In 2009, I had a studio photography business. Needless to say, I find taking pictures of trees, rocks, and mountains much easier. People have such opinions about themselves and how they should look. TRUST THE PHOTOGRAPHER!!! Its our job to make everyone look good. Anyway, that business sputtered and failed (I can admit that). But I learned a lot of life lessons and it has helped shape who I am today. Well I still have the equipment. I use the back drop stands at the cons to display my art. Things like that can always be used. I finally figured out a use for my lighting stuff. Actually, my cat broke one of my bulbs ($30). Bummer. But hey, that forces me to be more creative with my lighting.
So this year Vanquish Studio is trying something new – 11 x 17 prints. Almost everyone at the comic book conventions sells in this size except us. So I have made 4 new works with characters interacting with each other (another first). Generally, I just draw pin-up art but this time I tried to tell a story with the characters. Check it out!
So I decided to introduce 4 new works this year at Phoenix Comicon. They will be in a new format – 11 x 17. This is the first year that we are introducing this new size. I personally think that people will like it cause art needs to be a bit bigger that 8 x 10 to hang on walls. I’ve been selling the standard 8.5 x 11 since 2012!!! I still have a ton and my Nightcrawler is still available!
But let’s face it, we need to expand…get new merchandise…explore new options. Anyway, I just finished flatting 3 out of my 4 which is exciting. I’m learning how to use screen capture software so expect new videos with, including flatting.
I made a funny video about the cost of inking pens. I also added my four new artworks but they’re only in black and white. To see full color come to Phoenix Comic Fest!
Vanquish Studio will be making yet another appearance at this year’s Phoenix Comic Fest. Find us in aisle 1000 in Artist Alley at booth 1012! Below is a sketch idea for Joker and Harley Quinn. I reworked it until I was happy with the finished product. Just showing how and idea starts. It’s very basic and goes through many incarnations before the final product. Although I did like this one from the start.
So I didn’t get to show my new art at Dev Con this past weekend. YES, I called it Dev Con. I think that law suit about using the abbreviated “con” and copyrighting it is ridiculous. Anyway, I had finished Gambit but didn’t get to show him off. Now, I really like him as a character when I started reading X-Men (back in the 90’s!) He could charge objects with an energy blast. He always kept a deck of cards in his pocket because they were small, convenient, and plentiful for someone with that particular power – he has 52 charges! I also liked his French/ Cajun accent when he spoke to Rogue. I was soooo upset when the Bryan Singer movies hooked-up Rogue with Iceman! Everyone knows the eternal love struggle in the comics is between Rogue and Gambit. It’s classic forelorn love. Anyway, he was my favorite X-Man and from the requests at comic conventions, a lot of other people like him as well. So I had to draw him. I did have a slight issue with the black eyes. When my manager saw them she freaked out but I explained that Gambit has mutated eyes. That’s one subtle thing about him that can be unsettling. He really can’t hide that he’s a mutant. And his eyes are red which is an emotionally charged color in our society. This was a challenge but fun to draw and I hope you like it.
I’ve finished inking Aquaman. I did the Jason Momoa version since the movie will be coming out soon. I’ve started adding backgrounds to my pin-ups. I think it adds more dimension and will look especially awesome when colored! I scanned in my inks but I didn’t clean up the pencils. It’s important to use a method of drawing called “restating”. Leave the bad line and draw the correct line around it. It makes fixing mistakes infinitely easier!
I’ll have to post the re-boot version of Black Panther too. Stay tuned!!