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    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


    "Rainstorm In Prague: The Night Circus" by Kevenn T. Smith

    This past autumn, I had the opportunity of being asked to provide original artowrk for the charity art auction for the One Book Odessa event in Odessa, Texas. This year, the event celebrated Erin Morgenstern's fantastical novel, The Night Circus. Ms Morgenstern even made an appearance at the event. It was a huge success and well attended.

    For my illustration, I wanted to depic one of my favorite scenes in the book. It takes place in Prague, in a rainstorm, and it is the scene where the illusionist, Celia Bowen, learns the true identity of the handsome Marco Alsidair. It's a terribly romantic scene with a magic umbrella that keeps rain off of its holder and warms them up as well.

    The book mentions that the scene takes place near the old astronomical clock in Prague. I've never been to Prague, and this required some research on my part. When scouring pictures of the clock and the surrounding area, I quickly realized why Courtney chose to set the scene where she did. The clock is reminiscent of the intricate and amazing clock that resides in the circus. The sidewalks even appear to be "black and white," which is how the circus in the book is adorned. I also researched the street lamps in Prague in order to accurately depict them. Most of the clothing in this scene isn't decribed, but we are told that Celia is wearing a wine colored dress. Marco is described in the book in at least one place as wearing a brown suit, and I wanted to be as faithful to the text as possible.

    This piece is available as cards, prints, and small posters on!
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2013
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop


    Purrrr-Fect Eartha by Kevenn T. Smith

    This piece has been living in my head for a while now, demanding to be made.  Eartha Kitt, as a performer, thrills me.  I think our world is a suckier place since she passed away in 2008.  She is my second favorite live-action Catwoman.  (I have to cop to Michelle Pfeifer's psychologically driven performance in Batman Returns as my favorite.)  However, I think Eartha's Catwoman is the most fun and slinky Catwoman of all.  When Julie Newmar (whom I also loved) bowed out of the 60's Batman series in its third season, casting Eartha Kitt was a no-brainer.  Look at her album covers from the fifties and sixties - she already WAS Catwoman.  Eartha Kitt was a global citizen years before the rest of us started to get onboard.  She spoke four languages and sang in seven. 

    She was the kind of celebrity that is becoming extinct - one with a truly individual voice, the likes of Bea Arthur, Phyllis Diller, Grace Jones, and Carol Channing.  Nowadays, vocal sounds are so homogenized.  There's rarely any character and distinction in a lot of the voices I hear in mainstream singers and celebrities.  I feel like everyone is too busy trying to be "hot" to be distinctive.  You can't tell me Eartha Kitt's voice wasn't hot.

    This piece is after Eartha's 1957 cover of Norsk Dameblad magazine.  I chose red and leopard print for the background colors because Catwoman's lair in the Batman series had red drapery and a leopard print upholstered chair.  This illustration is available at my store.
    Eartha Kitt as Catwoman by Kevenn T. Smith
    Pencil, ink, Photoshop
    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2012
    Catwoman ©DC Entertainment 2012


    The Sea Fairies Illustration by Kevenn T. Smith 

    This is an illustration that depicts a moment in L. Frank Baum's 1911 book, The Sea Fairies.  At this point, Baum had written six Oz books and wanted to write other stories.  He wrote The Sea Fairies about a young girl named Trot and her friend, an old peg-legged sailor named Cap'n Bill, visiting the mermaids and exploring the ocean.  Yes, it was decades before Finding Nemo and Disney's Ariel.  The book is mostly travelogue in nature until the last third, when the plot about an underwater villain really kicks into gear.  This image features the mermaid, Merla, swimming with Trot and Cap'n Bill, who have been transformed into merfolk themselves, by the magic of the mermaid sea fairies.

    Baum followed The Sea Fairies with Trot and Cap'n Bill's further adventures in Sky Island, which is one of my favorite books by him.  Oz characters Button Bright and Polychrome appear in the book.  However, Baum's readers wanted more Oz, and so he resumed the series.  Trot and Cap'n Bill traveled to Oz in the ninth book of the series, The Scarecrow of Oz, and joined the cast of Oz characters for the following books.  I consider these two "spin-off" books to be essential to Oz reading.

    A grayscale edition of this illustration will be featured in the program for 2011's Winkie Convention.  Programs are available for purchase here.  The original colored art piece is debuting framed and matted today (Friday June 3rd) in the Lakewood, Ohio Beck Center for the Arts Student Art Show.  The piece will be on display in the lobby until the end of July.  It is also available for sale.  Contact me for pricing information.  This image is also available as cards, postcards, prints, and posters on!

    8 x 11 inches bristol board.

    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor color pencil.

    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011


    WonderCon 2011 Wrap-Up

    I had an amazing time at WonderCon!  I got to meet so many people who were more than nice and see some great talent there.  I'd say it was an absolute success.  Thanks to all who came by the booth and supported us.  I made 3 artcards right before WonderCon, and one of them sold, and I wanted to spotlight them here.  First up is Psyche from Brian Andersen's So Super Duper.  This image is now available as cards, prints and Posters at!

    4.25 x 5.5 inches cardstock.

    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor pencil.

    ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011

    Speaking of So Super Duper, I had the opportunity to go by Whatever Comics in the Castro, and issue #11 of So Super Duper with my 10 page back-up story was on display in the front window!  You can't miss the hot pink cover:

    Issue #11 of Brian Andersen’s So Super Duper is on sale at the shop at Prism and Indy!!!  The 10 page back-up story that I wrote and created the artwork for is lettered by Ray Caspio (who also has a pin-up illustration in this issue!).  Just click on the preview thumbnail images below to enlarge them.


    All artwork and images ©Kevenn T. Smith 2011

    Another artcard I did was of DC Comic's Batwoman.  For this artcard, I wanted to capture some of the "feel" of J.H. Williams III's art in the Batwoman stories that he illustrates.  This image is now 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.

    4.25 x 5.5 inches cardstock.

    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor pencil.

    Batwoman ©DC Comics 2011

    The third card that I made before WonderCon was of one of my favorites, She-Ra. I also couldn't resist the chance to illustrate the Whispering Woods backgrounds from the She-Ra cartoon again.

    4.25 x 5.5 inches cardstock.

    Pencil, ink, Prismacolor pencil, Prismacolor marker.

    She-Ra ©Mattel 2011

    UPDATE: Brian Andersen wrote about his own experience at WonderCon and mentioned me in the write-up over at Comicbook  Take a look!