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!