Monday, December 27, 2010

Marvel Holiday Short!


So I've been hard at work and mum as to what that work was. Well, no more! Here's a link to my recent Holiday short I did for Marvel (as well as a little B&W). If you're a Marvel junkie or a digital comics junkie, stop on by and check it out!

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Blueberry.


I debated heavily in my head over whether to add some wash tones to this, but it just seemed sacrilege on a Moebius themed piece of art. Classic western stuff from one of the greats. Period.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Magnus, Robot Fighter!


I've had this idea kicking around in my head for a while, but never seemed to nail down a thumb that I liked. Had some spare time as well, and thought I'd go back to doing a bit of wash to loosen up my linework again. Neat trick, you all should try it once in a while when you feel yourself over thinking.

I confess, I was never a big Magnus reader partly because my local shops didn't carry much Valiant, but I always thought the concept was neat. In hindsight, I don't think he was the type of character to small all too often, but it seemed to me like he should have a bit of fun in my piece. Hey, its my art and I'll make him smile if I damn well please.

Anyway, enjoy.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Back to Basics.



Lately I'm feeling my art being pulled back towards a slightly more graphic approach, something I used to use much more readily than any line work. Not that my stuff has become filled with a tiresome amount of bloody crosshatching, but I'm feeling cluttered and claustrophobic in my own artistic skin lately.

Instead of staring at stacks of David Mazuchelli and Alex Toth masterpieces, though fun in their own right, I've been obsessing lately over artists like Degas and, one of my all-time favorite artists, Gutav Klimt. I admit I can't remember where or exactly when I heard of this little exercise, but it helps me boil off the unnecessary art chatter that sometimes clogs up my brain and keeps me from hearing my own common sense.

I couldn't find a large, clear scan of the piece I thought would illustrate my point perfectly (Serpents), so you'll all have to settle for one of his other masterworks, Hygieia. I think you'd find that most great paintings; new, old or ancient, would be graphically viable when desaturated and turned into a two-tone piece of art. Its a simple, unsophisticated technique that sometimes helps me shake off some superfluous bits of my own technique.


Thursday, December 16, 2010

My Christmas Tree is better than yours.


Thanks to an abundance of work this month, which I'm not complaining about for a moment, I'm a bit late in unleashing the awesomest of Christmas trees, that I haven't found a single reason to stop putting up each year.

Yes, that is Yoda on top and yes, that is Sponge Bob on the right. Besmirch either and you will offend either myself or a very important, very dangerous seven year old. I'm not saying which would offend which, but there you have it.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

King Solomon.


One of the more fun characters from Alan Moore's great ABC stuff, King Solomon. This was mostly a self-indulgence, as I like drawing gorillas. Particularly when they're wearing clothes and reading tiny books.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

A Tale of Two (out of Three) Sandmen.



The Morpheus sketch is a bit old, I grant you, but I prefer it to my own version of Marvel's Spidey-baddie (though the whole living sand thing is a gas to draw).

Still, I had some fun with this doodle in between other things. One of these days, I will draw the Wesley Dodd's Sandman, who has a killer costume. I just never know what the hell to do with him.

Playing Matchmaker.

Albeit blindly, on this occasion.

You all know me, I like to spread the love around and help out if I can.

So, fine readers, if there are any up and coming artists looking for a ground level project with a new writer (a science fiction/horror/comedy), please contact: tbrianp@yahoo.com for more details.

I hereby bless this union.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Merry Krampus Part III


The logical conclusion of any situation in which Hellboy found himself face to face with a mythical eastern European creature designed to terrify children into behaving properly.

I feel I may have channeled a bit of Neal Adams here, but I can't be sure how or why.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Merry Krampus, Part II


In which Hellboy hears something on the roof...

Smuggling Spirits on Comixology!



Its been a few years, though it might seem like a million to me, since I finished work on "Smuggling Spirits" with Ben Fisher. Nevertheless, its still really exciting to see it pop up once in while, as its just now done on Comixology! There are some copies of the book still floating around out there, but the hardcover edition is out of print for the moment. Our on again/off again flirtation with the film adaptation may change that eventually but in the meantime, Voracious Reader, digital salvation awaits!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Merry Krampus!


To dispel any rumors that I did in fact snuff it, here's a blog sketch!

Leave it to the Germans (or the Catholics) to come up with an element of torture and sadism to darken up Christmas. I suppose there's a chance I might color this, but its a slim one!

Regardless, a fun little holiday jaunt which is, incidentally, on sale ;)