Friday, February 26, 2016

Daniel Roman - Frank

2015.11.07 Superheros for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Daniel Roman is a free-lance artist, whose work has been influenced by comic books, movies, cartoons, video games, anime and music. He goes by the name Onidarko.
I noticed a sketch of Courage the Cowardly Dog in his portfolio, which led to his showing me his tattoo of Courage and telling me how much he enjoyed the show. Courage has always been one of my favorite cartoons as well...

I also noticed his sketch of Frank, from the movie Donnie Darko. Roman has been heavily influenced by this movie, while I had yet to see it.  My son, Matt, was helping at the Hospice and standing by my side while I spoke with Daniel. When he heard I had not seen Donnie Darko he could not believe it. I will get my chance.

Since Daniel and Matt had both spoken very highly of this movie, I took this opportunity to have Daniel provide me with a sketch of Frank on an Arctic Hare FDC.

From IMDB: Donnie Darko is plagued by visions of a large bunny rabbit that manipulates him to commit a series of crimes, after narrowly escaping a bizarre accident. Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell.. written and directed by Richard Kelly....

Friday, February 19, 2016

2016 Deadpool - Veldhuisen and James

 Alexia Veldhuisen
 Josh James
2016.02.13 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ

I went to see Deadpool on Friday morning (2016.02.12) 10am showing with my son Matt..
I had seen the poster with Deadpool making a heart with his hands. I don't think it is a spoiler, but he does this in the movie. It is after all a love story masked by extreme violence, rude humor, naked women and bad jokes..

Dewey's held a Deadpool Day on Saturday Feb 13, hosting Alexia and Josh, who were providing sketches to customers. I had the idea to use Valentines first day covers from 2013 (heart in sealing wax) and obtain companion pieces from Alexia and Josh. I figured they could each draw Deadpool with one hand forming the heart shape, so when the envelopes were put together, the drawing would complete the heart.
They both did excellent work and readily accepted the challenge.

Alexia Veldhuisen originally comes from Amsterdam, and attended the Kubert school to refine her drawing skills. Graduating in 2014, Alexia is pursuing her career while still dreaming of becoming a master samurai...

Josh James is currently a student at the Kubert School..

Deadpool was originally created by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Leifeld in 1991, when the character appeared in Marvel Comics' The New Mutants #98.  Deadpool (Wade Wilson) is a mentally unstable mercenary, who started out as a supervillian.  Deadpool is a takeoff on DC Comics Deathstroke (Slade Wilson). Deadpool's wisecracking attitude and comments have made him a fan favorite...

Friday, February 12, 2016

Zack Viola - Winged Victory

2015.11.07 Superheroes for Hospice, Livingston, NJ

Zack Viola is a student at the Kubert School. Zack has been influenced by video games, as he is an avid gamer. Besides character design, Zack also likes the storytelling telling aspect that his art can deliver...

I liked the design on Zack's business card, which led to a discussion of his sketching a steampunk  styled rocket-pack flyer...

Interview at Gilbert Curiosities

Friday, February 5, 2016

Kim De Mulder - Nick Fury

2015.07.26 Garden State Comic Fest, Mennen Arena, Morristown, NJ

Kim DeMulder is an artist with over 30 years of experience having worked at Marvel, DC and others. He has inked several top comic titles including Swamp Thing, Nick Fury, SheHulk, Defenders, Superboy, Hellblazer, Green Lantern, Transformers, Punisher, RoboCop...

I had asked DeMulder for a sketch of RoboCop, but he asked for a reference image which I did not have. He threw out Nick Fury, which was good for me. He said he did not need a reference as he would just draw Clint Eastwood and throw an eyepatch on him!

DeMulder is an award winning painter and fantasy artist. He also paints landscapes..

DeMulder provided this illustration for the Bettie Page Private Collection trading card #5