Friday
Jan112019

CAPTAIN MARVEL - PART 2

The Batman will be finished tonight so I'll post that really soon. Here is the other Captain from the MU with a little more modeling and lighting. I'll post all sketches and process next week.

Monday
Jan072019

Captain Marvel - Part 1

Sorry I flaked out last Friday but I had a bought of food poisoning. Anyways, here is a comp I'm working on for Feb. Met a super nice person who said she would take a head shot since she has the same exact hair style as the best version of Miss Danvers. Process to come-

 

Friday
Dec282018

Sally

Friday
Dec212018

DOCUMENTING THE PROCESS - PART 2

I wanted to have more done on this by now but the holidays have been slowing me down a little. Pretty much done with the line up, I need to add an overlay layer with reds and blues for shadows and highlights and a low opacity layer with noise but not much beyond that. 

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 moms

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