Thursday, September 13, 2012

Sergio Martinez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Comic Art Giveaway!

So, in a fit of curiosity, I decided I would try rendering a boxing scene in a comic book style, done up in ink and uncolored. I've always been a fan of exaggerated, comicky musculature and what better fighter to study than World Middleweight Champion Sergio Martinez? Since his impending battle against titlist Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. this Saturday for all the middleweight marbles is on the lips and minds of all hardcore fight fans, it gave me an idea:

How about a comic book scene pitting the two 160-pound warriors against each other with some Manga-esque speed lines bringing up the rear? Even better...what if I gave it away when I was done?

So here's where you come in, Howlers. My little contest has a few simple rules.

1) First, join the Creation Nation "Howlers" page at If you're already a Howler (or a fan. I like "Howlers" better...) there, even better! You're halfway there! But remember: you have to be a member of the Facebook page to participate.

2) Find the post on the fan page regarding this contest (if you're a member, that very post probably linked you to this very page!) and make YOUR prediction as to who will win the World Middleweight Championship fight between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez. And that's your EXACT prediction. If  you think your pick will win by a specific decision, tell me what type (unanimous, split, majority) and what you think the scores will be in the end. If the fight ends in a draw, what variety of draw will it be and what will the scores be? And if the fight ends in a stoppage of any kind or a knockout, tell me how, what round the fight was stopped in and the time.

3) If you feel you need to amend your prediction, DO NOT edit your post. Just add to the status comments with your new prediction. This eliminates the possibility of cheating (and you wouldn't want the world to think you're a cheater...would you?)

4) The deadline? No posts later than 9:30 p.m., ET/6:30 p.m. PT, SATURDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 15 will be accepted. That's 30 minutes after the start of the HBO pay-per-view broadcast and should give you plenty of time to get that prediction in!

The closest prediction wins. That's it. that's all you gotta do. Easy, huh?

Now, I do have to be honest. As the caption stapled to this image implies, this piece isn't finished yet. I have more detail, shadow, etc. to add so if you think these guys look wonky, well, I'm not done, dammit! And it's in a comic book-inspired style! It's supposed to look a speck wonky!

Speaking of honesty, the piece (8 1/2" X 11" image size on 10 1/2" X 13" Bristol Board in pigment liner) doesn't include matting and framing but it will be signed and shipped flat next week right after I put on the finishing touches.

So what are you waiting for? Make your predictions NOW!

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