Friday
Dec142018

Documenting the Process - Part 1

Happy Friday, one of the last ones of 2018. I have had a lot of people ask me about my process and the answer is always the same - it varies. It varies depending on the client and medium but 99% of the time it will start with a traditional series of thumbnails. I thumbnail everything from my comic to my animation. It's the best way to quickly spot the problems and work out all the little details that can consume an artist in production. I usually do several since the first one is rarely the best one. I use pencil or pen with the latter being a little better insofar as it forces you to move forward instead of erasing any mistakes. My friend Jeremy (http://midwesternal.us/) gave me a Frank Frazetta book that showed some of his thumbnails and he used a lot of watercolor and gauche to set tone. These are some gorgeous mini paintings and something I may use in the future, thanks Jeremy.

Moving right along to this piece, I wanted to do some Batman fan art since the luchador series and this idea kind of bubbled up. I think the idea was that group shots (i.e. multiple characters) sell more than singles so I wanted to show several characters in this comp. Since Batman has without question the best rouge gallery I thought it best to put them as a prominent element in the comp. Thinking about the word "gallery" made me think of a police line up. That's kind of a cool idea which made me think of the iconic poster for The Usual Suspects showing the infamous line up of characters and that's when it hit me.

It would be great to do pastiche of this image, substituting that crew for some iconic Batman baddies. I sketched a few concepts which I cannot find but I settled on this one pretty quick--

Knowing it was going to be an 11x17 I like the caped crusader hovering over with a moon or bat signal in the background. After this I wanted to render out the villains with some more details. I actually printed the original poster at 10% opacity and drew over it to get the body posturing more accurate. I love the Scarecrow in the following image--

I needed a better Penguin and Bane so here is another sketch with a bit more detailing and color. It occurred to me that Benicio Del Torro would have been a great Joker--

And yet another version. The Penguin felt more nailed down and Bane is closer on this one. I loved the Jokers eyes too. The Scarecrow is getting lost some and I went with a Batman Forever version of Two-Face--

Time to composite and mock up a tentative type treatment. Found some skyline vectors online as a placeholder--

Digital separation and clean up round 1--

Round 2. Went back to the original Two Face colors though the blue version from Bruce Timm would have been cool--

Friday
Dec072018

Two tough bitches

Ellen Ripley vs Sarah Conner

Thursday
Nov292018

Queen of Hearts Commission 

Just getting around to this finally. I was commissioned to do a couple of baddies from fairytales so here is an early concept of the lovely Queen of Hearts

Friday
Nov232018

Mini Paintings part ???

Been having a lot of fun just screwing around with color. The Captain Marvel was done in Procreate, I'll probably be investing in an IPad since the drawing features are so real time and intuitive.

 


Friday
Nov162018

Sci-Fi-vember

So October owns horror, my Nov is now dedicated to Sci-Fi. Dec might be action with Jan being Sword and Sorcery, Feb is comedy and the rest of the year will be consumed by the Coen Bros. Btw, the Batman Luchador set is complete, take a look and tell me what you think

Friday
Nov092018

Hardware

Friday
Nov022018

Inktober - it's over and done with :(

Well, Novemeber means that I bid farewell to my horror movies (not really) and costume ideas. I also sign off on another Inktober, one I actually finished for the first time. I'll be printing these in a perfect bound 5x7 booklet in Jan for the show season. If you would like to see the art, check out the Inktober 2018 link under "painting" by the end of the month. till then, enjoy one of my personal favorites--

 

 

Friday
Nov022018

Barnabas Collins

 

Thursday
Oct252018

Say hello to the night

 

Friday
Oct192018

Nosferatu

A little before vampires were considered sexy and brooding--