It's been far too long since last I uploaded on Fanny Friday! So I'm back today with a double shot of characters. They're in black and white, too. :) I'm pretty sure anyone who knows me understands my love for the G.I.Joe cartoons and toy lines. One of the more interesting lineage characters to come out of it is Zartan's daughter, Zanya.
Then there was the occasional appearance of Cobra's female troops. Usually they were the Baroness' personal guard, or maybe assisting Cobra Commander with something or another. They always seemed to be far more capable than their male counterparts. I wonder why that was?
Have you been watching HBO's Game of Thrones? Or have you read George R.R. Martin's book series? Perhaps you're like me and enjoy both. Though I'll admit that I'm a bit late to reading this particular series and just now starting to read A Clash of Kings, so no spoilers please!
Naturally I'm drawn to the character of Daenerys Targaryen. And who wouldn't be? She is the Mother of Dragons!
Alphonse Mucha, the Czech artist of the Art Nouveau period is a big inspiration to my own artwork. I can look at his lithographs and murals for hours, lost in the swirls and patterns, and fine draftsmanship. I drafted on the board long before I used the computer aided software, and I thoroughly enjoy doing so.
Using these influences of Mucha, Art Nouveau, drafting, and the character of Daenerys, I created this piece. For the moment it is in black and white ink, the colour version is set to come soon.
I'll have this available as a print at the Calgary Comic Expo later this month. It will be available in limited numbers.
This piece was intensely amusing to create. Do you remember the old pulp mags like Weird Fantasy Tales, Astonishing Adventures and the like? Well, I've taken a cue from those magazines of old to create this painting of a new sort of sea monster.
Poor guys really have no hope. At the very least, she may have an octopus forming part of her head, and seaweed for hair, but she isn't terribly unattractive.
I'll have prints of this piece available at the Calgary Comic Expo.
I love comics! That statement is not likely to be any sort of a revelation to anyone... But, once in a while I need to mention it. Part of that love of comics is having an affection or at least an admiration for all sorts of characters and comic universes.
One such that I both admire and love is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Whether it is the old cartoon, the original comics by Eastman and Laird, the first TMNT movie, or even the few episodes of the current show that I've caught, I really enjoy it. They do manage to keep the core concept intact throughout each incarnation.
An old friend, and a very good one at that, asked me to create an illustration for his daughter with Donatello, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael. Couldn't have been more pleased to do this, either! Been waiting a while to post this one.
Presenting the Heroes on the Half Shell, with an extra partner...
I am open to commissions. A piece like this takes a little more time than what I can do at a convention. But, I'm happy to create it and mail it, or bring it along to any show that I'm setting up at. My next show is the 2014 Calgary Comic Expo, which is fast approaching!
I really enjoy creating character designs. Something simple like a cartoon or children's illustration is usually anything but. Some times you just nail them down perfectly on the earliest of attempts.
These characters were of that sort, the ones that just came out right, early on. I think it's a matter of tapping into the right inspiration and using the right sources of reference. Felt like I did that so perfectly with these particular characters that I'm about to share with you.
As is sometimes the case, a project just fizzles out. This one began with great earnest, and unfortunately has done exactly the opposite and fallen silent. I won't share the idea and the concept as I really love the character designs so they may find their way out in a different outlet.