NXT R EVOLUTION! The best thing going on in WWE right now is NXT! Great wrestlers. Great characters. Great wrestling. And something I really appreciate, it has great but simple storytelling. Nothing embodied all of those things than NXT’s special event, NXT: R-EVOLUTION. That show along with WrestleKingdom 9, got me excited about Pro Wrestling again. It inspired me to start doing NXT sketches every week in place of the Monday Night Draw sketches I do of Raw. This is the beginning of that, a print of pretty much every wrestler involved in NXT: R-Evolution.
Papa Shango! Probably my earliest memory of any sort of spooky kind of wrestler would have to be Papa Shango with his creepy music and smoking skull, and chanting as he made his way down to the ring. My other memory is of Shango putting a curse on the Ultimate Warrior and Warrior puking up what looked like creamed corn. But enough of that, Papa Shango is definitely one of my favorite spooky supernatural wrestling gimmicks!
I tried to make him look a little more creepy than the other two sketches I did at the beginning of the month. I added more blacks while inking and made the remaining white in the background coming from his skull’s smoke. I made sure to place the smoke in the background where it would emphasize the character and what I wanted people to focus on.
Boogeyman and Mankind! It’s October! This is my favorite month and Halloween is my favorite holiday! So I’m going to be doing something a little different for Monday Night Draw sketches. Every week I’ll post up a sketch of one of my favorite horror/spooky WWE wrestlers! I’m only printing a limited run of 10 art prints per sketch. So pick one up while you can!
I’m kicking off this week with double sketches of the Boogeyman and Mankind. Boogeyman because I wanted to draw a character that was very obviously supposed to be scary, plus I thought it would be fun to draw the worms in his mouth. Mankind because I had always wanted to draw some version of Mick Foley. Early Mankind was my introduction to Mick so there’s a bit of a nostalgic reason to drawing him and Mankind is the creepier of Foley’s wrestling personas.
Trying to keep all of these sketches closer to my Nightmare Pro Wrestling cartooning style. Had a lot of fun with these especially Mankind. Really looking forward to finishing up the rest of the sketches for October!