Thursday, March 28, 2013

Xena Web Comic Update

Wow kids!  When you start really working on your art, you don't get around to blogging much.  I've been working on the Xena Web Comic titled "The Eye of Shadows".  It was written by the awesome Jen J. Elsner as a made for TV movie comeback.  She pitched to Rob Tappert at the Xena Con, but he acted like it was on fire and wouldn't touch it.  As Xenites, we want to share it with the Xenaverse and others.  It's a damn good story, and I hope I can get my art up to par with the quality of this fun, action-packed, awesome story.

I'm at the drawing and drawing and re-drawing again stage right now.  I have to get my mind and muscles to understand the light and darks of the actresses that played the characters and how they move and look and how to get a sense of movement.  I've never drawn a comic or graphic novel before, although I have always wanted to.

 I started with Gabrielle as portrayed by Renee O'Connor.  I've drawn and even painted Xena as played by Lucy Lawless before, but not Gabby.  I also wanted to play around with costume ideas.  It's been a year or so since Xena vanished into thin air in our story.  Gabrielle has kept the short hair, but I thought a fresh costume was in order.  I absolutely loved her season six costume though, so this one is sort of a cross between that one and Xena's, but with it's own distinct feel.

Trying to get certain emotions across is also a fun challenge.  I use color in my art as a main way to ellict emotion.  We are sort of going old school black and white right now with the art.  It might change, but even if it doesn't, the comic will only benefit from studying and working to make the black and white really get across the emotion the characters are feeling.  Lettering and dialog are whole other issues.

I haven't really gotten around to it quite yet, but I did add in some of the dialog in a couple of sketches to help me see how and where I might need to place my characters.  This will also impact any backgrounds I have.  I have got to think ahead on much of that.  You don't want a panel to be dialog heavy and cover up what the characters might be refering to in the background.  It might also cover up part of the feel you are going for.  Is it night?  Day?  Hot?  Cold?  Can you tell or is there a huge dialog bubble in the way?

So, I'm learning and improving.  That, my friends is what it's all about.

I hope to be able to start posting fully finished panels and start the storyline soon.  I do want to get quite a bit of it completed before I start posting it, so that there won't be long periods of waiting between panels.  I hope you will follow along.  I will post all updates and important web comic links here.

Battle on!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Here's a new painting.  It's 97% finished.  It's different.  I'm not too sure how to feel about it.  Sometimes it feels way too busy and then sometimes it doesn't.  It's called Elemental for now.  The sun, water, earth, sky, flesh and steel.  Surrealism meets...I have no idea.  Latin art?  It says so much to me.  Speaks and speaks and speaks.  What do you think?

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Soft and Plushy Star Wars

Looks like the Spring and Summer will bring a plethora of  fuzzy, cuddly, and plush Star Wars characters your way.  From the company Comic Images comes plush Wampas, Banthas, Rancors, TaunTauns, Wookies, Ewoks and more!  From $10.99 to $14.99 and on up.

Pre-orders available now over at Entertainment Earth!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bendy Heroes

Coming in June 2013 from Nj Croce is an

entire line of Bendable DC Superhero figures

at a very affordable $7.99.

Each figure is around 5 1/2 inches and bends like crazy!

You can pre-order now at Entertainment Earth!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Wonder Woman Lamp

This Wonder Woman lamp is by Westland Giftware and available in May for around $55.00.

It's 16 inches tall and takes a 60 watt bulb.

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Fall-Out Inspired Shelf

I made the amazing Turayis a shelf today for her video games.  Well, I didn't make the shelf, she bought it at Michaels for 5 bucks.  I took it, painted it, found some pre-existing art on Google, printed it out and stuck it on.  Then I roughed it up, drilled screw holes and hung it up for her.  She is using it to shelve her old school game cartridges for the Sega, NES, and Super NES.

Thanks to Sally Van for the original Nuka-Cola art.

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

JH Williams III

If you appreciate art and comics and have yet to check out JH Williams III art in Batwoman, you are seriously missing something.  The best way I could describe it would be to say it's like if Gothic Art ran into Psychedelic Art and they created JH Williams III amazing style.  Fluid and beautiful yet haunting.

He has a great blog if you find interest in his work:

He writes the book as well.  So far, I'm still hooked.  Elegy, Book 1 and Book 2 are all available on Amazon right now.  You can usually find copies in great shape for a great price.  I always seem to miss the individual copies at my local comics shop, so I opt to go the Graphic Novel route.

Shirts and stuff

Think Geek Princess Leia shirt $21.99

Yep.  Nerds can't help it.  They just do.  Aspies, too.
Think Geek shirt $17.99-19.99

Boba Fett Life-sized bust from Sideshow Collectibles
Limited to 1000 pieces for $799.99

7 Inch Marceline from Adventure Time.

Star Wars Wraith Squadron Black T-shirt.

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Art Shows and Things I Don't Understand

(original photo by Incase)

Admittedly I am ignorant when it comes to art shows.  Experience is a good educator and I have basically none.  Perhaps if I got into a couple I would understand the why's and hows much better.  Perhaps one of you, dear readers, can enlighten me.

You see, I was pondering one of these whys earlier today.  I was linked to a post about an upcoming show.  As I read the "How to Enter" and the fine print at the very bottom, I saw the familiar sentence:  Gallery name/or show name here  is not responsible for damaged or stolen work.

Most shows/galleries have this policy.  Every artist I know has a horror story about art stolen or terribly damaged by the place that was housing it.  "Artists must insure their own work." always follows.

Really?  Seriously?  I spend umpteen hours working on a piece, get it in hang-able condition according to "their" rules, and everyone has their own rules on that, I pay an ENTRY fee of anywhere from $10 to $50 a piece just to have you look at my work to consider it for the show, I lug it up to wherever the show will be (many places won't accept it by mail, and truthfully I'd be petrified to send it through mail), and spend my gas money and time to get it to you and you won't even cover it for damages or theft while in YOUR care?

I know, I know...I whine a bunch.  Seriously though.  What other Profession operates this way?  Can you imagine if Publishing worked this way?  Write a story, lug the entire manuscript, of which there is only one of, up to a place where they will read it and most likely reject it, but while it's there, if they lose it or steal it or spill coffee all over it, well, sorry bub.  It's the only existing manuscript.  No others exist.  Would any writer  do that?

Or what about music?  You create this piece of music.  You capture it in a bottle (or on a CD that there can only be one of) and take it to a publisher.  If it somehow gets away, or gets broken, or they steal it, or irreversibly mix it into something with a whole lot of auto-tune, well, you are just outta luck.  Sorry.  It's just gone.  Forever.  Would musicians still work that way?

Or would something new rise up?

Why, as a visual creator of images, am I forced to take such chances with one of a kind creations?  Why am I forced to PAY people to hang my work somewhere that might get it more exposure and take a chance that it might be destroyed in the process?  I'm beginning to understand graffiti artists much better.

Art shows are supposed to be places that images can be shared by a wider audience.  A place to reach a larger number of people with visual communication.  Where dialog and discussion of said pieces might blossom into a better understanding of what is happening in the world around us. It seems to me though, that they are not at all these things.  At best, they are a membership-only retail warehouse clubs where local cliques gather and beat dead horses.  Pretending to be worldly in a box they constructed for themselves.

Perhaps experience will change my attitude.  If  I'm ever allowed to have the experience.  Or can afford it.