The Joker

The Joker © DC Comics

According to the The Super DC Calendar for 1976, today is the Joker's birthday.

Pencil and ink on gray Canson paper.

This is Post #1784

THE PERSUADER - The Fatal Five

The Persuader © DC Comics

This is the final of the Fatal Five portraits for Travis. Because of my love for the Legion of Super-Heroes these pieces have been fun to do. Thanks again Travis, for the commissions and your patience.

For those of you who are counting, you may notice that there have been 31 Conventionless Convention Sketches posted. Well, there are still four more to go. Yeah, a couple came in that I just couldn't turn down. I will be posting them over the next four or five days. Also, tomorrow I will have a couple of announcements to make so I hope everyone will be here for that. :)

Mixed media on 9" x 12" Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

This is Post #1696


Emerald Empress © DC Comics

This is the fourth of five of Fatal Five portraits for Travis. The Emerald Empress is probably the most sadistic of the Five in my opinion. She not only will kill to get what she wants, but she feels the need to subjugate those that oppose her. And she does take great joy in both. Thanks again Travis! And thanks for your patience!

There was a gap of a few weeks between the Fatal Five portraits because sometimes getting the paper color I need is difficult. In local stores, customers put their hands all over the paper and/or bend them, leaving creases or folds. I have gone through 20 sheets of one color and still not find one that isn't damaged. If I order on line, the same thing can happen in the handling and shipping of the paper. The paper is of a lesser weight than say bristol board and is more susceptible to creases so there isn't much I can do except reorder or wait for a store to have some new undamaged stock. A lot of times I buy a full sheet but can only get one 11" x 17" out of it or even one 9" x 12". That is only around 25% to 50% of the sheet. I use the rest for testing colors. Canson does have some colors mounted on illustration boards and those are more durable and great to use. I use those when I am going to paint on the paper, but the color selection is limited.

Mixed media on 9" x 12" Canson Mi-Teintes paper

This is Post #1695

VALIDUS - Fatal Five

Validus © DC Entertainment

This is the third of five for Travis. There are more than a few origins for Validus, too many to go into here. All you really need to know is that he is the toughest of the Fatal Five. Besides his size and his strength, his brain can give off a deadly charge of electricity. Enough to knock out Legionnaires like Superboy and Mon-El. And the fact that Tharok can control Validus to do his will, makes Validus that much more deadly.

Mixed media on 9" x 12" Canson Mi-Teintes Paper

This is Post #1661

Canson Cutie Doodle

Art © 2011 Gene Gonzales

Today I finished the last (hopefully) revisions for the Health Department job and I only have time for a doodle before I take a quick nap. Got some New Years celebrating to do.

I hope everyone has a safe and Happy New Year's Eve. I will see you on the other side.

This was done in ink and Copic markers on 9" x 12" Canson paper.

This is Post #1561

Ron Weasley

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

This was commissioned by Brian as a Christmas present. The recipient does not visit this blog so I was told it was safe to share it early. Thanks for the commission Brian!

This is done in black ink, white ink and white Prismacolor pencil on 10" x 8" Canson paper.

This is Post #1544

Batman & Catwoman - Pittsburgh ComiCon Advance Sketch

Batman & Catwoman © DC Comics

Here is the final art for Brian "Batmite" Jones' Canson request. These two should really get a room. :)

Thank you for the commission Brian!

I have one more Canson Cutie and one more inked piece to do before the show, which is coming up really fast! By Thurdays I will have my list cleared and there is still time to get on that list if you are going to be at the Pittsburgh ComiCon. Just send me an email to get started. Details are here.

This piece was done in mixed media on an 11" x 17" sheet of violet Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

This is Post #1285


Mera © DC Comics

This is just a warm up piece I did this morning. I haven't done a gray paper piece in a while so it was nice to revisit the process.

Black ink and white ink on a 11" x 14" sheet of gray Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

This is Post #1250


Nightwing © DC Comics

After a week of commercial work that resembles nothing like the comic art I do, and after three days out of state on business doing text book illustrations in my hotel room when I had the chance, I needed to get back in the groove of working on Canson paper so I did this little sketch. Now it's back to the Legion Canson Cuties again. :)

This was done using ink, fluid acrylic and pencil on an 11" x 17" sheet of steel gray Canson Mi-Teintes drawing paper.

This is Post #1202


Superman © DC Comics

Finally home. Had a good trip but I am exhausted. Whew!

After drawing the Dark Knight yesterday, I just had to draw the Man of Tomorrow, didn't I? More fun with an 11" x 14" sheet of Canson paper and some ink and paint. I really like this profile. Especially the curl in his hair. Fun stuff. :)

This is Post #1152


Batman © DC Comics

Just playing around with a 11" x 14" sheet of Canson Paper and some various mediums. Nice to just scribble sometimes. :)

This is Post #1151


Batman © DC Comics

Just playing around with a piece of Canson paper today while giving my eyes a break from the big ol' monitor.

Okay, back to work.

This is Post #1143

Mr.Tawny - Canson Portrait

Mr. Tawny © DC Comics

I'm a big fan of the Fawcett Comics run of Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel and Captain Marvel, Jr. When I had a comic collection, I owned quite a few Mary Marvel, Wow Comics, Whiz Comics, Marvel Family, and Captain Marvel Adventures. And most of the early run of SHAZAM! that DC Comics published in the 1970s. The Marvel Family had some really fun supporting characters including our subject today, Mr. Tawny, the talking tiger. And yes, Mr. Tawny predates Tony the Tiger.

Mr Tawny first appeared in Captain Marvel Adventures #79 in 1947. Created by Otto Binder and C. C. Beck. (Otto Binder also co-created the Legion of Super-Heroes years later. Funny how this blog almost always comes back to the Legion.) So with Mr. Tawny, they placed a funny animal character in the middle of a super-hero comic. And it works. Several of those stories were reprinted in the SHAZAM! 100 Page Giants in the 1970s. Not cheap but they are a fun read.

This piece was something I was playing with today that ended up becoming a fully realized Canson piece. Not planned, but I'm happy with it. And it marks the first time I have drawn Mr. Tawny.

This was done in ink and color pencil on an 11" x 17" sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

This is Post #1139

Sketchbook Tuesday - Canson Paper Sketches

Artwork © 2010 Gene Gonzales

More sketching of some familiar looking guys. The sketches above were done on a sheet of Canson paper using Col-Erase pencils and white acrylic. Some of the color was done in Photoshop. I am trying different approaches for how I draw. I really would like to work on my own projects but I am not very interested in inking everything. There are several european comics that I follow that seem to print straight from pencils. Tight pencils that have been colored in a neutral shade. There are no stark black lines on anything and it looks really nice. I like the roughness and energy of pencils. Ah well, until I have time to actually devote to my own stuff, I will continue to play.

I have picked up another big project from a terrific client that will be a bit of a rush. I am working on one project for the same client and this one will tie into it a bit. I will be flying to Arkansas the first week of December and possibly late January as part of all this work. Needless to say, I will be pretty slammed through the first week of January.

My commission list is closed until February. I have taken on five Canson pieces and that fills my list. Whew! But these are going to be really, really fun!

This is Post #1137

Canson Girl - Mary Marvel

Mary Marvel © DC Comics

This is a quick one for today. Had a full day of working and then running all around the Tampa Bay region with my family. :) As I did this face, I was also looking at the Bob Oksner Mary Marvel pages on my wall and somehow I was influenced. :)

This is Post #1128

Canson Girl

Artwork © 2010 Gene Gonzales

This is a warm up piece from earlier this morning. I just now got around to scanning it. I'm still playing with the Pentel Brush Pen. I like the dry brush effects I can get on the rougher side of the Canson paper. It creates a nice texture in her hair. There are a few issues of how slow the ink dries on certain paper, but that is something I dealt with before when I used a brush and have since forgotten because of using pens. Just have to make that adjustment in how I work.

This piece was done with a Pentel Brush Pen and white color pencil on a 9" x 12" sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes paper.

This is Post #1125