Author Archives: Larry Gomez

The Last Jackalope And Babies Are So Cute Added To Shop

I often show and sell original artwork and prints at science fiction conventions. But with the pandemic, most of those have been postponed or gone virtual only. I sell prints of various sizes, as well as other merchandise, on Fine Art America and Society6. I also have some inventory of prints that I would normally sell at cons. I’ve added prints of The Last Jackalope and Babies Are So Cute to my shop page. The originals were sold at the 2018 WorldCon (World Science Fiction Convention) in San Jose. These prints are 6×8 inch images on watercolor paper that I had a local printer make for me. I will be adding more items for sale in the coming weeks. Go to the Shop page if you’re interested in buying one at this size from my inventory, or larger sizes at the print-on-demand site.

The Last Jackalope
Babies Are So Cute

Bat Cat Doing Some Self Care

Here is the latest batcat drawing. This piece is 9×12 inches on Strathmore watercolor paper. I’ve been doing these batcats for a few years now, and have shown and sold them at Science Fiction conventions. Those were created in color pencil on small pieces of scrap black mat board, and use the black for most of the image. This is the first one that is done in a different medium. I had posted this on my social media pages, when it was just the batcat, with no background. It now has one, which is based on the front porch of my house. I like it, but I’m not sure if it fits with this image.

I chose this paper because I was planning on coloring the final image with watercolor. It would be penciled, then inked and finally painted. I may leave it as it is now. I haven’t decided. I’ve done a rough digital color study, just to get an idea of what colors to use. Another option I’m considering is to create a new background and print it up using that, or have multiple backgrounds to choose from. There is also a version of this with the background removed, for use as more of a design.

Portrait of the Artist, Larry Gomez, on Toned Paper

It’s been a long time since I posted anything on this blog. I’ve been involved with a lot of things since the last post, but just never got around to getting it online. Blogging is not one of my strong points. I intend to post a bit more. I’ve read that artists should blog more. People like to hear what we have to say, as well as what we create.

I have been making art using myself as a model for the last decade or so. I’ve created pieces in acrylic, oil, pastel and color pencil, on various substrates in various sizes. Here is the latest that I made. It’s a small piece, about 5 by 7 inches. I have a lot of this paper that I got some decades ago, when still in art school. Someone contacted our art teacher and said we could have all he had. I don’t know where he got it, but thought donating it to an art class was a good idea. I’m glad he did. I use it periodically to create drawings of various sizes.

This is a fairly quick study that made sometime last summer, I believe. I had taken a few selfies while I was sitting at my desk/work area. There’s window on the north wall, which is behind me as I work on my computer, or to the left of my drawing table. I like the way the light was hitting the side of my face in the original images. I chose this one because it’s a sort of three quarter facial view, and I liked the skeptical look I had. I used minimal marks to indicate facial features, as they are mostly in shadow.