I was recently asked to contribute to this Kevin Eastman/Joshua Ortega project. It’s wild to say the least and for some reason easy for me to sink my teeth into.
I was contracted to do more collateral for this years JET CITY COMIC SHOW. It’s a fun one-day show that oddly enough will be the first show my Mom has been to. She’ll get to see the inner-workings and sadness of what it takes to sit on your butt all day and draw comic sketches while selling books and nearly starving yourself to death. Then again maybe it won’t be so bad.
Anyway, this image was a lot of fun. Inspired by Mad Max: Thunderdome I thought a lederhosen-outfitted nazi homunculus with a dwarf general would make for an interesting image. The hits keep coming…who knows what other weird combination awaits me? 🙂
A week out from last weekends Heroes Convention and I’m finally getting back to some semblance of normalcy. Getting enough sleep is always a problem when doing these shows. And I’m always reminded it doesn’t get any easier as you get older.
All-in-all it was a great show. Moreso that I got to meet and talk with a lot of friends and artists that I really admired. I also got to sketch a bit and make a little money. I even managed to do a painting for the art auction that they have every year. Being that it was a 30th anniversary it was a well-attended show and I think there was a great energy about it. It reminded me of the Emerald City Comicon with even more talent and old-school legends.
Definitely something to go back to next year.
Again, I’m arming myself for a cross-country debut in the South. Specifically HEROES CONVENTION 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. I’m pretty excited about showing here as I’ve only been to the show once, as a fan many years ago. I’ll have books, sketchbooks, and some art to look at. I’ll be doing sketches and if you print the flyer above I’ll do you a free sketch! I think I’m supposed to be doing a painting or something LIVE…TBD I guess. But that should be fun too.
I think I probably put my back into this one a little too much. I ended up doing countless roughs trying to figure out the best composition, villain, pose…you name it. I couldn’t decide! The details are what got me too…I had printed out some reference and while paying attention to some of the smaller details I messed up on easily one of the biggest; the shield.
My brain was caught between the obvious reference elements and seeing the Captain America movie and in the movie he uses the round shield for a large part of it. BUT…the shield in the reference was from the early 40s that Simon and Kirby had come up with. Since I don’t use whiteout on my commissions I would have had to redo the entire thing. I talked it over with the client because I believe it’s important to keep people abreast of the situation. Own your mistakes and move on, right? Anyway, he said while he was happy with the piece I could do it over if I wanted too.
Sometimes you have to know when to throw in the towel and call it good. I liked how it turned out for the most part.
But it’s still gonna bug me to no end. I’m just glad the client was happy with the results…warts and all.
Shane White is a published author and artist who resides in the Northwest. He is also a freelance concept designer, filmmaker, editor and storyboard artist for the entertainment industry. Find out more here: www.studiowhite.com
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