Dan McDaid is a quadruple threat artist – writer, penciler, inker and colorist! I first noticed his art on Twitter which led me to his Instagram. I liked McDaid’s art and through his Big Cartel Shop purchased his sketchbook and Dega deluxe pack. I requested his take on Sly Stallone as Rocky and McDaid came through like a champ!
Brian Stelfreeze created this amazing painting of Sly Stallone as Rocky. I was hoping to make it on Brian’s commission list at the Heroes Giant-Size MiniCon. Not only was I lucky enough to make the list, but Brian was into the idea of creating some Rocky art. He surpassed all of my expectations (which were high since it was Brian Stelfreeze doing the art).
For those just learning about Brian Stelfreeze, he is one of the most amazing artists working today. He can do it all… pencil, ink, color, design. I have never seen a bad piece by Brian. Yet, he is one of the most humble, approachable and appreciative artists you’ll ever meet. This is my third piece by Mr. Stelfreeze. [You can see my first here and my second here.]
Tom Richmond of MAD magazine fame opened up his commission list and I jumped on with a request for Jack Carter (Sly Stallone) and John Wick (Keanu Reeves). As you can see Mr. Richmond came through with a winner, which is no surprise.
This is my second commission from Tom Richmond, the first was a Rocky (Stallone) and Clubber Lang (Mr. T.). I’ll post it once I get it scanned. It is larger than my current scanner and a photo doesn’t do it justice.
If you’re a sketch collector, I highly recommend Tom Richmond. He does great art, has wonderful communication and packages the art securely.
How cool is this Jack Carter / John Wick piece that my buddy, John Beatty drew for me?
John has created several Stallone pieces for me over the years, but this one is perhaps the most creative. Using the Jack of Spades… with each J standing for Jack (Carter) and John (Wick)… the spades suit symbolizing death… the Carter and Wick figures mirror images of the other. The drawing can work from any position – Carter or Wick on top or viewed from the horizontal angle that I’ve used (and prefer). I also have to give John Beatty props for the research he did to make sure both Carter and Wick have their preferred guns.
Check out Sly Stallone as Jack Carter by Mike W. Lynch! This was Mike’s first time drawing Sly and he nailed the likeness.
Mike Lynch had a contest for a free drawing and my buddy, Ron Wendt aka Darth_Rawn won. Instead of getting a piece for himself, he asked for the Stallone piece above to gift to me! Ain’t friends great?
You can see more of Mike’s art using the two links above (Instagram and Twitter). Thanks to Mike and Ron for a sweet addition to my Stallone art collection.
I recently saw that several artists were doing commissions at reduced rates in support of The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco. How could I pass on a chance to get a new commission for my Stallone-themed Sketch Collection AND support a good cause at the same time?
I looked at the list and decided to go with Andrew Farago. Andrew is not only an artist and author but also the Chairman of the Northern California chapter of the National Cartoonists Society and the curator of the Cartoon Art Museum! I asked for Jack Carter and John Wick and Andrew came through like a champ!
If you’re a sketch collector, The Cartoon Museum’s Sketch-A-Thon gets my highest recommendation. The prices are super reasonable, there are several artists to choose from and there is even a digital sketch option!
Thanks again to Andrew Farago for the cool sketch and super service!
Christopher Peterson is a Shuster-nominated comic artist who has worked for Dark Horse, Boom Studios, Image, Black Mask, and other companies.
Back in 2016, I saw that Chris’ computer died and he was sketching to raise money to replace his work station. I set up a commission with Chris and he sent me this cool digital rendition of his take on Sly from Lords of Flatbush. You can check out more of Chris’ art here or follow him on Twitter.
I hope you did this Rambo drawing by Matthew Harrower as much as me.
Matthew is an freelance illustrator and character artist. He’s influenced by his love of comics, transformers, mechs, John Woo movies and most things from his childhood. Matthew is currently studying for his Master’s Degree in Character Animation.
Today we have a video of Thomas Boatwright creating a watercolor Stallone as Cobra sketch for me. I was surprised at how much Boatwright knew about Sly and Cobra. As always, I love the Boatwright’s art. You can see more of it here.