Monday, December 29, 2014

Bettie Page: Space Girl - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Art © 2014 Gene Gonzales

Another Conventionless Convention Sketch that was a Christmas gift that I can now share.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Conventionless Convention Sketches - Christmas Gifts

Here are the five four requests that were done as Christmas Presents. There are still two pieces that are not done but will be over the next few days. Hope you enjoy these, and more importantly, I hope the folks that got these enjoy them. :)

All characters © their respective owners

All are ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Monday, December 15, 2014

Miranda Mercury - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Miranda Mercury © Brandon Thomas & Lee Ferguson

I've never read her adventures but I have seen the art a love the design. And this is the first time I have drawn her.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jingle Belle - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Jingle Belle © Paul Dini

The only holiday themed request and the first time I have drawn Jingle Belle. Ho, ho, ho!

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Madame Masque - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Madame Masque © Marvel Entertainment

How about a second post for today?

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Rogue - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Rogue © Marvel Entertainment

1990's Rogue for todays Conventionless Convention Sketch. Jackets became a big thing for heroes in the 1990s. :)

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Spider-Man 2099 - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Spider-Man 2099 © Marvel Entertainment

This is the first time I have drawn this version of Spider-Man. I think it came out pretty good.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Monday, December 8, 2014

Nightshade (Dr. Nightshade) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Nightshade © Marvel Entertainment

This is only the second time I have had this character requested and I've enjoyed it both times.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Thorn (Rose and Thorn) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Thorn © DC Comics

I always enjoyed the Rose and Thorn back up stories in Lois Lane. And it's fun to revisit the character here.

Ink on 11" 17" bristol board.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Space Ghost - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Space Ghost © the respective owner

I'm a big fan of Alex Toth and getting a request for Space Ghost was great! This is for Todd.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Immorto (The Wanderers) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Immorto © DC Comics

Immorto is the last of The Wanderers and as you might have figured out by his name, he is immortal.  It is has been fun revisiting these long lost Legion related characters. This is for Michael.

Tomorrow: Harley!

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Monday, November 24, 2014

Celebrand (The Wanderers) Conventionless Convention Sketch

Celebrand © DC Comics

Celebrand is the leader of the Wanderers. For some reason I always thought of him as the Brainiac 5 of the group. This is for Michael.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Dartalg (The Wanderers) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Dartalg © DC Comics

Darting is the dart blowing Wanderer of the 30th Century. This is for Michael.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Elvo (The Wanderers) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Elvo © DC Comics

Elvo is another member of The Wanderers. If I remember right, his sword emits energy that can do various things like create a barrier or repel attackers. This one is for Michael.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ornitho - (The Wanderers) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Ornitho © DC Comics

Ornitho is another member of the Wanderers. He not only has wings, he can also change his shape into any bird form. This is for Michael.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Quantum Queen - (The Wanderers) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Quantum Queen © DC Comics

Quantum Queen is another member of The Wanderers. She had the ability to convert her body into any type of quantum radiation. This is for Michael.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Psyche - (The Wanderers) - Conventionless Convention Sketches

Psyche © DC Comics

Psyche, the first of the seven heroes known as The Wanderers that I will be posting here. She is a mistress of emotions.

The Wanderers first appeared back in Adventure Comics #375 (1968) as a group of heroes of the 30th century. That first appearance had the Wanderers meet and befriend the Legion, then battle them when the Wanderers were exposed to the Nefar Nebula. The radiation of that nebula does a character reversal to a person when exposed to it. It's only last about two weeks though. :) This is for Michael.

Side note: The Wanderers had their own 13 issue comic book back in 1988 which was drawn by the late, great Dave Hoover. That was the first time I was exposed to Dave's work and loved it. Dave was a great guy who I always enjoyed talking and catching up with at the Pittsburgh Comic Con.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Dev-Em (Legion of Super-Heroes) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Dev-Em © DC Comics

This is the continuation of Legion related pieces. For the next several days it will be all Legion, all the time.

Today's post is Dev-Em. He was introduced in a Superboy story as a juvenile delinquent on Krypton. Dev-Em survived the destruction of Krypton and continued his bad boy ways on Earth. Later he reformed and was an government agent in the 30th century. He shared several adventures with the Legion. This one is for Michael.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Phantom Girl (Legion of Super-Heroes) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Phantom Girl © DC Comics

Another Legionnaire but this time we are going back to the original! Phantom Girl was the first new member of the Legion after it was formed. This one is for Julian.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Star Boy (Legion of Super-Heroes) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Star Boy © DC Comics

There are quite a few Legionnaires and Legion related requests for this round of Conventionless Convention Sketches and Star Boy is the latest. This is for Julian.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Monday, November 10, 2014

Monster Girl (Invincible) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Monster Girl © Robert Kirkman

Here is how we are going to start the new week of Conventionless Convention Sketches, a grown up Monster Girl. This one is for Shawn.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Phoenix: Rachel Summers - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Rachel Summers © Marvel Entertainment

I do believe this is the first time I have drawn Rachel in this incarnation. I believe she hunted other mutants in this get up. Very cool to draw. And one of those interesting tidbits about drawing a character in all black, a lot of people tend to think that it is easier. Actually it is just as much work, if not more sometimes, because the artist has to be careful to make sure the silhouette reads clearly. This one is for Shane.

Ink on 11" x 14 bristol board

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Supergirl (Kingdom Come) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Supergirl © DC Comics

This is based on the designs Alex Ross did for Kingdom Come. I don't think it was actually used anywhere else. I seem to remember that this concept for her, and Superboy, was that they were members of the Legion of Super-Heroes but they were not from the 20th or 21st century. Descendants maybe? This one is for Travis.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Monday, November 3, 2014

Superwoman - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Superwoman © DC Comics

I was not familiar with this version of Laurel Kent before I received the request from Travis, but I like the design. A bit of Lois Lane's Superwoman from All-Star Superman mixed with a cool way to wrap the cape around the front.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Apparition/Phantom Girl - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Apparition © DC Comics

I love drawing Legionnaires. And I have always liked the costumes from this time period. She may be called Apparition in this version but she was always Phantom Girl to me. :)

This one is for José.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Supergirl (1971) - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Supergirl © DC Comics

First CCS just had to be Kara. And there will be more than a few versions of Supergirl coming up over the next several days. I have no problem with that. This version is from her run in Adventure Comics. She wore this full body suit for a short time. Sometime between a mini dress and the popular hot pants costumes.

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

Friday, October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween

Art © Gene Gonzales

A piece from the files.

Black and white pencil on gray Canson board.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Conventionless Convention Sketches - Fall 2014

I made a mention on Twitter that I would be doing a Conventionless Convention Sketch deal in November. Since then I have been getting a lot of emails about it. Thanks for all the interest! So starting today I will start the list with the plan to start working on the sketches on November 1st which is when I plan to be done with the commissions I have on the board.

So here we go! 

Samples from the last round of Conventionless Convention Sketchs

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? The holidays are just around the corner!

Here are the CCS 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 $15.00. No matter how many sketches you get! Buy 1: Shipping is $15.00! Buy 20, shipping is $15.00! This shipping cost is for the US only, sorry. If you are outside the US, please contact me for shipping costs.

I have not set a specific amount of requests that I will take. I will just see what the requests are and see what I can handle. I am planning to begin them on November 1st and complete them by Dec. 10th. Any background elements will be at my discretion. Finished art will be mailed each Thursday. Payment is PayPal only. (No e-checks, please).

This part is really important:

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! :)

Tuesday, September 16, 2014


Superboy © DC Comics

This is probably closer to Clark's college years. :)

Created in Mischief and Photoshop.

This is Post #2050

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


Thorn © DC Comics

Ink on 11" x 17" bristol board

This is Post 2048

Friday, August 8, 2014

Open for Commissions

Example of a 11" x 17" inked on bristol board commission

I had so much fun at the Tampa Bay Comic Con last week I thought I would open up my commission list. This is not a Conventionless Convention Sketch list, this is open for anything in black and white or in color. Here are the prices:

11" x 17" inked on bristol board: $50.00 (plus $12.00 shipping)

11" x 17" inked on bristol board with a 8.5" x 11" digital color print: $100.00  (plus $12.00 shipping)

11" x 17" (approximate) mixed media painted: 150.00  (plus $12.00 shipping)

Sketch cover one character: Inked: $75 Color: $100.00  (plus $8.00 shipping)

If you order more than one we can combine them to save on shipping.

If you have something in mind that doesn't fit this list just email me and I can give you a quote.

UPDATE: email me at

Example of color one character sketch cover


This is Post #2047

Monday, June 23, 2014

HeroesCon Art

To see art from last weekends HeroesCon, check out the last three posts on my website:


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Pin-Ups & Sketches

This is the third collection of convention and conventionless convention sketches.

64 pages, b/w, perfect bound softcover. Available at HeroesCon June 20-22 2014. It will be available to be purchased online shortly after the show.

This is Post #2044 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Socialite and Super-hero - Sue Dibny and her Elongated Man

Sue and Ralph Dibny (Elongated Man) © DC Comics

I started this piece two years ago. And the last time I worked on it was two years ago, yesterday. This is vintage on vintage. It was a piece I always wanted to finish but had a hard time visualizing the final image. I'm glad I waited until I was ready.

Below is the same image minus the textured effect. Just for comparison.

Created in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

This is Post #2043

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Queen Projectra - Legion of Super-Heroes

Queen Projectra © DC Comics

Another commission for Michael. Long Live The Legion! :)

Mixed media on 11" x 17" watercolor paper

This is Post #2042