Thursday, October 18, 2012

Goodbye Blogger

Hey all, I'm not sure who follows this blog anymore but it is time for it to meet it's maker.  I've decided to discontinue posting here, and strictly posting on Tumblr.  Having two blogs was just silly and if you'd like to continue to follow my work, follow me here:

www.kevinwada.tumblr.com

Had a blast, blogger.  It's been real.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

APE COMMISSIONS!





















Attention all San Francisco natives, if you’re thinking about attending the Alternative Press Expo this year (Oct 13-14), let me stop you, slap you, and tell you to stop thinking and just do it.  I’ve decided to do commissions for the show and if you’re not in SF, tell your friends who are so they can buy cool art for themselves, or as minions doing your bidding.  The piece above, which I’ve decided to include as a trio in my Duets collection, is indicative of the style and look of these commissions.
The rules are simple:
- Request list open from now till Friday Oct. 5.  Email me at k@kevinwada.com to request.
- 9x9” square
- Limited watercolor palette on watercolor paper
- $60 - 1 character
- Prices can be negotiated for more than 1 character
- Pieces are to be picked up sometime during the show
- Let me know if you see the piece more akin to my fashion pieces, or something more traditional - perhaps you have a favorite costume you want me to be faithful to or reimagine?
- Any requests are welcome, doesn’t have to be Marvel or X-men or anything I’ve ever touched before.  In fact, I encourage other reaches of the geek universe to flex my fingers a bit.
As for the piece above (which if you can’t tell, is of Harley, Selina, and Ms. Pamela of Batman fame), it will be on sale at APE along with tons of other originals!  So come one, come all, looking forward to hearing back from you guys and don’t forget to spread the word to all your favorite San Franciscans :P
ps. Apparently Lana Del Rey moonlights as Poison Ivy.  Who knew.

X-Couples














Super excited to share one of my latest commissions.  The client was debating between X-couples Hulkling and Wiccan (Wickling?) and Rictor and Shatterstar (Ricstar?) and finally decided to just include both - much to my satisfaction.  He was inspired by men's fashion ads and backstage shots of models lined up with their designers.  After drawing women so much it's always really refreshing to get the chance to draw some sharp, well dressed mensss.

I tried to let the color palettes of each character's costumes speak to me and inform what they would end up wearing and what colors should be most prominent.  I think this was most successfully done with Wiccan, whose colors and patterns all call back to his costume.  Rictor and Shatterstar I had more problems with because I couldn't decide which costumes to play off of for them.  The client wanted Ricstar to be a little more refined, dressed in suits, and Wickling to be younger, more playful and bold.  I had a blast designing clothes for these men and only wish Shatterstar had an outfit that was a bit more punctuated.

Also, I hope it reads, but Wiccan is closer, and leaning his head toward the camera, and Rictor is the furthest back.  They don't all just have radically different sized heads.  :P

Enjoy!

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Kitty Pryde Series Part 2....aaand APE!!!






















Here is Part 2 of the Kitty Pryde series, and for now, it will be the last installment.  The client who commissioned these really wants to continue into the 90s costumes but for now my commission queue is a bit long.  I think the classic costumed Kitty is my favorite.  She is by far the most simple of the bunch, but I feel like her face is the best.  The colors and shapes in that piece really please me and I'm happiest most with that one.  The second costume is from when Kitty wanted to spice up her team outfit a bit more and decided to dress herself.  Therefore, it's a crazy, zany, colorful mess.  But it's kinda dope too.

In other news, I got into APE (Alternative Press Expo, held by Comic Con International)!  I'm very excited that I made it through the wait list but now I have to crazy rush to create some good product for you all.  For sure I will be selling postcards of the X-fashions again - those were a huge hit last year.  I'll also make sure to bring some in 8x12" format.  I'm going to hustle and create a whole new slew of prints and I fully intend to sell ORIGINALS there as well - big, small, in between, all different price points.  A few quick questions for you SF natives:

1.  If I set up a commission request system, would any of you be into it?  It would have a fixed price and fixed size/guidelines.  You can email me up to 1 week before the event and come pick them up at APE?  Any takers?

2.  What would YOU like to see me sell there?  More postcards/$5 or less type stuff?  More prints?  More originals?  A booklet?  What do you enjoy seeing your artists sell?

Needless to say I am beyond excited to do APE again!

Monday, August 27, 2012

Kitty Pryde Part 1






















Here is Miss Kitty, in two very rare incarnations.  These are part of a commission set displaying various costumes of Kitty throughout the 80s.  I myself had never seen the green one before and it was a really fun commission because so often, artists, fans, readers tend to focus on the more popular outfits.  My client really appreciated the action pose of the green outfit, but I think the next two in this series are my favorites.  Had to get Lockheed in there somewhere.  As just a decorative element I think he really balances out the compositions.  Hope you guys enjoy!

Tumblr.

Friday, August 17, 2012

DUETS: Thor and Storm





















Hot on the trail of the last Duets piece is this one of Thor and Storm.  Many people responded back saying that they thought they would make a good duet, and truth be told, they were the next couple I was planning on recreating anyway.  So it all works out.  The Storm seen here is lifted from my original X-men group shot with minimal changes.  Thor was a lot of fun to play with.  I didn't want to change anything too dramatically and went back and forth on whether or not to draw his helmet in.  In the end I decided to leave it out, simplify his costume, give him a Roman-esque chest plate and draped cape instead of the shoulder-padded one he usually sports.  The original of this will be up at my store for sale as was the first duet (which is now sold!)

Monday, August 13, 2012





















I was going to wait to post this when I had more of it's kind to accompany it, but it's been so long since I've posted something I was beginning to have withdrawals.  I've been loving all of the fashion/superhero work I've been doing, but sometimes I have a hankering for one or the other.  My X-men group piece with my own (non-fashion-inspired) renditions of the characters went over well so I thought I'd do some quick one off pieces featuring whatever characters I wanted...in looks of my own creation.  Granted, Ms. Elektra and Mr. Wolverine here aren't in anything earth-shattering or unique, but the thought of getting to create my own "looks" for them that would still fit in the comic world was too good to pass up.  I always love Logan in rugged street clothes.  It just seems to fit his character so much more than a colorful leotard.  And for Elektra I wanted something dramatic and sharp.  Something that made it look like her top half had been dipped in blood.

This will be the first of many and the original will also be available on my store for purchase.  Prints my be available after the original goes.  For now, I think I'll dub this series "Duets," and all the originals will be put up at my store.  Any suggestions on who would make good pairs?

As always, a remainder to retumble my images from my (not so) new tumblr

And check in to my store every now and then to see which new originals will be posted.

Friday, July 20, 2012





















Happy Friday everyone!  Coming at you with more X-men madness.  Another commission, this time of the one and only Nightcrawler.  The client wanted full on Dave Cockrum era Bamfer.  To re-outfit him, I had to draw upon the gypsy and circus background of the character.  Those were the guidelines along with retaining his original costume's color scheme.  The whole Errol Flynn aspect of the character really spoke to me, so I ran with it, adorning him with two rapiers and his signature devilish smile.  I'm really happy with the way the whole piece came out, especially his shadowed face and bamf cloud.  He's such a unique and interesting character and I think sometimes artists and viewers forget what a hottie he could be.

Also, instead of tumbling my work on your own, just follow me here!  Much appreciated.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Another commission!  I am just coming at you from all angles these days.  The idea was a "fierce fashion family portrait" of sorts - very House of M.  The addition of grown-up Speed and Wiccan was a fun touch and I had a great time coming up with contemporary fashions for them to model.  The trick was trying (and maybe falling short) to create a likeness between the characters.  Obviously Mag, Quicksilver, and Speed all have that silvery hair.  But I wanted Wiccan to resemble his brother and mother and for all the characters to have callbacks to other characters.  I think I had the most fun with the twins and Wanda.  For some reason, the idea of turning her headpiece into a turban really appealed to me, and for Billy and Tommy I got to delve into very current young male fashion, which was a treat. Below is a picture of the piece in the sketching stage.  Not much to look at but I rarely post in progress work.  :)  

I tried to keep Wanda front and center, as I love her character and feel she's so important within this family, but I wasn't happy with any composition with her there.  Keeping her to the side, fists clenched, lent itself to the tension between her and her obviously relaxed father.  What do you think?  Good decision?

(edit: Polaris was not included in the commissioner's request and was left out.  Just the way the cookie crumbles.)


Tuesday, July 3, 2012





















This was a really fun commission that was also a gift.  The client was gifting this to his wife, whose father had died while she was young.  In response she had gathered father figures from the media and the idea was to showcase her as a young girl being protected by all of her pop culture dads.  I thought the idea was so incredibly sweet and touching and the chance to get to draw all these incredible figures had me very excited.  Hopefully the likenesses came out well enough but in case you need help, these bad ass dads include the members of KISS, Tom Selleck in Magnum PI drag, Sting (in his Dune duds), David Bowie in some sorta Ziggy Stardust outfit of my own creation and the one and only Harrison Ford, aka Han Solo.  There are saucer's in the background to suggest impending danger and all the men are striking protective action poses.  I had so much fun with this piece :).

Monday, June 25, 2012

X-Opera

This piece, which has been dubbed X-Opera, will require some explanation.  I see it as a spiritual "sister" piece to the X-men do Vanity Fair piece.  Very similar layout and feel - fashion editorial spread.  It was commissioned for a client's boyfriend's birthday and the idea was simple: combine each boyfriend's major interests - in this case, opera and X-men.

The concept was to take famous opera heroines and combine them with the boyfriend's favorite female X-men characters.  The other challenge was to take the costumes of the opera heroines as inspiration for mid-century fashions for the women to wear.  So there were several layers to this one - opera heroine inspired mid-century fashion on X-women.Let's break it down from left to right:Mystique is channelling the Queen of the Night from The Magic Flute.  We wanted to come up with a way of not making Mystique stand out too much as this jarring blue figure, so in my head, it's a combination of makeup and costume that brings out her true blue.  I thought Marlene Dietrich, 40s-50s femme fatale dress.  The skulls on her head piece are meant to allude to her X-men costumes and the Queen of the Night.Psylocke is mixed with Cio-Cio San from Madame Butterfly which was a perfect match (if only for the obvious butterfly theme).  For some reason, I envisioned her in this striking chartreuse gown instead of the obvious purple.  I wanted pure 50s gown elegance, something Audrey Hepburn would have worn to the Oscars or something.  The fuschia in her gloves was added to remind of her psychic power manifestations and the head piece an clear geisha reference.Storm was Aida from the opera of the same name.  I can't say I was super authentic in Ethiopian references for her jewelry but I was inspired by what I could find.  I remember seeing outfits in the 60s that were heavily influenced by "exotic" and ethnic pieces from Africa, the middle east, and far east cultures so I wanted this to feel like that fashion movement.  Something almost mod, and incredibly intricate and detailed.  (Notice some references to her X-men costume in all her jewelry.)Boom-Boom is meant to reference Cunegonde from Candide.  Idea was to think pink and lots of jewels as referenced in the character's aria, Glitter and Be Gay.  I wanted her to be 50s with the full skirt and 60s with the more revealing bust.  Boom-Boom's purse is a diamond encrusted bomb, a tongue-in-cheek call back to her powers in X-men.Kitty Pryde is standing behind Boom-Boom with a silver flower in her hand, a depiction of Octavian from Der Rosenkavalier.  I had to find a way to depict her clad in silver (as Octavian is in the opera) without it looking like armor or unsaturated and uninteresting, so I chose to have her in different tints of silver with pops of color.  I saw mod-60s and my favorite part if in the details of her shirt.  See if you can't spot some references to her X-men character.Jean Grey is sitting below Kitty, lush in a violet (she's Violetta from La Traviata.)  Red heads in lush colors like violet just look amazing.  She was pure 60s in my head.  The camellias at the bottom of her skirt refer to Violetta and her broach and shoes are small details from her X-men costumes.Rogue is channelling Carmen from, what else, but the opera Carmen.  She needed to be sassy, spunky, ready to break out into flamenco - not a far cry from Rogue's personality.  I saw late 60s for her.  A dress Liz Taylor would have worn with a face Sophia Loren would be jealous of.Super long, sorry.  Hopefully it was worth the read!


Thursday, June 21, 2012

Online Store is Now....Online...














www.kevinwada.bigcartel.com

Keep checking back for my updates and more prints!

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Round 5 - Trio Of Mutants

First off, apologies this took me so long to post, and apologies there are only 3 for this round.  I was struggling and struggling to work on the 4th member of this round and it got to the point where other work was just not allowing me to complete it and I wanted to send this out into the world sooner rather than later.

So you'll have to settle for 3.  Banshee, Spiral, and Mr.Wolverine.  Spiral was actually a fairly recent commission and I was very happy with how she came out so I asked the client if I could include her in the lineup and he allowed me.  Whether or not you think the designs are getting increasingly "crack-tastic" or uninspired, I have to say I've been away from this series long enough to still be able to find joy in it.  I think these three are very distinctly different and calling on varied regions of the fashion world.  If you have any suggestions on who I should tackle next, I am open to any and all!

Round 1
Round 2
Round 3
Round 4

Banshee




















Spiral




















Wolverine




















Friday, May 25, 2012

Psylocke & Revanche





















Hey guys, here's a recent commission I did on Psylocke and Revanche.  The request was for them standing back to back, posed beautifully.  I tried my best to tie them together with subtle visual cues, but I also wanted them to look and feel like individuals.  The hands, the arms, the legs - all positioned just so there's a hint of call back to one another.  Their feet came out rather small in retrospect but we'll just pretend they are dainty footed.  Enjoy!

Friday, April 20, 2012

90s Realness





















I'm very excited that I can finally post this piece that I've been sitting on for a few weeks now.  Not literally, mind you, that would crush it.  This was a commission that I could not pass up.  Finally a piece showcasing only minority mutant characters!  I was excited to say the least.  From left to right we have Oya, aka Idie Okonkwo, the queen herself, Storm aka Ororo Munroe, Frenzy aka Joanna Cargill, and finally M aka Monet St. Croix.  The concept was clear - early 90s runway fashion and nothing else.

We have Oya in Versace Spring 1994 - bold, and colorful.  Broad shouldered fuzzy midrif sweaters and flared skirts.  Socks with heels, anyone else remember that?  Storm had to be rocking short or mohawk style hair which is the first time I've ever portrayed her with that coif.  She is pure Chanel 1992.  Simple sheath dress minimalism of the 90s.  Remember when crew neck cuts were on everything?  The long gloves were a must and the jewelry has very tiny Chanel "C's" if you can see them.  Frenzy had to be in the legendary Versace "Bondage" line so I played around with the straps to come up with something accurate but also my own.  She looks killer and I let her sheer top cut across her chest much like her current costume does.  M is serving you Cindy Crawford, and we went multicultural and ethnic - straight from JPG 1994.

I had so much fun with this piece, letting the 90s really take over.  The heyday of the supermodel, when they could fill out a bust and had at least some meat on their thighs.  Thick eyebrows, heavy eye shadows, lots of neutrals and earthy browns, and when lip liner was visible from space.  Enjoy...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Monday, April 9, 2012

Wiccan

Here's a very recent commission I completed of the character Wiccan from Young Avengers.  I knew next to nothing about this character, other than that he had a really cool look.  Kind of reminded me of Hayato of Star Gladiator/Marvel vs. Capcom fame.  I did my research, found out he was a gay character, and fell in love with him even more.  We need more gay comic characters I think :).  He came out looking a bit older and more rugged than I intended, but I'm happy with my take on him.  

Wednesday, March 28, 2012


Finally an update!  Sorry, been..."busy."  Here's a piece I completed for a show I agreed to be in dedicated to the one and only Kristen Stewart.  It was an odd request but I was really excited (and honored) to be asked to contribute.  The premise was simple: a piece on Kristen Stewart.  It could have any tone or concept I wanted.  I could be admiring and adoring, or cynical and snippy.  I decided for something kooky and spooky, where the meaning could be sort of hazy.  I see Kristen Stewart as this kind of dark, non-Hollywood type of girl who was thrust under the microscope because of a hugely popular tween series.  She's uncomfortable with her fame, and comes off with an attitude or "edge."  I neither see this as a good or bad thing, and wanted a way to convey all this while calling back to the very franchise that has made her seem ungrateful or uninterested.  Hope you enjoy, tell me what you take from the imagery.

Oh!  And the show is on the 5th of April, all information is in the flyer.  The piece is framed and will be on sale there.  If you're in the LA area you should definitely check it out for some weird and fun KStew art.  And tell me how it is.  :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012





















You ever have one of those pieces that is so hideous, done on well earned materials, that you just have to paint over it?  Yea I got me one of those.  So I stained the hell out of it and slapped a few friends on top of it.  No planing really, just went for it.  It was very liberating to just sort of do whatever I wanted.  If you recognize yourself then congrats to you.  And to me :)

Friday, February 24, 2012

NEW TUMBLR!

Finally got a Tumblr.  I think it might be good for me!

http://kevinwada.tumblr.com/

Can't wait to beef that thing up :)

EDIT:

I decided to start a Tumblr, in addition to my DA and blog because I wanted to be able to monitor and have a bit more of a say over what was getting reblogged on Tumblr.  I think it's a great method for sharing work, love the aesthetic, and it's perfect for illustrators.  That said, if you want the real meat and story behind each piece, I'd keep up with my blog here.  I will post little treasures here and there and share the love at each website.  If you hate following people on multiple formats, park it here.  Word.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

When Covering Up Isn't Enough





















Greetings all.  I have returned with a commission I've been sitting on for quite some time now, and I can finally share with you!  For this one, old teammates She-Hulk and Sue Storm come together after what looks to have been an all out brawl to save a neighborhood.  I had some consultants share their input on this one and with their help I decided to try and capture She-Hulk's brazen sultriness with Sue Storm's motherly concern.  Easy, Breezy, Beautiful, Cover UP, girl.

Monday, February 13, 2012

Vanity Fair my Heroes

















Alo, I am back with another recent commission!  About damn time I say.  For this piece, the client wanted to invoke true fashion editorial by way of his favorite X-men women.  Vogue, Harper's, etc.  Strong poses, edgy fashions, and smoldering stares.  The works basically.  I worked rather large for this one, 20"x30" and it was refreshing to work so large.

Let's break it on down, editorial style.  From left to right:

Rogue.  Green high-waist pantsuit with bull shoulders, dark chocolate obi lacquer belt, hot orange gloves with powder blue stitching, rising flight gold earrings, gold-weave chest necklace plate.

Ms. Marvel.  Iridescent black/red bolt dress, Marvel star bangle, Ms. Marvel sunglasses, dark navy suede Warbird booties.

Emma Frost.  Pure white corseted leotard, lustre gun-metal stockings, baby blue darling heart belt, blonde ambition bangles, chastity pearls, blue chiffon wrap, diamond crochet necklace, diamond/crystal "fuck me" platform pumps.

Polaris.  Powder blue/green sakura blazer, candy black hot pants, coral sash obi tie, teal "suneate" platform wedges, skull enamel earrings.

Storm.  "Setting Sun" column dress with matte tight-drape top, gold dangle uncanny earrings, wire lightening crown, gold "talons and claws" ring series.

Psylocke.  Purple ballet stretch top with low cut back, butterfly puff skirt, Japanese "S" lacquer heels, "psi" wrap gold chain.

Sage.  Black single shoulder bathing suit, navy sari with gold trimmings, gold password lock belt, black choker and arm band, dark black blank screen sunglasses, computer chip tattoos.

I had fun with it, hope you guys enjoy the zaniness of it all!

Monday, February 6, 2012

ROUND 4: X-men, POSE








Well here we are with another addition of the X-fashions.  Been a month since the last round, and I think that's a pretty good turn around.  Better than times past at least.  Scarlet Witch down there is probably the most literal interpretation of the character, while the others push the fashion more.  As always, my partner in crime, Max Wittert, has his own lineup and they can be seen here.  ENJOY!

Magneto





















Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Rihanna


So I've been sitting on this one for awhile for a few reasons.   Ever since starting the X-fashion series I've been slowly moving away from the digital process little by little.  I used to do pen and ink line/washes which were then colored and altered in the computer.  With the X-men it's been all watercolor with minimal digital alteration.  I really enjoy watercolor and wanted to see if I could use it more while maintaining my established "look."With Rihanna up here I wanted to see if I could marry watercolor and digital just a little bit more and maybe come up with something new and exciting but still me.  There wasn't a lot of digital dressing added on to this piece, but I wanted to see if my style translated from my old way to my newer let's-add-watercolor-process.  So I sat on this piece because I couldn't tell when it was "done,"since this process is still sort of new to me, and I had other things I wanted to work on/show you first.  Either way, here she is, fresh out of her fire engine red hair and onto her chocolatey hazel locks.  Let me know what you think!


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Cloak and Dagger


Hey all, sorry it's been awhile since I posted.  Been busy and all which is a good thing.  I couldn't wait to post this piece after I finished it.  I've been wanting to do an illustration of Cloak and Dagger for awhile now, not because I know a lot about the characters, but because I really love their concept and design.  Aspects of them are a bit dated (or a lot dated) but I dug the aesthetics.  Enjoy!