Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 386

X-23. 2018. Gouache on mixed media board, 9 × 12″.


(Claws also made from Strathmore Mixed Media Board)


gouache washes to hone the drawing


decided to add a hand


pencils

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Venom: First Host #1 Variant

VENOM: FIRST HOST. 2018.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Our newest Venom cover has finally been revealed! It will be hitting shelves later this month. I'll be sure to do a Wacky Reference Wednesday when the time comes. Full details here.


Monday, August 6, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 385

DOCTOR STRANGE IMAX TICKET. 2016.
Gouache and Acryla Gouache on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Back in 2016, I was asked to create a limited edition collectible ticket for IMAX screenings of Dr. Strange. Although I wasn't able to see the movie before it came out, I did gain access to Marvel Studios' marketing photography (always with my name plastered across it for reasons of security). It was a fairly quick turnaround (at least for me) clocking in at 52 hours total. Full breakdown below:

— layouts: 7.75 h
— pencils: 2.75 h
— sculpt: 3.25 h
— color study: 1.25 h
— board prep: 2.25 h
(can't remember why this took so long, but I know I had some issues)
— reference: 1.5 h
— painting: 32.75 h
= 52 h


The reference I get from Marvel is always watermarked with my name.

The variant edition of the ticket (bottom of the page) was created using a gradient map in Photoshop. We tried quite a few different versions to get the right psychedelic look. The trick is to preserve most of the value relationships while going nuts with the hue and saturation. I reversed the values in the darkest part of the image, resulting in a "negative" appearance, but in an isolated area.


digital pencils, variant, color study


digital layout variations


digital layouts


DOCTOR STRANGE IMAX TICKET VARIANT. 2016.
Gouache and Acryla Gouache on bristol board, 11 × 17″.


painting over the digital printout


my gouache palette and reference


Almost done!


Details

Murphy

MURPHY. 2018. Photoshop, 8000 × 2000 px.

In case you hadn't heard, I've got a brand new Artist Shop at Threadless. I only have 2 versions of one design at the moment, but it was a fun project that pays tribute to one of my favorite films. There are many colors and styles available — hope you'll take a look!