Monday, September 21, 2015

Rose City Comicon 2015

So I attended Rose City Comicon in Portland over the weekend and, while I did better in the caricature realm here than I did at Emerald City, it was still pretty lackluster. BUT I did get a few brave souls who wanted to be Brillustrated! The first and hardest group was an entire family dressed as characters from the Disney/Pixar "Inside Out" movie! they really went all out and looked great! I was supposedly only doing black and white caricatures, but since color was so integral to their costumes I couldn't resist adding some. (Naturally I only charged them the B&W price.)

Then I got a father/son team dressed as Indiana Jones and Short Round...but with a twist!

And a chef...or maybe cook, who wanted the obligatory ZOMBIE caricature. He really liked it when it was done!

A couple of friends of mine, who spent a lot of time with us at the con wanted to get caricatures. Mark and Lou are great guys and make a cute couple!


There were a few other little sketches and one sketch cover that was pretty fun. Sales were light other wise. A few prints here, a couple of sketchbooks there. I had more room at this con and that was a plus, and it was a lot of fun to be there and enjoy the atmosphere and the people. I really enjoy cons, but I need to find a better way to lure in folks to make sales!!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Old School--SITH Happens!

Here is a sketch cover piece that I did to display and hopefully sell at Rose City Comicon this weekend.

I wanted to do something different than the zillion other Vader pieces I've seen on similar sketch covers and struck upon the idea of taking the original concept painting of Vader from Ralph McQuarrie's pre-production illustration of Vader and sort of space suited Luke facing off with lightsabers ablaze. I've always loved that painting and to this day it still gives me the nostalgic feeling of mystery and adventure that originally seeing Star Wars in the movie theater gave me. That painting really tales me back...

So here's to you Ralph McQuarrie! George never could have made Star Wars without your vision, and the Vader we all know and love wouldn't exist without this guy!

(Below, I'm posting the McQuarrie painting so you too can enjoy it's genius!)