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Wizard World Chicago Greg Horn Skrulls Chalk Art

Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art by illustrator Eric Maruscak.

In the summer of 2008 I attended Wizard World Chicago, this was my third appearance in Chicago for their shows and I wanted to make something really cool. Just a few months earlier I had met Greg Horn, a phenomenal illustrator and painter who has done amazing work for Marvel Comics including covers for She-Hulk and Ms Marvel. Yeah, he draws some pretty knock out women. After Greg and I talked we thought that it would be great if I recreated one of his pieces of art.

After a little back and forth discussion, it was decided that I would actually recreate 8 of them! Marvel Comics big event that summer was Secret Invasion, and featured a host of shape-changing aliens known as Skrulls being discovered as having replaced a number of famous Marvel superheroes. Greg had painted a series of portraits showing such characters as Captain America, Spider-Man and Wolverine revealing themselves to be Skrulls. We chose 8 of those paintings that I was going to put together Brady-Bunch-style on the pavement in front of the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Chicago.

Flash forward a few months and I arrive in Chicago to find massive construction work in the place I was supposed to create my chalk art. They show me a new spot inside the hall in the Convention Lobby. Only one problem, I didn’t bring any material to draw on. Scramble time! One of the convention staff is kind enough to run me around in a car to find some art supplies, and I end up finding 8 black matte board panels that were about 3 feet wide by 3 and a half feet tall.

By this time I had missed the entire first day of the show, so I proceed to lock myself in my hotel room and draw until the break of dawn on the boards creating the outline images to color in chalk, a process I normally do a week or more before a show. After a BRIEF nap, I stumble to my spot on the show floor and proceed to log over 40 hours in the next three days recreating Greg Horn’s amazingly detailed artwork. I was one tired chalk artist I can tell you that.

The final product turned out great though, and two of the panels even sold to happy art lovers. I still feel bad that I wasn’t able to make that ONE giant mural for Greg, and still insist that I owe him one every time I see him at a show. Enjoy the images below.

Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak.
Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak.
Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak.
Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak.
Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak.
Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak.
Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak. Chalk Art recreations of Greg Horn's Marvel Skulls paintings done for Marvel Comics Secret Invasion event. Chalk art at Wizard World Chicago 2008 by illustrator Eric Maruscak.

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1 Spider-Man and Batman Chalk Art Mural at Big Apple Con 2009 — PepperInk.com { 10.20.09 at 10:58 pm }

[…] draw in artist alley and is about as nice as the come. I had the pleasure of recreating some of Greg’s Marvel Skrull portraits back in the summer of 2008 at Wizard World Chicago, and have always enjoyed catching up with him at shows ever since. Also in attendance in the alley […]

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