Friday, February 6, 2009

Wonder Woman

Good morning! I was up late (or early, I guess) so I can post early. Today's sketch is Princess Diana of Paradise Island, aka, Wonder Woman. I know, it's not called Paradise Island anymore, but if you ask the guy or gal on the street where Wonder Woman is from, you will either get a response of " I don't know" or "Paradise Island". So I am sticking with that. :) Thanks to Tim for the commission. This is ink on 11" x 17" Canson Bristol Board.

Quick item: I will be posting to Twitter some iPhone pictures of the art as I create it. They won't be high res scans but you will get a peek at what I am working on at that time. The link for my Tweets is on the right side of the blog.

Another item: Feel free to click on the Google Ads that appear at the top of the blog. You don't have to buy anything and it is not some kind of scam. It's just ads that are supposed to add some revenue to the blog. So far in the last year I have earned $5.00. :)

Tomorrow: Marvel Comics' Enchantress! (Also, thanks to Tim!)


Brian Jones said...

Staying up late with an Amazon...sounds like a wonderful evening to me :)

She is stunning and I'm with ya on the whole Paridise Island thing.
It's engraved in this fanboys DNA... and what else would you call an Island full of beautiful women? PARIDISE!!!

I'm off to celebrate my B-day have a great weekend everyone! Cheers!!

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Brian!

Everyone raise a glass! Happy Birthday Brian! Don't do anything I wouldn't do!

Gary M. Peiffer said...


The WW is stunning of course. However, I am always impressed by your ability to take what some would consider a basic background (in this case a rectangle with stars)and integrate it with the main figure. Aesthetically, this practice adds so much more to the overall presentation of the piece. Guess it shows that you don't have to have a super detailed background with lots of elements to have a positive impact on the piece!


Royce Thrower said...

Happy Birthday Brian! Hope you get a chance to paint Gotham Red tonight!! Stay away from Hell's Kitchen though.

Wonderful rendition of Ms. Diana. It seems Gene, that even though certain characters get requested a lot, each of your new products seems full of freshness and liveliness! Where do you get that consistently high volume of creative energy? It really looks like you have fun with these drawings and that your enjoyment leaks onto the page along with your graphite and india ink.

Going to see Taken tonight. Heard good and bad things but I am looking forward to it!!

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Gary. You hit the nail on the head.

Hey Royce, I do enjoy the process and I'm glad it shows. I think I'm one of those rare artist that really, really enjoys doing sketches at a show. That same joy carries over to the work I do at home. I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it, believe me. For example, I am doing Caniff's Dragon Lady for one of the requests. I have penciled and inked her twice so far, and for some reason I am just not pleased. The third time seems to be the charm. Sure its a bit frustrating but I enjoy that too.

Chime in on TAKEN. Deena and I are both interested in seeing it.

Royce Thrower said...

Saw Taken and as an action movie it is superb! Gene, as the father of a teenaged daughter, you will really relate to Liam's character. Don't want to spoil the movie for anyone, but if you like the obsessed vigilante revenger type of character, you will love this flick. Someone said that this movie is a better Punisher flick than any of the "official" ones, and I won't disagree.

Erik Sveinson said...

Very nice Wonder Woman Gene. And to chime in on Taken...I also thought it was really good. Definitely worth going to see in the theatre, IMO.

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Royce, I will have to check it out. There are several times where I see a movie and think it could have been a great super-hero movie. But it seems too many times when someone sits down to write a movie featuring a super-hero, they try to write a super-hero movie and it doesn't work. For me, The Dark Knight is a great example of a movie that could have been a detective/cop story without cape and cowl.

Thanks Erik! And thanks for the movie input too!