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.

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.

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baaf cover chicken for web

© Shaun Pinello 2017

I’ve spent months working on new comics and I’m happy to say that I’m ready to share Bucky and Alma Forever: Best Friends. It will eventually be for sale in my shop but for the time being the only way to get it is to sign up for my email list. All you have to do is click the sign up link in the menu, or at the end of this post, and provide your name and email address. Then I’ll send you a pdf of the first chapter. It’s that easy.

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tootncommon

By Shaun Pinello ©Little Dog Comics 2016

Theres a story behind the joke on this page. Not a great story but whatever. It’s my story and I’m going to tell it.

It goes back to 2011 when I worked at a nursing home. I was on my way home from work and for some reason I thought of Tutankhamun, you know King Tut, and how it sounds like toot’n’common. Like you have a toot in common. I know, I’m killing this joke right now, but it was funny to me at the time and the more I thought about it the funnier it got. It’s like when you were a kid and you insulted another kid on the playground and that kid’s like, “Very funny I bet that took you all night to think of that.” I’m the kid who stays up all night it case you didn’t get that. You probably got that.

This joke kept percolating in my head for weeks. I had the punchline but it took me a while  to get the set up. And once I had the set up I needed the perfect opportunity to spring this terrible joke on the world. And as luck would have it I worked somewhere where toots happened loud and often. The nursing home. Old people live there and for those of you who haven’t spent much time around old people, they have little to no control over their farts.

My main job was to go to someone’s room, help them out of bed or a chair, and take them to the gym for physical therapy. I was helping this lady move from an arm chair to a wheel chair. When she stood up she farted. A long raspy toot with hints of wetness. Most of the time the social convention is for both parties to act like nothing happened. You can’t even crack a smile. But she was really embarrassed so I felt like i should break the tension. I said, “You remind me of the Egyptian pharos, you both have a toot’n’common.” She laughed and we were best friends after that. At least until she forgot who I was thirty minutes later.

I warned you it wasn’t a good story but you still read it all the way through.

Presidential Report

lincoln lettered

by ShaunPinello ©Little Dog Comics

When I made my last post I noticed the next post was scheduled for Lincoln’s birthday 2/12. I tried to make a page in time but was a day late so, “Happy belated birthday Lincoln.”

I did some research while coming up with ideas for this page and found out that Lincoln was a pretty funny guy. He seemed to have a joke or humorous anecdote for every situation. This page is based on a time when he was feeding his cat at the dinner table with a gold fork. His wife admonished him for it and he shot back, “If a gold for was good enough for Buchanan it’s good enough for Tabby.” Which is funny because James Buchanan was his unpopular predecessor.

Here’s some other interesting facts:

Abraham Lincoln did not like to be called Abe. He preferred to be called Lincoln.

He was a great animal lover. He had goats that lived on the White House lawn and were even permitted to go inside.

He was the first president to have a beard. That’s fifteen baby faced presidents before one was brave enough to rock the manly follicles. An interesting side note, out of forty-four presidents only nine have had beards.

Go here for more facts about Lincoln.