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!























Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 403

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

From PREVIEWSworld:

(W) Garth Ennis (A) Jacen Burrows (CA) Paolo Rivera
• The soul-chilling end of PUNISHER: SOVIET is here.
• Frank and Val have fought side-by-side against not only a Russian mob but also against the tide of history and these issues will make you see The Punisher (and possibly the world) differently than you do now.
Explicit Content

In Shops: Today!
SRP: $3.99


Holding my M-16 flashlight!


digital roughs


digital sketches

Monday, March 2, 2020

Punisher: Soviet No. 6

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

From PREVIEWSworld:

(W) Garth Ennis (A) Jacen Burrows (CA) Paolo Rivera
• The soul-chilling end of PUNISHER: SOVIET is here.
• Frank and Val have fought side-by-side against not only a Russian mob but also against the tide of history and these issues will make you see The Punisher (and possibly the world) differently than you do now.
Explicit Content

In Shops: Mar 25, 2020
SRP: $3.99


He looks as tired as I am.

Marvel: The Silver Age 1960-1970

Marvel: The Silver Age Exclusive Print. 2019.
Ink on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

This project was pure joy to work on. The Folio Society picked some of the best stories from the Silver Age and then asked me to pick my favorite things to draw. The only tough part was whittling down the options. As far as Marvel history goes, it's pretty tough to beat the sheer volume of iconic stories from this decade.

You can get a better look at the finished product (and maybe get one for yourself) at their web site. And a video tour can be found on YouTube.

My dad, Joe Rivera accompanied me on inks, some of which you can see below. If you are interested in owning the original artwork, please contact Mark Hay at Splash Page Comic Art.

A big thanks goes out to my editor Raquel for reaching out, making the schedule work, and giving me the freedom to have a blast.


Marvel: The Silver Age Solander Box. 2019.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.


inks by my Pops!


inks by my Pops!


Inks over digital pencils


The box interior. Shiny!

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 402

PUNISHER: SOVIET #4. 2019. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px.

This is out today! I only did the cover, but this series is top notch and well worth your time. Preview available here. The entire piece was done in Photoshop with basically just one brush, Kyle T. Webster's "Perfect Pencil," along with a modification to make the texture more even.


Punisher's holding an M72 LAW rocket launcher over his shoulder

digital roughs


digital layouts


I did an earlier version with a coffee cup
because they were on a stakeout :)

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Gwen Stacy Variant Process

DAREDEVIL #18 (GWEN STACY VARIANT). 2020.
Ink on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

In stores today! Full details here.


Raw scan of inks over digital pencils


blue-line print of digital pencils


Working out the details on multiple layers


Color rough


Quick & dirty digital layout


Detail of raw scan. Some Daredevil butt.


detail of raw scan. Grey accent with Acryla Gouache

Monday, February 10, 2020

Punisher: Soviet No. 4 Cover

PUNISHER: SOVIET #4. 2019. Photoshop, 2750 × 4175 px.

In shops: Feb 26, 2020
Full info





I did an earlier version with a coffee cup
because they were on a stakeout :)

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 401

VENOM #21 VARIANT COVER. 2019.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Well, I had meant to post this last week, but I ran out of time. Instead, I'm going to try to start the New Year out right with a long-awaited Wacky Reference Wednesday post. (The last one was back in May, which just happens to be when my son was born. Coincidence?) Now, I can't promise that I'll be able to get back to the weekly schedule, but I'm hoping I can at least muster the time to do it monthly.

This issue hit stands last week (Christmas Day from what I'm seeing) and you can find the full details here. And if Santa didn't bring you everything you wanted (or just gave you a ton of cold, hard cash) you can find the original art at Splash Page Comic Art.

Happy New Year!


Venom! (Always fun to draw this guy)


inks by my Paw


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital print


digital layout


digital sketches


detail of pencils