Rise of the Bat-Mech! What if Batman tapped into some robot tech Wayne Enterprises was developing and made a small army of robot batmen to keep the peace in Gotham? ▫️
Update on Liam: I made a print of the Batman drawing I auctioned off last week and gave it to Liam. He seems to be doing a little better. Just wanted to thank all of you who donated to his gofundme drive. You guys all really made a difference to that family!
You can still donate if you haven't already. Link is in my profile.
A boy I've known for several years was paralyzed last month. His family can't afford the modifications they need to make to their home in order for him to live there.
I’m doing a 24-Hour Instagram Auction for this Batmech drawing and donating all the money to his gofundme. Bid in the comments here. Opening bid is 50.00 USD. Please bid in at least 5 dollar increments. The highest bid by 12 noon PST Thursday wins! ▫️
If you can’t afford to buy this drawing, a link to his gofundme is in my profile where you can donate whatever you can. Seriously, if all you can do is $3 dollars this family could use it.
Maybe you can’t afford to help right now, no problem. Could you reblog or share this with friends and family?
. Whole lotta love for my inktober drawings this year. It's very encouraging!
Just wanted to thank everyone for all the support in 2017. Career-wise, it's been an amazing, beautiful, busy, humbling, and stressful year. Being an independent artist is at times the best thing ever, and at other times the hardest thing ever. But I couldn't do what I do without the support of you all. Especially those who bought something in my shop. You guys have helped with insurance bills, mortgage payments, and even groceries! Thank you so much.
I wish I could reply to everyone, help out each artist that asks for advice, and respond to every request, but that would be a full time job itself! Just know that I would hang out and eat tacos with each of you if I could.
Hope your holidays are merry, bright, and full of wonder. Hope you try something new this year, and that you find success in all your endeavors!
SkyHeart inks: DONE.
They were finished last week and I've been so busy I haven't really stopped to savor it. I can't believe I've drawn another graphic novel! I'm so happy with the work here, and can't wait to finish colors and print this book!
Want to be notified about the pre-orders for SkyHeart? Hit the link in my profile and drop your email. I'll let you know as soon as it's available.
This was all digital from sketch to final. 2 hours. Thanks to everyone who showed up to the @svslearn live demo I did for this drawing. You guys had so many great questions. If you missed it, it will be posted on svslearn.com this Tuesday. 2 hours of solid drawing and art advice. Available for subscribers only.
Thank you to everyone who entered the Sleigh Design Art Contest. You guys are CREATIVE GENIUSES! You really made it hard to pick a winner out of the nearly 300 entries. I narrowed it down to 50, then to 10, then finally to ONE. Okay, without further delay, the WINNER is:
Congratulations! DM your address to me, and I’ll ship your prize out right after Christmas.
I saw some themes in all the entries, Robot Rudolphs was a cool one. We got THREE Robo T-Rex Sleighs (which is amazing), a ton of fantastic flying contraptions, several underwater machines, a bunch of wacky animal sleighs, and more flying cars than I could shake a stick at. All-in-all I’d say you guys are a creative bunch. If I didn’t pick yours, that doesn’t mean my wife and I weren’t sitting here being amazed with all the awesomeness.
Congrats to the honorable mentions:
Merry Christmas everyone!
Penciling and inking my way through chapter 5 this month. Finishing this book soon!
Pens I use: @jakeparkertools
I understand why most people don’t “get” Superman. How can anyone relate to super human with unlimited power? That’s the big problem with Superman. This is no fault of the character. I put the blame on how Superman is written. I think the common mistake is to make him relatable by giving him weaknesses that he has to deal with.
Superman is given kryptonite, or a love interest, or a family, or an inescapable past. All of these are designed to be pressure points that a villain can manipulate him with.
Something like kryptonite makes him weak, but it isn’t his weakness. This misses the mark, because Superman already has a built in weakness that should be exploited in every story.
His true weakness is the fact that he can’t be everywhere at the same time; he can’t save everybody. A frustrating thing for someone who is a Christ-figure; a savior of the world. He came from another realm not to rule the world, which he could so easily do, but to be one of us and to save us from ourselves.
How do you save a planet that’s hellbent on destroying itself from the inside out? And how do you approach a character that has already fulfilled the needs of safety, acceptance, self esteem, and self-actualization?
A Superman story shouldn’t be about super powers, or secret identities, or being the sole survivor of the planet krypton, they should be stories about him having more faith in us than we have in ourselves.
Every person Superman encounters in a Superman story should either inherit or reject his values of truth, liberty, justice, and life and show the consequences of that decision. A Superman story should be about how WE can be better, how WE can find safety, how WE gain acceptance, how to build OUR self esteem, and how WE achieve self-actualization. A Superman story isn’t about HIS character growth, it’s about OUR character growth.
That’s Superman’s true power. Not leaping over buildings, melting steel beams with eye lasers, or flying faster than a speeding bullet. His power is changing people.
One person can’t save an entire world, but one person can inspire a world to save itself.
And that’s a story that needs to be told right now.