Tuesday, December 23, 2008


Yep, it's that time of year again where we find ourselves dashing about, getting ready for the holidays, and traveling to see family and friends. If you do travel, may you have a safe journey and I wish everyone to have a great and prosperous new year.

For those of you that are still waiting on commissions, please be patient as I hope to get to them over my winter break. What's been keeping me so busy? Well, besides shoveling snow, Raven Software has been working on getting the X-Men Origins: Wolverine game to the finish line. If you haven't seen the trailer for the film staring that People's Sexiest Man Alive winner, Hugh Jackman, check it out here. Looks to be tons of fun.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

Sheena: Dark Rising #2 Cover

After being done over a year ago I'm happy to say, "There it is. It feels good to have something on the stands again. So go out to your local shop an pick one up. It's one of three variant covers for this issue and published by Devil's Due. So, let's see how I went through my paces for this cover.

The Concept:

I was approached by Devil's Due Publishing and asked to do a cover for Sheena. Simple enough, but they didn't have a story for me to base it off of and so it would be a stand alone pinup type cover. The challenge lays in coming up with an idea that's different from what's been done before or what they might be sitting on. So I came up with the four concepts to the right. My hope was the heroine tied up image, kind of an homage to the pulp covers when Sheena was originally published. Plus it kinda tells a story and I think that makes it more interesting. Maybe they'll do a story based on the cover? That'd be cool.

The Prelims:

I can't remember if they left it up to me or if they agreed that the tied up heroine was more interesting and that's the cover they wanted. So I did a prelim drawing, much tighter than a rough or thumbnail. This is the drawing I would blow up and transfer to the board and tighten up even further for the final pencils.

There was to be some changes to the original idea, which was that the figures who tied Sheena up were not to be the "tribal headhunters" as often seen in those old stories. Simple enough, I'll just keep them in the shadows and make the knife less sacrificial looking. Originally I had the knife coming down from the top of the cover and into the middle but after showing it to, my bud, Cory, he suggested having the knives coming in from the side and even adding the second knife.

Penciling it up:

After workign up the prelim, I blew it up to full size and lighttabled the image to the board. I tend to transfer the lines light so I can erase them easier and make changes if need be. Since I was going to color this on the computer I was just going to scan the linework in and darken them down, so this meant I needed to make sure the pencils were nice and tight.
The first version I did after I penciled it was pretty much good to go, but the face and proportions kinda bugged me.
She wasn't cute and petite enough, so I redrew the face face on the board using the prelim face directly and would mess around with the proportions in Photoshop after it was scanned in.

Computer Coloring:

I don't do enough of it and every time I get back to it I have to relearn it. But there are artists I love to look at for their coloring: Shirow Masamune, Adam Hughes, Ugetsu Hakua, Hyung Tae Kim are ones coming to mind. Mind you, I am no where near getting my stuff to look as good as their work. As for the piece, I wanted the lighting to be coming from the fire pit and some nice rim lighting from the moon. Shadows would be cool pallet and the fire would be warm. Pretty standard. I tend to work in layers for the differnet elements: Sheena and the posts, fire pit and fire, foreground elements, background, and back drop. I tried to get her skin so it glistened a bit to get the feeling of heat and exertion. A little compositing for the night sky and it was done. Yeah! Sent off a high rez version and waited to see when it was going to be published.

Catching up on old stuff...

Well it's not really all that old, but it has been a while since I had done these. They were done during a figure drawing class I attended and were both done during the same sitting. I forget which was done first. Maybe the ebony pencil on the newsprint then the color pencil on the canson paper.... I don't suppose it really matters but there you go.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Fun with Leia.

Well, Madison is in for a winter storm warning so why not have some fun in the snow? Here's a little preview of this year's Christmas card. Wonder if it'll be a snow day tomorrow. If it is I could probably get the card done!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Christmas Card preview

Yeah, it's been a while since my last post. But here's something to look at for now. Every year I try and do a Christmas card with my Video Game Gals characters, and every year it's a kinda last minute thing, but oh, what's this? This year, I've gotten a jump on it and have a prelim ready to be lighttabled and then tightened up and colored. We'll have to see if I can manage to get it done in a short time. Here's a study of what the theme of my card will be. Happy Life Day everyone!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


Hey everyone, just to let you know, albeit short notice, that I'll be at Fallcon this coming weekend. The guys at MCBA always run a great, fun show and it's their 20th anniversary, so if you check out their website, you'll see they have a great sketchcard collection done by over 170 artists! Read what they have planned and I'm sure you'll want to attend.
I'll be doing sketches, have my past sketchbooks and prints for sale. Unfortunately, I wasn't able to get another sketchbook together for this year. But I will have a Legion print to give away that I was giving away at San Diego and Wizard World Chicago. W.C. Carani, my best friend and inker on Legionnaires will be making a rare convention appearance and we'll be happy to sign the print for you. See you there!

Thursday, September 25, 2008


Yes, I will be there. In what capacity is another matter. Silly me waited to long to get my things in order for an artist alley space, so I may or may not have one. It's all up in the air. So I'll put this out there. If you don't see me sitting anywhere, feel free to call me on my cell phone.
I'll be traveling light. I don't really have anything new so I'll just have some of my old sketchbooks and have paper and pencil to do some commissions.

Again, sorry for the late notice.


Monday, June 23, 2008


It's here or will be here this weekend. After some registration problems for Artist Alley I have a space! Whoo! My table number is 3718 and you can find it on the map here.
No new sketchbook, sorry. I'm trying to get a couple new prints done. Here's a Black Canary. W.C. Carani will be joining me for Saturday or whenever he feels like sitting and we'll be passing out our free Legion of Superheroes anniversary print. So stop by and pick one up. I'll also have back issues of our work as well.

See you there!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Anime Central this weekend...

My brother Phil and I will be guests at the 2008 Anime Central in Chicago. Check it out. Kenichi Sonoda of Bubblegum Crisis, Gall Force, and Gunsmith Cats fame is going to be there. Lots of toys to buy, cosplay to see. I won't have anything new except for the free Legion of Superheroes print that will be given out all year. But stop by and say hi and pick one up and see the rest of the con fun!

I see more naked people...

Well, the figure drawing studio class is over. Summer finally feels like it's coming around. Here are a few more drawings from the class.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Free Comic Book Day Weekend is here!

This first weekend of May will have me and my Legion cohort, W.C. Carani appearing at Westfield Comics in Madison, WI on Saturday May 3, 2008. We'll be there to sign books and give away our new Legion print, so stop by and grab one. Upon looking at the print I can't believe I forgot that chicken hawk, Gates! D'oh! But I didn't put all the team members on there anyways, so there.

Then on Sunday, May 4th we'll be appearing at the Oconocon in Oconomowoc, WI, just outside of Milwaukee. Again, stop on by and say hi and get a free Legion print in honor of it's 50th anniversary. I'll also have books and prints and will be taking commissions to be done at the show. Hope to see you this weekend!

More life drawing...

While I've been working on commissions, I really haven't had time to produce much more aside from what I've been doing in life drawing so, here are some more. It's always nice to draw a model with some more muscle tone. I found myself using the side of the pencil like a chisel.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Catching up with the life drawing thing....

Here are the last couple weeks drawings from the figure drawing sessions. Only a couple more left to go... Pretty pleased with the way most of these turned out.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Legion print pencils

Finally got the pencils done today. Gonna hand it off to Mr. Carani for inks. Hopefully we'll be able to have it done before the SDCC souvenir book deadline.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Toto. I don't think we're in Kansas anymore...

Oh wait. We are!
My brother and are are in Overland Park, KS attending the Planet Comicon on April 5 and 6. Sorry it's on such short notice. It would be great to see anyone living in the area come and attend the show and meet all the great guests! I'll be doing sketches and selling prints and sketchbooks, so stop by and say hi and take a look.

Head Games....

So here I was sitting in front of my computer trying to hack some information from the Master Control Program, when it detected my presence and shot a laser beam out that digitized my head and sent it into the virtual world.... hmmm... Why the hell would anyone put a computer terminal in front of a digitizing laser anyways?
This picture is of a 3 D scan of my head from last year. Raven is always getting new technology and I was happy to play guinea pig for it. As well as taking the scan, where you have to sit absolutely still for a few minutes, they also took several pictures at various angles of my face and head where, if character modelers and texture artists want, can use them as a base to start from. It's pretty spiffy.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Legion pic rough Take 2

So after doing the first rough, I thought it looked okay, but something still felt off. So I showed it to my partner in crime, Cory Carani and he suggested some layout arrangements, like moving the founders more center and kinda having Sensor bookend M'onel a bit. Also resized some other figures so the founders were more prominent. I think I'll go with this layout and hopefully get it done in short order seeing how the SDCC deadline for contributions to the souvenir book is April 25th.... BTW, this was drawn on the tablet at 72 dpi, so it's a little rough.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

Ahhhh! It came from my sketchbook!

What do you do when you for get to bring your pencils to sketchnight and don't have one to borrow? Draw with a ball point pen. Interesting exercise. I've had to do this a couple times because of my brainfarts. Kinda like how it turned out, seeing how every line you put down is pretty much permanent. Unless you have white out. Which I didn't. Might drop some color in at some point.
Here's a work in progress for a Legion of Superheroes pin up that I'd like to get done for the San Diego Comic-con International souviner book this year. Might still mess around with the figures and composition. Of course the pin up will be of the our rebooted Legion, which seems to have been erased from the DCU now... >sniff< :(

Figure drawing flood....

Here are a bunch of drawings done over the last couple weeks for figure drawing studio. The medium is ebony pencil on newsprint. I'm trying to use the side of the pencil more for tonal work.

Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Look what I crapped out last night. Just messing around with the tablet again. Trying this whole "color" thing. Really. Is there a market for it? Enquiry minds want to know. This was done in Art Rage. I'll post something better. I swear.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Breaking in the tablet....

Finally saw that tablet PCs were getting to the point of surpassing my desktop so I went for one of the newest machines out there. The Toshiba M700. It's spiffy and a little buggy being new and all but it's got a touchscreen and pen, which is really nice. I bought ArtRage 2.5 for the measily $25 and am just starting to get used to drawing on this. It feels like a Cintiq, only way smaller, but the resolution's nice at 1280 by 800. Here's a quick drawing I did in Art Rage at sketchnight.

Friday, February 22, 2008

More figures....

Yes, figure drawing studio continues and this time we created some nicer lighting to get some decent shadows and such. I'm thinking some under lit ones next time, but we'll see. Just three different media this time around. Ebony pencil, Verithin black and white on gray tone sketchbook paper, and some vine charcoal. Never really used the vine charcoal and I'll have to take a picture of it since that's on a larger piece of paper than my scanner and there's no way I'm putting a dusty piece like that on my scanner and decide to post if I feel it's worth it.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Figure drawing studio...

Signed up for a class with some Raven buds on Wednedays where we go to the UW art building and draw people. The first class was canceled due to the wintery weather where 2000 cars got stranded on I-90 between Madison and Janesville. But this week's was a go and here are some of the results. I mosaic the naughty bits in case any children were around. The only gripe I have about the class was the poor lighting set up. There was just too much of it and it was hard to get good shadows going from where I was sitting.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Waiting for an oil change...

The girl's not waiting for an oil change. I was. The girl is just what happened while I was waiting for an oil change. Original character here. Don't know what her story is. Is her outfit regular clothes or maybe some kinda sci-fi nurse thing...
I didn't have my regular lead on me (F or H) so I was using a pencil that had HB in it and didn't have a good eraser. HB is a little soft for my taste so I went with it and dropped a little tone in there. So I left the shop with clean oil in my car and a graphite palm... I call it a good day.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Arrr...Pirates revisited...

She started out as a rough sketch for a female warrior type but after adding the jacket and gloves and boots she pretty much looked like a pirate. So letting the drawing take me where it was going I added the eye patch and made it definite. The coloring took me a couple hours to figure out. Need to get faster and figure out what the hell I'm doing...

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Fashion Gal

Here's a drawing from sketchnight colored up.
It's inspired by one of the things I noticed when I was over in Japan. I mean, how could I not. If you've ever heard the Cake song, "Short Skirt, Long Jacket" add boots to that and that's the trendy look. From what my friends say this look is more common around the Shibuya district, but you'll see it around the city and on the train. I'm not sure what the look is called, but I did pick up some fine magazines for reference (of course). It's a very cute to kind of a Pretty Woman call girl look. I'm not complaining either way. :)