Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy (and Kevin)!


The Guardians of the Galaxy (and Kevin)!
Above is a look at a illustration I recently did (and had been teasing here) for an article in Variety Magazine focusing on film producer Kevin Feige. Kevin has been one of the driving forces behind all of the Marvel movies, the most recent of which is the up and coming Guardians of the Galaxy film. The article highlights Mr. Feige’s contributions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Art Director Chuck Kerr asked me to produce an illustration of Kevin interacting with the Guardians in some sort of playful way. I decided to depict him and the Guardians crew from the interior of a starship, it’s gravity turned off as they all bounce about. Kevin is dressed as a member of the Nova Corps, sporting Star Lord’s coveted Walkman. 
Hope you like!
Oh, and in case you were somehow unaware that this movie was coming out, you should probably watch this trailer. It’s awesome.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Savage Wolverine Interview

Hey gang, 
In case you missed it this past Friday, I've got an interview up on Newsarama right now. The article is all about my recent issue of Savage Wolverine, written by John Arcudi. We discuss a lot of our thinking behind this issue and there are a bunch of process peeks as well looking at character sketches pencils and inks. Check it out!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Savage Wolverine 21

Is in stores today! Written by John Arcudi with art making duties by me and a gorgeous cover by Kevin Nowlan, this Wolverine tale follows Logan to France, 1918 and the First World War. Here's a small preview of the book --



Check it out!

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Big Trouble in Little China, altogether now.



Just saw that the fourth and final cover for Boom's Big Trouble in Little China series had been solicited, so I thought it'd be fun to showcase my four covers altogether.
Above is a look at each cover both individually and as a connected, long scroll.
This was an absolute blast to work on. I've always wanted to draw a connecting cover, and it was such fun to play around in the universe John Carpenter built, and that Eric Powell is expounding on. 

Little Nemo: Dream another Dream




Here's a very fun thing that I was lucky enough to participate in--
Locust Moon Comics has put together a fantastic 16"x21", 144-page hardcover collection celebrating the work of Winsor McCay and his seminal comic strip, Little Nemo in Slumberland.
Little Nemo: Dream another Dream is an anthology collecting a vast array of talented creators, each illustrating their own Nemo tale in homage to McCay's work. Original strips are included by such masters as Mike and Laura Allred, J.H. Williams III, Farel Dalrymple, Paul Pope, Paolo Rivera, Bill Sienkewicz and several more. 
Above is a tease of my and Maris Wicks' contribution to the book. A story the we co-wrote and illustrated. Also pictured above are some samples of the other amazing comics you'll find in the collection, with work by Roger Langridge (left) and Jeremy Bastian (right)
Locust Moon has launched a Kickstarter to finance the book, and are just a few hundred dollars away from their goal. So if you'd like to own an oversized Nemo book, containing one of the most staggering collections of contemporary talent in recent memory, please do consider donating:


Cheers!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Heroes Con, 2014: OVER

I'm back from a wonderful time in Charlotte this past weekend. Thanks a bunch to Shelton Drum, Rico Renzi and the Heroes crew for having me! Heroes is easily one of my favorite shows, and it continues to be amazing. Here's a look at some of the art I made over the weekend:
Magik. Pen & ink on 9x12" bristol.

This is a little Two-Face I drew for Heroes Drink and Draw event they held on Friday. Hot dogs vs.T-bone steaks. The drawing was made on a small (roughly 4x4") coaster.

'Reign of the Superwomen.' Acrylic/mixed media on 20x30" illustration board.

Finally, here's a look at the auction piece I painted on Saturday; a gender-flipped painting inspired by the 'Reign of the Supermen' arc that followed the Death of Superman comics of the early 1990's. I had a lot of fun working on it, but it took a super long time and kept me away from my table for long spells. Apologies to anyone who missed me on Saturday. I'll likely do something a bit smaller in scope next year.

Thanks to everyone who stopped by my table to say hello. It was great getting to meet new fans and creators alike, as well as see some familiar faces. Until next time... 

Thanks Heroes!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

HEROES CON, 2014

Is this weekend, y'all.

I'll be there selling prints, and taking on a very limited amount of commissions. Here are my prices

Head sketch: $40(b&w) $80(toned)
Torso sketch: $100(b&w) $180(toned)
Full Figure: $180(b&w) $350(toned)

To keep things fair, I'll be opening a new sketch list each day, 15 minutes after the show floor opens. Again, I'll be taking limited amounts, so try and find me early if you want one.

Friday -- opening list at 11:15am. 4 open slots.
Saturday -- opening list at 10:15am. 2 open slots.
Sunday-- opening list at 11:15 am. 3 open slots.

Prints will be available in two sizes -- 11x17(large) for $20 and 8.5x11(small) for $5.00.

Here's where you can find me:

I'll be at table 920, sitting alongside a murderer's row of amazing talent, including Maris Wicks, Ming Doyle and Kate Leth! Woo!

I'll also be doing a panel on Saturday at 12 pm.

Room 208
MARVEL ARTISTS ROUNDTABLE (okay it’s really a rectangle)
The Marvel artists are here at HEROESCON in force: KRIS ANKA, JASON LATOUR, JOE QUINONES, RYAN STEGMAN and now we are going to ’force’ them to sit on a panel Moderated by JASON WHEATLEY.
Hope to see you there. Excelsior!



Monday, June 16, 2014

Teen Titans Deux


Just saw this pop up online — It’s a Teen Titans variant cover I drew for DC comics in celebration of Batman’s 75th anniversary. You can see more DC covers celebrating the Bat here.
This piece is actually a bit of a send-up to a previous DC cover I drew seven years ago. That cover was for the now defunct Teen Titans GO comic series, based on the Glen Murakami tv show ‘Teen Titans’ (now back on the air as Teen Titans GO). It was my first professional comics work ever for DC (or anyone else, for that matter) and I am still eternally grateful to DC comics and Mark Chiarello for giving me that first shot. It officially began my comics career, and I find myself both happy and proud to still be a part of this community I love so dear. 
With Batman celebrating 75 years in comics, I find myself celebrating 7. Cheers.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Photobooth Friday, No. 51

Black Cat and Spidey edition!
Today I thought we'd look back at the Amazing Spider-man cover I drew for issue 700.3 last year. 
This one.
This cover was actually based on a sketch I drew as a stock cover for Marvel back in 2009. They decided not to go with it at the time, but apparently kept it on file, asking me to finally make it into a cover four years later. Anyway, here's a look at some of the Photo Booth references I worked with for the piece:



Mostly I was studying hand gestures with these
From here I got started on my digital pencils for the piece. Converting my original sketch to cyan, I used that drawing as a loose guide to pencil atop of. Here's a progress shot:
Working digitally was a great advantage here as Photoshop made it easy to create symmetrical shapes and mask out areas of the 'webbing panels' to draw within.
Finally, here's a look at my process from that initial sketch, to my digital pencils and finished inks. 

Thanks for reading, y'all. Have a great weekend!



Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Detective Comics #32: Batman vs. Giant Squid


Hey! I drew a cover for Detective Comics, everyone.
It's a variant for issue 32 of the series by Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato, due out next week.
Batman vs. a giant squid!

Friday, May 30, 2014

Photobooth Phriday, No. 50

BIG TROUBLE edition.

Today we're looking at my first two covers for BOOM! comics upcoming mini-series, Big Trouble in Little China, based on the cult film from the eighties. I'm doing a series of connecting covers for the series, which was a lot of fun to put together, if a bit work intensive. Here's a look at my Photo boothin':
This? This is nothing - but that's how it
always begins...

I pencilled this cover digitally, using my Wacom Cintiq. It made drawing and aligning this long connecting piece a bit easier than if I were to try and do it by hand. I worked atop a loose thumbnail, fleshing out all of cover 1, and most of cover 2 at first. Covers 3 and 4 were drawn in separate instances, but I always drew more than I needed for any single cover so that I'd have something to build off of on the next.

Digital 'pencils'
After the pencils were completed, I converted them to cyan and printed them out on bristol to ink over. Here's a look at the rough scans for each cover:


Because of time constraints, and sheer size, I decided to ink each cover individually, rather than as one long scroll. As it stands, each original was inked on a sheet of 14x17" bristol board, making it infeasible to try and ink them all on a single sheet of paper. I'd either need one enormous long scroll or I'd have to scale down the image, sacrificing detail, hence my decision.
As you can see, for each cover I drew/inked past the crop marks, bleeding toward the next cover. This was to make sure each proceeding cover would link to the previous one in a seamless way. Of course I had to do some photoshop tweaking to really make it work, but this helped. 

Here's another detail shot:

The digitally connected covers 1 and 2:

And to round things out, here's a look at their finished colors:


Annnd that about does it. Have a great weekend folks!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Black Canary and Zatanna: Bloodspell INTERVIEW



Black Canary and Zatanna, from the Maine Comic Arts Festival, 2014. Pen & ink with Copic marker.
Also, Comic Book Resources just posted an interview I did with them about Black Canary & Zatanna: Bloodspell. You can check it out here:

Black Canary and Zatanna Sketch Contest Entrants




Took me a little while to put these together, but here’s a look at the rest of the entries from the Black Canary and Zatanna sketch contest I hosted last week. As you can see, there was an outpouring of fish-netted love out there.
Thanks so much to all who contributed!

Friday, May 23, 2014

Photobooth Phriday, No. 49

Well it's been a while, but with the release of Bloodspell this week, I thought this as good a time as any for the return of Photobooth Phridays: Black Canary and Zatanna edition.

More specifically, we'll be looking at the cover to the book. Of course, we start off with a sketch (see my previous post for more details on that), then it's off to pencils and inks.

Here's the Photo Booth element:

Specifically I was looking to nail down hand gestures and fabric folds here. I broke out this nifty white jacket (a Savers find) for maximum contrast.

The tiger eyes were drawn on a separate page of bristol, then digitally composited.
I was feeling ambitious with this one, so I broke out my airbrush to do glowy highlights on the stars, flames and what-not. Then it was on to colors--

Here you can see a bit of my process in beginning with flat color, then slowly modeling out the forms. Closeups below:


For more details on my modeling/painting process, click here.

This file had a LOT of layers, you guys.
My god... somebody turn the line layer back on.
And lastly, here's the finished cover:
Thanks for reading along, all. See you soon!