Friday, October 22, 2021

Hellboy Print

HELLBOY KICKSTARTER PIN-UP. 2021.
Gouache & watercolor on bristol board, 13 × 19″

 I've got a new 13x18" Hellboy print available! It was a promo piece for the Mike Mignola documentary Kickstarter campaign. Edition of 32.


digital drawing / underpainting


Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 409

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (Classic). 2021.
Photoshop, 14 × 20″ @ 600 ppi.

There was plenty of reference that went into my Justice League: Classic poster, so I guess I'll just keep posting a character each week. Green Arrow was one of the last figures I finished because I always dread drawing archers. There's just something about the relationship of bow to figure that always makes me second-guess myself.

When in doubt, grab your daughter's bow & arrow and walk outside! This shoot was a lot of fun (I just hope none of the neighbors saw me). I set up my phone on a tripod and said, "Hey, Google — take a selfie!" And it did. The front camera on my Pixel 5 is good enough, and I like being able to see myself on the screen to get the pose just right.



Below is my initial sketch, which was really just a reworking of my previous Justice League: Modern poster. Everyone got a makeover, and several of the characters were switched out completely. The first version is where I really learned how to mimic my traditional style using just Photoshop, but it was a trying process. There are lots of little tricks I learned along the way, but the most important rule was this: if you can't do it with real paint, don't do it with digital. I constructed this painting the same way I would approach a real painting, using opaque brushes to build up light while using transparent brushes to darken, tint, and glaze. The final effect is convincing enough, even at high resolution.




Wednesday, October 13, 2021

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 408


JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (Classic). 2021.
Photoshop, 14 × 20″ @ 600 ppi.

My Justice League: Classic Artist Proof signed prints are available for pre-order from my shop! There are 45 APs and 10 framed canvas available. Above is just one of the many characters featured (originally Shazam was going to be Doctor Fate — I'll have to post him at a later date).

I used the opportunity to get better at 3D, so I kit-bashed and sculpted this Shazam model in ZBrush and rendered it in Marmoset 3D, an easy to use and powerful tool for getting real-world effects in close-to-real-time. (The same cannot be said for ZBrush which, while powerful, has a very steep learning curve.) Some of the body was copied from 3DScanStore.com, a great resource for 3D scans of live models.








Monday, August 23, 2021

Justice League Print

JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA (Classic).
2021. Photoshop, 14 × 20″ @ 600 ppi.

Here's my latest fine art print for Sideshow — it may look a tad familiar. Do you remember the modern version of the JLA that came out in 2018? Well, this was the classic version that I always had in mind, replete with brighter colors, more light, and less frowns. It's not available just yet, but you can join their RSVP list to be notified when it's released.


detail

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 407

SUPERMAN: RED & BLUE #6 p.3. 2021.

Ink on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.


It's out today! The last issue of the Superman: Red & Blue series hits shelves (and computers) this week and I couldn't be happier. It features a beautiful story by Tom King that I would highly recommend even if I hadn't drawn it myself. Our story's got great lettering from Steve Wands (who I challenged with incredibly late pages) and sympathetic editing from Diego Lopez (who edited my deadline when things got tight). Hope you all enjoy!

I'll share more art once everyone's had a chance to read it. If you're interested in the original art, please contact my rep, Mark Hay, at Splash Page Comic Art. Thanks!


digital "colors"


inks over digital print


digital pencils


digital layout

Monday, August 16, 2021

Superman: Red & Blue No. 6

 

SUPERMAN: RED & BLUE #6 p.5. 2021.
Ink on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

What's this? I actually made some comics? It's true! Tom King wrote a beautiful story for me (and you) that somehow manages to hit pretty much every Superman note in pitch perfect harmony... and all in just 8 pages.


I think it might be out this week? I've seen some conflicting info online. But I've already received my complimentary copies (a nice DC perk) and it printed perfectly. It's got a wonderful cover by Doc Shaner, so you can't miss it. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 406


FANTASTIC FOUR: LIFE STORY #1 VARIANT COVER. 2021.
Gouache and Acryla Gouache on illustration board, 13 × 19″.

I haven't had a chance to do a Wacky Reference Wednesday in a while, but I finally made some time (out of thin air, no less)! The original pencil sketch (pictured way down below) is actually from the Fantastic Four 50th anniversary back in 2011. We ended up doing a different cover with a 1960s feel, but I had always wanted to paint this one as well.

The issue is out in stores today! You can read more about it at marvel.com.


digital underpainting


rough pencils


digital color study


layout sketch from 2010


original painting, scanned in pieces


Monday, May 17, 2021

FF: Life Story No. 1


FANTASTIC FOUR: LIFE STORY #1 VARIANT COVER. 2021.
Gouache and Acryla Gouache on illustration board, 13 × 19″.

Out this Wednesday, May 19th! Full details here. Will try to post the reference soon, but things are busy at the moment.







Monday, May 10, 2021

Bloodshot for Hero Initiative

BLOODSHOT SKETCH COVER. 2020.

Acryla Gouache on sketch cover, 7.5 × 10″.


This original Bloodshot art is up for auction to benefit Hero Initiative. Bidding ends tomorrow!

Monday, April 5, 2021

Witchblade Auction

 

WITCHBLADE (detail). 2008.

Gouache and Acryla Gouache on bristol board, 8 × 18″.


Here’s another auction to benefit Hero Initiative. (The previous one, an Iron Man 3 poster, raised $4,150!!!) This 8x18” original Witchblade pin-up was done in 2008 with gouache and Acryla Gouache on bristol board. 










Monday, March 8, 2021

King in Black No. 4 Spoiler Variant

 

KING IN BLACK #4 VARIANT. 2021.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.


inks by my Pops!


pencils over digital sketch


digital layout



detail of pencils

Monday, January 25, 2021

Thor: Infinity War


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

This is an oldie, but I never posted this one to the blog! I need to get back in the habit of regular posting, even if it's not that much new work. I recorded a short time lapse as well. Hope you enjoy!



detail for raw scan


digital pencils


Thursday, January 21, 2021

Golden Age Captain America

GOLDEN AGE CAPTAIN AMERICA OMNIBUS. 2020.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Finally, some new work! This will be the cover to the Golden Age Captain America Omnibus, in stores June 30th, 2021. Inks by Joe Rivera (my Pops!). The aircraft I featured on the cover is the Waco CG-4A, a glider used during the D-Day invasion (with mixed results). The landscape is that of the Normandy coast, specifically Étretat. Almost everything else is imaginary :)




Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Star Wars Portraits

DARTH VADER (Rebels). 2018. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

I don't think I ever posted these to the blog, so... here ya go. I've got quite a few that I never cleaned up for posting, so I hope to do that over the next few months. As always, you can see my entire gallery of commissions and pin-ups here. And if you didn't know, Mifune turned down the role of Obi-Wan. I still want to do a version of this with his samurai top knot. (You can see a time lapse of the underpainting on my YouTube channel.)

 

MIFUNE AS OBI-WAN. 2018. Gouache & Acryla Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.