Monday, December 7, 2020

Boba Fett

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

I guess this is as good a time as any to finally post this Boba Fett commission from a couple years back. Hope you all are enjoying The Mandalorian as much as I am!

detail of raw scan

digital pencils (Photoshop)

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 405


2020. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px.

The day is finally here! I'm a published writer! To celebrate, here's a brand new Wacky Reference Wednesday (I know, it's been a while). If you can't find the issue at your local comic shop, you can grab a digital copy at Comixology.

Monday, November 9, 2020


I wanted to show the entire process for my ink & watercolor work, including palette mixing. So... I painted it in my hands. While not ideal, it made it easier to show every step of the process.

Materials List:

Pentel Pocket Brush Pen
Pentel Pigment Ink Brush Pen

Strathmore Mixed Media Board

Rosemary & Co. Series 22 Pure Kolinksky Designer #6

Holbein Watercolors:
Peacock Blue
Payne's Grey
Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Red
Vermillion Hue
Yellow Ochre
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Pre-Sale: Amazing Spider-Man No. 638


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

If your walls don't have enough wall-crawlers on them, I have the solution for you! This limited edition fine art print from Sideshow Collectibles was recently released, and I'm happy to report that I'll have 37 Artist Proofs next month. Each comes hand-signed and numbered. The price is $100, and includes a free 11x17" print of your choice. Check out my print shop for all the details. Ships in early December.

Monday, October 5, 2020

NY Comic Con Charity Auction


2016. Photoshop, 16 × 24″.

In partnership with NYCC, I'll be auctioning off this Captain America: Civil War cast & crew poster to benefit St. Jude's Children's Hospital. It's artist proof 2/3 (current bid at $1120). You can bid here. And be sure to check out the rest of the pieces up for auction. It's an incredible collection, and all for a good cause.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Print Pre-Sale

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #646, Variant Cover. 2010.
Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 x 17".

I've got 3 new prints from Grey Matter Art for sale. (Spidey, Wolvy, and DD!) Is the art a decade old? Sure. But they happen to be some of my most requested works. All are 16 x 24" artist proofs limited to 30 each, hand numbered and signed. I'll receive them soon and ship next month. Remarques are available, but will delay shipping. (I only have 2 hands, and one is not as good as the other!)

2009. Gouache and acrylic on bristol board, 11 × 17″.

Gouache, watercolor, and acrylic on bristol board, 13 × 19″.

Thursday, September 10, 2020

The Batman 100 Project

BATMAN PIN-UP. 2019. Acryla Gouache on sketch cover, 7 × 10.5″.

I'm pleased to announce that I'll be part of The Batman 100 Project to benefit Hero Initiative. The covers will be auctioned off at Heritage Auctions beginning on Sunday, September 13. While I don't know the exact date that my piece will go up, you can track the bidding process here. (The auctions last until September 19.) And if you'd like to see all 100 covers, check 'em out here.

I recorded a good portion of the painting process, which you can see above. Materials listed below:

Acryla Gouache:
Golden Natural Round:
Golden Natural Flat:

detail of raw scan

Friday, August 14, 2020

Mainframe Comic Con

Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

I'll be (virtually) at Mainframe Comic Con tomorrow at 12 p.m. EST. We'll have a dozen 4x6" commission-style head shots that will be up for purchase during my hour-long spotlight panel. Full details from my art rep below.

The piece above will be auctioned off at the end of my panel. (You can watch me ink & color the artwork on YouTube.) Hope you can join us!


12:00pm:  Paolo Rivera Spotlight  

He'll answer questions from his Host, the audience & amazing everyone with his live drawing & painting abilities!

Room: Hall B 

Host: Rodney Colon

If you saw us at Comic Art Live, this is going to be very similar.  Paolo has painted 4 x 6"  headshots of some of your favorite characters & we'll be selling them during the panel, nowhere else. 

The little headshots will be $200 & will be randomly offered throughout the panel.  The first person to state "I'll Take It" in the comments section will be able to purchase it after the panel.

There will be a full figure Spider-ham 4x6" ink & watercolor piece that we'll offer to the panel, a 9x12" Ink & watercolor Captain America that Paolo will be painting during the panel that will be auctioned at the end, a Battle Damaged Spider-man 9x12" Bust that is fully painted already which will be auctioned during the panel & saving the BEST FOR LAST, we'll auction off a fully painted Gouache 9x12" commission spot that Paolo will complete in a month for the winner.  Paolo hasn't taken commissions in years so this is a rare opportunity.

For more info on Splash Page events during the show, check out the site.

Monday, August 10, 2020

Captain America (Sold)


Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.

I've finally got some prints of this recent commission in my shop. And in case you missed it, This was featured in 2 live-stream painting sessions (one of which is posted below). Last but not least, I'll (virtually) be at Mainframe Comic Con this coming weekend, Saturday, August 15 at 12 p.m. EST. My rep, Mark Hay of Splash Page Comic Art, will have quite a few brand new commissions for sale. They're mostly 4x6", smaller than I typically paint, but I've been having a lot of fun with them. Hope you can make it!


digital pencils

Monday, August 3, 2020

Supergirl (Never Published)

SUPERGIRL (never published). 2018. Ink(ed by Joe Rivera)
on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Most of the professional work that I've ever done has been published, but this is one of the few exceptions. We finished this in April of 2018, but it never made it out into the real world. I'm not exactly sure of the reason, but this kind of thing probably happens from time to time. It depicts Supergirl in a desperate struggle against Cyborg Superman.

My editor had me change her expression mid-stream and, judging from my process pics, I think we went back to the original. These things happen. It was a fun project, though, and I'm glad I can finally share it here, if not on an actual comic cover.

Inks by my Pops!

pencils over digital sketch

digital sketch

digital layouts


Monday, July 27, 2020

Deadpool Ink & Paint Video

DEADPOOL (sold). 2020. Ink & watercolor on paper, 4 × 6″.

Sunday, July 19, 2020

Batman: TAC No. 5 Cover

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

variant cover by SEAN "CHEEKS" GALLOWAY
ON SALE 10/6/20
$3.99 US | 32 PAGES | 5 OF 7 | FC | DC
Batman is scrambling as he learns the true identity of the man who's been stalking him and the rest of the Bat-Family. As Batman and Alfred reel from the revelation, Tim demands answers! Batman's greatest shame is finally revealed!

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



Monday, July 13, 2020

Wonder Woman Commission (Sold)

WONDER WOMAN. 2020. Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.

WONDER WOMAN. 2020. Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.

Monday, July 6, 2020

Mr. Freeze Commission

MR. FREEZE. 2020. Gouache & Acrylic on paper, 9 × 12″.

You may not be seeing much work from me this year (sad face) so I'm going to try and post the commissions that never made it to the blog. I've still got a couple pet projects I'm trying to get done (happy face), but there's no telling when I'll cross the finish line. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this look at some past work.

Otherwise, my family and I are doing well in these "interesting times." Hope everyone is staying happy and healthy!


Thursday, May 28, 2020

Comic Art Live

Poison Ivy. 2020. Ink & watercolor on paper, 4 × 6″.

I'll be participating in Comic Art Live this weekend (May 30-31), a virtual convention experience hosted by I'll have new artwork to sell, as well as some oldies I've been holding in reserve. I plan to accept and finish some commissions during the show, but with the kiddies at home, there are no guarantees :)

The show is free to "attend," but Comic Art Fans members will have early access. Most of the new artwork will have set prices, but some will be up for auction. I've been doing 4x6" ink & watercolor head shots so that we'll have a little more variety (both in characters and prices).

In addition, I'll be participating in a live panel on Sunday from 10-11 PST. You can get all the details at Comic Art Fans. Hope to see you there!

Monday, April 13, 2020

Reining in Reference

Boba Fett & Han Solo Pencils. 2018. Pencil on paper, 9 × 12″.

I was recently asked how I keep from spending too much time researching a subject and finding visual reference. It can definitely be an issue, so I thought I'd share my reply here:

When it comes to reference, it's very easy to lose yourself in the search. It helps to have a deadline, even if it's self-imposed. I often block out times on the calendar for research, making sure that there's something after it that I have to attend to.

Another technique is to not let yourself look for reference during the sketching phase. Take your ideas as far as possible using just your imagination. Only once you know exactly what you need do you allow yourself to start the search.

Lastly, there are 2 main categories of reference: design reference and posing reference. If you need to know what an X-Wing looks like, that's pretty straightforward. Put if you need a specific angle of the pilot in the cockpit, you might have to play dress-up and take some pics.

Oh, and one more thing — 3D reference is best if you can get ahold of it. Sketchfab is one of my favorite resources. That's not always possible. If it's design ref you need, but you're having trouble finding the precise angle you need, don't be afraid to change the composition to better match the ref. That doesn't mean you're a slave to your photo ref, it just means if you only have a pic of a vehicle from the front, you can avoid drawing the back without anyone really noticing.

For further thoughts on the subject, here's a series of 3 posts.

Presearch 1
Presearch 2
Presearch 3

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 404

PUNISHER: SOVIET #6. 2019. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px.

Doing my best tough guy look

digital sketch, Soviet inspiration

Sunday, March 29, 2020

X-O Designs

X-O DESIGNS. 2016. Ink & watercolor on bristol board, 17 × 11″.

Way back in 2016 (what seems like a hundred years ago now) I was asked by Valiant to take a pass at redesigning X-O's armor for a new run. While it didn't end up getting used, I had a ton of fun trying out various looks for everyone's favorite Manowar.

The only direction I received was that he was starting to go a little crazy, and that his alien armor was reflecting his turbulent state of mind. He would eventually regain control, leading to a more standard design going forward.

We never really settled on a look, but my last edit was a Photoshop paint-over on the main turnaround (pic at the end). I'm still not quite happy with the last stage, but I loved the process, and felt like I was getting close. What's missing? My favorite superhero costumes are ones I can draw from my head, from any angle. Just need to simplify!