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Space Girl battling hungry aliens

WW Chicago news from Ronn Sutton & Janet Hetherington

The dates for the Wizard World Chicago 2012 comic book convention are fast approaching (August 9-12 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL), and artist Ronn Sutton is ready with an original new art print of a feisty Space Girl battling hungry aliens. Ronn pencilled the art for the 11″ x 17″ print, which was inked by fellow artist Hilary Barta (who collaborated with Ronn on Elvira, Mistress of the Dark comic stories and a dynamic Fear Agent tale).

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Sketchbook by Ronn Sutton ready for Calgary Entertainment Expo

Sketchbook by Ronn Sutton ready for Calgary Entertainment Expo

With Calgary Entertainment Expo coming up June 17-19, Ronn Sutton (artist of Honey West, Elvira, Fear Agent and more) has put together a new souvenir sketchbook called EXCERPTS, featuring a wide variety of artwork.

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The Fly!

One of a handful of sketches done at the Minnesota SpringCon last weekend: The Fly. Brings back memories of Mike Parobeck and my inking stint on the Impact/DC comic, twenty years ago now… Hard to believe.

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People Watching & Mall Sketching

On Sunday, I took my daughter and her friend to the nearby mall. While they shopped, I sat and drew, pencil and Pentel Pocket Brush in hand. It was fun to people watch and surreptitiously sketch. It wasn’t too crowded yet, so I had to be careful.

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Beowulf: 1000 Years of Baggage

On Monday I went to see this fabulous show – Banana Bag & Bodice’s “Beowulf: 1000 Years of Baggage” . You can see the show on Vimeo , if you are so inclined, but I recommend seeing it live for the full effect. It’s funny and arty and clever, and the music is awesome.

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Gifts From the Gods – cover development

A few weeks ago I delivered the last bits of art for Gifts from the Gods , a hybrid graphic novel / picture book by Lise Lunge-Larsen which I illustrated for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. It’s about characters from Greek & Roman mythology whose names have persisted as common words or phrases in modern English. I want to preview some artwork for you, and I thought what I’d do first is to show the process of developing the cover. Although I had done a few little sketches of cover ideas here and there, nothing could really move forward until we had finalized the title, which took a while. I had previously thought about putting Nemesis or the Furies on the cover, but with the title “Gifts from the Gods” it seemed like maybe we shouldn’t put anything too dark or nasty on the cover (“the Gods gave us punishment” is not a good message)! So I started with a clean slate and did a bunch of sketches. After discussion with my fab editor Ann Rider and designer/art director Scott Magoon , I did another page. Next, I worked up some of our favorite ideas in color. We decided on the Zeus sketch on the right, so I printed that sketch out very lightly on a piece of cheap printer paper and did a detailed pencil drawing over it. I scanned that back in, cleaned it up, printed it out on a piece of 140 lb. watercolor paper (using my Epson Stylus Photo 2200, which has waterproof ink, unlike my old Canon s9000), and painted over it with watercolor for the final color version. Here’s the final art, with not-quite-final type. (All images are copyright 2010 by Gareth Hinds, and appear courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.)

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