Etsy Crush of the Week- Artist Scott Christian Sava

When I saw the painting of Ruby Rhod from The Fifth Element by Scott Christian Sava I began crushing hard on his Etsy shop. And to think I hadn’t even seen the David Tennant watercolor! Scott is an artist who has worked on the Casper movies, Power Rangers and even conquered his dream on being the artist for Spider-Man!

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Girl Gone Geek Interview with Scott Christian Sava

Can you tell us a little about yourself? 

Scott: I’ve been drawing all of my life. My biggest dream was to be the artist on the Spider-Man comic book. I graduated from the Academy of Art in San Francisco with a major in Illustration in 1991. I got into video games early on in my career and worked on several big titles. Married in 1993 and a year later, we moved to Los Angeles where I got into film. After working on the Casper movies, Power Rangers, and the like, I finally got my chance to fulfill a childhood dream…I was the artist on Spider-Man in 2002. Since then, I started my own comic book, The Dreamland Chronicles, and my wife and I (along with our twin boys) moved to Franklin, TN (just south of Nashville). I’ve taken up painting again. Trying watercolors. It’s been fun to “get my hands dirty” again.

What made you decide to start selling your artwork on Etsy?

Scott: Friends had recommended Etsy. I was selling my work on Ebay…but the 7 day limit was too…limiting.
I wanted a store of sorts…and Etsy works perfectly for that.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Scott: Well, this style is still in its infancy. I guess it’s a combination of loose watercolors with the inkwork of comic books. I’m going to keep pushing myself to see where it goes…but I’m not really using anything as a template.

Favorite artists?

Scott: So many. I love Drew Struzan’s poster work. I’m a huge J.C. Leyendecker fan. Maxfield Parrish. Norman Rockwell. N.C. Wyeth. In comics, it’s John Buscema, Winsor McKay, Steve Ditko, Alex Ross. The list could go on and on…

What artist living or dead would you want to create your portrait? 

Scott: That’s a really tough one. I’ll cheat and give some options… Frank Frazetta. I could see me, sword drawn, fighting a Thark on Mars with a beautiful half-naked woman behind me. Ha ha Maxfield Parrish would have me and my family with a gorgeous landscape behind us. Norman Rockwell would tell a story of a moment of my life…all in one image. Any of these would be amazing.

What else are you a fanboy for?

Scott: I grew up on games. I love them. Still play them. Comic books are my passion. Though I can’t say I read much these days. I have lots of toys from my childhood adorning my office. I love Micronauts and Mego action figures. Hot Wheels and the like. I’m a kid. I’ll always be a kid. My 9 year old boys love that about me. My wife…well…I think she tolerates it. :)

If you were on a deserted island what would video game, comic/book, movie, TV show would you bring?

Scott: Assuming I didn’t WANT to get off the island… Modern Warfare and my PS3. The Dreamland Chronicles (my own comic series) just so I could finish the darn thing. The Princess Bride. I could never be tired of that movie (though Zoolander might be a close second). Law and Order for my television show. I just keep that running all day while I work. What a great show (though I truly loved The West Wing as well).

Where do you live on the internet?

Scott:

 

New York Comic Con and New York Anime Fest 2011- Day 1

Sensory overload!

NYCC/NYAF is here and I’m beyond excited. It’s my geek Christmas!  The con was open for a few hours on Thursday for press, professionals, VIP and 4-day pass holders.

Of course I was there in my dalek shirt trying to see as much as I could without the massive crowd that will attend Friday-Sunday. I’ll be there every damn day so if you’re at New York Comic Con/New York Anime Fest hit me up on @girl_gone_geek or email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail[dot]com and say hi IRL!

Enjoy these cosplay pics from day 1!

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Congrats to The Modern Stylographer winners!

Thanks everyone for entering the contest! A huge congratulations to Victoria, Laura and Monique! They all win a poster of their choice from talented The Modern Stylographer. Now the hard part is trying to figure out which one to pick!  Check out their responses to their favorite fandoms below.

Winners please email me at girlgonegeekblog[at]gmail[dot]com. And of course a huge thanks to Chris Petersen to sponsoring this contest with his art.

Victoria Weinell 

“My favorite fandom, is actually something I didn’t see mentioned on this lovely artist’s list. Stargate has been my fandom of choice nearly my entire life. The film came out when I was two, SG1 not too many years later. I grew up on it; it’s what introduced me to science fiction and fantasy. Not only was the show exciting and fantastic, but it was fairly family friendly and a great bonding experience to have with my father. I’d love to see some Gate art from this artist. I’d be a regular customer, without a doubt.”

Laura Harbron  

“My favorite fandom is anything in the Whedonverse. Firefly especially. I’ve found these fans to be extremely friendly, creative, and fun. Nothing brings fans closer together than a prematurely-canceled amazing television show.”

Monique

“My favorite fandom is Harry Potter, I named a child after a character in the series, awaited book debuts and lamented over many, many movies. BUT, if I won, I would have to choose the epic Storm poster.”

Etsy Crush of the Week and Contest- The Modern Stylographer

I kept coming across Chris’ Etsy shop The Modern Stylographer and knew it was a sign from the Blog Gods that he must be featured as my Etsy Crush of the Week.

You will lose yourself in his Etsy shop filled with nearly 200 gorgeous minimalistic and modern designs showcasing your favorite fandoms across the galaxies. He’s got everything from Doctor Who, Star Wars, Star Trek, X-Men, Harry Potter and so much more.

And the best part is, three lucky readers will get a chance to win a print from The Modern Stylographer! The only hard part is deciding on which one to get! Details on the contest below. Check out my interview with the artist Chris Petersen, owner of The Modern Stylographer below. (It’s one of my favorite interviews!)

Interview with Chris Petersen of The Modern Stylographer:

Girl Gone Geek: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Chris Petersen: Simply stated, I’m a yankee in a foreign land with sorted thoughts and a childlike wonder about the universe. The rest is much more complicated. I began my professional career in education as a Computer Science major at a small college in NY, there I proceeded to major in Informations Systems, Marketing, and then General Art Studies. I didn’t really find myself as an artist, or person for that matter, until I went to a retrospective on Jackson Pollock at the MOMA in NYC. To this day I have no idea why his work affected me so strongly. So I ended up at art school three years into my college career. I had been pretty spectacular as a code monkey, but as an artist and designer, I was practically illiterate. It took me two more years to truly feel like I knew what I was doing. I think the turning point for me was when a friend told me that I wasn’t an artist, I was a designer. Things clicked for me then. I was meant to be a designer, I was destined to bathe in structure and rules of good design. I may never have a “moment” like other fine artists, but that doesn’t matter to me. Balance and color and composition, font and leading, crop marks and Pantones are my guides and how I apply them to my life gives me satisfaction.

GGG: How long have you been designing?

CP: I’ve been in the design field professionally for six years now and running my own second design business for about three. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2006 with degrees in Graphic Design and Advertising Design and have been doing my best to escape the crushing pressure of my student loans. Debts aside, my true passion is creating art that is exciting, recognizable, and feels like it’s part of the future.

GGG: Where do you get the inspiration for all of your designs?

CP: To be honest, most of the time I get an image in my head of a word or a shape or color and need to get it down on paper or on the computer as soon as possible. Many of my more object and nature based series’ are born that way. There will however be the occasion when a franchise or movie will pop into my head and I will have to create a design on the spot so I carry notebooks with me at all times. I’m not doing anything revolutionary, I know that. But what I am trying to do is create a connection with other people through art the best way I know how… with the stuff fanboys’ and fangirls’ dreams are made of. I know I’m doing something right when I’m selling posters about how to deal with Zombie Unicorns.

GGG: How would you describe your artistic style?

CP: I hope I can use keywords… I’m a little bit Mod, Minimalist, Victorian, Steampunk, Futurism, with some Constructivism and a tiny bit of Post Modernism. That’s my best attempt to describe a dark, simple, clean aesthetic as if I were an intellectual.

GGG: Favorite artists (fine art, pop art, comic book, designers, etc.)?

CP: It’s a motley crew to be sure… Pollock of course was my first favorite and remains at the top of my list. Other artists I’ve added are Piet Mondrian, Picasso, Kazimir Malevich, graphic designer Neville Brody, famed type designer Erik Speakerman, and industrial designer for Apple, Jonathan Ive.

GGG: Since you’re a fellow Whovian I’ve got to ask, who is your favorite doctor and favorite companion?

CP: I’ll be sticking to contemporary Who in my work, although I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention Tom Baker and Elisabeth Sladen, AKA the fourth doctor and Sarah Jane Smith. I have to say that for me, the strongest companion/doctor team would be David Tennant and Catherine Tate. I think that their off-screen friendship and creative endeavors have really fed my love for their character’s chemistry.

GGG: What else are you a fanboy for?

CP: Is it not obvious? Well ok, here’s the list chronologically… Voltron, Tron, (shamefully) the Ewok Adventure, Thundercats, ’80s fantasy and adventure films like the Goonies, The Princess Bride, Neverending Story, etc… Star Trek, Star Wars, The Matrix, Alien movies, Torchwood, Fringe, Primevil, Harry Potter, X-men and most anything Marvel related, post apocalyptic films like Mad Max, Terminator, and Planet of the Apes.

GGG: If you were on a deserted island what would video game, book, movie, TV show would you bring?

CP: Is it solar? That won’t change my answers, I just like details. I would have to say for video game, Final Fantasy VII but with faster loading times. I know I’m not 12, but I would sew all seven Harry Potter books together into one massive “book” to read over and over and over again. Honestly, Clue is one of my all-time favorite movies and I think that I would need to have that with me. Finally, the one television show would be Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I’m not sure why, but I need to have the slayer on that island.

GGG: Where can we find you in the internets?

CP: I’m everywhere!! Check out my links.

 

 

Contest Rules to win an art poster from The Modern Stylographer!


The Modern Stylographer Featured Art Gallery (click images to enlarge)


40 Pieces of Doctor Who Fan Art- Eleventh Doctor Era

Honestly, I don’t know what else I could possible say to express my deep and undying love for Doctor WhoPerhaps the questionable amount of time I spent in the depths of the internet searching for the best Doctor Who fan art can justify my Whovian status (or so can waiting over 12 hours total to see the cast and and Q&A with The Moff and Co.).

I suspect only our beloved blue box could hold all of the Doctor Who art in the universe, so there was no way a single blog post would. I split it up in reinacarnation categories just for you, this one is all about Matt Smith’s the Eleventh doctor’s current era, seasons 5 and 6. Don’t worry Tennant, you’re next I’d never forget about my favorite doctor. 

Enjoy! Click on the thumbnails for the full image (I included the artist name whenever possible).

Picture of the Week and Contest- X-Men 80’s Patrick Nagel Designs

I bet you thought this post would come with leg warmers and shoulder pads, nope! Just totally gnarly X-Men apparel from Mighty Fine (welovefine.com) from their 80’s Art Fashion Series. These bodacious X-Men babes are inspired by the 1980’s minimalistic illustration style of Patrick Nagel.

The day I discovered welovefine.com was the same day I ordered a Storm Nagel-inspired shirt (and Phoenix for a friend’s birthday gift). The icing on the cake was when I received my package in the mail and not only did I get my shirts but also they threw in some great Mighty Fine swag. It included a big bag with Hello Kitty on one side and Elmo on the other, a Mighty Fine poster with my name on it and some stickers. It was a nice touch to see all that fun stuff in my box which shows how they go the extra mile to make their customers happy. They also keep adding new and fun Nagel-inspired designs check them out here.  

Mighty Fine has much more (non-80’s) addictive designs and shirts ranging from My Little Pony to Star Wars.  Since I love you and these shirts so much I’m going to give one away to a lucky reader! A huge thanks and shout out to Mighty Fine for sponsoring this contest! 

Mighty Fines links: 

Contest Rules to WIN a Nagel-Inspired X-Men shirt from Mighty Fine:

  • – Answer the following question: If you were a mutant, what would your powers be?

  • – Subscribe to my blog on the top right hand side of the page or click here 
  • – Like my Facebook page 
  • – You can submit your answer THREE different ways (or all of them if you fancy):
  •           – The comments section of this post
  •           – Facebook: Post your caption in the comments section of this image
  •           – Twitter: tweet me @girl_gone_geek your answer using #ifiwereamutant (you can use more than one tweet to respond)
  • – Winner will be chosen next  on Monday Sept 5th


Picture of the Week-The Women Firefly Nouveau Posters

Megan Lara is an aspiring illustrator and a “huge nerd” who claims to, ” …draw way too much nouveau, but that’s okay because nouveau is awesome.” And I definitely agree, on the awesome part. You’ve probably seen her nouveau work before whether it was Nintendo Nouveau or Marvel Nouveau. I’m slightly obsessed with her work and have had several brain melts trying to decide on which of her many gorgeous designs to get. 

This weeks Pictures of the Week Megan blesses us with some shiny and gorgeous Firefly art nouveau posters featuring our favorite women from the series. 

Megan Lara Links:

Five Art Nouveau Beauties Grace The Verse 

[Source:  Visit Quantum Mechanix for the set of four, and for Saffron here]