine Republic. There he realized his studies in the schools of fine arts Manuel Belgrano and the institute Beato Angelico. He continued his training in the Studio of the plastic artist Claudio Piedras (Ex Grupo Espartaco) focusing mainly on the study of the living model. And caricature with the caricaturist cartoonist Hermenegildo Sábat. Through the years, he made numerous solo and collective art exhibitions. He belonged to the ALFA artistic group. Between the years 1993 to 2010 was dedicated to the realization of street caricatures in the city of Mar del Plata in the summer seasons. He also did it in several provinces of the country like Santa Fe and San Luis. And in other countries like Spain (in Lloret de Mar, Barcelona). You can visit his Web Site for a more complete bio and you'll want to follow him on facebook as well.
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist
Sebastián Cast - Feature Artist

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Joe Lieberman Caricature Study 2017

Joe Lieberman Caricature - Click here for extreme high resolution
This is a recent caricature study of Joe Lieberman. No particular reason other than he has interesting features. Most of you don't know but I've been through quite an ordeal over the past year with my back. I fought with the VA system for a full year with no help. I now have an outside doctor who is taking good care of me. Unfortunately, my back has worsened and it will require surgery so all of that to say, that's the reason I haven't posted much of anything lately. I'm not sure of the exact date I'll have the surgery. I meet with my surgeon in 3 days so we'll see how it goes. I hope to be up and running full swing very soon so I can promote this web site and several other projects I have in the making. So, here's Joe for you! I'll be posting the outcome of the surgery soon I hope. I have so much I want to get done and share. Thanks for stopping by!!

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Recent Commission - A gift for his lady or a Bad Mistake

This is a recent commission delivered a couple of days ago. I was contacted by a man who commissioned me to create an image of his girlfriend based on an old Freaking News Photoshop contest image called "Hard Times" featuring former President Barack Obama in his early days in office. Apparently, this man's girlfriend is going through menopause and wanted me to edit the Hard Times image with his girlfriend as the featured subject. I asked him before accepting the job if he really wanted to do this to this lady and he insisted he did and she would be fine with it. The image was modified precisely as instructed by the client. I don't know, I think this is dangerous territory here. She has seen the image and posted it on social media so it appears she's ok with it. So, what do you think? Funny, or a death wish. Regardless, I did the job I was paid for and I hope all is ok but I would suggest he watch his back. :) If not, rest in peace sir! #RIP

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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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