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!


detail

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 ComicArtFans.com. 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!























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 :)