IMPERIUM: Rob Schamberger Newsletter 09OCT22
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Hi. My name's Rob Schamberger. I'm that guy who paints rasslers. And other stuff. The president is on the line as ninety-nine red balloons go by.
Recently it became clear that I need to do an Imperium piece. Gunther, Giovanni Vinci and Ludwig Kaiser continually prove themselves inside the ring to be a dominant force within WWE as three men who aren’t afraid to inflict punishment upon their opponents.
With this piece in particular, I at first thought it’d be visually striking to have Gunther in color and Vinci and Kaiser in grey tone watercolor, but after some more thought I decided to render them with completely different mediums. So, Gunther is now in ink and watercolor and the other two are done with liquid charcoal and black colored pencil, creating a very different look from my other work in what I feel is a compelling way.
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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SCHAMBERGER LABS: THE SERIES!
This week I paint the barricade divider between the crowd and the in-ring action for my Roman Reigns Wrestling Landscape painting and try to convince you that it's like a crossover story. All of the pieces matter on a composition like this, even if they don't seem like a big deal at the time.
Here’s how it looks so far:
It’s almost starting to look like something!
WHAT I LIKED LAST WEEK
Saga volume 10 by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples was, unsurprisingly ten volumes in, a fantastic read and a very welcome return to the worlds Vaughan and Staples have been crafting for the past several years. The characters continue to grow and evolve in real ways and experience the hard events of their lives realistically as well. Plus, it’s utterly gorgeous to look at.
I’m caught up to current on Atlanta and am really enjoying it. Season three was pretty much what it would be like if Jordan Peele did TV, with some outstanding stand-alone episodes. Season four seems to be off to an amazing start.
Dana Carvey and David Spade’s podcast Fly on the Wall just finished up a two-part interview with Lorne Michaels that’s worth a listen. Lorne doesn’t do a lot of interviews and it was especially interesting to see him talking so laid-back with a couple of his longtime friends.
(Quick aside: I made this painting while my wife was hosting her book club back in 2015, so I stayed in my studio extra long and went a little extra on this. I’ve always been happy with it!)
I flew into Philadelphia on Friday to work WWE Extreme Rules yesterday. This was my first time doing a show at the Wells Fargo Arena and it was kinda perfect right out of the gate. Corey Graves and I were walking in talking about his suit and we had to walk by a dumpster immediately inside the building that was rather ripe. He chuckled and said, “Smells like Philadelphia.”
Otherwise it was a pretty normal show from my end, collecting signatures for Auction, taking meetings and getting that very-important face time in with staff and talent. I was actually back at my hotel before the main event, as I like to beat the crowd.
As you’re reading this I’m on a jet flying back home after an early wake-up. It’ll be good to be back with Katy and the cats.
Love you more,
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