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Sign of the Cross Commission
The Sign of the Cross is a 1932 Pre-Code Hollywood epic film released by Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Cecil B. DeMille from a screenplay by Waldemar Young and Sidney Buchman, and based on the original 1895 play by Wilson Barrett.
Both play and film have a strong resemblance to the novel Quo Vadis, and like the novel, take place in ancient Rome during the reign of Nero. The art direction and costume design were by Mitchell Leisen who also acted as assistant director. Karl Struss was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography. The film stars Fredric March, Elissa Landi, Claudette Colbert, and Charles Laughton, with Ian Keith and Arthur Hohl. The film is the third and last in DeMille's biblical trilogy with The Ten Commandments (1923) and The King of Kings (1927).

The famous scene in which Poppaea (Claudette Colbert) bathes in asses' milk took several days to shoot. DeMille announced to the press that real asses' milk was used; however, it was actually powdered cow's milk. After a few days under the hot lights, the milk turned sour, making it very unpleasant for Colbert to work in the stench.

To save production expense during the Great Depression, existing sets were reused as well as costumes left over from the making of The Ten Commandments. DeMille also attempted to provide out-of-work actors jobs as extras such as the crowd arena scenes.

Brush and ink on 11 x 17 Bristol board. Inked with a Raphael Martre Kolinksy 8404 #2 brush.
Darwyn Cooke New Frontier homage commission
Task Force X illustration homage commission. Originally printed in Darwyn Cooke's NEW FRONTIER - ABSOLUTE EDITION. Brush and ink on 11 x 17 Retro-Tint board. Inked with a Raphael Martre Kolinksy 8404 #2 brush.
Suicide Squad #118 Reimagined commission
11 x 17 on Bristol board. Inked with a Raphael Martre Kolinksy 8404 #2 brush.
Hedda Gabler Theater Poster

October 26th -29th, 2016. Minneapolis Community and Technical College. Directed by Maxine Klein.

Hedda Gabler
  is a play written by Norwegian playwright. Ibsen was present at the world premiere, which took place on 31 January 1891 at the Residenztheater in Munich.  It is recognized as a classic of realism, nineteenth century theatre, and world drama. The title character, Hedda, is considered one of the great dramatic roles in theatre.

My Arms About You commission.
Task Force X -The Suicide Squad Jantzen ad.

This is based on Jack Kirby's DC Showcase (Challengers of the Unknown) #12 cover done in the style of the 40’s advertising work of Earl Oliver Hurst. With a bit of Frank Frazetta Buck Rogers inspiration thrown in for good measure.
11 x 17 on Bristol board. Inked with a Raphael Martre Kolinksy 8404 #2 brush. Copic marker.

Challengers Cover:…

Earl Oliver Hurst:…
I got a note from Staff Writer and Assistant Editor ( at Doctor Who Watch . She wanted to let me know that Paul Hanley and I's Doctor Who fan comics are featured in one of their articles. 

Check it out here:…


Shawn Van Briesen
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
Commercial artist, animator, actor, (occasionally...or rather, recently) art director or production designer on film and TV productions. Lately, I've started drawing comic books again (haven't done so since 1999).

Mostly living in Minnesota and damning the inability to surf here. Well, you can surf here...but... not well. Just ask 3/4 of my children....or anybody that has actually surfed in the ocean. Surfing sucks here...moving on, now.

Current Residence: Gallifrey Adjacent
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Favourite genre of music: Eclectic
Favourite photographer: Helmut Newton
Favourite style of art: Oil Painting
Operating System: Mac OSX
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Skin of choice: Lily White
Favourite cartoon character: Pepe lePew
Personal Quote: I wish the lawn was emo, so it would cut itself.



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I love your retro style! Do you have commission info?
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