Painting number 5 is alive!
DC’s new 52 didn’t have many titles that really interested me. One that did catch my eye was Wonder Woman. Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang have been doing amazing work on that book. Focusing on the Greek mythology aspect of her character for me heightened my interest in the character a great deal.
Wonder Woman is a fantasy type of character, there is no point having her break up bank robberies. That’s boring. Batman does that with more style anyway. Taking her back to her origins made sense. Kept the character more interesting, showing her dealing with her crazy “family”.
Azzarello and Chiang’s run on the title is almost done, but as always, I highly recommend you check out the collected editions if you’re looking for a good, fun comic!
Hope you enjoy this painting.
At the moment I am really enjoying the Punisher run that is currently ongoing by Nathan Edmondson and Mitch Gerads. I like the change in scenery of moving Frank Castle from New York City to Los Angeles. Dealing with some of the drug cartels in the city. It’s fun reading. Quickly escalates.
I believe the first collection of this series just came out. Make sure you purchase from you favourite comics retailer.
Like the other paintings, this one will be 30 bucks at LibraryCon 2014.
The third painting for LibraryCon 2014. It’s always a good idea to have at least one art piece dedicated to the Dark Knight. Otherwise people will think of you as “soft”.
I’ll be the first to admit I don’t read a lot of DC Comic titles. I’m more into the Marvel stuff, but I have been picking up the Batman book the Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo have been working on, and it is fantastic. If you are a casual comic book reader, see if you can pick up the collected edition of “Batman – The Court of Owls” from a retailer or local library and I guarantee you’ll be hooked.
Hope you like this Batman painting.
The second painting of my mini painting series for LibraryCon.
Everyone loves Totoro, right? Yeah, me too.
In anticipation of LibraryCon I thought I would need some fresh work to put on display. However I haven’t done enough sequential work to warrant a new comic. Instead I thought it might be fun to sell some original artwork.
I’m doing some mini paintings to have on sale. I thought I would just paint some characters who interest me in some way or another for fun. All the paintings are just a little smaller than A5, and will be for sale for a price of $30.
I’ll post these in order of when I painted them. The first one is Star-lord, man.
Guardians of the Galaxy was such a fun flick, that I figured it would be fun to paint this dude.
September. You made it! We’re so happy to have you here. The year has gone by quickly but somehow you’re a month that signals the end of the calendar year is drawing close.
Fortunately for all of us in Auckland there are some good things happening in September that we can all look forward to before the year does come to a close. Auckland Libraries are dedicating the whole month of September to this art form that I love so dearly, comics. For the entire month there will be comic related events happening at Libraries city wide. For someone who discovered a love of comic books from picking up a copy of Asterix from a school library, this is fantastic news.
I have a couple of recommendations for you to check out, but you can see what your local library might be doing during the month here.
First recommendation is “The Panel“. Which sounds kind of ominous, but should be a great talk by some of NZ comics finest talents!
Second recommendation is LibraryCon 2014. Auckland Libraries have decided to stage their own mini comic convention at the Onehunga library. There will be a collection of artists and crafts people there to sell their wares, myself included. It should be a good time! There will be a lot of cool people with cool stuff there.
I’ll be there with the usual comics, prints and stickers, but I’ve also spent the last couple of weeks doing some paintings to sell, which I’ll start putting up for show on this blog soon. They’ve been a lot of fun. I’m looking forward to getting to LibraryCon so I can meet anyone who comes by and talk comics with them. Please do come down to say “hi”. I’ll do a small sketch for anyone who buys a comic or something off of me, I promise.
If you’re looking for something to do during September we should have you covered!
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How about that wintery weekend? It got really cold here in Auckland on Saturday. I’m currently trying to nurse myself back to health from actually contracting a cold, so having it actually be colder outside wasn’t helping my cause. It also kept me away from visiting friends at this years Auckland Zinefest, so that was too bad.
It wasn’t a very productive weekend art wise, but I did get one piece finished. My brother requested I do a mask for his friend’s birthday. Similar to what I had done with the Star Wars masks, but this time of Wolverine.
Apparently this guy’s favourite Wolverine costume is the old 1980’s Brown and Gold costume. Which I am quite partial to as well. It was fun to draw. Wolverine is a fun character. Even though they don’t allow him to smoke in the comics anymore, back then he always had a cigar in his mouth, so I thought it fitting to add that as well.
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Some good news first up. I’ve finished a comic. I thought about doing another one, and then another one before posting, but that would be cruel. You’ve all waited long enough. Life has been busy, and I’m not sure when the one after this one will come, but it’s still something I need to do, so I will try my best to find a way. New comic will go live this week. In fact, it’ll be up tomorrow. How about that?
Meanwhile. here are some pictures I took from a recent visit to Melbourne. It was a fun trip. Highlights included hanging out with some friends and taking in the Dreamworks animation exhibit they have on at ACMI. I think it’s on until August, so if you’re in the city I do recommend it. I also found some different graffiti lane ways. They’re probably very well known to most, but were new to me, so it was nice to discover some fun art along our walking tracks.
There is always a lot of hype around tourist destinations. Most of it is for good reason, and Queenstown has always lived up to the high expectations people have of it. It’s one of those places you could just keep on visiting, and always have a great experience.
Having previously lived in the South Island before returning to Auckland, Queenstown is a place I visited as much as I could while it was relatively close by. Now that I do live in Auckland, it’s just that extra bit harder to get there. It’d been about ten years, and my wife had never been, so we decided it was time to go for a visit. That’s not her in that photo by the way. It’s someone who was brave enough to do the Bungee while we watched on.
It can get expensive in Queenstown. The whole place operates completely on tourisim, so it’s going to cost to do some activities. However, that is part of the experience. You don’t have to do them all. Save some for another visit. This time around we really kept it pretty simple. Choosing to hire a car and drive around different scenic spots taking photos and exploring. We did of course hit the Gondola and the Luge though. Mandatory for every visit to Queenstown.
Everyone kept talking up Ferg Burger and it was pretty good, but honestly, I really rated the Steak and Cheese pie at the next door Ferg Bakery. Definitely worth your cash if you’re looking for a decent pie!
It was a great trip, but not long enough. Time to start planning the next one!
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In March I was fortunate enough to be in Christchurch for a catch up weekend with some old friends. The main reason I was down there was to see the last date of the Queens of the Stone Age / NIN tour that had passed through Australia and New Zealand. I figured I might as well make a weekend of it, and spend some time in the city, which turned out to be a great idea.
Catching up with a couple of buddies was great, and was actually overdue, but I had no idea what a good bonus it would be to take a trip into the CBD area, and see how much amazing art had gone up around the city on the sides of buildings. With the demolition of large portions of the city, huge gaps between buildings where another had stood were a common site. As a person who knows the city very well, it’s weird when you find yourself standing at a footprint of a building trying to remember what was actually standing there.
This whole process is disorientating. However with all the new art that has gone up, you actually go from looking at a broken city to trying to discover all these pieces. Each new discovery leading you to another one. It makes exploring the city a lot of fun again. The art in most cases is gigantic. Covering whole walls of buildings sometimes as high as five or six stories. Seeing art on that scale, from a distance and then up close is great. If you find yourself in Christchurch, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Take a wander around the CBD, and discover the city anew.
The concert was pretty great too, if you were curious.
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