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    Tuesday
    Aug262008

    Stephanie Brown: Spoiler/Robin IV

    I was a fan of the DC Comics character Spoiler from the first time I read a comic with her in it.  I believe it was Robin #3.  Since then, I tracked all three of her previous appearances in Detective Comics #647-649, where her first outing as a costumed vigilante was told.  Spoiler is pretty much the only non-powered teenage vigilante that wasn't a derivative of anyone; especially not a male hero.  I created this visual Costume History of Spoiler as my own entry in the grassroots online support to bring the character back from her apparent death in the War Games storyline.  This piece shows the evolution of her costume through the 90's and into the present decade, including many of the looks that artist Pete Woods gave her during his lengthy and classic tenure on the Robin title.

    Spoiler was always a favorite character of mine.  She is determined, headstrong, fun, and comes from a blue collar background.  She doesn't have millions of dollars and isn't one of the privileged rich kids living off of Bruce Wayne's money.  Her dad was a supervillain, the Cluemaster.  Her tenure as Robin was brief, but memorable.  I am happy that DC Comics has brought her back from "the dead" under the pen of her creator, Chuck Dixon, and I hope her character continues to shine in comics for years to come.

    Stephanie Brown: Spoiler/Robin Costume History Copyright Kevenn T. Smith

     

    Spoiler and Robin ©DC Comics 2011

    Tuesday
    Aug122008

    Mid-Ohio-Con: Saturday October 4th, 2008

    Big announcement here:  I will be an artist in Artist Alley of the Creators' Common on Saturday, October 4th, 2008, at the Mid-Ohio-Con in Columbus, Ohio.  I'll have half a table and will be there all day to sell drawings, make sketches, take commission orders, and hand out promo cards.

    This is exciting because it's my first convention that I'm going to as an exhibitor.  If you're planning on going, please stop by and say hi.  If you weren't planing on going, now you have a reason to!  You can purchase tickets to the convention at Mid-Ohio-Con's website.  There will be many great comic book artists and writers there, as well as several celebrities from television and film.

    Tuesday
    Jul222008

    DC Comics Villainesses 2007

    After completing the DC Comics Heroines 2007 piece, my goal was to create a companion piece for it that would contrast it with a showcase of DC Comics' various villainesses.



    Once again, my goal was to depict iconic representations of the characters that would give an idea of who these characters were, just from looking at them, as well as rendering them in the styles of my favorite artists who have depicted them.  Some of those artists include Terry Dodson, Jim Balent, Nicola Scott, Matthew Clark, Lee Moder, Dustin Nguyen, George Perez, Joe Bennet, J.G. Jones, Dale Eaglesham, Jesus Saiz, Patrick Olliffe, H.G. Peter, Mark Buckingham, Ed Benes, Adam Kubert, Drew Johnson, Ethan Van Sciver, Joe Benitez, Phil Jimenez, Gary Frank, Tom Raney, Graham Nolan, John Byrne, and Don Kramer. Some of the characters have only appeared in animated DC projects, but I did not feel that the animated style would work well with the others styles present in this piece, so I rendered them in my own style instead.

    What follows is a numbered version of the piece, and below that is the key to the names of the numbered characters, as well as the superhero/heroine or group they are the most common adversary to or affiliated with:


    01. Silver Banshee (Superman/Supergirl);  02. Ursa (Superman);
    03. Phobia (Teen Titans/Manhunter);  04. Mercy Graves (Superman);
    05. Livewire (Superman);  06. Rampage (Superman/Supergirl);
    07. Magenta (Flash); 08. Terra (Teen Titans);
    09. Shimmer (Teen Titans/Outsiders);
    10. The New Ventriloquist & Scarface (Batman);
    11. Siren (Titans/Tempest); 12. Knockout (Secret Six);
    13. Jinx (Teen Titans/Wonder Woman); 14. Scandal Savage (Secret Six);
    15. Gundra the Valkyrie (Wonder Woman); 16. Silver Swan (Wonder Woman);
    17. Medusa (Wonder Woman); 18. Dr. Veronica Cale (Wonder Woman/52);
    19. Giganta (Wonder Woman); 20. Dark Angel (Donna Troy/Wonder Woman);
    21. Queen Clea (Wonder Woman); 22. Dr. Poison (Wonder Woman);
    23. Osira (Wonder Woman); 24. Dr. Cyber (Wonder Woman);
    25. Devastation (Wonder Girl/Wonder Woman); 26. Circe (Wonder Woman);
    27. Cheshire Jade (Titans; Secret Six); 28. Superwoman (JLA);
    29. Catwoman (Batman); 30. Blue Lama (Sargon the Sorcerer);
    31. Volcana (Superman); 32. Scorch (Martian Manhunter);
    33. Blackfire (Starfire/Titans); 34. Morella (Catwoman);
    35. Golden Age Catwoman (Batman); 36. Cyber Cat (Catwoman);
    37. Golden Age Cheetah, Priscilla Rich (Wonder Woman);
    38. Baroness Paula Von Gunther (Wonder Woman);
    39. Cheetah, Dr. Barbara Minerva (Wonder Woman);
    40. Granny Goodness (Female Furies);  41. Tala (Phantom Stranger);
    42. Lashina (Female Furies);  43. Morgana LeFay (Demon Etrigan);
    44. Bernadeath (Female Furies);  45. Fatality (Green Lantern);
    46. Star Sapphire (Green Lantern);  47. Lady Styx (Capt. Comet);
    48. Roulette (JSA); 49. Chain Lightning (Mary Marvel);
    50. Eclipso, Jean Loring (Mary Marvel, JLA); 51. Shiv (Stargirl/JSA);
    52. Hummingbird (Hawkman/Hawkgirl); 53. Mad Harriet (Female Furies);
    54. Satanna (Hawkman/Hawkgirl); 55. Killer Frost (Firestorm);
    56. Stompa (Female Furies); 57. Plastique (Suicide Squad);
    58. Queen Bee (JLA);  59. Tigress (JSA/Hawkgirl); 60. New Wave (Outsiders);
    61. Lady Lunar (Superman);  62. Jewelee (Suicide Squad); 63. Linx (Robin);
    64. Amanda Waller (Suicide Squad);  65. Lady Vic (Nightwing);
    66. Alley Cat (Catwoman);  67. Sickle (Teen Titans/Catwoman);
    68. Harley Quinn (Batman);  69. Lady Shiva (Batman);
    70. Roxy Rocket (Batman);  71. Poison Ivy (Batman);
    72. Spy Smasher (Birds of Prey); 73. Velvet Tiger (Batgirl); 74. Orca (Batman);
    75. Spellbinder III (Batman);  76. Talia al Ghul (Batman)

    ©DC Comics 2011

    DC Villainesses 2007 ©Kevenn T. Smith 201116" x 20"
    Pencil, Ink, Prismacolor Pencil, Photoshop


    This illustration is available as prints. Please use the "Contact Me" form at the top-left of this page to request one and inquire further about pricing and sizes.

    Sunday
    Jul132008

    2008 National NOW Conference

    My frequent collaborator, Ray Caspio, was contacted by a representative of NOW, the National Organization for Women, concerning a Wonder Woman piece that he had posted on his website.  The NOW National Conference: 2008 was coming up, and they wanted to use his Wonder Woman illustration for the cover of their program book.  It was decided that a new character needed to be created for this, for rights purposes, and that's where I came in.  Ray and I talked about what the costume should look like and what goals we wanted to achieve with it.  We wanted to create a new character that had a classic 1940's Golden Age of Comics look, but I wanted to give it a slightly modern twist.  Ray had to use his original illustration as a basis for the illustration for NOW, but with a change in the costume and coloring details.  The design needed to be an homage to Wonder Woman without being Wonder Woman.  I came up with this:


    Ray Caspio then used the costume elements that I came up with and transposed them onto his piece, creating what is now the program cover and image used by NOW to promote the conference, where the theme is "No Capes, No Masks, No Boundaries: Super-Women Unite!"  The design can be viewed in the Illustration Gallery at Ray Caspio's site. 

     

    Sunday
    Jul062008

    DC Comics Heroines 2007

    I thought the best way to get the ball rolling here on my portfolio was to write about one of my favorite pieces I did.

    The goal of this piece was to portray my favorite versions of my favorite DC Comics Heroines, including the costume details and artist depictions of them. I also wanted to try to depict as many characters as I could in a way that was iconic to the character; to try to communicate something about who that character was.

    Some of the artist whose styles I worked to emulate for these characters were: Terry Dodson, Amanda Conner, Nicola Scott, Adam Hughes, Ed Benes, Joe Bennet, Joe Staton, Dale Eaglesham, Brian Bolland, Tony Daniel, Pete Woods, Mike McKone, Michael Turner, Jamal Igle, George Perez, Kevin Maguire, Chris Batista, Phil Jimenez, J.G. Jones, Al Barrionuevo, Daniel Acuna, Matthew Clark, Todd Nauck, Tom Grummet, Bill Willingham, Adriana Melo, and Jesus Saiz.

    What follows is a numbered version of the piece, and below that is the key to the names of the numbered characters:

     DC Heroines 2007 By Kevenn T. Smith ©Kevenn T. Smith 2009

     

    01. Jade; 02. Raven; 03. Isis; 04. Supergirl (Kara Zor-El);
     05. Supergirl (Linda Danvers); 06. Aquagirl; 07. Ravager;
     08. Batgirl (Barbara Gordon); 09. Speedy; 10. Misfit; 11. Black Canary;
     12. Oracle; 13. Huntress; 14. Big Barda; 15. Lady Blackhawk; 16. Thorn;
     17. Manhunter; 18. Gypsy; 19. The Question (Renee Montoya);
     20. Batwoman; 21. Batgirl (Cassandra Caine); 22. Queen Hippolyta;
     23. Flamebird; 24. Starfire; 25. Power Girl; 26. Sasha Bourdeaux;
     27. Catwoman (Holly Robinson); 28. Catwoman (Selina Kyle); 29. Spoiler;
     30. Bumblebee; 31. Ice; 32. Miss Martian; 33. Wonder Girl;
     34. Earth-2 Wonder Woman; 35. Wonder Woman; 36. Miss America;
     37. Donna Troy; 38. Fury I; 39. Artemis; 40. Vixen; 41. Firehawk;
     42. Hawkgirl; 43. Cyclone; 44. Stargirl; 45. Liberty Belle;
     46. Earth-2 Huntress (Helena Wayne); 47. Phantom Lady; 48. Red Bee;
     49. Empress; 50. Dr. Light II; 51. Skyrocket; 52. Mera; 53. Katana;
     54. Mary Marvel; 55. Crimson Fox; 56. Nightshade; 57. Thunder;
     58. Fire; 59. Natasha Irons; 60. Madame Xanadu; 61. Zatanna;
     62. Enchantress; 63. Grace

     ©DC Comics 2011

    DC Heroines 2007 ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011
    16" x 20"
    Pencil, Ink, Prismacolor Pencil, Tempera, Photoshop

     This illustration is available as prints. Please use the "Contact Me" form at the top-left of this page to request one and inquire further about pricing and sizes.

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