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.)

Thursday, June 20, 2019

What Shall I Draw June 23rd?

Last week’s Heroes Convention still has me a bit distracted. So much so, that I nearly forgot about “What Shall I Draw Today?” scheduled to happen this approaching Sunday, in 3 days.

What Shall I Draw Today?”, a.k.a. WSIDT, is a thing that I do once a month in the winter, spring and summer where I take on drawing suggestions for about a dedicated 8-hour period.

What Shall I Draw Today?
Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
Eastern Daylight Time:  12pm noon - 8pm
Pacifica Daylight Time:  9am - 5pm

Any and all suggestions from previous WSIDT sessions have been cleared to make room for new ones. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t suggest your favorites 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: /MonsterEnterprises

Click the WSIDT tab above for FAQ’s.
Mr. Magoo as Thanos
Black ink and color pencil on Bristol Board.
6.35 cm x 8.89 cm (2.50 in. x 3.50 in.)

Following up WSIDT, on Monday, or as late as Tuesday, I’ll share the top 3 liked drawings right here each with a little Behind-The-Sketch tales.

All of the sketches, then go into my collection of original art that I sell at comic book conventions. That’s the secret of why I do WSIDT. So if you think about it, if the the idea is good enough for some one to buy, then there’s a good chance that I’ll pick it to draw.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Heroes Convention 2019

Heroes Convention
June 14-16, 2019

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

Monster Enterprises presents:
Bryan Mon (me!)
Artist Alley Table: AA-1422

Unstoppable Tuff-Girl, comic
issues #1 - 3

Posters, Prints and 
Original Art for sale

On-site Art Commissions
$90 for a single character on 12-inch Bristol Board
inked with color pencils

NEW in 2019:
“Beaut Strength”
Convention exclusive print.
11in. x 17 in.

newly enhanced with 
character art on the backs
with “Tuff-Girl” logos on the fronts.

Recent additions:
In response to many inquiries on Instagram
I will have for sale a limited number of Artist Proof prints
of the Disney Princess mashup scenes:

“Mightiest Princesses”
Mashup with Marvel Comics’s Avengers.

“Princess League”
Mashup with DC Comics’s Justice League.

As Artist Proofs, a limited number of each have been run of as a test of materials, sizes and effects as an exploration which may lead to a run of offset poster prints.
Each will be signed by the Bryan L. Mon (me!).
The Artist Proof series will not be numbered.
Prices TBD.

Friday, June 7, 2019

Princess League

This is what happens when I mashup Disney Princesses with DC Comics’ Justice League super-hero team. The image above was digitally stitched together from 5 separate panels. There are 19 mashup character featured here.

Here’s how I matched them up (alphabetically by Princess):
Princess Anna (Frozen) / Fire
She’s all fired up for an exciting adventure, but mostly she pals around a human ice-machine. 

Princess Ariel (The Little Mermaid) / Mera 
She’s an under-the-sea princess.

Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty) / Black Canary
She has a powerful voice (that can be heard for miles).

Belle (Beauty and the Beast) / Cyborg
She’s pretty good with machines.

Cinderella (Cinderella) / Captain Marvel a.k.a. Shazam
She had a magic being help transform her to an improved version of herself.

Princess Eilonwy (The Black Cauldron) / Zatanna
She has magic!

Queen Elsa (Frozen) / Ice
She creates things made of ice.

Princess Giselle (Enchanted) / Miss Martian - Martian Manhunter
She arrived in this world from her own through a portal and probably loves dark chocolate cookie sandwiches with cream filling.

Princess Jasmine (Aladdin) / Batgirl - Batman
She is the offspring of the community’s wealthy family and sneaks out on nighttime adventures.

Princess “Kida” Kidagakash (Atlantis: The Lost Empire) / Hawk Woman
She’s good with weapons.

Princess Merida (Brave) / Green Arrow
She’s got a bow, a bunch of arrows and she’s probably the heiress of a wealthy family.

Moana (Moana) / Green Lantern - Jessica Cruz
She’s a way-finder, which is a bit like a pilot, going on an adventure with a strong will to see it through.

Mulan (Mulan) / Booster Gold
She took on a new identity and found herself on a new adventure.

Pocahontas (Pocahontas) / Wonder Woman
She is a noble warrior who inspired peace.

Princess Rapunzel (Tangled) / Firestorm
She can transform the old to young and the sick to healthy, and she tends to talk to herself.

Princess Snow White (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) / Supergirl - Superman
She the first, wears a cape (on occasion) and can wear an “S” emblem.

Tiana (The Princess and the Frog) / The Flash
She’s quick on her feet and is trained to mix thing up in a lab (kitchen).

Princess Tiger Lily (Peter Pan) / Vixen
She has a wild spirit.

Princess Vanellope (Wreck-It Ralph) / The Atom
She’s micro-sized and can travel through telephone lines.

Here’s the line up with suggested mashup names.

Lastly, here are the individual 5 panels of the quin-tych.

What do you think?
Can you think of clever alternate mashup pairings?
Do you miss Blue Beetle?
Should Nancy Tremaine be included and if so, then which League member would you match her?
Would Ariel’s 6 sisters be relegated to different colored lanterns?

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Typhoon Lagoon at 30

The Walt Disney World water park, Typhoon Lagoon, marks its 30th anniversary today.

Before a Google image search resulted in a scant few images of this red-orange alligator, I was only familiar with the blue-green mascot for Blizzard Beach. In saying so, I reveal that this is the first time that I’ve drawn the surfing reptile, and I’ll probably not have any reason in the future to drawn him again. At least not in the next 10 years before the 40th anniversary.

The differences in the sketch/ construction stage and the inked stage don’t reveal much beyond the shading decisions made on the inked stage. The hidden Mickey is a bit more pronounced in the sketch however.

The drawing was done nearly a full month before the digital coloring stage. Despite it not being a relatively long amount of passed time, it’s enough that I can’t recall if positioning the surfboard curving off the enveloping circle was intentional creating a sort of “9” shape. I think that I just pushed the surf-gator down and right to clear room for the park’s stranded boat icon. Intentional or not the result is that it connects the two, leading the eye from the surfboard counter-clockwise around the circle to the boat and “30” water spout.