Thursday, May 7, 2009

MANTRA - Canson Cutie

One more commission for Tim, this time Mantra. I never followed the comic but was aware of it when it came out. Mike Barr wrote (and I believe created) the character. I was lucky enough to work with Mike on a few issues of MAZE AGENCY back during it's Caliber run. His scripts were a joy to work on.

This piece was done in mixed media on 11" x 17" Canson Mi-Teintes paper. Thanks again Tim!


Gary M. Peiffer said...

I find the Mantra pose a bit similar to the previously posted Scarlett Witch pose, except, closer, and bigger!

I like what you did with the flesh tone colors, very convincing! Keep the Canson cuties coming!


Craig Zablo said...

Has the phrase "in your face" ever been so good?

Gene Gonzales said...

Yeah, it was a funny situation with the pose. I had already done a rough pose for Wanda in my sketchbook. But it wasn't Wanda yet. Tim asked for Mantra to be bent forward slightly. Mantra is known for her large breasts so I knew the focus was going there with the pose. I looked at the Wanda sketch but felt it wasn't close enough to use for Mantra and it was never meant for it either. So that's how they both came about. Thanks Gary!

Thanks Craig!

Gary M. Peiffer said...


To be clear, both poses are great. But, I am li\oving the Mantra "in your face" a bit more!


Brian Jones said...

Who wouldnt love Mantra in your face?! Great use of colors she is stunning!

Gene Gonzales said...

Thanks Gary! We will have to do a "in your face" Josie sometime. :)

Thanks Brian!

Check out the Twitter sidebar for a glimpse into the sketchbook production!

Gary M. Peiffer said...

In your face Josie??? I love the idea, but only if she is wearing her Pussycat bikini!!! Let's keep that one in mind for a future commission (Need to pay my daughters $20K tuition bill first :-(

General question. Can you visualize a single pose (like SW and Manta) and do it from all viewpoints or do you use a reference/model? In other words, if we all wanted to see In your Face Manta from the side or behind :-), do you do this mentally or with a model?

Finally, how can we all pre-order your sketchbook???? I want 001!


Gene Gonzales said...

Gary - Ooo, college tuition. We are not there yet ourselves. Still saving.

To answer your question, I do have a good idea in my head how the figure looks from all around. As an artist you have to. Because even in a straight on shot like this, you have to know how the hips are positioned even when the rib cage is blocking it. I could draw a turnaround of this pose without much difficulty. That said, as the turnaround is done, I would find problems with the initial pose and have to adjust that too. :)

No preorders for the book. And I am not planning on numbering them this time. It's a free for all. Well, not free really. ;)

Royce Thrower said...

Awesome, as usual. Not familiar with the character, but I guess I will have to scour the back issue bins to see what it's all about now that you ave my attention. :)

Looking forward to the new sketchbook!