Bates Motel Commission

Well, technically not the motel but you know the place by now


Please bear with me

We recently just sold our house which means things have been nuts with the move out and in. I will be spotty on keeping my Friday posts this month but will totally be on point in March. Till then, here is a quick Wolverine I did at the DuPage Con last weekend. I'll transfer the traditional to digital and color it up and add a background so keep your eyes peeled. BTW, if your watching True Detective Season 3 you may have noticed that Steven Dorff would make a great Wolverine. Grizzled and the right height.


The Bat and the Usual Suspects


The Wolverine

Can you believe that this girl I was talking to last week didn't know that wolverines were real animals? Crazy right? Batman is coming as is Capt Marvel Process


The Nightmare Before Christmas - with Process

The Batman and Captain Marvel are finished but I did want to share this before the others since I did a better job of chronicling the entire rendering process. I've been doing the cons for a few years now and have been taking notes on what sells and what's popular. Jack and Sally seem to appeal to a wide range of people despite that movie being 25 years old. I wanted to throw my hat into the ring with a nice sweet image of the two main characters dancing in the moon light. Here is my original under painting done in watercolor and two reference sketches to be used as composite pieces.

I took all three of those images into Ps and started a more realized composition-

All the main elements are in place so now I moved onto more modeling and lighting-

Looking a bit more realized but Sally needed more underpainting-

And here is where I am currently, still needs about another two hours of treatment but it's pretty close and it came together really fast. I'll answer some of your questions about style in my next post. I hope to see you all at the DuPage show next month.



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.


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-






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. 


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--