Dream Girl & Wonder Girl

Today is a double shot of Conventionless Convention Sketches. And this wraps it up as well. First up is Dream Girl, member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. As always, I really enjoy drawing the Legionnaires. And unfulfilled dream of mine is a chance to draw the Legion of the 1960s or the 1970s. Ah well.
Next up, another favorite of mine, Wonder Girl. I really don't know the Donna Troy of today's comics, but I loved the Wonder Girl of the original run of the Teen Titans. Artist Nick Cardy could do no wrong as far as I am concerned, especially when he drew Wonder Girl. Thanks to Tim for both of these commissions. Both are ink on 11" x 17" Canson bristol board.
That wraps up the Conventionless Convention Sketches for now. Thanks again to everyone who commissioned art and to those that stop by with the kind words. The next round of sketches will probably be at HeroesCon in June!

Since I have been posting so many finished pieces, I'm going to start sharing some rough sketches and ideas over the next few days and sometime next week I will be starting a commissioned painting of the HERCULOIDS!





Tangled tartan!

Today's offering was requested by Royce. He asked for a red haired Scottish lass and mentioned he owned Scottish terriers. Instead of a bar maid or renaissance dressed lass, I went with a young lass walking her dogs. Which meant I needed to figure out quickly how to draw the terriers. But I think it worked out nicely. I believe this one will make a nice print sometime soon. Then we can actually make the poor girl a red-head. Thanks Royce for this commission and the Lady Blackhawk too. This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

We are starting to wind down on the list. Tomorrow I will post a Legion of Super-Villains piece, featuring the three founding villains, and then there will be two more after that I will finish and post. In addition to those pieces, three more pieces will be done this week but I'm afraid those won't be posted here. I had planned on 20 sketches by the 26th, but it ended up 28. Still should hit the mark though.

And a reminder I will be wandering the aisles of MegaCon on Saturday. I have already been contacted about meeting up with people who want to see the original art that I am bringing. And a couple that are picking up their requests at the show instead of me shipping them. So anyone interested, just send me an email and let me know.

Red Sonja!

Today's post is Red Sonja. I have drawn and painted this character several times and I do not get tired of it.  This Conventionless Convention Sketch is for Eric. Thanks Eric for this and yesterday's Cavewoman! This piece is ink on 11" x 17" Canson bristol board.

MegaCon is next weekend. And while I am not going to be a guest and set up, I will be wandering the convention on Saturday. I will be bringing a portfolio of  original artwork, mostly pin-up. I hadn't thought about doing that until someone asked. So, if you will be at MegaCon on Saturday Feb 28th, and you might be interested in purchasing something, send me an email and we can make plans. Or just look for me at the convention.

Cavewoman!

Just the sketch to start off the weekend: Cavewoman doing a little spear fishing. Thanks to Eric for this commission! And as always, this is ink on 11" x 17" Canson bristol board.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Tomorrow: Red Sonja!

Lady Blackhawk!

I believe this my first attempt at Lady Blackhawk. I can't recall being asked to draw her before. Don't know why, this is a fun character to draw. Thanks to Royce for this request. This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson bristol board. Keep 'em flying, boys!

Tomorrow: Cave Woman!

Abby - NCIS

I don't watch NCIS but when Terry suggested one of the characters from the show, I did a quick Google search. Let's see, cute, brainy, forensic science-goth girl in short skirt and low cut top...Okay, I'm in! While not even attempting to do an exact likeness, I think I managed to get her look down. Thanks to Terry for the commission and for this cool trip into a character look I haven't done since working on the BeGoth comics a couple of years ago. This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson bristol board.

The Snow Queen

Today's offering is The Snow Queen from DC Comics title Fables. I have been wanting to read Fables for quite some time but just haven't gotten to it. I hear a lot of good things about it. The James Jean covers alone are worth the price of admission. Thanks to Ben for the commission! This is ink (and brush) on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

There are no bras in space!

In the title of the post today, I'm paraphrasing something that Carrie Fisher has said she was told by Lucas. But for our purposes here at the blog, there is a space bra. Yes, digitally added. Thanks to Jon for today's Conventionless Convention Sketch. As I told him, if I get asked to draw Leia, it's always the metal bikini, so this was a change that I really enjoyed. Thanks again Jon!

The slave Leia obsession is something I find interesting. Seems you had to be a certain age when you saw her for it to have the impact. When Return of the Jedi came out, I think I was just past that age. While I remember her in the outfit, that's really it. I have friends a few years younger than me that remember that part of the movie very fondly. ;) I also find it interesting that Leia seems to have become the "real" person. I have never heard anyone say "Remember when Carrie Fisher wore that metal bikini?" or "Carrie Fisher looked hot in the slave outfit". It's always about "Leia". I wonder how many other characters have made that leap in pop culture?

A couple of other tidbits this piece made me think about: I remember seeing the original title "Revenge of the Jedi" on posters around the San Fernando Valley. They were teasers and this was before the title was changed for a more positive tone. Also, it was around 1983 that I worked for a liquor store that was part of a chain of 43 stores in the L.A. area. My store was in Toluca Lake and our house accounts included Universal Studios, The Burbank Studios (as Warner was known back then) NBC, CBS, Bob Hope, and a wide variety of stars, both young and old. I met a lot of stars while I worked there. It was at the store that I met Debbie Reynolds (Leia's mom, er, Carrie's mom). I helped her plan a party and delivered everything to her house. I went back to her house a few more times while I worked for the store. She was a very nice woman. In her stage shows, she would introduce herself as Princess's Leia's mom. I find that very funny. :)

Redline - The Sequel!

Thanks to Jonathan for a chance to visit again with his creation, Redline! The workout out bag gag was conceived by him as well. I don't think I want to hold the bag for her when she is working out, that's for sure. Thanks again to Jonathan for the fun commissions and the chance to do my take on his character. Good luck with the web comic too. Let us know when it is up! This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

Tomorrow: Princess "I'd rather kiss a Wookie!" Leia.

Tigra!

I don't think I have actually read a comic that Tigra was in, but I really do enjoy drawing her. This is the last of the commissions for José. Hopefully this is a big finish. And as before, this one has digital clothing added. Thanks again to José for the fun commissions. This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Paper.

It's Valentines Day, and while it's not a true holiday, it should remind us all that we don't need to have one day in February to remember to treat our loved ones special. It's something we should do everyday. Enjoy!

Vampirella

I think this is the first Vampirella I have posted here. That's kind of interesting. Well, leave it to José to fix that oversight. He commissioned this piece with one exception. She only has her boots on in his version. For the blog I have digitally drawn in her costume. I'm a stinker. :) Thanks José for another fun piece to do! This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

The last few days have been busy beyond belief. I think the crazy pace is over for a while, so I will be working on more than one sketch a day next week. Doesn't mean I will post two a day. Gotta have some in reserve. :) Have a good weekend everyone!


Valkyrie!

Posting late today. Had a full day of work and not one thing I could show. But thanks to José, we do have something to show. Valkyrie in an outfit she wore for a while in the 1970s. Thank goodness, because I am never happy with the metal cones outfit when I draw it. :)

This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board. Thanks again José!

Redline

Conventionless, Convention Sketches almost always have a least one creator owned character in the batch. And Redline is it in this one. Jonathan commissioned me to do my take on his character. I don't know a lot about her, other than a style sheet he sent, but she seems to be a member of the Chicago Special Police. And she appears to have some super speed powers. Hence the name. She is more action woman than vixen, so I thought her pointing the business end of her sidearm at some perp was appropriate. This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board. Thanks again Jonathan!

Gotham Double Header!

Brian's sketch requests took us back to Gotham City. Both the comic book version and the 1960s BATMAN series version. 

First up is my shot at Julie Newmar as Catwoman. Normally I stay away from likenesses in sketches because they are more difficult. To do a likeness, I normally do several drawings of the person, getting an understanding of the features and what to accentuate. Brian gave me the option of doing this or the 1970s comic version of the character. I went with the tougher one because that is the way I roll. :) Overall I think I got her look down enough to make her recognizable. The costume helps a lot too. She is a stunning woman, even to this day.
Second up is Harley Quinn. Every so often I get a request for her and I always find myself drawing her doing something comical. It's a knee-jerk reaction. Only if someone says they want a sexy Harley does my brain click on for that image. Or if Poison Ivy in in the shot with her, then my brain goes into overdrive. ;) So once again, Harley in a silly situation.
Both pieces are ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board. Thanks again to Brian for the commissions. It's always fun to visit Gotham. 

Space Girl

For his second commission, Jeff asked for a retro space girl. If I get to draw a cute girl with a rocket pack, a bubble helmet, and a ray gun, I am so there! Thanks again Jeff for a pair of fun commissions.

Next: Catwoman! Same Bat-Time, Same Bat-Channel!

The Dragon Lady

I have to admit I have not read any of Milton Caniff's work in it's entirety. Just bits and pieces that show up in various magazines. But that doesn't mean I'm not familiar with the some of the characters. Today's post is The Dragon Lady from Terry and the Pirates. Now I am no Caniff and I won't even try to imitate his wonderful line work, so this is my take on the character. I tried for seductive, aloof, graceful and powerful. Hopefully this comes through. Thanks to Jeff for this commission. Jeff commissioned two pieces so I will have another to share.


The Enchantress

I'm not that familiar with Marvel Comics' Enchantress, but I have drawn her a few times. I like her design. Something I didn't really notice before but there are quite a few Marvel characters that wear this type of head/hair gear. Polaris, Scarlet Witch, Storm (though smaller), etc. Kinda like all the headband wearing characters over at DC in the 60s. :)

This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board. Also, this is the second and last sketch for Tim. Thanks again Tim!

Today is the last day to get in on the sketches. You can either contact me directly or drop by my eBay listing here.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Wonder Woman

Good morning! I was up late (or early, I guess) so I can post early. Today's sketch is Princess Diana of Paradise Island, aka, Wonder Woman. I know, it's not called Paradise Island anymore, but if you ask the guy or gal on the street where Wonder Woman is from, you will either get a response of " I don't know" or "Paradise Island". So I am sticking with that. :) Thanks to Tim for the commission. This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

Quick item: I will be posting to Twitter some iPhone pictures of the art as I create it. They won't be high res scans but you will get a peek at what I am working on at that time. The link for my Tweets is on the right side of the blog.

Another item: Feel free to click on the Google Ads that appear at the top of the blog. You don't have to buy anything and it is not some kind of scam. It's just ads that are supposed to add some revenue to the blog. So far in the last year I have earned $5.00. :)

Tomorrow: Marvel Comics' Enchantress! (Also, thanks to Tim!)


Johnny Storm, The Human Torch!

This is the first of the Conventionless Convention Sketches. Today is the Human Torch. Thanks to Thomas for the commission! Ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

For anyone interested, I still have some spots on the sketch list. Here is the eBay link. Or contact me directly.

Tomorrow: Wonder Woman!