Those of you who are fans of the WWE will recognize this cat, ex-Shield member Seth Rollins. Between projects, I figured I'd give the inaugural NXT champion/former WWE tag team champion the comic-style portrait treatment complete with funky speed lines, white highlights and paint (or blood. Take your pick) drip action. Of course I started this about a week-and-a-half after he left his teammates, Roman Reigns and Dean Ambrose, so his new ring gear was revealed after I began inking this. It's Faber-Castell PITT artist pen and Sharpie on 9" X 12" Bristol Board. I hope in some way, it captures the spirit of the high-flying architect of the WWE. Enjoy!
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
As a reborn pro wrestling fan, it's been a lot of fun to get pulled back into the weekly WWE programs and experience the relatively new personalities performing today. Amid the cool-ass characters of Daniel Bryan, Cesaro, the Usos and the Wyatt Family prowls a six-man unit (really a three-man team but competition has always been referred to as a "six-man") called The Shield. The Shield, comprised of the unpredictable and wild current WWE United States champion Dean Ambrose and former WWE tag team champions Seth Rollins (the "architect" of the team) and Roman Reigns (the "powerhouse"), have become breakout stars and consider themselves a group which serves to eliminate "injustice" in the squared circle.
Furthermore, Reigns, has become somewhat a curious anomaly himself, garnering a serious following, even being bandied as a future world champion (rumors of The Shield eventually dissolving definitely help the fun in imagining the cool storylines involving the respective futures of each member of the team). What has made Roman Reigns my favorite WWE superstar are his air of intimidation, an "I'm cool and I know it" antihero attitude and one of his signature moves (the other being a leaping shoulder spear), the "Superman Punch."
Thus, the piece featured here, a comic-style sketch of Reigns in a Superman get-up, inspired by Kal-El's "The New 52" suit but with his "classic S" insignia (also considered a "shield" itself! Hey, that worked pretty well; didn't it?).
(Oh, lest I forget, the piece was done in Micron pen, Sharpie and Prismacolor watercolor pencil on sketch paper.)
And what timing! Today (one day after the "Elimination Chamber 2014" pay-per-view, in which the Wyatt Family emerged victorious over the "Hounds of Justice"), the WWE Network in is full effect. And you can count on seeing much more of Reigns, Rollins and Ambrose on the network for years to come.
Friday, January 25, 2013
Originally, I considered drawing Mexican featherweight legend Salvador Sanchez until I remembered I've never drawn my all-time boxing hero, "Manos de Piedra" ("Hands of Stone") Roberto Duran. (8 1/2" X 11", Sharpie archiving pen on sketch paper) By this time, I was fully overdosing on the Facebook photo albums of my pal, Cory Hamscher (a damn fine comic book artist and inker), and although I don't use a crow-quill pen like Cory (or even come close to this cat's inking skill), I was inspired to throw down with the darkness.
Bonus inspiration for this piece: one of my favorite artists, Charlie McGill. Odds are, you mightn't know the name but his art will look familiar. Bergen, New Jersey's McGill is a sports illustrator who has rendered some of boxing's most famous personalities (among many more sports icons), some whimsically, others in photorealistic splendor, all in the same inimitable, old-school style only McGill can deliver.
So, yeah, I think I'll do a few more in this style between paintings and cartoons! I hope you dig it!
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
A comic-style drawing I did back in 2002 (featuring character based on me and my friend, Boyce) that portrayed the endgame of a long comic book idea I had about two unjustly convicted criminals who escaped prison. Naturally, "Prison Break" came out a few years later and pooched my idea. Done in pencil, Micron marker and Sharpie. I was inspired by manga-style speed lines but I probably didn't need them. Sorry about the image. I don't have access to a scanner that can accommodate the size of the piece. :)