Thursday, December 31, 2009

Holding off


I'm going to hold off on finishing up Bernard until next week. I have them done, I just figured I'd let the holidays pass and when everyone is back at their computers we'll see how this things ends.

Thanks everyone. As a New Year's treat, I'll give you a a quick peek at the new daily that will be starting next month. This will be a ongoing story told one panel at a time, daily. It's going to be a fun experiment and we'll see where the story goes thru out the year.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer 18


Everyone has a boss, even World Destroyers.


And with that, I'm going to leave you hanging until Monday and the Holidays have passed us by. Don't worry, I have them done already and Bernard will be wrapping up next week. It's been a great ride this month and I have say that I'm surprised I made it every single week as promised. As most of you who have been following my blog for the last 4 years know, I'm not great with keeping up with my ideas sometimes. This one worked so we'll pat ourselves on the back and wish you all a happy holiday. See ya Monday.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Evil Cabbie Drawing Video

I did a live broadcast showing a little sketch come to life. The is a time lapsed version of that. Enjoy.

you can also CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE HD VERISON

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer 13


Ok, so I like to joke on peoples hair. Take it easy.

But seriously, I don't understand this new, hipster, metrosexual, comb forward like you're in the Goo Goo dolls hair style that is floating around. It really is fairly tragic and I will be there to see you hate yourself in the future for having it.

Don't worry, I went thru enough of these trendy hairstyles to know.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Friday, December 11, 2009

IGN.COM Top 100 Covers of 2009

This year has been incredible in so many ways. We got our beautiful Saint Bernard, Emma. The wonderful Wizard of Oz Hardcover has been on The New York Times Best Sellers List for 12 weeks and shows no signs of slowing down. I'm still working on the funnest project I've ever been on, the Oz adaptions. Oh yeah, I almost forgot, a month ago yesterday my son, Baxter was born. Well, IGN.Com has added another thing to my "this is a great f'n year" list.

IGN.COM counted down the TOP 100 COMIC BOOK COVERS OF 2009 and yours truly landed 9 covers on the list. If that wasn't cool enough, 2 of those are in the top 5 and 1 of those took the #1 spot on the list. Seriously? WOW!!! I'm beyond flattered and glad to know that people out there are enjoying the work. Thanks to all of you for all the support and thanks to IGN for spreading the love. Here's to some more fun in 2010!

The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer 10


If only this would happen.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer 08


I HATE texting with a deep passion.

And a quick note. Go over to Zuda Comics and vote for a great up and coming artist JOHN BIVENS. He's got a great, gritty and graphic style. Fun stuff.

Monday, December 07, 2009

The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer 06



Cry of Doodie

Thanks for all the support in the first week of Bernards adventures. I'm on track to keep the daily updates going. Hopefully the lack of continuity doesn't turn you away. This is less about me telling a complete story and more about watching Bernard learn about our world... before he destroys it.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer 02


No farmer wants to see that on his land.


I love these warm-ups. Have a theme really gives me some focus and i'm able to just put pencil to paper and get and idea down without trying to come up with the perfect idea. These first few will have a bit of a story, then they'll go random until the end.

Monday, November 30, 2009

The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer 01


I've been trying to get back into my daily warm-up drawings and have decided to take an idea from Jake Parker (Agent 44) and update my blog each day of the week for at least a month, if not more. I started looking thru my sketches for some inspiration for a direction or theme of these daily drawings. I knew that I wanted them to be black and white, traditionally inked, and conceived and executed inside of an hour. Then I stumbled on an old Alien design from early in the year and thought he would make a great subject.

Bernard is an alien that is coming to study our planet and destroy it. What will he find while he's there and how long will it take him to carry out his mission? Check back each day and find out.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Bernard is Coming...


Bernard is coming and planet earth will be sorry.

On Monday, November 30th, I will be updating my blog each day of the week for at least a month. Monday thru Friday you will be introduced to Bernard and follow him on his mission.

Friday, November 13, 2009

It's A New Dawn, It's A New Day...And I'm Feelin' Good!


November 12, 2009 my son Baxter Scott Young was born. 8lbs 15oz, 21 inches long. If we didn't know already, women are pretty amazing and Casey McCauley is up there in the top of the list. I couldn't be luckier.

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The Abominable Charles Christopher Guest Strip


Karl Kerschl is an AMAZING artist and has been a friend of mine for many years. Anytime we get the chance to chat for a bit it ends up being a lovefest for art and pushing ourselves further. Karl started his webcomic THE ABOMINABLE CHARLES CHRISTOPHER a few years ago and it's so beautifully illustrated with funny and touching stories that I'm quite jealous of the man. He has inspired me to utilized the web to bring some of my stories to life...but we'll get to that later. Back to Charles.

Karl reached out and asked me to do a guest strip for his webcomic while he was out on some giant world tour where people are worshiping him and what not. I was flattered and agreed instantly. Then I realized that his wasn't the first time I would be there to help save Karl in a rough spot. (just kidding, he needed no saving, and i'm convinced he actually had enough strips to cover his time away and just posted my out of pitty...haha) Eons ago, when I was waiting tables at Ed Debevics in Chicago, I got my first phone call from Marvel asking me if I could do a fill in issue in the ICEMAN mini series. And artist named... you guessed it, Karl Kerschl had some life things going on and they needed someone to fill in. I had never drawn a comic book in my life and was about to do my first for Marvel. And the rest is history...or still happening, or something like that.

So, in many ways, I feel that this is me coming full circle and getting the chance to be apart of comics with Karl again. I'm very grateful he asked me to do this, and I had a blast putting it together.

This was the first time i've written, handled all the art from layouts to colors, and lettered a project. It helped me a great deal and you'll be seeing what i've learned here in the near future.

Thanks Karl!

Sunday, November 01, 2009

The Grave Keeper & a Need to Step it Up.


This is a character study for a character in my original graphic novel.

I've been very slack with my blog lately. I noticed that the only thing I'm posting is covers that I've done along with a quick sentence or two that basically says "this is a cover for....". While it's cool to show you all my latest cover work, I think it's making for a slightly boring blog and I'm trying to come up with something to remedy that. I'm not sure what I'll come up with the keep me posting regular but I'll try to cook something up. If you have any ideas let me know.

One idea I had was to use you all here and on Twitter to help craft a scene each day. I'm not sure if it would just be a random scene each day, or a scene that would keep adding onto the previous image. Basically it could be a one image a day webcomic. I'm not sure it work or not, but could be interesting to jump genres every other image and where that story could go. Who knows.

What do you all think?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

A photo shoot and a bunch of babies



Here's a few more covers for the month. Spider-man and my last X-babies cover. It's a great time getting to add some humor into the pieces.

I'll be taking two months off of Spidey covers and then I'll be back on them for good. We've got some fun stuff ahead for you guys.

Monday, October 19, 2009

REVOLT


In Marvelous Land of OZ #3 a very interesting army will rise. REVOLT!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

More Bwains Mama!


In keeping with the completely disturbing theme of zombified babies, we have this cute little girl. She's just had breakfast and like a growing baby, wants some more.

Happy Halloween.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

Steps to Murder


October is here and it's time to post some creepy stuff. The great thing about going for dark images is that you can really just play with shape. This has no detail what so ever but you know exactly what is about to go on. I love that you can make up any number of stories out of this image. Happy F'n Halloween!!!

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

A Call for Reviews

Thanks again for all the support on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Hardcover. It's really been moving off the shelves and I have another favor to ask of you all.

If you have purchased the book I'd really appreciate you all stopping by Amazon.com and leaving a review. You can leave a review no matter if you bought it at a book store, comic book shop, or Amazon. We're very proud that we've taken a graphic novel aimed at kids and put in it the New York Times Best Seller List and your reviews can help us stay there for longer.

So, stop by and give your opinions on the book. Thank you!


CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW...OR BUY YOUR COPY IF YOU HAVEN'T YET!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Oz makes New York Times Best Sellers List

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Hardcover has entered the New York Times Best Sellers List. Thank you all for helping make this possible. We're all very proud of the book and hope that we can see it stay on the list for weeks to come!!!

Read the article at the New York Times

And if you don't have your copy yet, get it here

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Land of Oz 2 comes to life



I recorded the digital drawing process of my Oz cover. I then print this out and ink it traditionally with brush and ink.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

WANTED: SPIDER-MAN


this is the new cover to Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #58. The rain was a bit of challenge on this one and I used a little traditional, a little digital to pull off the effect. This was a challenge, but a fun image to work on.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A few new Covers



A few new covers for you to check out. X-Babies 3 and Marvelous Land of Oz 2.

enjoy

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Essex County


I've been insanely busy with work, a few personal projects, and of most of all...getting ready for little baby Baxter. I haven't been sketching as much as I'd like but I need to update with a new post anyway.

I thought I would throw a little love towards Jeff Lemire. I've started to read his ESSEX COUNTY graphic novel and so far it's great. I also can't say enough about the beautiful production quality of the book. It's amazing! The prettiest book I've ever purchased.

I can't wait to get deeper into the story and maybe a few of you would like to read along, or comment if you have already read it.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Berona's Hundred Year War

I talked about a book that was given to me by Jesse Labbe and Anthony Coffey at Chicago Comicon. I didn't have a link at the time but Jesse hooked me up with one. This book is just great fun and I'm honored that these guys introduced me to their work. Go check it out and order one for yourself!


BERONA'S HUNDRED YEAR WAR.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Wonderful Wizard of Oz HC Signing in Chicago



This Wed, Sept. 2 is the release date of my WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ HARDCOVERS and I will be signing at Challengers Comics in Chicago, IL. I will be doing free head sketches to all those that purchase a copy of the book.

CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION, ADDRESS, TIMES, ETC.

See you There!

Friday, August 28, 2009

Be cool and review my JUNK

Thank you to those of you that have jumped in and purchased my new artbook JUNK. The support you all give me is amazing!! Now that you've done your part in showing love for the art, I'm going to ask another favor. Not only do I want to give you all a look inside the artistic process, but I'm also trying to push this new self publishing model as far as it can go. I think that there a many places that we artists can use to get our art into the world with out depending on major publishers.

Here's where you come in.

If you ordered a book, I would be very grateful if you could stop by the store page and leave both a RATING and a REVIEW. Just a minute of your time will really help spread the word about the book and the ability to bring your own projects to life.

CLICK HERE TO LEAVE A REVIEW, RATING, OR BUY THIS MONSTER OF A BOOK

Again, I can't thank you enough!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Finally Trying


After years talking, asking questions, reading, and playing around with water colors, I finally took the plunge. I pulled out the big boy paints and just tried them out.

Nic Klien is a good friend of mine and I've been mining him for info for a while now. He's a great painter and he's given me some great tips so I decided to quit being a little sissy and just throw some paint around. I pull out the acrylics and this is what came about. I didn't want to try to get too bold and go for crazy colors at the moment, just tried to keep it in the sepia world.

This is a very rough first step, but that's what first steps are. There meant for bumping and scraping and getting a little hurt in the process. This is me trying to understand a new medium and after playing with it for a day, the fear is now gone. It's time to get a little crazy and see what I can pull off on my second time around.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Piggy lost his glasses


Steven Gettis has an amazing collection of art by an incredible list of the top names in the art game and he's been pestering me for years to add my piece to the bunch. Honestly, it's always a bit intimidating to do a piece that will stand next to the artist he has. But he finally nailed me down when he sent me the entire collection of AKIRA books.

Check out his gallery of Literary Characters and Authors

I was going to do an I AM LEGEND piece but decided at the last minute to switch up to LORD OF THE FLIES. It was a very fun piece to work on.

11x14 bristol board, smooth
Brush and Ink,
Water Color
Acrylic
White out
Colored pencil
Photoshop adjustment

Monday, August 17, 2009

Marvelous Land of Oz


For those of you wondering what the next Oz book will look like. Here's your first look at the cover to #1.

Enjoy.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

JUNK available now





My new artbook JUNK is now available exclusively online. Hardcover, 298 pages, full color. This book has a little of everything from doodles to final pieces. You also get to see the stages of my process from thumbnail to final color.

This will only be available online. Thanks everyone!!!

BUY YOUR COPY HERE

Zomibe Baby Clothing





Go and get your ZOMBIE BABY T-shirt or Hoodies at my new Zazzle store. I'll be adding some new products in the coming months. You can choose from many different styles and colors, whatever fits your tastes.

BRAINS!!!!!

CLICK HERE TO SHOP MY ZAZZLE STORE

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Chicago Comicon 2009 Report

Ok, so all the blah blah blah about Wizard Chicago Comicon not being about comics anymore because they didn't have the 12 highest selling creators on the roster, or no long list of panels that force people to spend the majority of the prime hours waiting in line to sit in a room and hear things that they could read about in 10 minutes after the show... is dead wrong in my opinion. This years show was INCREDIBLE for me and it was because there were hundreds of comic fans showing their love for artist alley and all the creators that were there.

The lack of what people have come to expect from cons seemed to have kept people out on the floor and checking out what Artist Alley had to offer. I've never seen the aisles of the Alley so packed. And i personally have never signed as many comic books as I did this weekend. The love for OZ was beyond what I could have ever expected and I am grateful to each and every person that came by and showed there support.

I had the chance to talk with a ton of fans and a few of them really were quite touching. A father bought the original cover to Wonderful Wizard of Oz #8 (with Dorothy running thru the field on her way back home.) to give to his daughter when she goes away to college so that she knows that she can always come home. If that wasn't enough to pull on the old heart strings, an artist told me that while battling cancer going thru kimo, reading my blog lifted up his spirits and got him back to his art. Come on, tell me you wouldn't just break down right there. These were just two examples of how my incredible fans made me feel so good about creating art and that it means more than just a few lines on paper. I am truly grateful to each of you.

i'd also like to send a big thanks to Jesse Labbe and Anthony Coffey for the sketches, art and the BEAUTIFUL book BERONA'S HUNDRED YEAR WAR (i can't seem to find a link to an official site for the book).

Seriously, I had a great time this weekend and it was great to hang with everyone again! I'm glad to be back home with my ladies!

See you at the next show.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Wizard's Chicago Comic Con 2009


I'm gearing up to attend conventions again this year and kicking things off with Wizards CHICAGO COMIC-CON 2009

I'll be there with copies of my sketchbook B-SIDES, 5 limited edition Marvel Prints and will be doing sketches thru out the weekend.

My Table number is 3000 click HERE for the Con floor map to find me. So, look for my pretty little Zombie Baby banner to know you've found me.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Baby want BRAINS


The Zombie craze is never ending and I can't help but think that the children's market is being neglected :) Here is my addition to the cause, a little hungry zombie baby.

BRAINS!

Friday, July 24, 2009

Cover Up



Here are a few of my latest covers solicited this month. Marvel Adventures Spider-Man #56 and X-Babies #1.

Oh yeah, I forgot to tell you all that little bit of news. I'll be doing the covers for the X-Babies mini series which I think is a blast. I've always loved when I got to see artist like Arthur Adams draw them, and now I get my turn. Fun stuff.

enjoy!

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Black & White ideas


While I'm waiting on prices for my 300 page monster, I've already decided what my next book will be and have started pieces for it.

Everyday I will do a quick sketch on 8.5x11 with pen or brush, or both only. No pencil, so set up, no real plan. I'll draw what comes out. Some will work, some won't, but you'll get to see them all. The only tweaking I will do is add tones digitally to add a little depth to the work. I'm going to try to keep each sketch to about 30 mins.

Here is the first experiment done with brush and digital tones.

Enjoy.