Friday, March 17, 2017

Daily Sketch - Batman's Cool...

So nothing much to this one except that it was cool to draw Batman. I've actually done two of these head sketches, they're not the same, but just both Batman head sketches. I did one for my bother-in-law and the other as a kickstarter reward. They were great studies on shadow and expression....this one he looks pretty grumpy. Always helps to work on that kind of thing.

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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Daily Sketch - Scuba Duke....

This commission was a LOT of fun. It took a classic scene from a GI Joe cartoon episode and added a and added a little redesign to the mix. In one of the early mini-series of GI JOE, episode 3 "The Worms of Death", GI Joe have to race against Cobra to obtain certain elements. In this episode they are after Heavy Water as a key element and battle on the sea floor. In the mix these gigantic sea worms come out of these coral pillars and attack them. Over all classic cartoon, GI JOE fun!

* A part of this whole sequence was field commander, Sgt "Duke" Hauser. So this commission focused on Duke as a part of the mission. I got to research the subs gear from the show, and add in some vintage scuba elements at the request of the awesome dude who commissioned this.

On top of that, we get the added work of Simon Gough who nailed the coloring job and really makes it look like it was pulled straight from the cartoon. I'm glad we were able to get this one colored, I think it makes all the difference!

*I was misremembering this episode, I thought it was Flint at the sea floor with Baroness, but was quickly corrected that Duke was a big part of the episode! haha! Thanks for the correction.

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Colors by Simon Gough


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Friday, March 10, 2017

Daily Sketch - Scarlett Snake Eyes....

This was a commission for the Elders of the RuneStone Kickstarter campaign. That certainly was quite a long time ago that the campaign ended. Since then writer and co-creator Quinn Johnson was working with Disney on the Disney Infinity video game and I had a steady stream of work that all combined to keep us from getting a full production schedule going to complete the campaign. That said, in the last 6-9 months we've made major headway in completing the kickstarter reward commissions and production on the book. Final pages for issue #3 are being penciled and inked very soon, and issue 4 is now completely laid out and ready for finished pencils!!

Quinn and I have always known we'd complete the project, but life and work has seemingly always provided great opportunities but also roadblocks to RuneStone's production. We appreciate everyone's patience, we have full confidence that the first 4 issues and printing of that collected graphic novel WILL indeed happen. We have made a more concerted effort to fit that into both our schedules and we see regular progress. Quinn has been updating the campaign more often as well to keep up that communication with everyone that contributed to this project.

As I get the commissions done I'll be posting them here as well as on the campaign updates. This one was unsurprisingly for our friend Olivia who is one of the biggest Snake Eyes/Scarlett fans I know! She's been super patient and a great supporter of our work. Thanks so much Olivia!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Daily Sketch - Batman TMNT....

Here's a fun cover commission I did this last fall. I love that comic companies are able to work out these great cross overs. Most recently they had a Thundercats and He-Man cross over, it's something I wish could happen more. Some crossovers make more sense than others, but if you aren't too bothered about why or how these characters make sense in each other's universes, you can really enjoy the stories they provide. Unfortunately, these are always business propositions first and the business of it will determine if the story gets made.

For example I would love to see a Deadpool and Snake Eyes cross over. I think combining two guys with similar skills, and fighting style, but one doesn't talk and the other won't shut up...perfect buddy cop scenario. You've even got the perfect catalyst of the Red Ninjas from the Arashikage clan that dress identically to the Hand ninja from Marvel comics. It's completely plausible that both would be involved or following a plot by one or both Ninja clans which would bring them together.

IDW would gain a LOT from combining their best known and most popular GI Joe character with Deadpool. Marvel on the other hand might not have as much to gain by loaning out their wildly popular character. But working around that are how business deals are made. It's a project I'd love to see, but who knows if these kinds of things would ever happen.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Daily Sketch: Commission Update - Dusty and Covergirl GI JOE...

Man, talk about commissions that needed done. This was a commission for Rob Steal, from waaaay back. It had fallen through the cracks of emails and just not staying in touch. Proud to say we got this worked out and finished. For anyone that's waited for a commission from me, you think you've waited awhile, but this guy has been a trooper. I'm having a great time catching up on these, and it feels like I'm getting out of debt. I've always called it my "Sketch Debt", and it feels good to be making headway again. I've got a new schedule and I'm carving out time each day getting these taken care of.

I'll be posting here and on my facebook page for who's commission is on deck, and I'll be posting updates. If you don't want to see a preview of your commission, just let me know and I'll wait to post anything until you've received it.

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Daily Sketch - Snake Eyes Cover recreation....

Hey everyone! So this commission request was to recreate the older Action Force cover. I think this is some kind of Holiday special issue, but not sure what issue # this was. I was asked to basically redo the cover, but specifically in my style. I'm not trying to draw this line for line, but it was still cool to work on. There's just a fantastic quality to the older art on these covers. Rendering styles have changed today, but there's still so much dynamics and action in these covers that are just phenomenal.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Daily Sketch- Spidey...

I love doing these quick head shots of Spider-man. This was a sketch inside the cover of one of my sketchbooks. I think I did this back at Salt Lake Comic Con. I had a surprisingly low amount of commission requests there, and was able to catch up on Kickstarter commissions for Elders of the RuneStone. This was one of those I believe. 


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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Daily Sketch: The Thing...

I'd gotten out of the habit of posting regularly. Well, at least posting on my blog regularly. I feel like my blog is a bit out-dated with all the other social media options out there to see my work. However, it does help to have a solid home base for my work that's established and has been around for awhile. Also, not everyone has Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, where I've been posting more frequently.

I'll have to look at my schedule and balance the time it takes to post on all these platforms. I've mostly moved over to Instagram because I can post from my phone, and it automatically posts on the other social media sites for me. When I was posting on the blog every day, I had to really set aside time each day to devote to these posts. I miss having something to promote each day though.

I've got a number of projects and commissions that I want to showcase. I want to be transparent with the commissions that are in progress and what commission is lined up. I think I'll convert this blog to my commission base, where people can come here to check in on how their piece is coming along. I still have quite a few to wrap up, and there is progress being made. As always, commissions have to take a back seat to my regular deadline work. I've been very upfront with everyone, that if you paid for commission work in advance, that I am more than happy to refund anyone that feels they've waited to long. I appreciate everyone's patience. I've also said, and sincerely follow through on, is that I can't guarantee when you'll get your commission, but I can guarantee that it will get done.

The only real bonus when you have to wait, is that I'd say I'm a better artist than I was 6 months ago, I'm a much better artist than I was, 1-3 years ago. So anyone that's waited, you'll definitely be getting your money's worth if you paid my rates from a couple years ago, but get what I'm producing now for twice as much.

I'll post sketches as often as I can, most will be from previous conventions that I've scanned or completed commissions. I'll post in the title, "Commission Update" whenever I have a progress shot of whatever commission I'm working on at the moment. That will let you know when your commission is started, and completed.

Thanks again to everyone that is following my blog! Crazy to think it's been going for 5 and a half years...you know...with a break every once in a while.

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