Tuesday, June 19, 2018

What Shall I Draw June 24th?

Returning from an enjoyable Heroes Convention in Charlotte, I find the bitter-sweet situation of my stock of original art collector cards being rather low. Let’s see if I can’t replenish it a bit by having another themed edition of What Shall I Draw Today? This time the theme is Disney.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, June 24th, 2018
Eastern Daylight Savings Time:  12pm noon - 8 pm
Pacific Daylight Savings Time:  9am - 5 pm

Post your Disney-themed suggestions at any of the following places where to see the above prompting image:

Blog: (here in the comments)

Instagram: @monstergram7

Facebook: @I'm a Fan of Bryan Mon

Click the above WSIDT tab for answers to FAQ’s.

All suggestions not drawn including the non-Disney-themed ones will go in the pen of ideas which may be picked and drawn between the June 24th session and the next session due in July.

Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).

Monday, June 11, 2018

Heroes Convention 2018

Monster Enterprises presents
Bryan Mon (Disney)
returning to
Heroes Convention, Charlotte

Artist Alley:  table AA-707

Charlotte Convention Center
501 S. College St.
Charlotte, NC 28202

June 15-17, 2018

Other plans will be keeping Merrill Hagan (writer) from appearing this year.


UPDATE [June 11th, 2018]

L B C N U!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Top 3 of What I Drew Sunday - May 27th

#1 – Deadpool Meets the Incredibles: suggestion by Mark Bramm
I can only assume that the similarities of the characters’ costume colors was the impetus of this suggestions. Perhaps the current batch of marketing for the newly released Deadpool 2 and the up coming Incredibles 2 had something to do with it.
In this conception of the meeting, I think DP would be a fan of the family of supers. Although DP cozies up to Mr. I, Bob can’t readily reciprocate the sentiments. Young Dash, however, thinks DP is pretty cool. Elastigirl and Violet withhold their respective judgements.

#2 – Supergirl & Wonder Woman: suggestion by @starliie5929
If my memory holds, in the animated series, Justice League Unlimited, Supergirl was going through training by the like of Wonder Woman, Black Canary and other seasoned heroes. I think the same happened when Supergirl was reintroduced in the early 2000’s. So I naturally considered depicting a training scene. That’s a lot to squeeze within the confines of a 2.5" x 3.5" card, however. As that I try to cap working on the larger cards to only two, and having pre-determined from the suggestion list which two those would be, I pushed to “something else.” Comedy, perhaps?

I was really charmed by the brief scene in Wonder Woman where Diana first tries ice cream. The scene was at least inspired by a similar one in the animated, Justice League: War. I thought that there are more things about this strange world that Diana may introduce to Kara than fighting.

Ice cream is pretty great.

#3 – Sir Hiss: suggestion by @art3mis8182
This simple drawing beat out Sheila (Dungeons & Dragons) and the Muppets playing soccer to place in the top 3. In doing so, it upset my predictions to what tends to be Instagram popular.  Conversely, it may highlight the popularity of all things Disney.

Hiss is a fun character in a the fun movie full of fun anthropomorphic characters re-telling the legends of Robin Hood for kids. Set aside, of course, that latex balloons didn’t exist in the time of Robin and King Richard. Also set aside the improbable physics of gaining lift from one’s own breath and not helium nor hydrogen, and further strain that with re-inflating that balloon with your own breath from within that same balloon.

Like I said, it’s about fun.

I’d like to see Disney do a lot more with anthropomorphic casts of characters in their animated features, whether or not it’s a Zootopia sequel. After all, Disney started with the likes of Mickey and Minnie Mouses and Donald Duck, and he had great success with the Three Little Pigs.

All 11 original drawings will be available for sale at Heroes Convention, Charlotte, NC next month.

Monday, May 28, 2018

What I Drew Sunday - May 27th

11 little sketches in 8+ hours.

Sir Hiss from Robin Hood.

The Incredibles meet Deadpool.

Dr. Teeth as Doctor Strange.

Sheila from the Dungeons and Dragons cartoon.

Supergirl and Wonder Woman.

The Tenth Doctor and Rose Tyler.

A mother hen and her baby chicks dressed up.

Peridot from Steven Universe (Peanuts stylized)

The Muppets playing a game of soccer.

Hepzibah of the Starjammers.
The top 3 coming up.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

What Shall I Draw May 27th?

The May edition of What Shall I Draw Today? is upon us already. No theme this time, just the norm of taking on your suggestions as varied as your imaginations.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, May 27th, 2018
Eastern Daylight Savings Time:  12pm noon - 8 pm
Pacific Daylight Savings Time:  9am - 5pm

Post your suggestions at any of the following places where you see the above prompting image:

Blog: (here in the comments)

Instagram:  @monstergram7

Facebook:  @I’m a Fan of Bryan Mon

Click the above WSIDT tab for answers to you frequently asked questions (FAQs).

Black Widow
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.).

Saturday, May 5, 2018

120 [m ] – Learn to Draw

Becoming a professional artist in visual media, is a largely self-taught endeavor or at least it requires a lot of practice. Still, a few tips can always benefit a student as she/he begins to formalize process, experiment with tools and techniques and pick up industry vocabulary and methods. Instruction and/or mentorship from a working artist is invaluable. However, a good book or two on the subject can offer a good start.

Here are three books that I can recommend to any one learning to draw, and certainly do as well or better than anything I have to offer on the subject.

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way
Lee, Stan & Buscema, John. (1978) How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, New York, NY, Fireside.
ISBN 0-671-53077-1
$11.98 (paperback, Amazon)

About the authors:
Stan Lee is the prolific and legendary writer who is responsible for co-creating most of Marvel Comic’s long-lived super-heroes including Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, the X-Men and many more. John Buscema is the artistic powerhouse behind Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian and the Mighty Thor.

Book review:
The book’s twelve chapters covers nearly everything a budding artist of super heroics needs to know from the tools, through anatomy tips and page composition to inking. The black and white pages leave out discussions about coloring. The information is excellent for a solid foundation of drawing, even in today’s digital age.

Cartoon Animation
Blair, Preston. (1994) Cartoon Animation, Laguna Hills, CA, Walter Foster Publishing
ISBN 1-56010-084-2
$13.02 (paperback, Amazon)

About the author:
One of the fine artists of animation, Preston Blair designed and animated the hippos for Disney’s “Dance of the Hours” segment of Fantasia among other notable things. Blair would continue to direct and produce animation.

Book review:
With over 200 pages, Blair has assembled a comprehensive instructional for creating character animations. The first chapter, “Character Development,” contains tips an insights valuable to all artists not limited to animators.

100 Tuesday Tips
Grim and Norm. (2015) 100 Tuesday Tips
ISBN-13: 978-0-9908750-0-0
$55.00 (paperback, Amazon)

About the authors:
Normand Lemay and Griselda Sastrawinata-Lemay is a husband and wife team currently working as feature animation artists at the Walt Disney Animation Studio.

Book review:
Building on the foundations laid out by previous artists and authors on the subject, Griz and Norm distilled concepts into bite-sized lessons which they continue to share on social media, which is the origin of “Tuesday Tips.” Born of the current digital-age of art and media, they cover color theory, and add a few tips specific for a digital artist.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

What I Drew Sunday – April 29th

Here we GO!
Here are the top three liked drawing from last Sunday's Marvel-themed What Shall I Draw Today? session:

#1 – The Toy Story Gang as Marvel’s Avengers: suggestion by @akoymdf

#2 – Spider-Man: suggestion by @whateverrsd

#3 – Agent Peggy Carter: suggestion by @ashleyin1drland

UPDATE (May 1st, 2018, 3:00 pm EDT)
Toy Story/ Avengers mashup: I began, as I do, with two columns each listing the essential characters for each team/gang. I capped the lists to 7 each, witch conveniently included Hawkeye and Spider-Man of the Avengers and Bo Peep and Jessie on the Toy Story side.

The two Toy Story leads were easy to match, with Buzz being particularly fitting for Iron Man. Jessie is a better Black Widow than Bo Peep. Mr. Potato with angry eyes is a Hulk natural stand-in. Rex as Thor created the pun opportunity of Tyrano-THOR-us Rex. The others were just cast as best I could.

Then, of course, I riffed off of one of the posters for the first Avengers movie for the composition. The greatest benefit was that it didn’t require much background detail.

Spider-Man: I was inspired by the John Romita, Sr. stuff that I grew up with. From there, it was modernized with a slimmer build for him and more exaggerated and contorted posing.

Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell): This was meant to be more of little portrait than a caricature. As one of the early postings, I do concede that it may not have been the right choice with which to warm up, while at the same time drastically changing the lighting from the reference image I had found.

UPDATE (May 1st, 11:55 pm EDT)
All together I pulled out 13 quick inked and colored sketches going a bit past the 8-hour mark.

Peek at my Instagram to view all 13 drawings - @monstergram7

All of these will be trundled with a lot more original pieces of art to be sold at my next comic convention show, which should be Heroes Convention in June in Charlotte, NC. Please understand how sales of the ready-made art along with sales of at-the-con commissions currently helps to offset the costs of doing the con if not also the costs incurred for travel. I apologize that I don’t currently have an online store set up or make sales DM. I’m working on that. Then I hope that all together, online sales and convention sales together will begin to make this art business profitable.

Any not-yet-drawn suggestion from this session may yet be drawn at anytime before the next. Those sketches too will be trundled to the next con. All time permitting, of course.

Thank you to everyone who pitch drawing suggestions.

Thank you for liking and following.

yadda yadda yadda. The next WSIDT is scheduled for May 27. Be there!

All drawings black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board,
“Toy Avengers” 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
“Spider-Man” and “Agent Carter” 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

What Shall I Draw April 29th?

In the honor of the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War movie, this month’s What Shall I Draw Today? will be Marvel themed! For all of that Sunday, I will be exclusively tackling suggestions for characters and things from Marvel comics and other media.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, April 29th, 2018
Eastern Daylight Savings Time:  12pm noon - 8 pm
Pacific Daylight Savings Time:  9am - 5pm

Post your suggestions at any of the following places where you see the above prompting image:

• Blog:  (here in the comments)

• Instagram: @monstergram7

• Facebook: @I'm a Fan of Bryan Mon

Any non-Marvel suggestions along with the things I won’t have time to squeeze in Sunday, will go in the hopper of ideas that I may yet draw before the May edition of WSIDT.

Got questions? Please check out the WSIDT tab above for some FAQs.

Black Panther
(inspired by the work of Jack Kirby)
Have a MARVELous day!

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Sun Kissed

For every comic book convention at which I have a table, I compose a marketing image for a limited edition commemorative print. At least I’ve tied for every show. For WonderCon, Anaheim 2018, I finally brought to completion an idea/ theme floating around for a few years inspired by old orange create label art.

Back in 2014, I had wanted to produce such a piece more based on classic painted advertisements, a la Sunmaid Raisins, Land-O-Lakes Butter and similarly Quaker Oats and 1950’s - 60’s Coke-a-Cola ads. Alas, the project on a whole always seemed to be too complicated to achieve the level of rendered finish I had envisioned. The cartoony style used for Wichita’s stories, allows for the rendering not to approximate photographic lighting and shading.

Go back to my WonderCon 2014 announcement [click here]

Scarlet red pencil on Bristol Board.
27.94 cm x 43.18 cm (11.00 in. x 17.00 in.)
For Heroes Convention 2016 in Charlotte, NC, is did produce a Coca-a-Cola ad inspired piece similar to what the orange crate style would be. Strategically, the image has a flat color field for a background, and it’s sans Wichita. Secretly, with the print image crop to her hips, the digital painting wasn’t completed any further down, and to this day I have yet to finish it.

Black India Ink and scarlet red pencil on Bristol Board.
27.94 cm x 43.18 cm (11.00 in. x 17.00 in.)
The significance of this theme, of course, is that the host city, Anaheim, CA, is nestled in Orange County. Before Disneyland settled in the city, Anaheim was a farm community of orange groves. I usually include neither the convention name nor the host city in the print design, adding those only as small super-imposed type with the “Unstoppable Tuff-Girl” logo. As a rare divergence, “Anaheim” is added to one of the 3 crate labels, which personally means “yes, finally I did this for Anaheim.” Said crates, are more the size of those used for strawberries, with more accurate common designs being much taller with the labels on the short, handle ends and not the long sides. So much for, drawing them by memory.

Digital color at final cropping with white offset for print.
Regarding Tuff-Girl’s costume, it’s consistent with the theme. Tuff-Girl does go through many costume changes. I doubt, however, that she does much monster butt-kicking in this ensemble, even with her practical leather work boots.

The mountain range is modeled after the San Gabriel mountains north of Orange County.

Monday, March 19, 2018

What I Drew Sunday – March 18th

There seems to be a pattern of the larger, more complicated drawings ending up in the top liked spots during the What Shall I Draw Today? sessions. This Sunday’s was no exception.
Here are the top three:

#1 – The Real Housewives of Disney: suggestion by  Kinzey Freels
Frequently entertained by puns, I replaced “Real” with “Regal.”  And instead of “Disney” in the title I went with the all-Disney encompassing location of “The Magic Kingdom.” In selecting the characters, each of the six had to be a wife and either or both of the following: a) of royalty; and b) a significant supporting character.

Because pickings were slim, Lady Tremaine gets a spot by being important to Cinderella’s story and probably of high standing in the kingdom if not quite royal.

Rapunzel’s birth mother, Queen Arianna, gets a spot by being slightly more interesting than Princess Aurora’s Queen Mother.

Let the games begin!

#2 – Belle and Beast: suggestion by eddysbrothersgf
This is an amalgam of the character designs from the classic 1991 Disney animated feature film and a moment from the 2017 Disney live action treatment. The costumes are inspired by elements from both.

I’m afraid that the Beast doesn’t quite have the expression conveyed in Dan Steven’s line delivery. Here he seems to either be in mid-sneeze or a gnat has flown into his mouth.

#3 – Chip n Dale at Disneyland: suggestion by Jeff
Here’s an idyllic scene in the hub / center courtyard of the Anaheim theme park. It’s idyllic if for no other reason than the scarcity of other guests. But that’s pretty much how the park appears when Disneyland was portrayed in comic and coloring books.

Why doesn’t Dale say the word “popcorn” but rather has a stylized 1960’s box of popcorn drawn? In some way, it made more sense to me that way having opted to show neither a popcorn cart, nor Donald Duck with a fresh box of buttery fluffiness.

As the final piece drawn that Sunday, I rushed to keep details to the essentials. And I missed the opportunity to sneak in a hidden Mickey.

And here are all eight pieces drawn that Sunday:

Yes, only eight done, and that’s including going overtime by nearly an hour. That’s what happens when I draw scenery and multiple character pieces.

You can see each one more clearly on my Instagram, @monstergram7.

All of these and more original pieces of art will be for sale at my Small Press table at this weekend’s WonderCon, Anaheim comic book convention. SP-10
See my announcement post for information.

Thank you to everyone who pitched drawing suggestions.

Thank you for liking and following

The next session will be late April.

All drawings black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
“The Regal Housewives” and “Beast and Belle” 17.78cm x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)
“Chip n Dale” 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)