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.


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!!!


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??


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.


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!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Jelly Baby?

I know that many people consider Tom Baker to be the definitive version of the Doctor. Like many, I adore Tom's portrayal of the time lord but he is not "my Doctor". I actually discovered him after Peter Davison and Jon Pertwee and for an American, that is a bit odd. But that was the timing of it when I first got turned on to Doctor Who and what was airing at the time. Tom is very fun to draw tho with that big expressive face! All "teeth and curls" to be sure, and not to mention those eyes!! This was a fun one to work on. I hope you like it.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

Dallas Comic Con!

If you are in the Dallas area, stop by and see me in Artist Alley A51, May 16-18!! My first time in Texas and am looking forward to it!!