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Cartoon Caricature, GRENADES, Hank Kanalz.  Digital Art.

Continuing in the celebration of the friends in my life who are my chosen brothers, here is the requested "cartoonification" of Hank Kanalz, my pal for nearly thirty years now. Hank was one of my biggest fans and supporters back in the day, when first we met at San Diego Comic Con, and he has been a dear and loyal friend ever since. I have watched him grow from a college kid, to a man, a loving husband and father, and a gifted organizer climbing the corporate ladder to sit at the heights at DC Comics. If ever a person has fulfilled his boyhood dreams, it is The Hankster. I cannot help but be proud of him, as I'm sure his family must be as well. Yet, through it all, Hank remains as down-to-earth, and likable a guy as you will ever find. He's still the comic book fanboy I've always known. And it has been my great joy to watch him soar.

BATMAN and ROBIN meet BROHAWK! by Jerome-K-Moore
Cartoon and Caricature, The Batman TV show in GRENADES style.  Digital Art.

GRENADES is the name of a cartoon strip I play around with on occasion.  It began years ago while I was working on "Murderer's Row," the nickname given the art staff at Warner Bros Consumer Products (Marketing).  When my friend David Williams was leaving his position there, I first struck upon the idea of giving him an elaborate send-off in the form of a cartoon strip featuring lighthearted caricatures of him, and the rest of the art staff bidding David a fond farewell.  Since then, I revisit this cartoon style now and again as an endearing tribute to other old friends sharing that WB connection, or to just have fun with some of the pop cultural characters I love.

This illustration was part of a personal gift for David, a token of my appreciation for his great friendship, and brotherly support for so very many years.  Dave is the biggest Batman fan I know, and his affection for the character encompasses the wonderfully campy television show of the 1960s, which many of us enjoyed in syndicated reruns, and is at last available on home video.  I thought, what better way to make Dave smile than to put him on screen with The Dynamic Duo, just as they celebrate a revitalization during this anniversary year for The Batman?  It all fit so well.  So, here's to you, BroHawk.  Happy Appreciation Day!  And, thank you.  :)
Marvel Animation Character Design, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, Black Widow, Vampire Warrior.  Adobe Photoshop.

In the Season One episode entitled, "Blood Feud," Dracula appears to menace The Avengers.  The Black Widow falls prey to the villain early, being transformed by a bite into a vampire herself, and then made to fight against her teammates.
For the basic design of Dracula's Vampire Warriors, director Jeff Allen provided a concept doodle for me to develop, inspired by various horror films.  I had fun incorporating different creepy characteristics, keeping the creatures part human, part bat, all monster. 
Thanks for viewing!  Cheers!

* All characters depicted are the property of Marvel Animation Studios.
VOID by Jerome-K-Moore
Comic Book Concept Art, The V.O.I.D..  Pencil, Ink, Opaque Gouache, China Marker, Digital Color.

Long ago, circa 1990, a very good friend and I had the notion to create our own superhero group, and possibly pitch it to DC Comics.  Although we never really solidified everything to everyone's satisfaction, we did manage to pique the curiosity of an editor with our proposal/presentation.  Unfortunately, things eventually fell by the wayside, as sometimes happens, and we never mustered the focus to develop the project properly.  Perhaps we still may someday.

In any event, I loaded the presentation with plenty of concept art.  And as a visual shorthand, I deliberately and strategically incorporated specific actors' likenesses for the characters in order to instantly indicate what type of character we were going for, based on whatever iconic role that actor may have played.  For instance, when you saw the old wizard character with the face of Sir Alec Guinness from STAR WARS, the idea was generally conveyed as to the character type, with little further explanation required, except for whatever twist we intended.  Of course, this did necessitate the assurance that no actual likenesses would be utilized in the final design!  Haha!

Now, I won't get into the core details of the concept, just in case my friend and I do decide to revisit this project.  I'll merely tease with the broad stokes of what the antagonists were centered around, which was a covert organization pretending to be one thing, yet revealed to be the opposite, something monstrously dark, far-reaching, and potentially apocalyptic.  Of course, such concepts are more commonplace than ever today.  But that goes to show how old this project is.  Hahaha!  Anyway, it was a shadow organization called the V.O.I.D. (partly modeled after Marvel Comics' S.H.I.E.L.D., and HYDRA).  The acronym expands to Versal Operations and Intelligence Division, with "Versal" signifying "universal," "entire," and "whole."  So, basically, this was a covert organization with a twofold meaning.  It monitored, encompassed as well as superseded all other covert organizations -- GLOBALLY.  Essentially, at the deepest levels, it would control S.H.I.E.L.D., the C.I.A., K.G.B., the Mossad, etc., and yet remain totally "invisible," as hauntingly empty as -- a void.  Nothing is ever provable, but the influence is undeniable.  Smoke and mirrors.  And if the VOID wants you to disappear, that is exactly what happens.  The VOID was everything, and it was nothing.

The head of this spooky organization, or as it would seem, was a man for whom I used actor Terence Stamp (General Zod) as a model.  Obviously, the scarred-face idea is far too cliché to be of use anymore.  The initial storyline had something to do with a modified spy-plane, the model for which I used the SR-71 Blackbird, now obsolete.  On the fringes of the "game" was the very risky threat of thermonuclear annihilation, and our heroes would fail to defeat a very deadly timetable.  The reason for this failure, if this was to be a DC Comics licensed property, would be the sudden action of Major Victory, a character I co-created with writer Mike W. Barr for Batman and The Outsiders.  Originally, I designed Major Victory as DC's equivalent to Marvel's Captain America, mixed with a healthy dose of the Christopher Reeve Superman, plus an added bonus of mega-energy abilities.  Major Victory winds up being an unwitting pawn.  But he is still heroic at his center, redeemable, which is why, in this new color treatment, I kept him free of the murky shadow covering the rest of the illustration.
For this presentation piece, as is plain to see for most movie fans, I directly referenced the late, great Chris Reeve's Superman.
Another pawn in this deadly game was going to be the archer, Merlyn (nemesis of The Green Arrow), and for him I used the very distinct eyes of the late Ricardo Montalban (Khan!!!). 

So, those were some of the broad strokes, folks.  Again, I can't divulge any other details in case the future brings us back to this project.  I ran across this old art in my files, and decided to color it up as Photoshop practice.  It was fun to recall these memories, and to see how much has changed since then.
I hope you've enjoyed this flashback with me.  As always, thanks for viewing, and for reading!  Oh!  And, remember, trust no one, and deny everything.   This post will self-destruct in 5....4.....3....2....
Animation Character Design, Gesture Sheet, Marvel Animation Studios, AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, Hawkeye.  Pencil, Digital ink and color.

For Season One of AVENGERS ASSEMBLE, my task was to adapt the art style and model designs established by Jeff Wamester.  "Gesture Sheets" (also referred to as "Expression Sheets") are often done, depicting various action poses, feature or costume details, distinctive traits or anatomy, and situational expressions in order to provide the overseas animators with an optimal amount of information.  Hawkeye can be a tough character to handle, mostly due to his archery theme.  To help facilitate matters on my end, I referenced the works of the great Brazilian artist, Rodolfo Damaggio for a couple shots of Hawkeye using his bow.  It was important to show the character doing this from interesting and dynamic angles, as well as on the move.  Whether or not these poses would be translated directly to the screen is not especially critical.  Gesture Sheets are primarily reference material.

My sojourn at Marvel Animation Studios was my introduction to illustrating exclusively within the computer, and I was required to "jump into the deep end of the pool" rather quickly, so to speak, using a Cintiq.  It must be noted that I have finished off this art long after the fact, and the color selections and shadow treatments are my own, just for fun and further practice.  The final version of the character as seen on television does differ from this one.  I hope you like it, and I hope this text has been informative.
Thanks for viewing!  Cheers!  :)

*All images of HAWKEYE are the exclusive property of MARVEL ANIMATION STUDIOS.

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• The greatest thing about becoming a professional artist is having had your arse kicked numerous times by your betters, yet persevering to find your own success, and to carve your own niche. The arse-kicking will be an ongoing ordeal throughout your career, for there will always be someone better. But relish being "schooled" so that it helps to fuel your inspiration, along with your determined work ethic. Let it expand your perception of what greatness exists in the world, a world in which you are competing, as well as the greatness perpetually growing within YOU. This will keep you grounded, while, at the same time, you reach higher and higher. And always bear in mind that the work you are producing is creating the very same humbling experience for someone else. Your most useful tool will ever be in your uniqueness.
Stay positive, my friends.
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Rome The Conqueror
Artist | Professional | Film & Animation
United States
Current Residence: Monrovia, CA, USA, roughly 117 longitude, 34 latitude, Earth, Sol System, Milky Way
Favourite genre of music: Depends on my mood. Classical, Rock, Jazz, R&B, Film Scores
Favourite photographer: Peter Parker. Jimmy Olsen is a HACK!!
Favourite style of art: All art is digital if you use your fingers
Operating System: Central Nervous
MP3 player of choice: iPod, by Apple
Shell of choice: Mi-shell Pfeiffer
Wallpaper of choice: Those realistic tunnel paintings that always fooled Wile E. Coyote
Skin of choice: African-American. But if I could've picked, I'd have chosen armor
Favourite cartoon character: Bugs, Popeye, Tom & Jerry, George Bush...
Personal Quote: "No! Try not. DO! Or do not. There is no 'try.'"



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ChenilleRealm Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I love your gallery sir! 
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Professional Filmographer
Thank you, sir!
Yaky-Urane Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
do you have any personnal art, done in a personnal style. I like to look at your gallery, but it is all commercial work, impersonnal. I mean i can look at your gallery and i cant figure out anything about you as an artist, all i can see is a worker. And i definitly would like to see some personal art.
Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2014  Professional Filmographer
It all depends on what you look for, and how well you see.  An artist is present in all of his/her work to varying degrees.  And it's up to the artist to reveal as much or as little of himself as desired.
Bengtzone Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2014
What is your opinion regarding the fact that we may never get to witness the appearance of Namor "the Sub-Mariner" McKenzie, Janet van Dyne/The Wasp, Jessica Drew/Spider-Woman, Hercules, or any of the X-Men (outside of Wolverine, along with a cameo of Hank McCoy) appear in either Ultimate Spider-Man, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., and/or Avengers Assemble?
Noniway Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
I love following your work, and I love your recent stuff. But I really love going through your gallery and looking at the work you did for QtC. It was and still is one of my favorite movies, and it's hard to find good art of it anywhere else!
truthaaa Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014
man , i loved your work from malibu , really amazing :)
great gallery
you are amazing

Jerome-K-Moore Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Professional Filmographer
Thank you so much!  :D
QueenLucy-Diclonius Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Can you do more adorable pics of kids from TV shows?
RJHalfbreed Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Greetings Mr. Moore! I have a question, and I hope you will reply in time. Do you know of any professional Latin American digital artists? It is for a school assignment, and I was assigned to look up any digital artists in Latin America. She wasn't specific, but I'm seeking professional artists. I hope you can help, if not, 'tis okay. Thanks!
Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014
OMG what an awesome gallery. I just got started doing more Scooby recently - they never stop being fun to do.
PIG-0149 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
Except for one disappointing fact:  in every episode, it turns out the ghost/monster they're dealing with turns out to be a fake! 
Gulliver63 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2014
I've mixed them up a bit with other folks...Futurama and the like.
Slappy-Snifferdoo Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
You have excellent designs!:w00t:
Bird-Lover25 Featured By Owner May 27, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
hey, can you do something for me?
Emmanuel-Oquendo Featured By Owner May 23, 2014
Do you have a facebook page? I admire your art, especially the Harry Potter art :) reminds me of my childhood.
Therese-B Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Love the pic of you and Chuck Jones! Two great artists with vision! :-)
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2ndMercWithAMouth Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
Hey dude :D
FakePokemon64 Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2014
Remember me? We had a rather in-depth discussion on Superman's costume back when Man of Steel was in theaters.

Well, I'm back and this time I felt I needed the advice of a professional since I've been working on designs for a version of Atlantis.
Bird-Lover25 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Hey, would you do so,etching for me?
TerraZin50 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Mr.Moore,I just wanted to comment on your work. You sir are an outstanding artist and your work is an inspiration to me personally. Thank you for all the years of great art. Your work has brought great joy to my life and I can only hope that you continue to inspire others the way you inspire me. Your friend in art Terra Zin.
biggyguy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Nice art i would like you to draw Superwoman in the same fashion you draw Uncle Super, Captain Super & Captain SUper Jr.
Fateroid12 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Can u plz draw more Dr fate I luv him so much he is May fave dc character Eva <3

Shadow-DJ Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I gotta say, JErome, it's to bad that Young Justice isn't around much anymore...I think it would have been a lot better if it stayed around...unlike the stuff CN keeps on like Johnny Test or Teen Titans Go...both shows I gave a chance to and both gave me a bad taste in my mouth.

You and the guys that you work with seem to care about what you do...those guys don't seem to and yet they get the pay check, and to me that isn't fair...

So I hope you get into something that really deserves your work. It's something you deserve as a great artist.
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