CM Punk gets illustrated by comic artist for new T-shirt

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April 15, 2013

WWE.COM: Is the original art done in watercolor?

THOMPSON: Yes, it’s done in watercolor. I’m not a digital artist at all, so it was all done by hand on a piece of illustration board.

WWE.COM: How long did it take from design to completion?

THOMPSON: Once it’s drawn out, it takes me about 14 hours or so to complete an illustration. I was a little slower on this one because I was afraid I would get it wrong. I didn’t want to make a mistake, because I can’t just click “undo.” I’d have to start over.

I painted the Chicago stars and it was not perfect … and I don’t use Photoshop.

WWE.COM: Is this the same style you use in your comics work?

THOMPSON: Pretty much everything I do is all watercolor. When I do my own comics, I sometimes do black and white illustrations; I’m working on a project like that at the moment, along with some other painted stuff. When I write and illustrate my own work, it’s all watercolor.

The stuff I’ve done for Daniel Bryan was in watercolor.

WWE.COM: Speaking of Daniel Bryan, are you designing anything else for him, or for any other WWE Superstars, for that matter?

THOMPSON: Daniel’s the only one so far. He hasn’t asked for anything new so far, but whenever he does, I’m always ready. He’s easy to work for because he always has an idea in mind. Last year around WrestleMania time, he said he wanted something along the lines of a “Tully Blanchard robe.”

I designed several versions — something that was just a little bit gaudy, then something that was medium gaudy, then something that was full-on Ric Flair, and he chose that one, which was really exciting to see.

WWE.COM: Are there any other Superstars or Divas you’d like to design a shirt or even ring gear for?

THOMPSON: Oh, my gosh. I could make a closet full of shirts for Punk — that would be easy. I really like Damien Sandow, but I think his gear is perfect for him. As far as the Divas go, I’m trying to think of who could use some pizzazz. AJ Lee has some great gear. I love her gear.

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With the Divas gear, I’m always wondering how do you get something so small, yet so full of glitz and design. I would love to design a bunch of boots for Superstars and Divas.

I would love to design something for Kane, actually. Cool masks for Kane.

WWE.COM: What did you think of Punk/Undertaker at WrestleMania?

THOMPSON: He’s fantastic. The Undertaker is always incredible to watch. I loved Punk’s gear — the fact that it was Undertaker’s colors. He does such great mocking of whoever he’s facing. I enjoy the theatrics of it, and all of the hard work that he puts in.

It was my favorite match of the night.

A few weeks ago, Punk/John Cena on Raw was exceptional. That was a WrestleMania match. It was incredible.

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Speaking of The Undertaker, the first WWE Live Event I went to was Unforgiven, and it was Kane vs. The Undertaker. We had third row seats, and you could feel the heat of the pyro.

WWE.COM: Finally, there was some talk of a possible comic collaboration with Punk. Is that still a possibility?

THOMPSON: There’s always a possibility. Whenever he wants to write something, I will be there to draw it for him.

You can check out more of Jill’s amazing work, like “Scary Godmother” and “Beasts of Burden,” both available now from Dark Horse Comics! Also be sure to visit Cadence Comic Art to purchase Jill’s original artwork. And you can follow Jill’s Twitter @thejillthompson … where there’s always plenty of WWE talk! And be sure to head over to WWE Shop to order the new Punk shirt!

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