Friday, December 27, 2013


Zatanna © DC Entertainment

I was never a big fan of this costume (the original fishnet version being my introduction to the character probably has something to do with that) but it does have a special place in my life:

The very first comic book professional I met was Gerry Conway. Gerry did a signing at Passport Comics in North Hollywood. I brought some comics for him to sign and was surprised he had a stapled script of the issue where this costume debuted. And the comic hadn’t come out yet!!!! It was months away. I bought two scripts from him for $10. I had never read a comic script before and it was fascinating. Then the comic came out and I was surprised how I had seen all the art in my minds eye months before.

Below is a picture of the scripts. I came across them during a move and tweeted the photos to Gerry. He seemed to have gotten a kick out of seeing them again.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Wonder Woman © DC Comics

I didn't have time to create a new piece for this Christmas post so I pulled this image from my work archives. This is a recreation I did in Adobe Illustrator for DC Licensing. Merry Christmas to all of you that celebrate the holiday. For those that don't, peace and good will to you and yours.

This is Post #2001

Vector art done in Adobe Illustrator

Monday, December 23, 2013


Critter © Tom Hutchinson (?)

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #2000

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Big Barda - (Ame-Comi)

Big Barda © DC Comics

This is the first time I have drawn this "ame-comi" version of Barda. Based on one of the statues. Very cool design to play with.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1999

Friday, December 13, 2013

Ralph Dibny - The Elongated Man

Elongated Man © DC Comics

Just a warm up sketch done in Manga Studio EX5. I have some brushes created by Frenden that I really like. They mimic the way I would ink with a brush. More warm ups to come. I am also doing these in Manga Studio to become better at navigating around the program. Right now for Perils on Planet X, I am doing about 75% of my pencils digital and then inking traditionally. I plan to do all my  future work at 100% digital pencils and mix up the inks between digital and traditional.

This is Post #1998

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Conventionless Convention Sketches - The Finale

Thanks to everyone who got a sketch. When I announced I would be taking requests, it was a completely different world for me. And while I try not to let life get in the way of work, it still does. Thank you all for your patience and your ongoing interest in my work. Hope you enjoy these.

Lamont and friend

Legionnaires © DC Comics

Legionnaires © DC Comics

Legionnaires © DC Comics

Sailor Moon

Crimson Avenger © DC Comics

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1997

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Garyn, Ron Kar, Sade - Conventionless Convention Sketches

It's a Legion of Super-Heroes related post today. First up...

Garyn of L.E.G.I.O.N.

Ron Kar. Though introduced way back in Adventure Comics in the 1960s, this is Ron during the Five Years Later Legion storyline.

And Sade. An original character created for the Five Years Later Legion storyline.

All characters are © DC Comics

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1996

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Beaker - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Beaker and Bunsen, as you have never seen them before! Cue the John Williams soundtrack!

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1995

Saturday, November 23, 2013

J'onn J'onzz - Conventionless Convention Sketch

J'onn Jonzz © DC Comics

This is J'onn how he looked when he was featured in the Legion of Super-Heroes in the 30th century. Seems Martians live a long time. And it all started because Dave Cockrum drew J'onn as a background guest at the wedding of Bouncing Boy and Duo Damsel in Superboy and the Legion of Super-Heroes #200. :)

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1994

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Conventionless Convention Sketch Update

Just wanted to update everyone real quick that I will not have all the sketches done by November 17th as planned. Pretty embarrassed by that actually. I have had a number of things that have taken my time away from the sketches and Perils on Planet X. I am digging into the list pretty strong this week as you can see and I do plan to be done with the last 12 by Thanksgiving.

Thank you for your patience and as always thank you for your interest in my work.


This is Post #1992

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Big Barda, Gamora, Phase - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Big Barda © DC Comics

Gamora © Marvel Entertainment

Phase © DC Comics

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1989

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Legion Cadet - Conventionless Convention Sketch

One of the many nameless Legion Cadets that have been seen from time to time in the Legion of Super-Heroes comics.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1988

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Terra-Man - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Terra-Man © DC Comics

Here is a blast from the past. Is Terra-Man even around in the new DCU? When he was first introduced he seemed like he could be a pretty cool villain. Kind of a Clint Eastwood western character. But as time went on he was almost a Yosemite Sam type character in that he was played more for humor. Too bad. Still, how can you not like the image of a man from the old west, using weapons of alien worlds, riding a winged horse through space?

I also recorded the making of this one. Though the video stopped for some reason near the end. And I didn't bother recording the ink drying to the point where I could add the star field. Still, I hope it is interesting to you.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1987

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Bettie - Conventionless Convention Sketch

It's not too often I get a request for Bettie, but it is always fun when I do. And so is the research!

I also recorded the process for this one. Check it out below or on my YouTube Channel.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1986

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Venom - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Venom © Marvel Entertainment

I do believe this is the first time I have drawn Venom! This is Venom B.T. (Before tongue) :)

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1985

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Mano (Fatal Five) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Mano © DC Comics

For those that are not familiar with this character, he is a member of the Fatal Five, foes of the Legion of Super-Heroes. He is so bad he once used the destructive power of his hand to destroy his home planet! Some people need to build a moon-sized Death Star and staff it with hundreds of thousands to do that. :)

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1984

Monday, October 28, 2013

Wonder Woman - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Wonder Woman © DC Comics

Going for a leggy 1950s style here. Looked at some Elvgren and others for inspiration. Hopefully that comes through. :)

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1983

Thursday, October 24, 2013

The Original Black Cat - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Black Cat © (Not so sure!)

This was a fun one. I have seen a few Black Cat comics and there is some pretty art in them. Lee Elias was one of the best.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1982

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Nightwing - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Nightwing © DC Comics

Who doesn't like Nightwing? : )

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1981

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Taarna - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Taarna © Heavy Metal

Another first time character for me. I remember seeing the movie HEAVY METAL in the theaters when it was released so that made doing this piece extra fun. (Too bad I didn't save this piece for the next post. The post number would have coincided with the year the movie was released)

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1980

Monday, October 14, 2013

Supergirl - Conventionless Convention Sketch!

Supergirl © DC Comics

I've been a bit under the weather and it has put me a couple of piece behind where I would like to be with these pieces. I should start making up some ground as time goes on. That said, here is Supergirl! Thanks Royce!

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1979

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Golden Glider - Conventionless Convention Sketch!

Golden Glider © DC Comics

The first of the Conventionless Convention Sketches! Thanks Anthony!

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1978

Friday, October 4, 2013



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 $15.00! Buy 20, shipping is $15.00! (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 starting October 12th and all sketches will be done by November 17th. 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! :)

Quick Update: If you are on my list and haven't sent your payment yet, please note that the shipping cost for US is $15.00. 

Posted above are examples of sketches done at HeroesCon 2013.
(If you haven't been to this great show, make a point to do so in 2014!)

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Mary Marvel

Mary Marvel © DC Comics

Things have been a bit hectic around here. I am hip deep in work and also Chapter 3 of Perils On Planet X. But then along comes Mary. She doesn't care how busy I am. She just wants me to draw her. :)

I based this on the version of Mary as done by Bob Oksner. And she is for sale. Just click on the "Art for Sale" tab at the top.

Ink and Copic Markers on 9" x 12" Watercolor Paper.

This is Post #1976

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Catwoman - Digital Warm Up Sketch

Catwoman © DC Comics

Quick warm up sketch from yesterday. Attempting to stay loose and just get the needed information down.

If you want to see more videos check out my YouTube Channel, GonzoArt Studio

This is done in Photoshop using a Wacom Cintiq 24HD.

This is Post #1975

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Zatanna - Video Process

Just a little process video today. I have had more than a few requests to show how I build the structure of a piece so here you go. I didn't think to record until I was about 2 minutes into it. Sorry about that. :) Click on YouTube logo or Full Screen to get to a full screen mode.

Zatanna © DC Comics

You can check out my YouTube channel for more process vids. And I promise to get back to Ralph and Sue real soon. :)

This is Post #1974

Tuesday, July 9, 2013


Supergirl © DC Comics

I think I will be trying to post here on Tuesdays from now on. With the 2-Pt Perspective blog posts on Thursday, it makes it a bit harder to do two posts in a day. Hard to believe I used to do this everyday and twice on Thursdays. Whew.

Here is another head shot, this time of Supergirl. I did this on 8.5" x 11" Strathmore Drawing Paper using ink and Copic Markers. As usual these days, I will be posting it on eBay tonight. Updated link to follow later. :)

UPDATE: Auction link

This is Post #1973

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wonder Woman - Backing Board Art

Wonder Woman © DC Comics

Still playing with Copic Markers when I can. This was done on a 7" x 10" silver age backing board.

If you head over to the 2-PT Perspective blog, this weeks subject is Captain Marvel. Which one? Head over and find out. :)

UPDATE: I put this piece on eBay.

This is Post #1972

Monday, June 24, 2013

Scarlet Witch - Backing Board Art

Scarlet Witch © Marvel Entertainment

Just a little ink and Copic Marker head shot of Wanda done on a 7" x 10.5" silver age comic book backing board.

And as I have been doing lately with the pieces I have done, this one is on eBay too. :)

This is Post #1971

Thursday, June 20, 2013

X-Men #1 Sketch Cover - Storm!

Storm and X-Men © Marvel Entertainment

Having fun with ink and Copics. :) Should be on eBay tonight if you are interested.

UPDATE 6/21/13: Link to auction

This is Post #1970

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

X-Men #1 Sketch Cover - Psylocke!

X-Men & Psylocke © Marvel Entertainment

Just a sketch cover piece I did that is on eBay. If you are interested, here is the link.

Copic Markers and ink on Marvel sketch cover stock.

This is Post #1969

Monday, June 10, 2013

HeroesCon 2013 Advance Sketches!

I think I got them all here. To see what I did at the show, follow me on Twitter (@genegonzales) and look at my past tweets. Thanks again to everyone who got a sketch in advance and at the show. And for just coming by and saying "HI". It was a lot of fun and I can't wait until next year!


All characters are © their respective owners

This is Post #1968