Saturday, August 22, 2009
It was a beautiful evening as we started out drawing in the courtyard with model Demonique Damzelle in her Egyptian garb. The Scarab's bartender even got in on the act by presenting us with the official Dr. Sketchy cocktail - absinthe, tequila, grenadine. Raffle prizes were handed out including some of the t-shirts I did. After the sun set we moved indoors where Lily La Rue gave us all a half-time burlesque performance before settling in with Demonique for a number of poses. We had a great turnout and I hope it continues that way!
Here are a few pics of our models, Sean handing out prizes, Agnes Domanska snapping a few pics, and someone's sketchbook. Following that, my sketchbook, including a quick drawing of a young girl in her cool hat and bright yellow skirt (I heard later she was a ballerina).
You can find more pics and drawings at the Detroit Dr. Sketchy blog.
Friday, August 21, 2009
I recently designed several posters for an AT&T company function in the style of those old posters. Though they aren't based on any particular posters, much of the inspiration comes from the book The Art Of The Airways, though the Eiffel Tower was inspired by the cover of Ludwig Bemelmans' Madeline book. It was also a lot of fun making them look all old and grungy.
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Here's a nearly complete list of all the stuff I spent far too much money on at Comic Con this year.
The Joy of Cook by Katie Cook
Cheeks: UNCLENCHED 2009 artbook by Sean Galloway
Atom Bomb Bikini & Teeny Bikini by Rob Ullman
Passion for Life by Stephen Silver
Paper Biscuit by Ronnie del Carmen
Seductive Espionage by Kevin Dart
Fennec by Yoann & Lewis Trondheim
Great Scott & Kovaleski in Color by John Kovaleski
Scarlett Takes Manhattan by Molly Crabapple
Battle Milk by Killian Plunkett, Thang Le, Wayne Lo, Jackson Sze
Pow! Bang! Zap! by Scott McKeeve
Chris Sanders 3 by Chris Sanders
Oaxaca Mexico by Peter Kuper
Arthur De Pins
The Pink Sketchbook volume 1: Grrr!, Strange Science Fantasy, & Smack Dab by Scott Morse
Attic Bugs, 26 Robots,Stop Drop and Roll, & Wide Awake 666 By J Chris Campbell
And Then One Day #5 - Sketchbook Edition by Ryan Claytor
Thrills, Spills, and Chills: Collected Works of Ryan Hungerford
T-T-Tartamudo by Rhode Montijo
Double Fine Action Comics by Scott C.
The Venice Chronicles by Enrico Casarosa
Gabby & Gator by James Burks
Mouse Guard by David Petersen
Malinky Robot: Bicycle by Sonny Liew
Rough Beasts by Bill Halliar
...plus some tee shirts, a California Brown Coats water bottle, a cool woolen octopus that I can't find where I got it from, buttons, stickers, Dr. Horrible's Sing Along Blog program, and other fine and sundry things.
I took my Tablet PC with me and let a few people try it out. Rob Ullman, J Chris Campbell, and John Kovaleski all had their go. This is how I get free convention sketches.
And here's Rob Ullman showing the Detroit Red Wings some disrespect:
A few sketches from the tablet. The girl and boy were brother and sister, I think. They were at the airport on my flight home and looked like they really didn't want to be there. I think they should be a musical act.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
The one and only Molly Crabapple, creator of Dr. Sketchy, was holding an extra special session Friday night at a local San Diego club to celebrate the publication of her first graphic novel. I met Molly at the Con that afternoon where she signed a copy of Scarlett Takes Manhattan for me. She even gratiously critiqued my Sketchy sketchbook.
Here are a few photos of the event donated by Scott McKeeve. Lady Borgia portrayed Scarlett from the novel. The other model was local drag performer Daniel d'Lovely. After all the drawing fun the club turned out a top notch burlesque show.
Here, in no particular order are my sketches. It was tough getting both models into a two or five minute sketch. And I was distracted while talking to some other artists, one among them a political cartoonist from Philly, another being a former Playboy cartoonist. Talent ran deep in that crowd.
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Before heading from Las Vegas to San Diego we visited a few National Parks: Zion and Bryce Canyon.
On the road to Comic Con we took a detour through Joshua Tree National Forest.
A stop on Coronado Island and a visit to the dog end of the beach.
Comic Con is jammed with people. Welcome to Geek Prom 2009.
We stumbled into the press room for the new V series and met Morena Baccarin who also played Inara, the courtesan, from favorite tv show Firefly.
And second in cool only to William Shatner , none other than Batman and the Mayor of Quahog himself, Adam West! Did I say second? Make that First in Cool! No one wears a Pure West hat and fist bumps like West. No one.
More to come!