Women of Wonder: Art That Helps October 24, 2011 – Posted in: A Picture's Worth, Blog, Featured Columns – Tags: , ,

It’s that fun time of the year again! No, not Halloween–it’s WOMEN OF WONDER WOMAN DAY! The national charity art event to benefit domestic abuse shelters organized by award-winning author and comic book scribe, Andy Mangels. (You may recall that for the last five years it was called WONDER WOMAN DAY; sadly, some companies do not apparently want their characters associated with helping prevent domestic abuse. Guess they’d rather publish soft porn of their female characters instead.)

There are now three events held simultaneously: Portland, Oregon; Flemington, New Jersey; and Austin, Texas. I’ve been fortunate enough to be asked to contribute for the fifth time, so I did triple duty and created three new pieces, one for each location. This year the event is open to basically *any* female fantasy character, including those from film and literature. (It is, however, a female- and family-oriented event, so there were obvious restrictions of taste. How refreshing!)

Despite the wide variety of available characters, I went with “Big Two” superheroes to hopefully garner winning bids. Maybe next year I’ll try Hermoine,  Buffy or Lady Gaga.

First one was a She-Hulk, who to me epitomizes feminine strength and kick-ass attitude for Marvel (with DC it’s Big Barda). This is around 8.5×11 inches, mixed media. I tried a bold and assertive rendering technique to (hopefully) add to the ‘tude, and give an illusion of motion to a static pose.

 

Artwork ©2011 Mike Pascale. She-Hulk is ™ and property of Marvel Characters. All rights reserved.

 

For Texas, I chose to do kind of a “poor man’s pointillism” and lines with markers on canvas. Wonder Woman praying in the rain–thought it fit the theme. About 7 x 9 inches.

 

Artwork ©2011 Mike Pascale. Wonder Woman is ™ and property of DC Comics. All rights reserved.

 

And last, another 8.5×11 piece on black board in white pencil. From Marvel, I’m a huge fan of the Silver/later age Scarlet Witch. As you may know from my blog post on this event last year, I love working in this technique as it really makes me think in terms of less rather than more.

 

Artwork ©2011 Mike Pascale. Scarlet Witch is ™ and property of Marvel Characters. All rights reserved.

 

As with previous years, there are dozens of other great pieces up for auction, by Adam Hughes, Joe Sinnott, Ethan Van Sciver, Scott Morse, Joe Staton, Val Mayerik, Neil Volkes, and lots, lots more. Even stuff by folks you never heard of that would still look great on a wall or in your collector portfolio! Plus signed items from the cast of GLEE, BIG BANG THEORY, Robin Williams, Pixar movies and yes, more!

Only reason I’m telling you about them and not focusing just on me is because of the cause…so check ’em out, will ya?

The auction should be open for bidding now. You can bid via email–proxy bidding ends Saturday night, October 29rd. Some will also be on eBay but all are on display on the wonderful Wonder Woman Day website right here.

Bidding info links are here.

Please take a look and bid whatever you can–you’ll be getting a nice piece of original art and helping a lot of deserving women and kids at the same time.

And that’s something truly *wonder*ful.

 

 

 

Thanks,

Mike

 

P.S.: Just to continue the good karma, and to give YOU the chance to do good, I am donating half of all proceeds from any commissions from this link to the WW Day charities. Just ask Craig here. And I’ll donate in YOUR name, so the good vibes flow from the universe directly to you. Win-win! Thank you!!

 

P.P.S.: As if you didn’t know by now, I’ll be at the Long Beach Horror and Comic Con on October 29 and 30–my first west coast convention appearance in over ten years! (Yeesh, that’s a long time.) Joining me on this pre-Halloween weekend will be our own art monster, Dave “Ghoulish” Gutierrez and site-spirit Craig “Creeping” Rogers! I’ll have free candy or other junk, plus signed Bru-Hed books, comics, and artwork galore! See you then! More info here.

 

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