Tuesday, August 13, 2019

What Shall I Draw August 17th?

From now through the evening of Saturday, August 17th, I’m accepting new suggestions for things to draw over an hour dedicated to drawing all things DC Comics related.

What Shall I Draw Today?
DC Comics Day
Saturday, August 17th, 2019
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9am - 5pm

If it feels like I just ran this sort of things, then you’re not wrong. This month’s session was moved a week earlier because it conflicted with the weekend of D23 Expo. Further, this time it’s happening on SATURDAY rather then Sunday to work around other things happening.

Per usual, the hopper of suggestions will be emptied of all previously pitched suggestions. I will be choosing from new suggestions made from now until the end of Saturday’s WSIDT. Start posting your suggestions at any of the following social media spots where you see the above prompting image.

What’s more, I will only be choosing DC Comics related suggestions: Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, Swamp Thing, etc. In fact, as I’m still engaged in a big project otherwise, the chances that non-DC themed suggestions popping up on my Instagram in the weeks following are unlikely. So you may as well use your time and creativity on DC stuff.

Blog: (here in the comments)

Instagram:  @monstergram7

Facebook:  /Monster Enterprises

Click on the WSIDT tab above for FAQ’s.

Bob’s Burgers
Black ink and color pencil on paper.
12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)

And What does “Bob’s Burgers” have to do with DC? Nothing. I just traditionally use the fourth-top liked piece from the previous WSIDT as the background image of the prompting image.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Haunted Mansion at 50

 Today, Disneyland’s famous spook house attraction, Haunted Mansion, celebrates the 50th anniversary of welcoming the public to visit its 999 happy haunts.

Pencil draft stage, carmine red pencil on paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)
The attraction features a pair of opera singers, although I chose to only depict the female member. In the original vignette, conceived by Disney Imagineer Marc Davis, her male companion stands on her left side and is thin, wearing a stage costume version of nordic/viking armor. Her long, left braid is draped over her companion’s chest and over his far shoulder.

Ink stage, black ink and carmine red pencil on paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)
The classic attraction has many vignettes and characters that are well-known even to casual Disney fans who have yet to make their first visits to a Disney Park. The trio of hitchhiking ghosts may be the most well-known. I choose for this anniversary tribute something a bit less well-known and then for simplicity to only depict half of the couple. To make her appear more ghostly, I drew her lower body transition to wispy, smoky trials. This is a departure from the look of the Mansion’s ghosts both from the audio-animatronic versions of the attraction and from the Marc Davis concepts.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Next WSIDT update

Due to conflicting schedules, the next session of What Shall I Draw Today? will be moved up:

August 17, 2019

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

What I Drew Sunday, July 28th - Top 3

Quickly, what are the top 3 liked sketches that I drew for last Sunday’s “What Shall I Draw Today?
A lot of powerful women.

#1 - Xena: suggestion by @alfredofrangella.

I like to kick off “What Shall I Draw Today?” with one of the single character suggestions. Frankly, of the nine singles character suggestions, “Xena” was the simplest one, only requiring that I find a good piece of visual reference, and that suited me just fine for the first piece.

I watched the series, Xena: Warrior Princess (1995-2001) starring Lucy Lawless when it had originally been syndicated. I remember the Sam Raimi co-created series to be entertaining and engaging. So much so, that in 2017 to brace myself should the Gal Gadot lead movie disappoint, I had thought, “Well, you had Xena.” 

The character had several costume variations since having been introduced in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (1995-1999) through its own final season, but I wanted to draw what could be considered the most iconic, “standard” costume. 

#2 - “The Squad”: suggestion combo by @alexandrabowmanart & @ourladylourdes.

One suggestion requested a “caricaturable political figure” further suggesting President Trump. A second suggestion requested “any of the female members of Congress recently called out to go back to their country.” The combining of suggestions was for plain expediency, since a majority of the suggestions involved multiple characters, and taking those one would surely minimize the number of sketches I could complete in the allotted eight-hours.

I felt that depicting the four Congress women, sometimes referred to by the nickname “The Squad,” was more deserved than selecting a representative individual. Featured from left to right are Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. 

I attempted a caricature style inspired by the work of Al Hirschfeld. The results aren’t 100% Hirschfeld. I’d probably need another two passes to better hit that high mark. In the way that Hirschfeld hides his daughter’s name, “Nina” in his drawings, I inserted these four words, “faith,” “freedom,” “representation” and “opportunity.” They’re not exactly the “Four Freedoms” described by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, but along the same thoughts. I also drew five-pointed stars on all four as another shared, patriotic motif.

#3 - Sailor Moon Meets Captain Marvel: suggestion by @japchrissy.

With “meet-up” suggestions, there is an inherent expectancy to illustrate a clash of personalities.  Such story telling is difficult when I’m not familiar with either of the listed characters. I was/am opening title (i.e. surface) familiar with Sailor Moon. My impression of Captain Marvel in the 2019 movie and the MCU is a flat bravado.

Based on that little information, a bubbly Sailor Moon excitedly greets famed galactic hero, Captain Marvel, who while surprised, still chooses, for unknown reasons, not to instantly blast the young woman.

Here are the remaining 4 of the 7 sketches:

Severus Snape

Elizabeth & Mr. Darcy in a Haunted Mansion stretching portrait

King Louie

Bob’s Burgers in the style of Eric Goldberg.

All original art to be available for sale at my next convention - CTN Expo in November.

The next WSIDT is re-scheduled for Sunday, August 18.

More drawings posted on my Instagram feed @monstergram7.

All: Black ink and color pencil:
“Xena” on paper. 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.).
“The Squad” on Bristol Board.  17.78 cm x 12.70 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.).
“Sailor Moon & Capt. Marvel” on Bristol Board. 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm (3.50 in. x 2.50 in.).

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

What Shall I Draw July 28th?

Starting now and through Sunday, July 28th, I’m accepting suggestions for things to draw in a dedicated 8-hour session that I call What Shall I Draw Today? a.k.a. WSIDT.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, July 28th, 2019
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacific Daylight Time:  9am - 5pm

The hopper of past suggestions will be emptied, so that new ones will be exclusively viable for the Sunday session. However, if you’ve pitched an idea before, you can simply do so again. Post your suggestions at any of the following social media spots where you find the above prompting image.

 Blog: (here in the comments)

Instagram:  @monstergram7

Facebook:  /Monster Enterprises

Click the above WSIDT tab for FAQ’s.

Wheezy (Toy Story 2)
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
8.89 cm x 6.35 cm (3.50 in. x 2.50 in.).
The session will be followed up as late as Tuesday here with the top 3 liked drawn pieces with some Behind-the-Sketch tales.

Sunday, July 21, 2019

monstergram7 Hits 5,000 Followers on Instagram

The apparent math here is that the more I draw and share on Instagram, then the more followers I get. I’m sure that there are other factors involved, but other than my winter, spring and summer sessions of What Shall I Draw Today?, that’s all I do.

About two-weeks ago, my Instagram feed, @monstergram7, surpassed the 5,000 followers milestone. In honor of the event, and it being a nice round number, I video recorded a three-part drawing demonstration of the above Supergirl art. If you’re curious of my process and have 36-minutes, then you can watch the magic happen at normal speed.

I recommend that you turn off the audio. I don’t speak during the videos and I’m probably breathing too close to the microphone.


Watch me SKETCH!

Watch me INK!

Watch me COLOR!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Moon Landing

Marking the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11,
the first manned landing on the Moon.
July 20th, 1969

Black India Ink and graphite on watercolor paper.

Graphite on watercolor paper.
30.48 cm x 22.86 cm (12.00 in. x 9.00 in.)

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Ev’rybody’s Got a Laughing Place

Today, the long flume ride, Splash Mountain, celebrates the 30th anniversary of premiering in Disneyland Park, California.

Inking stage.
Black ink and crimson red pencil on paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)

Draft stage.
Crimson red pencil on paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)

Fancy That

The Disney Channel Junior series, Fancy Nancy celebrated its first anniversary!

Black ink and crimson red pencil on paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

What I Drew Sunday, June 23rd - Top 3

Not close race at all in the likes contest of last Sunday’s WSIDT session. Trying to do laundry and other other chores really hampered my WSIDT productivity that day, in which I produced only 4 sketches in the scheduled time. So, I went into over time to make 4 additional single character pieces.

#1 - A Crossover Between the Cinematic Spider-Mans: suggestion by @johnssketches

The suggestion was specific about mixing it up with these three Spider-Man actors: Toby Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland. Repurposing the Into the Spider-Verse movie poster was a thematic match, if a lazy one. I say quick and effective.

The result is not as clear as the idea. The result is three white guys jumping around in Spider-Man costumes. As much as I tried making subtle color differentiations in the reds and blues of the respective costumes, the real visual distinctions lie in the details of the film costumes not captured in my caricatured drawings.

#2 - Duke Caboom: suggestion by @linymph

Have you heard that there’s a Keanu-ssaince happening right now? Everything I know about this Toy Story 4 character I learned from the trailers: he’s a Canadian, motorbike, stunt-rider toy voice-acted by Keanu Reeves.

The pose, then, is a more action version of something from one of the trailers. You might think that because my own character, Tuff-Girl, rides a motorcycle that drawing a toy motorcycle would be easy. Well, I can do it, but it will never be as easy as drawing soft squishy characters which I can manipulate with clever perspective and scaling cheats.

#3 - Darkwing Duck: suggestion by @transmithim

I hold a fondness for this 1990’s character. Certainly it was a kid’s show, but with hits like The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast, Disney was winning the college-age crowd too. Yes, I was part of that crowd.

My take on Darkwing when I’ve drawn him is to take him seriously, and not treat it as a parody of Batman or Dick Tracy. There’s enough comedy in the idea of a crimefighting duck with oddball foes. This drawing is about his confidence.

Here are the remaining 5 of the 8 drawn:

Wheezy (Toy Story 2)

Wolverine as a Red Lantern

Taarna (Heavy Metal)

Lucifer (Tom Ellis)

Warren Peace (Sky High)

All 8 of these sketches are going in with the other pieces of original art for sale with me at comic book conventions and shows that I show.

The next WSIDT session is scheduled for July 28th.

You can check out my Instagram feed for more drawings @monstergram7 and where you can pitch suggestions for the next WSIDT.

THANK YOU for following and liking.

All: Black ink and color pencil.
“Spider-Mans“ on Bristol board. 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
“Duke Caboom” on paper. 12.70 cm x 17.78 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
“Darkwing Duck” on Bristol board. 8.89 cm x 6.35 cm (3.50 in. x 2.50 in.)