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    Wednesday
    Dec052018

    The Archer's Affable Sidekick by Kevenn T. Smith

    I have one last Rebel to post for 2018. It's been a busy year for me - doing the My Husband is Not a Rainbow book, singing with a band called Bullseye Womprats, working with a local high school's theater department, and working on illustrations for a 6-book series. I hope to do more Rebels to come next year, especially since there's a great new She-Ra and the Princesses of Power show on Netflix now.

    This Rebel illustration features Josh. It's time to go in Deep-Fan Mode.  Josh was created to be a protege of Bow and only appeared in two mini comics that came with the vintage figures, "Across the Crystal Light Barrier," where he was named and seen having a picnic with Adora, Glimmer & Bow, and "Don't Rain On My Parade," where a character wearing "Josh colors" appeared playing a flute. If he was Bow's protege, and Bow played a musical instrument, the harp, then it's seems likely that Josh would have played an instrument too - the flute hanging from his side by ribbons. So yes, I maintain that *was* Josh in that panel of that comic.

    I gave him a headband as an homage to the vintage Bow action figure, and I used the hat band from his appearance in "Don't Rain On My Parade" for it.

    The mini crossbow recalls Bow's archery, and the clover bolts also hearken to Bow's heart tipped arrows. I gave him blue clovers because picnics can happen in fields of clover, and the trees in Whispering Woods are predominantly blue, so I thought that there could be a blue clover in the Woods. I also imagined that perhaps he had been in a Horde Youth Group, and would have had training with a crossbow, as many of the Horde characters have crossbows. I gave him shoulder epaulets like Adora's, but in blue, to tie that in.

    His bracelets are the same as the vintage Bow action figure's, to further visually tie them together. The boot design, I took off the Dekker action figure from the Masters of th eUniverse Classics line, because I liked the element of stitching it had that was like the stitching that Josh's tunic had at the chest. Also, the boots were a turned-down style, and male characters on Etheria favored a turned-down style of boot - like Seahawk and Snout Spout. I also thought the gems on the boots were a nice echo of the circles on Bow's boots at the top and the ornamental flare many of the female characters have at the top of their boots.

    And then, there's the bowl of potato salad - started as a joke by someone on He-Man.org, that Josh brought potato salad to the picnic in "Across the Crystal Light Barrier." The potato salad grew to have a life of its own, and is now synonymous with Josh. I used colors from his design and tried to give it an Etherian feel.

    This illustration of Josh is available as cards, prints, postcards, t-shirts, hoodies, skirts, dresses, scarves, bags, pillows, phone cases, clocks, duvet covers, and more at my Redbubble store! Click the picture to go there.
    "The Archer's Affable Sidekick" by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, Ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2018
    Josh character ©Mattel 2018

    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