Friday, August 31, 2012

Angel and Iron Fist completed...

This one took a bit longer than expected, but sometimes that's how it goes. Mostly due to me having to work on it little bits a time during this rush of other work.  I just finished up filling in the black areas and detailing some more stuff in the bottom right.

Generally as I fill in blacks I make adjustments on the line work throughout. Sometimes changing the shadows I had indicated. When you fill in an area with black it can seem to change the surface of an implied form. For example, the shadows on a leg or arm would indicate how the light falls across the surface according to the muscle forms and anatomy. For the most part, that anatomy might be correctly placed, but the shadows create a pattern that is too "busy" or it gives too much detail to an area I want to push back into the drawing. So I'll fill in more areas on that arm or leg and create a heavier, larger shadow to give less attention to the area.

So even in the last stage of filling in blacks, which should be relatively simple, you have to think about the over all piece and the effects the blacks can have on the balance of the line art and composition.

For an unorthodox pairing of superheroes, I really enjoyed this commission. It gave me a lot of great challenges that I could analyze and help share with others my process! Plus I really like both characters!

Angel and Iron Fist - 417


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Thursday, August 30, 2012

Angel and Iron Fist Commissions WIP nearly done!

Soooooo close to having this done. I just need to fill in blacks and do some detailing in the bottom right corner. I probably would have just finished it before scanning this time, but I wanted to show this step by step and after the figures are inked in, that's a pretty big step.

Filling black areas and shadows is actually more time consuming than you'd think. But it's a great thing to do when your winding down after a day's work. It doesn't take much creative thought and you can still be productive. I think about just 30-40 min. will have this thing done!

Angel Iron Fist Commission WIP - 416


Everything kind of has a gray "pattern" look to it here and you don't get a good sense of depth. As soon as the blacks are dropped in you'll see how much weight there is on the page and the background will "lighten" up in contrast. 

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Jean Grey Colored.....

Here's the Marvel Girl Sketch I did on a blank X-Men cover, also colored up by Simon Gough. I'm just waiting for Simon to stop answering my emails because I keep him too busy as it is. But sure enough he's a coloring machine!

One of my favorites that he's colored for me!

Marvel Girl Colored - 415


Here is the original black and white sketch:



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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Angel and Iron Fist Cont...

Again, here is the Angel and Iron Fist commission with a little more work done on it. I try to do a little each day, and I'm really getting near the end. I have Iron Fist here inked except to fill in the blacks.

 For a piece that is a nicer "cover" quality piece I usually do all that with brush and a nice glossy black ink that looks much better on the original than using felt tip pens or markers. Considering I'll be working with a liquid that can smear if I'm not careful, then I'd rather leave the majority of my blacks till the end when I can just work from the top down and not have to go over wet areas as I ink.

If I'm planning on using a brush anyway, I would typically leave all the rendering or "feathering" to do with the brush. However that is more time consuming and for short strokes a pen works well enough. For Angels wings though I will be using a brush since I want those to look softer and more organic than anything else on the page.

Angel and Iron Fist commission WIP Cont... - 414


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Monday, August 27, 2012

Zartan Colors...

I've gone on and on before how much I dig this character, so I won't belabor it again. Here are some great colors done by Simon Gough, my commission partner in crime. I think this is one of my favorite drawings of Zartan I've done since working on GI JOE.

Zartan Colors - 413


I especially like how well Simon adds a sense of mood to the piece. His textures on the bricks, the modeling on the hood are fantastic. The color choices to make it like a night time scene in the back ground is all him.  You can see compared to the line art how much he adds to the piece.



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Jinx....

Quick sketch done inside one of my Snake Eyes sketchbooks. Don't have much time for lengthy posts at the moment. If you couldn't tell by the lack of posts, I think I'm seriously busier now than I have ever been in my life.

I've said that a few times before...and that was before I knew what this was like. Good night....

Jinx - 412


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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Snow Job colors...

I recently did this Snow Job sketch at the Canadian Joe Con. After I posted the line art Sean Ellery asked for the  drawing to color up, and as always he nailed it. I've known Sean from online conversations for a couple years now. He does this comic coloring as a side hobby. He really nailed the cold atmosphere here.

Snow Job Colors - 411






When I'm just doing the line art, I typically picture what it could look like colored up. In this case the colors really made it feel colder and certainly better than I expected!

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Angel and Iron Fist Commission Cont....

Next little bit inked on this commission. Coming along. Mostly just texturing the foreground water tower and working out the structure. Most of that area on the bottom will be filled in black, but I generally leave filling in the black areas to the end.

Angel and Iron Fist Commission - 410



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Volume 4 will be coming out this Oct. Volume 1's first print run is nearly sold out. Get them while you can!





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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sketches Available....

Just a quick post. I was going through a portfolio and realized I still had these few sketches available to purchase.
CYBORG

Colors by Kyle Ritter!

VIXEN


BLACK LIGHTNING


Colors by Kyle Ritter!


These are $60 each or $150 for all three together. Free Shipping!
If you purchase the Cyborg or Black Lightning I will include a color print 
with the sketch for free as well.


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Friday, August 24, 2012

Crazy Cat Lady...Bleez and Dex Starr

I wanted to share some colors on a con commission I did. I've been reading Green Lantern since Geoff Johns took over, so I was really into the build up of the various colored lanterns. I fell off around Blackest night with my whole aversion to Zombies. I wasn't that interested. I've since picked up the New Guardians Green Lantern book and really enjoy it.

I think the addition of the various colored lantern corps was a fantastic rejuvenation to the property and really gave us some great characters out of it. While I like the concept of the red lanterns, they aren't my favorite, but Dex Starr the Red Lantern cat is a pretty cool character. He's basically this tiny blue cat filled with eternal rage. I wonder what makes him so angry. Personally, I think it's the endless you tube videos of cats running into walls, falling off couches or looking drunk after a visit to the vet. It slanders his race. I bet that's it.

Red Lanterns Bleez and Dex Starr Inks and Colors - 410



Colors by Kyle Ritter!

This sketch in particular is in Volume 1 of my sketchbooks below!


The sketches for last years daily challenge are collected in these 3 volumes!
366: Daily Sketch Challenge 
Sketchbooks
Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are available for $10 each combining 180 pages of art!
$5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3 combined.

Volume 4 will be coming out this Oct. Volume 1's first print run is nearly sold out. Get them while you can!





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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Snake Eyes 16 Cover colors...

Here once again, Simon Gough handles the colors on this cover. The thing about Zartan is that he's had many variations of basically the same costume/uniform? I wasn't particularly exactly depicting one of them, so Simon got to pick and choose how he'd color it.

Sometimes I go for the really busy, detailed covers. But in situations like this, I think it works better with a minimum background or nothing at all so you focus on the intensity of the fight.

Snake Eyes 16 Colors - 409


The sketches for last years daily challenge are collected in these 3 volumes!
366: Daily Sketch Challenge 
Sketchbooks
Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are available for $10 each combining 180 pages of art!
$5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3 combined.

Volume 4 will be coming out this Oct. Volume 1's first print run is nearly sold out. Get them while you can!





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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Snake Eyes #16 cover...

It's been a while since my last post. Mostly due to juggling a few projects at once and trying to catch up on commissions.

This was a cover to Snake Eyes that ran on issue #16, the last issue of my arc on the title. It just came out last Wed. I'll still be doing a few upcoming covers and some more interior work is planned for this fall. I'm really excited about what I have coming up. Here are my layouts and line art for the cover.

Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow #16 cover - 408


I really liked options 2 and 3, I wanted to have Snake Eyes, Storm Shadow and Cobra Commander fading into the black and play off the contrast that is associated with each. It didn't really fit into the story and the shipping schedule. I've really wanted to do a more classic looking Zartan for a while now, and IDW let me do a great fight scene with him and Snake Eyes for the cover. 



An interested side note, both knives that are being wielded by the characters here are designed by Waysun Johnny Tsai. He's a martial arts master and instructor in Chicago that I've had the pleasure of getting to know these last few years while working on GI Joe and Snake Eyes. I first started using the design for his Cuma Tak Ri knife for Snake Eyes with issue #2. Johnny designed a new knife called the Cuma HISS, which is a smaller concealable knife that I have Zartan using here. I always enjoy being able to incorporate actual weaponry in my work, and an even more personable element getting to know the man who designed the weapons!

Check out his Facebook page for updates on his martial arts schools and weapons designs!




Another update, Elders of the RuneStone, a new comic co-created by Quinn Johnson and myself, finally has the first issue wrapped up. The project after getting successfully funded on Kickstarter this last spring has really kicked into gear. We're well into issue #2 and even have quite a few pages done on issue #4 already. So we're moving right along. Our plan is to digitally release the first 5 issues separately near the beginning of the new year, then have a collected trade printed and available for sale some time in 2013.

I've posted quite a bit about RuneStone already on the blog, you can check it out here!



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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Angel and Iron Fist commission more inking....

Just more detail added in today's warm up. Made a few adjustments to Iron Fist as I went.  A lot of people ask what I use for reference in my buildings. I have photo files of buildings from cities all over the country. NYC and Chicago both especially have a certain "style" to their architecture.

So if the illustration doesn't ask for a specific location, I'm usually free to just grab a building I like from this photo and another I like from that photo. Then I piece together the details. Generally it's a matter of overlapping them as they go into the distance keeping in mind spacing so they don't get confusing. In this piece I purposefully packed them together to give some visual weight to that side.


Angel and Iron Fist Commission inks - 407



The sketches for last years daily challenge are collected in these 3 volumes!
366: Daily Sketch Challenge 
Sketchbooks
Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are available for $10 each combining 180 pages of art!
$5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3 combined.

Volume 4 will be coming out this Oct. Volume 1's first print run is nearly sold out. Get them while you can!





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Monday, August 20, 2012

Angel and Iron Fist Commission step 4, inking...

Started with the inking on this as my warm up today. Little bit at a time and I'll get this done. My schedule rarely allows for me to take a full day or two to do a commission. Especially one as detailed as this is going to be in the end. A piece like this ends up taking 15-20 hours total.

Angel and Iron Fist Commission Inks - 406





The sketches for last years daily challenge are collected in these 3 volumes!
366: Daily Sketch Challenge 
Sketchbooks
Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are available for $10 each combining 180 pages of art!
$5 flat rate shipping for 1 or all 3 combined.

Volume 4 will be coming out this Oct. Volume 1's first print run is nearly sold out. Get them while you can!





For Questions and Comments, or to order sketchbooks
email me at
Robert@RobertAtkinsArt.com


Sunday, August 19, 2012

Angel and Iron Fist Commission step 3...

Alright, now with both figures drawn in, I needed a NY City background with our heroes on the rooftops. I usually do this step in my layout stage, but I wasn't really in the mindset to work out buildings when I sat down to do the pencils. So I figured I'd work it out later. I had a good idea of what I was going to do in my head so it wasn't as necessary to work it all out in the layout stage.


Angel and Iron Fist - Finished pencils - 405


This ended up being more complex than I expected, but I wanted to work up a perspective tutorial as I was drawing this. I figured Dan (the guy who commissioned this) wouldn't mind a cover quality background in his commission.

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Saturday, August 18, 2012

Angel and Iron Fist Commission...

Alright here's the Iron half of the piece. I'm still going to make a few adjustments on his figure in the inks. But here's a chance to compare I guess what I tend to work out or fix in the inks if I don't want to bother fixing it yet in the pencils. It's a time saver.

Iron Fist - 404





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Friday, August 17, 2012

Angel and Iron Fist Commission...

I had an interesting pairing request for a commission. Angel from the X-Men and Iron Fist, both Marvel Comics characters, but rarely have they ever really interacted with each other. One of the great things about personal commissions is the chance to not only draw characters I don't normally have the chance too, but also that it could literally be anyone paired up together.

Here's the first initial sketch and the pencils of Angel. I'll be posting up progress shots as I go through this one.

Angel - 403


Here is the small layout that I worked out the figure poses and composition on. There will be a NY rooftop cityscape in the background too that isn't shown in the sketch. 


This is as detailed as I need for my layouts, just enough to get basic figure proportions and the compositional spacing down.


Speaking of strange pairings in commissions. Here is a Hawkman vs. Captain America that I've done as well. I'd like to do more of these Marvel vs. DC battles. 



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Thursday, August 16, 2012

BlackBolt....

Recently Bart Sears, an amazing veteran comic artist, has been doing daily sketches on his facebook page. I'm constantly amazed at his ability to capture the figure with quick marker sketches. Bart did a regular drawing tutorial article called "Brutes and Babes" during the 90's in Wizard Magazine. That article really opened my eyes to comic figure anatomy. I was still in high school and realizing that I really wanted to draw comics as a profession. His article was my first introduction to any kind of instruction into drawing comics.

In more recent years I've had the chance to meet Bart at various conventions. He's been gracious enough to review and critique my work a number of times. Each time he taught me something new, and it's still information that I use on a daily basis with my figure drawing in comics.

I was able to get one of his daily sketches from his Facebook page and his work has really been on my mind lately. With out realizing it, I think it influenced my sketch for today. I don't know if Bart knows about or reads my blog at all. But I hope that if he came across it he'd be happy to know how much he's   influenced other artist's in the industry that appreciate his work.

If you want to check out Bart's work, definitely go to his Facebook page, and he also has some great sketchbooks available at his website here: http://ominousstudios.com/emporium/



BlackBolt - 402


This is only the second chance I've had to draw this character. The first was earlier in the blog here,


He really is a distinct character, but as far as I know is still considered dead in the Marvel comics since the "War of Kings" story arc a couple years ago. That's a great outerspace Marvel cosmic story if you get a chance to check it out!

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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

VERSUS....


I started up a new debate thread with the Star Joes podcast crew on their forums. It's the constant conversation that you can't help but have when more than one geek is in a room.
"Who would win?"
So join the conversation, wear your Geekdom with pride and vote in the comments below!

First up:
 Snake Eyes vs Leonardo
Let the geek debate begin!




You can see the ongoing posts and current battles here on the Start Joes forums:



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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Legend of Korra....

Man, I've been just begging for an excuse to draw some Avatar characters! Especially Korra, the current Avatar of the new Nickelodeon cartoon series. I could go on and on about how incredibly awesome this cartoon is. Long story short, it's a weekly cartoon with a full length animation quality to the show. The character design, the fluid motion and fight choreography, the mythology, music score, intricate backgrounds all come together for an astonishing show.

Korra has quickly become one of my favorite cartoon characters of all time...and that's saying something!




This was a convention sketch and they specifically asked me to draw her in my style instead of mimicking the show model of the character. A very fun exercise.

Avatar Korra - 401



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