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Bears, Brains, Battlestar Galactica by shellpresto
Bears, Brains, Battlestar Galactica
Drawing I did for last year's Fantom Fest convention in Scranton, PA. The Office was the Scrantoniest thing I could think of, and I wanted to give it a horror theme, and so zombie Dwight Schrute was born.

Prismacolor pencils. Art by Shell Presto.
Copper Knights and Granite Men - Third Edition by shellpresto
Copper Knights and Granite Men - Third Edition
For our third edition of Copper Knights and Granite Men, we decided to use a different cover, and I'm proud to say it's my first ever full digital painting.  From the first brushstroke to the final letter, this cover was created by me.

(Matty Lasuire did an awesome job painting our first cover, but using a cover someone else did, no matter how awesome, felt a little like paying someone to go to Disneyland for you because you didn't have the time to do it yourself.)

I had struggled for a long time with digital painting, years in fact. I could color linework fine, but to get rid of the lines was often courting disaster. I'm pleased with how this turned out.

And the book? To tell you a bit about it:

"A brazen band of robbers raids the New York Metropolitan Museum. Their target? The Prince's Emblazoned, an elaborate suit of armor rumored to be of surpassing occult significance. To ensure their escape, the thieves release an unprecedented weapon: a mist that turns men to stone.

The Challenger Foundation, a team of dysfunctional and unorthodox superheroes, is called in to help. Led by the 900-year-old alchemist called the Promethean, the team must unravel the mystery of the fossilization solution and confront the architect of the plot, a deadly supernatural enemy thought dead for more than a century."

You can learn more, and pick it up, here:…

Cap on a Post-It by shellpresto
Cap on a Post-It
Haven't done a Post-It in a while. So here's Captain America!

I started out wanting to draw a straight Chris Evans Cap -- and I do enjoy him as Cap -- but artistically it felt wrong drawing Cap so thin. So I bulked him up and maybe added a few years.

(My favorite Cap artist -- much like my favorite X-Men and Fantastic Four artist -- is John Byrne. That may be why I'm so deadset on the wider jaw.)

Also, just so folks know, I illustrate and co-write original superhero novels. If that sounds cool, you can check out my original work at .
Best Superhero Team in the 'Burgh by shellpresto
Best Superhero Team in the 'Burgh
And this is how I spent my three-day weekend.

Smashmouth, Corona, and Torrent being awesome in an approximation of Pittsburgh.

I inked the characters on paper, then colored them digitally. The entire background was done digitally.

You can read about these three kickin' heroes in our illustrated novel, After Dark:…

Smashmouth, Corona, and Torrent created by Shell Presto and Mike DiBaggio.

(The tops/splashes of the waves were edits of some cool water brushes from . )
Feeling the Heat by shellpresto
Feeling the Heat
More Corona, colored this time! She was inked on paper with microns and colored on the pc.

She's one of the East End Irregulars, and first appears in our illustrated novel After Dark:…

Corona created by Mike DiBaggio and Shell Presto DiBaggio. Drawn by Shell Presto DiBaggio
I've been updating a little more regularly, but realized I didn't yet state why.

Mike and I published four illustrated books, all sort sci fi and/or fantasy, three with superheroes. It's been a little crazy. We've been attending cons, too. As sellers. It was super-exciting, and now con season is over, so I can play catch-up on everything.

For those curious, you can read more about our stories (along with free chapters and related free short stories) here:

They're all available on…

And know that if you check 'em out, you'd be making my day!
  • Mood: Optimism
  • Listening to: ocremix
  • Reading: Ronin by Richard Rohlin
  • Watching: The Office
  • Playing: Miss Chrono Trigger and FF7 soooo badly....
  • Drinking: Something hot and caffeinated


Shell Presto DiBaggio
Artist | Student | Traditional Art
United States
Shell Presto likes comic books and drawing comic books, maybe a bit too much.

Current Residence: Middle-of-nowhere, PA
Favourite genre of music: Using my Amazon recommendations as a guide, I'm pretty sure no one will figure that out anytime
Favourite photographer: Peter Parker ^_^
Favourite style of art: I have a soft spot for black and white drawings
Operating System: I operate on brain activity and electrical impulses.
MP3 player of choice: iPod
Shell of choice: Myself?
Favourite cartoon character: The Question, Zelgadis, Arashi (Parakiss), and Lutz (Phantasy Star)
Personal Quote: The cocatrice does a victory dance on your stony corpse.

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Tharlis Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student General Artist
MAN! .. thanks for the favorite.
Emeraldcherry Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the fav :)
adamexe20a Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
AWW!! thank you so much for the watch , it really helps me , 
 motivated me, cheer me , and bounce me back up when I down , lonely and sad 
Marry Kozakura (Embarrassed blush) [V9] by Jerikuto 
Thank you!!! by adamexe20a  
IAmABananaOo Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
Thanks for the faves! :w00t:
ColinRichards Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fav and the watch!!
Gothicthundra Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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AxelMedellin Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
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IgnitedJupiter Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
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AmethystSadachbia Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for faving! :3
fictograph Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Professional Filmographer

Thank you for favoriting a piece from my Kickstarter!

It’s an 300+ page art book about a shapeshifter convict and a bankrupt princess unraveling the link between magic and science. I’ve been working on it for five years and now the project is ending in a few days!  I’m really grateful for everyone’s contributions and support like your faves (especially people who've been following since the start of the project!)! So thank you! :DONE WEEK LEFT TO GET THE GENOMANCER ART BOOK! by fictograph
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