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    Thursday
    Jun212018

    My Husband is Not a Rainbow - Kindle Edition

    Kelley Lynn's  Best-Selling book My Husband is Not a Rainbow that I illustrated for and edited is now available on Kindle for only $5.99, and available to Amazon Prime members to read for FREE! Also, if you bought the paperback edition, you can buy the Kindle edition of on 99 cents! You can buy this book by clicking on the picture below, which will take you directly to the book's Kindle listing on Amazon.com.

    Cover art by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    Book ©Kelley Lynn 2018

    Sunday
    Jun102018

    My Husband is Not a Rainbow

    I've been working on a book with its author for nearly five years. It's a grief book, only it's funny. And heartbreaking. And inspiring. And provoking. And uplifting. And moving. I illustrated the cover for it, and I also created five black and white illustrations for the interior that are meant to be colored by the reader (I suggest Prismacolor color pencils. They are the BEST!). I also served as the book's editor (and I'm still working on the Kindle edition as I type this). The book is by the HILARIOUS comedian and writer, Kelley Lynn who is writing the book under the name Kelley Lynn Shepherd. The journey of love, life, loss, pain, and empowerment that she goes through this book is so massively powerful.

    We had a really successful crowd funding campaign to finance the book. Kelley announced that the book was published and up for sale on her Facebook page in alive video on Friday night, and by Saturday evening, it became the #1 Best Selling Grief & Bereavement book on Amazon.com!!! This book is a great book for anyone who has lost a spouse or loved one. It's is a real and honestly written look at grief, and not full of platitudes like other books that Kelley found when she was looking for books to try to deal with the sudden death of her husband, Don Shepherd. I haven't lost a spouse, but this book was helpful for me in learning how to be more empathetic to others who are experiencing loss.

    While I was editing this book, my dog, Carter, died suddenly, and this book was a huge help in dealing with my own grief over that situation. In working on this book and experiencing Kelley's writing on grief, I've learned that the healthiest thing that you can do is acknowledge your loss and your feelings and keep talking about them, post them on your social media, EXPRESS THEM any way that you can and need to. Don't pay attention to anyone who thinks that you should "get over it." Their invalidation of your feelings is about their discomfort in dealing with harder parts of life.

    I am so very proud of this book and beyond honored to be a part of its creation. The Kindle edition is coming soon, but in the meantime, you can order a paperback copy on Amazon.com for only $25.95, which makes it eligible for free shipping. Click on the hyperlink text above, or just click on the picture of the cover to go to Amazon and order your copy now. And THANK YOU to everyone who has supported this book and its creation.

    Cover art by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    Book ©Kelley Lynn 2018

    Sunday
    Jun032018

    Pagan Amazon Princess

    My local comic book store, Carol and John's Comic Book Shop has an amazing Holiday party every year. During the party, there is an art auction to rise money for the Cleveland Food Bank. Each artist who participates gets a blank comic book cover to render however they want to, and last December, the theme was "The Holidays." Wonder Woman being my favorite comic book character, I wanted to draw her, but I also wanted to depict her in an appropriate holiday setting for one of the most famous pagan comic book heroes. I did a "by hand" piece for a Wonder Woman "Solstice Special" comic book cover. I ended up getting a sizeable number of bids for my piece, which ultimately generated 272 meals at the Cleveland Food Bank! Incredible!
    "Wonder Woman: Solstice Special" by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Prismacolor color pencil
    ©2017 Kevenn T. Smith
    Wonder Woman ©DC Comics 

    When I posted this picture on my Facebook wall, it got a lot of positive reaction, and people asked about prints being available. Because I did this piece for charity, I did want to keep something unique for the person who won this piece. I decided to do a digitally colored version that I call "Pagan Amazon Princess," which is more "year round" than "seasonal specific." If you like it and are interested in t-shirts, prints, or all of the other sorts of items that I usually offer my illustration on, use the "Contact Me" for on the upper left of this website.
    "Pagan Amazon Princess" by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2018
    Wonder Woman ©DC Comics 

    Sunday
    Jun032018

    Unicorns and a Bounty Hunter

    Here are a couple more illustrations for the Great Rebellion series that I've been meaning to post. The first up is "Baby Wind." She-Ra's steed, Swift Wind, ended up revealing a secret life - a wife named Starr Wind with a baby on the way in the very last episode of the series. If the baby was born on Unicorn Island, he would be a unicorn like his parents. If not, he'd only be a regular horse. Due to Hordak's antcis, the baby was born off-island. Swift Wind and Starr Wind professed how much they loved their child, even though he wasn't a unicorn. She-Ra called upon the powers of Grayskull with her sword and changed the foal into a unicorn.

    The baby was never named, but I like to think that if he was named, he'd be called Sun Wind - due to his golden color (and a sun is actually a star, so it's close to his mother's name), and it's also a pun (which the Masters of the Universe/Princess of Power characters liked to do with names), because he's Swift Wind's son.

    This illustration is available at my Redbubble store as prints, posters, cards, postcards, stickers, t-shirts, hoodies, dresses, kids' & babies' clothes, phone cases & skins, laptop cases & sleeves & skins, pillows, skirts, leggings, mugs, tote bags, drawstring bags, studio pouches, scarves, duvet covers, journals, clocks, acryllic blocks, and more!

    "Baby Wind" by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2018
    Character ©Classic Media 2018 


    The next featured Rebel, is the bounty hunter, Huntara, who was designed to basically be Grace Jones (whim I am a huge fan of). Huntara was only in one episode, but she was slated to return in another episode, "The Silaxian Wars." The episode was storyboarded, but it was deemed too violent to be completed. The episode had Huntara returning to Etheria to enlist She-Ra's help to defend her planet, after Horde Prime targeted it for revenge for when Huntara refused to capture She-Ra in Huntara's first appearance. She-Ra and Huntara would have brought down a lot of damage on Horde Prime's forces, and it would have been an epic episode to end the series on.

    This illustration is also available at my Redbubble store as prints, posters, cards, postcards, stickers, t-shirts, hoodies, dresses, kids' & babies' clothes, phone cases & skins, laptop cases & sleeves & skins, pillows, skirts, leggings, mugs, tote bags, drawstring bags, studio pouches, scarves, duvet covers, journals, clocks, acryllic blocks, and more!  
    "The Honorable Alien Bounty Hunter" by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2018
    Character ©Classic Media 2018


    Last, we have an illustration piece that depicts the entire Wind Family soaring through the verdant Etherian sky! This piece is also available at my Redbubble store as prints, posters, cards, postcards, acryllic blocks, laptop cases and skins, pillows, drawstring bags, tote bags, mugs, wall tapestries, stickers and more!
    "Rebel Unicorn Family" by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2018
    Characters ©Classic Media and Mattel 2018 


    Monday
    Jul032017

    Rebels That Rock - And Dance!

    I've finished some more illustrations for my Great Rebellion Series, and offered a couple new group shots as well. First off, we have the Rock People, which also contain the two "Comet Warriors," which Stondar and Rokkon were also known in the vintage Masters of the Universe toyline. However, at the time that the toys came out, new episodes of the He-Man cartoon were no longer being produced, and so the characters ended up being featured on the She-Ra cartoon - along with Granita, a female Rock Person, who was planned to be produced in the vintage Masters of the Universe, only Mattel decided that boys couldn't handle *ANOTHER* "icky girl" in the line. I mean, those poor boys of the 80's did have their precious and frail masculinities threatened by the introduction of THREE other females in the line, Teela, Evil-Lyn, and Sorceress, so goodness knows what sort of villainy and ararchy would have resulted if a FOURTH female had been introduced, so Granita was cut.

    But she showed up on the She-Ra cartoon - TWICE! Stondar showed up twice, and Rokkon only showed up once. Also, another member of the Rock People showed up in an episode, a young female named Facet. As far as I'm aware, there was no other appearance of Facet in any other media. Stondar, Rokkon, and Granita all showed up in the Masters of the Universe daily newspaper strips, where they were all depicted in their simplified Filmation designs, but we wee told that Stondar is the father to both Rokkon and Granita.

    For these illustrations, I wanted to largely begin with the Filmation design as a base, but add in a lot of details that the two Comet Warriors had in their vintage action figure and Masters of the Universe Classics action figures had. And in that, to make them all cohesive, I added more details and elements to the designs of Granita and Facet to bring them closer to the two males. All illustrations in this post are available on a variety of products such as T-shirts, hoodies, dresses, kids/babies clothes, posters, prints, phone cases and skins, iPad cases and skins, mugs, tote bags, drawstring bags, pillows, studio pouches, scarves, duvet covers, skirts, journals, clocks, acryllic blocks, and more at my RedBubble store. You can click the text link there to go to my store, or you can click on each picture to go to that illustration's listing at my store directly.

    "Rebels That Rock" by Kevenn T. Smith featuring Granita, Stondar, Facet, and Rokkon
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2017
    Characters ©Mattel and Classic Media 2017


    "The Gracious Girl of Granite" by Kevenn T. Smith featuring Granita
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    @Kevenn T. Smith 2017
    Character ©Classic Media 2017

    "The Reckless Young Warrior of Rock" by Kevenn T. Smith featuring Rokkon
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    @Kevenn T. Smith 2017
    Character ©Mattel 2017

    "The Stoic Leader of Stone" by Kevenn T. Smith featuring Stondar
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2017
    Character ©Mattel 2017

    "The Fearless Faceted Femme" by Kevenn T. Smith featuring Facet
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2017
    Character ©Classic Media 2017

    Another character that I completed an illustration of is of one that I call "Bubblerina." This character was previously only seen in one illustration in a German catalgoue that featured the never-produced Bubble Carriage. The illustration depicted She-Ra riding inside the carriage along with this mysterious new character, and Spinerella riding on the back of the carriage. For years, fans speculated whether this was a new character or a mis-colored Mermista, but I was of the opinion that it was indeed, a different and distinct character, and that the bubble morif on her was similiar to the bubble motif of the carriage and Bubble Power She-Ra. I suspected that this character was a dancer (because of the ballerina tutu) and for some reason, the bubble motif was given to She-Ra to make the Bubble Power She-Ra variant in Wave 3, and the character was cut from the wave but her dancing elements were given to Spinerella, and the element of her being Spinerella's sister and the largely blue color motif were taken up my Netossa.

    This was all confirmed at 2016's Power-Con convention, when the Sander Brothers ended up revealing a lot of research that they did into Mattel's archives on the She-Ra: Princess of Power line, and said that this "Bubble Carriage Maiden" was a character initially named Joya, and that her bubble gimmick was given to Bubble Power She-Ra, because the gimmick for the Wave 3 She-Ra variant was not working. However, I do not think that if Joya had gone to production, that she would have been released with the name "Joya." It doesn't have the descriptive and pun-filled nature of the other She-Ra characters' names. We leared from that Power-Con that Perfuma's original name was Terra (like the earth). I feel that if Joya would have been released, she would have been released under a name that describes her abilities and who she is, thus "Bubblerina," which combines "bubble" and "ballerina" together to give us an idea of what she's about. In my illustration, I did want to give her a couple more details to make her fit better with the other female Rebels in this series. I gave her a belt that's reminiscent of the belt worn by Bow or most of the male figures in the Masters of the Universe line. I also wanted to make sure there was a gem in her costume's bodice like nearly all of the vintage Princess of Power figures had. So without further ado, I give you Bubblerina!
    "The Joyous Bouyant Bubblerina" by Kevenn T. Smith featuring Bubblerina/Joya
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop

    ©Kevenn T. Smith
    Character ©Mattel 2017

    I also created a group shot featuring Bubblerina and the wave 2 vintage She-Ra characters and a few other characters from the cartoon. The Wave 2 characters were very much representative of the elements, and I felt Bubblerina worked with that as well. Mermista as water, Sweet Bee as fire (her sting), Perfuma earth, Flutterina wind, and Peekablue spirit with her psychic abilities. Bubblerina has elements of water and wind. Sprittina also represents Earth, while Kowl and Kowla are wind. Madame Razz is spirit and wind. Loo-Kee is  spirit.
    "Wave 2+ Rebels" by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2017
    Characters ©Mattel and Classic Media 2017