Friday, November 30, 2012

Conventionless Convention Sketch List

Tomorrow is the beginning of the Conventionless Convention Sketches. Below is the list of what you can expect to see over the next 31 days, and even more in January. In no particular order...

Venus (Agent of Atlas), Sarafina (Golden Compass), TBA character, TBA character, Amp Girl (LSH), Retro (LSH), Mwindji (LSH), Otaki (LSH), Big guy with beard (LSH), Green girl speedster (LSH), TBA Legionnaire, TBA, Legionnaire, Celsius (Doom Patrol), Duela Dent, Namorita, Golden Girl (Invanders), Betty Cooper as Super Teen, Sandra Benes (Space: 1999), Gory Fangtell (Monster High), Scottish Lass pin-up, Kid Phycho (LSH), Lana Lang as The Insect Queen, Mysterio, Black Cat, Big Barda, Goblin Queen, Jessica Rabbit (as Josie from the Pussycats), Wonder Woman, Big Barda, Catwoman (GA version), The Shadow, Moon Knight, Madame Hydra, Roger (Five Swell Guys Science Team), Black Canary, Phantom Lady, Pin-up girl with pig tails, Roxy (Gen13), Rogue, Pin-up girl in Chinese Cheongsam dress, Catwoman (GA version), and TBA anime character.

The TBA (To Be Announced) listings are situations where I have been given a list of characters to choose from and I haven't made up my mind yet or I haven't received the request. Either way it will be a surprise to all. :)

This is Post #1905

Sketchbook Friday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Above is a way too early warm up sketch inspired by a reference. :)

Conventionless Convention Sketches go live tomorrow. I am very excited about doing this batch. The end of the year, the end of the daily blog and just some really great requests. Speaking of that, I will be bouncing around the list as my muse dictates, so if you have not given me your request and/or you have not sent payment for your request, please take care of this as soon as possible. If you have any questions about either just shoot me an email.

This is Post #1904

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Sketchbook Thursday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Warm up doodle from this morning.

This is Post #1903

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Sketchbook Wednesday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Just another Sketchbook Day. This is a warm up done from reference.

This is Post #1902

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Sketchbook Tuesday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Just a Sketchbook Tuesday. BUT I have started on the first few Conventionless Convention Sketches. I will start posting this Saturday.

This is Post 1901

Monday, November 26, 2012

Yes, even more commercial work

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

More commercial work. Counting down to the CCSs!

This is Post #1900

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Sketchbook Sunday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Just some warm ups done in my sketchbook this morning. A lot to do today.

This is Post #1899

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Even more commercial work!

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

The next several days will be filled with commercial work here on the blog. This of course is leading up to the Conventionless Convention Sketches that I will start posting here next Saturday.

Speaking of next Saturday and the sketches, if you are on the list and haven't sent me your request(s), please do so as soon as possible. I tend to bounce around the entire list, letting my muse tell me which to do. :)

This is Post #1898

Friday, November 23, 2012

More Commercial Work

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving. Mine was spent working until we went out to eat. Then back to work when we got home. And I managed to finish up work that I needed to have done by Monday. Today I will be working on four roughs that are part of the next level in the series of books I am working on. Due by Tuesday. So I was up at 4:30am, made coffee, showered, dressed and walked the dogs. Ready at 5:20am to dig in. Have a good day folks.

This is Post #1897

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Commission - WIP

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

I am continuing work on a commission that I will have finished before December 1 and the beginning of the Conventionless Convention Sketches. Above is a detail of a new pose for the star of the commission.

The Conventionless Convention Sketches sold out in record time. I think it was just over 24 hours from the official announcement. A big thank you to everyone that is participating and to those that got the word out. I will post a list of the characters you can expect to see as soon as everyone gets their choices to me. I think I have 12 pending at this point.

This is Post #1896

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Commercial work and redraws

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Another piece for the job. This one was killed. No fault of mine, the publisher changed their mind about the activity the person in the art would be doing. No biggie, these things happen. And it made for a better piece. You have to learn to go with the flow. :)

This Post #1895

Monday, November 19, 2012

Snoring by the iMac's Light.

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Yes, I missed my first daily post. The image above pretty much explains what happens after to many 18 hour days. And where I woke up this morning. :)

But come on, you gotta love the irony of posting the Conventionless Convention Sketches - Going Out With A Bang the day before. Ah universe, you have such a dark sense of humor. :)

This is Post #1894

Saturday, November 17, 2012


Characters © Their respective copyright holders

The final countdown is coming up. Though I will continue this blog after the new year begins, it will not be daily. My work load is moderate right now and I would really like to have the blog go out with a bang. Hence the subtitle above. So I am opening up a round of Conventionless Convention Sketches for December. So...


CONVENTIONLESS CONVENTION SKETCHES (CCS)! It's just like a regular con sketch that I would do for you at a convention, except no crowds, no convention hall food, no hotel bill, and no travel. And the price is the same as a show sketch. You only have to pay extra for shipping. Still cheaper than going to a show. If you have been waiting to get a black and white, inked single character sketch from me, now is the time to get it. If not for yourself, maybe you want a gift for that special someone? Holidays are coming up and the gift of original artwork shows how much you care. :)

Here are the details...


$50.00 for a single character, inked on 11" x 17" bristol board. I will not be doing multiple characters on a single board. Shipping is $12.00. No matter how many sketches you get! Buy 1: Shipping is $12.00! Buy 20, shipping is $12.00! (Just an FYI, my normal studio price starts at $75.00 plus shipping!). This shipping cost is US only, sorry. If you are outside the US, contact me for shipping costs.

I am going to take a total of 30 commissions. Assuming I get 30 requests, of course. Any background elements will be at my discretion. I will begin working on the sketches December 1st and all sketches will be done by December 31st. Finished art will be mailed each Thursday. Payment is PayPal only. (No e-checks, please).

If you are interested, send me an email to gene_gonzales(at)mac(dot)com. Please use "Conventionless Convention Sketch" in the subject line and let me know what you would like. That address and subject line are very important. It helps me sort the requests from other emails. That email address is also my PayPal account, but check with me before sending money, please. I do reserve the right to turn down requests that I don't feel comfortable drawing. If you have any questions, please email me.

Please tell your friends, family, and local politicians. Tweet it on Twitter, Tumble it on Tumblr, Pin it on Pinterest, Face it on Facebook...Okay, that one didn't sound right, but you get the idea. Please get the word out any way you can. Thanks! :)

Posted above are examples of the last CCS I ran in April.

This is Post #1893

Commercial Work in Progress

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Remember, lift with your knees. :)

This is Post #1892

Friday, November 16, 2012

Goblin Queen and a Bit of News

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

This is a detail of the Goblin Queen I am working on for fun. And speaking of fun, I have one more commission that I am going to finish up over the next couple of weeks. December 31st will be end of this daily blog and though my work load is still going to be keeping me busy, I thought it would be kind of cool to end the blog with a bang.

How to end it with a "bang" you might ask? Anyone interested in some Conventionless Convention Sketches? :)

More about this tomorrow.

This is Post #1891

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Commercial rough

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

In the last 20+ years as a commercial artist, I have probably drawn how to lift things properly a dozen different times. Now it's a bakers dozen. :)

This is Post #1890

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

The Goblin Queen - Rough

Goblin Queen © Marvel Comics

Lunch break sketch done in pencil on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board. I tossed on some digital inks but I think I will finish it in tradition mediums. Someday. :)

This is Post #1889

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Commercial Work - Color Detail

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

I showed part of this piece in the rough stages, here we are again but with some color. The actual job calls for the black line work, but for fun I wanted to color the line art.

This is Post #1888

Monday, November 12, 2012

Digital Sketchbook Monday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

No time to work on much of anything but deadline driven stuff today. And tomorrow. Actually through next Tuesday. Sigh.

This is Post #1887

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Digital Sketchbook Sunday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Just digital sketchbook Sunday.

This is Post #1886

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Wonder Girl - Digital Sketch

Wonder Girl © DC Comics

Just a digital warm up digital sketch to get the juices going. Lots to do today.

This is Post #1885

Friday, November 9, 2012

Commercial work

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Switching gears again to some commercial with another flyer I created for a client.

Done in Photoshop and Illustrator.

This is Post #1884

Thursday, November 8, 2012

White Rabbit - Finished

White Rabbit © DC Comics

Another piece I managed to finish today. My lunch and dinner breaks are so productive. :)

This is Post #1883

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Stephanie Brown: Batgirl - Finished

Batgirl © DC Comics

Finally finished her. Woo (and a great big) Hoo! Oh, and she needs a home. :)

Watercolor on 11" x 17" Strathmore board

This is Post #1881

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sketchbook Tuesday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

I finished up a rather large project today. Nice to put that behind me. At the same time I picked up another set of illustrations for a series of text books. I don't normally do cartoon/humorous illustrations in that field but I did some samples that must have been well received because I got the job. So far I have done 70 rough figures for the series of books with more that will be coming my way to do. Keeping busy.

Doodled this piece this afternoon. I am attempting to develop a variation on my style. It's a hard process to do this because I keep falling back on my default style. More work ahead.

This is Post #1880

Monday, November 5, 2012

Yet more commercial roughs

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

More commercial roughs to do today. Yup, I am that busy. :)

This is Post #1879

Sunday, November 4, 2012

More Commercial Work in Progress

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Yup, some more commercial work in progress. :)

This is Post #1878

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Commercial work - Flyers

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

An example of some of the other work I do commercially. I do all (?) the promotional art and designs for a resort. I have been handling their art needs for a dozen years I believe. It can be very simple pieces like flyers to complex pieces like doing maps of the resorts expansion. All in all it's fun and they are a great group to work with. This is just one of about 40 different themed parties that I have designed flyers for and I still have 3 or 4 to go.

All the sports balls (and puck), and type were done in Adobe Illustrator. Color added in Photoshop.

This is Post #1877

Friday, November 2, 2012

Commission Work In Progress - Even more!

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

An rough approach to the main character of a commission piece. Not working out so much at this angle. Gonna try a straight on shot that I think will work much better.

This is Post #1876

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Commercial rough again

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

More commercial work. Looooong day.

This is Post #1876