Monday, March 29, 2010
Every once and a while I like to spend WAY too much time on something that will never happen.
Here are a couple of comic covers I did to serve as an example. Batman VS Robocop and The Brave and the Bold:featuring Batman Beyond and Space Ghost. I doubt very much DC will ever put these odd pairings together, butI'd LOVE to see it!
the last sketch you see was done at CGS SuperShow; Adam Warlock as a Black Lantern in case you were wondering.
Monday, March 15, 2010
These images are partial scans of a page I did yesterday. I can't say what the page is for except to say that it is to be published by IDW in a few months.
The reason I put these up, besides the fact that I'm very happy with how they turned out, is so I could talk about painting likenesses.
The idea behind painting portraits is not just to capture a likeness as it is. A camera can do that just fine. No, the idea behind painting a portarit is to capture what their likeness should be. It should look more like them than they actually look. You need to accentuate what's iconic about them and capture their essence as you see it, not simply as it is.
I used a few photo references for each portrait. If you l;ook at DaVinci, there are 2 drastically different looks. A young Da Vinci and an older DaVinci(one of them actually being an actor playing DaVinci on Star Trek:Voyager).I shot for something in between because that's how I saw DaVinci.The young portrait I remember from Art History meets the DaVinci I remember from Star Trek.
Now let's look at Einstein. There is so much that is iconic about his appearance and I wanted to capture all of it perfectly. This required may photo reference shots. You see none of them were perfect. I wanted the smiling eyes with the mouth completely hidden by that mustache and the hair had to be just a mess. I couldn't get that with one photo so I had to reference the best from all of them to get my perfect Einstein.
Friday, March 12, 2010
I really wanted to just come here and tell you about an interview that's just gone up from A.N.A.( here it is ), but I feel like it's a rip off if I don't post at least one piece of art so here it is. This is an oil painting I did last year before I moved to NYC from Long Beach, CA. It's the bar on my corner. The neighbourhood bar! The Falcon on the corner of Falcon Ave and Broadway.
For some reason, this painting hasn't made it onto my website, so even though it's a year old, it's new to you!
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Tick tock. The last member of the Night Shift(probably my least favourite as well).
I decided to composite all the characters together against a splash page background I had done in Fallen Angel:Reborn issue 1.
I would love to see Marvel do Night Shift again and this is how I'd like to see them.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I'll no longer even ask you to guess these characters since it's probably becoming obvious that I'm on a Night Shift kick. Dansen Macabre and Misfit!!
enough dickin' around for today. back to my pages(which I'll post as soon as allowed)
Friday, March 5, 2010
Can you guess this one? The costume is redesigned but not so much you wouldn't recognize the character(think Byrne's redesign of Wolverine's yellow to brown costume in the 80's).
Besides the similarity in the costume, there is an even more obvious clue.
Who is he?
Write it below. Win the No-Prize.
Thursday, March 4, 2010
Back in 2003, when I was working in comics part time, I had to supplement my income with various freelance illustration and design gigs. I was rifling through my back-up discs today and found this.
Toy car designs for Lowes Motor Speedway.
The designs were ideas based on the sponsor's profession or business.
The cars themselves were done in pencil and watercolour(b&w) . the logo designs were pen & ink(essentially like doing a comicbook). The logos were then composited onto the watercolour paintings of the cars and the whole thing was colourised in Photoshop.