My goal was not to repeat any artists whatsoever. However, that was broken when I got this sketch. If you saw Page 2, you remember the nightmare that Dave mack left in my book.
Marvel Knights Daredevil was my favorite book at the time and it's what I hoped Dave would draw the previous year.
There was about 30 minutes until the day was over and I saw David Mack. Instead of just asking for a sketch, this time I had a plan.
"Hi Mr. Mack, any chance you can do a sketch for me of ... DAREDEVIL?"
He took my book and with a brush containing red ink created this mini-masterpiece. It's pretty cool. And, it was a sweet way to end my time at WIZARD WORLD LOS ANGELES 2006.
Avoiding the freeways, I took Venice Blvd all the to west L.A. from downtown.
Though tired, I was gleaming with excitement and could not wait to get home and look at all the wonderful things I was given by the coolest professionals of any industry.
Thanks David Mack!
The day was getting close to ending. I saw Pat Lee doing a sketch for a fan and decided to see if I could get one. Poor Pat lee looked tired. He was probably doing this all day for fans and here I come to add to the cramps in his wrist.
I am a huge fan of DREAMWAVE and all the WARLANDS books that came out. Man, I wish that series still existed.
I asked Pat to do a sketch of my main man from TRANSFORMERS, Optimus Prime.
He drew this with no references in about 3-5 minutes. Absolutley amazing!
Thank you Pat Lee!
Wow! This is amazing. I stare at this for long periods of time when I have the chance.
My friend George recognized and pointed out Phillip Tan. He wasn't in Artists Alley. No, he was chilling by himself at a random booth. His was using a drawing tablet and sketching in the computer.
I introduced myself and told him I was a big fan. He was super nice and did not refuse when I asked him to do a sketch for me.
He said sure and told me to come back later.
A lot of these guys will crank out a sketch in a few minutes. So, I waited impatiently around the corner for about 10 minutes and came back.
He was engrossed and said to give him more time. Really? What could he be doing that would take longer than 10 minutes?!
I walked around and every once in a while I would spy on him to see if he was done. It's been about a half hour now and he's still going. Hmmm.
After about 45 minutes I stopped by again and he was done. Smiling, he gave me my book and said "Thanks".
No, Thank you, man!
Whoa! When I looked at the sketch I could not believe it. Absolutely amazing.
Spawn, engrossed in shadow, clutching the edge of a skyscraper, peering down upon the city below. His cloak and chains dangle and lurk as debris falls due to the power of his grip on the ledge. Phillip really went out of his way for a punk fan whom he did not know. I have nothing but gratitude and respect for this fine artist.
Thanks Phillip! Thank you forever!
This is quite possibly the most annoying sketch in my book. When I turn the page and see it, I stare at it for a few seconds, shrug, and quickly see what is next.
Howard was sitting at a table by himself and I noticed he was doing sketches. I approached him and asked if he would contribute to my book. He said, "Sure". But, before I could let him know which MARVEL superhero I would like he said that he was only doing caricatures. Meh.
I think I tried to push the issue of drawing a hero to which he politely said, "Nope, I am only doing caricatures."
Aww, what the heck.
It didn't take him too long to draw this sketch of me. Part of me regrets it. Part of me loves that Howard Shum drew something for me.
Here's the problem. I DO NOT HAVE A BUBBLE MULLET!
After he promoted his website on the bottom I walked away hungering for a sketch of a superhero. I could not have this be the last sketch of the day!
(Kidding aside, I really do appreciate your time.)
Omega Red by Sean Chen 2006
This is how you do it. Omega Red is shooting a tentacle at the viewer. He looks angry and ready to mess with anyone who gets in his way.
Sean Chen was in the same area as Buzz, and Bernard Chang. He was very nice and super professional.
This sketch was commissioned as well. After I asked him to do Omega Red, he paused for a moment to think about what he looked like.
He drew this from memory with no references.
It's a great drawing of a fierce OMEGA RED.
Thanks Sean Chen!!!
This sketch was a commission sketch. Bernard Chang did an awesome sketch of Deadpool for my buddy. He pointed out Bernard and I asked if he could draw Colossus. He said yes, but seemed unsure about it.
I walked away for a bit and came back about 45 minutes later, giving him time to do his thing.
I returned, and it was done. He handed it to me and I remember thinking it was okay. He didn't seem as he loved it either.
There is nothing bad about it and now I blame myself. Colossus is hard to draw and doesn't have a lot of distinguishing features.
I love Colossus and I really like the sketch. It just doesn't jump out like some of the others do. I hate to be a downer but, it's how i feel.
The Joker by Tommy Castillo 2006
Tommy Castillo has done some pretty sweet stuff on BATMAN. The Joker is one of those rare awesome characters at DC.
The white highlights really add to the image. When he was done, Tommy looked at it with admiration.
"That's not bad. I kind of like that. Hey man, would you mind emailing that to me?"
I thought that was cool. I scanned it and emailed it to the address on his website but, it wouldn't go through.
So, Tommy, if you are able to see this, you're right ... it's a great piece!
Thanks Tommy Castillo!!!
Savage Dragon by Erik Larsen 2006
Walking through the twists and turns of aisles, I came upon Erik Larsen. He was doing sketches of Savage Dragon.
I asked him if he was drawing anything other than Savage Dragon as I wasn't too familiar with that character.
He said, "No but, if I was, what would you ask me for?"
I drew a blank. I remember my friend telling me that he drew Spider-Man in the 90's.
I said, "Spider-Man" excitedly, as if I was a fan of his run. He gave me a look that said, "Ugh. So predictable. Here's your Savage Dragon. get outta here."
(He was very nice and in no way do I intend to portray him like a jerk. It was just a vibe I got from a look.)
This sketch is awesome and feels historic to me.
Thanks Erik Larsen
Some how I found myself standing in line at the Image area. Eric Basaldua was doing sketches. I had no idea who he was but stood in line anyway.
He was doing a sketch of a scary monster. Image Comics puts out some really cool horror stuff and lets their artists kind of go all out.
'E-Bass', as people were calling him also drew some pretty sweet werewolves.
I am a huge fan of Marvel's 1970's monsters including 'Werewolf By Night'.
When I was the next guy in line, I told him it was nice to meet him and asked if he would do a sketch of Jack Russel aka Werewolf by Night.
"I don't know who that is.", he said. What? Surely, you must be joking? I assumed all comic artists knew more than me about everything comics.
I tried to explain and knew it wasn't going to happen. I said, "um ... How about the Hulk?"
He looked at me like, 'Dude. You know I draw for Image, right?' But, he sharpened his pencil and busted out a gorgeous sketch.
The Hulk looks angry and super strong. I love it!
This is definitely one of the more threatening sketches in my book. I think I was near a Marvel booth when I got this but, I can't remember.
I talked to Jon Malin and he was a cool dude. He did this sketch upon request straight out of his memory. No reference.
This is one of the only sketches that fills up the entire page. I can't thank Jon enough for the kindness he expressed by drawing this awesome villain.
Thanks Jon Malin!