Monday, April 21, 2008

NEW YORK CITY COMIC CON 2008 !! Lar deSouza

I was surprised to run into one of my caricature mentors , Lar deSouza, a brillant Canadian artist, (not that there's anything WRONG with being a Canadian)who I didnt know drew comics also. Since 2003, Lar, along with author Ryan Sohmer , has been delighting audiences on the web with the adventures of Rayne Summers, a modern-day Casanova. The name of the comic is
"Least I Could Do (LICD)" and judging from the line of adoring fans at his table the series has a large fan base. I got a kick out of Lar's fans requesting merchandise, buying books getting autographs and sketches and not ONCE asking for a caricature! It was a mindblower! of course, I got MINES Done though.
Lar is a sweetheart of a guy, He just LOOKS like a missing link that will tear your head off....

NEW YORK CITY COMIC CON 2008!!! Kyle Baker

Kyle Baker, like Lar , is also one of my mentors (you're allowed to have as many as you want in the United States) Ive always like the way he "lets his cartoons be cartoons" Hilariously drawn with impossible anatomical proportions, Kyle is a caricature artist at heart, whether he knows it or not. His clean , lyrical style has the feel of an animated cell drawing frozen in time. Its a joy to look at.

IMO he was the first artist who got Plastic man "right" in terms of look and style, and his autobiographical comic series, The Bakers,really hits close to home being a family man myself.

I bumped into Kyle, his wife and daughter just as they were packing up from Artists Ally. The moment I saw hi I didnt really see "him" I saw his cartoon of himself. Kyle's cartoon persona reminds me of those characters that were drawn on those old "RAID" Roach commercials....
Dont be mad at me for sayin that Kyle!

Promoting the SPACE CHIMPS movie at the NEW YORK CITY COMIC CON 2008!!

Once i get started doing caricatures I ALWAYS get so into it that I literally forget to take pictures. I managed to snap only a few shots and will post some memory drawings later along with photos of people I drew.
When I first started i went into "traditional " caricature mode and they still looked kinda human to me, then things began to change up a little. Heres a picture of my first customer My 2nd and then my third... by the third I was in the groove with no turning back!

NEW YORK CITY COMIC CON 2008! Space chimps characterss

Heres a sneak peek at what the characters of the new Space Chimps film look like. They're sooo cute you can almost smell the merchandising items that are going to explode on the scene in the next few months. Stuffed animals,cups and party items, halloween costumes, dont even get me started on happy meal toys at Mickie Dees!.... maybe even poseable action figures.... Hmmm... maybe I can get some freebees....

NEW YORK CITY COMIC CON 2008 My official Starz Media/ Badge

I know it's sentimental, but this was really a great gig! what can I say? bear with me as I savor the moment....