Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, March 25, 2013
Size: 15"x20" on illustration board. Medium: Acrylics
Monday, March 18, 2013
I had a opportunity to provide the book design and illustration for a new novel, "Inside the Circle" written by Randall 'Jay' Andrews. The author had seen my previous ballpoint pen sketches and requested the style of the book be handled with that look. Had a fun time working on the conception of the design and the handling of the art. Ballpoint pen usually isn't a medium of my choice for a cover, but it does give it sort of a textural look that works with the theme of the book. I hope you get a chance to check out the book. Medium: A Bic ballpoint pen. Size: 15"x20" on illustration board.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Here is a pinup I did for Atomic Robo, Volume 7: Flying She-Devils of the Pacific that's in your comic book stores now. Thanks Scott and Brian for letting me do an interpretation of my favorite tin head in comics! And also to Bob Shaw, the true master of disaster for making all this happen. Couldn't have done it without you brother! Size: 15"x 20" Medium: Acrylics
Monday, September 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
Here's a commission piece I did recently featuring a character I knew very little about. I was requested a sketch from a fan at the Motor City con but didn't know anything about her, so I had to opt to sketching something else. I've gotten to know her character a bit more working on this piece an she's fascinating! Definitely looking forward to doing more drawings of her in the future. Size: 15"x 20" on illustration board. Medium: Pen and Inks.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Monday, May 21, 2012
Had a wonderful time at the Motor City con! Thank you guys for coming by the table to say hi. I felt extremely humbled to see so many people who checked out the art on display. I loved the experience at Detroit. We'll try again next year! Wolverine vs. Sentinel. What more can ya say except I had a blast with this one. Size: 15"x20" on illustration board, pen and ink.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Hey gang! This week I'll be at the Motor City Comic Con in Detroit held May 18th thru the 20th. It'll be my official first con behind the table so to speak, so I'm pretty excited and incredibly nervous to be around some amazing artists and creators. I'll be at the table sketching and hanging out with fans, so if you're in the neighborhood, stop on by and say hi! I'd love to meet ya!
Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Lots of projects in the studio, but nothing finished yet to post, so I thought I'd post a pic of the pencils I did to the Potter piece I posted. There's a lot of line work and rendering that gets completely covered in paint later so it seems kinda pointless to do it in the first place. I've got no logical reason to why I do that, except to make more work for myself and no real purpose, except pencil mileage I guess. Lack of experience I tell ya. Gotta learn to paint better. I'll try to step it up on the next one I hope. Thanks for checking out the site!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
Here is the black and white version of the Frank piece. I apologize for the resolution of the last few posts as they are bigger than the scanner and I've been taking digital photos of them. I don't know if it's what I remember from the classic films, but the black and white does it better for me on retrospect. Medium: Acrylic on illustration board
Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Friday, October 7, 2011
Here's the colored version to the line art piece. I ended up recoloring a different version of it for the gallery show cause I wanted the color of Cap to be much more saturated, something out of a comic book page. This piece was more subdued in chroma, more like an old photo or something like that. Thanks for lookin'! Size: 11"x17"
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Hi guys! We are having a gallery show in the studio, and I chose to render one of my fav superheroes. Not the most original of compositions, but it sure was super fun to do! I'll be posting the tonal version soon! Thanks for looking! Size: 11"x17" Medium: Pen and ink
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
The Rise of the Planet of the Apes has got to be one of the best science fiction movies I've seen in a long time. And Andy Serkis' brilliant performance as Caesar, in my opinion deserves a nomination for an Academy Award for best actor. Just unbelievable. Thanks for checking out the image! Medium: Pen and inks with a dab of acrylics. Size: 10"x 15" on Crescent illustration board.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The kids were asleep a little earlier last night, so it gave me a chance to ink the pencil to this piece I started working on last week. I'm so pumped about this movie! I haven't had a chance to see it yet, but one of these days I'll have to sneak out of the house for a few hours. Thanks for checking it out guys!
(Medium: Pen and Ink on illustration board)
Sunday, July 17, 2011
I've been waiting for the big screen debut of Cap for so many years. There've been a lot of Marvel characters making their big screen debut, and most have been terrific, but I'm most excited about this one. Had a chance this weekend to do a sketch and with the movie on my mind I had to delve into Cap's world for a bit. And with San Diego comic con in the horizon, it's gonna be a pretty cool week! Thanks for checking out the blog!
Medium: Inks and Acrylics Size: 8"x 10" approx. on crescent illustration board.
Medium: Inks and Acrylics Size: 8"x 10" approx. on crescent illustration board.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
It was bound to happen. Got that feeling for another run at the Star Wars universe. Saw Episode IV last weekend on Spike tv and got inspired to do a piece. Damn that's a great movie! Never gets old. Ever. I've been doing illustrations in the morning, and I find it actually helps me get mentally ready for the day ahead. So I worked on this one last week. I find the studio in my room lights much better in the morning with natural light, so I tend to want to work on pieces earlier in the day. Plus I'm not in that tired mode after a long day of work and having to do ink illustrations after ain't cool. I sprayed some fixative on the piece this morning and it goes into my done pile. Thanks for checking out the piece guys! (Medium: Inks and acrylics. Size: ~11"x 17" on Crescent illustration board.)
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
A while ago, I was comissioned to work on a Death painting for a super cool collector up in New Zealand. Thanks Matt for getting me a chance to work on it! Death is one of my favorite characters in the Sandman universe, and it was a real treat for me to do a rendition of it. Here is part of the whole scan of the rough pencils that served as a prelim to the painting. I don't feel like I did the character justice, and will definately have to take another stab at it in the future.
Monday, May 30, 2011
Happy Memorial Day bloggers! It's been nice getting a couple of days off to look out at the sun and realize that there is a world out there to look at besides a Cintiq screen. I don't have anything new to show you yet, but thought I'd dig through my ol' bin o' trash and put it on the scanner. There's been a lot of starts on personal projects, and most are never finished. This is one of them. This is part of a Dark Knight poster that I wanted to create for my own, but never got to finish. I really loved the dynamics of the characters in this film. The beautifully chilling rendition of the Joker by the late Heath Ledger is nothing short of perfection. I'm totally amped to see the trilogy piece next summer. Thanks always for coming by and checking the site out!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I do drawings in a sketchbook or any paper I have at the moment and doodle stuff while waiting for my daughter to finish class on Saturdays. It's kinda fun rekindling the days of sitting in the back of my own classes years ago, doing the same thing. Lots of graphite moving around. Sigh. Those were the days.
Monday, May 2, 2011
Did I ever mention that I'm a Wolverine fanatic? Hugh Jackman's rendition of the character has really done the character justice and I've been satisfied so far. The last film was ok, and enough cool stuff for me to look forward to gettin' in the theatre line for the next one!
So here's another painted study focusing specifically on the color spots, with really no underdrawing except a few lines for composition. It really is mostly me trying something different, with really no goal except to take a brush and put some paint strokes down. Not really artistic, I know, but it helps me go to sleep at nights. ;) It's really rough in a lot of spots, but that's what a study is I suppose. Besides, I kinda like the textural look to the brushstrokes anyway. The face is all funky lookin', and more of me putting my own knowledge of anatomy that might have gotten in the way of it this time. Sigh. Maybe I'll give it a another go and really take an artistic stance of whether to let my own knowledge take a hold of it or to purely go on my direct, perceptual interpretation. I gotta stop being so wishy washy! Thanks for taking a look! Size: 20" x 16" approx. Medium: Acrylics.
Saturday, April 30, 2011
Hello bloggers! In the last few months, I've really been fascinated with more direct and traditional painting techniques and have beeen doing mostly studies at nights coming home from work. With really only an hour or two left to spare, I'd quickly get setup in the studio and go at it. It's really quite liberating just doing something creatively and technically different from the stuff you're used to doing during the day, so it's been really theraputic for me. There hasn't been much time for posting as you guys have noticed from the lack of posts since Dec of last year. In order to keep this site alive, I've decided to put up some of these studies. It's more direct in the application of paint than what I'm used to doing so it's been really fun jumping out of my comfort zone. A few lines suggesting composition and size initially and then it's just a pure application of color, value and edges, and refining as I go. I found it frustrating not having any solid underdrawing to work with, because you're constantly juggling with keeping solid form and structure on top of everything else. But this method also has been really relaxing to me, only thinking about color spots and nothing else but the pure application of wet paint. This one was painted on a masonite board that was left over from a larger piece used to ship some artwork and thought it could at least be used for something instead of letting it go to waste. I did a couple of these and I'll post more soon. Size: 20" x 10" approx. Medium: Acrylics
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I was recently commissioned by Joni Rubin, publicist extraordinaire in providing a painting of one her friends, Morgan Spurlock, as a surprise gift. She had seen the Cleveland "Blade" painting I had done that was in Mike Henry's office, and wanted me do a piece similar in that style. And she also thought of keeping the whole "Blade" theme for Morgan as well. I've been a big fan of Mr. Spurlock since his documentary film, "Super Size Me", and was totally excited to work on the painting. Initially this piece was to be monochromatic and in watercolors similar in style to the Cleveland piece, but when I started to do the initial pencils to the piece, I just felt it needed strong colors to really sell Morgan's spirit and energy, so I decided to try something different as far as technique and medium choice. (Size of the piece: Approx. 15" x 20" on illustration board. Medium: Acrylics)