The portrait series is a series of oil paintings done between perhaps 1982 and 1994. The series is composed of five parts, called 'rooms' in this virtual gallery, starting at the early years of Steven Tyler up to the big success that came with the 90s.
My goal at that time was to explore a face in painting and Steven Tyler happened to be the perfect model - not only because he had a flexible face and because I happened to be a fan since 1975 or so, but because his portraits were bound to stay with me that time. Unlike Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan whose portraits were gone quicker than I could think absolutely no-one wanted to buy a Tyler portrait - most folks thought it was a not so good attempt on Mick Jagger, anyway.. LOL
It all changed with the advent of MTV and modern albums and Get-A-Grip and what the hell ever sprang up from the ashes in the 90s. I soldiered on for maybe two more years until I figured I was too old for all that modern stuff - yeah there's a limit to the number of modernisations that an old raven can take.
Anyway, the portrait series stands and at least in the web it is still complete. Have a look!
The comic book was done in the early 90s, guess it was a kind of ironic reaction to all the Steven Tyler portraits adorning my walls which made my lair appear like some kind of obsessed fan's panopticum.
The cartoons were rough sketches done with ink on paper. I never overworked them even though the first three or four sketches weren't really to my liking. Somehow, it lived from the 'right-now-at-the-moment'-humuor. But it still is funny after all these years... well, for me at least. I wonder if Steven Tyler could chuckle as well but I think I'll never find out..
RDC's Aerosmith Gallery is a part of The Raven's World at corax.com