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2010 Convention Chalk Art Recap

I’ve been looking at my website statistics, and I see I still get quite a few new visitors to the site every day. So even though we are already a month into 2011, I thought I might do a quick recap of my 2010 chalk art highlights from my convention appearances. This way some of my best chalk murals from the past year were all in one place for everyone to enjoy. With big new clients and some very memorable shows, 2010 was my best year yet, and I can only hope as I gear up for my upcoming appearances that 2011 can come close. Enjoy the art!


Illustrator Eric Maruscak makes a recreation of Alex Ross original artwork for the 2010 C2E2 convention The poster features the original Marvel Comics Avengers line up with the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and a small Ant Man and Wasp in the Hulk's hair. This mural was a recreation of Alex Ross art for the first annual Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2). I loved Mr. Ross’ take on the original Avengers lineup, with the Chicago skyline reflecting in the helmet of Iron Man. I have made several Alex Ross recreations at shows over the years, and the painterly aspect of his work reproduces great in chalk. To top it all off, I got to meet Mr. Ross at the show!


Illustrator Eric Maruscak creates a mural for Lucasfilm at the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Orlando, Florida. The mural features Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress and the introduction of a new villain Savage Opress who is the brother of Darth Maul. I was honored to create this Clone Wars Season 3 Villains mural for Lucasfilm at the Star Wars Celebration V convention in Orlando. I was also honored to be the first to introduce the new character Savage Opress, who turns out not only to be a Zabrak, but actually is the brother of Darth Maul! Flippin’ AWESOME!


Artist and Illustrator Eric Maruscak creates a Metroid Other M chalk mural for Nintendo of America at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle Washington. Nintendo of America asked me to make this mural for their Metroid: Other M game at the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle, Washington. Following on the heels one day after a mural on the opposite side of the country, it was a daunting task… but being a gamer, PAX is a truly energizing show which I’ve loved every time I’ve been there. As you can see, the chalk mural turned out great!


Artist and Illustrator Eric Maruscak creates a 20th Anniversary Yu-Gi-Oh! mural for toonzaki.com at the 2010 New York Comic Con and New York Anime Festival. I was able to appear at my 3rd NY Comic Con and 4th NY Anime Festival in 2010 (ok, I cheated a little as they were a combined show) with this Yu-Gi-Oh! 20th Anniversary mural for toonzaki.com and 4kids Entertainment. The show was huge, but as always I was able to put the crowd out of my mind and focus on the intense detail in the chalk art. It was even tweeted about by the original Japanese production company!


Starting in 2010, I began to record time lapse videos of my chalk mural work. I thought it would be really neat to see 30 hours of chalk drawing come together in about 5 minutes. So I found a camera that could shoot on a preset interval timer, taught myself some basic video editing, and started posting the finished time lapse clips on my Pepper Ink Youtube channel for everyone to see. Even if you can’t make it out to the shows, you can experience what I go through… at least, in a greatly condensed version. Below are the videos for the 4 chalk murals shown above.
OK, one last image for fun. I’ve been able to make a few of those 3D chalk murals that are so popular these days on the web. Even though this chalk art was a rush job and only took about 5 hours to make on an exceptionally hot day in July, I am still really pleased by the result. I DREW the thing and the image of me standing on the diving board STILL looks 3D to me. Most artists, myself included, usually end up hating their own work. I guess it is saying something when this one makes me smile each time I look at it.
Artist and Illustrator Eric Maruscak stands on his completed 3D chalk mural honoring cartoonist Johnny Hart and his comic strip BC.

1 comment

1 Collin Corcoran { 02.02.11 at 9:39 am }

Nice work Eric! You’ve come a long way, I remember your first gig doing the sidewalk chalk stuff, congrats on your excellent work.

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