Each year my friend Sandra collects photos from her internet friends for her birthday. This year's photo is from last summer when I was kayaking at a friend's cottage and was lucky enough to snap this heron taking flight.
Last night at the Belle Isle Aquarium in Detroit was a fundraiser event to help raise money to maintain the new sturgeon exhibit. It was a great success, a sold out event. On the floor are decals of the above image that I drew up and Linville Design Studio printed up. These sturgeon decals will lead one right to the tank that they currently abode in. As they get bigger, they will be moved to a larger tank (the fish, not the decals). There is also an art exhibit (Ann Arbor artist Dominique Chastenet de Gery is one of the featured artists) that will be on display at the aquarium for the next three months that is all sturgeon related. So, check it out and the sturgeon will lead there!
These past few weeks I have been part of a team creating a holiday decoration that will be placed in front of the Belle Isle Aquarium, hopefully by next week. I inadvertently left off the back fin thingie that is usually a part of a seahorse's bodily function. The way that the decoration will be put together, it shouldn't be a problem to add that in there. The seahorses will be pulling a Santa seashell sleigh and will have strings of lights around their shapes.
On this day 100 years ago the Sculptor Auguste Rodin passed away in Meudon, France. This is a sketch based on a photo of the Bust of Victor Hugo that I took this past summer at an exhibit of his works.
Alphonse de Neuville was one of the illustrators who did the drawings for the first edition of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea among others. Loved his hair and 'stache, so a sketch was in order.
This Saturday and Sunday I will be in Mt. Pleasant, MI at the Soaring Eagle Casino for their Fantasticon show. If you are in the area and/or at the casino and want to spend more money, stop on by. There will be quite a few Michigan artists on hand, such as The Minor Brothers, Jay Jacot, Michael Peters and Bryan Mazeny among others.I've heard that they have sold over a thousand tickets, so that's good to hear!
*Edit: The Minor Brothers have canceled their appearance at this show.
I will be set up in Artist Alley at the Fantasticon show in Birch Run, MI this Saturday and Sunday. I will have all the usual crap, such as prints, sketch cards, books and original art, so if you are in the area, stop on by and say hello.
This is the save the date promo for an event at the Belle Isle Aquarium in November to raise funds to open the sturgeon exhibit. The night will also kick off an art exhibit that was part of a national show that helped raise awareness to sturgeon conservation. There are talks of including local artists for this, so stay tuned. Meanwhile, here is a link to event page on Facebook.
Sturgeon art by yours truly and the design and text are by Chris Meister.
Here are listings for some more Artist Proof sketch cards that I have done. The top two are from a set done for the 501st for Celebration VI and the the rest are for the Warlord of Mars set put out a while back from Breygent. The links are below:
These here sketch cards are some of the ones that I did for the Journey To The Last Jedi set just recently released by Topps. We could only do images and characters from the Force Awakens movie, since that is what is leading up to 'Jedi.'
Here are some sketches of con goers and artists that I did while set up at the Wizard World Chicago show. A con is always good for people watching, for sure. I wish I could have captured the chicken guy up on the right side, but he was too darn quick. You know, chickens....
My next batch of listings are from a series of blanks that were given to the artists at the Summit City Comic Con in Ft. Wayne, IN, which is now Fantasticon Ft. Wayne. The other two are from the Breygent sets Classic Movie Posters and the Woodstock Generation. Theses last two cards measure 3.5x5. the listings are below:
This Saturday I will be in the fine city of Wyandotte, MI for the Michigan Comic Book Expo. The event will be held at Yack Arena just off Eureka, near Biddle Ave.
This will be an all day event and I will be there smiling despite the wrestling stuff going on. So, if you like pop culture, comics, cartoons, illustration and yes, wrestling, then stop on by. It will be a fun time!
Since the set was released a couple of days ago, I can now show some of the cards that I did for the Galactic Files set by Topps. This is about half of the ones that I did. If anyone is interested in an AP, shoot me a message.
Earlier in the year writer Kasey Pierce revamped her book Pieces of Madness, a collection of horror stories and I was fortunate to be asked to provide an illustration for one of the stories. The above image is for Kasey's story titled "Luke." A creepy and eerie tale, for sure.
You can check out Kasey's work on her website here.
I should add that this version of Pieces of Madness is published by Michigan's own Source Point Press.
Since these four sets have been recently released by Unstoppable Cards, i will put up all of my Artist Proofs. The four sets include cards from Joe 90, Stingray, Supercar and Fireball XL5, all TV series from Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds acclaim. Below are the respective links:
The year of the sketch card continues. Now that this set has been released I can show the cards that I did for Unstoppable Cards Joe 90 set. Joe 90 was another tv series created by Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame.
After hearing the news that Salvador Dali's corpse will soon be exhumed to test for a possible dna match for someone claiming to be his daughter, I wondered just what the body of the surrealist would look like these days. I imagined extended limbs on crutches, with ants (since he was so obsessed with them and genitalia) and complete with an indestructible mustache.
Maybe he should have been on fire, as well. I don't know.
Ok, here's another batch of Artist Proof sketch cards. The top cards are from The Clone Wars Widevision set and the bottom ones are from The Empire Strikes Back 30th Anniversary set. All cards measure 2.5x4.75, wider than a normal sketch card. Both sets were released through Topps. Links are below:
This week's Artist Proof sketch cards are from the Iron Man 2 set put out by Upper Deck. They gave me something like 15 AP cards for this one, so I did them over time. The first ones, more realistic from 2010 and the 2014 ones a more cartoony style. The links are below:
Here's a very recent sketch cover commission on a very interesting, if odd mix of franchises. But, I had free rein to do what I wanted, so after fooling around with some sketches, experimenting with different crossovers, I thought it might be interesting to combine the characters themselves, so we have here Dr. Bones and Dr, Zaius as one, complete with crashed Enterprise in the background ala Planet of the Apes. Definitely a fun commission.