Thursday, April 21, 2016

The A-To-Z Challenge 2016: Humberto Ramos

It seems like Humberto Ramos has always been a big deal. I'll always remember him as playing penciler to Mark Waid in Impulse in the mid-Nineties. While Waid and Mark Wieringo created Bart Allen, it was Humberto that gave him the bigger hair and boots. He's moved on from there . . . being the only guy at Wildstorm's "Cliffhanger" imprint to have a work ethic (on Crimson and Out There) and eventually finding him way to regular work with Marvel (Amazing Spider-Man, Extraordinary X-Men). Between the fans he attracts at conventions and the prices he commands for commissions, I would consider myself fortunate to have three quick sketches from him.

However, I have managed to get more from him. When I went to Wizard World Philadelphia in 2007, I was looking for my first Doctor Who-themed sketch. I had a copy of Doctor Who Magazine with me, and I pointed Humberto out to David Tennant. Lucky for me that I had the reference, because he never saw the show. What I ended up with is something that I use as an avatar on message boards. I don't remember how much I paid for the commission, but it was worth it.

Four years later, I was in Philadelphia for what would be my last Wizard World there. When I saw Humberto on the guest list, I knew that I had to try and get something from him. I only had enough for a black-and-white bust shot, but he did Delphyne Gorgon from The Incredible Hercules amazingly well.

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Scott Ramsoomair (two sketches from the VG Cats creator, including the first Death Note-themed drawing I got), Khary Randolph (one; a city-based "concept" work of Poison Ivy), Tom Raney (eleven; five based on Outsiders), Erik Reichenbach (a self-portrait of the original ice cream guy from Survivor), Rod Reis (one watercolored shot of the "New 52" Catman on Secret Six #1), Sara Richard (four; including this commission of Sarah Jane Smith from Doctor Who that has gotten over 4,000 views on my Flickr account), Alex Robinson (six; including this sketch of Hygena from Who Wants To Be A Superhero? that got a comment on Flickr from the actual Hygena), Bill Roseman (what might be the worst sketch I've ever gotten, though I say that with love), Duncan Rouleau (three; featuring the first sketch I received at a convention), Andy Runton (a "concept" sketch from the Owly creator), Dave Ryan (three sketches, including one I wound up getting via  mail).


JEN Garrett said...

Congrats on your awesome art haul! Thanks for sharing your treasures. :)
JEN Garrett

J Lenni Dorner said...

J here, of the #atozchallenge Arlee Bird's A to Z Ambassador Team. Tonight, YOU have been #COMMENTMOBBED with love from #azchat.
How has the challenge been going for you so far? Are you meeting your goals of posting and hopping to other blogs? 3/4 of the way done!
My blog's giveaway is still going. I'm encouraging everyone to visit more stops.
Wizard World Philadelphia? Hey, you were in my neck of the woods! Cool.
Nice sketches. Thanks for sharing.