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Alex Saviuk!

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As you know, when I was a kid I was enamored with comic book super-heroes. Maybe it's just a part of being young but I always held the "kid" heroes in a special place in my heart. Naturally Spider-Man and the Teen Titans fit into this category but there were lesser known ones that I gravitated to as well like Nova and a certain back up feature in Action Comics called Air Wave. This kid was the nephew of Green Lantern Hal Jordan and inherited his costume from his father. I thought he was pretty cool. Years later I meet longtime comic artist, most notable for his thirty plus continuous years drawing Spider-Man, Alex Saviuk at a convention. I introduce myself and mention that we had a common friend. My old buddy Mike Sanborn and Alex briefly worked together at a studio in Orlando. I have seen Alex at several shows since and had the pleasure of sitting next to him at one and got to know him much better. A few months back, I picked up an old issue of Action Comics out of a fi…

Superman Celebration Part 2!

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While there were many highlights from the event I would like to point out two very special ones. First is giving a big thanks to Jim Bowers of CapedWonder.com for not only his friendship and help but for also going out of his way to have a piece of art I did get signed by so many celebrities from Superman: The Movie! This piece was done by request for a show in Kansas and it includes so many signatures including the late Margot Kidder. I can't thank you enough Jim.





Also at the event and seated right across from me was the great Alex Saviuk! Alex has been drawing Spider-Man for over 30 years which includes an epic run on Web of Spider-Man as well as working on the daily strip to this day! I have been a fan of his work longer than I even realized. I recently re-purchased an issue of Action Comics that I had as a kid and remembered loving the back up feature of a young character called Air Wave. Turns out it was Alex drawing it! I got to ask him about it and he then surprised me on t…

Superman Celebration!

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This year I got to not only visit, not only show my work but be a part of the annual Superman Celebration held in Metropolis Illinois. This was the 40th anniversary of the event and it just so happened to be the 40th anniversary of Superman: The Movie as well as the 80th anniversary of Superman himself! What a great time to finally make it to the event. I just got home last night and my head is still spinning from the experience. My only regret is that I didn't sneak out from my table enough to enjoy even more of the festivities.

I was asked to not only be an artist at the show but to design the official art for the event as well. It was printed on the program, t-shirts, pins and used in advertising as well. It came together rather quickly but I was asked to make a change to the design from Warner Bros. and change the from image of Superman to an "official" piece of clip art to "keep in the current image of Superman". Meaning, no red shorts. I was a bit bummed …

Con Art!

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I have had several discussions between myself and peers about why I don't draw at conventions so I thought I would expand here as it's slightly complicated. I shy from commissions during the convention because the expectation is that the customer will get something resembling my painted prints and that is simply not doable in the time allotted for a commission. My portraits take up to four hours to do. But I do draw at conventions. Usually in my sketchbook and I have been known to do a quick sketch in a book or such for people but honestly I'm not even asked very often. I'd be inclined to honor a request if it was a Superman drawing but not a Henry Cavil portrait. Make sense? Anyway, here is a sketch I did at C2E2 with sharpie on an old comic backing board. Has to be an old one, the new ones are too slick. I then digitally retro colored it. Enjoy.





Lost in Space!

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After posting my Superman/Lucy picture and making a referece to my Lost in Space picture, it made me realize that I totally forgot to post it here on my blog!! Im such a dope sometimes! Anyway, here is my Lost in Space homage.

Lost in Space! This was so much fun!! The family and I have been enjoying the new Netflix version and before I knew it I was doodling in my sketchbook the originals. I watched this as a kid growing up in the 70's. Here are 3 versions of it. Obviously the finished color version, the totally flat, sepia version (just thought it would be fun) and the composite of my sketches that started it.











I Love (Superman) Lucy!

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So what happens when two things you love collide? When I was a kid growing up watching re-runs of shows long gone, two of my favorites were The Adventures of Superman (obviously) and I Love Lucy. I was simply blown away one day when Superman himself showed up on Lucy's show playing Superman! I actually have the episode recorded and saved on my DVR for several years now. In fact I just learned that there is a color version of it but I have only seen clips and screenshots of it and not the whole episode as of yet. I'll have to look for it.

So I was in California recently and was asked several times if I would consider ever doing a Lucy/Superman piece. Actually I was asked by the same person but he did ask several times! I thought it was a great idea but I really didn't think it would sell that well. More recently I finished a retro looking cartoon drawing of Lost in Space. I didn't plan on making that picture either, they were just doodles in my sketchbook that all came …

Action Comics!!

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Today the 1000th issue of Action Comics, the one that started it all, is released. Obviously I have been a long time fan and once had dreams of being a comic book artist. I made this by scanning in my original pencil drawing and then digitally inking and coloring it. I played around a bit and even "mocked" up the logo and aged the paper leaving the "masking fluid" a brighter white like old comic pages look like now when you see them. The colored version has a dot tone pattern mixed in as well. I really enjoy making pictures like this.

Happy 80th Anniversary Superman!! Thanks for everything.

Enjoy!








What happened to March 2018??

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Well it happened. I missed posting last month and the streak has come to an end. What streak? The streak of posting every single month, at least once, every month for the past 10 years!! 10 YEARS!! The last time I missed a post was March of 2008. A lot has happened. Oh well, it was bound to happen sometime and I am really glad to have hit the 10 year mark.

So in honor of that, here is a sketchbook dump. :)

Enjoy!











Superman: The Movie!

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This year marks the 40th anniversary of my all time favorite movie: Superman! I can hardly believe it's been that long. And while some of the special effects may look dated by today's standards, they still look impressive and the movie itself is still the benchmark of not just a good superhero movie, but how good a movie can be. I can still remember going to see the movie in December of '78 at the old Oritani Theatre in Hackensack, New Jersey! If you are familiar with the movie, you know why that was relevant. I had home-made pajamas with the S shield sewn on by my grandmother. I threw icicles into snow banks as if the Fortress of Solitude would emerge. For a nine year old, I also managed to save newspaper clippings that I have to this day relating to the movie. I have worn out two copies on VHS and still have it on DVD, Blu-Ray and digitally. It's almost always loaded on my iPhone too.

As for this picture? Well, I actually started it two years ago. That's when I b…

Bello!

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You may have seen him recently on America's Got Talent, but we first learned about Bello several years ago when we first brought my son to the Circus. We were all impressed and enjoyed ourselves but I was especially taken by Bello Nock. Wasn't hard to do a little research to find out more about him and I became even more impressed with him. Over the holidays I usually like to wind down and take a break from "work" so I only dabbled a little here and there on a picture that I had long planned on doing. As usual, with no deadline, I was free to work when I wanted to and at a much slower pace. I was pretty pleased with the result. With the added time I did a few things that I would normally not do in a digital painting like added some depth by dropping shadows behind the figures and shapes giving a slight impression of a cut-out.

I also sent him a small copy of the picture via instant message and he responded with great affection. He may even share it on his social medi…

The 13th Doctor!

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By now the whole world knows who the new Doctor Who is and what she will be wearing when the show returns this fall. Yes, she. It's been a very polarizing decision to cast a woman in a role that has only been played by men since the show started way back in 1963. Even in my own household! Yes, I will admit that I was not keen on the idea. Not because of any political or social stance but one of selfishness. Let me try to explain. I lost my father when I was very young and immediatley turned my attention to comic book and television heroes to fill the void of a positive male role model in my life. The Doctor was one of them. I wasn't yearning for a female role model because I was (and still not) a female and I already had the best role model for that in my mother. I am not opposed to strong female characters either. I always loved Wonder Woman, Princess Leia and such as well. My other problem with the gender change was that it may change the character too much. I am really hopi…

Supergirl!

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So I finally got around to doing a Supergirl picture. I have to admit that I was not immediately drawn to the idea, pun intended, as I am not a regular follower of the show. I have only seen an episode here and there and it's usually because I wanted to see a different character that was appearing like the Martian Manhunter or Superman. I do watch the "crossover" episodes that go along with The Flash and such and my son and I just finished up watching the latest one so I may have been motivated because she was front and center at the moment. Also, people keep asking me if I have a print of her at the conventions so maybe now I can appease a few requests.

So here she is, SUPERGIRL!!

Enjoy!




Retro Batman!

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Here is another hand drawn doodle of Batman. I grew up when Batman was "blue and grey" in the comics and he had that awesome yellow circled icon on his chest. Still my favorite version of Batman. I scanned the inked piece in and added some retro comic coloring because I find it so much fun to do! 
Enjoy!

Captain Marvel (Chuck)!

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So the new year has begun and I, naturally, fell behind on my blog. Still not sure how many people actually read this anymore tho. I think I am doing it for myself, which is not a bad thing by any stretch of the imagination. I still find it very therapeutic. So many of you know that I hold a very special affection for the original Captain Marvel. It was recently (well, at the time of the actual drawing) announced that Zachary Levi was cast to play the Captain Marvel persona in the movie, so naturally, I had to draw him as Captain Marvel. I know he wont really look like this, but I hope it's close.






I also had this drawing of Cap laying around my studio for some time so I busted out my markers and colored him.