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Here's to 2013!

So here we are at the end of another year. Just about ready to put it in the books. To say the least, it's been an eventful one here in the Pinto household with several highs and lows. I am sure every family endures them as well and I do try to keep a level perspective of it all. I honestly do try to find silver linings in the things that seem devastating at the time. And this year we did have a few doozies! As always I hope for the best for everyone in the coming year and hope that the good outweighs the bad. I look forward to several events coming up and keeping an open mind for what lies ahead. Now, I normally would have posted my annual Christmas card on December 24th or 25th but I neglected to this year simply because I forgot. With the added duties of keeping up with social media, Facebook has been taking up more time than I originally anticipated, but with the higher traffic, it could not be ignored. So without further adieu, here is the annual Christmas card as well as the…

Digital Paint and Bilbo

You know I like to play around with different media and I have always been enamored with painting apps for my iPhone. When I see a new one it's like someone is dangling shiny keys in front of me and I MUST try it. Usually I stop when their is a price tag involved and invariably DO try it when it's free. I admit, I do have a few that I have paid for on my phone and they are all worth it. To me at least. Well, the other day I forgot my sketchbook when I went to go pick up my son from school and waited in car line armed only with my phone. I decided to try a little experiment. I had just seen the second installment of The Hobbit trilogy with my family and was re-watching the first one at home and had to pause the movie when the doorbell rang. When I returned I noticed that it was a pretty cool picture that I paused on. Bilbo holding his sword Sting in the dark while it begins to glow blue! Loved the lighting and thus my inspirations was found! I actually painted this pic three ti…

Night of The Doctor

Like many a whovian out there, I totally rejoiced when the 8th Doctor, Paul McGann, made his glorious return to the screen. I could care less that it was a webisode and not a full fledged story. Granted, I would have preferred that, but I accept it like I do the long breaks between regular Doctor Who episodes. Better than no Who! McGann was absolutely brilliant once again and makes even a stronger case that he should not be done with screen appearances as The Doctor! If Peter Davison is the Doctor that first introduced me to Doctor Who, it is Paul McGann that brought me back! I have not stopped doodling the 8th Doctor since this aired. Here are some of my artistic ramblings.

This is a small doodle in my sketchbook that I digitally added some color to.

Rough sketch done early one morning when I couldn't sleep.

A merged sketch from several sources.

Worked on these with my tablet mostly while watching TV at night.

Had this drawn in my sketchbook while in car line to pick up my son fr…

Phantom color study and a Buggy.

Work has been keeping me so busy and the holiday season is upon us all as well. Never get much done during that time period. Got lots O'deadlines!! I did manage to do a quick color study for the Funky Phantom and even did a sketch of another Scooby-Doo clone that people kept pestering me about! See, I DO listen. Sometimes.

More Phantom.

Work has been keeping me really busy and I already know that next week will be loaded! Really inching along with this one and I know I have a Christmas card to do as well. Maybe I should cut down on my sleeping in order to get more done. Just a thought. I do have a more "readable" comp ready and work has progressed on tighter drawings on some of the characters. So there is that! Hope to have more really soon.

Anyone remember the Funky Phantom??

Maybe it was all the Halloween programming. Maybe it was me just getting more and more nostalgic in my older age. Who knows what brings about the creative muse?? For those that don't remember or are far too young to even know, there were a string of Scooby Doo clones that came in the wake of its success. Most were even from within Hanna-Barbara itself. Some may be shocked to know that I am the same age as Scooby. We both made our debut in 1969. As a kid growing up in the early seventies and enjoying Saturday morning cartoons as they were meant to be, I was actually kind of scared to watch Scooby Doo. My older brother loved it so I had to watch as well and I was always relieved to find out that the monster was not real and was just a guy in a mask. I didn't find the knock offs to be as scary so I gravitated towards them. The Funky Phantom was my favorite of the bunch. It was not until I was older that I was able to appreciate that the voice of the Phantom character was Daws But…

Catching my breath between shows

I am starting to really like being able to have a table at a show and meet people and sell some prints but they can all run together after a while as well. So glad to have this past weekend off from a convention after having back to back weekends and staring down another next weekend. It will be my last one of the year and I honestly can't wait to fill my calendar for next year! I don't want to come off as too greedy but I need to pull in a few more bucks so I can start expanding out of the Orlando area more and at least break even if I have to do extensive travel and incur hotel costs as well. Anyway, I did manage to take a few pictures from the last two weekends (not enough if you ask me, I need to take more pics with people) and I wanted to share them with you all. The first show was my first horror convention and it actually turned out better than I had hoped. Horror is not really my thing beyond the classic Universal Monsters and Freddy Krueger but I had a good time and m…

Maisy Jane

Things have been going in quite the hectic pace recently in the Pinto household. Got plenty of freelance work (for which I am extremely grateful!) have had back to back to back shows that we have done really well at and have been fun, and of course we are in the midst of the holidays. Unfortunately, all of those things have just been a mild distraction of what I am experiencing even right now as I type this post. I am totally alone in the house during the day. I no longer hear the light tapping of paws on the floors and no longer get the occasional visit in my office and get to watch my girl rub her fur on the carpeting. Maisy Jane has died. She was a really good dog. Smart and quirky just like her master, my wife Mindy. Maisy was with Mindy already when I met her so they were a package deal but she accepted me and loved me as well and then Joseph when he was born. She lived a good life and a long one, just shy of 15 years. When she was young, and when we first moved into the house, s…

The Second Doctor, Jamie and a Yeti!

Done! I really like that this is in black and white and was a bit more challenging that I anticipated. Really need to take notice of all the values. Hope I did that well enough. Can't wait to get this one printed!! I have to say, the 2nd Doctor is SO much fun to draw!

This piece is also now available as a t-shirt, sticker or an iPhone case at my Red Bubble store. Prints will be available soon as well.

The Second Doctor, Jamie and Yeti. Part Three

Almost done! Thankfully my freelance workload was light this week and I was really able to crank on this! I (thankfully) know that this will not last either. Actually had to scrap plans for one of my pieces to have ready for Hurricane Who this year. It's ok as I will have four new Who pics as well as other art to offer. Plus, I think I will be able to use my concept in the not to distant future with the 12th Doctor in it instead. Anyway, here is the flat vector version of the pic all ready for paint and texture and my value study with the pencil drawings as well.


The Second Doctor, Jamie and Yeti. Part Two

Inking is done and it's looking great! I don't know what I did different but I am really inspired by my drawing of Troughton. I wish all my work held up as well. Once I had my line work all set I quickly set about filling it with flat color as I always do at this stage. It wasn't until I was done that I had to stop myself since I finally remembered that this picture was going to be black and white! I duplicated my color layers and re-filled them with grayscale tones. I kept the color just in case I might need a color version in the future. In fact, I know when I will need it but that is for another time.