Saturday, July 30, 2016

Star Trek Beyond

Star Trek Beyond (2016)
poster conceptual image
Black ink and watercolor on watercolor paper. 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

What I Drew Sunday – July 24th

Here are the top 3 “liked” drawings from last Sunday’s session of “What Shall I Draw Today?”

#1 - Mickey, Donald and Goofy playing “Pokémon Go” with Pikachu (mash-up): suggested by akoymdf

#2 - Barney Fife (Don Knotts in The Andy Griffith Show): suggested by leetleschmida

#3 - Holly Golightly (Audry Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s): suggested by hannagarner16

And here is the whole Sunday set of sketches:

Per usual, all of these original sketches will be gathered together to be sold at my next, as-yet-to-be-announced comic convention show.

THANKS to everybody who submitted drawing suggestions. If I didn’t get to your suggestion this time, please pitch ’em again to me next time.
THANKS to everybody who voted with their “likes” on Instagram and Facebook and for following those feeds.

To view all 17 drawings, you may check them out on my Instagram feed, @monstergram7.

There are 2 more WSIDT sessions scheduled this year. The next one due Sunday August 28.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What Shall I Draw on July 24?

This Sunday, July 24th will be another “What Shall I Draw Today?” session.

Please check out the WSIDT tab at the top for detailed instructions. However, I basically take suggestions here (in the comments), on Facebook but mostly on Instagram (@monstergram7) and draw.

Sunday, as it happens, is the last day of San Diego Comic Con, so it’ll be interesting what suggestions will be pitched. Maybe everyone will be too busy at the con and with Pokémon?

Give me something good to draw.

Sketches from Disneyland

Last Sunday, July 17th, 2016, I spent the day at Disneyland with friends. It was the Park’s 61st anniversary of it’s opening day. The Disneyland Resort has bag check security gates that visitors (guests) must pass through before entering the courtyard where the ticket booths are and exist still outside of the parks’ entrance gates. In the morning, the bag check gate lines were longer and slower than the entrance gate lines by a factor of about 8.  These sketches are an almost hourly account of my impressions of the day.

Our group of 3 got in the stand-by line for the first performance of the new “Frozen” live stage show in Disney California Adventure (DCA) theme park.  If you catch this stage show, Disneyland’s Disneyland Forever fireworks and DCA’s World of Color water fountain show, you can hear the song “Let it Go” three times in one day’s visit.

Sometimes, as with this drawing of Merida, what I draw has more to do with samples of nearby conversations than actual sights or attraction experiences. I saw the Disney Junior puppet show for my first time and was pleasantly surprised, as much with the young audience’s engagement as with the show itself.

Hopping back to Disneyland, we enter Tomorrowland, which is pretty much temporary “Star Wars Land” now. Hyperspace Mountain is the same good attraction of Space Mountain with John Williams’ music. Okay, it’s a little more than that.

Returning to DCA at our Fast Pass time to the renewed Soarin’ Over the World (Formerly Soarin’ Over California). It’s both better and cheekier than the original attraction movie, which in my eye cancel each other out for a “meh” experience. Mr. Kylo Ren was looking at me from the Park guide.

Main Street was starting to fill up with folks for the night time Paint the Night parade, and we headed to the magical Peter Pan Flight dark ride. Here’s Tuff-Girl’s pup Wichita with Tinker Bell. Then the parade, this time viewed not from a Main Street vantage but in the it’s a small world mall. Disclosure: Snow White is not in the parade. Disclosure #2: this is not how you paint the night with magic.

Disclosure #3: this is not how you “step into the magic” as the parade’s song encourages. And then... time to go home.

But hold on, I didn’t. I hung around a bit more, lingering in the Disneyland Gallery and later meandering through Tomorrowland. It only just hit me that night that the Starcade shop in Tomorrowland is 100% Star Wars themed merchandise. Then I went home.

The next day I drew this bonus drawing. According to the information on the internet, both Tom Sawyer Island (as an attraction experience and not merely an island in the Frontierland located Rivers of America) and the Davy Crockett Explorer Canoes celebrate their 60th anniversaries this year. Here Little Tuffy and the Tuf Gurlz celebrate the original Disney Park.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

These Are Not the Draw'ns You're Looking For - Or Are They?

In honor of the upcoming Star Wars Celebration Europe, I present here a small lot of Star Wars themed sketches I’ve done.

“Wookie With a Cookie”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Boba Fett at the Vet”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Darth Vader in a Crater”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Admiral Ackbar Drives a Black Car”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Admiral Ackbar Has a Flat Tire”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Admiral Ackbar at the Snack Bar”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“C-3PO is Rattled by the Neighbor’s Stereo”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Master Yoda in the Snow-da!”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Yoda vs. 2 Darths”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board jumbo card.

“Kylo Ren”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Captain Phasma”
Pencil and ink on Bristol Board collector card.

“Luke and Leia”
Ink and watercolor on watercolor paper, letter size.
submitted to Heroes Convention for auction.

I first drew Chewbacca, a Wookie, and on a lark he eating a cookie. It was an easy rhyme that was probably lodged in my bean from a children’s book. Nevertheless, the rhyme was so easy that I thought that’d be a thing – silly rhymes of pop culture characters fit on a collector’s sketch card. I did the Star Wars sketches here, all 12 Doctors, and a few others. It wasn’t easy. I’ve abandoned the gimmick for now. Maybe I’ll pick it back up if I do a themed sketch book.

“Yoda vs. 2 Darths” was suggested during one of my WSIDT sessions. During these sessions, I draw as fast as possible. That may account for the Darths drawn in a different style from Yoda.

“Luke and Leia” was done during another WSIDT session. I submitted it in the auction held at this year’s Heroes Convention. I hope it found a good home.

collector cards: 6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)
jumbo cards: 12.7 cm x 17.8 cm (5.00 in. x 7.00 in.)
letter size: 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8.50 in. x 11.00 in.)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day!

Eagle Sam
(from Disneyland’s America Sings attraction)
color pencil & black ink on bristol board
6.35cm x 8.89cm (2.5” x 3.5”)

monstergram7 - May & June 2016

With a newly instituted goal of 6 Instagram posts per week added to my output form the once-a-month “What Shall I Draw” sessions, I’ve been kicking out about 50 posts per month.

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