DOM AND RHEA: Rob Schamberger Newsletter 02OCT22
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Hi. My name's Rob Schamberger. I'm that guy who paints rasslers. And other stuff. You are the king of the wild frontier.
One of the most frequent questions I get is how I decide what I’m going to paint next. A lot of factors go into it, but sometimes it’s as easy as seeing something on the WWE shows and wanting to recreate it. That’s exactly what happened when I saw for the first time Rhea Ripley leaning in towards Dominik Mysterio and whispering into his ear. It’s such a strong, compelling visual I immediately jumped on it.
With this piece especially, I want the viewer to ask themselves questions. What’s Rhea saying to Dom? How are those words and the person saying them influencing him? Is that why the highlights in his eyes are the same color as her? Why did I pick those specific colors for her, but color him differently?
I’ll leave it up to you to answer for yourself.
ICYMI, here's last week's Canvas 2 Canvas episode. Tomorrow's will go up on WWE's YouTube channel at 11AM CST!
Solo Sikoa - I had to innovate to get the texture of his black towel right. You’ll see.
Card subject to change.
SCHAMBERGER LABS: THE SERIES!
Continuing work on my Roman Reigns SummerSlam 2022 Wrestling Landscape (that's a mouthful) painting, I finish up rendering the crowd and somehow manage to talk about Claude Monet.
Here’s how it looks so far:
We’re all mad here.
WHAT I LIKED LAST WEEK
Arrowsmith: Behind Enemy Lines by Kurt Busiek and Carlos Pacheco exceeded my very high expectations. First, that decades later Busiek and Pacheco have been able to come back to continue the Arrowsmith series is a wonder. But that Pacheco especially is somehow even better as an artist, bringing to life the idea of what World War I would look like if magic were real and it’s gorgeous, terrifying and a true delight to behold.
Speaking of visual feasts, The Human Target vol 1 by Tom King and Greg Smallwood is one of the most inspiring artistic feats of the past ten years or so. Smallwood has made one of the most impressive-looking new comics since Darwyn Cooke’s Parker series, I feel. It’s as dang pretty as anything I’ve ever seen, combining his own aesthetic with mid-century American lifestyle illustration and the golden age of Disney background paintings, notably 101 Dalmations. It’s a treasure.
Reservation Dogs Season Two came to a wonderful conclusion, diving into the lives of each of its characters while staying true to the real emotions surrounding loss and grief and PTSD. I feel it’s one of the most meaningful yet laugh-out-loud-hilarious shows ever made. Willie Jack’s my favorite character, easily.
The Dispatcher by John Scalzi, read by Zachary Quinto is a rad Audible Original, a sci-fi noir that explores what society looks like when people can’t be murdered anymore and…sometimes they still can be.
I’m finishing up reading Batman: No Man’s Land Omnibus volume 2 and it’s for sure one of the most ambitious things DC Comics ever did. I missed most of this when it was coming out and it’s been fun reading them all together. Some parts are…stronger than others, but it’s still all cool.
This week’s Star Trek: Lower Decks is a pitch-perfect love letter to Deep Space 9 and I want to talk about this and only this but I want my fellow DS9 fans to watch it first. It’s wildly good.
My copies of Bravo For Adventure by Alex Toth Artist Edition and The Best of EC Stories Artisan Edition both came in and if you’re also an art nerd you’ll get why these were so exciting to get. Being able to study Toth’s process is a dream come true, and the EC book has entries from Jack Davis, Wally Wood, Al Williamson and what I consider to be the single best comic ever made: Bernie Krigstein’s ‘Master Race’.
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YOU GOOD? ARE YOU SURE?
There’s a belief on social media that I’m connected to the White Rabbit messages that have been making their way around WWE. It would be silly to think that I’m part of this. I’m a simple artist, what would I know about bad wolves, Azazel or record stores? There are no clues.
Life has no meaning beyond the purpose we each put into our own lives.
Revel in what you are.
Love you more,
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