An Old Discovery

2D Illustration posted on Jun 13, 2022
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You know, it’s amazing the things one finds when one starts digging through stuff that’s been sitting in boxes, stacked on closet shelves, tucked away in folders, etc, etc. Back in the early ‘90s I was playing around with airbrushing. Although I never felt like I was creating stuff that was all that great, a few folks saw some of my pieces I was doing just for fun and liked them. The brother of one of the guys I worked with was publishing a “New Age” targeted magazine in the Kansas City area. He saw some of my stuff and asked if I’d be willing to do a cover. It wouldn’t pay much (forgot what I got but it wasn’t much), but it would help give me some exposure. I said “Sure,” and this was the result. I was never too satisfied with it, but he loved it. He wanted the man’s figure to be transparent so you could see all the environmental problems through him. I actually went out and took a reference photo of a bulldozer for the trash pit behind the figure. Anyway, I just thought I’d toss this up here for giggles. I think I like 3D a lot better than airbrushing. LOL Still lots of stuff going on here. Jo’s brother is still in the hospital, and things are touch-and-go at the moment. He contracted pneumonia a day or so after he came out of ICU. He’s doing better now, but he’s still not out of the woods. It’s still pretty stressful here. I’m still working on thinning out the massive amount of stuff here (hence the discovery of this old magazine), and they’re getting to know me on a first-name basis at the local recycling center. I think I’m working harder and driving more now than when I was working. Yes, I’m slowly putting some things together for the next page in the TNA adventure. There will be some tie-ins with Jim’s Annette story that will be fun! Anyway, I hope everyone is doing well, staying safe, and relaxing with some art. Thanks for stopping by, and for all your awesome support! You all keep me going during all this insanity. Rod's Lair Official Girls From T.N.A. Website Rod's Blog Facebook Twitter Girls From T.N.A. Twitter Page DA Art Station Discord AOY 2019

Comments (28)


CoolDimension 7:46PM | Mon, 13 June 2022

Fantastic art piece! It's a real attention grabber and very well done! Best wishes to you and your family!

OmniFX 8:01PM | Mon, 13 June 2022

Looks great, amazing!


eekdog 8:40PM | Mon, 13 June 2022

what a cool concept on this mag design Rod. love the transparent subject and polluted look from the fx. our new age will lead to our fall. you did a outstanding job on this cover from way back.


MagikUnicorn 8:43PM | Mon, 13 June 2022

Well done Like this


Diemamker 1:06AM | Tue, 14 June 2022

Very interesting work you did on the cover... impactive...


starship64 1:52AM | Tue, 14 June 2022

This is very nicely done. Thanks for sharing this blast from the past.


ikke.evc 2:09AM | Tue, 14 June 2022

Looks good Rod. Strange that after thirty years we still have the same discussions and problems.


Saby55 3:03AM | Tue, 14 June 2022

Absolutly gorgeous and superb work! Greetings🙋‍♂️👍


versluis 8:40AM | Tue, 14 June 2022

That’s awesome Rod! Keep those old discoveries comin!


STEVIEUKWONDER 10:03AM | Tue, 14 June 2022

A lot of clever intuition was put into the remarkable art Tod! Excellent Sir! Hope your friend recovers! PLUS you are getting nearer to leaving that awful man behind!


Radar_rad-dude 1:43PM | Tue, 14 June 2022

That really was fantastic cover art my friend! A most fantastic result from your very creative mind! Sounds like you are really operating at another level with all the activities in your life right now! Don't forget to take a rest and relax once in awhile!


TwiztidKidd 2:34PM | Tue, 14 June 2022

Excellent work!! What some of your creations go through to help you with your art is truly inspiring LOL


enigma-man 2:56PM | Tue, 14 June 2022

This is really great :) Impressive

Navim 3:13PM | Tue, 14 June 2022

God how I would like to go back to 11/90. I would be in my forties again.............


MollyFootman Online Now! 3:50PM | Tue, 14 June 2022

That's a lovely bit of history and art style. Thanks for sharing, it was fun viewing!



goldie 4:25PM | Tue, 14 June 2022

That's a great cover, Rod. Unfortunately, the topics are all still with us :(...Sorry to hear that your brother-in-law is not improving.

PhthaloBlue 7:06PM | Tue, 14 June 2022

Marvellous cover!


JohnnyM 7:10PM | Tue, 14 June 2022 are quite the talented artist in so many ways, this cover art you did is so well done and looks fantastic! The magazine could have been easily released this year with the topics listed in the front cover...sadly not much has changed with passing of time. Best wishes for your brother-in-law's recovery...may you soon find that level of tranquility and peace that you so well deserve Rod. :-)


romangirl 9:50PM | Tue, 14 June 2022

That was an awesome cover!


mifdesign 2:26AM | Wed, 15 June 2022

A most brilliant Masterpiece of Finest Arts and definitely an accurate peek into the future, done more than three decades ago.
Amazing brilliance and creativity, mind-bending magic this is, dear Sir Rod!


anahata.c 4:21AM | Wed, 15 June 2022

I've just read of your brother-in-law's condition, so it's not easy to share levity about this upload, but it's wonderful to see your old work, and your design sense from 32 years ago. I love the cover, and how you mixed industry and tree stumps and garbage and that tractor and the dump, etc. You brought home the feeling of your subject immediately (and it's fun to see all that you did by hand, and with an airbrush). I used airbrush years ago, and it was awful...but you seem to have been wholly comfortable with it. I love the transparent guy too. Well sir, you've joined ranks with Steve as a cover guy...thanks for posting this. It's great fun. And again Rod, I wish your brother-in-law all the peace in the universe, and I wish you and jo great comfort and peace, and the same for his loved ones. I'm very sorry that all this has happened---take care, much healing to all of you, and come back only when you're rested and able.


miwi 3:06PM | Wed, 15 June 2022

It's wonderful to see what you did a while ago, I like it a lot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Wolfenshire 5:07AM | Thu, 16 June 2022

Wow, it's so cool you did this! Hidden talents!


donnena 8:12PM | Thu, 16 June 2022

I am sorry to hear your Brother in Law is still in danger.
This cover could be used today... no progress has been made on any of these issues.


MajinBoo Online Now! 5:17PM | Sat, 25 June 2022

I never could get into airbrushing but you definitely not lacking in that talent. Looking ahead in your gallery you have my sympathies for your family losing family isn't easy.


shadownet 9:01PM | Mon, 27 June 2022

Thanks for sharing this. It is nice work!


misumu 1:38AM | Thu, 07 July 2022

An excellent cover, even if the subject material is depressing. Your magazine covers are always impressive.


UteBigSmile 1:57PM | Wed, 17 August 2022

Sorry I missed this one, what a pitty because it's a funny one! 😉

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