Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Science Illustration by Stanimation Productions

Science Illustration by Stan Levine

Here are some samples of illustrations I have done for a science curriculum

In the above illustration (created with Photoshop CS) the student must identify all the parts to an animal cell.

Here is a fun illustration that is intended to encourage children to learn about the scientific method. This illustration began as a pencil sketch. Then it was scanned in, and recreated with PhotoshopCS.

LinkMeet Merdoc the Lawful Magic User. This is a character design that would be used for a role playing game. You can see more of my art work on http://www.flickr.com/photos/stanimationproductions
visit my website at www.stananimation.net

A Caricature of Ray Charles!

New Caricatures


Here we have Good ol' American patriot Willie Nelson!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Art Commissions

By Stan Levine

There are many reasons to purchase custom made art from Stan Levine. Maybe you are decorating your home, and need a custom made painting. Using provided swatches, Stan can paint something that will go nicely with the decor of your home. Maybe you are an art collector. Originals of Van Gogh, or Renoir are very hard to find, an very expensive. Stan can paint an interpretation of any painting using acrylic on your choice of canvas. Maybe you just want something special done to show them how much you care. Stan is a talented generalist. He is proficient with a variety of traditional mediums and software.
Here are some work samples and testimonials:
Dave Hill is a client of Stan Levine, sole proprietor of Stanimation Productions. Dave is a collector of paintings and art work featuring "Rita," from the animation Jungledyret Hugo.
He asked me if I could paint this collectible work of "fan art," and I got it done in less than a month. When Dave received his art commission, he responded back by e-mail "Stan, I have received my painting, and would like to thank you again, you have done an EXCELLENT job man. I will be proud to display this and tell people that my friend created it. Splendid work Stan. Thank you."

The very next month, I got an e-mail from Andrea Van Petegham, who asked me to create this (above, left) charcoal drawing for an Oakland Police Officer who had lost his partner in battle. The title for this custom art work is "Never Forgotten." When Andrea received her commissioned art work, she e-mail me back with these words: "Hi Stan, I just wanted to let you know that I got the drawing, looked great! Thanks again, Andrea."
It might be a painting to help balance the decor of your home, a drawing of your favorite comic hero or celebrity, or just something small like a greeting card to let someone know you care in your own way, or a business card design that will stand out and get people you meet to remember you and what you can do for them. Whatever the reason, Stan Levine can accommodate your needs with his highly trained, skillful artistic abilities.
You might be wondering, if Stan is so skilled, why doesn't he work for Pixar/Disney?
Pixar and Disney are mainstream entertainment studios that provide art that has a commercial interest. I, Stan strive to provide art to represent us as real human beings, not commercial puppets to be pushed and pulled by the strings of endorsed product placement. I am in business for the general public. Commercial art has a tendency to be redundant in nature due to its formulaic methods that were developed by tight pocketed unimaginative business people.
I run my own business as a freelance artist to manage my time as I see fit, to provide each client with a hand crafted unique product that stands out from the ordinary.

By now you are probably utterly bored or completely fascinated.
Visit my website at www.stananimation.net
to see actual work samples, and enter the world of Stanimation Productions.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The Mt Diablo Collectors Series


The Mt.Diablo Collectors Series is a set of 12 unique acrylic landscape paintings on canvas. Thus far, there are only 5 completed. Each one touches on the subject of Mt.Diablo, a gargantuan display of erected earth that towers over the town of Walnut Creek. Diablo is Spanish for the word "devil." Many years ago, the Miwoks lived in tribes around the mountain. The Spaniards were hunting down the Native Americans up Mt.Diablo, but the Spaniards never found them. The Native Americans are said to have mysteriously disappeared by some trickery of the devil. Mt.Diablo is believed to be a point where creative forces, in the form of an Eagle fuse within the mountain. It is also believed that a Grandfather Coyote is responsible for giving life to the Indian people at Mt.Diablo.
Being Jewish, I can relate to this story because in the Torah is says that the Judaism began at Mt.Sinai, Israel when Moses was given the Arc of the Covenent. The connection between these two events is the mountain. Mountains are points sacred places of inspiration and creativity.
As an artist, I am genuinely inspired by Mt.Diablo because it is the mountain that stand above my birth town of Walnut Creek. When I look to Mt.Diablo, I can see along its contours edge, the wingspan of an Eagle. When I look to the trees around me, I can see within the contour edges of the leaves animal spirit shapes. There is a fantasy land hidden just beyond the shadows of the substance that surrounds us. A place where the trees are alive; dreaming of a time when fantastic forest creatures chased each other in a sort of boyish game of "Tag." In some places they even battled each other for superiority over the land. Each tree would stretch it's trunk as high as the rain would allow, but at the end of the day, Mt.Diablo would rule over the trees and the forest people with it's supreme hight, and Condor- shaped horizons.

Copyright Stan Levine 2009