Sunday, May 7, 2017

Horror Icon Sketches

I'm doing 8.5 x 11 sketches of horror movie icons for an upcoming project and as a "cool down" project after work each day.

If anyone would like the original, email prettyweirdart@gmail.com for details.
The originals are for sale for $40 
#prettyweirdart #drawing #illustration #Chucky #FreddyKreuger #MichaelMyers #Dr.Loomis #Leatherface #Jigsaw

Chucky

Freddy Kreuger

Jigsaw

Leatherface

 Michael Myers & Dr. Loomis

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Updated Con List for 2017

Pretty Weird Art has been accepted into new art shows!
 
We’ll be attending Momo Con for the 1st time in Atlanta, GA on May 25 - 28th http://www.momocon.com/
 
We’ll be at Heroes Con in Charlotte, NC on June 16 - 18th 
 
We’ll also show our faces at our local home town con, Soda City in Columbia, SC on August 26-27 http://www.sodacitycomiccon.com/
 
We’ll also be attending Florence Comic Con in Florence, SC on Sept 10th http://www.florencecomiccon.com/
 
We’ll also be attending the Fayetteville Comic Con in Fayetteville, NC on Oct 14-15 http://www.fayettevillecomiccon.com/
 
Finally, we tentatively plan on being at NC Comic Con in Raleigh, NC on Nov 10-13th http://nccomicon.com/


Also, I'm doing 8.5 x 11 sketches of horror movie icons for an upcoming project and as a "cool down" project after work each day. Here's the first one, "Ghostface".
If anyone would like the original, email prettyweirdart@gmail.com for details.
The original is for sale for $40 
#prettyweirdart #drawing #illustration #Ghostface



Here's the 2nd one, "Jason".
If anyone would like the original, email prettyweirdart@gmail.com for details.
The original is for sale for $40
#prettyweirdart #drawing #illustration #Jason


Monday, May 1, 2017

Prologue Writing Group Project #2

Earlier this year, Pretty Weird Art joined a writing group at our local library. The writing group is named "Prologue" and each time we meet, we participate in a writing prompt challenge. We're given a subject, words, or theme that we have to structure our assignment around.
For kicks and giggles, I'm sharing a few of our writing assignments from the class.
Writing Assignment #2:  Pretend you're writing the biography of a superhero. Use the phrase"I never expected to become a superhero until the day I was bitten by a radioactive..." as your launching off point.
Below is the essay Ethan wrote based off the prompts. His idea for the project was to have a serious journalist attempt to write a newspaper article about an absurd superhero.

Prologue Writing Assignments #1

Earlier this year, Pretty Weird Art joined a writing group at our local library. The writing group is named "Prologue" and each time we meet, we participate in a writing prompt challenge. We're given a subject, words, or theme that we have to structure our assignment around.
 
For kicks and giggles, I'm sharing a few of our writing assignments from the class.
 
Writing Assignment #1: Write an essay that uses the following words randomly pulled from the dictionary: hubba-hubba, decerebrate, standard, Caucasian, and old guard.
 
Below is the essay Ethan wrote based off the prompts.
 
 
Van Gouge’s Missing Ear
Is it a waste of time to be creative just for creative’s sake? To devote hours of one’s life to a project that has no immediate point or purpose?
These questions filled my mind last Friday night as I planned my activities for the weekend. I intended to spend Saturday and Sunday watching tv and creating acrylic paintings of animals armed with medieval weapons that were emblazoned with standards bearing the names “Battle Bunny” and “Khan-Chilla” but a nagging voice in the back of my mind whispered that maybe I should use my weekend for something…more productive. How will making candy colored paintings of animals decerebrating each other make a difference in the world?
What would the artists of yesteryear say if you poised a similar question to them?
“Excuse me, Mr. Normal Rockwell?”
“Mr. Van Gouge?”
“Mr. Picasso?”
 “How does your artwork benefit society? What’s your rational for painting all day instead of doing social work or something more meaningful?”
I imagine some of their answers would be utilitarian like “I paint because it’s what I’m good at” or “I paint because I need money”. Maybe they would say, “I paint because it allows me to influence people in ways other people can’t. With one paint brush I have the ability to paint a portrait of a beautiful woman that makes a man whisper “hubba hubba” and with another brush I can paint a picture of the crucifixion that brings a tear to the Catholic eye.”
Last Saturday, 6 hours into my Netflix-fueled acrylic orgy, the voice in my head asked me to rationalize why I was painting “Battle Bunnies”. All I had were trite answers.
“Painting is relaxing. The activity diminishes the stress of the workweek. Painting is fun. It gives a person a great sense of accomplishment and well-being. A painting can make me money.”
 The voice responded, “You’re a Caucasian art-vampire. You slavishly devote your free time to egocentric activities when you could be doing something more worthwhile.”
I didn’t have a strong rebuttal for the voice. Maybe a person would make a greater impact in life if they put down the paintbrush and picked up a volunteer form for some community outreach program. Would an artist live a more full and rewarding life if he or she cut back on “pointless” creative projects for the sake of something “important”? Then again, how useful is an artist who does not create? How does one grow in ability unless they pursue “pointless” projects? Is it irresponsible to have a talent for something but not exercise it?
Such nagging questions probably haunted the old guard artists as well. Would the world have been a better or worse place had Van Gouge become a minister instead of a painter of paintings that nobody considered useful?
Who knows, maybe those sorts of thoughts are what caused Van Gouge to slice off his ear.


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pretty Weird Comics - Project Updates

Pretty Weird Art will have some prints of our paintings at our future shows. 
I'm going to make 8.5 x 11 prints of our Killer Clowns vs Creepy Cat painting.

 I'll have 11 x 17 prints of the Creepy Cat Chainsaw painting.

 I'm also adding an 11 x 17 print of our Ghost Rider painting.

 And last but not least, I'll have 11 x 17 prints of the Kitten Barbarian painting above.


 Pretty Weird Art is still busy working on comics. Above is a screenshot of the progress on "Demarcus Williams and the Job from Hell".

Below is a screenshot of the 1st Death Elf and Woose Graphic Novel.


And finally below are the pages for the 4th issue of Skull Gun Bunny. Proof that we're still working even if we aren't super active on social media at the moment. 




Demarcus Williams and the Job from Hell Comic - Page 2

We've spent the last few weeks coloring comics. Here's a page of "Demarcus Williams & the Job from Hell" as proof. 

Friday, March 24, 2017

Pretty Weird Comics: What's in progress and what's in the pipeline

For those of you that don't know, Pretty Weird Art is the love child of artists Ethan and Rachel Mongin. We started Pretty Weird Art in 2013 with the hopes of writing and illustrating our own comics. I can't speak for Rachel, but my goal in making comics has always been pretty simple, I want to write and illustrate 10 stories and build an audience that enjoys reading them. If I haven't been able to build an audience by the time I've finished telling my 10 tales, then I'll pack up my artistic bags and find something else to do with my free time.
 
 
Since 2013 I've made a lot of progress. We've actually completed 12 individual comic book issues, some of which contribute towards my goal of 10 completed stories. Below is the list of stories that are in the works.
 
 
Skull Gun Bunny Graphic Novel:
Two anthropomorphic best friends are killed by monsters, brought back to life by Death, and have to hunt down the monster-making madman that killed them.
(I've completed the first 3 issues of this 6 issue story. I'm in the process of inking issues 4 & 5 right now. Once all 6 issues are completed, I'm going to rework the dialogue and add some introductory pages for the final graphic novel)
Kitten Barbarian the Series:
Conan the Barbarian is reincarnated as a kitten.
(I've completed a one-shot comic for this idea but would like to tell it again within a more coherent sequential narrative)
Death Elf and Woose:
The chosen one who is supposed to save his fantasy world from destruction is an idiot.
(Rachel and I have completed the first 3 issues of this 6 issue story. Once all 6 issues are complete, we'll edit them together in a graphic novel format. )
Highway 13:
A small town just off the interstate sucks passersby into a bizarre world where Brigadoon meets the Outer Limits.
(Will begin work on this comic in 2018)
Doombot19:
An automated death machine from the future decides it wants to be a painter instead of a killer.
(Currently writing / thumb nailing comic)
 
Puritan | Metal Head:
A puritan and a metal head fall into awkward, dysfunctional love.
(Currently writing / inking comic)
Demarcus Williams and the Job from Hell:
An unemployed college graduate accidentally accepts a job as IT Tech support for Hell.
(Currently coloring comic)
Evil Overthrowers:
Aliens use a small town as a testing ground for the impending invasion of earth.
(Currently writing comic / thumb nailing)
Churchology Graphic Novel:
GN exploring Basic Theology and Bible literacy.
(Currently writing comic / thumb nailing)
Monster Classroom:
A student teacher is assigned to teach a classroom filled with literal “Little Monsters”.
(Currently writing comic / thumb nailing)
Superhero Birthday Cake:
A 12 year old tries to cope with having a different super power for each day of the week.
(Currently writing comic / thumb nailing)


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Pretty Weird Art, Comics, Posters, & Prints for 2017

Here's the new comics, posters, and prints that I'll be bringing to our 2017 shows.

Comics 


Demarcus Williams and the Job from Hell
$10


Creepy Cat
$10


Kitten Barbarian
$10


18 x 24 Posters 

Creepy Cat Poster
$30


Mortal Kombat 3 Poster
$30


Star Wars Poster
$30


Street Fighter 2 Poster
$30


Cobra Poster
$30


Heman Poster
$30

11 x 17 Posters


Transformers
$15


Batman
$15


Wolverine
$15


Superman
$15

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Mortal Kombat Pretty Weird Art Poster

Finished up a Mortal Kombat poster this weekend.
If anyone would like a copy, email Prettyweirdart@gmail.com and let me know. 

Monday, February 6, 2017

New Comic Sneak Peak: Demarcus Williams and the Job from Hell

New Comic Sneak Peak: Demarcus Williams and the Job from Hell
Here's a sneak peak at the next comic I'm working on for our 2017 shows.
It's about an unemployed fellow who finally lands a job...but it's in hell.
 

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

2017 Con list

Here's a list of our Pretty Weird Art Shows for the rest of the year!


2017 Con List
Pretty Weird Art plans on attending the following comic cons:

 Oak City Comic Con - Raleigh, NC - March 18-19

SC Comic Con - Greenville, SC - March 25-26

Nashicon - Columbia, SC - March 31-April 2

Animazement -- Raleigh, NC - May 26-28

Heroes Con - Charlotte, NC - June 16-18
 
Soda City Comic Con - Columbia, SC - August 26-27

Dragon Con - Atlanta, GA -  Sep 1-4 (Tentative)

NC Comic Con - Raleigh, NC - Nov. 10-12 

We're cutting back on the number of cons we do this year so we have more time to devote to completing several graphic novel projects we have in the works. 

New Comics

Pretty Weird Art is coming out of artistic hibernation!
We're working on a bunch of new comic projects for 2017 but haven't posted anything online yet to promote them. Here's a sneak peak at 2 pages from a sequel to Kitten Barbarian that is in the works and a page from Puritan|Metalhead.






Sunday, December 18, 2016

Pretty Weird Art Paintings

Warm up paintings of Ghost Rider and Black Heart 

We've taken the month of December off to detox from comics. I decided to break out my acrylic paints and finally put some old unused canvases to good use. I've not painted for a couple of years so these are quick one or two day paintings to "get the cobwebs out" of my painting skills. These were all done this month over various week nights and weekends.

 Kitten Barbarian 

Creepy Cat

Skull Gun Bunny

Kitten Barbarian vs. Drool the Conqueror 

Kitten Barbarian

WIP shot of Killer Clowns from Outer space vs. Creepy Cat Family 

Monday, November 14, 2016

End of the Year Sale

 
GRAB BAG SALE
 

Pretty Weird Art just finished our last art show of the year. A huge thank you to everyone that has supported us this year by purchasing our art and comics.

We've got big plans for next year and want to start next year's shows with all new work. We have some old inventory we'd like to weed out by year's end, so we've decided to have a sale for the rest of the year.

Small Grab Bag - $20
Includes:
  • 1 Pretty Weird Comic
  • 1 random 8.5 x 11 print
  • 1 random original sketches 8.5 x 11
Medium Grab Bag - $40
Includes:
  • 2 Pretty Weird Comics
  • 2 random 8.5 x 11 original sketches
  • 2  8.5 x 11 prints
Large Grab Bag - $60
Includes:
  • 1 poster 18 x 24
  • 1 random poster 11 x 17
  • 2 random 8.5 x 11 original sketches
  • 2 Pretty Weird Comics
Monster Grab Bag - $100
Includes:
  • 2 posters 18 x 24
  • 1 random poster 11 x 17
  • 2 random 8.5 x 11 original sketches
  • 3 Pretty Weird comics
 Email us for payment details at prettyweirdart@gmail.com. Include the name of which deal you'd like in the subject line.

Friday, November 11, 2016

NC Comic Con 2016 Commissions

Rachel's manning the table at NC comic con while I'm on a business trip this weekend but I do have 5 slots available for commissions if anyone's interested. $30 for 8.5 x 11 black and white. $60 for 8.5 x 11 color. Email prettyweirdart@gmail.com if interested. We'll respond with a paypal link and mail the completed artwork once it's finished.
 
 
$30 for 8.5 x 11 black and white
 
$60 for colored 8.5 x 11
 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

Ghostbusters posters by Ethan Mongin


I thought I'd try something a little different and make a tryptic of 18 x 24 posters. I took three iterations of the Ghostbusters and ran them into a single panorama. Seeing them together at full printed size is pretty awesome!




New artwork by Rachel Mongin



Rachel has been working on several projects at once. Here's some quick WIP shots of her latest stuff. 

This first drawing is a quick character design of Princess Unicorn and her Uncle Boogyman. Rachel's working on a story featuring the two characters and I'm coloring it. 

Rachel is also doing a series of portraits of some of her favorite Metal musicians. Above is Brian Warner and below is Claudio Sanchez. 


Rachel is also doing some watercolor sketches of DC comics characters based off classic 1940's pin up artwork. Here's a quick wip shot of two of those.