HeroesCon 2015 - Final

Here are the last of the pieces done for or at HeroesCon. If I didn't include yours it just means I neglected/forgot to take a picture at the show or scan it in advance. If you have a picture/scan of the art that you would like me to share send it to me. Enjoy!




Starfire & Robin

Supergirl riding comet (Crisis Era)

Supergirl evening gown (Adventure Comics 402)




All characters © their respective owners

Shadow Lass and Night Girl - Legion of Super-Heroes commission

This was a commission that was on the back burner for quite some time. I had done a bunch of sketches trying to nail down the composition but it was never working out. Finally it did.

The commission is for my friend Tom, another big time Legion fan. His idea was based on how these two characters powers complement each other. If you know know them, the one on the left is Shadow Lass. Her power is create shadow and complete darkness. Night Girl on the right, has super strength but only in darkness. The two of them stranded on a jungle planet with two suns mean they really have to work together to survive. The jungle has been rough on the costumes and barely represent how they look normally.

Since the commission was a story image, when I was done with the painting I decided to have some fun and recreate all the logos for a mock cover that might have come out back in the day. Tom is getting a print of this "cover" with the original. Thanks Tom!

Characters are © DC Entertainment

Acrylic and color pencil on 11" x 17" Arches Watercolor Board

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HEROESCON! June 7-9 2013

Magik © Marvel Entertainment

As you are reading this, I am somewhere between Florida and Charlotte, NC. Riding shotgun is Joe Pekar. On our way to HeroesCon 2013! And I'm excited to be going again. If you are going to be at the convention, drop by and say HI.

I will be in Artist Alley at table number AA-1421. Joe will be at AA-1420. See the map below.

If you ordered an Advance Sketch, they are all done and can be picked up Friday. Also I will be starting a new list at the show. I will be posting sketches I do at the show on Twitter. So if you want to see them as I finish, make sure to follow me on Twitter, @genegonzales.

See you on Friday!

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Catman - Marriage Proposal Commission

I've been holding on to this one for a while. I was contacted by Bill back on September 30, 2011. He wanted to commission a Catman piece to go with his marriage proposal to Gloria that he planned on doing sometime after the first of the year. How could I say no? :)

Catman © DC Comics

Above is the final art, done in acrylic on 11" x 17" Arches watercolor board. And below are some of the process steps involved to make the finished piece.

Congratulations Gloria and Bill!

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Medusa - Finish

Medusa © Marvel Entertainment

Here is Medusa, fresh from her hair stylist. This was done in pencil, ink and fluid acrylics on a sheet of 11" x 17" 200# watercolor paper.

There are five days until MegaCon. And there are still a few more spots on my advance sketch list. I will still have a list at the convention but this is an opportunity to get on early and possibly have the sketch ready when you drop by my table. See details here: MegaCon 2011 Advance Sketch List post

I will be sharing a table with Joe Pekar once again this year. So if you are going to be at the show, stop by and say "HI". Both of us will have original art and new sketchbooks. We are in section Black, table 12.

The painting above is for sale. Contact me if you are interested.

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Medusa - Rough

Medusa © Marvel Entertainment

Just the beginnings of a Medusa painting I am doing for fun this weekend. This was another suggested character from the comments. :)

This is done with Tuscon Red Col-Erase pencil on a sheet of 11" x 17" watercolor paper.

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Sketchbook Monday - Batman

Batman © DC Comics

I have been worked in Adobe Illustrator from 7am until 8:30pm with only a 30 minute break for some dinner and a Starbucks run a little earlier. So when I finished with what I planned on doing today, and finished with all that vector work, I felt like slapping some paint around. I took this picture with my iPhone because the paint was still wet and I was too lazy to look for our Canon G9 camera. This really isn't a very good piece but it helped me loosen up. And that was it's purpose. Never let it be said that I am afraid to show the bad stuff here  :)

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Rainbow Seahorses FTW!

 Artwork © 2010 Gene Gonzales

I showed bits of this above artwork when it was in progress. This was commissioned by my friends Tom & Anne Marie for their daughter Katie. The image incorporates a very long and fun series of nicknames they have for Katie. This was a lot of fun to do and I really feel honored they asked me to do this. Thanks Tom and Anne! (This was done in color pencil and fluid acrylic.)

And for fun, here is a piece they commissioned for their other daughter Shelby. This was done way back in 2002. After all these years it was very cool to see the painting hanging in Shelby's room when I visited them last year. Yup, very cool indeed. :) (This one was done in gouache.)

Lilo and Stitch © Disney

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Non-Quadruped Submersible Equine - Detail

Artwork © 2010 Gene Gonzales

Since I showed the sketches of seahorses a couple of days ago, I thought I would show a detail of the painting I finished today. This area is only 3.5 inches tall. The entire image is 11"x 17"painted with fluid acrylics and color pencils. I will be able to show the whole image in a week or so. :)

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Santa Elf & Frosty - Finished

Artwork © 2010 Gene Gonzales

I took some time tonight to slap some paint on this one. I did this piece for fun. I really would like to paint Santa Elf #3 & #4 from a few days ago. I have no idea why though. Maybe it's the Christmas Spirit.

Naaaah. :)

This was done in color pencils and fluid acrylics on an 11" x 17" sheet of bristol board.

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Aquaman © DC Comics

I had a lot of catching up to do after my whirlwind trip Tuesday and Wednesday. Getting up a 5am helps with that. I managed to get most things back up to speed but not much energy for everything. Wednesday was such a big brainstorming day that my brain turned to mush. So before getting back into any artwork that "matters", I thought that I would just do something fun and quick. Something to get the juices going again. And this is what came about. And while I might be in the minority, I like Aquaman. At least the one I grew up with. I don't know what is going on with the guy now. :)

This was done in Tuscan Red Col-Erase pencil, fluid acrylics and color Pitt Brush pens on a 11" x 17" of bristol board.

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Moon Girl

Artwork © 2010 Gene Gonzales

I'm going to be working some long hours over the next four days, so I took a couple of hours off this evening to paint for fun. I think it's been a while since I painted anything in traditional mediums and this was a lot of fun to do. But it will be back to work early tomorrow.

This was done with color pencils and fluid acrylics on 10" x 15" sheet of Canson Montval Watercolor paper.

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Happy Halloween!

The Daughter of Frank © Gene Gonzales

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. Get lots of candy and don't "TP" anyone's house. As for us, we are going to have about a dozen 9th graders here for a little party. Talk about Halloween Terror!!!

This piece was done in mix media on a 10" x 15" sheet of 140# Canson Montval cold press watercolor paper.

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Shrinking Violet - Canson Cutie Painting

Shrinking Violet © DC Comics

Here is the finished Shrinking Violet painted with Golden Fluid Acrylics on Canson Steel Gray Mat Board. I had a great time painting on this board. I love the texture and the way the paint moved on the board. The paint layered nicely and the board really held up to all the water that was put to it over the course of painting. The best complement I can come up with is I will be doing more on these boards in the near future.

I was curious about this board so I checked the Canson website and found the board listed under Mi-Teintes Art & Framing Board. I suspect this is actually the same Mi-Teintes paper I use for Canson Cuties mounted on a board. If that is the case I am very excited at the possibilities. I will be checking with Canson this week to find out more. This was a fun experiment and I am very happy with the results.

I hope everyone had a good weekend. See you tomorrow.

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Shrinking Violet - Canson Cutie Painting (In Progress)

Today has been a working Saturday. But then, what other kind is there. I got a priority project last night for DC that is due Monday. Knocked out 85% of that today and will finish it up tomorrow morning. And I lettered part of a story I am working on with writer J. C. Vaughn.

Then I took out another sample board that Canson sent me a while back. The person at Canson had seen my Canson Cuties and sent me several boards to try. One of them is a mat board. I wasn't really sure what to do with it. But the texture is not unlike the rough side of the Canson Mi-Teintes paper I use so it got me thinking. A very dangerous pass time, I know.

I thought I would try painting on it using Golden Fluid Acrylics. The board should be able to handle more than the paper can, I thought. The subject matter would be the Shrinking Violet idea that wasn't selected for a commission. It's not finished but I thought I would show the progress, if not the process. I really wish I had thought to take pictures when I started. Sometimes I get in the flow of painting, everything else is forgotten.

Shrinking Violet © DC Comics

The board is Steel Gray and is 16" x 20". I measured out an 11" x 17" area in the center for the painting. After setting that up I did a finished drawing right on the board. I don't do that on the Canson Cuties because the paper is a bit to delicate. But this board is rigid, the tooth seemed solid, and the color didn't change when I erased a test area. So I starting with my rough idea and did the finished drawing. Then I inked it with a Copic Multiliner 0.3 black pen. I didn't want the graphite in the painting and I knew I would paint over the black line so I didn't do any thick and thin lines. Then it was time for painting.

Normally I trim the board to 11" x 17", but in this case I didn't. I liked having the space along the edges to test the paint on instead of having a scrap piece of the board on my table. Lighting would be different for both, and so the color could look different.

Shrinking Violet © DC Comics

The top picture shows the progress I made this afternoon. The bottom is just a detail. I will have the finished piece tomorrow and I will talk a bit about my thoughts on painting and drawing on this board.

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