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2,000 characters drawn as of 5.7.12!

Thanks for looking! The Characternity is a 3' by 5' drawing of 2,500 recognizable characters from comic books, cartoons, video games and beyond. 

The title is a combination of the words 'character' and 'eternity.' As a child of the 1980's I have a deep fondness for inter-franchise cross-market crossovers like 'Flinstones meet Jetsons,' 'Marvel Vs. DC,' 'Alien Vs. Predator' 'Super Smash Brothers,' and 'Ultimate Showdown.' 

From an early age, I was dreaming of narratives and spaces where our beloved beloved fictional characters might coexist after their individual stories end - a sort of character heaven. 

The Characternity will be the third in a series of my encyclopedic pop culture character pieces. The first was the Comicosm, shown above with my cat JFK. It is a 6 by 9 foot oil painting feating 1,500 combating characters, completed in 2009. 

Next came the Cartoonuum, (below) which I completed earlier this year as the result of a successful Kickstarter campaign. It is a 7' by 11' painting and has over 2,000 characters in it. This piece was a triumph for me but also showed me that there was a great deal of room for improvement in my process. 

The Characternity is my effort to streamline the process in pursuit of greater detail and faster production time. To complete this project to it's greatest potential, I have shifted from oil paint to digital color. So far, it is moving more rapidly than it's predecessors -and to greater effect. The Characternity characters are so much more recognizable than their predecessors. 

Another way this project has evolved is by getting backers more involved in the process. During the Cartoonuum campaign, it was a joy to see how people wanted to be portrayed in the art themselves. This time I have created a digital addendum to the Characternity that include every backer over $10.

I'll be completing the addendum whether or not I hit my funding goal, and I'll draw you in as soon as I get your picture... which means you could potentially get an original digital protrait for free. 

As always, I welcome character suggestions, but pulling from my stable of 2,900 images, it is becoming more of a challenge. Try to stump me with a character I haven't thought of!

Please check out the rewards, project updates and the schedule for my Solo show in San Francisco, opening June 7th.

Thanks for looking,

Ray Sumser

FAQ

  • Waldo (Wally in England) appears in all three of my character pieces.

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  • Spidey-Man has been my favorite since 1995. I am also very fond of Mario, Link, Scud the Disposable Assassin, Homer Simpson, the Brave Little Toaster and Tony the Tiger.

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  • No... I'm pretty open. There are some real life evil characters that I have included but I always portray them getting their comeuppance. Some times people don't think I should include characters associated with racial stereotypes, but I'm pretty confident that it's important to acknowledge those characters in the hope that they can be reclaimed and given new meaning.

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  • I have been an independent artist since graduating art school in 2008. I have survived on creative work which has meant selling a lot of prints, doing commissioned paintings, contracting as a videographer, graphic designer and cartoonist at different points. I ultimately want to make my name as a painter, so I always make my life choices in that direction. :)

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  • 50/50 Mike and Donatello.

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