Friday, December 30, 2016

Jackie von Spanks - Bettie Page Christmas

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

Jackie von Spanks is an illustrator who is heavily influenced by vintage pinup style of the 1940s - 1960s. Her art is heavily influenced by artists such as Gil Elvgren and Alberto Vargas. Jackie is also a pin-up model and a member of the Luscious Ladies.

When I asked for a Christmas sketch, she immediately smiled and said she know exactly what she would draw... Bettie Page, who is showing Linus how to properly trim a tree.

Page was born in 1923, in Tennessee and became a model after graduating college and moving to San Francisco. Her modeling career led to a Playboy centerfold in 1955 and icon status as a pin-up model.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all...

Friday, December 23, 2016

Liz Chesterman - Merry Christmas

2016.10.16 Non-Sport Update Card Show, Allentown, Pa

Liz Chesterman ia a traditional illustrator at heart. She prefers to lend her talents to  smaller trading card companies, for sketch cards. Liz is a fan of unique themes and freedom to do original (tiny!) works of art. According to Liz "In a period where digital art seems to dominate over traditional, it's pretty awesome to be involved in projects that require the skill to craft without a computer."

Liz's has provided sketch card artwork for Classic Fairy Tales, Hallowe'en, Spellcasters II, Civil War 1, Beyond Stoker's Dracula, ContemporaryPin Ups, Zombie Poker, Westward Ho!, Beauty and the Myth and several others...

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Years, Seasons Greetings

Friday, December 16, 2016

Tony Harris - Starman

2016.11.19 NJ Comic Expo, Edison, NJ

In 1994 James Robinson and Tony Harris introduced Jack Knight, son of the original Starman in Zero Hour: Crisis in Time #1.. Knight is a reluctant hero who takes up the helm after his brother David was killed by an assassin in Starman (vol 2) #0..

Jack wields a cosmic staff, but refuses to wear a costume, instead wearing a T-shirt, leather jacket, light shielding goggles and a sheriff's badge...

Tony harris began his career in 1989, rising to prominence with Starman in  1994. He has been nominated for five Eisner Awards, penciled Ex Machina with writer Brian K Vaughan from Windstorm and War heroes with Mark Millar for Image comics.

Harris worked on additional titles including JSA Liberty Files: The Whistling Skull, Legion: Secret Files 3003, Superman: Lex 2000, Dr Strange, Iron man, Spider-Man, Nightbreed

Friday, December 9, 2016

Charles P Wilson III - Astronaut Pooh

2016.07.10 Garden State Comic Fest, Morristown, NJ

This is my second sketch from Wilson. I first met him at a Wildpig Comic Con in 2010, and picked up a great sketch from the series The Stuff of Legends...

Always a fan favorite at the local show, Wilson has provided the cover art for the Garden State Comic Fest Programs...

From Comics Alliance:  This article shows his work outside of Stuff of Legends, drawings of superheroes and his blending the world of Pooh and the superhero world. Imagine a Hulk Pooh, a Captain America Pooh... well I imagined a Pooh in Space and requested such a sketch. The results is another great sketch from Wilson...

Wilson has also provided a more serious tone of art for the IDW series The Wraith, written by Joe Hill.

The FDC features the Alan Shepard stamp honoring the first American in space. Yesterday John Glenn, the first American to orbit the earth passed at the age of 95. I post this cover in his honor and in honor of all men and women from all nations with the courage and spirit to travel into space to explore the universe.

Shepard and Glenn were members of the Mercury Seven, the first seven astronauts selected by the US and NASA to become astronauts. The other Astronauts include Guss Grissom, Scott Carpenter, Gordon Cooper, Wally Shirra, Deke Slayton

Friday, December 2, 2016

Jon Gregory - Janis Joplin

2016.08.27 Monsters and Robots, Somerset, NJ

Jon Gregory has 20 years of graphic design, illustration and art direction experience. Within the last few years Jon has established himself as a sketch artist for Topps' Garbage Pail Kids and Wacky Packages. But when I arrived at Jon's table I did not see any sign of GPK art, but instead I saw very impressive pencil sketches of various celebrities.  When I questioned Jon about a preference for a sketch, without hesitation he stated he loved Rock and Roll.

Rock and Roll is in Jon's blood. He plays guitar, drums and piano. In his spare time he moonlights as a professional concert photographer and travels with various bands capturing their performances..

Muhammad Ali trading card

Stamps that feature composers, musicians and artists are not new. What has changed is the subject matter that is reaching new audience. Where we once honored Bach, Beethoven, Sousa, Whistler, Picasso, or van Gogh, we now honor Elvis Presley, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Buddy Holly, Abba, Kylie Minogue, Gordon Lightfoot, Andy Warhol, Calder, Peter Max, and many others..
The UK honored album art from Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Blur, the Clash, now the Isle of Man honors Roger Dean...

Island and Bridges
Deans artwork has graced many album covers, and bands probably sold many of their albums due to the fantasy art that Dean provided.  Most famous of these bands were Yes, Asia and Uriah Heep...
The stamps from the Island and Bridges collection: Meeting Place - painting inspired by the Isle of Man, Blind Owl Late Landing - album art, Pathways - Yessongs album art, Green Parrot Island - Yes the Studio albums art, Tales from Topographic Oceans - Yes album art, Sea of Light - Uriah Heep album art.
Thes stamps were issued by the Isle of Man on 19th August 2016