Friday, April 29, 2016

Paul Harding - Star Wars - Rancor

2016.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Seacaucus, NJ

From Marvel Legends to DC Collectibles' Icon line, sculptor & illustrator Paul harding had left an indelible mark on the action figure and statue world.  That being said I usually glance at tables with statues and figures trying not to make eye contact with the vendor, so I don't get their hopes up thinking I might buy something.  I simply do not collect statues or action figures. I appreciate the work that goes into them and the beauty of the piece, so when I turned the corner and saw Paul Harding's table with a few figures in boxes I had planned on passing him by. Then I noticed he was working on a wash of Kylo Ren. He had a couple of sketches on the table he had been working on.

I stopped and watched him work and asked about his doing sketches. He stated he was, but preferred to draw villains. Since he was working a a Star Wars sketch, I asked if he could draw a Star Wars related character on the C3PO first day cover. He agreed, but wanted to do a villain. My response is usually a simple go for it.  And he did with this excellent Rancor

Harding has created figures for Batman Black and White, Sideshow Collectibles, Hasbro, Gentle Giant (Star Wars, GI Joe, Star Trek, Pacific Rim)

Friday, April 22, 2016

Don Simpson - Megaton Man

2016.04.17 East Coast Comic Con, Seacaucus, NJ

I can honestly say I have read very few Megaton Man comics, however I enjoy the drawing style that Don Simpson utilizes to portray this over-bulked hero. When I heard he was attending the East Coast Comic Con, I knew I wanted to attempt to get a sketch.  I was presented with my usual problem, which stamp do I use to match up with this hero... I did not have any Michigan state issues, nor any Atomic Energy issues, so I presented my case to Simpson. He suggested something patriotic, leaning toward the Statue of Liberty (probably why he drew it on the cover)..

I had the opportunity to watch Simpson work, while we spoke about various subjects, from work to art and teaching. He started with the blue pencil, drawing circles that would become muscles. Adding in yellow and red, light blue and pink in the sky. Outlining Megaton Man after the colors had been laid down.. A pleasure watching Simpson work and seeing Megaton Man take shape (the scan does not do justice to the colors)...

Megaton Man Return to Megatropolis ashcan preview with a Kozmik Kat sketch

Simpson was seated next to Dave Ryan and the Red Anvil Comics table, to which Simpson provided the cover art to War of the Independents #4 (a finger flicking battle between Megaton Man and the Tick)
 War of the Independents #4 (Red Anvil Comics) cover art by Don Simpson and Wilson Ramos Jr signed by Dave Ryan (script) and Nilda Ryan (lettering). Signed on the first page by Simpson and Paul Castiglia (script)
Back cover art by Rick Parker (signed)

Friday, April 15, 2016

Matt Gaudio - The Joker

2015.05.02 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ
Free Comic Book Day

Another Joker sketch from a Kubert School student, in attendance at Dewey's Free Comic Book festivities...

Matt has started lending his talents to Outpouring Comics...

Friday, April 8, 2016

Cam Adams - The Joker

2015.05.02 Dewey's Comic City, Madison, NJ
Free Comic Book Day

Another Joker sketch from a Kubert School student, in attendance at Dewey's Free Comic Book festivities... From Cam's DeviantArt page: I've been reading and drawing comics my whole life. Around age 23 I decided to take it to the next level and pursue comic book illustration as a career. After "How-to" books at home and the Kubert School, I am drawing comics and lovin' it... 

Cam Adams

Friday, April 1, 2016

Brigid Allanson - Harley Quinn

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

BrigidAllanson was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was raised in Northern New Jersey.
She is a graduate from The Kubert School in Dover, NJ, class of 2012.
She is currently employed as an illustrator for the indie game company AckkStudios. Brigid is a freelance artist and is working her way into the comic book world.

Her favorite thing to draw is pretty girls and she loves the colors pink, purple and orange. Brigid’s favorite super heroes are DC’s Power Girl and Supergirl.

Collecting dolls is her hobby and she plans to someday open her own doll company.