I love a good comic convention, but I sure do hate having to go back to work after a day full of traveling. Sigh…
Back to the grind it is, though. My time spent at Rose City Comic Con was worth it, because I feel rejuvenated to draw more cool stuff and post it here for you cool folks. Here’s a little sketch I did at the table on Sunday, augmented with a helmet/bubble in good ol’ Photoshop…
He started off with shorter legs, but after looking around at all the great work I was surrounded with at the convention, I decided to try and break the “proportional mold” I often fin myself stuck drawing in. So, long legs for you, fatty. You can’t tell it in this sketch, but this good-lookin’ fella is a total jerk. He would steal your keys just for a laugh.
So, I’ve decided this is Father Robot during his little-known high school football years. Here we have him executing some deft maneuver before catching the pass to score the winning touchdown, bringing the home team victory over the evil town just to the south…
Anyway, this is FR with a little variation in design. There different elements to him here than in the comic, and the colors are all changed. My favorite are the wings upside the head.
I worked the pencils for this at Emerald City Comicon, the inks at Wondercon, and then added the colors and value with my treasured Copic collection this week at home (and at work). At first, I was sure this drawing was a lost cause, as I didn’t really like where it was going in the sketch phase(s), but I like how it’s turned out. You never know what a piece can turn in to if you give it a little love.
Not only did I survive the journey to and from the Pacific Northwest, but I had a great time seeing old friends, drinking at new breweries, and hanging out at my table at Emerald City Comicon.
The folks putting the convention on were some of the most-thoughtful in the business and even had “minions” on the convention room floor bringing water to the exhibitors, watching the tables during bathroom breaks, and in general spreading warmth and cheer. So, a special thanks to Lauren, the minion for my area. She kept us sane and hydrated.
I picked up commissions, sold lots of books, and got the word out about Father Robot. Along the way I made some new friends, destroyed old enemies, and made the world a better place.
I’ll definitely be back next year.