Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 369

GREEN GOBLIN (after Alex Ross). 2017.
Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

This was an homage commission from last year based on a Green Goblin poster by Alex Ross. Perhaps you've heard of him? These are usually pretty fun because most of the hard work is done — you just need to make it your own, somehow.

a loooooong chin...

inks on watercolor paper

detail of raw scan

Monday, February 26, 2018

Planet of the Apes: Ursus #3 Cover

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

Friday, February 23, 2018

MUTE Premieres Today!

MUTE. 2018. Photoshop, 24 × 36″ @300ppi.

Here's a process gif of the poster, produced entirely in Photoshop. I tried to remember to take a jpeg after every major session of work and this was the result. The project took about 150 hours, but about 30 of that was just research and layouts. I'm slow.

The movie's awesome (but probably not for the kiddies), so you should definitely check it out (only on Netflix). Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 368

Gouache on bristol board (with digital help), 11 × 17″.

Our issue of Hellboy is out today! 5-page preview available here! It's a one-shot that takes place in 1955 near Daytona Beach, FL — which just happens to be my hometown. What are the odds?! Mike Mignola and Chris Roberson crafted the story, with art by me, Joe Rivera (my Pops!), and Dave Stewart.

Some of the reference used is shown below. The models in the upper left are from Anatomy 360, a series of apps that provide 3D scans that can be rotated and lit easily. The Hellboy model is my own, created in Sculptris and lit in Photoshop.

3D models, online ref, and onsite pics

The dinosaurs are from Dunlawton Sugar Mill Gardens, an historical site and unsuccessful 1950s tourist attraction. The black and white photos are from the period, but the color photo is from our visit over a year ago, back when this project was just a few emails old.

digital color study

digital pencils

digital layouts

detail of raw scan

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 367

PLANET OF THE APES: URSUS #2. 2017. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera)
on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Happy Valentine's Day! I love you, Dr. Zaius! You can celebrate with your copy of Planet of the Apes: Ursus #2, out today! I will be celebrating with a bottle of Basil Hayden's, pictured below.

"Of course you can!"

inks by my Pops

blue-line print of pencils

pencils over digital sketch

digital sketch

digital layout

Monday, February 12, 2018

MUTE Poster

MUTE. 2018. Photoshop, 24 × 36″ @300ppi.

Who says Twitter doesn't get you work? Duncan Jones contacted me last year about commissioning a poster for his newest movie, MUTE, which debuts on Netflix next week (February 23rd). Even though the movie is set in a futuristic Berlin, we are both fans of classic movie posters, and thus went for something with a 1940s vibe.

A huge thanks goes out to Netflix for giving me access to the movie, stills, and marketing photography, without which there would be no poster. Also my wife, who slaps my trackpad hand when I try to use bad typefaces.

And, of course, Duncan, who I was already a fan of, and now, even moreso. MUTE is awesome, and totally messed up in the best possible way. I hope you'll see it (and I hope to share more of the process behind the poster soon).


Monday, February 5, 2018

Planet of the Apes: Ursus #2

PLANET OF THE APES: URSUS #2. 2017. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera)
on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

I haven't posted in a while, so here's a cover that will be coming out later this month (Valentine's Day, I believe). I've been crazy-busy, but feel like I haven't actually made that much art in a while. The good news is, we've got a Hellboy issue coming out soon! Stay tuned!