Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


Ok folks, I've been incredibly busy since Detroit Fanfare, which I will do a write-up on in the next week or so, but if you "Liked" my artist page on Facebook (which can be seen here), these are the sketches I posted every day leading up to the convention.  No real reason to explain who each is, they are pretty self-explainatory.  Enjoy.

Until next time...

Monday, November 4, 2013



Set of four (4) Avengers prints based on the hit 2012 movie.  Each measures 11" x 17" and is printed on 130# Gloss Cover paper stock. Sold as set only.

Set of two (2) prints based on the hit movie, Tron Legacy.  Each measures 11" x 17" and is printed on 130# Gloss Cover paper stock. Sold as set only.

Set of two (2) prints based on the hit AMC television show, The Walking Dead.  Each measures 11" x 17" and is printed on 130# Gloss Cover paper stock. Sold as set only.

Print based on the hit James Bond 007 film, Casino Royale.  Measures 11" x 17" and is printed on 130# Gloss Cover paper stock.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Grand Rapids Comic Con thoughts and Detroit Fanfare

Ok folks, I meant to post sooner, but this weekend has been pretty crazy.  Nonetheless I am back, so let's get to it.

  The 1st annual Grand Rapids Comic Con was this past weekend (Oct. 12th), at the HSB Building in Wyoming, Michigan.  I must say, WOW.  I don't think anyone could have EVER thought the turnout would have been like it was that day.  Grand Rapids has been longing for something like this for a very long time; there isn't much else in Michigan: Cherry Capital Con (North), Motor City Comic Con, and Detroit Fanfare (both in the east side of the state).  Grand Rapids is booming in the areas of art, music, and theatre, and there really isn't much for the comic/pop culture group of people there.

  To put it mildly, the Grand Rapids Comic Con was a MASSIVE success.  I don't know the final head count, but from what I heard a little over 2,000 was turned away; the building couldn't keep up with the demand.  The building was absolutely pack from the opening until about 5 o' clock (it ended at 6).  The people were fantastic, the volunteers did their best under the circumstances, and everyone seemed to have a great time.  It didn't hurt that I did VERY well.  All in all, a fantastic time and I won't hesitate to do that show again.  Of course, they're moving to a bigger venue next year.

  Next weekend is the Detroit Fanfare comic convention in Dearborn, MI. at the Adoba hotel.  This is a very fun show as it is centered on those who create comics, both illustrators and writers.  I won't list everything that's going on because, quite frankly, there's too much to list.  For the rundown of the events check out:

Speaking of Detroit Fanfare, there are two exclusive books being released at the show that I was able to take part of.  The first,  'The Book of Tarot' from Transfuzion Publishing, is an introduction to the world of Tarot cards, accompanied by illustrations by artists that will be at the show!  I chose to illustrate the card 'Judgment':

My take on 'Judgment' was heavily influenced by Davy Jones from the Pirates of the Caribbean films; I even gave him a hat similar to Davy's as a nod.  Once a person dies, everything goes black.  Their soul awakens on a pathway and he/she is greated by a man with no name.  He doesn't say anything, but he holds a lantern in each hand.  Each lantern represents the judgment of the deceased; if the lantern in his right hand lights up, everlasting life in paradise awaits.   However, if the lantern in his left hand glows, purgetory forevermore.  I'm very happy with how this turned out.

The second book, 'Zelda's Zombie Zoo' written by Gary Reed and published by Binary Publications, is a children's book about Zelda, a tour guide, who takes the reader through her zoo....full of zombified animals!  I chose to illustrate the hyena:

Again, both books will be released excusively at Detroit Fanfare, with all contributing artists on hand to sign their contributions for the books!

That's it for now; I'm aiming to post one more time before Fanfare with my entire 'countdown' of sorts I've been posting on Instagram (for those interested, @jasondraws is my username).

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Grand Rapids Comic Con and other happenings

Just a little update as to what I've been up to and what's coming up...

Next Saturday, October 12th, I'll be at the Grand Rapids Comic Con in Wyoming, MI.  This is a very last-minute addition for me, as in I signed up for it last weekend.  I love the city and the table cost was very reasonable, so why not?  I don't really know any of the other artists that will be there save for Jim Towe and Jay Brant, but if you're in the area, stop on in an say 'hi'.  More info can be found at  

We're only 3 weeks out from Detroit Fanfare in Dearborn, MI and it will officially be the end of the comic con season.  This is an incredibly fun show to do; there's something for everyone.  In fact, there is just too much to list here, so check out all the goods at  I'll have a more comprehensive post before the show with details and such as things are being finalized everyday in their camp.

I have four cool projects that I've been a part of, and once I get the word, I'll share it here. 

Finally, in sort of a countdown kind of way I have been posting a sketch-a-day on my Instagram (@jasondraws) and my Facebook page (  I won't post everything I've shared so far on here, but here is just one sketch I've posted:

Boris Karloff as the classic Universal Monster, The Mummy

I'll have one giant-sized post in the coming weeks about the outcome of the Grand Rapids Comic Con, what to expect at Detroit Fanfare, my sketch-a-day countdown, and of course the four projects I've been a part of.  

Stay tuned.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Village Fest and other goodies

Hey everyone, this post is here a bit later than I intended, but here nonetheless.  I have a few updates for you guys, so let's get to it.

This past weekend was the Village Fest out in Grosse Pointe Woods.  Artists, food vendors, musicians, and everything else you could shake a stick at attended.  The artist group I am part of, Motor City Sketch, set up a booth there again this year, this time dong sketches to raise money for the American Red  Cross.  Other artists on hand besides myself were Ted Woods, Bruce Gerlach, Anne Garavaglia, Lee Gothro, and Franklyn Beasely.  The group of us ended up being completely slammed most of Saturday, to the point where we were drawing literally until the sun was down and couldn't see any more.  Sunday, albeit with shorter hours, was no different.  All in all, it was a blast and we all had such a good time.  Here are a few pictures from the event:

 My little friend here was pretty much the highlight of my day on Saturday.  He and his mother came up to me a little bit after the show started asking about getting a sketch done of him, but she didn't have cash.  Ultimately she said they would be back later (which much of the time, isn't the case and you never see them again), but she stayed true to her word and came back almost at closing time.  Her son, pictured above, wanted to be drawn up like Batman (he picked the right guy to ask to do it); I asked if I could get a picture of him for reference while they walked around a bit more.  At first he smiled, leading to me saying Batman doesn't smile, then he gave me a half grin/ half frown which sufficed; it was obvious he was very shy.  I drew up his picture and the two of them came back, he being as shy as ever, but when I gave him his picture I swear to God the way his face lit up you could have lit an entire room.  His mother was so happy with it and the kid was estatic; made my day.
 Almost set up.  Myself and Bruce Gerlach pictured.
 Getting into the swing of things.  Bruce, myself, and Ted Woods.
 The whole gang.  L-R: Bruce, Anne Garavaglia, Kelly Nemzek, myself, and Ted.
 Our friend James Green showed up for a little bit.  Really funny guy.

 Bruce is showing how he really feels about drawing people.
Ted's got a fan base in the Village!

All in all, it was fantastic time and couldn't have been happier with how everything went.  We were all glad to do it.  Also special thanks goes to Kelly's husband, Steve, for providing us with some Starbucks.  

In other news, I have officially signed on to be at the Detroit Fanfare Comic Convention at the Abode hotel in Dearborn, MI. October 25-27.  I'm not up on the official website just yet, but the contract has been signed and the paperwork is all done and in.  Once the show is closer I'll have all the details.

Last but not least, I recently finished yet another set from Cult Stuff, this time for the 'Beyond Bram Stoker's Dracula' set.  There's so much to go off of in terms of vampires and that whole culture that Cult Stuff decided to do a sub set for that.  I did 31 altogether These were a lot of fun to do, enjoy.

Thanks for reading.  Until next time....

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Wizard World Chicago thoughts

  Back once again with yet another thrilling post.  Two weeks ago I took part in the Wizard World Chicago comic convention at the Rosemont Convention Center in Rosement, Il.  It was a a huge show with many celebrities (such as Stan Lee, Zachary Quinto, Norman Reedus, and Chicago's own CM Punk), and a whole slew of artists, including yours truly.
  The layout of the show left much to be desired as it was split on two levels instead of everything on one floor, but that was due to double-booking the convention alongside a coin show.  Sigh.  The artists and celebs were on the ground floor and the vendors occupied the second floor which ending up confusing many people.  It also didn't help that the entrance to the artist alley/celebrity wing was split right in the middle of it, meaning for the most part, people would shoot straight to the stars, and if they were to go into artist alley, they would start to turn away by row G (we were in row J).  Because of that, business was pretty slow, and by Sunday, my table partner, John Marroquin thought it would be best to split up to separate tables due to there being quite a few of them.  After we split up, business picked up quite a bit, and thankfully I made up for my expenses which is the biggest hurdle to start with.
  The show wasn't my finest hour, but it was a helluva good time nonetheless as a few of my artist colleagues were in attendance and a few friends came into town.  Times like these make me really love what I do because I'm around people of the like which makes it all the more rewarding.
  I managed to snap a few pictures thanks to the power of Instagram:
 My half table set up.
 Decided to draw a few of the Ninja Turtles.  Here's my turtle doppelganger.

 A Beatles convention took place at the hotel we were staying at and my friend Kelly Nemzek and myself snuck into a concert that was going on.  No, I didn't get arrested, just good timing with the camera.
 Davy Jones.  This was a lot of fun to draw.
 Scarecrow sketch cover.
Donatello.  One lucky kid walked away with this one.

  Next up for yours truly is the Art and Sole (no typo) festival in Grosse Pointe Woods Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th and a few other artists will be on hand as well.  We had a great time last year and raised money for the Belle Isle Aquarium and I did quite a few portraits for kids which was a ton of fun.  I'll post more details when I get them.

  My next convention appearance is the Detroit Fanfare Comic Convention at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI October 25, 26, & 27th.  I will also have more details as the show gets closer.

Until next time.