From the time I began working seriously on my art, as a teenager, drawing portraits was always something I did best. I remember selling portraits of the Beatles during the summer of 1964 to kids in the neighborhood. For practice, I sketched movie stars from their photographs, and later, John Dean as he appeared on television during the Watergate hearings. When Bruce Springsteen appeared on the cover of Time and Newsweek the same week, I became a fan and drew him from a small photograph in one of those magazines.
When I became involved in fandom again in the 1990s, I found that I was still able to produce suitable portraits of comics people, such as Jerry Bails as a young man in The Golden Age of Comic Fandom, and as a 70-year-old for the cover of Alter Ego. Because I didn’t feel I had a good enough head shot of Otto Binder for Words of Wonder, I drew him. And, to accompany an interview in Comic Book Marketplace, I sketched a self portrait.
- All artwork in this portfolio is © copyright by Bill Schelly