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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
     

    Thursday
    Sep162010

    Wonder Woman Day V: Transformation At Horror Hall by Kevenn T. Smith

    Once again, I am participating in the charity auction for Wonder Woman Day V, 2010.  The auction will benefit Bradley Angle as well as other domestic violence programs.  I continue to participate in this event because this cause is very important to me, and I hope you will consider bidding on my piece to help raise money for it.

    As per my usual M.O., I want to continue to depict an empowered Wonder Woman who takes joy in her life and what she does.  I also wanted to do a follow up to my piece last year, which had She-Ra in it.  As I noted last year, Wonder Woman and She-Ra seem to contain some analogues in their Rogues Gallery, and I couldn't resist taking a crack at another pairing.  I also love to put out more images of Wonder Woman and She-Ra working together, as opposed to fighting each other.  Right now, the Wonder Woman comic book is being written by J. Michael Straczynski, who also wrote many episodes of the She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon series by Filmation, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010.  I definitely wanted to do another  piece with She-Ra to help contribute to the passing of that occasion.

    Wonder Woman's designed changed a little from last year's piece.  I wanted to simplify her outfit just a tad to make her more similar to the level of She-Ra's design, so I opted to leave off the diagonal side seams on her boustier.  I also went with a more Lynda Carter-esque design on the boots, as opposed to the early Terry Dodson "w" shaped top cut to the boots.  In addition, I rounded the edges of her bracelets.  She-Ra's bracelets were also smoothed a little on the cuffs, and I added the raised circlet on the center of her choker that the Masters of the Universe Classics She-Ra figure by Mattel had.

    Circe's design was a combination of the way she appeared as Terry Dodson drew her in the Heinberg-written issues of Wonder Woman, as well as the DC Direct action figure based on Dodson's designs.  Shadow Weaver remained largely true to her Filmation depiction, but I wanted to "fancy" her up just a bit to bring her closer to the level of detail and design that the other characters in the piece had.  I gave her a corset , still in red, but in a deeper red than her dress she wears, and gave it a shinier texture.  In some early artwork of Shadow Weaver, her belt was a gold or yellow, so I went with that interpretation of her belt and added a row of spikes to it as an homage to a custom Shadow Weaver figure that I own made by Scott Falappi.  I also depicted her with the wand that she used in the second season She-Ra episode, "The Caregiver."

    Because Circe and Shadow Weaver are both very formidable and dark opponents in each of their respective franchises, I wanted to set the piece in a more dangerous setting, and Shadow Weaver's Horror Hall base, set on top of a volcano, was just the ticket.  In preparing for this piece, I did a lot of research on Horror Hall and looked at shots of all the incredibly beautiful backgrounds used in the cartoon series.  I also looked at different elements and creatures who were associated with Shadow Weaver in the series, such as her vulture, Syrax, her servants, her bird-like spy, and vermin that lived in the tunnels of Horror Hall.  Ultimately, I didn't feel like they would contribute to the composition of the piece, and I wanted to refrain from doing "too much."  I opted to depict the main "hall" and what looks to be Shadow Weaver's library, which seemed to be used the most, while taking elements from the background paintings made for the series, as well as adding several "easter eggs" for fans of the Princess of Power show and original Mattel toyline.

    Click on the picture to see a full-sized image:



    Transformation At Horror Hall

    11.5 x 8 inches Bristol Board.

    Pencil, ink, & Prismacolor pencil.

    Wonder Woman and Circe ©DC Comics 2010

     She-Ra ©Mattel 2010

     Shadow Weaver ©Classic Media 2010

     

    Now available as a print from RedBubble.com!

    Monday
    Sep072009

    "Here, Kitty, Kitty!" for Wonder Woman Day #4

    I'm participating in the Wonder Woman Day IV Charity Auction this year.  The auction benefits these Domestic Violence Shelters and hot-lines:  Raphael House of Portland, Bradley-Angle House, and Portland Women's Crisis Line.  I am very proud to participate in this auction because these are very important causes to me.  Please bid, and bid high!

    I wanted to do a picture of Wonder Woman being happy and having fun - something that I don't think happens nearly enough in the comic books.  I also really wanted to draw She-Ra and Catra, as well as Wonder Woman's enemy, Cheetah.  Most pictures I've seen that have Wonder Woman and She-Ra together have them fighting each other.  I really don't care for that, because I believe that Wonder Woman and She-Ra would get along really well and enjoy a tremendous sense of camaraderie, and I wanted to show them being friendly and having fun together.  I also wanted to play on the fact that they both have well-known enemies with a cat theme.

    While I take a lot of my cues for Wonder Woman and Cheetah from the way that Terry Dodson depicted them when he drew the Wonder Woman comic book, I also take a couple of Lynda Carter elements that I sneak in here and there with Wonder Woman.  Cheetah also has a few George Perez elements in her design, especially when it comes to her facial markings, which Dodson mostly abandoned.

    She-Ra and Catra were really fun to draw.  I'm a big fan of Mattel's Masters of the Universe Classics action figure line.  It's a melding of various canons of their franchises into one cohesive line.  My approach to She-Ra and Catra was along that lines.  I wanted to depict them with the familiarity of the Filmation designs of the cartoon that everyone knows and loves these characters from, but also bring in some of the details that the action figures had, whose designs were very different from the cartoon designs.  The result give detailed and interesting looks that easily stand up well alongside Wonder Woman and Cheetah.

    The background is inspired by the Whispering Woods background paintings that were featured in the She-Ra: Princess of Power cartoon.  They are lush, flamboyant and magical looking.  As I was planning out the background, I thought it would be fun to have Lookie in it.  Lookie was always hiding in the background of the cartoons, and at the end of the episodes, he would reveal his hiding place and explain the episode's moral.  Once I decided that Lookie was going to be in it, I wanted to balance the picture, and tried to think of a character in Wonder Woman's lore that could serve as an analogue to Lookie.  The two franchises are pretty rife with analogues:  Ares/Hordak, Circe/Shadow Weaver, Giganta/Scorpia, Steve Trevor/Bow, Nemesis/Sea Hawk.  When it came down to it, I settled on the whimsical and fun Wonder Tot, who is Wonder Woman as a small child in the Silver Age comic book stories.  Wonder Tot often had "impossible adventures" right alongside Wonder Woman as an adult and Wonder Woman as a teenager (Wonder Girl), and I thought that the magical nature of the Whispering Woods, and the fact that She-Ra's planet of Etheria was likely in another dimension, would provide a narrative that would allow Wonder Tot.

    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.
    Here, Kitty, Kitty! ©Kevenn T. Smith 2009

    Here, Kitty, Kitty!
    8.5″ x 11″ on Bristol Board
    Pencils, Inks and Prismacolor Color Pencils

     

    Wonder Woman, Cheetah and Wonder Tot ©DC Comics 2010

    She-Ra, Catra and Lookie ©Mattel 2010

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