Power Couple

It’s time for another Watercolor Wednesday but it’s Friday so I’m late. I’ll just get on with the post.

This week I drew a popular couple from DC Comics; Green Arrow and Black Canary.

I tried out doing an under painting with violet washes. It seemed to give the painting a deeper tonal variation so I think I’ll try it again on my next painting.

Inktober Week One

Inktober was started by Jake Parker back in, I don’t remember the year, but the point is he created it to promote regular drawing habits among aspiring illustrators. I count myself in that category.

The idea is that if you can draw something everyday for a month you’ll be able to maintain a certain level of art production after that. It happens every October and all you have to do to participate is post a drawing on social media with the hashtag #inktober. I like to post my work on Instagram under the handle @hellopinello.

Here’s my contribution to the first week. The first two are portraits of myself and my fiancée. The rest follow a Halloween theme cuz Halloween’s my favorite.

Watercolor Wednesday

Watercolor Wednesday, I kind of like how that sounds so I think I’ll start posting my paintings on Wednesday’s, maybe, if I remember.

So here’s my most recent two, numbers four and five respectively, in my quest to complete 100 paintings.

I’m working on Green Arrow and Black Canary at the moment and have plans to do Green Lantern (John Stewart) and Darkseid after that. So I pose this question to all y’all; What DC character should I draw for number ten? Leave your answer in the comments.

Wonder Woman

This is painting number three of one hundred in my personal challenge to get better at watercolor painting. Last week I did Superman and Bizarro. I was pretty happy with how they turned out but I feel like I leveled up on this Wonder Woman piece.

I feel like I was able to get better color saturation on this one. If you look at the Bizarro piece, it looks a little washed out or light. I also feel like I chose a more interesting color palette. One thing I would do differently is make the top half of the background more purple. I feel like it got too dark and her hair gets lost in it.

Old Stuff For a New Day

I was digging through some old art the other day and decided it was time to let go of some of it. Here’s a few sketch cards I did back in 2014. Might’ve even been 2013 (I should really put dates on pieces.)

They’re up on eBay right now if you’re interested. Starting bid is $1. You can find them under the seller name littdledogcomics2014. Keep checking back because I’ll be posting more old work every Monday.

These were drawn with copics and microns on Bristol board btw.

Be About It

superman watercolor 6x9 web

The best way to get better at something is to put effort into it. I recently decided I wanted to get better at watercolor painting. My plan is to do that by creating a painting of a pop culture character every week until I complete 100. I’ll be posting them every Friday on my instagram (@hellopinello) and on eBay (littledogcomics2014). I hope you guys stick with me as I work through this and we’ll see how things turn out in a about two years.

For the first week I did two paintings, Superman and his arch rival Bizarro. If you are interested in purchasing them check out the listing here.

Bizarro watercolor 6x9 web

Dont talk about it, be about it.

Bucky: a cute enamel pin

bucky pin final design

Original design by Shaun Pinello vector drawing by Made by Cooper

If you’re following me on Instagram (@hellopinello) you may have noticed that I’ve been working on a comic called Sweater Kid. One of the characters in the series is a charming, cape-wearing dog who’s missing a chunk out of his ear.

Last month I ran a Kickstarter campaign to make a hard enamel pin based on this lil guy. (who’s based on my actual dog, also named Bucky) The Design above is the vector file that will be used to produce the actual pin. I’m working with a company called Made by Cooper who took my original design and adapted it to be made on their machines.

This is my original drawing:

bucky pin final design copy

Unfortunately because of the pin’s size, only an inch wide, some of the details had to be sacrificed. Over all, with the limitations of the manufacturing process, I think they did a great job staying true to the original design.

The pin is currently in production and I will receive them in early August. You can pre-order your own right now in our shop. All orders receive a digital copy of a short Sweater Kid comic that features Bucky.