Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Daily Sketch: Colossus...

Another commission from a convention. I always dig drawing X-Men, and this character especially is fun and challenging to draw with all the texture details.

Colossus - 838


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Monday, October 24, 2016

Daily Sketch: Scarlett...

This was another quick 9x12 sketch I did recently. Really cutting into my overdue commissions lately. Trying to juggle that with a few covers and side projects I'm doing. Not on a regular book at the moment, but it's a nice break in that I am finally catching up on some of these overdue projects and personal commissions. I appreciate everyone's patience!

GI Joe Scarlett - 837


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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Dungeons and Dragons Character Commissions!

D&D Character Portraits/Commissions
Pencils, Inks, Design by Robert Atkins
Colors by Simon Gough




WonderWorker - Gnome Sorcerer

Tural Light Hammer - Human Paladin



Harthank Fourthbrother - Half Orc Adventurer/fighter

Cornell - Werewolf


Saturday, October 22, 2016

Daily Sketch: Cyclops...

Another quicker sketch, these are 9x12 and what I do at conventions that are "Head and Torso" sketches. I absolutely love doing sketches of the 90's versions of the X-Men. It's totally the era that I was getting into comics and finally old enough to buy comics on my own. I remember picking up X-Men books on the shelves at the gas station and somehow I know about the X-Men, but not much about the characters. This was before the cartoon and when the X-men were thought dead and headquartered in Australia. So late 80's storylines.

Man, but when the cartoon came on in '92, that was it, I was buying comics regularly then and watching those characters every Sat morning. It was the best! I've always been a fan of the leaders in various cartoons and comics. Optimus Prime, LionO, He-Man and of course Cyclops here.

So X-Men was a big part of what got me into comics. A few years ago I got to work on a fill in issue of X-Men Forever with Chris Claremont and Marc Sumerak. It was a story that filled in gaps of the 90's story arc X-Tinction Agenda and I got to draw my favorite characters in some of their 90's get up professionally for Marvel. Definitely a lot of fun!

Cyclops - 836



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Friday, October 21, 2016

Daily Sketch: Serpentor...

This was a fun commission. Someone asked for a Serpentor, which I've only drawn a few times before, in a similar throne scenario as this other Cobra Commander I did. I obviously didn't want to totally recreate it, but it's fun to see them side by side.

Serpentor - 835



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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Daily Sketch: Black Panther...

This was another blank comic cover sketch that I finished up this last summer. Some of these sketches I've had done for awhile, but it's taken me some time to have a break in my schedule and post on my blog again. I think Black Panther would be a very fun character to draw. Some characters have a limited number of poses or ways that they move. Cyclops from the X-Men for example has his eye blast, and thats going to dictate how he fights or even stands. Black Panther is so agile and acrobatic, along with having multiple fighting styles can be drawn so many ways. There are a few characters with this versatility, but then he's got this slick costume on top of it all. I've only had the chance to draw him a few times, but I really enjoy it each time I get to.

The black tuxedo cat in the background was a cat that belonged to the guy who commissioned this piece.

Black Panther - 834




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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Daily Sketch: Custom Joe...


I met a great guy at the UK Roll Out Roll Call convention in London this last summer. He had me draw a commission of his custom GI JOE figure. He's not a preexisting character, he had a figure made and now artwork all associated with his custom character. Very cool idea and I really enjoyed the design. Very much a Jungle/Survivalist kind of Joe along the lines of Outback or Recondo I'd imagine. If he sees this post, maybe I'll get his name and BIO then I can post that up as well. 

Fun to do, and glad to meet so many great GI JOE fans in the UK!

Custom GI JOE Figure - 833


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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Daily Sketch: ROM Space Knight...

Another quick head sketch that was a Kickstarter reward for Elders of the RuneStone. Banging through these!

ROM - 832



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Monday, October 17, 2016

Daily Sketch - RuneStone Gar....


Elders of the RuneStone...What is that you might ask? Well it's a co-created comic property that my friend Quinn Johnson and I have been working on for a few years. I've made previous posts about it, and we had a successful Kickstarter campaign for it a few years ago. However after making some great initial progress it seemed to disappear! What happened? Well a combination of things haunted production. My work schedule changed and I was doing less comic work and more toy production and package art, as well as some video game art. That change in schedule was very unexpected and wasn't going to allow full production on a side project like RuneStone. Also Quinn, the writer and creator, got a job working full time on the video game Disney Infinity! 

Once again schedules have changed and allowed production to resume. Part of that production has been new layouts, new pages and continued work on the actual book. However, it also includes fulfilling all the Kickstarter Rewards from the campaign a few years ago! So I've been hard at work getting sketches and commissions done to fulfill those rewards and I'll post a few of them up here. 

This is a sketch of Scott, one of the main kids in the book that is imbued with power. He's able to transform into a GARgantuan character. It's always a fun book to get back to whenever I've had a break in my schedule, and this time we're really making some great progress. Keep on the look out on my blog and facebook for more announcements soon!

Scott/Gar Elders of the RuneStone - 831



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Sunday, October 16, 2016

Daily Sketch - GI JOE's Dusty....

This was another quicker head sketch like the last Cobra Viper. Again, starting with the sharpie contour line, or outline around the sketch immediately let me not go into crazy detail on the line work. This is still more than a "quick sketch", but for me it's definitely looser than I had been previously doing. So it went quicker for me.

I have a lot of GI JOE related sketches coming. Most of the convention requests I've had and older commission list work is often Joe related, which I love to do! Not only that, but I had a few older Joe Con sketches that still needed completed, and I'm working on those at the moment as well! Excited to get all these done as Im sure all those that have waited are excited to get them!

Dusty - 830


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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Cobra Viper...

This was a recent head sketch I did at Salt Lake Comic Con. In my years of going to conventions, I was never very good at quick sketches. Being able to "let go" and not refine every line I put down into a drawing. I justified the obsessive behavior by saying that I didn't want art of an inferior quality represent my work or my business and continued to raise my prices to satisfy the demands of the market and my increased time for all the detail.

Because I literally only had a few minutes to do this Cobra Viper head sketch, it forced me to speed up the process and use a brush pen to throw in the shadow and detail. I'm not doing anything even remotely groundbreaking here, in fact I'm woefully behind the times when it comes to applying this technique to convention sketches to speed up the process. But finally the light bulb went off and I realized a process to help my brain switch off in the need for so much linear precision. I sketched in the head in pencil as I normally would and then immediately put in the contour line with a big fat sharpie!

For whatever reason, that alone let me let go. It was immediately imprecise and inaccurate if you were going to traditionally ink a page, a panel, a cover etc. This was something else. Is it worse than my other hyper detailed drawings....no. I think I found a happy medium  here finally that would allow me to do affordable convention sketches for people that just want a quick, affordable sample of my art. I will still do the over sized hyper detail commission for anyone that wants that and collects that kind of art, but it's refreshing to know I can offer something to another portion of fans.

Fun experiment.

Cobra Viper - 829


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Friday, October 14, 2016

Snake Eyes....

Just when you think I've drawn Snake Eyes enough, I get to draw this guy again!!! I've said it before, but I'll never get tired of drawing this guy. One of the things I like about him so much is the ability to draw him from so many directions, or poses or actions and it still be in character. It's not as easy with Cobra Commander, or even Duke for example. The versatility of his abilities allows for a nice variety  of sketch opportunities.

Snake Eyes - 828


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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Kickstarter Rewards - Captain Hammer...

We're moving along on RuneStone again getting kickstarter rewards done and shipped out. We should've had this done a LONG time ago, but due to my schedule and the hiatus we took on RuneStone we are just now taking care of them. We've heard most backers were surprised to get their sketch, or see that we're following through on the project. I know there's a variety of kickstarter projects, that do get funded, but for one reason or another never come to fruition. We wanted to make sure we didn't fall into that category, so even though production is happening well after the initial campaign work is definitely getting done!

This was one of the Kickstarter rewards, I'll have many more to post in the next few weeks!

Captain Hammer from the Dr. Horrible Sing Along web series from Joss Whedon was a lot of fun to draw. I've never been much of a portrait artist. I just never studied or took the time to hone the craft of capturing a likeness and I have no intention to. It just doesn't interest me. With a character like this though, you can draw an approximation and as long as you get the character across I think it still works.

Captain Hammer - 827


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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Commission Spree....Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow

I've got a rare break in my schedule and I'll be taking care of as many commissions as I can possibly fit in. I've still got a few old commissions that need wrapped up, and I've had some very patient customers the have supported my work. I'll be doing all I can to make it worth their wait!

I've got no more conventions until next spring, so I'll be finishing ALL the commissions and Kickstarter rewards as soon as possible. When those are completed, I'll be opening up my new commission order format as soon as my previous list is cleared.

This one's for Dave O'Hare! Looking forward to seeing him again at Garden State Comic Con in New Jersey next July!

Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow - 826



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Friday, August 19, 2016

Batman - Daily Sketch...

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!

Batman - 825


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Thursday, August 18, 2016

Bio: Robert Atkins - Comic Artist and Illustrator

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 
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TMNT IDW Covers

TMNT Cover - IDW/Blindbox
By Robert Atkins
Colors by Simon Gough
Package Design by Chuck Arnold



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Venom - Marvel Comics

Venom 
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Amazing Spider-Man

Amazing Spider-Man
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GI JOE - Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow



Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow
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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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