Construction…

Constructing The HULK! A step by step breakdown of my illustration process from concept to finished art. Let’s Go!…

Tools. Every artist has their favorite “weapons” of choice. Here are some of mine.

  1. Staedtler HB graphite leads w/ lead holder.
  2. Kneaded Eraser, to get rid of the excess pencil after the ink has dried.
  3. Ink Brushes / Raphael 8404 No. 2 Sable, Utrecht 228 No. 6 Sablette (synthetic), Winsor & Newton Cotman 668 Filbert (flat/round) and a Winsor & Newton Series 7 No. 2 (for white areas and effects).
  4. Black Ink / I use a mixture of three different types of ink to get a rich solid black look that I prefer. Speedball Super Black, Yasutomo Black Sumi Ink and Rapidograph Ultradraw Black India.
  5. Daler & Rowney Pro White / For white areas and effects.

Every good illustration starts with a solid concept. A quick (rough) transfer of ideas to paper. For the Hulk, it’s easy…Angry, Snarling, with clenched fists…

…Once I get the look I want, I begin to refine the drawing. I always try to have my subject matter “act” with a variety of expressions and/or emotions. Sometimes I’m successful. Other times, it’s a long, agonizing process. I think I got it with this one….

…Further refining, to bring the piece to a finished pencil stage…

…When the penciling is completed, it’s time for ink! I used a Raphael 8404 No. 2 Sable brush exclusively on this piece. The larger brushes were used to fill in the heavy black areas…

…Detail. Pulling my ink lines from a fine point, and applying pressure as I enter into the heavier black areas. The objective is to try and create a gradual variation of the line wieght, as it relates to a specific light source…

…When the first layer of ink is dry, I use a kneaded eraser to remove any excess, unwanted pencil and smudging. Then, I apply a light ink-wash to add depth and contour. I used a Utrecht 228 No. 6 Sablette brush for the ink-wash areas…

…DONE!

On to the next one.

Peace,

R

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July 4th

From the Rob Stull archives…

“…It is not light that is needed, but fire. It is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm. The whirlwind. The earthquake. The feeling of the nation must be quickened. The conscience of the nation must be roused. The propriety of the nation must be startled. The hypocrisy of the nation must be exposed. And the crimes against god and man must be proclaimed and denounced.”

Frederick Douglass

July 5th, 1852

Rochester, NY

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The Element Of Graffiti Art In Hip-Hop

On Saturday June 15th from 1 to 3 pm at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library, Boston-based artists Problak (Rob Gibbs), Fabian Murray and myself will lead dialogue and participate in a panel discussion on the element of Graffiti Art in Hip-Hop Culture. We will be sharing our stories and individual experiences of maneuvering through the intricate world of professional art, and the role Hip-Hop has played in that process. An art demonstration will take place following the discussion.

Boston is home. Hip Hop is the foundation.

THE ELEMENT OF GRAFFITI ART IN HIP-HOP

Boston Public Library (Grove Hall Branch)

41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA 02121

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Free Comic Book Day 2019

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CONNECTION

I see a lot of folks jumping on the current Music and Art bandwagon these days, while some of us have been riding that train for decades. Amazing how the right public figure attached to a project can provide instant overnight credibility, without the proper time investment or commitment. Later for that. I’d rather keep it real.

The 2018 Comic Convention season is long gone, but a few of it’s high points still remain. Like the Music and Comics live podcast and panel discussion during New York Comic Con this past October at Madison Square Garden. The OG Podcast Network, in association with Fireside hosted a series of live panel discussions each night of the convention. Night 3 featured Hip-Hop icon Dinco D from the legendary group Leaders Of The New School, and myself talking Music and Comics…

Rob Stull, Dinco D, Tony Powell, Jon Mendte, Steven Maurer and P-Features in studio for the Music and Comics live podcast and panel discussion.
New York Comic Con at Madison Square Garden (2018)

Music and Comics panel.
New York Comic Con at Madison Square Garden (2018)

Dinco D, Tim Einenkel from the OG Podcast Network and Rob Stull.
New York Comic Con at Madison Square Garden (2018)

Dinco D and Rob Stull.
New York Comic Con at Madison Square Garden (2018)

Dinco D signing limited edition prints.
Music and Comics panel.
New York Comic Con at Madison Square Garden (2018)

Rob Stull signing limited edition prints.
Music and Comics panel.
New York Comic Con at Madison Square Garden (2018)

Music and Comics panel.
New York Comic Con at Madison Square Garden (2018)

Big shout out to my bro Dinco D, Tim Einenkel, Tony Powell, Jon Mendte, Steven Maurer, P-Features, David Oecshle (Baby Huey) and the OG Podcast and Fireside crew!

Music and Visual Art. Hip Hop and Comics. It’s all Art. It’s all connected.

Peace,

R

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The 2018 RINGO Awards

The RINGO Awards are an annual awards ceremony, hosted by the Baltimore Comic Con, that celebrates the best in the comic book industry. The ceremony is named in honor of my brother in art and former Tellos collaborator, the late Great Mike Wieringo. The physical award incorporates original Tellos cover art from volume 2 of the Mike Wieringo Tellos Tribute by Mike, myself and Paul Mounts.

I had the honor of being a judge and presenter for the second annual RINGO awards, held on September 29, 2018 at the Baltimore Comic Con.

I presented awards to some amazing creators. The best in the industry…

The Pre-Game Show.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

The Banquet.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

2018 RINGO Awards

This one was special…

 

Presenting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic alongside amazing artist and longtime friend Gus Vazquez.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Presenting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic, alongside amazing artist and longtime friend Gus Vazquez, to the creative team of artist Sanford Greene and writer Chuck Brown for “1,000.”

Presenting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic to Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Artist Sanford Greene receiving congratulations from Tellos co-creator/writer Todd Dezago.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Shelly Nathan)

Artist Sanford Greene accepting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic with writer Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards
(photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Artist Sanford Greene accepting the 2018 RINGO Award for Best WebComic with writer Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Presenting one of many RINGO Awards to legendary artist Lee Weeks for his amazing work on “Batman / Elmer Fudd” with writer Tom King for DC comics.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by George Rodriguez)

Artist Lee Weeks and writer Tom King moments after receiving one (of many) RINGO Awards for their work on “Batman / Elmer Fudd” for DC comics.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, Mark Waid and Matt Wieringo presenting the 2018 RINGO Spirit Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Shelly Nathan)

Todd Dezago presenting the 2018 RINGO Spirit Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by by Bruce Guthrie)

Todd Dezago, Craig Rousseau, Mark Waid and Matt Wieringo presenting the 2018 RINGO Spirit Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Shelly Nathan)

Mark Waid, Craig Rousseau, Matt Wieringo and Todd Dezago presenting the 2018 RINGO Spirit Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Bruce Guthrie)

The legendary Denys Cowan presented the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award to comic book industry icon Denny O’Neil.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by George Rodriguez)

Comic Book industry icon Denny O’Neil accepting the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Rob Stull)

Comic Book industry icon Denny O’Neil accepting the Hero Initiative Lifetime Achievement Award.
2018 RINGO Awards
(Photo by Rob Stull)

The after party…

Rob Stull, Matt and Suzanne Wieringo.
2018 RINGO Awards

ROYALTY. Matt and Suzanne Wieringo. We’re all part of a very unique and extended family.

Hip-Hop icon Dinco D from the legendary group Leaders Of The New School, Rob Stull and George Rodriguez.
2018 RINGO Awards

Lee Weeks and Rob Stull.
2018 RINGO Awards

Jamar Nicholas and Rob Stull.
2018 RINGO Awards

Rob Stull and Jerry Ordway.
2018 RINGO Awards

Sanford Greene, Rob Stull, Mark Morales and Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards

Sanford Greene, Rob Stull, Mark Morales and Chuck Brown.
2018 RINGO Awards

An amazing moment captured by my good friend Dinco D from Leaders Of The New School. RINGO Awards after party with three of the best in the business. Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown won the RINGO Award for best webcomic, and longtime friend Mark Morales won for best inker. I don’t know too many people that work harder than these brothers. Me and Mark share 26 years of friendship, and I’ve witnessed the evolution of Sanford’s career from an exceptional penciler (90s era Heroes Convention in Charlotte, NC when we first met) to a creative force within the entertainment industry. Congratulations once again gentlemen. You definitely deserved the recognition.

And this guy…

Rob Stull and Gus Vazquez
2018 RINGO Awards

…I’ve known this talented individual for over two decades. We’ve collaborated over the years on mainstream & small press projects and have always had a mutual respect and appreciation for each others abilities. We were not only judges for the 2018 RINGO Awards, but also had the opportunity to share the stage as co-presenters at the ceremony. Gus Vazquez, we go back to the NYC days my brother! Much Love and Respect always.

And a big shout out to Randy Tischler, Shelly and Marc Nathan, Matt Merrit, Dustin Hovatter, Brad Tree, The RINGO Awards and the entire Baltimore Comic Con staff for making it all happen!

RINGO lives in ALL of us. Now and Forever.

R

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Mind Frame

“If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.” – The GOAT

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The Boston Roots Of A Worldwide Phenomenon

“These Hip-Hop Relics, Joining The UMass Archive, Show The Boston Roots Of A Worldwide Phenomenon.”

A recent interview I did for The ARTery (WBUR) promoting the Massachusetts Hip-Hop Archive and the official archiving event “Show ‘Em Watcha Got” taking place this Saturday, May 19th, at the Boston Public Library in Copley Square from 11am to 4pm.

Read the full interview here:  http://www.wbur.org/artery/2018/05/16/boston-hip-hop-relics-join-umass-archive

More information on “Show ‘Em Watcha Got” official archiving event:  https://www.facebook.com/events/167739440675910/

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“Show ‘Em Whatcha Got!”

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CODE RED: Unarmed and Dangerous

“CODE RED: Unarmed and Dangerous – Changing the world through Leadership, Education and Empowerment” conference and panel discussion. Had a great time talking to young men at the John D. O’Bryant African-American Institute at Northeastern University in Boston, MA. Thank You to the Boston Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. for the invitation!

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