“Today, in our field, there is so much talent and recognition that we are reaching a saturation point. An artist should no longer strive only for breathtaking craftsmanship; he should, instead, try to help us live better, either by dressing the wounds that are constantly being opened by society, or by offering solutions to get us out of the mess we’re in…But it’s going to be difficult and we have a lot of work to do.” - Jean 'Moebius' Giraud

Sunday, October 10, 2010

SIREN & QUORRA_commission



[11x14" - red pencil, pen & ink on 300lb bristol board]



More TRON: LEGACY art, commissioned after I did the original exercise - this time specifically asking for some light cycles. I thought I should include my two most favorite things from the trailers: the drop-dead gorgeous bombshell females. This is also slightly smaller by comparison, which made it an intriguing challenge to simulate the intricate details of the former piece. It was a worthwhile endeavor and I believe it yielded decent results.

This piece should've been delivered at this year's NYCC (a show that I did not attend - again, my apologies to those who I had made plans to meet with) and I hope the buyer can find it within themselves to forgive me for the snafu. I promise that it will be delivered to you soon. Thank you for your patience.

I hope that everyone who attended the show had a great experience.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

FERRO LAD_commission

[11x14" - red pencil, pen & ink on 300lb bristol board]



I joked very lightly earlier this week on my TWITTER account about no longer being interested in doing any sort of recognizable background - as in, I'm not going to draw any more backgrounds from here on down because I'm such a lazy bastard. It was, of course, intended as a joke, but you'd never be able to tell that I was kidding based on this commission; the background of which resembles the same same technique I used for the Dr. Teeth and The Electric Mayhem I just finished a few days ago.

Though given more thought, maybe this speaks less about my inability/apathy to draw legitimate backgrounds and more towards my lack of originality. I mean, if I can get away with drawing the same background over and over and over again? I genuinely don't have a problem with that. God help me - I'm turning into a comicbook curmudgeon.

Anyway, here's Ferro Lad in his original costume as he was inducted into the Legion of Superheroes. I'll leave it up to you who the other two inductees are.

HELLBOY & DIANA_commission

[11x14" - red pencil, pen & ink on 300lb bristol board]



I won't be able to go to NYCC this year. It's not a big deal - I'll go to the next one; that convention isn't going anywhere.

I did want to address the pre-convention commissions like the ones I've posted here the past few days. If you've requested one from me via Jason at JASON@ESSENTIALSEQUENTIAL.COM, then you can pick up your commission from him directly at the show. He's running back and forth between tables as he's also representing DAVE JOHNSON, ANDREW ROBINSON (Table F16), and MATTEO SCALERA (Table F15). If you would like to be absolutely sure as to where Jason will with your original art, then *PLEASE* e-mail Jason and set up meeting with him on the show floor to pick up your purchase.

I'd like to thank all of you for your continued support and I hope each and every one of you has a safe trip into town. Enjoy your weekend and have a great convention.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

ROMANOV, NATASHA_commission

[11x14" - red pencil, pen & ink on 300 lb bristol board]



This commission, along with the other previous ones, are pre-show images done for this weekend's upcoming NYCC. I wanted to get as many of them finished and ready for pick up once the show started that way there's less stress on me getting them done at the actual show.

It's been quite the enjoyable challenge to get them all done, especially since the people who commissioned them from me asked for a really wide variety of things to draw - surprisingly, there were a few of them (especially the Muppets one) that I had never drawn in my life. Superheroes are easy, in my opinion. It's the characters that have a certain history that really throw me for a loop - those are the ones that I get super nervous about.

Anyway, I'll upload more as the show gets closer. Or... who knows? Maybe I'll do it all in one post hereafter. Whatever. Point is, you get to see them, yeah? Here's the first - Black Widow. Enjoy.

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

CLASSIC VISION_commission

[11x14" - red pencil, pen & ink on 300lb bristol board]



When the request to do a CLASSIC VISION commission came in, I had to really ask myself what that 'classic' part meant. To me, The Vision was just The Vision, you know? He's what I remember of the character from my childhood, growing up on JOHN BYRNE-drawn Avengers comics. I guess that was a bit naive considering that was years ago, and if Captain America can have slight costume tweaks then it would only make sense that the Vision would have his look updated as well.

And so it goes that I drew this commission with the spirit of the classic design in mind. If I didn't hit the proverbial nail 100% on its head then I would hope that the person who commissioned me to do this believes it's closer to the original source material than the Vision's current incarnation - and that my patron excuses some of the flair I put into the image.

I miss those good John Byrne comics, man.

DR. STRANGE_commission

[11x14" - red pencil,  pen & ink on 300lb bristol board]


It was a long day of uninspired design followed by a long night of watching bad/disturbing sci-fi. I'm tired like I haven't been tired in a while so I don't have anything clever or insightful to say about this commission - outside of the fact that I did the thing twice. Again. And that's not really all that clever nor insightful. It speaks more towards my neurotic and obsessive/compulsive mind preventing me from going through with something unless it 'feels' right.

Anyway, here's  Dr. Strange fighting (conjuring?) magical ghost eels. Which, I guess if you could fight any sort of eels, would be the preferable choice as eels in real life are quite horrendous and nightmarish. Enjoy.


Sunday, October 03, 2010

DR. TEETH & THE ELECTRIC MAYHEM_commission

[14x17" - red pencil, pen & ink on 300lb bristol board]



In my life, I never thought I'd get a chance to draw anything or anyone from THE MUPPETS. Come to think of it, I don't ever recall drawing anything Muppets related - until now.

A HUGE thanks goes out to the person who commissioned this from me. I had such a fun time doing my rendition of the band and though these guys aren't really the typical line up that people think of when you mention The Muppets, I think I enjoyed drawing them that much more because of the fact that they weren't your standards. Besides, I think I'd be wholly intimidated drawing the classics; I'd hate to do Kermit, Gonzo or Fozzy an injustice by not capturing their essence correctly.

Hope you all had a fine weekend.


BTW, for those wondering - I will be at Table F-14 at this year's NYCC. Please drop by, say hello and support my terrible donut habit by buying a sketchbook.