Sketchbook Spotlight: The Art of Evan ‘Doc’ Shaner
Convention season is well under way, offering fans the chance to come face to face with their favorite artists, and offering artists a chance to meet the people their art has inspired. Conventions are also a chance for fans to show their appreciation by commissioning original pieces featuring some of their favorite characters, and every convention produces a feast of amazing works that deserve to be shared with a wider audience. With Sketchbook Spotlight, we’re picking out some of the best.
Evan 'Doc' Shaner is probably best known to fans as an artist who loves to celebrate the two-fisted pulp joy and derring-do of superheroes --- a love exemplified in his work on Flash Gordon at Dynamite, and his too-brief turn drawing the Big Red Cheese in Convergence: Shazam. It also comes through in his sketches, and we've collected a few favorites here, including commissions, warm-ups, and personal pieces. We also asked Shaner to participate in our short Sketchbook Spotlight Q&A.
Comics Alliance: What's your favorite part of attending a convention?
Evan Shaner: Meeting folks, absolutely. As an artist I could always stand to get out a little more than I do, so it's always nice to meet and talk with new people. Especially when it's over comics.
CA: What are you most often asked to draw?
ES: Mostly pulp or Golden Age characters. There was a long streak where I'd only get asked for either The Shadow or The Rocketeer. Lately it's a lot more Superman and Captain Marvel, which I don't mind one bit.
CA: What's the best or weirdest thing you've ever been asked to draw?
ES: Captain Marvel punching out Alligator Men was a fun one. I've got one with Kamandi and Lockjaw teaming up that's on the table, looking forward to that. I'm likely forgetting some really fun ones. A few folks seem to know I like drawing a good gag and have come up with great ideas.
CA: Everyone draws Batman. How is your Batman?
ES: My Batman, at least lately, tends to be a bit leaner. Not sure why. I don't draw him all that often though, so maybe that's changed. Unless you count the Gotham by Gaslight Batman, which I've been drawing a whole lot of for work.
CA: If someone wants a commission from you, how should they go about it?
ES: Unfortunately, at the moment I'm not taking any regular commissions. I've got a number of very patient folks waiting on sketches, and between work and family I just don't have any time to take them these days. When I do though, I try to be very vocal about how to get in touch with me and commission something through www.docshaner.com. I do take pre-convention pickup commissions on occasion, so that would be the best bet for someone who's interested.