Sunday, March 31, 2013

Beachhead....many more to come!

Seemingly out of nowhere, I've had a slew of Beach Head requests. Some were convention sketches that I need to catch up on, and some were regular commissions that I need to wrap up. This was just one of them.

This one in particular is for Jason Wood, a co-host for the 11 O'Clock Comics Podcast. It's a great roundtable type of show with commentary on today's best comics. Jason's quite a character, and I find that I agree with his tastes in books quite often. He's a big GI JOE fan, and he's been a big supporter of my work on the show. Every little bit helps when it comes to promotion for a freelance artist, and I've appreciated that over the years.

So here's his Beach Head that I wrapped up finally just before C2E2. I literally have 4-5 more Beach Head sketches to do in the coming weeks, so we'll be seeing much more of this dude!

Beach Head - 516



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Saturday, March 30, 2013

Even more Snake Eyes....

Here we go folks, just another day, another Snake Eyes drawing....which means today was awesome!
This is a good example of what I call a "head and torso" sketch that I offer at conventions. I usually try to still pick a pose or have their arms do something that conveys the character, instead of them just standing there. That's typically my approach to every commission or convention sketch, but it's more difficult on these waist-up sketches.

Snake Eyes - 515



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Friday, March 29, 2013

Vision...

This was an interesting commission. My brother's brother-in-law was getting married and they commissioned me to draw this sketch of the Vision. They were giving it as a gift to the pastor that married them. I've only had the chance to draw Vision just once before, so this was fun to do. My son really digs this character too, so he watched me draw it almost all start to finish.

He asked lots of questions about the character, the process, and how something like this gets created. He's at that age where he asks question after question and could go on about it all day. It's an amazing thing to see how he just soaks up information and remembers so much of it.


Vision - 514


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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Venom - Flash Thompson version...

I had just a fill in few pages in the comic series Venom #20. Luckily it was a group of pages full of action, and some cool superhero shots. I had just wrapped up a run on Snake Eyes, so drawing this character wasn't too far out of my wheelhouse at the time. Since then I've got to do a few Venom sketches or commissions and I realize more an more how much I like this costume of version of him. Fun to do.

This sketch was for Scott Reed, who puts on a 1 day comic show each year down in the small town of Harrisburg, IL. He got in contact with me as he happened to be passing through Springfield, and asked if I'd come to the show. As it happens I was BORN in Harrisburg! Crazy small world. So I'm excited to come down and do the show this August.

Since he was in town he also dropped off his sketchbook and asked that I do a sketch for him in his book. Maybe the lesson learned here is if you want your commission done, just come to my studio and wait for me to finish it. Works everytime.

Venom - 513




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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Snake Eyes sketch card...

Here is the other quick sketch card I did at C2E2, the convention up in Chicago back in April. I alway enjoy that show, it's relatively close to where I live here in Springfield and it's always been a busy show to attend. This year was especially fun, my wife and kids came along. Also my parents came up and I was set up next to my brother Brian Atkins. On top of that I have another brother that lives in Chicago, so we had a little family reunion of sorts all thanks to the comic convention!!! Can't beat it.

I get asked a lot if I ever get tired of drawing Snake Eyes...the answer's no. Just FYI.

Snake Eyes head sketch - 512


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Storm Shadow sketch card...

I've only done a handful of sketch cards, and recently at C2E2 up at Chicago I had a couple more requests. These were just quick head sketches. They take maybe 15 min or less.

Storm Shadow Head sketch - 511


I think actually how large this is on your screen is quite a bit bigger than the actual drawing. 


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Monday, March 25, 2013

Snow Job and Scarlett in a tight spot...

This was an interesting commission. Gary Godsoe, co-host of the "What's on Joe Mind?" podcast is the biggest Snow Job fan I think I've ever met.....actually scratch that I KNOW he's the biggest Snow Job fan. He already commissioned me to do a previous Snow Job, but I had mixed it up. He wanted a larger 11x17 and I had accidentally drawn a 9x12. So he commissioned a second this time adding Scarlett to the mix. I was supposed to have this done last year, but like many others I was hit with a work load that's left me spinning.

I was working on this franticly at Joe con back in April, but at the same time I didn't want to rush it just because Gary was there and I could hand it off at that point. So with his blessing I held on to it, worked on it a bit at a time until finally I have it done. Thanks to Gary for being so patient,  this has been one of my favorite Joe commissions so far to work on.

Snow Job and Scarlett - 510


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Sunday, March 24, 2013

Birds of Prey....

Here's a beautifully colored Birds of Prey piece that Simon Gough and I did together. These are two of my son's and daughter's favorite DC characters, so they really got a kick out of this.

I have a couple of possible projects in the works, so hopefully I'll be able to announce my next long term project soon. Until then, I'm still doing work with NERF and it's new line of guns for their fall 2013 and spring 2014 lines. I'm also doing work on environments on a video game and still banging out these sketches of GI JOE characters for the IDW signature series books. Luckily I can post those sketches, everything else I'm working on I can't show until the product hits shelves.

So it's nice when I can fit in a commission and have Simon color them, it gives me more to share on the blog!

Black Canary and Huntress - 509


Colors by Simon Gough
Pencils and inks by Robert Atkins
This is an example of a full 2 character 
commission with background.





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Saturday, March 23, 2013

IDW Signature Plates Snake Eyes VI...

Here's the last Snake Eyes sketch I'm doing for these IDW Limited edition collector's books for GI JOE. Each oversized book will have an original art sketch plate included with the book. I have all 6 Snake Eyes sketches done. I'll be moving on Destro now. I'll post those up as soon as I get them done.

Snake Eyes - 508







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Friday, March 22, 2013

IDW Signature Plates Snake Eyes V...

Here's the 5th original art plate so far for the IDW Limited collection of GI JOE. They are including an original art plate that I'm drawing for each of these books. This series is called the BLACK LABEL series. These sketches are single character and black and white illustrations. I'm doing 6 Snake Eyes, 5 Destro and 5 Baroness pieces for the Black Label plates.

After I'm through with those I'll move on to the BLUE LABEL plates. I'll talk about those more when I can post them.

Thanks for all your feedback on these. I never get tired of drawing Snake Eyes, he's hands down my favorite character to draw, so it never gets old.

For this sketch, it's all about Snake Eyes in action. I've made a conscious effort to keep these "sketches" as more than just a quick character pin up. I enjoy alluding to a story that is taking place or about to. I figure anyone willing to pay the high dollar amount for these GI JOE collections deserves to get the best illustration I can do!

Snake Eyes - 507





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Thursday, March 21, 2013

IDW Signature Plates Snake Eyes IV...

Here's the next in line of Snake Eyes sketch for the IDW Signature series, Black Label, GI JOE collections. I've got 16 of these Black label original art plates to do that will be included along with the book when you buy it.

This version of Snake Eyes I had designed for the Snake Eyes solo series that started last year. Chuck Dixon and I had actually proposed the Snake Eyes series in 2010. In the spring of 2011 we had finally launched it. The story ended up being wrapped up in the Cobra Civil War story event, and the plots of the Snake Eyes series kind of went away from what we had originally proposed. But in the end the series ran for over 20 issues. I talk more about this design earlier in my blog, but it was a collection of elements from past versions. I added a few practical design or combat elements as well. It's my favorite to draw, but I might be a bit biased...

Snake Eyes IV - 506





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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

IDW Signature Plates Snake Eyes III...

Here is the 3rd Snake Eyes I've done for these Black Label original art plates. IDW is putting out a collector's edition of the run on GI JOE that I was a part of starting in 2009. So with each of these collections I'm doing a series of sketches that will be inserted into the boxed book the buyer receives.

For this Snake Eyes I wanted to draw the GI JOE: Resolute version from the animated shorts a couple of years ago. I really like this design and even pulled some elements from this for my take on Snake Eyes in the recent comics.

In the Resolute animation, he's mostly gray, so I didn't want to drop a lot of harsh shadows across his body. I think this would actually look better colored up or with a grayscale marker done on it. Still, I had fun with the design, setting the scene and implying some story about to happen.

Snake Eyes - 505


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

IDW Signature Plates Snake Eyes II...

Here is the next Snake Eyes sketch in this series of original art plates that I'm doing for IDW Publishing.  I have to do 6 Snake Eyes character shots total. It's been fun working through the different versions of him. This is his V2 costume based on the second toy that came out of him. Here's where he started wearing the recognizable Snake Eyes visor and took on a more ninja persona and gear.

Snake Eyes -504


With these sketches I'm trying to atleast establish a scene or environment. Too often I just see a quick character sketch floating on a field of nothing. And sure, it's cool to look at, but I'd always so much rather tell a story. Just by adding a bit of background you set the stage for someone to build a story in their mind about this drawing.


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Monday, March 18, 2013

IDW Signature plates Snake Eyes 1...

IDW is doing limited edition books that collect the GI JOE run I was a part of. The books are high dollar collector items and with each book I'm doing an original art sketch plate. 

There are two levels of books. A black label book will have a single character inked sketch. The Blue label books will have two characters with full marker colored sketches. I'm working through the black label sketches first. I have a number of Snake Eyes that I'm required to do (which I'm always happy to draw SE) So that's cool. Here's a classic V1 Commando Snake Eyes. The sketch plate drawing area is only about 6x9.

I'll post these up as I get them done, I have quite a few left to knock out. 
Also, I should mention that I relied on  3d Joes website for details on many of these sketch plates. If you haven't gone to Carson's site, he's created a 3d turnaround of every 80's released GI JOE figure. It's simply amazing. Here's his site. 



IDW Signature Plate - V2 Snake Eyes - 503






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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Archangel sketch...

This was another blank comic cover sketch from the C2E2 show in Chicago. For the same guy who was getting the Blackbolt too.  I think this is the first time I've drawn Archangel, I saw in my head what I wanted to do immediately, and whenever that happens there's no cutting corners. If I don't draw it out completely I always feel like it's half finished since I know in my mind what I originally wanted. Luckily this guy was patient and let me take my time on it.

I really enjoyed the recent Uncanny X-Force run, so this was a blast to draw and see it on the cover of the book.

Archangel - 502




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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Blackbolt...

This was a cover sketch of Blackbolt done on an Avengers blank cover at C2E2, the con I was recently at in Chicago. Not sure if it's like this on every new Marvel blank, but this cover REALLY bled with any kind of ink I put on it. That means a piece of paper wont allow the fluid of the ink to sit on the surface of the paper and dry, but instead absorbs it rapidly and the line "bleeds" out.

So I'm happy with the end result as far as the sketch goes, but it was a struggle to keep it looking as crisp as I would have liked. I think I still got the effect, just that it took longer and I had to really focus on every line as I went.

Still a cool character to draw!

Blackbolt - 501







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Friday, March 15, 2013

Frank Castle...in Color...

Here's a recent sketch I did again that Simon came in and did some great colors on. I love how he's able to really push the depth of the piece by blurring out the background, which bring the Punisher into a clearer focus and pushes him forward. Cool stuff.

Also, post #500, It's been a long time running, but I still enjoy keeping up the blog as much as I can. I'm glad a lot of you have kept checking it even when my schedule got crazy and I wasn't able to post as often. I'll have a huge wave of artwork to show as soon as it hits shelves and I can divulge a lot of what I've been working on the last 6 months or so.

The Punisher - 500

Simon's Colors


My original line art



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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Nightwing colored...

Here was another sketch I did and had Simon Gough color up for me. I've got this guy on a regular rotation at this point. I've talked about it before on the blog, but Nightwing is my favorite DC hero character. It's a tight race with a few other characters, but I've always liked that street level character. Dick Grayson's attitude and crime fighting ability, along with being able to watch him grow up from a young boy in comics is just too cool.

Nightwing colors - 499

Original Blue Design...kind of

New 52 Red design

My line art sketch



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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

GI Joe: Flint....

This was a recent commission I did at C2E2 up in Chicago. It was a great show, especially because I was able to have so much family up there visiting with me. My brother, Brian Atkins, a comic artist as well just starting out his career, set up with me at the table. I have another brother that lives in the Chicago area with his family. Then on Fri. my wife, two kids and my parents drove up to stay and come to the show.

The whole experience was quite a bit different than a typical show as a result. I spent much more time walking around the show floor, shopping and showing things to my parents and kids. Generally I'm stuck at the table drawing away or selling prints or books to cover my costs and hopefully make a bit of money for the weekend.

Also, my typical convention is a marathon of drawing without much sleep for 3 days. While I still did quite a bit of drawing each night, I would spend the first few hours playing action figures or watching cartoons with my kids then trying to get them to sleep.

Also, on the trip my friend and collaborator, Quinn Johnson, had stayed with my family the week leading up to the show. We are putting together the series Elders of the RuneStone, that I've talked about on my blog before. With the project successfully funded through Kickstarter, we're currently in production of the first 4 issues. One goal of the convention was to find a possible publisher for the series. We've had a few offers, but wanted to compare deals and hopefully nail down a plan. Luckily we were able to talk with a great company and everything looks like we'll be able to announce our publishing schedule soon!!!

I was able to complete quite a few commissions at the show and I'll be posting those here in the next few days. Starting off with one of my favorite Joe characters...

GI JOE: Flint - 498


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