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Mark Raats
I'm not afraid of dying, I just don't want to be around when it happens… SPIKE MILLIGAN

Current Residence: Australia
Favourite genre of music: Rock
Favourite photographer: Herb Ritts, Mario Testino, Michael Raats
Operating System: Mac OS X El Marco / Win XP / Win 7
MP3 player of choice: iPhone
Wallpaper of choice: Skywalker Ranch


You're George McFly! by MarkRaats
You're George McFly!

With renovations still going on, my new studio is not yet ready and this means that its been months since I last did any art. 

Although I won't be painting anything large for a while still, not drawing has been driving me nuts and with some challenging commissioned drawings (and some especially patient art collectors) awaiting my attention, I figured I had better do a warm-up in case I had forgotten how to draw....

Bedelia Du Maurier - Hannibal by MarkRaats
Bedelia Du Maurier - Hannibal
Gillian Anderson - Bedelia Du Maurier from Hannibal:
Copic Markers, a little paint and Prismacolor pencils - A3.
DC Comics - Zatanna by MarkRaats
DC Comics - Zatanna

Time to take a trip into the strange world of DC again with Zatanna.
The nice thing about these projects is that I get to work with characters I know absolutely nothing about..

Copic Markers, a little paint and Prismacolor pencils - A3.

007 Skyfall by MarkRaats
007 Skyfall

This was designed to be part of a triptych Bond on the middle panel, M on the left hand panel and Silva on the right hand panel.

Unfortunately, this was one of those great projects that for numerous reasons, didn't work out.

Acrylic paint and Prismacolor pencils on board - 18 x 50 inches

Here are the details for those good folk who are interested in acquiring the poster. Thank you to all for your kind comments.

Ralph McQuarrie

Limited to 250 signed and numbered copies, Mark Raats' "Ralph McQuarrie: An Illustrated Life" art print is now available to order for pick up at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim:…

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mlh70 Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
good luck on the move. Look forward to your vision of the star wars poster.
MarkRaats Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015
Thanks very much my friend. I should be back in business in a little over a month!

Hope you're well...
mlh70 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Hi Mark.
The dentist that killed cecil the lion lived within 30 miles of me when i was going to college in college. It looks like he is feeling remorseful for his actions. Which just happened after the bad publicity tidal wave crashed down on him.  I just hope some good comes out of this, but more likely than not people will forget about it within 2 weeks.
MarkRaats Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Always nice to hear from you --

I suspect he's remorseful because he suddenly found out that posting pics of dead animals on FB is probably not the best idea. In fairness to him, he was part of a group of people and ALL of them should be charged - not only the dentist. That said, he's an experienced hunter and he would have seen that they were baiting the lion out of the park. He also opted to shoot and badly wound it with a bow and arrow which resulted in the injured cat only being found 40 hours later (its reported) and killed with a rifle. ALL of the above point directly back at the hunter so I don't buy his remorse for a second - after all, he's been charged and found guilty of questionable hunting practices in the US before.

Unfortunately this becomes deeply personal for me because - as you might have read on my FB feed - my sister spent the whole of yesterday forced to deal with an adult  female Rhino that was slaughtered on her game farm and to make matters worse, the Rhino was pregnant so they lost two in a single senseless blow. 

Can good come out of this?? I don't know but sadly I do have to agree with you that in two weeks people will probably forget..

Cheers again. I hope you're exceedingly well!
mlh70 Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
This subject reminds me of a little history lesson from america during the 19th century. People used to ride the train out west and kill buffalo by the thousands for sport and leave the dead animal to rot. During that era the white man labeled the native americans as "savages". How ironic is that.
Always a pleasure talking with you, even thought on such an ugly subject.

P.S. : If you need a good laugh I attempted to recreate your superman pencil illustration on facebook. It is under the name mitch hanke.
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