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    Saturday
    Aug232014

    "Razzle Dazzle" by Kevenn T. Smith

    Another Great Rebellion illustration is now available at my RedBubble store! You can get this illustration of Madame Razz & Broom by themselves on t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, stickers, kid clothes, tote bags, throw pillows, iPhones cases, and iPad cases. Click on the picture below to be taken to the page.

    Friday
    Aug012014

    Great Rebellion T-Shirts by Kevenn T. Smith

    I have been working on this series since the beginning of 2012. And while I wanted to debut it all as a massive print with a large amount of characters, perhaps this is the best way to get the ball rolling. The She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon was a huge influence on me as a child in my development as an artist, a person with a moral center, my strong belief in feminine empowerment, and my sense of aesthetics. Alongside the cartoon was an action figure line that I wasn't allowed to own and had to surreptitiously play with my sister's collection, which included amazing design details that had to be simplified and excised for the purposes of animation.

    With this series, I'm trying to come up with my "ultimate" versions of these characters that takes my favorite design elements from all of the various depictions of these characters, (Filmation cartoon, vintage action figures, vintage style guide, vintage production art and advertisement art, vintage coloring books, the current Masters of the Universe Classics figures, and original design elements) and bring them all into one cohesive series. The first entry is the core members of the Great Rebellion on a t-shirt (in various sizes, styles, colors and available in kids' clothes and on stickers!) or totebags, throw pillows, iPhone & iPad cases: She-Ra, Bow, Princess Glimmer, Madame Razz & Broom, Kowl, Loo-Kee, and Light Hope. Click on the pictures to be taken to my RedBubble store where you can purchase a t-shirt (or other products offered) of "Rebel Core."

     ©2014 Kevenn T. Smith
    All characters ©Mattel & Classic Media
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop


    ©2014 Kevenn T. Smith
    All characters ©Mattel & Classic Media
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop

    Other T-Shirts (and kids' clothes and stickers and tote bags and throw pillows and iPhone/iPad cases!) are available, such as this one with a slightly different version of She-Ra called "The Light of the Valkyrie's Hope."


    ©2014 Kevenn T. Smith
    All characters ©Mattel & Classic Media 
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop

     


    ©2014 Kevenn T. Smith
    All characters ©Mattel and Classic Media
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop
     

    Loo-Kee by himself in "Here I Am!"


    ©2014 Kevenn T. Smith
    Loo-Kee ©Mattel
    Pencil, in, Photoshop

    And Kowl by himself in "The Owl Knows."


    ©2014 Kevenn T. Smith
    Kowl ©Mattel
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop
     

    Sunday
    Jul132014

    The 3rd Annual Pay It Forward For Don Shepherd Day

    Today is the 3rd Annual "Pay It Forward For Don Shepherd Day." Don Shepherd was an amazing man who spent his life helping others. He was a veteran. He was an EMS professional and saved countless human lives. He volunteered many of his off-work hours helping with homeless cats and animals. Don was the husband of my friend, comedian, actor, teacher, and writer, Kelley Lynn, who died suddenly this day three years ago. Since then, every day this year, Kelley has worked to get people to do something nice for someone else on this day in rememberance of her wonderful husband. She asks you to do something, and then e-mail her to tell her about it.

    The reason that I'm mentioning this here, is because Kelley is also writing a book about her husband and her life after his death using her unique brand of humor to deal with what is normally a subject of despair. You can get a sneak peek at some of the content of her book by reading her blog: R.I.P. the Life I Knew. I am providing the cover to her book, which is scheduled to be published later this year. However, Kelley is a widow who is struggling to live on a single income now that her husband has died, and extra money for publishing a book is not easy for her to come by.

    That's why there is an IndieGoGo campaign to raise money for the book. If you would like to donate, please head on over to the IndieGoGo page for her book. It would make a great contribution for Pay It Forward For Don Shepherd Day. When you contribute, you can see a preview of my artwork for the book cover in the Updates section of the campaign page. And here you can get a sample of some of Kelley's outstanding comedy where she turns pain into something to laugh at:

    Monday
    Dec022013

    "Rainstorm In Prague: The Night Circus" by Kevenn T. Smith

    This past autumn, I had the opportunity of being asked to provide original artowrk for the charity art auction for the One Book Odessa event in Odessa, Texas. This year, the event celebrated Erin Morgenstern's fantastical novel, The Night Circus. Ms Morgenstern even made an appearance at the event. It was a huge success and well attended.

    For my illustration, I wanted to depic one of my favorite scenes in the book. It takes place in Prague, in a rainstorm, and it is the scene where the illusionist, Celia Bowen, learns the true identity of the handsome Marco Alsidair. It's a terribly romantic scene with a magic umbrella that keeps rain off of its holder and warms them up as well.

    The book mentions that the scene takes place near the old astronomical clock in Prague. I've never been to Prague, and this required some research on my part. When scouring pictures of the clock and the surrounding area, I quickly realized why Courtney chose to set the scene where she did. The clock is reminiscent of the intricate and amazing clock that resides in the circus. The sidewalks even appear to be "black and white," which is how the circus in the book is adorned. I also researched the street lamps in Prague in order to accurately depict them. Most of the clothing in this scene isn't decribed, but we are told that Celia is wearing a wine colored dress. Marco is described in the book in at least one place as wearing a brown suit, and I wanted to be as faithful to the text as possible.

    This piece is available as cards, prints, and small posters on redbubble.com!
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop

    Sunday
    Nov102013

    Holiday Cards by Kevenn T. Smith

    Looking for festive Holiday greeting cards? I have two!

    The first one, Humphrey & Lucy's Happy Holiday, features precocious pups, Humphrey & Lucy breaking into their presents a little early. It's available on RedBubble.com!
    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor color pencils, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013

    The other Holiday card I offer is called Shh! Santa Scraps is Sneaking, and features Scraps, the Patchwork Girl of Oz, also available at RedBubble.com!
    Pencil, Ink, Prismacolor color pencils
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013