Tuesday, September 11, 2012


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.


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