Friday, August 17, 2018

StocktonCon 2018

VENOM. 2018. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

I'll be at StocktonCon this weekend, August 18-19. You can find me at table AA20, so feel free to stop by. I'll have prints & books for sale and will be available for quick commissions, as time permits. I don't charge for signatures, but will gladly accept donations on behalf of Hero Initiative. Hope to see you there!

detail of raw scan

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 386

X-23. 2018. Gouache on mixed media board, 9 × 12″.

(Claws also made from Strathmore Mixed Media Board)

gouache washes to hone the drawing

decided to add a hand


Sunday, August 12, 2018

Venom: First Host #1 Variant

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

Our newest Venom cover has finally been revealed! It will be hitting shelves later this month. I'll be sure to do a Wacky Reference Wednesday when the time comes. Full details here.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 385

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

Back in 2016, I was asked to create a limited edition collectible ticket for IMAX screenings of Dr. Strange. Although I wasn't able to see the movie before it came out, I did gain access to Marvel Studios' marketing photography (always with my name plastered across it for reasons of security). It was a fairly quick turnaround (at least for me) clocking in at 52 hours total. Full breakdown below:

— layouts: 7.75 h
— pencils: 2.75 h
— sculpt: 3.25 h
— color study: 1.25 h
— board prep: 2.25 h
(can't remember why this took so long, but I know I had some issues)
— reference: 1.5 h
— painting: 32.75 h
= 52 h

The reference I get from Marvel is always watermarked with my name.

The variant edition of the ticket (bottom of the page) was created using a gradient map in Photoshop. We tried quite a few different versions to get the right psychedelic look. The trick is to preserve most of the value relationships while going nuts with the hue and saturation. I reversed the values in the darkest part of the image, resulting in a "negative" appearance, but in an isolated area.

digital pencils, variant, color study

digital layout variations

digital layouts

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

painting over the digital printout

my gouache palette and reference

Almost done!



MURPHY. 2018. Photoshop, 8000 × 2000 px.

In case you hadn't heard, I've got a brand new Artist Shop at Threadless. I only have 2 versions of one design at the moment, but it was a fun project that pays tribute to one of my favorite films. There are many colors and styles available — hope you'll take a look!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 384

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

Issue #5 is out today! Here are just some of the pics that went into its creation. The color is all digital, but I was trying to go for a more "watercolored" look. Hope to do more in this style in the future.

All images I found online, including some Hot Toys figures

inks by my Paw!

blue-line print of pencils

pencils over digital sketch

digital sketch

digital layouts