Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Another Hellboy Christmas!


After a long and involuntary time away from the blog sketching, I have returned with my annual Hellboy Christmas sketch. Sorry, Krampus fans, we are Krampus-less this year.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Adaptations Are Serious Business.



Especially with no script, dialog or outline. Still, I feel I pulled it off fairly well for not really knowing what was going on. Lessons learned, paychecks received. So here are a few snippets of art from a short film adaptation I did a little while ago. Afraid I can't say the who's, why's and what's of the situation, but here it is.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Magik!


I have always been a straight up sucker for the old school blue/yellow color scheme of the X-men's uniforms and if the opportunity presents itself, I will usually draw them in those digs. There have been a few incarnations of Illyana as I understand it, including something in Google Images that made me shake my head tonight, but this one always rings most true for me.

On an end note, I made the huge mistake of double checking this costume when I was polishing up the inks and happened upon Bill Sinkiewicz's take on Magik. Needless to say, I was inclined to tear my own in half.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

X-Force vs. Apocalypse Commission.


This one took a bit of fiddling to make work, but I'm pleased with the results. Team shots and, by association, team books are challenging and my hats off to the artists who pull them off well and regularly. Apocalypse is always a fun draw and I believe it was my first time drawing Angel. In fact, I thought the feather-winged Angel was still being used. Shows how out of the loop I am. On the flip side of the coin, however, and I mean no disrespect to whoever created him, but this Fantomex character.... yikes.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Hawkeye and Mockingbird Commission.



Hawkeye is strangely popular. Never saw the big appeal of the character myself, but to each his own. Mockingbird was a first however, and surprisingly fun.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Airwalker.


I was a big fan of the storylines that swirled around Galactus' heralds back in the late 80s and into the 90s. Always crazy, always epic and always full of Silver Surfer and, if I wished really hard, Adam Warlock. Anyway, Airwalker was a severely underutilized character. How about a comeback? Perhaps with myself on art duties, hrmm?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Valkyrie.


Finally blasted my way through the last of a particularly troublesome batch of bristol board with this sketch, with results below satisfactory. I've never had a sheet more stubborn and incapable of taking a smooth wash, and I'm glad to be rid of it. Still, I enjoyed the drawing itself and the character, to boot.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

From Hell.


This will likely be the last of the Halloween sketches, for which I'm slightly relieved but a little sad. I might squeeze in one more, but chances are slim. I've been meaning to get to a Jack The Ripper piece for quite a while, but never thought of the right scenario. I watched the 2001 film for the first time since its release and was much less kind about it than my memory told me I originally was. There wasn't anything slap-in-the-face bad about it, it was just a bit of a narrative mess. So, to use the old chestnut, the book was better. It was an Alan Moore book, of course it was better.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dog Soldiers!


Dog Soldiers is one my guilty cinematic pleasures, although it shouldn't be guilty at all. Its not a perfect film by any stretch but its hands down better than most of the yearly bags of shit Hollywood leaves on theater doorsteps each year. Simple, direct, gory and well acted, I enjoy it every year.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Nosferatu.


Knowing the background concerning the production of the original film, I balked about including the rat at first. But after some thought about the double symbolism, I decided I was safe. I know I did a Nosferatu piece last Halloween, but it is in my top 3 Halloween flicks, so it gets a second go.

Saturday, October 15, 2011

It's Alive! And in color!

In the films, the Frankenstein monster has no color, but most people assume he is green. In Mary Shelley's classic novel he is, in fact, yellow. Myself, I prefer what Adam did here.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Nightmare Before Christmas.


Another edition of the Halloween Blog-Sketch-a-Thon. I knew I'd get to this one eventually, I just had a hell of a time thinking up something interesting to draw. Lock, Shock, Barrel and a sack full of Sandy Claws suited me just fine. I'll be humming that soundtrack for days now....

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tombs of the Blind Dead.


From the terrifically bad but terrifically fun spaghetti horror "Blind Dead" trilogy that came out of Italy and Spain in the 70's, I give you some zombie templars.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Trick or Treating at Wayne Manor.


Ah, the perils of being Alfred. This is less a sketch than it is an actual page, but I had the idea and thought it was worth seeing through. Turns out it put a smile on my face while drawing it, so the short answer was; Yes, it was worth seeing through and I count it as an entry into my Halloween Blog-Sketch-a-Thon.

Side note: I am not a letterer. For good reason.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Frankenstein.


I didn't directly tackle Frankenstein in last years Halloween Sketch-a-thon, so here's the big man himself.

Note: achieving film grain effects with wash and a brush is a pain in the balls.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Birds.


Kicking off my second annual Halloween blog-sketch-a-thon with classic Hitchcock fare. I'm hoping to get a few of these done every week, but work and a lack of inspiration may interfere. Also, finding a monster I haven't already drawn can be quite tricky. Though not technically horror, "The Birds" was an eerier flick than most coming out these days, and I included it. Besides, this is my Halloween blog-sketch-a-thon and I make the rules.

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Shadow Knows!


The days warmup sketch. This turned out, unintentionally but undeniably, with a serious Sin City vibe. A "That Yellow Bastard" or "The Big Fat Kill" vibe, but a Sin City vibe nonetheless. Yes, there's some photoshop in there but don't you dare get used to it you sonsabitches!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Batman Beyond!


Continuing a trend, it seems, of Bruce Timm designs I can't get enough of drawing.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Silver Banshee.


Trying to stick to characters I've never drawn before and keep myself sharp. I was thinking about drawing the X-men's Siren but man, what a dull character that is. I wonder if Superman ever called Lois "Silver Banshee" under his breath when she was just being a major nag. That would be quality writing.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Lobster Johnson.


Possibly my favorite of the minor Hellboy characters, and the perfect doodle to get back into the swing of things after more than four days of hurricane-enforced non-drawing.

Added the pencils for the process junkies. Enjoy!

Friday, August 26, 2011

Hawkeye Commission!


Catching up on post-con commissions. Another first for me, a crack at the motor-mouthed Avenger himself, Hawkeye!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Days of Future Pixar in 64 Brilliant Colors.


This little beauty was waiting in my inbox when I returned from Baltimore. Adam Guzowski killin' it on colors and making me look good. I love how this came out.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Mangog!


Didn't have an abundance of time, but I was in the mood to draw a monster today and Mangog fit the bill perfectly.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Firefly (Take II)


Its rare a colored anything makes an appearance on my blog, so its a nice treat. This round of hi-fi technicolor goodness comes to you courtesy of Ty Tyner, via a piece I did a while back for the Can't Stop The Serenity Foundation to benefit Equality Now, a charity helping to end violence and discrimination against women and girls around the world.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Batman!


Another recent commission. Batman never technically stops being fun to draw, but I think it becomes more and more difficult to do anything new with him, the more times you try it.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Green Goblin!


Two homicidal maniacs and a villain with a brain no bigger than a pickled walnut in the last few days. I should, perhaps, have myself examined.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Solomon Grundy!


Took a short hiatus from drawing different characters smashing different settings and went for something a little more low-key. Turned out a bit rough around the edges but, on the whole, I'm pleased with it. Always sort of liked Grundy, despite being a poor man's version of the Hulk.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Hercules!


Don't ask me why Herc would be rampaging through the Acropolis, he just would be. Frankly, I like to think thats how some of it fell down.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Big Barda!


I went on a recent bitch-fest about not finding too many of the major heroines in comics very compelling to draw. I still feel thats true, but its a failing of my own and not of any particular writer or writers.

As an addendum to that recent rant, I must say that some of Jack Kirby's creations are, at least visually, the exception to my rule. Thus, I give you Big Bad Barda!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Vision vs The Absorbing Man!


I don't think I've ever drawn either of these cats before. Creel was a pleasant surprise, as was Vision. I quite like the visual possibilities of a character that can phase thru stuff, though it does present its angular challenges. Gotta know your anatomy, Artistes!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Spidey Commission.


Wrapped this up late last night and just didn't feel like scanning it until this morning. Cheers.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Captain Marvel vs Super-Skrull.


I know there's another spelling for Marvel, but it always looks silly to me. Copyrights be damned!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hellboy.


Superman, Batman, Spider-Man. Pick any hero, add in random artist, and it will look like said random artists interpretation of someone else's creation. Not so with Hellboy. It seems, at least to me, that no matter who draws Hellboy and no matter how clearly its their art, it still looks at least a bit like Mike Mignola drew it. And I think thats pretty awesome.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Le Pact Des Loups and the Beast of Gevaudan.


The Beast of Gevaudan is a fascinating legend and one I'm surprised hasn't been mined more often for great fiction. After Brotherhood of the Wolf, I'm glad Hollywood hasn't tried its hand, as it would most likely fuck the whole thing up. And, lets be honest, if there's any way to improve on two and half hours of listening to Monica Bellucci speak French, I can't think of it.

Anyway, I felt in the mood to draw a creature, and the visceral and spooky Beast of Gevaudan certainly fit the bill. Growl.

The 50 Greatest Novels for Art Students.


This list was passed along to me and after some review I thought I would share it.

Let me qualify that I myself have not read each and every one of these novels, though I do agree with the first 5, particularly "The Picture of Dorian Gray" by a personal favorite towering literary mind, Oscar Wilde. I think we can all relate to the obsessive, possessive, even dangerous nature of having your life consumed by artistic perfection. Thought I hope none of my fellow artists or, for that matter, readers have gone to any of those extremes.

You can bicker about the order of the list I suppose, but they all belong there somewhere.
Do yourself a favor and hit the used book store, your iPad, e-reader or other technological doodad and get to buzz sawing your way through the 50 Greatest Novels for Art Students.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Mervyn Pumpkinhead.


Steward of The Dreaming and Janitor en Extraordinaire to His Honna, Dream a the Endless.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Fourth of July!

In which we practice the time honored tradition of bunting, a punishable offense if done improperly. And in which all aliens must salute the flag, suction cup fingertips and all. Read the rules, its all in there.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Uatu the Watcher.


I sketched out a predecessor to this particular piece that, while irreverent (not to mention funny enough to make me laugh out loud), was not in the best taste. It wasn't explicit, but age has taught me the value of keeping my trap, and sometimes my sketchbook, shut because you never know who may be watching. But speaking of watching, you can use your imagination as to what it is I might've drawn.

Regardless, this was a fun little 5x7. While drawing it though, I realized that in possibly the entire realm of fiction any character or group of characters known as the Watchers always interferes. For any future fiction, lets come up with some new names, shall we?

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Artists! Save your Spines!


If you pay attention to only one of my blog posts, or if you want to make it to middle or even old age (whichever is applicable) without walking like Dr. Frankensteins assistant, follow the colorful picture above. Spending anywhere from 8 to 16 hours a day chained to an artists table takes its toll, even if you're like me and spend half of it drawing while standing. But there are ways to cheat the inevitable spinal warping.

Try to roll it up 20-30 times, 3 times a day (you'll get there).

You don't need a gym or a fitness trainer or even me telling you how to do it. Just save your spine and do it. Please. I'd prefer to see you wheelchair-less at SDCC 2045.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Dr. Doom!


I did a head sketch of Big Vic at Heroes Con and have been meaning to do a full size illo for a few weeks. This is your result. Bow before Doom!

Also.... Doombots!

Friday, June 24, 2011