Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Vampirella


I continue my out-of-the-blue series of sketches, with no particular rhyme or reason. While doodling this, I suddenly realized I know absolutely nothing about Vampirella, and therefore had no context to put her in any kind of recognizable situation. Regardless, it was a fun sketch, drawn partially from Frank Frazetta's paintings and Bruce Timm's fantastic series of drawings. Aside from the two of them, I can't think of a single illustration of Vampirella that didn't make me cringe. No offense if any of my readers had a crack at her (yuk-yuk).

Monday, May 24, 2010

BOOM!

On a suggestion, I posted my work at BOOM! Studios Forum, which I was oddly, completely, unaware of! Its a great system, compared to the other large publishers, who more or less dismiss submissions out of hand. Everybody gets to pop their stuff up and get feedback, and everyone gets a fair shake. There was some solid work up there by a lot of good artists, but I'm feeling confident in my improving output these days. My luck, on the other hand, I'm not so sure of ;)

Interview with Cosmic Book News.

I sat down a short while ago with Bob Heske (creator of The Night Projectionist from Studio 407) of Cosmic Book News for a short INTERVIEW about all things me, including Smuggling Spirits, The Whorehouse Madrigals, by Clifford Meth and other such tomfoolery involving myself. Pop on by for the good stuff. And yes, I do know my name is spelled wrong on that sign I'm holding up at SDCC09, and I'm flipping off Ben Fisher there, Dear Reader, not you.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

The Predator


I'm almost entirely certain that I have never drawn the Predator before. Can't say that I know why. It seems so.... me. He's a great test subject to play with layering my washes, and I'd love a crack at the Dark Horse title (har, har). Hint: using a heat lamp at your art table can quick dry a wash without losing the distribution you slaved over. Conversely, even a small hairdryer will FUBAR* a well planned wash.

*Fuck it Up Beyond All Repair.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Darth Vader



I've drawn the big man a hundred times over the years, never once to my satisfaction, until now. Was the perfect exercise for a couple of inkwash tricks I wanted to try, which worked out astonishingly incident-free. Also had a few comments about my completely illegible signature on my art, so a redesigned but classic mark is being tested on this piece.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Jim Steranko!

Thanks to David Mack, I discovered this superb site dedicated to Jim Steranko, one of the best of the best, a legend in comics. I've never had the chance to meet Jim, but Chandler and Red Tide, though a little before my time, were big influences on the dark noir style I originally worked in. My work has evolved since, but its such a rich genre that is so much fun to dig into and seeing this site makes me eager to go back to it someday.

Saturday, May 15, 2010

3rd Test Page.


This page and I battled it out for a couple of days. It was a weird one, in that I never disliked the page or had any particular problems with it, it was just slow goin's. I think it might've become my favorite of the experiment, possibly because I've gotten a better handle on the techniques that fit my style. Its an odd feeling not having any true spotted blacks in an original page. Really any "black" you see on these pages gets that way thru the scan and subsequent Photoshop-ing, which I keep to a minimum as often as possible. Anyway, it's here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Comicspace

Comicspace was the first place I ever gathered up an online portfolio, and its kind of sad to see it fall apart and lose its following. Over the last couple of years, traffic through the site has slowed to a crawl. Still, its a good place to keep a larger gallery of work to show a prospective editor, probably the main edge it has over a blog like this. A major positive was the crowd itself, who showed a genuine love of comics, from the fanboy-ish to the business end, being far less troll-like and juvenile than say, Deviantart. While I do try to visit the page as often as I can, its become more of a formality than anything. Still, I raise my glass to what could have been.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Inspiration.



I find myself reading and re-reading Will Eisner's New York and Dropsie Avenue graphic novels while tweaking my own use of inkwash in my pages. Its vastly different from using it in pinup/splash page situations.

There are a select few artists that I've drawn storytelling influences from; Alex Toth, Mike Mignola, Dave Gibbons, but Will Eisner is probably at the very top of that list. Its amazing how much you can learn and absorb from someone when you're styles are quite literally at the opposite ends of the spectrum. Its one of my biggest regrets that I didn't get into comics early enough to have met and talked art with Will Eisner, even for a few moments.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Re-sequenced Test Pages.



Finished these out of order, so I'm posting them both together now. There's a third on the way, but this trial by fire is screwing with the MY natural order of things. Truth be told, I may never use these pages for anything more than a shading guide for when I actually do this thing. Either way, its fun stuff. I appreciate you all keeping up with it.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Test Page.


One out of a set of test pages I'm laboring over. Easily the most "trial by fire" thing I've worked on for a long time, trying out new methods and looks while, for the first time, writing for myself. Laid in some last minute rough text with one of the fonts I've been trying out. Not totally in love with it, but it'll suffice for now. Also, in the process, I'm discovering how different doing a pinup in wash is from sequentials. Keeping track of lighting is obviously the same, but there are a few more pitfalls and obstacles in terms of balloon placements and panel borders. Its slowly getting more comfortable to, but it can make for a messy page. Final word: There are truckloads of little kinks to work out, but this is a really fun way to work.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

On the Drawing Board.


A set of test pages. "Test", in the truest sense of the word. Testing my characters, a new inking style, and a hand/digital hybrid lettering. I will either break ground and love these pages, or you will never see nor hear of them ever again. We should know soon.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

The Gene Colan Benefit Auction Continues!

Tons of great signed books, amazing original art and other items still remain on the Auction Block, organized by Clifford Meth, from some of comics' biggest names (Harlan Ellison, Mike Deodato, Marv Wolfman, Walt Simonson, Stan Lee and many others). There's still time left to bid and aid for Gene Colan keeps rolling in.

Updated information.

After sorting out a myriad of template and code issues on this infernal blog, I've added information regarding Space Goat Productions, the premier talent agency for the comics industry, where I was fortunate enough to squeak onto the roster recently. Feeling reenergized, I'm ready to flex my storytelling muscles in the wider market. Thanks for all your support, you people are the best.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Up and running. Again.

I've been having significant issues with this blog lately, thanks in no small part to the preposterous interface between Google, Blogger and Google Analytics. Apparently changing your blog's template conveniently erases your tracking codes and makes it impossible to check the traffic thru the site. But, I suppose you get what you pay for with these kinds of services. Thanks for continuing to stop by, everyone!