Disney Princesses and the Art of Fighting

Well, as you can probably all guess, I am very bad at updating my blog on a regular basis.  Even after I say I will do better.  This has been the case all my life, an although I have hopes to make changes that still has not happened yet.  Keep watching… One day it might.

But let me not bore you with that any longer.  I have so much to tell you!

During the Labor Day week, my family and I took a trip out to sunny, southern California.  It was wonderful.  We stayed in Oceanside, and spent many days down at the beach, lounging in the sand, playing in the surf, searching for seashells, and enjoying the sunshine.  We also got some sunburn, but it was all worth it.

A couple days during our trip we were able to go to Disneyland.  What fun we had!  Riding rides, being amazed at all the sights and people… it was truly a great experience with the family.  We also got to do something that may seem silly (and most likely is) which I, your humble host, was most excited about.  We got to visit the princesses.

Now don’t get the wrong ideas.  If you have looked at my blog much, you have seen the pictures of Disney princesses that I have drawn.  Well, we took those along and were able to get autographs from the characters on them.  See below:

Ariel_signed Aurora_signed Cinderella_signed Jasmine_signed Merida_signed Rapunzel_signed Snow White_signed Tink_signed

As you can see on some of the images, we were able to get multiple signatures from characters associated with the princesses (and Tinkerbell).  We were not able to meet Jasmine, but we did see Aladdin, and he signed the picture.  Additionally, we brought along copies of all the pictures and gave them to the princesses who were all VERY excited to receive them.

I must say that I was extremely impressed with the way that all the Disney cast members (characters, ride controllers, ticket booth workers, etc) presented themselves with joyful expressions, genuine excitement, and consideration for all the guests at the park.  Thank you all so very much!

Another fun experience I was able to have with my oldest daughter was attending the Animation Academy in Disney’s California Adventure.  We sat in a class to learn how to draw a Disney Character (Sully, from Monsters Inc).  It was fun, educational, and did I say fun?  If you ever have the opportunity to go, this is one of the things you should try to experience.

Anyway, that is the fun that I have been up to.  Since returning from the trip it has been a lot of work, interspersed with the fun of a 40th birthday.  But that is life.

Oh!  I also did a piece for a charity art sale/video game tournament going on here in ABQ on 27 September.  It is called the Art of Fighting, with all art being based on classic arcade fighting games, and is raising money to fight and raise awareness about congenital heart defects in children.  It is raising funds for the March of Dimes New Mexico Chapter and Save Babies Through Screening Foundation.  Below is the piece called “Perfect Victory”:

Perfect Victory_color

The original is available at the sale for $60.  I will have prints available for $15 for those interested (please watch for updates on availability).

I continue to work on my big plans (I talked about that a bit in my last post).  And one day (soon I hope) they will come to fruition.  Until next time (again, soon I hope)!

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Revenge of the Big Time Slacker

Ok, just to let you all know… I am a slacker and there is no other way around that.  I have been so bad about not adding a new blog post, but I am here, now, to remedy that.

Although I have not added a post, I have been busy with my art.  I can’t go into too many details right now, but I have big plans, BIG PLANS, for the future, and as they come to fruition I will be announcing them on here as well as on Twitter (@ArtistHubby) and my  Facebook page.

But never fear… this post isn’t all talk and no eye candy.  So scroll down and BEHOLD!

Briar Rose Tiana Tinkerbell

My latest additions to my Disney Inspired gallery… Briar Rose (Sleeping Beauty), Tiana from Princess and the Frog, and Tinkerbell from Peter Pan.

Anyway, enjoy the pics.  Hopefully I will be better at posting more often, and stay tuned for future announcements!

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Been Keepin’ Busy — New Art!

Well, the last few weeks have been busy around here… Yet somehow I am finding time to work on my art.  Not as much as I would like (because then I would be doing nothing else), but some.

Anyway… here are a couple pieces I’ve done lately.  The first one was prompted by my kids being on summer vacation.  A couple times in the last weeks they have been spending the entire day watching DVDs of Kim Possible episodes.  My thought was that Shego (one of the main villains) would make a great Green Lantern.  This lead to further thought of KP characters as DC equivalents.  So with no further ado, here is my Kim Possible/DC comics mashup!KP_DCAlso in the Disney vein… I finished another of my Disney princess portraits.  I really like the way this one turned out as I practiced coloring sheer fabric.  So here is Jasmine from the film Aladdin (using Copic markers).



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ONE, by Leigh Ann Kopans: Release – June 11, 2013

Two_weeks_till_OneWhat an exciting day!  I have given the amazing opportunity to be part of Team ONE, and help announce the upcoming release of author Leigh Ann Kopans new book, ONE, coming tomorrow!!!

Please take a moment to view the teaser comic below, as well as more information about the book itself.  If you like any of the following… Superheroes, Mysteries, Romances… do yourself a favor and READ THIS BOOK!


Find a full list with links to the other installments of this series on the author’s blog:  www.leighannkopans.blogspot.com

Or follow the author on Twitter @LeighAnnKopans for daily updates!

About ONE (a novel by Leigh Ann Kopans🙂

Release date: June 11, 2013

Final ONE cover (2)

When having two powers makes you a Super and having none makes you a Normal, having only one makes you a sad half-superpowered freak.

It makes you a One.

Sixteen-year-old Merrin Grey would love to be able to fly – too bad all she can do is hover.

If she could just land an internship at the Biotech Hub, she might finally figure out how to fix herself. She busts her butt in AP Chem and salivates over the Hub’s research on the manifestation of superpowers, all in hopes of boosting her chances.

Then she meets Elias VanDyne, another One, and all her carefully crafted plans fly out the window. Literally. When the two of them touch, their Ones combine to make them fly, and when they’re not soaring over the Nebraska cornfields, they’re busy falling for each other.

Merrin’s mad chemistry skills land her a spot on the Hub’s internship short list, but as she gets closer to the life she always wanted, she discovers that the Hub’s purpose is more sinister than it has always seemed. Now it’s up to her to decide if it’s more important to fly solo, or to save everything – and everyone – she loves

Add ONE to your Goodreads and learn more about the author here: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17251203-one

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Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner

Dragumon - Created for a contest on charitywrites.blogspot.com

I know it has been a couple weeks since I have written anything here on the blog… My sincerest apologies.  I have been busy lately working on a few commissions (some of which are super secret.  They will furthermore be referred to as Operation Secret Squirrel! — exclamation point is not for emphasis… that is part of the operations name.)

Anyway, one of the things I was part of was a contest on Charity’s Writing Journey, a blog by Charity Bradford, author of The Magic Wakes.  In fact the contest was to design a piece of artwork of one of the creatures in the novel, a Dragumon (please see the picture above).  As I am not a sculptor, I chose to do a drawing with my digital program.  And… **triumphant fanfare** I WON!

Ok, granted I was the only person who took on the challenge to create this image based on the information from the author, but for me a win is a win.  And I get a free, signed copy of The Magic Wakes novel to boot.  I’d say that’s a reason to celebrate.

So, raise whatever glasses you have, party hearty, take a trip over to Charity’s blog and her official author website and have a great night!  I’ll see you all on the flip side.

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New Tattered Tales Image

I just finished the newest image in my Tattered Tales series.  This one is a western themed Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.  Although, Snow White is a little less snow white, and the dwarfs are giving homage to the Magnificent Seven and the Outlaw Josey Wales.  This one I did in sepia tone to try and keep the whole old west feel to it.  Check it out below and in the Tattered Tales gallery.  And as always, enjoy!


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Tinkerbell Art

I recently finished a piece of artwork featuring Tinkerbell, from Peter Pan.  This is the pencil drawing of the piece, and I plan to do a pen and ink version, and finish it with Copic markers.  But for now, here is the piece:

ImageI think she still has that sassy look about her, while retaining a bit of innocence as well.  As always, I have saved this work into my Gallery and in the Disney Inspired section.  Enjoy!

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