Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Manny Pacquiao in ink!

The second entry in my sketchbook is an ink sketch of eight-division boxing champion Manny Pacquiao. From what I hear, "Pac-Man" didn't look half this mean in his recent "super-fight" against undefeated welterweight champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. Oh, well. Boxing indeed lives on.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Lunatic Fringe, Dean Ambrose!

Because cats like Evan "Doc" Shaner, Mike Allred, Jerry Ordway and the late Mike Wieringo laid it all down in a "Less is more" manner, so will I. I could have done a little less detail in the hair department here but I still dig it. Here's my cartoon of one of my absolute favorite WWE superstars, the "Lunatic Fringe" himself (and former member of The Shield),  Dean Ambrose (the first entry in my brand-new sketchbook, done in Micron pen).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Floyd Mayweather Jr.: The Blue and the Gray

Floyd Mayweather Jr. art, Copic and Micron markers on 9" X 12" Bristol Board

Just for the hell of it, here's an art marker rendering of the self-proclaimed "The Best Ever," World Welterweight/World Junior Middleweight Champion Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr.

Kind of a surreal, pop art bent, Floyd here is rendered on 9" X 12" Bristol Board, Micron and Faber-Castell artist pens and Copic markers.

So, is there some sort of sub-text here with the blue cast? Is it a mood I'm establishing? Does the blue represent the cold, calculating indifference or the cold, hard cash of which Mayweather associates himself? Or is it a powder blue, depicting a soft Mayweather who avoids the biggest and best challenges?

Neither. I ran out of light gray ink.

I think I feel a Spider-Man portrait coming on...

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Gennady "GGG" Golovkin!

Damn, I love portraiture. And damn, I love boxing! But I especially love combining both. And regrettably, it's been a bit since I've done a portrait of any fighter, much less one I really enjoy watching. That's why, in getting back on the horse (and I'm gonna do a lot of these in graphite and paint), I decided to render WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady "GGG" Golovkin. A power-punching badass in a piece that was totally fun to draw (2H lead on 9" X 12" Bristol Board).

So, Howlers, who would you like to see me render next? Comment here, on Facebook or tweet me and let me know!

Friday, October 3, 2014

ArtBar Aurora: Superman vs. Lex Luthor - the Death of Everything

As this month's ArtBar Aurora theme is "death," I present to you my offering of, well...death!

Now death can be perceived in myriad ways, so when I had a somewhat difficult time coming up with a visual concept, my girlfriend, Tracy - as always - was as helpful as could be. Her suggestion, Superman finally losing control and beating Lex Luthor to death, was as simple for me to render as it was for her to conceive.

However, I did want to take a certain throwback approach to the subjects and completely eschew their "New 52" versions, opting to draw the late-1970s/early-'80s versions of Superman and Lex, hence Luthor's old-school battle duds he's sporting as he bails this mortal coil.

When you think about it, the death theme permeates the piece (titled, "Oh, God...What Have I Done?") in a number of ways. Obviously Lex kicked the bucket but Superman's code of ethics also died. Just as well, were this a DC-sanctioned story, our innocence would have kacked too.

As for medium, I was all over the place, using Copic and Prismacolor markers, Prismacolor watercolor pencils, Sharpie and Faber-Castell white PITT artist pen on 14" X 17" Bristol Board (I also learned that combining art marker and watercolor pencil can be a major pain in the ass. As a result, any flaws can be very difficult to fix - and you might be able to notice some from the gate).

Truth be told, I almost felt a little Joe Kubert going on here after everything was said and done!

Next: my graphite rendering of WBA middleweight titleholder Gennady Golovkin!