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Robert "Rob" Schamberger is an American painter known for his portraiture of professional wrestlers.[1] He is currently the host of Canvas 2 Canvas on the WWE Network.

Personal life and education

Schamberger currently resides in Kansas City.

Technique

Rob's technique involves the tracing and copying of promotional images or video stills to paper or canvas after which he uses various materials such as acrylic, watercolour, ink, and paint markers, to create his work.[2] Often many materials are used in the same painting in a mixed media fashion. Schamberger uses synthetic round brushes in a variety of sizes as well as a painting knife to create his works. Regarding tracing, Schamberger himself has stated - "Man, I could give a damn."[3]

Meet Me There film poster with artwork from Schamberger
Meet Me There film poster with artwork from Schamberger

Schamberger utilizes unusual colour combinations and uses a technique not unlike the posturization tool in Photoshop to break down the original reference photos to create something unique when compared to the source material.[4]

Career

Schamberger hosts the Canvas 2 Canvas YouTube show with the WWE Network. On the show Schamberger unveils new portraits of past and current wrestlers.[5]

Schamberger is the official WWE Artist in Residence.[7] While Schamberger operates an independent store, most of his WWE artwork is purchased by the WWE organization and sold through their official storefronts and auctions.[6] Schamberger's work is printed on a variety of WWE merchandise, including tee shirt designs.[6]

References

  1. ^ "The Art of Wrestling: KC artist Rob Schamberger wants to paint all 208 pro-wrestling champions". Kansas City Pitch. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  2. ^ "World Art Project aims for championship status". canoe.com. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  3. ^ http://robschamberger.com/process-week-day-one/
  4. ^ Dilbert, Ryan. "Pro Wrestling Painter Rob Schamberger Talks Process, Pre-WrestleMania Auction". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  5. ^ Konuwa, Alfred. "WWE Artist Rob Schamberger Says Roman Reigns Is Consistently His Best Seller". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-10-05.
  6. ^ a b Smith, Chris. "WWE Portrait Artist Rob Schamberger Has One Of The Art World's Best Deals". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-10-05.