2019 Updates

Hi everyone, it’s good to be back on the blog at last. I’m notoriously late to these things, but hope everyone’s having a great new year so far, and as always thank you all for the love and support. 😊

Quick update to get through first; I have a bit of a studio clear-out going in the shop right now. I’m trying not to hold on to too many pieces in the new year. Head on to the updated shop section on the website or here, to find both new and older (as far as 2011) original artwork up for purchase.

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Starting the new year with more of a fanart piece for the Twitter hashtag #ShadowhuntersPosterChallenge. This was being held by the creators of the Shadowhunters series on their social media, in promotion of the last season of the show. I thought it’d be fun to get creative with some artwork, rather than doing a photo-manipulated poster. The baddies are usual interests for me 😉, so I decided to incorporate a portraiture of Luke Baines (the actor entering the show this season) with aspects of Cassandra Clare’s original material for the character of Jonathan Morgenstern from the books. All in all, a fun little project.

WIP.

Robbie Reyes – Ghost Rider

If you’ve been following me on Twitter you’ll know I, like every Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D fan out there, have been obsessing over the season 4 finale. I mean you don’t get any cooler than the character of Ghost Rider do you? The flaming skull transformations, and of course the epic return with the chain & fight sequences, Gabriel Luna aka. Robbie Reyes definitely stole the show for me this season. The only other character I might have a slightly more affinity towards in the latest run of Marvel series’ is Frank Castle…but that’s a whole other story.

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Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider, markers & microns on paper, 7×11″, 2017

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I decided to keep to an interpretation of Felipe Smith’s version of Ghost Rider from the comics, but still incorporate aspects of the show; Gabriel Luna was definitely going to be in it. 🙂 I know some people didn’t really like the new look of the Ghost Rider (in the comics) but I thought it was new and refreshing look. I didn’t know much about the Ghost Rider previously, other than the incredible art I’d see from older issues with Johnny Blaze and his bike. It’s been fun catching up on newer comics.

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All-New Ghost Rider by Felipe Smith – Really liked these 2 volumes, check them out if you get the chance.

On the wishlist:

Daredevil by Ed Brubaker & The Punisher by Garth Ennis Omnibus’ have joined my wishlist, well for now anyways given the somewhat hefty price tag. The art alone is a motivator for me to get them. Tim Bradstreet covers for the Punisher is often a guilty pleasure of mine to get inspired, and a definite motivator to improve my own skills. 😀

Anne the Series

The Anne of Green Gables series by Lucy Maud Montgomery were books I read in primary school; those thin $6.00 paperbacks (I believe from Bantam Books) with those lovely covers.  I remember a couple of adaptations to the screen over the years, most notably the one with actress Megan Follows was probably the most popular among fans. I was therefore thrilled to finally get to see a new version come to a series from CBC, simply called ANNE. Living in Canada, we got to see the series last month before its premiere on Netflix, which was a bonus in its self. 🙂 Having finished watching the first season and hoping it gets renewed for a second, I have to say I’ve found a new favourite in my collection of period dramas. I love the new take on the series, everything from the cinematography, to the cast, and costumes. It’s a beautiful adaptation, so take a look if you get the chance. 

I of course took the opportunity to create some artwork inspired by the series while I was watching the show…

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Kindred Spirits, colour-pencils & markers on paper, 7×11″, 2017

The cast chosen for this show were all equally talented and need I say adorable in their own ways, but I thought I’d choose Amybeth Mcnulty (Anne) and Dalila Bela (Diana) for this piece.

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Gilbert Blythe, markers and microns on paper, 7×11″, 2017

I think everyone reading the books remembers why we loved Gilbert so much when we were growing up; childhood crush, a sweet & memorable character, what else is there to say really? 😀 I think Lucas Jade Zumann was perfect for the role and satisfied everyone’s expectations;  a hard role to take on, especially after the fans holding Jonathan Crombie’s version to heart all these years. I have to say though Lucas, just like the rest of the cast, has become a new favourite of mine.

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Catching Up

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You often don’t get enough time to catch up on your favourite TV shows, especially when working in the art industry and often its never-ending work hours. So, I end up binge-watching a lot of shows. Recently I got around to catching up with latest season of Supernatural. There are many actors/actresses I watch the show for (humour alone being a reason) but Mark Pellegrino’s Lucifer is definitely a big reason. As of the latest episode (S12e15) however, I think I might regret hoping that he gets to keep his ‘vessel’ permanently…

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Lucifer, markers & microns on paper, 9×12″, 2017.

wips.

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