Rose City Comic Con was two weeks ago and I think I’ve finally recovered. This show is a lot like coming home for me, as it’s first year happened to be my first time trying my hand at tabling at a comic book convention. I tend to use it as a testing ground for new concepts that I want to roll out. It was at this show that I first tried my “Like a Girl” series — and this year I continued the trend.
I don’t really do much fan art. Don’t get me wrong — there’s a lot of stuff out there that I love and would love to take the time to celebrate with my style, but that’s also the problem. What do I choose to do? And when you think about it in respects to comic conventions, there’s only so much table space I can devote to my prints. So I’m trying something new: I’m doing con-exclusive prints. I’ll choose something from popular culture that I want to celebrate and debut a print at a known show and once they’re gone they’re gone. At Rose City Comic Con this year, I did Holtzmann from the 2016 Ghostbusters film. Much to my surprise they all sold on the very first day of the con. This piece was a lot of fun to work on.
Next up will be Geek Girl Con, and I can’t wait to show you what I have in store!
I’m not much in the habit of doing fan art any more, but every now and then I just can’t help myself. I’ve been wanting to do Captain Marvel since she was redesigned, but I never really got to it — until a friend designed a hipster variant that she’s crocheted for a pretty amazing piece of cosplay. I guess I wanted to celebrate her and her amazing craft more than anything else, so how could I resist?
6″ x 8″. Watercolor on paper.
Captain Marvel is copyright Marvel Comics.
For the first year with Rose City Comic Con I debuted a poster which has been a mainstay in my inventory, but every so often I’ll get an idea for a new one. At Rose City this past year I rolled out four new ones! Honestly, this one was one of my favorites.
Jay-Z got it right: ladies is pimps, too, so they really ought to go on and brush their shoulders off.
Rose City Comic Con was… AMAZING! (I’m almost recovered…) It was great to be around so many wonderful and supportive people! I’d love to thank everyone who stopped to talk to me — and especially the people who tracked me down when they found out I was at the show. All of you folks are lovely!
This is another of the “Like a Girl” pieces I premiered. There are a few that I didn’t get to because of time, and a few that I want to explore now that I have a little bit more in the way of time, so you have that to look forward to.
Anyway, the next time you’re rocking out with the air guitar (ahem… bass) go ahead and do it like a girl!
Isn’t she wonderful? Yeah, she kinda is.
Last year I had the opportunity to show some work with a dear friend of mine and we both independently settled on doing super hero pinups. I already posted Mystique, but I thought that now would be a good time to get back into showing the rest of them.
Wonder Woman was the only one I was absolutely sure was going to be included in the show, but I didn’t want to give her the same spandex treatment she normally receives, so I went more in line with the Greco-Roman Legionnaire aesthetic. And now I just want to draw her like this all the time.
8″ x 10″. Watercolor on paper.
Rose City Comic Con is coming up this weekend, and I’ll have a table again for the third year in a row! That seems like kind of a big deal for me, so I’m debuting a new series of posters in which I encourage everyone to do things “like a girl”!
So go on and hit one out of the park!
Friends of mine have teenage daughters and sometimes those girls ask me to draw things. If nothing else it keeps me up-to-date on what’s popular out there. (Otherwise I’d never leave my little hole, I’m rather certain.)
I promised to draw Nora Valkyrie — a character from a web series titled RWBY — for one of my friend’s daughters if she got caught up on a comic project she’s doing for school.
9″ x 12″. Watercolor on paper.
Back in November I had an opportunity to show some small paintings at a coffee shop here in town. I was fortunate to share the show with a dear friend of mine. I honestly can’t remember how we both wound up doing super hero pieces (I think it just wound up that way) but in the end I did twelve small watercolors — six from the Marvel universe and six from the DC universe.
It only recently occurred to me that I still need to post them to the blog. Mystique will get the ball rolling for us…
8″ x 10″. Watercolor on paper.
“You should do a drawing to thank me for being so awesome.”
Oops… I totally thought I posted this. I haven’t been posting much since Rose City, which is kind of insane because I’ve been very productive. I’ve just been wrestling with some stuff that’s a lot bigger than I am. My apologies.
Speaking of, while I was at that show, a woman asked me to draw one of her characters — a stocky Asian with a sasumata and Kabuki face paint. That’s all the information she gave me to work with. It wasn’t until she came by to pick up the drawing that I found out this is her new Dungeons & Dragons character. Somehow I think that makes it so much cooler. That’s a very personal relationship — a player and their character.