Saturday, June 11, 2016

Daily Sketch: Red Hood DC Comics...

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.

Red Hood - 824


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Friday, June 10, 2016

Daily Sketch: 90's Cable...

This was a fun commission to do. Cable in all his enormous, shoulder-padded glory! this was a sketch I did last month, I have a lot of commissions that have gotten done, that I'll be posting this next month. With doing these recent conventions and catching up on old commissions, I've built up quite a few posts, but haven't had the time to get them put up here. I'll try and get some of these out as consistent as I possibly can.

Cable - 823



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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Daily Sketch: Colossus...

Relatively quick head and torso sketch on an X-Men blank cover of Colossus. As I was working on this I think those around me watching were interested to see how drawing metal works. It kind of looks like I know what I'm doing...but they weren't sure. Then I'd add an extra detail like the lines going around the forms of the arm, and suddenly the arm carries so much more weight. Then I go back and with a white pen add that extra highlight on top of each band of metal to give it a slight bit of depth. When the white cuts through the shadows and highlights of the metal, it give the forms some separation and again, it helps solidify the metallic look.

There were so many times I'd see art growing up and it seemed like magic how someone could recreate a texture or impression of a surface. Ultimately it's a matter of understanding 3 dimensional form and then having a formula that you keep consistent over the surface. Thought it's a bit demystified, I do enjoy trying to find out new techniques and formulas for textures I'm not as comfortable with. Always learning!

Colossus - 822



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Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Daily Sketch: Cobra Commander...

I'm all set for a productive summer! Normally my summers have not been as productive in the past. My wife is home from work and kids are home during spring break. Since my studio is here at the house, lets just say I get quite a bit more visitors during my work day in the summer. Visitors, while very welcome, can also be distractions that keep me from being productive. But we've got a great plan in place to make this year different, and so far it seems to be working just fine!

I've also got in place a specific plan for handling any remaining commissions before I completely restructure how I'm going to do these going forward. I have some con sketches to finish, a few long standing larger commissions to wrap up and a set of Kickstarter commissions to tackle. When those are all done, I'll officially re-open my commission list, but this time with a guarantee turnaround time!!! I know...minds blown.

So each day this summer, I'll be getting back into my daily warm up grind that worked so well a few years ago. I set a timer before the work day begins and I work on a commission. Each day I will post on my Instagram account the progress I made.



If you have an outstanding commission, that's where you'll go to get updates and progress shots. As soon as that commission is done I'll post the final piece on Facebook and my blog.

I'm positive by keeping up that schedule this summer I'll be fully caught up to open up commissions in the fall!

First up in that line of over due sketches was this Cobra Commander, which was a lot of fun to do! I haven't had a chance to do a commission of this guy in his helmeted glory in quite a while.

Lets see how this new initiative goes, Cheer me on, Give me feedback, Let me know what characters you want to see!

Cobra Commander - 821

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Monday, April 4, 2016

Daily Sketch - Sgt. Rock...

I've never had a chance to read much about this character. His fans are avid though and I've only ever heard great things about this long running title. Sgt. Rock just hit the right note at the right time. I think it must've been a passion project for Joe Kubert to be on the book for so long and to establish this character so well.

I was asked to do this commission and it was a lot of fun looking into the character and all the Kubert artwork. I wanted to capture the essence of the character, his subtle body language that conveyed who he was. It's a series I definitely want to go back and read!

Sgt. Rock - 820


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I have a set of 3 art books titled- " Robert ATKINS Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is MARVEL Comics Characters 
(X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) 

These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each and $8 flat rate (domestic) shipping for 1 or all 3. 
International shipping is based on location.

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Sunday, April 3, 2016

Kid Flash...

This was a recent quick commission sketch. I don't typically just do pencil sketches, as I don't think they go much quicker than inking them myself. To me the inked drawing looks more finished. But this was for an inker who wanted to finish it himself. It's always fun, and a bit intimidating to do sketches for other industry professionals.

Also, this sketch exemplifies how I like to really pay attention to both age and power set of a particular character. To draw someone looking younger than a traditional super hero in their 20's or 30's you've got to thin out the body and apply less definition to their musculature and frame. Also as a runner, I wanted to suggest giving him that body type. My favorite artists always pay attention to this and Kid Flash seemed like a great chance to practice that approach.

Fun sketch, and as it didn't take me too long, I want to start offering these at cons as a more affordable sketch option.

Kid Flash - 819



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I have a set of 3 art books titled- " Robert ATKINS Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is MARVEL Comics Characters 
(X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) 

These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each and $8 flat rate (domestic) shipping for 1 or all 3. 
International shipping is based on location.

I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them here as well. Please Email me if you need more details.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Daily Sketch - Baroness and Destro.....

This was a fun commission to do, I really enjoy the commissions that tell a story. This is a POV shot of someone doing a deal with Destro and Baroness. Baroness offering up the promised money in a case, while Destro carrying similar cases for the transaction, one of which hides a timed explosive.

That sounds about right for these two, typical M.A.R.S.  or Cobra business practices when it comes to arms dealing.  I have a few more commissions for this same guy, and am just as excited to get to them as well, lots of great description and ideas for illustrations.

I have a wide variety of people who commission me, some are very specific in what they want, and others leave it open for me to decide. I don't mind either way really. I feel a bit more pressure to "get it right" with those that have an exact idea in their mind of what it should be. Otherwise, I find them both typically fun to work on. I enjoy how different the process can be for either approach.

Baroness is one of those characters that has a very distinct look. I think I have gotten closer to getting that down over the years. There are still a few characters I'm working on nailing down to what I think is their iconic look, but with Baroness I think I'm pretty close.

Baroness and Destro - 818


Some process shots








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I have a set of 3 art books titled- " Robert ATKINS Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is MARVEL Comics Characters 
(X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) 

These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each and $8 flat rate (domestic) shipping for 1 or all 3. 
International shipping is based on location.

I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them here as well. Please Email me if you need more details.


Saturday, January 30, 2016

Daily Sketch: Mutt and Junkyard - GI JOE...

This was a lot of fun to do, mostly because I always really enjoyed this character in the cartoons growing up, but I've also barely had a chance to draw these two. I think they were in one issue of the Joe run of the comics I worked on. But really it was a cameo, they weren't in it much.

I did this commission at Joe con, but never got a scan of it. Luckily the owner of the commission was willing to scan it in and send it over so everyone could see and enjoy it! Thanks again!

Mutt and Junkyard - 817



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I have a set of 3 art books titled- " Robert ATKINS Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is MARVEL Comics Characters 
(X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) 

These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each and $8 flat rate (domestic) shipping for 1 or all 3. 
International shipping is based on location.

I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them here as well. Please Email me if you need more details.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Daily Sketch: Scarlett Infiltrator...

I had posted this on my Facebook awhile back, but realized I hadn't ever put it up here on my blog. I did this commission a while back for NYCC. I was pulling an all nighter in the hotel lobby drawing this with another comic artist. It was a total blast drawing and talking all night long getting to know this guy.  This ended up being one of my favorite Scarlett pieces I've drawn! Lots of good memories.

The colors here are once again done by Simon Gough! I'm really looking forward to a chance to work with him on a regular book someday. Until then, I'll have to settle for his awesome commission work!

Scarlett - 816



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I have a set of 3 art books titled- " Robert ATKINS Art: Declassified"  They are 60 pages each, full of the black and white sketches that you've seen on my blog these last few years.

I have 3 volumes. Vol. 1 is strictly GI JOE artwork, Vol 2 is MARVEL Comics Characters 
(X-Men, Avengers, SPIDERMAN, Etc...) and Vol. 3 is DC Comics characters (SUPERMANBATMAN, JLA, etc..) 

These are for sale, you can simply email me directly and payment is taken through paypal. They are $10 each and $8 flat rate (domestic) shipping for 1 or all 3. 
International shipping is based on location.

I have these available at the conventions I set up at, but if you can't make the show, you can purchase them here as well. Please Email me if you need more details.