High school was hellish for me and that's putting it mildly.
I didn't fit in and had only two friends my senior year. Lunch periods were spent in the library and I'd try to remain as invisible as possible in class. I became a loner who'd escape into the world of comic books for refuge.
During that dark time period when I was feeling like a strange outcast....afraid and suicidal, SHE came to save me.
As a child I'd watch the Wonder Woman TV show in rerun form and eventually forgot about it. Then here in Chicago during my high school years, FX started rerunning the series again and it got me hooked just at the right time.
Here was this amazingly beautiful woman, who was not only powerful but courteous and nice! A fully-functional, capable, and confident superhero who tried to save the day and do what was right!
She inspired others and gave them hope! She was, well, a wonder! With a spin she became something more.....something wonderful! And her costume was F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S too!
I was a junior in high school when I drew both of these portraits. They aren't exact likenesses but they're pretty damn good considering I was 17 at the time!
For these drawings I'd pause a specific scene from a Wonder Woman episode on my VCR (remember those!) and quickly sketch in front of the television. It'd take anywhere up to an hour to finish a drawing! The damage I must have done to those poor VCR heads!
Nonetheless, it was in high school when the dream of becoming a comic book illustrator was at its most hopeful. I was certain all the pain, sadness, and misery I was feeling up until then would be gone once I became an adult and finally became a success. Oh, how naive I was! Little did I know.....little did I know.
But the past is the past and I'm hoping to tap into that passion and excitement that I once had and turn it into, well, something wonderful.....