Thursday, October 31, 2013

Ghost Rider

Happy Halloween!

Here is a Ghost Rider drawing that I created today.

I have been studying some illustration books and I am trying to create more interesting images. I used ink and poster white out. Fun!

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange, master of the mystical, Sorcerer Supreme. I haven't gone through a Doctor Strange phase yet, but I feel one coming on. Really my only exposure to him has been through Marvel vs. Capcom and The Doctor Strange Marvel cartoon. I'd like to get my hands on some Doc Strange classics soon. Hopefully a live action film will be made!

For this drawing I used a little bit of photo reference. I did not include the photos because they are pretty embarrassing. (think bed sheet tied around the neck and dress shirt) I used sable brush and ink and a larger flat brush for the textured background. I was going to watercolor this, but I used poster correction fluid to fix some mistakes and I was afraid it would bleed.

Outsiders Page 1 Pencils

Currently I am trying to update my portfolio with new work. I am focusing on creating a style that I enjoy working in. I am also trying to focus on techniques and compositions. Here is a page that I finished working on today. It is from Outsiders issue #42, a previously published comic. In the story an actor and his agent are in a trailer and talking about stuff.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Learning to ink

Today I spent the majority of the day practicing inking (That and fixing my scanner). I just finished reading The Art of Comic Book Inking by Gary Martin. It was extremely helpful! I wasn't realyl paying attention to line weights or even brush technique. In fact I wasn't even using a brush in most cases. Here a the three drawings I inked today, all with a sable brush. If they look familiar it is because they are old drawings. New inks though.

 I started out with Spider-man. I used my Sable #3 for the thick outlines and #1 for the thin. I was about to grab my quill pen to draw his suit webbing but I really wanted to challenge my brush skills.
 Next I inked one of my old Superman drawings. I used the same brushes but decided to experiment with some watercolors. I think that this would have been a great image to try feathering technique.

Last, I worked on Batman. I tried to focus a little more at the start so that I could make more fluid lines. The real fun started when I began to fill in the large black areas. I had the most fun with this drawing. Then my scanner started malfunctioning...

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Prints and Postcards

Here are some of my old works, I've recently put up some new postcards.

A few years ago I was pretty set on painting for a living. I painted a lot of sci fi works that depicted cowboys, dinosaurs and robots. While in art school they really pushed us to be gallery artist, so much so that I forgot that I went in to become a comic book artist. Looking back a lot of my work really catered more to comics than painting. Recently I have been thinking about getting back into the whole painting thing again.  I'm totally going to make cowboys and dinosaurs into a comic book. here's the link to my etsy shop:

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Second Color Page

Here is the second page of colors. My goal is to create a complete work, while focusing more on learning how experiment. I'm less focused on creating the best work of my life and more focused on actually learning a new skill. I think I said the same thing twice. Digital painting kind of fries my brain. This is just a mock up, there is a lot of little things that are bad craftsmanship that I will fix later, but sometimes it's good to show people where you are with an artwork.

Monday, October 14, 2013

First Page of Colors

Here is the first page of colors. It is super time consuming process but meditative as well. Let me know what you think!

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Comic Book Coloring

Where are the daily sketches? Well let me explain, this is what I've been doing.

I am trying my best to learn how to color comic books. I figure I have a degree in painting so I shouldn't be too far away from being able to make something decent. I must say it's alot of trial and error, but I am not doing this blind. A few months ago when I worked at Half Price Books I picked up a used copy of Imagine FX magazine. This issue is the holy grail for me, it's jam packed with coloring tutorials from the professionals. For years my colors have been flat when I digitally colored...not anymore!

BTW this is just a work in progress images should get better, in theory.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Endor Strom Trooper

So this is what I made today for my warm up. Am I happy with it? No, but then again am I ever happy with anything I make?

Usually I have the philosophy to only show my best work, but I guess I'd rather be honest. Making art can be a huge pain in the butt sometimes. Some times I really want to throw a drawing away, but today I stuck with it. The truth is you can't get better if you don't allow yourself to make mistakes. I am at least happy I got to use the sable brush for the first time! Woohoo!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013


Today is not Thursday, but it is Thor day. I started this drawing as my warm up at 9:30 and here it is 11. Of course this wasn't the only thing I did all day. I did work on some pages and watch Agents of Shield, very very good show by the way. 

As a kid my only knowledge of Thor was through "Adventures in Babysitting". I thought he was pretty lame and laughable with his Fabio looks. Then Thor the movie came out and I was blown away! Great character, cool armor, what else can I say?