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.
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.
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!
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.