Sheamus: Banger

Pen and Ink on 11" x 15" watercolor paper

I love that Sheamus has become the measuring stick within WWE. Like the signs at amusement parks that say, “You must be this tall to ride,” with up-and-coming WWE Superstars it’s like, “You must be this tough to fight!” It’s one thing to say you’re the toughest around, or the hardest-hitting, it’s even another thing to prove that against everyone else, but it’s quite something else to prove it against Sheamus.

With this new piece, I did an initial layer of masking fluid for the areas on his face I wanted staying white, then a wash of colored ink as a light mid-tone. Then I put in a few hundred lines with technical pens and a brush pen, building value through the size of the lines and their closeness to each other. I had all of the lines running parallel vertically, giving almost an effect of Sheamus raining down pain on his opponent.

Artwork by Rob Schamberger, painted in 2022