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    Monday
    Feb082010

    Cold Hands, Warm Heart: An Ice Valentine by Kevenn T. Smith

    This is a Valentine artcard featuring Justice League international character, Ice, whose real name is Tora Olafsdotter.  Ice is a princess of a tribe of magic people hidden in Norway.  Her powers allow her to create and manipulate ice.  And while her powers are very cold, Ice is known for her warm and sweet personality.

    Because February is such a cold month where I live, and because Ice is such a caring person, I thought she'd be perfect for a Valentine's Day card.  Ice was stupidly killed off at one point, but has been thankfully resurrected by Gail Simone during her first run of the Birds of Prey title.  I am very glad Tora was brought back, because there aren't enough loving characters like her in the comics.  Not every character needs be be tough and hard or sarcastic and bitter.  She even charmed the heart of a hardened character like Green Lantern, Guy Gardner.  Ice brings personality diversity to the characters in comic books, and I like to give her features a more diverse look as well.  While I was doing this card, I really liked the idea of making her eyelashes white as well.  I think they give her a very fantastical quality.

    This artcard and all the other artcards I’ve done are all original hand-made works and can be purchased or $15 plus shipping ($4.95 USPS Priority Shipping – international shipping will be calculated upon an individual order).

    Ice, Tora Olafsdotter, Valentine Portrait ©Kevenn T. Smith 2010

    4.25 x 5.5 inches cardstock.

    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor pencil.


    Ice, Tora Olafsdotter ©DC Comics 2010

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    Monday
    Dec142009

    A Boy And His Dog: Superboy & Krypto the Superdog

    This is a commission piece that I did of Superboy, Conner (Kon-El) Kent, and Krypto the Superdog.  Superboy is a clone using DNA of both Superman and Lex Luthor.  The current DC Comics stories have Conner living with Martha Kent on the Kent Farm and going to school in Smallville, much like Clark Kent did when he was growing up.

    For me, this piece was also an opportunity to go back to the rural small towns and farm areas that were nearby where I went to college.  I had the opportunity to go back there earlier this year for a wedding, and I think it really helped me in depicting the small town/rural setting.

    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.

    Superboy & Krypto by Kevenn T. Smith ©Kevenn T. Smith 2009

    Superboy & Krypto Zoom-In by Kevenn T. Smith ©Kevenn T. Smith 2009

    8" x 10.5" on Bristol Board
    Prismacolor Color Pencils

    Superboy & Krypto © DC Comics 2011

    Sunday
    Nov082009

    Built Like An Amazon: Artemis of Bana Mighdall Artcard by Kevenn T. Smith

    This artcard showcases Artemis of Bana Mighdall in her Requiem costume that seems to have made a comeback in DC Comics' recent publications.  Artemis is from the Middle Eastern tribe of Amazons from the hidden city of Bana Mighdall.  At one point, Artemis ended up beating Princess Diana of Themiscyra for the title of Wonder Woman.  Artemis served as Wonder Woman for a short time.  The Amazon sorceress, Magala, had put a spell on Diana on the behest of Queen Hippolyta that would transfer half of Diana's strength and speed when they were near each other.  Artemis' stint as Wonder Woman was short-lived, and she was killed by the villain, The White Magician.  However, death cant keep a tough Amazon down, and Artemis ended up clawing her way out of hell and her own grave.

    Artemis has proven to be a popular character in the Wonder Woman franchise.  She's more headstrong and less compassionate than Diana, but her heart is in the right place.  She ended up becoming the leader of the Bana Mighdall Amazons on Themiscyra.  Aretmis has just returned to Themiscyra in the Wonder Woman title, and her future roll remains to be seen.

    For this piece, I went back to Ed Benes' original drawings of Artemis in the Requiem miniseries, as well as Nicola Scott's take on the costume in the recent Secret Six storyline.  In some of Benes' early drawings, he had the green lining at the decolletage make a "w" shape.  I like that element to help visually tie Artemis into the Wonder Woman family, and as a former Wonder Woman, I believe she's entitled to wear a "w" symbol - even a simplified one.  I left of the skull on her headband because I thought that element was excessively 90's.  Instead, I opted to repeat the tripple-arrow "A" symbol that the Requiem costume has on the sternum area.  I really liked the seams and the side-lacing that Nicola Scott added to the costume in the Secret Six issues, as well as the kneecap armor she gave the boots.  The sword is the special demon killer sword that Artemis ended up having in the Byrne run of Wonder Woman that was also included as an accessory to the Artemis action figure that DC Direct made.

    This artcard is available as cards, postcards, and a small matted print at RedBubble.com!
    Artemis of Bana Mighdall by Kevenn T. Smith ©Kevenn T. Smith 2009

    4.25 x 5.5 inches cardstock.

    Pencil, ink,  and Prismacolor pencil.


    Artemis ©DC Comics 2011

    Sunday
    Nov012009

    Ready...Aim...Equality!: Green Arrow Artcard

    This artcard was done in support of Marriage Equality issues, especially at the time of this posting when voters this Tuesday in Maine will hopefully be voting No on Issue #1 to protect Marriage Equality.  At the same time, I hope voters in Washington state will be voting against Referendum #71 to preserve the rights of all couples in registered Domestic Partnerships.

    I don't often put political pieces and views on this website, but Green Arrow has been established throughout his years of comic book publication as a hero who takes up liberal political causes, and has even performed same-sex weddings in his comic book title.  Because the character has already come out in support of this issue, I didn't feel like it was inappropriate or trying to make the character into something that he wasn't.  My visual inspirations for my depiction of the character come from his costume from the 1970's-80's era with coloring influences from his appearances in the Justice League Unlimited cartoon.  I really like the Robin Hood inspired lace up vest that the character had in the 70's and 80's, but I also like the "G" belt buckle that the character has been sporting in the past few years.

    This artcard is available as cards, postcards, and a small matted print at RedBubble.com!

    Green Arrow by Kevenn T. Smith ©Kevenn T. Smith 2009

    4.25 x 5.5 inches cardstock.

    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor pencil, Prismacolor marker.


    Green Arrow ©DC Comics 2011

    Monday
    Oct192009

    Emerald Satellite: Green Lantern, Hal Jordan, Artcard

    With DC's Blackest Night event going on right now, Green Lantern is one of DC Comics' hottest properties at the moment.  So of course, there couldn't be a better time to showcase my Green Lantern artcard here on this site.  Hal Jordan is DC's premiere Green Lantern at the moment, so he won out when it came to choosing which Green Lantern to depict.

    I've always enjoyed the few times I've drawn "spacescapes" in illustrations, and this piece was no exception.  I wanted to use photographs of some of the planets and moons in our solar system for inspiration when coloring the ones depicted in this artcard, but I wanted to make it clear that this was not our solar system.  As photographs from the Hubble Telescope has shown us, space can be quite colorful, and I definitely wanted to incorporate that into this piece.

    For Green Lantern, I used Ray Caspio as a model for the pose.  I also took visual cues from the updated costume in the comics.  For example, I had the Green Lantern symbol on his chest actually project itself as a lazer light projection hovering over his chest.  I always liked Hal Jordan visually because green has always been one of my favorite colors, and also because he was one of the few superheroes who had brown hair.  Most superheroes when I was growing up had blond or black hair, and I liked that he was different in that respect.

    This artcard is available as cards, posters, and prints at RedBubble.com!
    Green_Lantern_Kevenn_1

    4.25 x 5.5 inches cardstock.

    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor pencil.


    Green Lantern ©DC Comics 2011