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Monday, November 28, 2016

It Doesn’t Have To Be a Snowman

Here’s a bunch of Frozen themed convention commissions and sketches.

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Wonder Con, Anaheim, CA
2014

Heroes Convention, Charlotte, NC
2014

Heroes Convention, Charlotte, NC
2014

Long Beach Comic Con, CA
2014

Long Beach Comic Con, CA
2014

Trading Card
2014

Heroes Convention, Charlotte, NC
2014

Trading Card
2014

Trading Card
2014

Trading Card
2015
Disney’s animated feature, Frozen, premiered November 2013. At my first comic convention of 2014, Wonder Con, the Frozen characters proved to be popular commission requests. Sure a large part of that can be attributed to the fact that the city of Anaheim is home to Disneyland Resort and is packed with Disneyphiles. Still, Anna, Elsa and Olaf continued to pop up on my commission request lists for the year.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Turns 25

Water color on water color paper.
21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast celebrated the 25th anniversary of its premiere theatrical release.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Gotham Dis-sylum

Disney Gotham
Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.
17.8 cm x 12.7 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)
In this “What Shall I Draw Today?” suggested mash-up of Disney villains and DC Comic’s Gotham tv series, I based the layout on the series’ second season marketing imagery. You’ll note that they’re all bad guys and gals, with no spot for a Jim Gordon or a Bruce Wayne mash-up.

Here’s how I matched the mashes:

Penguin (a.k.a. Oswald Cobblepot) / Ratigan (The Adventures of the Great Mouse Detective) – Both suit wearing heads of criminal organizations who spent a lot of time in bars.

Clayface / King Candy (Wreck It Ralph) – Where Clayface had impersonated Jim Gordon, King Candy was a faced-changed Turbo.

Ivy (a.k.a. Poison Ivy) / The Queen of Hearts (Alice in Wonderland) – While this Ivy had been a chaos figure and not so much of a villain, she at least had an affinity for plants. The Queen has her prized rose garden.

Joker / Judge Doom (Who Framed Roger Rabbit) – While no character to date has technically been named “Joker” on Gotham, Jerome filled the role of an insane anarchist for a while. Judge Doom proved to be a crazy “Toon.” At least some of Joker’s colors could be incorporated on Doom’s costume.

Hugo Strange / Yzma (The Emperor’s New Groove) – Both enjoyed cutting-edge experimentation.

Fish Mooney / The Queen (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) – Both are strong females who mechanized their rise to positions of power and underwent respective transformation. A tough match with the very subtle detail of two different iris colors.

Azreal / Yokai (Big Hero 6) – Here’s a match based on the basic premise that both wore masks.

Riddler (a.k.a. Edward Nygma) / Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) – Remember that I based all of this on character featured in either season one or two of Gotham, so the “Mad Hatter” introduced in the current, third season did not preclude using Disney’s Hatter in a mash-up. Both are slightly off-normal with penchants for riddles. The Hatter’s coat and hat became good canvases for the Riddler’s greens and question mark motifs.

What matches would you have mashed?
Who would have been a good Jim Gordon? Detective Basil?
Who would have been a good young Bruce Wayne? Christopher Robin?

monstergram7 - September & October 2016



Postings on my my Instagram feed, monstergram7, in the months of September and October were bolstered respectively by the year’s last “What Shall I Draw Today?” session and then by Inktober themed posts doubled by final color versions.

November and December ought to normalize to my 6 post per week pace, hopefully featuring more peeks of the in-production issue #3 of Unstoppable Tuff-Girl.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Doctor Strange


Conceptual poster design.
Black ink and water color on watercolor paper. 
12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)

Friday, November 11, 2016

monstergram7 Hits 2,000 Followers


Pass around the ice cream!
I’m celebrating surpassing 2,000 followers on my Instagram feed, @monstergram7!

And I'm doing it with this time lapse video of this drawing, as I’ve done with other milestones.


The above piece colored with color pencils, was my second attempt at making the video. Things didn’t proceed perfectly and on my first attempt, as the video recorded in portrait mode, meaning it was turned 90˚. I’m not sure why you can’t edit the orientation in camera.
At any rate, I only colored it tonally in scarlet red pencil.


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Sunday, November 6, 2016

The Magnificent Seven

conceptual poster.
Black India Ink and water color on water color paper.
17.8 cm x 12.7 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)
2016

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Storks

conceptual poster design
Black India Ink and water color on watercolor paper. 
17.8 cm x 12.7 cm (7.00 in. x 5.00 in.)

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Insta-Friends

Batgirl, Supergirl, Krypto & Ace
Color pencil and black ink on Bristol Board.
22.86 cm x 30.48 cm (9.00 in. x 12.00 in.)
Let’s talk about this Batgirl, Supergirl, & super-pets piece which in a few days, arguably, garnered over 600 Instagram “likes” on my feed, a.k.a. monstergram7. I say “arguably”  because this specimen highlights the mysteries of Instagram.

What’s To Like
The photo of the finished color version of the Batgirl, Supergirl & pets piece above had received over 100 Instagram likes in the first few days. However, this contrasts to the over 600 likes the teaser detail shot of Batgirl had received a few days prior. The “likes” count isn’t an accurate reflection of the number of views granted. Is the difference an indication of the app experience when at the time Instagram did not natively support zooming in on posts on one’s smart phone? Did the detail shot just the right hashtags drawing in all the Batgirl fans, or was there some other favorable mix of things to make the detail particularly discoverable? Was there an at-the-time post convention bump? I may never know.

Also for context, monstergram7 had less than 1500 followers and regularly any given post received something over 100 “likes” and over 200 for the more popular posts. Over 600 “likes” was and continues to be a record-breaking level or a weird anomaly or both.

Detail photo of Batgirl
as posted in monstergram7
Con-siderations
I had begun work on the composition at this June’s Heroes Convention as a spec (speculative) piece. This means that it was not a ordered commission, but done to be sold like any other pieces of original art I have at my comic book convention showings. You can also consider it a bit of busy-work to do inbetween actual commissions and talking to folks. This detail shot is from its unfinished state at the end of the con. At the top left corner can be seen the pencilled, not yet inked paw of Krypto.

Other spec pieces done at Heroes was a portrait of Harley Quinn (sold) and the mash-up of Snow White in a Star Trek red officer uniform (not sold). Anything Supergirl or Harley Quinn tend to be the default speculative topics I’ll do at comic cons. In “World’s Finest” fashion, I wanted to team up Supergirl with Batgirl and then I wanted to add the respective super-pets. Of course, in that line of thinking, I should have drawn Streaky the supercat, but having 2 dog had a certain instinctual balance. I’m sure that a future Batgirl & Supergirl team-up will have Streaky and Ace. I also default to 1970s costumes. Come to think of it, I’m not sure if Ace the Bat-hound is part of current continuity were I to draw the lot in their modern costumes.

The most obvious differences from the tease are added blacks to Batgirl in the finished stage. In this case, as I some times will do, I inked according to animation cel practices and leave nearly all areas to be filled with color. This would have been fine. But before starting the coloring, I changed my mind in the manner of realizing that I had forgot to align her costume’s appearance to that of the comic book and added more black areas.

Detail photo of Krypto
as posted on monstergram7
The Krypto detail tease had only received about 100 “likes” in its first few days.

Lastly, this piece also reflects some of my interests that I put into my own comic adventures of Tuff-Girl. See how I made it about Tuff-Girl (wink)?

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The Art of Minnie Mouse

 I am very pleased to have my contribution make it in the pages of this new art book, The Art of Minnie Mouse.

The Art of Minnie Mouse
Disney Editions
available of Amazon September 27, 2016

Minnie Mouse embodies a constant reminder to girls of all ages-including grown-ups!-to live confidently and express themselves. In The Art of Minnie Mouse, Disney artists, designers, illustrators, and animators from around the world reimagine their favorite Minnie styles and portray them in a variety of mediums. Minnie's earliest incarnation, her classic red polka-dot look, and trendy modern styles are all newly incarnated in water color, pastel, oil paint, colored pencil, mixed media, and computer graphics pieces that range from the traditional to the unconventional. The book also features a never-before-published comprehensive filmography of Minnie's animated appearances as well as a visual timeline of her career milestones.

My tall piece pays homage to the Hollywood portraits of George Hurrell (1904-1992) because Minnie (and Mickey) splashed on the silver screen in the early days of the motion pictures.