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Posted by Sven on 2009/3/17 11:53:33 (21356 reads)


In 1992, the planets (even Pluto) were all aligned and pointed squarely at me and my fellow cartoonist Bruce Quast.
 

We were animators for Micrograms Software and more importantly, avid Popeye fans.  Bobby London, of Playboy's Dirty Duck fame, was employed as the artist and writer of the daily version of King Features comic strip gold mine, Popeye.

One fateful day, Mr. London dropped the ball so hard it hit people in China and he was fired for taking the strip in questionable political directions.  The storyline dealt with abortion, and as anyone with half a brain would know, you don't take classic family characters to places like that.

Needless to say, the door was opened and Bruce and I quickly cranked out our own take on Popeye and sent it off to the late Jay Kennedy, head honcho editor at the syndicate.  Out of about 150 submissions, we actually made it to the final twelve (according to Mr. Kennedy's secretary at the time).  Then... we waited.  Ultimately, Popeye never fully recovered the readership it lost because of the debacle and Kennedy never did hire a replacement.  In fact, to this day, the daily strips are still reruns from the Bud Sagendorf years (Popeye's longest running artist and writer).

So close.

To see some of our Popeye strips, click read more below.

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Posted by Sven on 2009/3/13 13:23:12 (20066 reads)

 Anyone that really knows me also knows that I like art to be large.

That's why I'm on the Vikings In Black snow sculpting team.  It's also why I've painted a lot of murals on a lot of bar room and basement walls.

Here is my all time favorite such painting from the no longer existent bar and grill, O'Leary's Pub.  This took many a night of standing on tables and fending off drunken fans, but honestly, I don't think I could ask for a better atmosphere in which to paint an Irish bar maid.

Click here to see the whole painting.

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Posted by Sven on 2009/3/2 14:20:46 (19759 reads)

 Tally the Knight by Sven SkupienYears ago, I began illustrating Tally the Knight, a book I had written for my daughter. 

As usual, the agents that reviewed the work didn't see the potential I did, and the work has never actually gotten in front of someone who can do something with it in the children's book market... but C'MON!  The hero is a little girl, and her best friend is a freakin' dragon!  What's not to love?

Here's a sample.

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Posted by Sven on 2009/3/2 14:16:32 (20655 reads)

 Vampirella illustration by Sven SkupienI've missed many an opportunity, but this one is possibly the most frustrating.

Many years ago I stood in line to let people from Harris Comics review my work, and possibly get a job painting covers for Vampirella comics.  The senior editor stepped out just as I got to the front of the line.  After reviewing my work, the artist who was told to step-in became fixated with the accuracy of the costume in my painting, as opposed to how well I can illustrate and paint.  Needless to say, I blame him for never getting my work in front of the right people.

You can see it anyway by clicking here.

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Posted by Sven on 2009/3/2 14:11:31 (20435 reads)

 Batman illustration by Sven SkupienBatman.  There's nothing else to say. 


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Posted by Sven on 2009/3/2 14:08:30 (20244 reads)

 David Bowie portraitYes.  I can draw... and paint... and sculpt. 

Here is a portrait of David Bowie I did when I was 20 years younger.

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