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Wednesday
Mar072012

Marvel Greatest Heroes Scans

As promised, I've begun posting the scans of all my  Marvel Greatest Hero cards. Not being in the mood to blow my wad all in one shot, I've decided to release 2 -3 pages a day until the official release next week.

I now have all 17 pages in my Marvel Greatest Heroes Sketch Card Gallery posted.  

 

Update: 3/8 - Pages 4, 5, & 6 posted

Update: 3/9 - Pages 7 & 8 posted

Update: 3/10 - Pages 9 & 10 posted

Update: 3/12 - Pages 11, 12 & 13 posted

Update: 3/13 - Pages 14 & 15 posted (Note: It took a little longer to post this as I had to rework some of the pages yet to be posted as I just found out one of my 2002 cards was rejected. "Too much blood" or something to that fact. Oh well. 

Update: 3/14 - Pages 16 & 17 posted 

It's now out today, so enjoy all the wrapper rippin!

 

 

 

Later

WM

 

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Sunday
Mar042012

Ralph McQuarrie R.I.P.

The Art of The Empire Strikes back was one of the first books I got when I was a kid that really changed my life, all due in part to Ralph McQuarrie's paintings and design work. His art was absolutely stunning and, all pun intended, out of this world. I was able to see first hand the power of truly fantastic art that can move you and suck you in and at the same time showing that being an artist could actually be a viable career choice. 

It's sad to hear of his passing and although I'd never met him, I can only say thanks to Ralph for inadvertently picking my path I will walk for the rest of my life. I wouldn't be who I am without him.

Enjoy the rest of your journey.

WM

 

 

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Warren Martineck

Saturday
Mar032012

Marvel Greatest Heroes Trading Cards (Avengers)

 

As you may or may not have heard, I've been working on Rittenhouse Archives Marvel Greatest Heroes Trading Card set. (See my last post about their Artist of the Day promotion for a bunch of the artwork) It's set for a March 14 2012 release and from what I've seen It's shaping up to be a really nice set. 

My Sketchcards will be the 9 - Case Incentive cards in which I've been asked quite alot about the Sketches. Due to popular demand, an amazing response from my Marvel 70th cards, and a direct request from on high...(Rittenhouse) I have returned to the dating of the cards theme.

Much like the Marvel 70th cards , I was limited to only 150 or so cards. With the long history of The Avengers, it wasn't easy to narrow down the list of everything I needed / wanted to draw and still have a well paced and even handed representation of all the years. Like all comics, some years are much more history packed than others and I tried not to let the "leaner" years suffer. There were many cards and characters I couldn't fit on the list without taking away from other areas. That being said, I was really happy with the way these cards came out. I spent more time on them than I planned, but I got in a groove and I went with it.

Whatdja draw?Whatdja draw?Whatdja draw?... That was the most asked question. Unfortunately, I just finished my cards late last week and I know they haven't all been approved yet so I can't show any until I get the ok. You'll just have to be a little more patient. I will post as soon as I can. But I can give some details.

 The Avengers is a team, and I drew ALOT of Team cards. (Another thing that slowed me down a bit) Again, I dated them all, as you can see in this detail, but this time on the upper right side. I tried to get the most important 1rst appearances of characters, last appearances of charcters (i.e, Deaths) new team formations, and tried to pick the most important moments to represent each year or at least the most interesting to draw and to spread off into most of the spin-off Avengers titles. (I would have liked to have had another 50 cards to work with) There were a few puzzles and yes... there is one puzzle piece that matches to another past set. (I will not help, you're on your own)

There it is, I will update this when I can and I appreciate all the emails. Thanks

Later

WM

 

 

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Warren Martineck 

Friday
Feb172012

Rittenhouse Archives Artist Of The Day

Rittenhouse Archives is releasing Marvel: Greatest Heroes in March and will contain 1 full color Avengers based Sketch card in each and every box. And, if You haven't seen it by now, Rittenhouse is featuring the Sketchcard samples of said card set by running a very cool Sketch Card Artist Of the Day on it's Facebook page. I would highly recommend taking a visit to see some very impressive artwork. They are featuring 1 or 2 artists 9-card samples every day from now until the set is released. From what I've seen, It's looking to be one of the best looking sets yet.

 

... and yes, this is the set I'm doing a few Sketches for. More on that / those later.

WM

 

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Warren Martineck

Later 

Thursday
Feb092012

Eye Candy Of Marvel 70th Artist Proofs.

Just thought I would take a few minutes and chime in with something for you to look at. Here are some of the Artist Proofs I did over the past year or 2 for the Marvel 70th card set. (Easy to recognize with the dates in the upper left hand corner) It's just a little something to hold you over until I can start posting some of the goings on in and outside the studio. And I thought this might wet your appitite for the upcoming Marvel: Greatest Heroes set.

 Enjoy

WM

 

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Warren Martineck