Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Jeff A. Menges: Oceans Of Imagination

Artist and Pirate Shack friend Jeff A. Menges has a show of his work on display at the Northport Public Library. His work will be up all this month. He gave a lecture tonight (sorry I didn't post before the lecture), hitting on such points as his influences and how his works progress. His work is great and there are a few portrait paintings of ships in the show that have never been published, so this is your chance to see them. If your near Northport its a fantastic opportunity to see these works.

The library address is: 151 Laurel Ave, Northport, NY 11768

Previously on The Pirate Shack: The Art and Work of Jeff Menges

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Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween, from The Pirate Shack

Pirate-Ghost-Ship, originally uploaded by douglas.earl.

Pirate-Ghost-Ship, by Douglas Earl

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Saturday, June 21, 2008

Captain Jack Sparrow Speed Painting

I found this via David Walsh's web development blog. I've never seen someone paint a face by rendering a skull first in such detail.

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Monday, June 2, 2008

A pegleg pirate made of sand

neal's handiwork. , originally uploaded by m. day.

Found on flickr.

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Sunday, June 1, 2008

Pirate News and Link Roundup!

Avast! Today be the last day of the Blackbeard Pirate Festival, featuring the Blackbeard's Crew re-enactment group in Hampton, VA.

Real Pirates: The Untold Story of the Whydah From Slave Ship to Pirate Ship is open in Philadelphia. It runs from May 31st to November 2nd, and its more of an exhibit than a festival. Click here to see the National Geographic page about the exhibition.

Why not spice up your next pirate ship or spanish fort diorama with a 10 foot life size fiberglass cannon from Largo Cargo? There's even a smoke option available. Great for creating your own pirate theme park ride scenery. (Or build your own cannon from foam if you have the time.)

deviantArt user mo013 has recreated the Pirates of the Caribbean (movie) logo in pencil (below). Great work!

deviantArt has lots of other great pirate artwork!

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Saturday, May 31, 2008

The Art and Work of Jeff Menges

Box cover for Atlas Games Pieces Of Eight by Jeff A. Menges

My Mrs. happens to work with pirate and fantasy artist/illustrator Jeff A. Menges. He has some illustrations up on this website. He has also helped design the game Pieces of Eight, which is put out by Atlas Games. He has also edited many Dover books on pirates, including their Pirate clipart book/cd-rom and a book of excellent color plates by Howard Pyle (who was interested in many of the same subjects as Mr. Menges). Keep up the good work, Jeff!

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Pirate Sam Model Sheet

Over on Kevin Langley's Cartoons, Model Sheets & Stuff blog, he posted some Yosemite Sam model sheets, including one of Pirate Sam.

The Pirate Shack: Pirate Sam

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Saturday, April 19, 2008

Hilarious pirate cartoon

Pirate cartoon
by Dan Piraro

from Bizarroblog:

This cartoon is on the back cover of (and also inside) my upcoming book of pirate cartoons. It's called Bizarro Buccaneers and will be published in August. You will buy it and you will love it.

via Drawn

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Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Fiberglass pirates ahoy!

Greenville, NC has commissioned artists to paint life sized fiberglass pirates that will be put on public display around the city for a year as part of their second annual PirateFest and to create community spirit. After a year, they will be auctioned off to benefit East Carolina University Alumni Association.


Photo: Greg Eans/The Daily Reflector


Friday, February 29, 2008

Pirate Sam

The Warner Bros. Store Is Closed had a post about Kirk Mueller which featured this great drawing of Pirate Yosemite Sam.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Public Domain: The Map from Treasure Island

Monday, December 3, 2007

700 Pirates Group on flickr

81. Mutinous Marley
Originally uploaded by zandercannon
There be some ambitious folks in the 700 Pirates Group on flickr who aim to scrimshaw 700 images of pirates based on 700 curse'd names. This be number 81, Mutinous Marley, by flickr user zandercannon.

"Mutinous Marley is not the guy you want to give your crew a little pep talk. Just the fact that he has all of his limbs and both eyes is a dead giveaway right there."

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

More Marc Davis

Ahoy me hearties, on the character design blog, there is a great round up of Marc Davis pirate artwork. It is more extensive than anything I've seen before.

[via cartoon brew]

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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Marooned, by Howard Pyle

Here is another important painting by Howard Pyle. It is quite large (40 in. x 60 in.). Like many works by Pyle, it resides in the collection of the Delaware Art Museum. There is a good writeup on their website.

The oil painting was finished in 1909 and was never published; however, the painting is based on an image done by Pyle for Buccaneers And Marooners of the Spainish Main, which appeared in Harper's New Monthly Magazine in September of 1887. This is the image (from Wikimedia Commons).

Click here for even more info.

Some information in this post was gathered from:
Menges, Jeff A. ed. Pirates, Patriots, and Princesses: The Art of Howard Pyle. 2006: Dover Publications.

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Saturday, June 30, 2007

Marc Davis POTC Concept Art on flickr

flickr user ste3ve has a nice collection of Marc Davis concept art from the Pirates of the Caribbean rides. Click here for the full set.

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Excerpt's from Howard Pyle's "The Fate of a Treasure Town"

I wish I could find this story. I'm not sure if it is published in any books. It should be made available for free since it is in the public domain and the images that accompany it are part of our perception of pirates. In fact, they are some of the most widely used images of pirates. These excerpts come fome here. The images were not taken from that site.

An Attack on a Galleon.

Pyle wrote: "Perhaps one of the convoys lags from the rest of the fleet. There comes skimming out from behind the fringed headland a lean, low pinnace full of half-naked cutthroats–white, black, and yellow. It swoops down upon the derelict galleon like the kestrel upon the wild goose...."


"A lonely island; a long strip of coral sand with combing breakers bursting upon it; a shining mass of treasure poured out upon a sail-cloth spread upon a beach; a circle of hungry-eyed, wolfish, unshaven, partly clad figures gathered about in the sunlight; the pirate chief standing over the booty—counting, adding, subtracting, parcelling.

"So the treasure was divided...."


Extorting Tribune from the Citizens.

"So the [pirates] returned to [Cartagena], which now lay entirely at their mercy without even the dim shadow of . . . authority as a protection. What followed need not be written in full; what they did may better be imagined than told. It is not said how long they remained, but it was long enough to hunt every odd corner for remnants of treasure that had been left behind. In the end, hearing further news of the approach of the Dutch and English fleet, they demanded a payment of 5,000,000 livres as the price of their departure without burning the town—and, incredible as it may sound, they got their price."


The Buccaneer was a Picturesque Fellow.

"The buccaneer was a picturesque fellow when you regard him from this long distance away. He belonged to no country and recognized no kith or kin of human nationality. He spent his money like a prince, and was very well satisfied to live rapidly, even if in so doing his death should come upon him with equal celerity. He clothed himself in a picturesque medley of rags, tatters, and finery. He loved gold and silver ornaments—ear-rings, finger-rings, bracelets, chains,—and he ornamented himself profusely with such gewgaws. He affected a great deal of finery of a sort—a tattered shirt or even a bare skin mattered not very much to him provided he was able to hide his semi-nakedness beneath some such finery as a velvet cloak or a sash of scarlet silk; patched breeches were not regarded when he had a fine leather belt with a silver buckle and a good sword hanging to it. And always there were a long-barrelled pistol or two and a good handy knife stuck in a waist-belt with which to command respect.

"Such was the buccaneer of the seventeeth century."

This story originally appeared in Harper's Monthly, December 1905

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Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Sculpture of Old Dirty Foot from POTC rides

Disney is releasing a sculpture of the pirate whose dirty foot dangles over riders heads on the Pirates of the Carribbean rides (at least, I think that's who it is). Its just too bad the sculpture doesn't have a dirty foot. The sculpture is by Rubén Procopio and is available exclusively at Disney Theme Parks.

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