Tuesday, August 19, 2014

New York Bound!

No. I am not relocating back to the north east. I recently got word that I was accepted to be part of New York Comic Con's Artist Alley. Well, technically I was on the waiting list and a spot opened for me but I made it none the less! I am thrilled. Being from that area, I attended the New York shows a lot growing up. I have vivid memories of going with friends, being dropped off right in the city, riding the ferry in, and once even braving a snow storm by my own car to get there. I bought stuff, I saw panels and slide shows, saw Colin Baker as the Doctor for the first time at one!!! I not only met comic legends like John Byrne and Jack Kirby but I even got my first real artist critique from these shows. They were much smaller by today's extravaganzas. Most of the ones I went to were still held in hotels! Times have changed as has the industry but I don't know if it has been for the better or worse for the wear, but it has changed. I guess I am sounding like an old man now! "In my day......".

I guess I am excited because at some level I see it as a form of validation for myself with my artistic pursuits that started with super heroes and TV and movie characters and continue unabated to this very day. I am, of course, speculating right now as the show is in October and for all I know, I am going to not sell a single print and come home devastated. It could happen!! I hope not. But I know that my mother, who always encouraged me to keep drawing and never complained that I drew Superman and Spider-Man over and over again, is looking down and is proud that I even got this far.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

"Like a hood ornament!"

How did I start off my last post? Something about not wanting to go back and re-draw what I have in my inventory? Yeah. That didn't seem to stick. But what can I do?? I love these characters so much and I just have to be able to express myself and this is the only way I know how. It's not a bad thing, is it?? Nah! I mean, Curt Swan drew more than one picture of Superman didn't he? More about Superman later.

So, I had some Rocketeer on the brain recently and as you can surmise from the previous paragraph, I drew him again. And I really enjoyed it too!! I did. From start to finish, this one was a complete joy. Okay. That was a lie. I rendered the back ground in vector form and drawing buildings is boring enough, let alone in vector. But the rest was sheer bliss! I swear!! Okay. That was a lie as well. The precipice that he stands on was a bit of challenge to work into the design, but I did it! Right?? Oh, who gives a shit if it was hard or easy? Nobody remembers anything but the finished product anyway. A wise man once said "it's the hard that makes it great! If it was easy, anyone could do it!" Okay, a character in a movie said that, but it was played by Tom Hanks!! That has to count for something. I have no idea what I am talking about anymore.

Ladies and gentlemen, The Rocketeer. Again.





Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Sherlock Revisited

I don't want to make it a habit of going back and doing new versions of my inventory but my love of the show Sherlock and the overwhelming requests I get at shows led me to finally sit and think about how to approach this for the second time. And not just with a different style of painting. Although, I was just struck with the thought of literally just repainting the same picture in two styles! That suddenly seems like a fun project to at least make an attempt at. But now, which one?? I'll give that more time for thought later when I actually have free time to think about it! I can't believe how much time has passed since I last blogged! Seems that more and more time is being taken by the immediacy of my Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/JonPintoPicturePage) rather than here. Is that the nature of the internet? Has the tide shifted so? Don't worry. I'm not about to abandon my blog just yet. I still find it cathartic to sit and type sometimes and even ramble in my Jack Kerouac-esqe stream of conscious prattling! I think I may be doing that now.

OK. Without further nonsense please allow me to re-introduce Sherlock.

Enjoy!






And if you don't follow me on Facebook and missed the work in progress poster there, here are those pics for you to see PLUS the final pencil drawing that I had not shared previously.









Monday, June 30, 2014

With One Magic Word.....

I love Captain Marvel! I remember my father telling me about him when I was a REALLY little boy and then watching him on Saturday morning television. Of course the version I saw was not the same one as my dad, but the character was essentially the same: Billy Batson says the magic word SHAZAM and is transformed into Captain Marvel. It is quintessential childhood wish fulfillment! It was many years later that I finally got to watch the 1941 serial that dad watched when it came out on VHS. I just wish I could have watched it with him. I have just recently watched it again (now on DVD) with my son and we both loved it!! He always seemed more fun and lighthearted than Superman and that was fine by me. Change of pace is sometimes a nice thing. I can look back now and understand tho, why his comic book didn't catch on when he re-appeared in the DC universe in the 1970's. In fact, the history of the character (and his influences like Miracleman) are just as, if not more, interesting than the character himself! If you want to know all the in's and out's I suggest you GOOGLE it as there are many comic book historians and scholars that can explain it much better than I could. Plus I am lazy. Remember??

So, as it turns out, my wife Mindy is huge fan of the 1970's TV show SHAZAM. So, I just had to paint this!!!

Enjoy!






After I had completed this picture I remembered that I had many other Captain Marvel pictures from my youth that I still had so I went to go dig them out and share just for the fun of it. As you can see by the dates, these are just about 30 years old!!










Fast forward a few years and I was at it again! This time working with another artist as my inker to produce three sample pages to show at the comic convention in New York. Tell a story in three pages with no words was the standard then. I have no idea what they ask for these days.








Monday, June 16, 2014

10th Doctor and Rose!

People have been asking me to do a picture with Rose for a while now. I always thought that I would pair her with the 9th Doctor tho and use Martha or Donna with 10. I kinda got talked out of that. I guess I could still do a 9th Doctor and Rose pic and have her bigger hair and maybe Mickey? Maybe not. Anyway, I, of course, loved David Tennant in the role and was finally excited to draw him again. I think I may have drawn him more than any other Doctor and that was not a conscious decision. Most of the time they were "painting exercises" and just kept using him as a model. Most were done during his tenure so it made sense. I do not consider this one to be an exercise tho. But then again, aren't they all??

Enjoy!






Monday, June 9, 2014

The Invisible Man!

So just recently I did my second horror convention here in Orlando. Was much more at ease this time around since I knew what to expect this time and had some friends working the show as well. Last time I seemed anxious about not having any pictures that would appeal to a horror crowd and decided to pump a few pics out. This time, I thought, that I would not do that again as my big sellers were still Doctor Who and such. Then the week before the show came and I got anxious again and decided to do a "simple" piece so I would have something. I decided to go the classic route but I didn't want to just dive right in with a Dracula or Frankenstein Monster piece. So I went with The Invisible Man.

Enjoy!




Friday, May 30, 2014

Black Widow!

Ya know, sometimes you make a picture because you think it will go well with another one of your pictures. Maybe in my subconscious I just assumed that The Black Widow would just go good with my Captain America picture. Was that based on anything other than the fact that they were both featured in The Winter Soldier? Most likely, yes! I don't think I would have paired them together mentally before that movie came out. And to be totally honest here, I am not even that big of a Scarlett Johansson fan! I mean, she's a decent actress I think but I have never gone out of my way to see her in a movie. I know I will take a lot of heat for that but I am just being honest.

Some people have pointed out to me that I don't paint enough women. That is true but not intentional either. I know that I suffer from a form of "hero worship" and simply gravitate to the hero of the comic or movie. If I had to psycho analyze myself I am sure that it is some deep rooted insecurity that I have for losing my father at a very young age and turning to comic book heroes for escapism and a positive male role model. Good thing I read comics from the sixties and seventies growing up! I don't know how much of that type of role model still exists in modern comics. If you have noticed, we are pretty much over-run with the "anti-hero" now and when a tried and true hero is shown, like Captain America, he is perceived as an anomaly. Maybe I am just getting old. Didn't I start this blog thinking I was going to talk about the Black Widow?? This is also what happens folks when the aging, hero worshipping artist can't sleep and gets up to blog!!

Enjoy the picture tho!