Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 354

SHIRTLESS BEAR-FIGHTER #4 (variant cover). 2017.
Gouache & Photoshop on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

The time has finally come: Shirtless Bear-Fighter #4 is out in the wild. Below you'll find all the reference and research that went into the painting — except, of course, the photos of my lovely wife, who refuses to acknowledge her crucial role in this debauchery.

Sorry, guys — wife said I couldn't post her pic.

I ran out of time on this painting and had to finish the rest digitally (in one flapjack-fueled all-nighter). Below is the unfinished painting. The trade dress and faux wear & tear were already prepped in Photoshop, so all I had left to do was render the details. I used Kyle T. Webster's brushes, mostly his gouache set, including my own modifications.

final image, no trade dress

unfinished original painting

digital drawing/color study

I contracted Manny Mederos to do the logo for me, sending him some of my favorite Men's Magazines covers for inspiration. He gave me back several to choose from and I couldn't have been happier with the result. Perhaps we should do another?

digital layout (with logos by Manny Mederos)

additional reference found online

detail of raw scan

detail of final digital rendering

gouache painting process

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 353

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955 #1. 2017.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 13 × 19″.

This issue hits shelves today! (Been a while, right?) Full details at the Dark Horse site. I used the Hellboy bust I sculpted in Sculptris and lit the scene in Photoshop. I threw in some simple geometric shapes to help get a handle on the lighting situation. The DC-3/C-47 model is one I found online. I took some video of the painting process, but, knowing me, it will be years before I get around to posting it.

Wrong gun! (I used my 1:6 scale revolver)

Work in progress

color study in Photoshop (with additional reference)

digital sketch

digital layouts

other reference that went into this cover

Friday, September 8, 2017

Orion for Hero Initiative

ORION . 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

This portrait of Orion will be auctioned off to benefit the Hero Initiative. Bidding is open until next Tuesday. I also recorded a portion of the inking and painting process, which you can view on Periscope.

Have a great weekend (and for those of you in the path of Hurricane Irma, stay safe)!

detail of raw scan

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Guardians (of the Galaxy) for Harvey Relief

Baby Groot Remarque, ink & acrylic marker

The good folks at Mondo are hosting an auction to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, so I gladly contributed a couple of screen prints. The regular version (red logo) has a Baby Groot, pictured above, and the variant (blue logo) features Groot.

Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Groot Remarque, ink & acrylic marker

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 352

Gouache on illustration board, 9 × 12″.

Using an anatomical figure I had already sculpted in Sculptris, I created a texture to mimic the reflective surface I needed. By painting a sphere (or using a photo of one) Sculptris can map the reflections to the 3D model to create a passable rendering. This eliminates the need for computing all the light trajectories in a scene. The painting itself was done in gouache on Strathmore Mixed Media Board.

Long live The King!

I think this was a photo I altered and plugged into Sculptris


detail of raw scan

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 351

THE VALIANT #2 PAGE 11. 2014.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

In this page from issue 2 of The Valiant, I try to beat up an old man. (But I end up losing when I become an old man myself.) Original art available at Splash Page.


flats by Aladdin Collar

inks by my Pops

blue-line print of pencils

pencils over digital sketch

layout in Photoshop

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 350

Jeff Lemire & Paolo Rivera. THE VALIANT #2 PAGE 17.
2014. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px.

For this page of The Valiant, Jeff Lemire and Matt Kindt's script called for a storybook illustration to be interspersed with the main action. This was a great opportunity for the writers (artists in their own right) to showcase their skills (and do my work for me). Jeff provided the drawings, while Matt handled colors — my part was done completely in Photoshop, primarily using KyleBrush's Rough Inker.

I make a pretty good damsel in distress/murderous monster

flats by Aladdin Collar

Photoshop inks with KyleBrush 

Digital layout

Friday, August 18, 2017

StocktonCon and Syfy Interview

DAREDEVIL. 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

I'll be attending StocktonCon this Saturday (not Sunday, sorry!) at Artist Alley table AA20. I'll have books and prints to sell, and will be happy to sign your own books as well. Hope to see you there!

detail of raw scan

And here's another part of my recent interview with Syfy Channel. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 349

THE VALIANT #2 PAGE 4. 2014.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

The Mad Larper Who Larps around Noon (Mom-made cloak)

flats by Aladdin Collar

inks by my Pops

blue-line print of pencils

pencils over digital sketch

Photoshop layout with KyleBrush

Monday, August 14, 2017

Deadpool vs. Cable

Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

detail of raw scan