Friday, December 31, 2010

So Long, 2010!

Amazing Spider-Man #638, Page 25, Panels 1-2.
2010. Ink on Marvel board with digital color, 11 x 17.25".

I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who reads this blog and supports my ongoing childhood fantasy. This has been quite a year for me on many different fronts and I'm looking forward to some amazing opportunities that have presented themselves as of late. I try not to plan things too intricately—you never know what the future holds—but 2011 sure looks good from here.

Have a wonderful New Year's Eve! Please party safely, and I'll see you next year.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 134

Four Fantastic Villains. 2010.
Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor on bristol board, 11 x 17".

I'm back in Brooklyn! I had a wonderful time in Florida visiting my family and friends. I must say, however, I'm anxious to get back to work. I've been talking up my secret project for some time now and I will finally begin work on it this week. I should finish it before the end of January, but I can't say when it will be revealed. Until then, here are some pictures of me without a shirt on.

This should be next year's Christmas card.

I seem to have misplaced the Speedos I wore sophomore year of RISD when I went to a dance "dressed" as Namor, so I had to make a substitution: corduroy for scales, with an assist from my bodybuilding trophy (purchased, not earned) for appropriate highlights. Sadly, my flat feet cannot be pointed.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

NYCC 2010 Commissions: Spidey

Spider-Man. 2010. Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12".

I'm headin' on down to Florida tomorrow for the holidays, so I'll be taking a break from blogging, but I should be back in time for some wacky reference on the 29th. If I'm in a particularly brave mood upon my return, perhaps I'll post my best Namor impression. Otherwise, I wish everyone safe travels and happy holidays!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Favorite Cover, Round 2

I almost forgot! I just barely made it to the second round for Newsarama's Favorite Cover of 2010 and I still need your help. I'm already trailing by quite a bit in the polls, so get out and vote! I promise not to tax you next year.

OMIT Originals

Amazing Spider-Man #640, Page 18, Panel 1. 2010.
Ink on Marvel board, 11 x 17.25". Original Art

The original art from One Moment in Time is now available at Splashpage Art, so feel free to shop (or just browse). Some pages have already been sold, but there's still plenty from which to choose.

I made no progress on my commissions list this week (this blog is turning into my virtual confessional), and that will probably remain the case until the new year. I'm trying to finish up a couple covers before I head home to Florida next week. The good news? I'm nearing the end of this short cover run and will shortly begin my super-secret, super-awesome project. I can barely wait. I should be back to sequential work (and Spidey) come January or February. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 133

Amazing Spider-Man #577, Page 16, Panel 1. 2008.
Ink on Marvel board, 11 x 17.25".
Original Art

My mind must be elsewhere as I nearly put up a repeat of WRW No. 126 just now—that, or the catalog of photos is exceeding my own memory banks. Either way, if you ever catch me saying something insane, or repeating myself (unknowingly), feel free to tell me in the comments section or on Twitter.

Looks like somebody forgot to take their dress home...


Sunday, December 12, 2010

An OG Original

Marvel Universe Poster Sketch. 2002.
Ballpoint pen on friggin' Olive Garden pad paper, 8.5 x 4".

It may not be my best sketch, but this drawing has about as much sentimental value to me as anything I've ever done. I've been searching for this drawing for years, and I finally found it this weekend, tucked away inside an old sketchbook. I waited tables at the Olive Garden in Daytona Beach for 3 summers during my college years, eventually quitting in 2002 when Marvel (specifically, Joe Quesada) offered me my dream job. This piece was drawn in the brief period where I worked for both (and during a particularly slow lunch shift). On my last day, my parents came in for dinner and brought my first Marvel check (for my Iron Man #63 cover) as a "tip."

Poster Sketch (in sketchbook). 2002. Pencil on paper, 8.5 x 11".

Quesada had called me at home (I think my Mom answered) and described what he wanted—a classic Marvel poster featuring Marvel's greatest heroes. After seeing my left-to-right composition, he suggested a companion villains piece to compliment it. Unfortunately, school and other Marvel projects took precedence, so the poster never materialized, but I was still able to take elements from it in my Mythos collection cover.

Poster Sketch. 2002. Pencil on paper, 12 x 9".

Thursday, December 9, 2010

NYCC 2010 Commissions: Sunfire

Sunfire. 2010. Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12".

Folks... it has been an awesome week for me, both personally and professionally. But that's about all I can say for the moment. In the meantime, here's a Sunfire head study that was commissioned at the New York Comic Con, but completed afterward. For those of you still waiting, I finished 2 more head studies this week, Hawkeye and Gwen Stacy, which I will send out today.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


Daredevil #506 Cover. 2009. Acrylic and gouache on bristol board, 11 x 17".

I stumbled across this Newsarama poll yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see my cover for Daredevil #506 listed as a contender for cover of the year. Yipee! Being the shameless Self-Absorbing Man that I am, I have no compunction about asking for your vote. But please, vote your true feelings—I can't afford another election scandal.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 132

Amazing Spider-Man #641, Page 7, Panel 4. 2010.
Ink on Marvel board with digital color, 11 x 17.25".

As his spectral form confers with Reed Richards and Tony Stark, Doctor Strange floats motionless in the Sanctum Sanctorum while Peter Parker provides his signature comic relief. (I believe the line was changed in the final version). Not happy with the initial layout, I decided to pull back in the pencil stage, emphasizing Strange's position in mid-air.

My two basic moods...



Layout. Pencil on bristol board, 4 x 6".

Pearl Harbor

Mythos: Captain America, Page 12, Panel 3. 2008.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 x 17".

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Fan Expo 2010 Commissions

The Thing. 2010. Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12".

Looks like somebody's got a case of the Mondays. I know I already used that joke on Twitter, but recycling material helps me feel like I'm helping the environment.

This piece wasn't actually painted in Toronto, but it's from that batch of commissions. I'm still plugging away at the batch from the New York Comic Con, so some of you may have to wait until the new year. As always, thank you for you patience!

The good news? Some of you may remember my mentioning some work "on spec" a few weeks ago. Well, I got the job... sort of. I can't give any details right now (and I'm probably jinxing myself by even mentioning it) but it's one of the most exciting gigs I've ever had, and I have the best job in the entire world, so that's saying a lot.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

NYCC 2010 Commissions

Peter Parker/Spider-Man. 2010. Watercolor on paper, 9 x 12".

I can't believe it's already December! Soon, it will be 2011 as well. I've got 2 more covers that I want to finish before the new year, plus a couple of side projects. As much as I love painting, I really want to get back to some sequential work, namely my Spidey one-shot with Dan Slott.

If you happen to be in my 'hood this Saturday, you should stop by the Brooklyn Comics and Graphics Festival, hosted in part by Desert Island, my local comic shop. I don't know if I can make it yet, but it's sure to be awesome.

I'm still plugging away at my series of posts on reference, so I can't give a set date yet, but I'd like to have it finished for the new year. Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 131

Amazing Spider-Man #639, Page 28. 2010.
Ink with digital color on Marvel board, 11 x 17.25".

Unable to give up on his Aunt May, Peter Parker rushes past the doctor to try to resuscitate her. Joe Quesada, the writer, had a particular pacing in mind for this scene, and so dictated the panel arrangement accordingly. He also requested the EKG sound effect, which I drew separately, and duplicated digitally (or at least my assistant, Orpheus, did). I knew I wanted the scene in heavy shadow, so I left the room's sole light source outside in the hallway.

These photos are taken via my mirror, with the tripod at my side.



Layout, 4x 6" on bristol board.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Four Fantastic Villains

Four Fantastic Villains. 2010.
Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor on bristol board, 11 x 17".

This is the second of 5 Fantastic Four anniversary covers that will be used for various titles. I believe this will be on the cover of X-Men #245, which hits shelves in February. It was a pleasure to use green for a change, which doesn't happen too often. I even had to reorganize my palette to accommodate the shift in hue. Also, as you can imagine, this will provide plenty of fodder for Wacky Reference Wednesdays.

Later today, I'll be giving a painting demonstration at Pratt for Jim Hoston's illustration class. While it's not open to the public, there's a chance I might be able to tape it. I was able to record my lecture in Toronto, but the audio wasn't good enough to merit posting it here.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Fan Expo 2010 Commissions

Daredevil. 2010. Acrylic and watercolor on paper, 9 x 12".

Although this piece was commissioned at the Fan Expo in Toronto, I didn't actually complete it until I returned home to Brooklyn. This allowed me to try some opaque acrylic techniques, since I limit my media to watercolor at conventions. I posted this previously on Twitter, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to have it here as well... maybe it does.

I've been working on a pretty cool cover for the better part of the week. I have a hunch people will like it—you can't go wrong with putting several popular characters in one place. I don't know... maybe you can.

Also, I wanted to mention that I've opted to share my blog photo stream publicly. Google's Blogger uses Picasa Web Albums for on-line storage, so there won't be anything new if you've been following this blog for some time. That being said, it's much easier to browse since everything is in a centralized location, complete with thumbnails.

And finally, I'm heading to Texas for most of next week (Houston, San Antonio, and Austin), so I'll be taking a blogging break for the duration. Have a wonderful weekend and a happy Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 130

Mythos: Spider-Man, Page 7. 2007. Acrylic and gouache on bristol board, 11 x 17".

In this scene from Mythos: Spider-Man, Peter Parker's newly-acquired Spider powers allow him to dodge a speeding car by leaping up a wall. I had a tough time with his face, trying just about everything to get it right. Years later, I'm still not happy with the result, but at least I got the expression I was going for. You can see below that I gave up in the pencil stage, thinking I could "fix it later." Sometimes this strategy works, but it's usually easier to solve problems of draftsmanship before the application of paint.


Digital Color Study

Layout. Pencil on paper, 4 x 6".

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010


Hellboy. 2010. Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor, on paper, 9 x 12".

Here's some more Hellboy, this one done just prior to the New York Comic Con. I've gotten just one commission done this week (Hawkeye), so I'm slipping a bit behind. However, I'm still chipping away on a handful of projects that nobody will ever see (at least not for a long, long time), including some work "on spec." I hope I get the gig, but the competition is stiff.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Veterans Day

Mythos: Captain America, Page 19, Panel 2. 2008.
Acrylic and gouache on bristol board, 11 x 17".

Happy Veterans Day, and thank you to everyone who has served. If you're looking for a way to help support our troops, I hear more than a few of them like comics. At, you can find out how to send them just that (or whatever else they may need—the simple things can quickly become luxuries in the line of duty).

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 129

Amazing Spider-Man #640, Page 5, Panel 2. 2010.
Ink on Marvel board with digital color, 11 x 17.25".

In this scene starring the Kingpin, all that was needed was a little hand reference. I really enjoyed drawing him and would love to tackle the character in the future. I'd also love to wear socks with sandals for the rest of my life.



Layout. Pencil on bristol board, 4 x 6".

OMIT Hardcover

Amazing Spider-Man #641 Cover. 2010.
Gouache and watercolor on illustration board, 11 x 17".

According to Marvel's web site, the One Moment in Time hardcover collection will be out tomorrow, so if you missed it the first time, now is your chance to catch up. Amazon is selling it as well, but the release date is November 24th.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Wolverine #5.1

Wolverine #5.1 Cover. 2010. Ink with digital color on bristol board, 11 x 17".

Marvel has a new promotion called "Point One" in which select titles will boast an extra issue tailored toward new readers. When they asked me to provide the cover for Wolverine, I was more than happy to oblige. The cover had a tight deadline, so I had to keep things fairly simple, but the graphic approach probably helped the composition in the end. I'll detail the full process in a later post, but the background was painted separately (and at a smaller size), then merged in Photoshop.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Hellboy Commission (Finally)

Hellboy. 2010. Acrylic, gouache, and watercolor on bristol board, 11 x 17".

It may have taken over 2 years, but I finally finished this Hellboy commission. The scene is based on a key moment from The Wild Hunt, by Mike Mignola and Duncan Fegredo, 2 of my favorite comic creators.

Beyond that, I finished 3 head sketches this week, all of which I'll be sending out today. For those of you still waiting, thank you for your patience—I'm shooting for getting 3 done per week until they're all done. As for "work-work," I can't yet reveal the Marvel project I've been chipping away at, but it's pretty cool. Once that's completed, I can get going on my next Spidey issue with Dan Slott, which I'm really excited about.

If time permits, I may (may) go to the King Con in Brooklyn this weekend, though not in any official capacity. But if you see me, feel free to say "hi." I'll try not to be ornery. Have a great weekend!

Underpainting. Gouache and watercolor.


Color Study. Gouache and watercolor on bristol, ~4 x 3".