“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

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

DEMONA_commission

[16.25 x 8" - red pencil, COPIC and STAEDTLER markers on sketchbook paper]



Drawn and rendered in a sketchbook for a delightful fan I was introduced to at this past weekend's CTN ANIMATION EXPO. It was great to see their reaction as I handed them back the finished piece.

At one point this image was an exercise in frustration as the COPIC markers I was using were starting to run out. Damned non-renewable art resources.

Note to self: Start buying markers (or the inks that refill them) in bulk quantities.

CTN ANIMATION EXPO_commission

[9x12" - blue pencil, pen & ink on 300lb bristol board]

[9x12" - red pencil, STAEDTLER watercolor on 300lb bristol board]

[9x12" - red pencil, STAEDTLER watercolor on 300lb bristol board]




The images were done for this past weekend's  CTN ANIMATION EXPO. It was a very nice weekend and I had a very enjoyable time. The majority of the attendees were students from schools far and wide, looking for any sort of feedback from working professionals, from recruiters of major animation companies, and to be exposed to enthusiastic camaraderie of their own peers.

I'm making plans to attend again next year as the energy of the event was how I remember San Diego Comic Con to be back when I first started; when it was still a show celebrating comicbooks and their creators, their products and their accomplishments - only this event was more animation-centric. How awesome is that?

Hope you're all well and I hope you have a fine Thanksgiving. Take it easy on the tryptophan.




BTW, I have no idea why I finished BEKKA and BATWOMAN with sepia and burnt umber colored inks (as opposed to the standard black ink used on WW2 Captain America). I guess when the little green faerie inspires you to ink with different colors, you don't question it - you just enjoy the ride.

Monday, November 15, 2010

MONSTERS & DAMES ARTBOOK_commission

[11x14" - red pencil, COPIC and STAEDTLER markers on 300lb bristol board]


For EMERALD CITY COMIC CON and their upcoming 2011 convention souvenir book. I don't know which other artists and creators will be included, but I'm sure their monsters and/or dames will be so much more monster-y and/or dame-y than mine. I recall the one they released a couple of years ago to be pretty humbling and exciting by way or art and participants. So if you go to the show, please pick one up and show your support.

Hey. Do you like the fact that I'm not posting here as much as I used to? Yeah? I don't. I despise it. The new year is coming around and I think that'll be my New Year's resolution. Which is a little lie on my part since I don't believe in that sort of drivel, but it's nice to say and think about.

Anyway, here's hoping I'll be more consistent next year. Because I know between now and the end of January, my schedule is gonna be a bitch. A bitch.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

TEAM 7_commission

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



Two things:

1) I think this image was commissioned specifically to pay homage to the original TEAM 7 COVER back when Wildstorm published it. Or maybe I was told to copy the original cover verbatim? Whatever. My memory fails me.

Anyway, I can sort of squint my eyes and convince myself that this turned out okay. It's not flawless, mind you; I believe there's still too much going on in some places and it just hurts to look at for extended periods of time but over all I think it's semi-decent. Not to say the source material/composition was weak, it's just that I couldn't find a legitimate reason why I'd put one of the team members between Deathblow's legs. That's just ridiculous.

2) My friend TJ COLLINS' new book called 'MONSTER MYTHOS' is now available for purchase. TJ is a talented character designer and artist working on Cartoon Network's Ben10 and this is his first published work. I just wanted to give him a little plug in hopes that if this first project is a successful one, he'll continue to do more in the future. Won't you show him some appreciation and support by ordering a copy of his book? It's a steal at $20USD. Please click on the Monster Mythos link above to find out more details.

Okay. Back to work for me. I'm gonna start previewing images for this hush-hush project in a few months so please return and check them out. Hope everyone is doing well.




PS - I know I've done this composition before (screaming guy with heavy machine guns firing off screen someplace), but at least I didn't have them standing, knee-deep in milk as I did the original. Sigh... I swear I'm out of ideas.

Monday, November 01, 2010

LONG BEACH COMIC CON_commissions

[11x14" - blue pencil, COPIC & Staedtler markers on sketchbook paper]

[9x12" - red pencil, COPIC & Staedtler markers on 300lb bristol board]

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

[9x12" - red pencil, pen&ink on 300lb bristol board]

[9x12" - red pencil, pen&ink on 300lb bristol board]

[9x12" - red pencil, pen&ink on 300lb bristol board]

[9x12" - red pencil, pen&ink on 300lb bristol board]





Long Beach Comic Con passed this Halloween weekend and people were kind enough to ask me to draw for them. The challenge for me is to do their commissioned images that will actually resonate. Given the limitations, I think these turned out quite well.

The colored commissions (drawn using those marvelous COPIC markers) were for a couple of guys who had asked me for them a year or so back. I've finally gotten the opportunity to get to them so that I don't feel so guilty every time I see them at the shows. I hope they like them okay. Apologies for the wait, fellas - thanks for your patience.

I haven't uploaded too many updates because there's just so much to do these days that isn't about this blog. I hope you'll pardon me for the time being so that I can really give you something to look at for later. I will do my best to start posting more regularly just as soon as all my other assignments clear up. Thanks for waiting.