Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Doctor Who Day at Collector's Corner

After two successful sketch day appearances, last month and last week, I was invited to come back to Collector's Corner to do sketches for the customers on "Doctor Who Day". At least this time more than half of the requests had to do with the actual theme. We'll see how that holds true for "Marvel Day" at Barnes & Noble this weekend.

Heather with The Tenth Doctor

Heather shows off her cosplay!

Shawn with The Green Ranger

Jim with The War Doctor

Isaiah with Eleventh Doctor Accessories

Hayden with Mudkip, Samurott and Shiny Greninja

Jason with Sonic Ring and Sonic Screwdriver

Mike with Animated Series Mr. Freeze

Valentine with a Dalek

Andrew and Hiro with Thomas the Tank Engine

The Tenth Doctor and Amy Pond for Hayden

Gosei Red Marker Test

While taking these photos of The Doctor, my camera would ask "Did someone blink?" Haha. We all know The Doctor doesn't blink.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Batman Birthday at Barnes & Noble!

Like Collector's Corner last month, the Barnes & Noble in Saginaw hosted the Michigan Comics Collective to do sketches for the customers who came out for their Batman 75th Birthday Bash.

Judah with Star-Lord

Hamza with Batman

Simon with Nunchuck Chuck Norris.
Nunchucks without Chuck Norris are Non-Chucks!

Neena with Sexy Catwoman

Brooke with Golden Age Captain America

The Flash for Precious

Thomas with Wolverine

Batman for Jonah

Obviously this is an Elseworlds Batman who doesn't 
hate rock and roll.

The event was so successful that we've been invited back to do sketches for the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles premiere party next month. Tune in then, same Bat-Time, same Bat-Blog! 

Friday, July 18, 2014

Ceiling Fan Fight

The other day I was watching the classic western film "The Treasure of the Sierra Madre"
I hadn't seen it since high school, but I'll never forget that scene were the three men fight in the bar. 

During the brawl the camera cuts to a high angle shot just above the ceiling fan's rotating blades, serving as a metronome to set the pace of the action.

Except... t
hat scene isn't in the movie. 

Seizing on this idea, I started developing some rough sketches looking down from above on a fight taking place in a private detective's office in the style of a pulp magazine or film noir. 

It seems I'm either remembering the scene from somewhere else or the past ten years of memory has started to fade and gradually be replaced with my own interpretive imagination. You might say, its the stuff that dreams are made of.



Friday, July 11, 2014

Ballad for The Batman

I'd often wondered if Batman ever sings his own theme song while cruising around Gotham City. What would such a upbeat tune sound like in that raspy Dark Knight growl?  

So yeah, thats where my mind has been. How's everyone else been doing with their summer?

Friday, July 4, 2014

Harry Birthday Dad!

Happy Independence Day to my fellow Americans! 

I have further cause to celebrate as July 4th is also my Dad's birthday. Sure, it hasn't been that long since the last time I made him a card, but this I've been sitting on this gag for a few years now figured it was high time to bring it out.

I don't expect Dad, or many other people for that matter to get the reference despite the line's frequent roles in Hollywood parodies. It comes from the 1971 film "Dirty Harry" were Clint Eastwood solidified the "cop on the edge who doesn't play by the rules" subgenre, as seen here:

"Dirty Harry" happens to have been the first movie I watched after graduating from college. I listened to the audiobook of "Little Women" that same day. Good times.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Road Trip Romp

Last week's post topic for The League of Extraordinary Bloggers, "Road Trip", got me thinking about possible illustrations to match that subject.

Here are some rough ideas I had about being stuck on the side of the road, taking a trip to the beach, or just people being in a car having fun together.


Since its summer I thought about pursuing this one about the beach, with two of the women in the party stripping out of dull gray clothes to reveal colorful swimsuits.


I did a few studies of people removing clothing, but I had trouble hitting upon a story I could tell with that. Maybe I'll take a break from the beach and just go back to the general road trip concept because that still has a number of possibilities.

Does anyone have a cool road trip story to help serve as an inspirational springboard?

Friday, June 20, 2014

Princesses and Power Rangers

In preparation for Wednesday’s Sketch Day I did a few practice runs to make sure I could produce drawings in about ten minutes. I featured these sketches on my table so that people would see what kind of art I do as well as inspire their choices.

 The Fourth and Eleventh Doctor were
originally going to be a part of my Sci-Fi Father's Day Card

Deadliest Predators: T-1000 and T-Rex! 

I tried to lure in the family demographic with these doodles of the Power Rangers or Elsa and Olaf from “Frozen” (effectively finishing a project that I’d started back in January)

Strangely enough it was Dave Andres sitting right next to me who kept getting the Disney Princess requests. Maybe because I was the closest to the entrance he got the spill over from my line. 

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