Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 342

Gouache on illustration board, 9 × 12″.

The 3D head reference was provided by the Handy app on my phone, while the inspiration was courtesy of Don Heck. While the head was the only lighting reference I had, that was enough to extrapolate to the Wasp's entire figure.

The Living Eraser!

detail of raw scan

Monday, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day

MYTHOS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, Page 10, Panel 1. 2008.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Repost from 2014

It's Memorial Day here in the States, so I thought I'd share some artwork that pays homage to those who have fallen in the service of our country. Although I was not much of a Captain America fan growing up, I've since had the privilege of working on two stories that turned me into one. The first, Mythos: Captain America, was written by Paul Jenkins. The second, Young Allies, was written by Roger Stern. Both stories had their share of action, but the heart of each was the loss of friends in the midst of bigger battles.

It's a bit overwhelming to visit a vast, military cemetery, even if you don't have a personal connection to those laid to rest. Drawing one can't begin to approach a family's sense of loss for a loved one, but it does, at the very least, force you to deliberate over the life that each gravestone represents.

YOUNG ALLIES, Page 1. 2009. Ink on bristol board (with digital color), 11 × 17.

YOUNG ALLIES, Page 6. 2009. Ink on bristol board (with digital color), 11 × 17.

YOUNG ALLIES, Page 21. 2009. Ink on bristol board (with digital color), 11 × 17.

YOUNG ALLIES, Page 22. 2009. Ink on bristol board (with digital color), 11 × 17.

MYTHOS: CAPTAIN AMERICA, Page 22, Panel 3. 2008.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 × 17.

Friday, May 26, 2017

New Email List and Sacramento Commissions

Gouache on watercolor block, 9 × 12″.

Hear ye, hear ye! I've got a brand new email list. Please sign up for news on appearances, commissions, original art, prints, and books. I'll still be posting here and across social media, but it will ensure you don't miss out on anything.

Which reminds me...

I'll be selling commission spots through my online store for the next show, Wizard World Sacramento.

You must be at the show to pick up the art (but you are free to arrange a pick up with someone else). Only 1 commission per customer, please.

There are 3 portrait options (no full-figures):
  1. 9 × 12″ Fully-painted:               $350
  2. 9 × 12″ Ink with watercolor:     $160 ($200 on sketch cover)
  3. 9 × 12″ Ink with gray tone:       $100 ($120 on sketch cover)
$50 surcharge for actor likeness or movie version.

California sales tax is included. Surcharges will be added once we discuss details and subject matter. No other items will be available until after the sale.

I will accept 1 painted commission, 5 ink & color, and 2 ink wash.

The links will go live Tuesday, May 30 at 12pm PST

(open to US customers only)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 341

Acryla Gouache on sketch cover, 7 × 10.5″.

I don't typically like painting on sketch covers, but I'm always happy to do so for the Hero Initiative. They'll be auctioning this piece for charity on May 27 at the Phoenix Comic Con. You can see this (and the rest of the covers) at the Hero Initiative site. And if that weren't exciting enough, here's me posing with my very own Lasso of Truth!

I don't think you're ready for this jelly

aaaaalmost there...

washing in color

rough pencils

Monday, May 22, 2017

Stranger Danger!

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

DOCTOR STRANGE (detail of raw scan). 2017.
Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Dark Knight, Comics Culture, & Appearances

THE DARK KNIGHT (detail of raw scan). 2017.
Gouache on watercolor block, 9 × 12″.

Thanks so much to everyone who stopped by my table at Comic Con Revolution! It was a great show and I hope to be back in the future. Here is one of the 7 pre-commissions I completed (I wasn't able to get to a few of them, as it was just a 1-day show).

While I have your attention, here is a recent interview I had with Terence Dollard of Comics Culture. During our discussion, I gave a work-in-progress peek at the Cap/Iron Man commission that I was working on. Hope you enjoy!

Lastly, I've been getting a ton of questions about commissions and appearances, so I think I'm going to create an email newsletter to help keep people up to date. I'll be sure to post when that launches. In the meantime, my tentative (and totally unconfirmed) schedule for the rest of the year is as follows:

Wizard World Sacramento
June 16-18

August 19
October 5-8

Have a great weekend!

THE DARK KNIGHT. 2017. Gouache on watercolor block, 9 × 12″.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Comic Con Revolution

Gouache, and Acryla Gouache on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

I'll be at Comic Con Revolution this Saturday in Ontario, CA. All my commission spots have been taken, but I'll be happy to sign your books. I'll also have copies of my Modern Masters book to sell. It's just a one-day show, so I'll be at my table as much as possible. Hope to see you there!

Artist Alley I-1

4:30-5:15 Room 103
Iconic Art: Artists on Illustrating Your Favorite Comic Book Characters

detail of raw scan

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Free Comic Book Day

ATTACK ON TITAN (3 of 3). 2016.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Today is Free Comic Book Day. We've got an Attack on Titan cover that will be available (and the price is hard to beat). Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 5, 2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. 2016. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera)
on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Happy Friday, folks! We've got a new Mondo poster that will be released today. The 24 x 36" screen print comes in 2 color schemes and is a limited edition. Check their blog for more info on the online release. I will have artist proofs to sell, but probably not for a while. If you're interested in the original art, please contact Mark Hay at Splash Page Comic Art.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (VARIANT). 2016. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera)
on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 340

Acryla Gouache on bristol board, 10 × 4″.

Readers of this blog will probably find this piece familiar. Don't think I ever posted the reference for it, but I could be wrong. After all, it's been almost 10 years since I started this thing.

triple-threat position


digital color study

Monday, May 1, 2017

CCR Commissions: Daredevil

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

Here's the first of 10 pre-commissions for Comic Con Revolution on May 13. I'll be at table I-1, but probably won't have time to sketch at the show. Always happy to sign books, though!

detail of raw scan