Mark Hammermeister




Kings of Cult

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by May 19, 2014

Tales of Terror

This is my piece for the upcoming Hero Complex Gallery show, “The Kings of Cult: A Tribute to Roger Corman and Joe Dante”. It was a tough call figuring out what I was going to do since I love so many of the films both men have been responsible for. Ultimately, I decided to go with my own take on one of the great American International posters they used to do for the Corman Edgar Allen Poe pictures he did in the 1950’s. Besides, I’ll jump at any chance I get to draw Vincent Price. Here’s “Tales of Terror.” The show begins this Friday, May 24th. I’ll have a few signed, limited edition prints for sale at the gallery.

Sir Ian X

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by April 30, 2014

Sir Ian McKellen

Over the past couple of years I’ve done pieces for the annual Geeks Out charity art show. This year’s show is themed around the great Sir Ian McKellen. It was tough deciding whether to go more Gandalf or Magneto. I ultimately decided to do a caricature of Sir Ian, with just a hint of his mutant side.

New Interview!

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by April 24, 2014

There’s a new interview with me up on The Arts Shelf website where I talk about my background, my art and art process. Check it out!

Thanks Adam!

C2E2

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by April 17, 2014

Breaking Bat WidowsKissPoster

I’m very excited to be making an appearance next Saturday, May 26 from noon to 2 pm at the Galerie F booth (#647) at C2E2. I’ll be signing two limited edition screen-printed posters, “Breaking Bat” and “Widow’s Kiss”. These are the first two screen prints I’ve ever done and hopefully will be the first of what will be many new collaborations with Galerie F. Thanks to Allie for the invitation. I hope to see as many of you as possible at the show.

Captain America

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by April 11, 2014

Captain America

I saw Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier recently and absolutely loved it. It’s one of those rare sequels that’s better than the original. Here’s a sketchy caricature I did of the film’s star, Chris Evans, along with a few process shots I took along the way.

cap in progress

King For a Day

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by March 20, 2014

The Shawshank Redemption

So late last week I first learned that the Hero Complex Gallery was putting on a show themed around the works of Stephen King. I think I was about 11 or 12 when I read my first Stephen King book, really too young to be reading his work, but it didn’t matter because I was hooked from that moment on and I’ve read everything he’s written ever since. I took a chance and contacted the gallery owners to see if they had room for me to enter a piece and as luck would have it, they did. I came very close to painting Pennywise from “It”, but instead opted to do caricatures of Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins from what is probably the best Stephen King movie ever made, “The Shawshank Redemption.” Often when I do a caricature nowadays, I like to introduce some element of story into the scene beyond just exaggerating the features, and I thought it might make a nice composition to include Jake the Crow too. This also allowed me to use the fancy shmancy composition known to artist’s and scientists alike as “The Golden Ratio”.

goldenratio_sr

One more rather cool thing:Short List Magazine has a blog post up about their favorite pieces from the show and mine made the list!

The show opens Friday, March 21. They’ll be selling limited edition prints of my my piece, among the many fantastic works of art. Check it out.

The Yellow King

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by March 6, 2014
Matthew McConaughey in TV's True Detective

Matthew McConaughey in TV’s True Detective

My absolute favorite new show on TV is HBO’s True Detective. With the first season winding down to the last episode I wanted to take a little time paint a portrait of one of the two leads, the absolutely brilliant Matthew McConaughey as Rustin Cohle. I can’t wait to find out who The Yellow King really is.

Mortgage Observer Cover

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by February 25, 2014
Cover for the Mortgage Observer's Top 50 in Commercial Real Estate Finance issue.

Cover for the Mortgage Observer’s Top 50 in Commercial Real Estate Finance issue.

Here’s my latest cover illustration for The Mortgage Observer’s Top 50 in Commercial Real Estate Finance issue. Luckily, I only had to paint the top three out of the 50. The Editor and Art Director wanted to portray the top three as superheroes hovering over the city. Thanks to AD Lauren Draper for a fun assignment.

The Cap’n’s Last Stand

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by February 19, 2014

Cap'n Crunch

It looks like the Cap’n is out of the bag on this one since my art is up on the Facebook page. Here is my piece for the Moosylvania, Group Art Tribute Show at the Van Eaton Gallery. This gallery show is going to showcase dozens of amazing artist’s tributes to the great animator Jay Ward, who created, among others, Bullwinkle, George of the Jungle, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, and of course, everyone’s favorite nautical cereal mascot Cap’n Crunch. This is a one of a kind framed giclee that will be on display along with all the other fantastic pieces.

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Stars Over London

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by February 13, 2014

starsketches

http://starslikedormers.com

Hands down, one of the most unique projects I’ve ever had the pleasure of being involved in is a sculpture you can see right now in the Southall neighborhood of London. Last year I was contacted out of the blue by an American sculptor named Raj Dagstani, who, as it turns out, is one of those remarkable Jack-of-All-Trades types who is apparently good at everything. He’s a designer, sculptor, gourmet cook, former Director of Operations at one of Thomas Keller’s restaurants, and he also makes what is easily the best tasting jam I’ve ever had in my life. Raj had been commissioned by the UK Charity Kickstart Initiatives for Community Kids to create a sculpture outside the Dormers Wells High School that reflected the bright young minds who went there. Raj spent some time at the school learning about the kids and offering them an after school sculpture class where he encouraged them to create their own masterpieces. Afterwards, he came up with a concept inspired by the work the students created and that’s where I came in. Raj asked me to come up with a few initial concept sketches for him based on his descriptions. Considering the work I’d done up until that point, I still don’t know what Raj saw in me to ask me to help him, but he did and I was thrilled to have a chance to be involved. The concept, as he originally described it, was a massive pile of stars being carried on a street cart. I did a number of sketches, a couple of which you can see here, that he used to pitch his vision to the group who commissioned him. The sculpture recently had its unveiling and whereas the final piece looks absolutely nothing like what I drew, I think it’s still absolutely beautiful, and I’m proud to have even played some small role in its creation.