I have an idea for a thing… that I will not get into right now… but something I wanted to do was use some inspired-by-real-life local locations with this. Given what I know and what you do not know, the place to start was with an old comic book store. Capitol Comics of Raleigh, NC, opened back in 1986 on Hillsborough St in downtown Raleigh, NC. Many years later they opened another location out past Crabtree Valley Mall, but a few years back they closed the original location and consolidated to just the newer one. Sadly even the building where the original location opened no longer exists! I worked at the original store location many years ago, and the owner Ken Pleasant has always been a class guy. I’ve also met and worked with lots of good people that I met through the years working and shopping at Capitol Comics.
I believe I’m mostly done here with the front of the store, complete with trademark easily-recognizable Spider-Man sign. There was originally an awning across the front of the store but I can’t find any pictures of that at the moment, so that is in the TBD later pile for now. I’d also like to draw the right-hand side of the store and I have plans to also pull back a little and create a semi-perspective look because that will allow me to also show the building next door that has a classic bulldozer sign on its roof. For those interested, below is a closer look at the Spider-Man sign, which I also have attempted to recreate as close to the original as my available source photographs would allow:
I don’t want to say too much about my eventual plans for all this… but it could involve some further decorating of the insides of the store (as seen through the windows) and some looks at the interior as well. Stay tuned! I’m hoping to keep a sliver of the past alive through the creation of a whole ‘nother thing as I get the time to work on it. Please let me know what you think (especially if you’re local to Raleigh, NC and are familiar with this store) and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.
Time for another sneak peek behind the scenes at something that might one day become something else! I am working on some literal building blocks at the moment that actually have lots of potential.
I loved LEGO building blocks as a kid… I had them when there weren’t kits to build a specific thing with custom pieces and decals. My LEGO kits were the ones that just came in the basic colors and sizes and you had to use the entirety of your imagination but you could build anything you wanted!
I still have a lot of my original ones… but they eventually passed to my sister, and now my niece and nephew play with them as well. They are durable and proved to be multi-generational in their acceptance. Who needs video games?!
When I was a kid, I typically would build a house or a car or maybe both and then use the remaining blocks to build a large hammer with which to demolish the house and car I had just built. That’s how I rolled!
Anyway, a convergence of several rather random events inspired me to start working on some digital building blocks. I thought, why not make some LEGO-inspired drawings… and make them the same way I would with real blocks. So, first we draw the blocks… then we use them on the screen to make pictures. No more running out of that piece you need but can’t find!
For now, I’ve decided on my ten colors. I drew the 1×1 bricks so that I could do the color testing. Next, I made 1×2, 2×2, 2×3, and 2×4 blocks in red. I still need to make a few more sizes and do those in the various colors before I begin to make any actual drawings.
Be on the lookout for some future LEGO art on this blog.