PAT MCAFEE: Rob Schamberger Newsletter 09JUL22
I'm gonna fight 'em all.
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Hi. My name's Rob Schamberger. I'm that guy who paints rasslers. And other stuff. And the message coming from my eyes says, “Leave it alone.”
From his time in NXT to now as both a commentator on SmackDown and occasional in-ring performer, Pat McAfee brings an unmistakable aura of authenticity and passion to what he does. I’m excited to finally make my first portrait of him!
With this piece, I laid down a layer of colors to create my mid-tone and then used black ink for the deepest shadows. Following that, I applied some watered-down ink along with using a grainer brush to do some organic hatching with more ink that I dig a lot. Finally, I used a white acrylic paint marker to bring in the brightest highlights. I’ve played around with each of these techniques before but I think this is my first time bringing them all together this way.
ICYMI, here's last week's Canvas 2 Canvas episode. Tomorrow's will go up on WWE's YouTube channel at 11AM CST!
Card subject to change.
SCHAMBERGER LABS: THE SERIES!
We're getting into the main event on my epic painting of Charlotte Flair! While working on it, I answer...well, a different set of questions than what I thought I was answering. It gets weird.
WHAT I LIKED LAST WEEK
Star Trek Strange New Worlds season one is either the best Trek since Deep Space 9 or since the original series. Self-contained episodes with a through-line across the season and the finale is one of the single best episodes in the history of the franchise. Can’t recommend it enough.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Last Ronin is a cool Dark Knight Returns-style coda to the TMNT mythos. It follows the last of the Turtles as he returns to New York for a final confrontation with The Shredder’s grandson to end the blood feud between them once and for all. Filled to the brim with action, it also sees a sort of reunion between Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Tubular, dude!
Justice League Infinity is the latest ‘next season as a comic book’ series, doing a new season of Justice League Unlimited in comics form. I enjoyed this quite a bit. It’s essentially the DCAU’s synthesis of Crisis on Infinite Earths, Infinite Crisis and Final Crisis, centered around the Amazo android’s journey to the realms beyond reality and everything that inadvertently unleashes.
I actually finished up the Legion of Super-Heroes: Five Years Later omnibus volume 2 a couple weeks ago. I’ve got a lot of nostalgia for these books and it was a blast revisiting them. After the heavy and dense first volume they really tried to lighten things up both in the Stuart Immonen-drawn main title and with the Chris Sprouse-drawn Legionnaires. Some of the fill-in artists don’t gel well with Immonen and Sprouse (and golly it’d be hard to match what they were doing, along with Adam Hughes!) which can be a tad jarring. Still, I love these comics unabashedly and I hope DC continues to collect Legion books, both the post-Zero Hour run and back to when Paul Levitz and Keith Giffen took over the book and unleashed the Great Darkness Saga. Long Live the Legion!
We got back home on Sunday after a whirlwind trip to Vegas for my birthday and WWE Money in the Bank. I took Monday off because travel days aren’t relaxing whatsoever and then worked the next couple of days on next week’s Bobby Lashley painting before getting some great progress done on my months-long Charlotte Flair painting. I think I’ll finish it up next week, which means my paid-tier members will start getting even more good things coming their way. Like what? Like access to an exclusive numbered edition of the print! And Founding Member-tier folks will get an even more exclusive hand-remarqued edition where I draw right on the print making it excessively special. Stuff like that.
Tuesday night I went to Art School KC’s monthly figure drawing session and played around with some toned paper. It creates an instant mid-tone, so I then applied black ink for the deepest shadows and white acrylic paint marker for the highlights. Above is my best one from the night, I feel.
Working from a live model is such a great experience as an artist and I’m thankful to Art School KC for doing these sessions. They’re a not-for-profit independent organization specializing in extracurricular youth art classes, located a few blocks away from where I grew up. I would’ve LIVED THERE if they’d existed back then, man.
It’s really cool there’s places like that out there for kids to pursue their passions, that also does after-hours events for adults as well. It’s pure, you know? With so many lousy things happening in the world, it’s nice to have good places like this around.
Love you more,
EXCLUSIVE PAID SUBSCRIBER CONTENT
First up, through today your first month on the paid tier is only $5. Not bad.
Paid subscribers this week will get an exclusive 25% off discount code for prints, a list of the coming week’s signed prints at WWE Auction, and 24 hour advance access for the original Pat McAfee painting. WE ARE GO FOR PAYWALL.
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