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Would Have Had Gambit…

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.

Gambit


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Thank You Tucson Comicon!

Thank you to everyone who bought a print at the Tucson Comicon. this was my third year at the Tucson Comicon and it has been a big success EVERY year! I will definitely be back next year. I had a lot of closeouts that people took advantage of and duplicate prints: Poison Ivy, Storm, Silver Surfer, Riddler, Scarecrow, Superman 1 and 2, Hulk, Dr. Doom (I really liked that one), Joker 1, Spiderman 2, Elektra, Green Goblin, Venom, Wonder Woman, and the Punisher are all being retired. If you got a print…KEEP IT….it’s a collector’s item now. I’m working on all new stuff for 2015. I’ll have a new, more traditional Joker (NOT the Heath Ledger version which I retired), a more dynamic Hulk (he won’t just be standing there), a different Spiderman than my two previous versions, Black Panther, and Deathstroke! I’m also redrawing a more dynamic Superman and Wonder Woman. Thank you, thank you, thank you everyone who bought a print. Without your support, I wouldn’t have the inspiration to keep creating. Speaking of creative, check out these awesome costumes from the con. I especially liked the Yup Yup Aliens from Sesame Street.

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Cat Woman

Since I will be showing at the Long Beach Comic Expo, I need to create more art! This is what I have for Cat Woman so far. I purchased a book with all the DC Universe characters. I’m not as familiar with that universe as I am with Marvel so it has been fun researching the characters. I love the pose on this character. I’m not sure if I’m going to add Selina Kyle’s whip or not.
Cat-Woman


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Tutorials and Teaching

Okay, when it comes to comics (and art in general) the understanding of light is so important. I’m going to design and offer a shadowing tutorial. I think this will coincide with online YouTube videos to help demonstrate technique. Hmmm, now a release date? How about March 15, 2013? YAY! I have a project for myself. If you haven’t made it big yet DON’T STOP CREATING ART! You have to give yourself assignments to keep busy, otherwise you’ll stop drawing and dwell on the negatives. KEEP DRAWING my friends!


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Fast as the Speed of Light

Okay, the Flash was a hot item last year. Now I have to think of something more clever with the use of light and more bright (or at least as dynamic) as the use of reds and pinks. Hmmm, its difficult not knowing if I’m going to get a booth for Phoenix Comicon. I hope so….that comicon has gotten HUGE! It would be awesome to show. Haven’t decided on the Long Beach thing because of the time conflict. Gonna hafta make some big decisions soon.

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