Thursday, December 20, 2007

Heroes... All Kinds

I'm blogging to you live from sunny Florida (though the moon is out right now).

First up is the cover to Mythos: Captain America, which is slated for March. Hopefully, I can hit my deadline and we will actually see it in March. It's definitely the most research intensive book I've done, but it's been a lot of fun learning more about World War II.

A special thanks goes out to one of my first editors, my Dad, who, upon looking at the cover, immediately told me that I had Hitler's hair parted the wrong way. That version is the one that got solicited, but this revised version will actually see print (hopefully).

This particular Hiro was painted for my girlfriend for Christmas. I don't normally watch TV, but she got me hooked on Heroes through Netflix.

And last but not least, Odysseus, one of the earlier heroes, is star of the 4th Iliad cover. It should also be out in March.

Happy Holidays!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Body Worlds

These sketches are from the Body Worlds exhibition at the California Science Center in 2004. I rarely get to draw "from life" so it was a treat to be surrounded by so many models, not to mention having the time to draw for an entire day. This was before I had started Mythos — before every creative minute was dedicated to the series.

If you ever get a chance to see one of these exhibitions, please take the opportunity. There are several similar shows out there, but this was the first and, from my experience, the best. Aside from that, the acquisition of specimens for this show, in particular, is expressly from willing donors.

The figure featured in both sketches was described as a "bodybuilder." The skeleton and musculature was separated, intact, and positioned next to each other in the same gesture. These sketches are drawn in my travel sketchbook and are on facing pages at right angles to each other. I hope to show more sketches from the show in the future.

Sunday, December 9, 2007


This is another convention sketch from the last Big Apple Con. I've also included the picture I took at the con to show how I go about documenting artwork that I don't have a chance to scan (and will never see again).

I simply take a picture with my 5 megapixel digital camera from an angle, with the flash on. This prevents glare or a "hot spot" in the middle of the photo. The distortion is easily fixed in Photoshop using the perspective crop feature. And since I know the dimensions of the paper, I can achieve the exact proportions. The rest is just selecting the background and, using levels, bleaching it to pure white. In this case, I got lazy and took out the fishnet design as well, being too light to be selected easily. The result is a nice, clean looking jpeg that, while not quite good enough to print, is fine for the web.