Saturday, April 22, 2017

Dr. Soltero presents at Silicon Valley Comic Con 2017

The presentation was a success with great artists, volunteer models, and artists of all ages.

Check it out for the next few days--where else can you find Buzz Aldrin.

Soltero was a little under the weather but was able to make it for the late evening event.

There is an interactive STEAM component--bring your kids, students.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Bernie Wrightson has died-- fame with DC , Swamp Thing, and Batman

Mr. Wrightson died from brain cancer. He was famed for drawing Frankenstein, Swamp Thing, and Batman.

Dr. Soltero met him in Sacramento, a cordial conversation was had, and Steve Engelhart was there as well.

Wrightson originally show a strong influence from Frank Frazetta and Graham Ingels, later he developed his own version of Franklin Booth inspired Frankenstein images that are uniquely his own.
This work is very impressive.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Dr. Soltero presents/demo at Wonder Con 2017

Emilio Soltero will present a figure drawing demo on Saturday afternoon.
He will draw/demo the figure from any angle, and without reference.

Saturday April 1, 2017 3:00pm - 4:00pm 
Room 210

Professionals, beginners, and cosplayers welcome.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Vanguard colorist , Cory Adams passed away.

The great colorist, Cory Adams passed away on Tuesday, November 15th, 2016.
She painted incredible pages on the Muhammed Ali and Superman book. She was the ex-wife of Neal Adams. She started with traditional color art on comics, then blue line work, and later with photoshop. Her work was often seen in products from Continuity Studios.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Jerusalem: A complex and compelling new novel by Alan Moore!

The new Alan Moore novel will be published within a week. I recommend his work to those unfamiliar with his work as he has much to offer. He has often delved into historical, spiritual, mystical, and political themes. He has worked on this novel for many years and it is finally here. Like the Voice from the Fire much of the piece revolves around Northampton, his birthplace, and its linkage to past, present, and future experiences.

Here is an excerpt from Jerusalem, the scene taking place as an artist is starting restoration of a fresco:

"...  With a bleak, numb horror moving up his spine Ern realised that without its modelling disturbing the almost-flat plane on which it was described or breaking from the confines of its two-dimensional domain, the angel’s massive face was turning slowly, still within the surface of the fresco, to regard him with a gaze that was head-on." 

"Every note of it seemed to be spiralling away in countless fainter and more distant repetitions, the same tones at an increasingly diminished scale until these split into a myriad still smaller echoes, eddying minuscule whirlwinds made of sound that spun off into the persistent background thunderclaps and disappeared."
Alan has always managed to explore, time, space, and the glue that binds them, showing the magic behind our "reality."
"...In the few moments that had actually elapsed since the commencement of the episode Ernest had clutched at and as soon discarded several desperate rationalizations of his situation. It was all a dream, he thought, but then knew instantly that it was not, that he was wide awake, that those teeth on the left side of his mouth still ached, with those upon the right retaining fragments of fried bread from breakfast. He decided that it was a prank, perhaps accomplished with a Magic Lantern, but was instantly reminded that the pictures cast by such devices do not move."
Moore is also effective at breaking up and holding moments in time, with all of their psychological underpinnings.
Moore's favorite chapter is on Lucia Joyce, where he uses a complex invented language throughout, reminding me of his first chapter of the Voice of the Fire.
Excerpted from Jerusalem by Alan Moore. Copyright © 2016 by Alan Moore. Published by Norton's Liveright Publishing Corporation in the US, and Knockabout in the UK. All rights reserved.
Jerusalem will be available as a three volume edition as well.

The cover image is by Alan Moore, who is also an artist. He started out his career drawing and writing, including bouts of Maxell the Cat, a Godzilla illustration, and much more. Check out his other projects including Electricomics.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Sergio Aragones is at Stockton COn today and tomorrow.

Sergio is located in the artist alley. He mentioned the awesome news that he is writing a Tarzan story, drawn with Thomas Yeates (of Prince Valiant fame), along with Mark Evanier. Aragones won the Iconic Icon award at San Diego Comic Con SDCC less than a month ago.

In other news, there will be a book on all of his work originally published in Mexico. This book is still in press.

Aragones also attended the Simpson's panel, along with Phil Ortiz, and Tone Rodriquez. Phil mentioned and recounted how he first visualized Apu. Aragones mentioned his huge collection of Simpson collectibles. His favorite Simpson character is Maggie, Phil's is Sideshow Bob, and Tone likes Radioactive Man. All of the artists spent time drawing for the ELMO screen.

Ron Lim was also present at the convention.

Sergio also has a new Groo series: Fray of the Gods. Looks to be one of the Best Groo story lines.

Tom Yeates created an image that was later turned into a mosaic.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Gaspar Saladino Awesome Lettering Artist has died

The great lettering artist Gaspar Saladino has passed this last Thursday, thought to have been between the ages of 88-90 at the time. He was famous for lettering and logo design, his work was excellent, such that many professionals and fans recognized his work instantly. His most famous work was created between the mid 60s to mid 70s, including designing the Swamp Thing logo.

He is respected by many great artists, including Kevin Nowlan and Todd Klein.