JOHNNY GARGANO: Rob Schamberger Newsletter 04SEP22
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The moment Johnny Gargano returned to WWE I knew I wanted to do a new painting of him! Johnny Wrestling’s appearance gave me an opportunity to play around some more with mixing charcoal into my approach, using it to add some interesting rough-hewn texture that ink and watercolor alone don’t provide.
Just like it’s fun for me to continue to experiment and grow while staying true to myself, we’ve seen the same thing with Johnny Gargano. He continues to grow and push himself in new and exciting ways and I feel like we’re just getting started with what he’s capable of!
ICYMI, here's last week's Canvas 2 Canvas episode. Tomorrow's will go up on WWE's YouTube channel at 11AM CST!
Trish Stratus acrylic
Karrion Kross and Scarlet
Card subject to change.
SCHAMBERGER LABS: THE SERIES! SEASON TWO!
The first part of the main event is here! For my epic Wrestling Landscape painting of The Undertaker, I’m beginning work on the Dead Man himself. Wednesday’s newsletter will debut the final painting, as well as have all of the exclusive information about how to get a numbered print!
Here’s what it looks like so far:
WHAT I LIKED LAST WEEK
Last Sunday I finally made a point to watch Prey, the latest and (to my taste) greatest entry in the Predator series of movies. Set in the northern central plains of 1700’s America, it follows a native young woman who wishes to become a hunter for her tribe, soon becoming the hunted herself from both European fur trappers and a Predator alien. The movie’s incredibly well done, full of heart, action, adventure, genuine drama and a Predator killing a bunch of colonizers. Plus the alien fights a bear.
A bear. Fighting a Predator. COME ON. It’s rad.
I finished up reading the DC One Million omnibus a few days ago. It collects the miniseries by Grant Morrison and Val Semeiks as well as all of the crossover tie-ins, telling the story of the Justice League of the far future coming back to the present day and the JLA of the present day switching place with them in the future.
These came out in the late 90’s, and it’s not only a fascinating look back at the DC books of that time (which I flat-out LOVED) but also as a time capsule for how artists were struggling with being thrown into the future. The internet was becoming widely accepted into homes, cell phones were changing how we communicate with one-another, and advances in technology were moving at lightning speed, faster than anyone could keep up with. The whole book has that working under the surface while also being a rip-roaring superhero punch’em-up that, pun intended, stands the test of time.
I’d been eagerly anticipating Echolands volume 1 by JH Williams III and Haden Blackman and wasn’t let down at all. Williams III is one of, if not THE best artist working today in my estimation and he’s letting it shine in this widescreen romp through our collective imaginations. I don’t want to say too much about it because every page, every panel is full of discovery and wonder, but I do want to gush about how lucky we are to see an artist of this caliber somehow upping his already untouchable body of work.
I was eagerly anticipating Batman ‘89 by Sam Hamm and Joe Quinones and those expectations were exceeded. It’s a continuation of the Tim Burton Batman movies, taking place about a year after Batman Returns. Because it’s a comic, we get the fun of seeing Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face, Marlon Wayans as Robin and Winona Ryder as Barbara Gordon! What could have been, right? It’s a fun story about duality (naturally) written by the screenplay writer of those films, and drawn gorgeously by Quinones. It’s pretty much a must-read for fans of those two movies.
Yesterday my best friends Andy and Tom came over to watch Clash at the Castle with Katy and I. Friend, I don’t know that there’s anything I enjoy more in the world of wrestling than watching with a room full of people I love. We imbibed on my beers from El Segundo (I’d been holding off until Andy and I could have them together) and loaded up some nachos to eat alongside. The show was fun, but I had a got-dang blast watching it with this group of folks.
That’s what we all want, right? To share the things we enjoy with the people we love. I got to do that yesterday and everything was absolutely perfect.
Love you more,
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