CODY RHODES: Rob Schamberger Newsletter 24APR22
He came to the world in the usual way.
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Hi. My name's Rob Schamberger. I'm that guy who paints rasslers. And other stuff. You know we’ll have a good time then.
Once rumors began circulating that Cody Rhodes was returning to WWE I got super excited to do my first new painting of him in over six years. He’s radically changed his look since the last time I painted him, giving me a ton of new ground to explore with this piece.
I’ve been having a ton of fun of late experimenting with new tools and techniques with watercolor especially and I pushed myself even further with this one. Notably, I felt like I did some special bits with the masking fluid, getting a more organic line on his jacket. I’m pumped with how this one came out and am already thinking over what my next Cody painting will be. I’m not waiting six years to do it, I can tell you that!
ICYMI, here's last week's Canvas 2 Canvas episode. Tomorrow's will go up on WWE's YouTube channel at 11AM CST!
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In addition to Cody, we’ve also added a couple choice paintings of his pops, the American Dream Dusty Rhodes!
WHAT I LIKED LAST WEEK
Katy and I watched the first couple episodes of Outer Range and like it a lot. I think the elevator pitch is that it’s a sci-fi Yellowstone by way of Twin Peaks with Josh Brolin, which was enough to get me to watch. Kind of feels like it was co-written by Kurt Vonnegut and Larry McMurtry, so it’s kind of perfect for me. Interested to see where it goes.
I finished up reading Astro City Metro Book volume 1 by Kurt Busiek and Brent Anderson the other day and it was like revisiting old friends. It’s a compilation of the original six issue miniseries as well as the first 12 issues of the ongoing series. It holds up exceptionally well and I found it a more enjoyable read in big chunks than back when I read these as they first came out, sort-of-monthly. It’s wild how much of this was strip-mined by, I mean, INSPIRED others in the superhero genre.
The Ghost in You by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips and Jacob Phillips is the latest Reckless book by my current-favorite creative team in comics. If you also love stories about aging scream queens, murder houses and messy failed parents, this is the book for you. The Phillips father and son duo are also doing exceptional work on the art, taking a lot of cues from mid-century illustration but making it oh-so-modern.
Star Trek: Year Five volume four closes out the comic book adaptation of the never-made fifth season of Star Trek: The Original Series and it’s lovely. The creative teams throughout this series managed to take the original three seasons of the show along with the animated series as its fourth year, and then blend those with all of the retroactive continuity that’s arisen from the movies, the shows that followed and even the three reboot ‘Kelvin Timeline’ movies to make a hell of a love letter to Trek fans. They weren’t trying to make something for the wider audience, instead leaning into speaking directly to we die-hards. Plus: Lots of Gary Seven!
Spring started really showing up the past couple weeks here in Kansas City, the warmer weather part this week especially. The trees are getting color, the flowers are popping up out the ground, the grass reaching out to the sky full of chlorophyll and water.
I love it. I really enjoy putzing around in the yard and the garden. It’s not quite time to move the house plants outside yet but we’re close, which means I get to resume my daily ritual of watering them.
The windows are open in the house with fresh air breezing through the cats’ hair, getting them wild and galloping around.
I feel like New Year should be recognizing this time of year and not in the dead of winter, you know? Because THIS feels like a fresh start, like everything beginning again and ready to change the world around us for the better.
Now pardon me while I go for a walk to take it all in all over again.
Love you more,
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