So after a month and a half, I’ve asked TeeFury to take my print off their website. The experience of working with them was not unpleasant, but it was disappointing. Very professional people, but my first time with their prints in the experimental stages wasn’t too great. Perhaps a shirt design in the future will be more fun?
With that done, I have good news for the people who wanted to get the print without having to purchase a shirt. I’ve made this illustration available on Redbubble! I will not be selling this version at conventions, (too much to carry around and fly with) so RB is now the only place to find the Shiny Gyarados. Thanks for all the interest on this! I never expected it to get the attention it has, and ya’ll are the best followers an artist could have for spreading it around, keeping it credited, and fixing it when others don’t credit. :)
[EDIT] Okay, so my roommate is making me add to this post after telling her more about what I did with Mewtwo here. There’s a lot I wanted to write but didn’t, because I know most people on Tumblr who reblog this are just going to delete my words, but here goes…
The text surrounding Mewtwo is completely unreadable, but I put a lot of thought into it anyway. Here is the original text Da Vinci has on the Vitruvian Man, translated to English. I used this and edited every mention of ‘Vitruvius’ and ‘man’ to say ‘Giovanni’ and ‘the Pokémon’ instead. I then roughly translated it back into Italian using Google Translate, so it’s probably not perfect, but it’s also re-written backwards with forward facing letters to render it unreadable to the average viewer, like Da Vinci’s notes. For the DNA bases, I used these artificial DNA bases created by Japanese scientists. I thought they were cool since they act the same way natural DNA does, if I’m understanding that correctly. Also, in the original you can spot a number in the top right, so I replaced it with Mewtwo’s number. I also signed my name in the bottom left as Da Vinci did, and kept his stamp.
I thought the combination of the Vitruvian Man, with it’s discussion of proportion and construction combined with artificial DNA bases, was a perfect fit for Mewtwo. He is my favorite Legendary, and Pokémon the First Movie holds a special place in my heart. I wanted to do him justice despite how simple this looks. :)
For wanderindreamr, the winner of my 2k follower giveaway! The prize was a free illustration request, and she asked for Hajime from Gatchaman Crowds. Thanks for such an awesome request!! This was super fun.
Since this went up on Archaia’s Twitter yesterday, I suppose it’s cool if I post it here~!
I am so honored to have had the opportunity to illustrate a variant cover for this wonderful new mini series. I remember watching The Storyteller as a kid with my dad, and I’m really excited to see more of The Storyteller’s tales come to life as beautiful, haunting comics. Each motif above the Storyteller’s head represents one of the stories he will tell. Be sure to check out the article on Nerdist for all the info!
The first issue will be available this September, so there’s plenty of time to go to your local comic shop to order it!
The people of TeeFury are offering prints of “The Great Wave Off Kanto” as an extra at checkout, and it features a Shiny Gyarados!This version is exclusive to TeeFury, so grab one while you can - I don’t know how long it will be there!
One of my favorite things about Fanime’s program guide is that they always have this reminder inside for the fans. Every convention needs this PSA! I’m so happy I got to illustrate it again this year. Remember to stay healthy and take care of yourself at conventions.
I’m back after an incredible time at FanimeCon! It’s been amazing watching this convention grow, and the new San Jose convention center finally fits it perfectly. Despite hiccups along the way, the AA staff pulled off their best show yet. NO MORE TENT!! The Alley was in this big, brand new grand ballroom. On the last day of the con I caught my art of mascot Becky being featured on the ballroom’s electronic display outside!!
As usual, I meant to take photos of the convention and forgot, but I have an adequate excuse this time. I was staying with family, so I ended up only taking videos of my sister’s bunny instead, (which are up on Instagram).
Now it’s back to work on Gumballs and commissions for the short time I am home. Long Beach Comic Expo up next!