Just when you think I've drawn Snake Eyes enough, I get to draw this guy again!!! I've said it before, but I'll never get tired of drawing this guy. One of the things I like about him so much is the ability to draw him from so many directions, or poses or actions and it still be in character. It's not as easy with Cobra Commander, or even Duke for example. The versatility of his abilities allows for a nice variety of sketch opportunities.
We're moving along on RuneStone again getting kickstarter rewards done and shipped out. We should've had this done a LONG time ago, but due to my schedule and the hiatus we took on RuneStone we are just now taking care of them. We've heard most backers were surprised to get their sketch, or see that we're following through on the project. I know there's a variety of kickstarter projects, that do get funded, but for one reason or another never come to fruition. We wanted to make sure we didn't fall into that category, so even though production is happening well after the initial campaign work is definitely getting done!
This was one of the Kickstarter rewards, I'll have many more to post in the next few weeks!
Captain Hammer from the Dr. Horrible Sing Along web series from Joss Whedon was a lot of fun to draw. I've never been much of a portrait artist. I just never studied or took the time to hone the craft of capturing a likeness and I have no intention to. It just doesn't interest me. With a character like this though, you can draw an approximation and as long as you get the character across I think it still works.
I've got a rare break in my schedule and I'll be taking care of as many commissions as I can possibly fit in. I've still got a few old commissions that need wrapped up, and I've had some very patient customers the have supported my work. I'll be doing all I can to make it worth their wait!
I've got no more conventions until next spring, so I'll be finishing ALL the commissions and Kickstarter rewards as soon as possible. When those are completed, I'll be opening up my new commission order format as soon as my previous list is cleared.
This one's for Dave O'Hare! Looking forward to seeing him again at Garden State Comic Con in New Jersey next July!
Here's a convention sketch from awhile back. I've got quite a few scans I need to upload and get posted. Fun to draw this character, I always enjoy the more grounded martial arts characters in comics. Batman's definitely fits that bill!
Bio : Robert Atkins has worked as a penciler, inker and colorist within the comic industry. His most recent work includes the penciling chores on Red Dog for 451 Publishing. Other recent works include Lara Croft and the Frozen Omen for Dark Horse, America's Army for IDW and ABC's Castle for Marvel Comics. He is most known for his work on IDW's Snake Eyes and relaunch for GI JOE! Robert has also worked on Amazing Spider-man, Venom, Heroes for Hire, Ultimate Fantastic Four and The Savage She Hulk for Marvel comics. Other works include Legion of Superheroes for DC comics Snake Eyes:Declassified and Forgotten Realms for DDP.
He creates artwork for toy packaging for various companies and brands including NERF, Marvel Legends, and Star Wars for companies such as HASBRO, and Mattel. His toy package artwork has been featured on the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and various TV commercials promoting the NERF Zombie Strike line.
He is co-creating a comic series titled Elders of the RuneStone with writer Quinn Johnson (KungFu Panda, TMNT). Which is scheduled for release soon!
You can check out his daily sketch blog at www.robertatkinsart.blogspot.com
Here's a rare pencil sketch I did. I typically ink all my commissions, unless specifically asked to do pencil. Some people really like how the pencil looks compared to inked commissions, and at times I agree that I like finished pencils more. Not every time, or for every artist, but some artists have phenomenal pencils that have a degree of subtlety and nuance that can't be captured in ink. It's just a different medium, ink is liquid and is limited to what a liquid can do. Just like pencils can't completely reproduce the effects of inks.
I'm not saying I'm one of those artists, in fact I know I'm not. But some collectors enjoy just pencils and this happened to be one specific request. Fun to do, I haven't drawn this character yet.