Friday, November 22, 2013

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.

Speed Buggy!!

Friday, November 15, 2013

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.

Monday, November 11, 2013

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 Butler who also voiced Snagglepuss (as well as Yogi Bear and Capn Crunch among countless others). In fact he used the same exact voice for both and they were basically a homage to Bert Lahr (the Cowardly Lion from the Wizard of Oz). So Cartoon Network just ran the old cartoons again before Halloween and I got the bug in me to do a Funky Phantom picture. But I wanted to do it my way. Not a complete re-design, I want to be faithful but make it my own as well. We will see if I succeed. For all of you that I lost in the first few sentences, hit up YouTube.

This horrid doodle was done on my phone with my finger when I forgot to bring my sketchbook to keep me occupied while waiting in car line to pick up my son.

I did this compostion study on my tablet while watching TV with my wife. I actually didn't do too many versions of this. Pretty much knew what I wanted right away.

This next batch of doodles were all done in my sketchbook (in car line mostly) based on my study.

Here is the intro for ya! Look! I saved you the trouble. :)

Sunday, November 10, 2013

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 met lots of cool people.

This next batch is from Hurricane Who. It was my third year doing this show and I love it!!

I also got to hold ACTUAL props used in the show!!!

Wife just realized that she married Killroy.

Frazier Hines and Colin Baker!!

 Me and the 6th Doctor!!!!

My son Joe and Colin Baker!

From the 1996 TV movie, Daphne Ashbrook!!

I can't wait until next year!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

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, she would run back and forth the length of the house from the front door all the way to the back door. Those days seem so long ago now. She slowed with age, as we all do, and in the end she was limping. The last time I took her out for a walk, I had to carry her home. She died next to Mindy where she slept and Mindy was resting her hands on her as she passed. I still walk into rooms expecting her to be there, to see her face in the window and I watch where I walk as to not step on her in the morning when I get up. I miss her. I used to say that I never wanted a dog, but I never understood that she was not just "a dog", she was part of my family. Sleep well Maisy Jane. You're a good girl!!

Of course over the  years, I have drawn Maisy several times. As a part of the family, she was part of our Christmas cards several times.