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!