Thursday, December 28, 2006
Here is the final version of my latest Cable cover. I think it gets solicited this month, so I thought I would give you guys a peek.
I'm back from holiday and will be spending the next few weeks working on Frankenstein pages. I finished writing the script today, and I had a blast doing it. It was a new process for me, writing for myself and I really enjoyed the work. So, once that book comes out, I'll post up a break down of the process here.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
Ok, so I wanted to some cheesy christmas drawing for my last blog before the holidays but work has kept me too busy to do anything. I'm leaving town tonight and thought I would throw up one last doodle until after Xmas.
I've been experimenting alot lately with styles. Well, maybe not styles exactly, but more ways to approach the finish of a piece or a drawing. I'm writing and drawing a Frankenstein story for Marvel, and want to give it a loose, rough looking feel. So, this is little study in the style of line. It's not there yet, but for some reason I really love the energy of this kind of line. It's drastically different from my animated type line, but that's good. I like to switch it up, and not get to dug into one thing. I like be able to apply different styles to different stories, and will be doing so alot more in the future. I also have been experimenting with black and white alot lately. I'm starting work on my own graphic novel, and may attempt to do a black and white pass at it. Not sure yet, and have some time before I get there.
So, this one is small, but in a way a big step to somewhere in the coming weeks. I'll keep you updated on the progress of the tests.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
CABLE MAKES ME DO ODD THINGS
This was interesting. I've been wanting to play around with different techniques for covers, so I did this quick 2 mintue sketch of cable with the intention of trying to do some kind of digital painting on it. Once I scanned it and started playing around if photoshop, things starting happening outside of the original plan and I just went with it. Now, this was just a little sketch, smaller than 8.5x11, and the digital image was really just photoshop sketching. I didn't think something usable would come out in the end. But I ended up being pleased with the outcome. So, I sent the small file in and it got approved for a cover. So, I'm going to redo this, using the same methods, but with a little more plan this time around. But it was a great experiment, and I look forward to doing the final.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
B-SIDES SKETCHBOOK AND SPIDER-MAN COVER FOR SALE
Ok Folks, the wait is over. I am opening pre orders for my sketchbook. It is printing now, and this is your chance to put your money down and reserve your copy today. Books will be ready to ship in 3 to 4 weeks, but I would jump in while you can.
For those who don't know, B-Sides is my new Sketchbook. 80 pages, full color, measuring in at approx. 6.5x10...and you ready for this...HARDCOVER. That's right I said it. I went all out this time around. This book is filled to the brim with unseen goodies. I've been saving alot for this book. So everyone who was wanting more updates last year, this is why they weren't there. You get to take it home.
Also, I have added an auction to celebrate the release of Spider Clan. The cover to Spider-Man Family is up for auction on EBay. Get it while it's hot!
NOTE: if you don't see anything in the Ebay Store, try refreshing your browser a few times.
CLICK HERE TO BUY B-SIDES or BID ON THE SPIDER-MAN COVER
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
SPIDER-MAN FAMILY featuring THE SPIDER CLAN
Ok, so you've all seen the previews, and heard me rambling on about this project, and tomorrow, you can buy it for yourself. So, run to the shop, tell your friends, buy a few copies, and come back hear and let me know what you thought.
Again, WED. Nov. 29th, in Stores. This is a 38 page story by C.B. Cebulski with are by yours truley. C.B. really brought some game to this story. We had a blast together, and hope that you all have as much fun reading it.
ok...go buy it!
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
BEHIND THE CEREAL
"WHERE ARE THEY NOW?"
We swicthed drawing night from Wed. to Tues just for this week, and the theme was a funny one. Along the lines of Behind the Music and True Hollywood Story, we behind the Cereal. You had to show where the Cereal Mascots are today. Mine was the original Tricks Rabbit. If you notice today, they try to make him "hip" and he's all photoshoped out. So this is the aged "child star" Trix rabbit.
And here's one of my covers for Cable/Deadpool. I was given an idea that they wanted that went along with the issues concept. Not my favorite idea in the world, but I tried my best to turn it into something. I think Deadpool gets shrunk by the Rhino in this issue.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
There is a interview with C.B. Cebulksi and myself up at www.newsarama.com aobut the upcoming Spider Clan. And there is a shit load of preview art. I'll post a few of them here. I don't know how they got so much art, but they did so enjoy the huge sneak peek.
Sunday, November 05, 2006
COMMISSION "SPIDER CLAN BLACK CAT"
So, I'm finally getting to my giant list of commissions. I know, for those of you that have been cursing my name, I'm sorry, I'm a prick. I do apologize and hope that it has been worth the wait.
This is the Black Cat from Spiderman: Legend of the Spider Clan, the original mini. I wish I would have been able to draw her like this back in the day. This was done with pen and markers.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
ON THE SEVENTH DAY...
...I take a break. Ok, so it's been like 10 days, but who's counting. I'm finished with Spider Clan and am taking a easy for a quick minute. We're working out what my new project will be, but in the meantime, you will see me on 2 titles doing regular covers. Cable/Deadpool, and Marvel Age Spiderman. I'm also writing/illustrating 2 stories at Marvel. More info later on that.
For now, until I get back in the swing of things, here are a few sneak peeks into the Spider Clan pages. Just a few little panels to tease you!
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I'm so close to the end of Spider Clan, and I can't wait. Not because I'm tired of it, but because during the inking and coloring stages, I haven't had the time to draw as much. I have a few more days left and the drawing will be back in effect.
This weeks Lead Poets Society was a personal disaster. We had a great turn out, but I had one of the most shitty drawing nights ever. I just could not draw, like there was some curse on my hand. So, I just hung out and spent the night with a steady pout.
So, I will give you guys another peek at the Spider Clan. This is a page you've already seen, but it's now in full color. There will be a more in depth preview up soon at Newsarama, so check that sometime next week.
Pencils and inks by yours truley. Colors by myself and my right hand man Jean-Francois Beulieu!
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
THE LEAD POETS SOCIETY OCT. 11, 2006
"DANCE MAGIC, DANCE!"
Well, I have one more day of inking left on Spider Clan. I'm almost there baby...fuck, I can taste it. Then, you'll start to see some more posts, I swear.
Tonights theme was given by Mike Stadler (I think that is his last name...I'm an ass, I know.) the Theme was "A villian from any movie pre dating 1990". Very broad, but more difficult than you think. We did throw some rules in. We couldn't draw from movies or themes that we would draw all the time. Tim could not draw Zombies and Slasher guys, because that's his thing, he draws them all the time, etc.
I chose The Goblin King from the Labryinth. I love that movie. The designs are great, David Bowie's package is a huge focus...I mean Jennifer Connely is hot, not the Bowie thing. Anyway, i thought I had a great idea. But the hard part was remember his design with out reference. Really though right? I know. All I could remember was a cape, big hair, and slightly gay. Oh, and the cool orb. So, i just winged it. I planed on drawing all the goblins, but we were running our mouths tonight, so when it got late, I thru in the black and called it a night.
Something that I've noticed from all my Lead Poets Society drawings, they are great thumbnails, or ideas for future finished pieces. So, after awhile, I might start taking these and doing some fully realized drawings out of them. Maybe put a book out with them side by side. Might be cool. who knows.
So, enjoy the Voodoo, You do, Who do, You do, the Power of the Babe!
Wednesday, October 04, 2006
LEAD POETS SOCIETY OCT. 3, 2006
So, another Wed., another night of doodling at the local pub. First I want to apologize for not posting more this week. After getting back from the wedding (not mine), I had to get caught up with work. I have about 10 days left of inking, and then a week past that for colors and I'm done with Spider Clan. Then, you will get more updates on a regular basis.
So, tonight drawing was very fun. We didn't have as many people because of the 3rd season of Lost starting tonight...fucking punks. Norton, you're on my shit list. Tonight was Tim Seeley's night to decide the theme for the drawings. Tim is my man, I love that guy, and if you spent any time with him, you would too. He's a great guy. Anyway, he gave us the topic, "Holiday Characters in the distant past, or distant future" Very different, and very fun.
For mine, I decided to go with Santa and put him on a rusty hover sleigh in the future desert waste land. This is a weird drawing, because I started it on 8.5x11 and worked out what you see in the middle. Once I did that, i thought, well, i'm done and i'll do another one as usual. But it left me wanting to see more on the sides, so instead of doing two bad drawings, i would do one really big bad drawing. So I taped two more pieces of paper on each side and made it a "cinescope" type piece.
Like I've posted before, drawing night for me is about ideas and not finishes. i spend all day every day finishing pages, and polishing things. I love that one night a week hanging with friends and just doodling with out worry about the final product. The final idea is the money. So, love me for I could be, not for what I am..haha.
Also, here are some photos from the wedding this weekend.
1, 2, and 3 are photos taken at about 6 a.m., leaving the city (chicago). I have never seen anything like it. Surrounding the city, starting at horizon above Lake Michigan, was a mountain like range of clouds. It was truly amazing to see, so I had to take photos.
4) Probably one of the only times you'll ever see me in dress clothes. I understand
where the term "fish out of water" is from.
5) The place where Brandy and Andy (I'm not even kidding) got married. Very beautiful place. Brandy is my girlfriend Casey's cousin.
6) Casey and I in the "P-Diddy" Style Hummer limo going from the wedding to the reception. I'm not kidding, this thing was fucked three ways towards the weekend. Seriously, laser lights, and blue neon lights everywhere. I think I threw up a little in my mouth while inside.
7) Casey was actually in the wedding, so this is here in her dress.
8) Casey and I dancing at the wedding. I'm just waiting to cop a feel, but her dad was taking the photo. Notice how fast I got back in my normal attire of jeans and a hat. I did keep the blazer on though, so give me some credit.
And that's it.
Wednesday, September 27, 2006
THE LEAD POETS SOCIETY SEP. 27
I've had a busy week inking. I'm leaving town for a few days and had to get ahead a little on pages, so there was a lack of updates here.
Thanks to everyone who helped with the names for our drawing night. Some one used the word Society in a suggestion, and that gave me an idea. So, we are officialy...
THE LEAD POETS SOCIETY
So, tonight was a new approach to the theme. I had everyone bring a favorite comic. We put them in pile, number them, then drew numbers to see which book/character we would draw. I got saddled with Hellboy. Which I like, but have drawn a million times. So, I was a tad unispired, but it was my theme tonight so I couldn't bitch out. Again, the night is fun despite the random shit drawings. I blame tonight on Mike Norton. He wouldn't stop heckling me, and I threatened to murder the giant fuck...I love you Mike! Anyway, yea, the black and white drawing is a decent idea, but poor execution. What the hell kind of neck did I put on him. Oh well, live and learn.
So, there are tonights Hellboys. Oh yea, the one drawing is inspired by the book i drew, which was the new "island" book.
I'll be back next week with some more doodles hopefully i get the chance to draw a little on the road.
Wednesday, September 20, 2006
CHICAGO WED. NIGHT DRINK AND DRAW
First off, I need you guys to help us name our drawing night. We can't think of shit, and it's just not cool with out a name. I mean, with out some catchy tagline, i barely want to show up. So, help us, seriously.
Anyway, not much to say about tonights sketches. We discussed a few topics, I thru out Fairy Tales and it was on! This was a great topic, and we had record number of people there tonight (12 I think). Greg Titus damn near did a cover. Mike Norton did 3 that I loved. they were like full on scenes. The best thing was, the topic was broad enough to allow everyone to draw something different.
I won't talk about the mistakes, or the ideas tonight. That's not what the night is about for me. To me, it's about the pure sketch. Trying not to erase, just letting my hand do something. The first few drawing nights i tried to do great pieces, and ended up with shit. Now, I just run my mouth and doodle and I am pleased at the end. I like drawing ideas for idea sake. Not worrying if I did a good finish. Tonight was fun, and hopefully the pieces reflect that.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
INKING TO DEATH
So, as I've said in the previous post, I'm inking Spider Clan now and it is time consuming. Probably because i'm not the worlds greatest inker, and I'm moving into alien teritory with the spoted blacks. It's tough, because I see one thing in my head, but after an entire day of inking, it's so hard to know if I even came close. I spend so much time just inking lines, that when i step back, i'm not sure if it is what I wanted, or just what happened.
Oh well, it's done now, or at least a few pages are. So, here are the first few pages of the long awaited return of Spiderman: Legend of the Spider Clan.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
SKOTTIE BETWEEN BRANCHES
Well, I'm inking Spider Clan now, so these aren't really warms ups as much as a chance to a least do a quick doodle before I spend all day tracing. Inking is fun, but in a differnt way than drawing. It's more about watching your drawing change into something with weight.
Todays post is a tribute to a great friend of mine, Josh Middleton and his personal project "Sky Between Branches". I've always wanted to do a piece from this project, and now after doing this quick sketch, I'd like to do a proper one. For those of you who are up on Josh's comic work, you have seen him do the urban NYX at Marvel, and Superman/Shazam at DC. But the content of these projects are very far from where Josh comes from on the creative front. Sky Between Branches is a world created straight from the heart of his true creative self. Beautiful to the last line, Josh's great white whale will blow people way when it's coming out is upon us.
This doodle doesn't do his characer justice, and it's a bit intimidating trying to follow up Josh. But it's fun, and really different than the super hero world that I draw every day. This was just a quick blue pencil drawing followed up by some Pitt Pens and Staedtler brush pen. About 30/40 mins. (actual time a little longer factoring in the smoke break...I'm a dirty habbit having fuck!)
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
CHICAGO WED. DRINK AND DRAW
Ok, I don't drink, but i draw the hell out of shit. So, for those of you who don't know, Wed. nights are drawing night here in Chicago. A bunch of local artists get together to draw at a bar/grill on Wed. Great time, great food, and somewhat ok drawings...at least from me. Mike Norton always draws something cool, and then bitches about stuff. I love that guy!!
Here's how the night goes. we write a bunch of random words down on post its. we lay those on the table, face down. We each draw a random post its and put them together. For example, I pick a post it that says "Giants", Norton picks a post it that says "Ninjas" and there is one subject. Giant Ninjas. We had 4 topics of combined terms. Post Apoc./Mad Scientist, Giant Ninjas, Android Pilot, and something else that we later decided sucked and thru on the floor. Then, you just eat, drink, bullshit, and draw as many of the ideas as you want while you're there.
I went with the Android Pilot first. The down side to T's bar is the lighting, it's tough to see in there (i'm bring a lamp next week) so you don't know if you're doing ok or not.
Then, I rocked out a quick doodle of the giant ninja getting stabbed in the head by a normal ninja. This one is loose, and super fast, but i fucking love it. I'm going to do a quick 3 or 4 page story out of it in the coming weeks. I really love the idea.
So, there you go. Some quick doodle while talking and hanging with friends. Very fun!
I just finished the pencils on my Spider Clan book. 38 pages, and now I have to start the daunting task of inking and coloring it. So, on my 2 days break between pencils and inks, I just wanted to doodle with no pressure to pull anything off. So, these are just heads. that's it. No intention, No composition, no anything. Just drawing for the sake of moving the hand around and creating shapes. I think that is needed from time to time. Just brainless scribbles. So, here you go, not much to say about them.
Friday, September 08, 2006
I've been a little busy getting pages finished up for Spiderma:LOTSC, so warm ups have been a little slack. I thought I would subsitute a page, or double spread in this case for today's blog.
This is the dawning of the villains. If i hadn't mentioned this before, Spider Clan is like a mixture of Spiderman, Ninja Scroll, and Samurai Champool. These are my redesigns of some Spidey villains. The name of the one shot is Elemental Evil, so we picked Spidey rogues that fit the elements. Jack O' Latern (fire) is the guy in the hat. Sandman (earth), Whirl Wind (air) Hydro Man, now a 10 year old Hydro Girl as the leader (water).
Since I've shown you a page of inks, I thought I would show you a page pencils. I'm inking it myself, so the pencils are pretty rough. I try to make alot of decisions during the inking process.
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
Todays warm up is loose. I've been away at a convention, so my first day back to work needed to be loose with no pressure of a great finished piece. It truley is just a warm up drawing to knock the cob webs off the left hand.
So, I threw in the Tarzan movie, and started drawing. Zeb Wells and I put a Kazar pitch together awhile back, so I've been thinking about what I would do with that character. I wanted him to be more Tarzan like, but rougher. This would not be it. this is much too Tarzan inspired, and watching the movie while i worked on it probably didn't help. But, when designing a character, these sketches are important. I need to get the crap ones out of the way so i can get the right ones to the front. So, while this one dosen't look like the character I have in my head, it serves it purpose very well. It says to move on and do another. So, tommorrows might be another version of Kazar. Maybe that's what I'll do all week, untill I hit it. We'll see.
MOMMY, MOMMY, I COLORED IN THE LINES!
So, I just got back from the convention in Toronto. What a great show. I'll have more on that show, photos, and commissions coming soon.
For now, until I can get back in gear, i'll show you a few color pieces. One is the Battle Chasers drawing from the earlier post, and then Mugen from Champloo. These are both for no reason, just fun.
Ok, this one will be kept short so i can get to todays warm up drawing, and then some work.
Tuesday, August 29, 2006
WARM UP_HARRY POTTER
Ok, so I'm going to try and do warm up drawing each day. And I'll post up most of them. At the end of the year, if I keep it up, i'll have a ton for the next years sketchbook. I'm not going to give myself any rules. Some might be inked, some might be markered up, some might be rendered wtih pencil (if i can get better at it). I do want to keep each drawing to an hour, to an hour and a half.
Todays is Harry Potter. I love these books, and I'm listening to "The Order of the Phoenix" for the next few days. I've started it a few times, but have started from the begining again today. I want to get thru this one so I can listen to the "Half Blood Prince" I've heard that one is sick.
I'm ok with this one. It's not blowing me away. After finishing, I realize I didn't put much thought into it. Just Harry standing there for no reason, holding is wand up for no reason. There really is no point to this piece. That is something i will have to keep in mind each day. I want to pu characters in a situation, and make sure the props make sense. That's the lesson today...think a little more. Make the sketch have a point. SLOW THE FUCK DOWN...I should tell myself that more. We'll try to beat this one tommorrow.
Monday, August 28, 2006
I loved this book, and I realized that I had never really done a BC piece. Well, one, about 6 or 7 years ago. (it was terrible) So, I thought I that I would take a break from Spidey pages today and do a Battle Chasers tribute.
Calibretto and Gully. We won't waste time on gully. as you can see, she's so tiny,and really just there to show the size of Cali. Right off the bat, I started some doodles and making sure that I found a shape that would set it apart from Joe Mad's. His was fantastic, but it's hard not to do this character exaclty like Joe's version. So, I went for wide, squaty feel. Shorter, wider arm cans, very animated style legs and feet. I also wanted to make him seem like he had been thru some...well battles. But I didn't want to do the normal comic book "cracks" only. So, i thought, and looked around. I saw Eric Canete (fucking brilliant artist) do these crazy round concrete bullet hole time things, I thought, I 'm gonna swipe the fuck out of that. So, with a little inspiration from Eric, I went with the swiss cheese type dents in his armor.
Here you can see the sketch and the final lineart. Inked with Nib and Brush, and done on bristol board 11x17.
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
A PIG AND A CLOWN, AND A FISHTALE ON THE GROUND
So I thought since I pissed and moaned thru yesturdays blog, that I would at least try to make up for today.
This is a page from my next book at Marvel. Remember in the old Spider Clan books, Peter always had the wierd visions/nightmares? This is one of those. I don't want to say a whole lot about it, because it's already strange enough, I'd rather you be confused, and pissed that you don't know what's going on...cause that's how I roll.
This was inked using a little of everything, pens, brush, nib, you name it and i used it on here. I've said in this blog before, but after the crazy open style on New Warriors, I just wanted to take this book in a new direction. Try something new on it.
I do want to thank C.B. Cebulski (writer on this book) and all the people up at Marvel that put this book on the schedule. Spiderman: Legend of the Spider Clan was my first series at Marvel, and I look back it now and want to die! It was such a fun idea, and had so much room to do crazy things, and I just wasn't good enough yet to fully take advantage of it. So, years later, after a stack of books drawn, some studying on this, some learning on that, I wanted the chance to take another crack at it. So, thanks for the second chance.
Tuesday, August 22, 2006
Today was one of those days where the paper and pencil that I pay my rent with decided to be my nemisis, my sworn enemy, the mother fucking bane of my existance (at least for the last 10 hours). I sat at this table all day, and nothing. I take that back, on the page for Spider Clan that i'm working on, I drew one figure. One! That's out of about 7, and that's just one panel. That's not counting the 4 other panels i didn't even touch. I've been sailing thru this book, doing what I feel to be my best pages to date, and today just sank that ship.
I guess these days happen, and I shouldn't be surprized when they pop up, but fuck, it just gets to me. But, there's alwasy tomorrow. So, for todays blog, I thought I would share a few pages from my new sketchbook B-sides. At least show a few doodles that I like, and get this day behind me.
On the sketchbook note, it should be up for pre orders with in the next month or two. I've been going thru a few printers, trying to get the best book possible, and have got one now. So, for those of you that have been chomping at the bit, it is coming. Just keep an eye here for more info.
Enjoy the preview!
Friday, August 11, 2006
This was a piece i just did for fun, and then used it for prints at the summer conventions. Again, after working the super clean and open line style with New Warriors, I was dying to add some black into things. So, I kept this one pretty cartoony, but really just stuck the character in the middle of crazy blackness.
Nightcrawler seems to be a pretty popular character. I get asked to draw him a ton at cons, so I thought people might dig this new take on him. Like every piece I do, there are little things that I don't like when I'm done. Like the smoke, I wish I would have thought a little harder on that one. I just went with my first instinct, which isn't always bad. But I'm trying to teach myself to break the habbit of using my go to forms all the time. If I think of one way to do, I want to stop, and think of 4 other ways after that. I really just comes down to telling myself to slow the fuck down and think. Pushing myself, you know.
Tuesday, August 08, 2006
JESUS CHRIST....VS. VAMPIRES
This is a cover I did for my buddy Tim Seeley's book at Image, Loaded Bible. You should go check this book out.
I wanted to approach this cover from a new place. My last project was New Warriors, and that had a very animated, saturday morning cartoon feel. After 6 issues of that style, i wanted to play with some new techniques. this was a great chance to add some grit and grime to the overall feel of the piece. And, i added some blacks, with is a crazy thing for me. But I really liked the out come, and I think that this will be a style that I'll play with for awhile. I like the dark side of things, while still keeping it full of energy. Now, there are still a few spots that I feel I could have thought out more, and fixed a few spots, but overall, I'm feeling this one.
You can see here, that the idea started with the most elementry doodle. it's almost not even a readable image. But I knew what was going to happen. the rough sketch, my version of pencils. That's all I do for pencils. I ink myself, so I like to still make some decisions when inking. It keeps in fun. I used to try and make my pencils super tight, but i'm all about the energy of a drawing. the inks will be tight later. Then the inks. I used pens, nibs, brush, black and white inks. I tried it all. what ever gets the job done.
And then the colors. i just wanted it to be simple. At first, I had everyone in gray, even Jesus. But Tim pointed out that Jesus got lost in the colors, and he was right. So, I slightly adjusted his skin tone to make him stand out. But I still wanted it subtle. I also added the image with the title...thanks Tim!