Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Eating Pie now....

Generally Im guessing I wont do this, but I really wanted to finish this sketch and do it up with some tight inks. This is still just done with micron pens, but spent a little more time with it. It's already requested, so it's not available. But I wanted to get it right, or atleast as much as I could. Frank Castle has a distinct look.

Inks, took me about 80-90 min or so I think. I didnt time myself on this.

Punisher Inks - 056

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Shoot pie later, who needs questions?

another quick sketch today, I'm definitely going to be inking this one when I get a chance. Deadlines are calling though, so I can't indulge a long warm up.

There are so many cool things about this character, he's noble, he has a sense of honor, and justice, but in SOOO  many ways he's not a rolemodel. It's this weird combination of all of those qualities that I find so intriquing. It doesn't hurt that his symbol is so recognizable and such a cool design.

Quick pencil sketch, this took about 20-30 min.

Punisher - 055

Original - NFS
9x12 Pencil on Bristol Board

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Red vs. Blue

 Coming up on the new relaunch of the DC universe this Wednesday. Along with the selected relaunched titles will be Nightwing. Though with a slightly redesigned costume.

Super quick rundown on Who Nightwing is... Batman's old side kick, you remember him, Robin the Boy Wonder. Well, he grew up and became a hero in his own right.  Now he patrols the streets as Nightwing while Batman took on a replacement Robin, and then another, and then another. Still after all that, Nightwing is remains good ole' Dick Grayson that we knew and loved from the "Wham Pow" days.

Since his redesign in the 90's I've always loved his black and blue costume. So many great things you can do with the blacks and make that blue bird symbol pop with the art. Now however they've changed it just a bit, with a red symbol and batman like arm gauntlets. It certainly gives him a more serious look in my opinion.

For my sketch, this was a quicky. I want to ink and color this up so I didnt get so detailed with my pencils. I already see a few things I would tweak anyway before I ink it. Lets just chalk this up to the process file.

Nightwing - 054

9x12 Pencil on Bristol Board.
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Or check out the older trades, written by my pal Chuck Dixon and other amazing writers! This run is what got me onto Nightwing!

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Man, will this guy ever bite it?,,,,

Today wraps up my last sketch for Naruto Week. I gotta say it feels nice to have a theme week actually go smoothly after that Robot week debacle. I got a few things to chat about so lets get this crazy sketch out of the way.

I went with Orochimaru for my last sketch. I hadn't drawn any full on bad guys yet from the show. We had Gaara, who started off kind of like a bad guy, and Sasuke who is well on his way to being one. But of all the main character Orochimaru really takes the cake for being a total jerk. He's one of the 3 famous Sanin ninjas, a ninja with extraordinary ability. He thrives on learning new and especially forbidden Justu, which often give him the edge over those he has fought in the past. Then not only that, he's just crazy to boot.

So here we go, the last sketch of...

Naruto Week: Orochimaru - 053

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Now with the sketch stuff out of the way, I wanted to spotlight a few things.  First off a big HELLO and thank you to my official sponsor of the blog:


You'll find permanent links to both sites there to the left of my blog. I don't take on a sponsor, or recommend them lightly. I've been a customer of this online store for a few years now. It's literally the best way to save money on your comics. A great way to try out new books, and they've got the best Customer Service that I have ever dealt with. I will post a link to the books of the properties I'm sketching when available. Like I have with Naruto this week. 

I appreciate their support, and if you like my work and have an interest in the character I might be sketching for the day, please take the time to look through the books they offer.

Okay, last thing, I promise. Snake Eyes #4 came out this last week, if you haven't been picking up these issues, I've drawn the covers and interior art for issues #1-4. I would even suggest checking out to pick them up if you missed them at the store. Or if you wait, you can get the first trade through  (See how that works)

More than anything I wanted to mention the book to thank Juan Castro and Simon Gough, my inker and colorist on the books. They have done an amazing job, and I am more proud of these books than any I have previously worked on. Outstanding work guys!

Here are some of the penciled pages to preview:

Snake Eye #4 Page 1

Snake Eyes #4 page 2

Snake Eyes #4 Page 21

Snake Eyes #4 page 22

It's been fun doing Naruto this week, it is definitely a change of style and approach to drawing than my normal work. That's a major benefit to the blog so far, I've really had the chance to challenge myself, but also get the enjoyment of drawing things I don't normally get to. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

He's just too cool....

Today's sketch for Naruto Week is Sasuke (Sauce-Kay)  Uchiha. For the show, I liked Sasuke's design, I liked that he was so skilled, I liked his backstory and why he pushed himself to become so skilled, and I liked how great his fights were with the Chunin exam.....But man I hate this guy. heh. I've never been a fan of Sasuke. His motivations for leaving the village annoyed me, his too cool attitude distanced himself from me as a viewer, and I dont get why Naruto is so bent on finding him and bringing him back. Sasuke made it clear that he's a total jerk and doesnt want anything to do with his roots. Just take him down or leave him be.

I see why Naruto thinks they are childhood friends, but I never felt Sasuke returned the same amount of friendship. If anything the only reason I can appreciate Sasuke is because he becomes a motivating factor in Naruto wanting to become better. He needs to rise to the skill level Sasuke has demonstrated by always being a step ahead.

Anyway, for the sketch I went with a horizontal view because I saw this Shippuden pose in my head before I started. I wanted to have his sword out to the side to fill that space. Another thing, I really like the visual look of samurai's. I think most comic artists probably do, but this was a fun chance to draw a similar garb. I will be doing a Samurai week later in the year, and Im sure I will get my fill then.

Naruto Week: Sasuke Uchiha - 052

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Friday, August 26, 2011

OVER the HILL...

It's official I made it 50 sketches in a row....and I almost completely flubbed it up. I'm out of town tonight hanging out with family in Nauvoo. I forgot to bring anything to get this sketch up online for my blog. Luckily I still had my portable scanning wand in my bag from the last convention. Luckily my sister Dereth had a netbook I could hook this into, and luckily our hotel has WiFi. whew. I almost blew it.

On to Naruto, so this is the main cat that the show revolves around. What an awesome character. I like that Naruto isn't the smartest or most talented ninja that is on the show. But he is so determined, and has such a strength of will that he'd succeed no matter what the odds. Also, he is incredibly annoying. So annoying that most characters he comes in contact with hate him almost immediately. But sure enough, everytime, they find a way to connect with him and they end up becoming friends and respecting Naruto. That's a very cool character trait.

Naruto Week: Naruto Uzamaki - 051

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

Makeout Paradise!

Today's Naruto installment is none other than one of his mentor's and sensei Kakashi Hatake! Man this guys is great. Such a fun character, and formidable too. Here I have him doing his Chidori technique, which is that lightning power coming from his hands. His outfit doesn't change so for the two poses I wanted to show his laid back persona, then a cool action pose.

Way fun to do.

Naruto Week: Kakashi Hatake - 050

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Two of a kind...

Today's sketch is Gaara of the Sand! This is such a cool character. He comes across nearly as a villain in the begining. He's still a ninja of a different village and technically on the same side as the crew from the hidden leaf, but he's obviously the lead antagonist during the Chunin Exams. I don't want to spoil anything, but basically we find out he is much more like Naruto then you'd think initially. His character arc completely flips to the point where you're really rooting for this guy.

His main Justsu is the ability to control sand that he has bottled up in that huge gourd on his back. Cool stuff, but a little creepy without eyebrows.

Naruto Week: Gaara of the Sand - 049

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

That knucklehead's gonna get it...

I realized as I was drawing this sketch of Sakura, that this is only the 4th time in 47 sketches that I've done a female character. NextWave, Wily Kit, Cheetara and now Sakura. I promise I have more lined up, its just weird that they havent shown up yet. There will be quite a few next month.

That lost post was quite the diatribe so I'm going to keep this short. The female lead of Naruto is Sakura Haruno, and is in the same ninja squad as the character Naruto. I like her waaaay better in the Shippuden series. She has a mastery of her abilities and appears really formidable. This was fun to do, I really dont draw in this style, so bear with me here.

Naruto Week: Sakura Haruno - 048

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Monday, August 22, 2011

The Power of YOUTH!

Now for something completely different! So this is where I'm sure I'll find out the kind of people who read my blog, heh. I had enough Naruto suggestions that I've put together another theme week for all these guys.

My Robot week was kind of strung out, I usually won't run these so close together. I needed to make sure I started this today though so I could be sure to be done by the end of the month. I have a very special theme Im running ALL through September....wait for it.....wait for it.... X-MEN THEME MONTH! A whole month devoted to my favorite Marvel property. But we'll get to that soon enough.

With Naruto, I started watching the series a couple years ago online and watched the show as the dubbed version was released. I watched through 90 episodes and took a break. Since then I had a chance to borrow the seasons and watched through all 10 seasons recently. At that point Naruto ends and a new show Naruto Shippuden begins with the characters 2 and a half years later. So they've all grown a bit, they've learned new skills and they've all updated their uniforms. For me the 2 coolest things about this show is the over all look for one, and how the story explores ninja abilities or Jutsu.

I've always like the character designs. How each character is very unique while keeping to a visual theme throughout. The Justsu is such a cool idea showing how ninja can have superhuman abilities making this practically a superhero cartoon with what the characters can do.

My only complaint about the show and property in general is it takes literally dozens of episodes to conclude plots. That typical eastern style of storytelling can drag on at times.

Art wise, even if you could care less about Naruto, and Im sure there are plenty of you that are reading this,  I'm at least having fun drawing in a different style. That's good practice as well. At times for work I've needed to draw "on model" or in the same style as a given property. It's good for me to practice that every once in a while. For this sketch, as I will do the whole week, I'll show you both the Naruto and Shippuden versions of the characters.

First up:

Naruto Week: ROCK LEE - 047

Rock Lee is by far the weirdest looking dude in the show. He just has crazy eyes, huge eyebrows, and terrible hair, but he just seems to grow on you. It gets to the point where you're really rooting for this character. 

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Omega Beam Baby!

I didn't mean to do two DC comics villians in a row, but I bumped up Darkseid for today's sketch. I was just in the mood to draw a big guy. The thing I've always liked about Darkseid is  that he's the physical match for Superman. Not too many DC villians can claim that pedigree. Also, he has the coolest eyebeams in all of comics. It hurts me to say it, but Cyclops doesn't even hold a candle to the beams coming out of Darkseid's eyes.

Omega beams, have the abilities to travel in any direction and seem to be able to navigate around objects according to Darkseid's will. He has many other abilities, I won't overload your brains with the sheer awesome. For the purposes of this sketch, let's just say he has wicked cool eye beams and leave it at that.

Darkseid - 046

I wanted to see this sketch a bit more finished and so I spent a little over an hour on it and inked it with pens. Side note, I love drawing explosions, one of my absolute favorite things....even little ones.

9x11 ink on Bristol Board.
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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Anyway you slice it...He's plain crazy

Professor Zoom, or otherwise known as "Reverse Flash" is today's subject for the sketch challenge. Another interesting side effect of this challenge is that I've learned more about some characters that I hadn't been as familiar with before.  This Flash villian being one of them. I looked him up on the old wikipedia and man, this dude is just crazy. No matter what time period he's from, or whatever his origin has been (it's changed multiple times) he ends up being bent on ruining the Flash's personal life.

Of all the DC superheroes for me it's a toss up between Batman and Flash as to who has the best Rogues Gallery of bad guys.

For this sketch, I just kept it pencilled. I've inked a lot of my recent sketches and was in a penciling groove.

Reverse Flash - 045

9x12 Pencil on Bristol Board.
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Friday, August 19, 2011

What was that? I couldn't hear you...

Very quick post today, I'm crazy behind on stuff. Trying to focus on my spot blacks today, No rendering or noodling around.

Blackbolt (Marvel) - 044

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Robot Week?!!! This sounds like a job for....

Magnus Robot Fighter!!!!

I was chatting with my Dad about how terrible this whole Robot week thing turned out. Between the break for the convention, then the whole deal about what is exactly considered a robot, and flubbing that one. Anyway, he mentioned Magnus The Robot Fighter would be a decent solution.

Tadaa, problem solved. So long Robot Week. I had such high hopes. sigh.

My challenge with this sketch was to go straight to inks. I did a small sketch for Magnus on a separate sheet of paper to get the pose I wanted. The rest I didnt use pencil on. Im sure this would have been fun to do completely accurate and get all the robot details correct...but you get the idea and it gave an energy to my sketching that I was surprised to see. Fun drawing to do.  Thanks Dad!

Magnus Robot Fighter - 043

9x12 Pencil on Bristol Board.
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Atomic Robo Contest UPDATE: 
Now that Robot week is officially over I will send all the suggested comments over to our judges for final decision. I hope to get the winner this week and make the announcement! Thanks for all those that participated, it made the Atomic Robo piece my highest visited post so far on my blog. More hits than Harry Potter, and Pokemon, Way to Go, Robo!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What's the point of being a robot... if you can cry?

The Vision for Marvel comics was my answer to my friend Shane's challenge. He politely put me in my place by reminding me that Robotech isn't officially an A.I. robot, but more a mobile suite/armor/vehicle that is piloted by a person.

I suppose that could be it's own week, and I might have to work in an "Armor Wars" week now that I think of it. I had planned to draw Gundam, Voltron, Evangelion etc... this week, but Shane called me out and I had to think about what robot's I could still use that weren't already on my list.

Well sir, my response to that is VISION and a big fat "In yo' FACE!"....but now I have to think of a couple more and all I'm coming up with is Red Tornado...and thats basically the vision for DC comics. I think Robot week is crashing and burning pretty quickly.

It was fun drawing a superhero again. I don't get to that too often. I'm drawing a GI JOE cover and some action adventure comic pages right now, but not any superheroes. So this was a fun warm up.

The Vision - 041

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Robo-techno Music

If Daft Punk could transform into jets and shoot crazy missiles at you, I'm pretty sure it would sound awesome!

I wasn't quite old enough to catch Robotech when it was on tv. I had always heard about it, and I know there are many derivative properties that owe a lot to the Macross Saga. It wasn't until a couple of years ago that I finally was able to see the entire series. It was fantastic and everything that I thought was cool about the giant robot anime shows.

I thought it was interesting that the Valkyrie fighters (name of the giant robots that could transform into jets) had a middle mode of transformation. This half jet, half humanoid robot seem weird to me at first. But I realized that  in this half mode they had the thrust of the jet but could shoot in any direction with their arms free. Pretty brilliant design really.

This is really a sketch. I decided on this middle mode because it is so different than the other anime robot designs I will be doing. I would love to finish this, but I've got some deadline work that needs done and I could only afford to spend 30 min on this. I didnt want to spend time on details, because I may still ink this. Instead I spent time on making sure proportion and the details were correctly placed.

Very fun to do!

Robotech - 040

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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Atomic ROBO! Part deux

Last day of the show, Im finally back home in my comfy studio. This was a commission sketch I did at the show today. It was fun talking to people about my blog, and those that have been following it. I'm seriously amazed at the Atomic Robo response from the sketch I did a few days ago. At the show, someone mentioned it and asked for an Atomic Robo vs. Dr. Dinosaur sketch.

Dr. Dinosaur is an outstanding villian in the Robo books. Again, please take the chance to get these books and read through them. Simply great stuff.

Atomic Robo vs. Dr. Dinosaur - 039

Original Art- WWCC Commission
11x17 Inked on Bristol Board

I think in general I will temporarily post pone my suggested list during future conventions. I will still post daily sketches. And whenever possible it will be characters on my list. Now that I'm back I will do a few days of robots to finish up my Robot week.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Wizard World Chicago Convention Day 2

So we had a full Sat. show here in Chicago. I just had this one sketch to do, so pretty light load. But I'll go ahead and share it.

I've had a great time talking with the people at the show these last few days. I met with Ray Park today just at the end of the show and we chatted about Snake Eyes and the new graphic novel project "Shadow Gambit" that I will be working on this coming year. Ray is playing one of the lead roles in the movie version of the property. They've already filmed a short film of the characters which will be premiered at various film festivals this fall. This link will take you to the trailer and info on the property!

We found it interesting that the two books Im drawing this year, he is acting the roles of the lead characters. Anyway, he's a super nice guy and a lot of fun to talk to.

Today's sketch was another Thor, I actually get asked to do this character a lot. I do enjoy it, so no complaints on my end!

Might Thor WWCC - 038

Im looking forward to getting back on track with Robot week when I get home tomorrow! Thanks for checking out today's post !

Friday, August 12, 2011

It's all about the process

Another day at the Wizard World, Chicago Convention. It's an interesting change in the Wizard shows these last couple of years. They are a much different show than even just a couple years ago. They are very celebrity based now to draw the crowd. For instance my sister came up with me to the convention and she spent the end of the evening chatting with Anthony Michael Hall for awhile before we headed home.

Anyway, I didn't get any convention sketch requests today, so I started inking a past due commission that I've needed to get to. It's a pretty labor intensive piece (which is why I haven't been able to get to it yet) but it consists of all the Spiderman villians associated with the symbiote. That would be Venom, Carnage, Anti-Venom and Toxin. I've started Venom and Carnage and I thought as Im working through this I will post my progress.

SpiderMan Villian - Venom and Carnage - 037

Still got a long way to go, but I thought I'd bring you all along with me and you can see how I work through it. 

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Wizard World Chicago Convention!

Very quick post. Im currently at the Chicago Convention and will have to take a break in my robot week I think. I try to plan this out as best as I can, but I think Im going to have to have a convention addendum to my "rules". During any conventions that Im at, I still want to post each day. But while Im at conventions Im spending most of my days doing sketches very similar in nature to the art that I post during my sketch challenge. If I took the time to do a robot character then I would not be able to do a sketch for someone at the show.

So for these few days Im going to post one of the sketches I've done and I will continue Robot week next week.

WWCC Storm Shadow - 036

I did finish drawing his foot on the original, it just didnt get picked up on the scan. heh. This was done during tonight during the preview night at the convention for Stephen. Thanks!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Vin Diesel's best acting to date!

Today's robot is none other than the Iron Giant! If you haven't watched this movie, or even if you have but haven't watched it recently... you need to get on that. It's just a great feel good movie, one of the best non-Disney animated movies out there. I think it really flies under the radar because I know you can pick this up for $5 just about anywhere.

I love the Iron Giant's design. I had to go simple with the sketch today because I didn't have much time to draw to begin with. I'm getting packed up to go to the Chicago Con tomorrow (Thurs. - Sun. at the Rosemont Convention Center).

Anyway, because of time constraints, I wanted to try something new. I dont usually draw in an animated style. And by that, I don't mean "cartoony" I mean that the lines I'm using dont have any variance (or atleast not much) So the drawing looks really flat, even though Im drawing things in perspective. In this kind of drawing style, you'll rely heavily on the colorist to determine the lighting, mood, and sense of depth. This is just pencil too, I want to ink this up slick and keep that "dead" line weight. Most of this was free hand so I'll break out my templates and rulers to make sure it's all exact. Then I want to try my hand at coloring this.

Iron Giant - 035

9x12 Pencil on Bristol Board.
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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Atomic ROBO! It's a Nikola Tesla Punch to the Face!

“Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Buckaroo Banzai, and The Rocketeer crammed into Nikola Tesla’s robot with pants. THAT is Atomic Robo!" - Aaron Haagland

Once again I get the chance to spotlight an AMAZING independent comic, this one called Atomic Robo by writer Brian Clevinger and artist Scott Wegener. I first picked up Atomic Robo right when their Volume 1 book came out at the San Diego Comic Con a few years ago. It contained the collected first 4 issues. I read it that night and came back the next day to buy another book for my sister.  I was blown away by the smart and witty writing, and the dynamic story telling that was so clean and enjoyable. 

Very quick premise. Atomic Robo is the creation of Nikola Tesla. Robo is a nuclear powered, "automatic intelligent" robot that is on the side of the good guys. Each volume is a self contained story that can be read in any order and will stand alone as it's own adventure. Since Atomic Robo does't age, you can see quickly that he has played a part in major conflicts and secret operations since the 1920's. The book becomes a fun romp through time. My sketch is based on his time in WWII in the 2nd volume called "Atomic Robo: And the Dogs of War".  I can seriously go on and on about how great this book is, instead PLEASE just go and order a copy yourself. You can find out more at the Atomic Robo website here:

The BEST place to get these books is at  

Even better here is a direct link to the Atomic Robo books!
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Atomic Robo - 034
Add caption here:

(R.A.A. stands for Robert Atkins Art...incase you were wondering)

I'd love to get an awesome caption for this piece. This whole week I will be accepting your suggestions for the caption to this sketch. To enter the contest simply post this blog as a link to your Facebook or Twitter account with your suggestion of the caption! Then email me the link to your Facebook or Twitter post at this address:

That's it!  2 quick steps:

1. Link (share)  this post with your "caption for this image" on Facebook or Twitter.

2. Email me the link to your Facebook or Twitter post.

At the end of the week a secret someone (not me) will decide the best caption. That person with the chosen caption will get this sketch FO' FREE! I'll mail it to your doorstep for being so awesome!  I'll adjust the sketch posted here with your word bubble once a winner is chosen.

Original art - TO BE WON!
9x12 Ink on Bristol board
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Monday, August 8, 2011

Come with me if you want to live....

Alrighty folks, another week, another theme.  Robots of course! And man alive are there some awesome robots out there. This whole week will be devoted to the great robots that are scattered across movies, cartoons and comics. There are sooooo many that were suggested it definitely needed it's own week. Still, there are some robots that have a little cross over, so I will be drawing some obvious choices for robot week at other times throughout the year instead. For example, I have a whole week devoted to Transformers down the road. SO it would be silly to put Optimus Prime in this week. The B.A.T. from GI JOE's nemisis can have his own place during Cobra Week later in the year. Etc....

The choices I included for Robot week were the cream of the crop in my opinion that couldnt fall into the themes of other established theme weeks this year.

As Matt and I were working through this list, and had thought to do a robot week, we quickly realized that many of the suggestions were cyborgs. Enough of them infact that we have a week set aside as CYBORG Week later as well. Previously obvious robot choices, like RoboCop and Borgs from Star Trek, were quickly thrown out the window for Robot week.

Then we sat back and realized we were having a ridiculous conversation.....

On my list of character suggestions was Arnold Schwarzenegger. Just that... Arnold Schwarzenegger.

That's when we thought to use him specifically in his role as the T-800 from Terminator movies. That meant for this sketch to be faithful to my sketch list, and be an obvious participant in Robot week I had to find a way to include both forms of the terminator on one page without him looking like a cyborg (see previous ridiculous paragraph)  Therefore, here you go! This took just a little bit more than an hour. I learned a lot from doing this sketch.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator - 033

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Sunday, August 7, 2011

Masked Crusaders...Workin' Overtime Fightin' Crime!

Okay, seriously. Before you read this post, PLEASE, PLEASE watch this youtube link

....Now that you're back, we can have a serious conversation about what constitutes awesome things in the 80's. I know thats redundant but for those who don't know any better, Mask was flippin' amazing! While I don't think it had the exposure of GI Joe, or Transformers, Mask was a show that took the best of both of those and crammed it all into one rad cartoon. Plus that intro song is about as 80's as a cartoon intro could get.

Anyway, this is just another of many, MANY 80's cartoon properties that I'm going to be doing this year. Apparently we're getting an idea of the age group for those that gave me character suggestions for my challenge. heh.

Matt Trakker M.A.S.K.  - 032

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**Also a quick side note, I want to thank Mark Roberts again for doing this very cool color job on the Space Ghost I posted recently. This is also available as a print for those interested, just email me with "SPACE GHOST PRINT" in the subject line and we can work out the shipping details.  Like the previous prints, and any future prints this will be $10 and $5 flat rate shipping regardless of print count.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Periodically Awesome!

Hey, so believe it or not I'm actually part of another sketch blog. Though I haven't been as dillegently posting over there. Im going to try and start coordinating my sketch schedule to coincide with the weekly theme over at Periodic Heroes

Today's sketch is the start of a Jam piece that we'll be doing together. I think I've had this particular art board for about 5 months now. I know.... I know. sigh.  Phil Sevy ( )
had sketched out a quick layout for us to follow, a chance for all of us to get together on one art piece and pass it around. So I had first crack at it... and took forever. At any rate, it's done now and I can pass it along. But it also counts for my sketch today. The theme of the jam is just any Hero, so Im really hoping we get a great mix of characters. The finished piece will hopefully be spotlighted over at the Periodic Heroes blog, so be sure to check in there to see when it's posted.

I know the pose is a little stiff, I didnt want to take up too much room, and thinking conservatively effected my underdrawing I think. I like how some things on it came out though and this took about 30-45 min. So my drawing is definitely speeding up even on finishing pencils. And thats always a good sign. This drawing would fill up a piece of copy paper if it wasnt on a jam piece waiting to get filled in.

Thor - Periodic Heroes Sketch Jam- 031

Friday, August 5, 2011

You gotta start somewhere...

So today's sketch was just an underdrawing, or what I would call "breakdowns", or "rough pencils". I use a 4H lead in my drafting pencil and work out the basic structure and anatomy of the figure, the proper perspective and composition straight on the page. This is actually 11x17 because it's a commission for someone. But I thought I dont normally show really sketchy stuff here, even though it's technically a "sketch" blog.

I will have a big X-Men theme coming up and once this is all inked up and possibly colored I will spotlight it again there.

Until then this will have to do for today.

Gambit - 030

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hester and Kuhn...step right up!

This was a fun sketch to do. The character here is Firebreather, the comic has been around for quite a while. I remember when it came out, Image was making a new push for superheroes back in the early 2000's. Phil Hester and Andy Kuhn created a new title with this character Firebreather. Slowly but surely it's increased in popularity and readership. This last  year a Cartoon Network animated film came out as well.

These are the kind of character suggestions Im really glad I got. I have plenty of mainstream superheroes from Marvel and DC comics, I have more than enough 80's properties cartoons and comics to draw, but these great smaller independent characters got snuck in as well.

This is a fun book, lots of action and cool "teenager dealing with being different" type of story throughout.
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Firebreather - 029

On the original around the bottom of the sketch I did a gray wash with Markers, but it scanned horribly. So I knocked it out in photoshop after the fact. So anyone that might want this sketch, you'll see it's actually got a markered background on the original.

9x12 Ink on Bristol Board.
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Gotta Catch 'em All...or something like that?

So I'm one of those guys who is just a bit too old to have gotten into Pokemon. It was hitting big right about when I started high school and it was the little kids thing to be into at the time. It's often the same thing I hear about guys who are 5-10 years older than me and what they think about the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. It blows me away that they don't think the TMNT are the coolest things ever?!

Well, being the good sport that I am I drew the suggested "Ash Ketchum throwing a pokeball" that was put on my list. I'm not a discriminator of "awesome"and abiding by the rules I still included the drawing into my challenge.......but I went ahead and threw Michelangelo in there to make it cool. HA! In your face Sketch Challenge list! Boooyah!

Ash Ketchum Pokemon - 028

heh, So I actually spent about 90 min. on this. I know, I know far too long. But I got into doing the lettering and the whole visual gag and wanted to finish it. Still, for the sake of how silly this is...

9x12 Ink on Bristol Board.
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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Knock, Knock...Whose there?

Agent 47...Bang!

Today's sketch is Hitman from the video game series. The main lead character is Agent 47, a trained assassin, whose weapon of choice is typically the dual desert eagle, but he isn't too particular when it comes to getting the job done.

I have only played the games a little bit. Mostly the second one I think. The guys in our studio were avid Hitman players, they sure knew all the tricks and would go in guns a blazing or play the same level and had mastered the silent assassin mode.

For me, more than anything I liked the character and his story thats gets unfolded as you go along. Cool stuff, generally really great visuals. More than anything I just wanted to draw a couple guns so they were the obvious focus of this.

Hitman - 027

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9x12 Ink on Bristol Board.
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Monday, August 1, 2011

Zorak, Please...

Back to my normal schedule of the random sketch per day. With the help of my friend Matt, we've worked it out on a calendar where all the theme weeks are, and there are usually two per month. In between the theme weeks I have a very random selection of characters to choose from. I love this method, I just get to pick who Im most in the mood for.

And seriously with that list in front of me, how could you not be in the mood for Space Ghost. One of the best designs...EVER. What a great character.

For the sketch today I wanted to do a fun star field. I don't get to ink that often with my work. The occasional cover, maybe. But this is a fun technique when you need stars to represent outer space. Inking in every one of those white dots would be forever, to ink black around a bunch of drawn circles would be ridiculous.

1 Jar of White Acrylic paint + 1 "used and now discarded" toothbrush + a flicking motion = Stars!

When you get those accidental big blobs then you just take a brush and do some quick lines out of them and they look like their shining.  Fun to do.

Anyway, this just took right at 60 min. A blast to do. If nothing else, I think doing this challenge will help me speed up at my convention sketches.

Space Ghost - 026
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