KROSS & SCARLETT: Rob Schamberger Newsletter 18SEP22
Why can't you see, what you're doing to me?
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Hi. My name's Rob Schamberger. I'm that guy who paints rasslers. And other stuff. I’ll dry the tears from your eyes.
As soon as Karrion Kross and Scarlett returned I knew I’d do a new painting of them, as they’re favorites for me to create with. They’re the type of personas that I can push really far as they already are so over the top, plus their looks truly lend themselves to my approach.
For this one, I tried out something a bit different by creating Scarlett totally with colored ink, and then Kross with colored pencil. I feel like the different mediums make them stand apart while the color palette keeps it all as one piece. Both of these are from their stellar entrance, when Kross has the spotlight directly above him, while Scarlett’s is from when she madly sings along with their entrance song.
ICYMI, here's last week's Canvas 2 Canvas episode. Tomorrow's will go up on WWE's YouTube channel at 11AM CST!
Sheamus - It’s a banger, don’t worry.
Rhea Ripley and Dominik Mysterio
Card subject to change.
SCHAMBERGER LABS: THE SERIES! SEASON THREE DEBUT!
In the Season Three Premier, I begin my epic painting of Roman Reigns standing victorious over Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam 2022! Some masking fluid, a primer coat, and the first few coats of color for the background get us started!
Here’s how it looks so far:
WHAT I LIKED LAST WEEK
The Space: 1969 by Bill Oakley Audible Original is a must-listen for fans of absurdist humor. Oakley, a former showrunner for The Simpsons brings that same farcical nature to this alternate timeline where JFK survived (albeit now sporting an eyepatch) but is…different…going into his third term. America in 1969 has an orbiting space base and is opening a lunar base, and the story opens with Jerry Lewis getting assassinated on the satellite base. The main character, a nurse on the station voiced by Natasha Lyonne quickly finds herself in a Jason Bourne-style caper against secret agents, the Beverly Hillbillies, Howard Hughes and the President himself. Oh, plus: Nixon is involved in a way that’s one of the funniest things I’ve seen in years.
Nothing is what it seems but it all makes sense. This is an ACCOMPLISHMENT of a thing and I kept saying out loud, “Holy $#!+ this is funny.”
What We Do in the Shadows Season Four was full of deft writing, hilarious performances, and one of the best character arcs ever with The Thing That Crawled From Collin Robinson’s Dead Body. And a genie! And a home improvement show! Plus, blood sprinklers! A friend of mine and I were talking about the lousy-looking Munsters movie from Rob Zombie coming soon and he said, “I can’t imagine trying to reboot The Munsters in a world that has What We Do in the Shadows.” It’s a head-scratcher for sure.
Have we talked about the new Beavis & Butthead series yet? The recent Beavis & Butthead Do the Universe movie set the table for this show, creating the concept of a B&B Multiverse which allows Mike Judge & Co to do literally anything with the new series. We’ve got teenage Beavis & Butthead set in modern times, having dumb adventures in escape rooms, on float trips, or confusing DDT with Spanish Fly while watching YouTube videos instead of MTV. But we also get the original Beavis & Butthead from the 90’s who have aged in real time, now middle-aged losers having dumb adventures with the welfare system and serving on a jury together. PLUS! Autotuned Beavis! The boys watch WAP (“Can’t we find a less vulgar name for this, like ‘Moist Vagina’?”)! Beavis & Butthead die! Probably several times!
This is one of the few times where a relaunch not only meets the nostalgic expectations, but exceeds them.
Do you love classic territory-era studio wrestling as much as I do? A YouTube user has been adding complete Universal Wrestling Association episodes from the late 70’s like this one and friend, this is RAD. UWA was Lou Thesz’s promotion, with Lou on commentary and it’s FASCINATING to see how different wrestling is but how in so many ways it’s still done the same. I love it!
That said…HOOO-BOY some of these don’t age well at all, culturally. Yikes.
I watched the recent Elvis movie and enjoyed it quite a bit.
Reservation Dogs is my favorite show right now. If you’re not watching yet, it’s worth your time for sure.
Everyone told me that Atlanta was a great show, but I just started watching it and wish someone had told me that it’s a great show.
Another pretty good week on my end, mostly putting my butt in the chair and sitting down to paint. After finishing next week’s Sheamus piece, I worked up the layouts for the upcoming Rhea/Dom and Imperium pieces and then got to work on the new Wrestling Landscape painting. Friday evening Katy and I got our new Covid booster shots. No side effects yet for either of us, which is pleasant!
It’s fun, for a while there I had no idea what I’d paint next due to where the WWE product was at creatively coupled with the fan base’s general enthusiasm with the wrestlers, but now I’m almost struggling to stay on top of everything people are excited about and ultimately what -I’m- excited to paint.
Even at my lowest moments, this has been a cool job but of late I seriously love doing it. Thanks again for allowing me to live this dream. You’re special.
Love you more,
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