Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Who's Writing Deadpool? Oh yeah, ME!


I've been very excited to share this. I wrote an issue of Deadpool Team-Up and the art is being handled by my good friend and all around amazing cartoonist Ramon Perez.  It's nothing but fun and I can't wait for you all to grab it in March.

Here's the info

DEADPOOL TEAMUP # 883
Written by Skottie Young
Penciled by Ramon Perez
Cover by Skottie Young
Variant Cover by Skottie young
The country is in the middle of an economic meltdown and everyone is feeling the burn, especially your favorite Merc with a Mouth. Deadpool realizes that there's no government bailout for super-powered mercenaries and when clients stop paying up, he's forced to do the unthinkable... Look for a job. Luckily, Galactus has a position open in the Herald department. Don’t miss the face-melting final issue of the series that shook the comic book world to it’s very core.
32 PGS./Parental Advisory ...$2.99

Saturday, December 18, 2010

The Best Part of Waking Up

It's very easy to get lost in all the negative blah blah that goes on around the net and in the world of comics and entertainment. You know, "This books sucks" "This book is GOING to suck" "Company A are just a bunch of Greedy F's and Company B is ruining my childhood" "This press release is so dumb" "Artist X is no good" blah blah blah. You've seen it, I've seen it.  If you're not careful, it's easy to get sucked in and fight the battles that will never find a winner.

One of the things that keep me on a constant positive high is the daily art rush I get from checking my Google Reader Blog Subscriptions.  Every time I find a new artists blog, I copy the address and drop it into my subscription list.  Over the last few years, I've compiled a list of 350+ blogs and it's growing every day. When I get into the office each morning, the first stop I make is Google Reader and I usually have bout 50 updates. That's at LEAST 50 pieces of art that kick starts my day and keeps me in a great mood.  It inspires me to no end.

So, I added each blog (one at a time) to this bundle here for you all to be able to see all the feeds I follow. Hopefully you'll get as much joy as I do.




Thursday, December 16, 2010

Winter out the Window


Illinois has been getting hammered with snow this year. We to over a foot on our first snow of the year and every few days it falls a bit more. So I got inspired to sketch what I see outside my studio window.

This piece is just done in photoshop with straight color. No underdrawing or sketch. I just felt like layering things like you would with paint and just use value to create depth. It's  a challenge but also fun when you can pull off and a decent composition.  A very fun little exercise.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

A few spaces open on my Commission list

The title says it all. I'm only a few pieces away from finally being done with all the commissions on my list. So I'm adding just a few to the list in case some of you want a little something fun for Christmas.

Check my commissions page for details.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Hello There


I doodle a lot. I either in my sketchbook while watching tv or on my cintiq after I've finished my work for the day and just need to get a something out of my head that doesn't have to do with a script or work.  Usually I just play with shapes and character.

Today, this little guy came out. He didn't mean anything while I was drawing him but when I was finished, I grew to see him as the a hero in a grand adventure.  Most heroes in our stories and fairy tales often look the same. Cute as a button little girls, or the thin, rugged young kid. Sure, they throw glasses on sometimes to tell us he's nerdy but we can usually see thru that. Something about this little guy speaks to me for being outside the hero mold.  Who knows, we'll see if he can find a place in a story some day.

To finish him off, I thought I'd throw a nod of my buddy and great artist, Jim Mahfood "Food One".

Now that I've finished posting this, I'm starting to see similarities to Russell from the movie UP. I love that movie and I'm sure parts of him are lingering in my head. I'll have to work him up a bit and see if we can create a bigger gap between them.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Boombox Cometh


Time to drop in for an update on the things going on around my way.

First up, my graphic novel is going well but had to be put on a pause for a bit.  I had an opportunity come up that I just couldn't pass on. Don't worry, the graphic novel is under way and will get done, and this new thing is also an original project of my own.

Second, OZMA of OZ #1 is in stores now and you'll be seeing installments of that each and every month like clockwork thru out the year. WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ is available as a Hardcover, Softcover, and now Digitally via the Marvel App.  MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ is available in Hardcover.

Thanks to everyone for supporting JUNK ONE.  The sales on them have been amazing and I couldn't be happier. I had planned on putting out a new volume of that each year but will need a bit more time to collect the amount of art that it took to publish that on. So, the large 100pg art books may have to be every other year or so.  This will give me time to have enough art to warrant the big, nice package that was JUNK ONE.  But...

Don't worry. I've been filling up sketchbooks with pen drawigns at a crazy pace and have a new plan. There may be a larger gap between large art books but I'm going to fill it with smaller volumes of sketchbooks titled BOOMBOX. The books will be smaller, 48 page hardcovers collecting images directly from my sketchbooks and keeping things very raw and natural. The best thing is I'll be able to keep the prices nice and low. They'll be starting at $20. The first volume is ready and I'm just waiting of a few more things from the printer.  If sales on BOOMBOX 1 are good and fast enough, I'll be able to put BOOMBOX 2 very soon after. I would love to be able to put out 2 of these volumes a year.

So, there's an update. Thanks again for all the love over the years. You all are amazing.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Cute Hunt


I did a piece for the Emerald City Comic Con book MONSTERS & DAMES. I struggled trying to design a scary monster for a few hours and then decided to turn it around. Why not have the dame hunting cute monsters. What a fun story that would be to do. Maybe one day.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Original Art Prices Slashed!

Prices on all of my OZ pages have been dropped at my art deal CADENCE COMIC ART

CLICK HERE TO TAKE SOME HOME TODAY!

Ozma of Oz #3 Cover Art



Ozma of Oz #3 cover featuring the creepy Princess Langwidere. (commonly mistaken for Mombi as they switched names in Return to Oz movie) 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tic Tok Splash Page Progress

I took a few pics of my inking progress today and posted them on twitter. I thought I would put them all here as well and end it with the final, finished page.

Enjoy.




Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Marvelous Land of Oz


The installment of Eric Shanower, Jean-Francois Beaulieu, and my OZ series is in stores now. THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ Hardcover is at your local comic shop, Borders, Barnes & Nobel and Amazon.com  Get yours today and stop by Amazon and leave a review so others might discover it.

Friday, October 01, 2010

The Dark Knight

A Batman painting for a very patient fan. Thanks for waiting.

The original is brush, ink and water color. This version has been played with a bit in photoshop.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Kids, Comics, and Saving The World



There's been a lot of talk of Kids Comics lately. Between twitter rants, forum topics, podcasts and even big time hollywood magazine interviews, everyone seems to have an idea of what is wrong with comics and why kids aren't reading them. Instead of going on a 35 tweet blast that annoys the heck out of everyone because you have to read it like some sort of Memento tattoo game, I'll post a quick blog about it. 

The most popular complaint seems to be that not enough comics are made for kids. I have to disagree with this thought. There may not be a ton of comics made SPECIFICALLY for kids, but I think that a good majority of comics are very close to kid friendly. In fact, I've been drawing comics for Marvel going on 10 years now and every single comic I've drawn can be read by most ages. Of the Spider-Man, Human Torch, Venom, New Warriors, X-Men, Runaways, Monster of Frankenstein, and Oz books, only one of those titles is aimed directly at kids. That's 10 years worth of monthly comics that almost any kid could read, only one being called a "kid comic." 

What is a kid comic? Did we grow up on "kid" comics?  Who knows? I think we grew up with comics that could be read by anyone. I got started reading comics when Image started. I was 13-14 years old and seeing bodies ripped apart and child molesters getting murdered in the pages of Spawn. Funny thing is, I could buy those at Toys R Us. Was that material meant for kids? Again, i don't know. But I was a kid, I read it, and I loved it. I could name 50 other books that rode that line and at the end of the day, I was reading. I was learning and discovering and learning that i may be able to do something with my "doodling". Some people think that violence in comics isn't what is needed to get kids to get off the X-Box and pick up a comic. I say that those people don't really know what kids are playing on their X-Box. If anything our comics are way too tame for them. We all have grand ideas about how to make the perfect comics for kids. I say they already exist.

What's my point? Well, I don't think it's a matter of what comics are made for kids, but rather the kids... no, the PARENTS not knowing where to get them. Non comic reading parents don't know that comic shops exist. If you live where I live, comic shops barely exist at all. My nephew is 5. For the last 3 years he refused to wear anything that didn't have either Spider-Man or Batman on it. From his shirt to his shoes, he was sporting comic book gear. But my sister didn't know where to get him comic books. For all she knows, Spider-Man was created to be on a shirt, not in a book. Now, I know, that's an extreme case. But it's just an example.

This is a debate that can go on and on. The beauty of having a blog is I can state my opinion, walk away and never have to actually debate anyone...haha. I love blogs. I for one think that there are plenty of books out there for kids, wether their made for them directly or they're safe for them to read. All we can do is make comics and try to get them into the hands of new readers, young and old. A few friends have mentioned GIVE A KID A COMICS DAY and are in the middle of trying to organize that. Some have suggested books to their kids school libraries. These are the things that need to be done. It's easy for us to spread the word on Twitter, Blogs, Forums, etc. but if we want kids to get into reading comics... let's put down the keyboard, sign off of twitter, and show kids where they are. 

I will be driving over the local Library later today and donating 50 trade paperbacks. None are kids books, but all can be read by kids. What are you going to do?

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Venom Kitty



A few friends were doing Marvel Cats on Twitter and someone suggested I get in on the game.  I whipped this cute little guy up for fun. 

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Selling my ModBook

Anyone interested in buying my ModBook?  I bought it in March with the intension of using it when I'm away from the studio. But having a 10 month old doesn't mix well with working outside of the studio. So I've barely used it. By barely, I mean I've only turned it on 5 times in 6 months. It works perfectly and is basically brand new.  It's maxed out on specs.

2.13 GHz Core 2 Duo
160 GB Harddrive
6 GB Memory
2.5 years left on the Extended Warranty

I bought it for a $2500 and will be selling it for $2000 with free shipping. That's less than what you can get a base model for once you add in tax and warranty.

For more general information on the Axitron Modbook visit the official site

Drop me an email via my contact page if you interested in purchasing the ModBook.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Post SDCC Sale on JUNK ONE

If you couldn't attend SDCC or did and were on a bit of a budget while there, don't fret. I'm having a Post SDCC Sale on my latest art book JUNK ONE. $10 off for the next 2 weeks. Use this chance to get your copy while supplies last. Under 500 copies left IN THE WHOLE WORLD!

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOU SALE PRICE COPY OF JUNK ONE

And The Winner Is....

That's right! We came home with 2 Eisner Awards for our book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.  I couldn't be happier and more proud of the work everyone did on the book.

I'd like to thank specifically Dan Buckley and Dave Gabriel for being the two guys that pushed me to take the job. I was nervous about leaving an X-men book and doing an all ages/children's book even though that is where my artistic heart lives most of the time.  I just was scared that no body would pay attention and I would get lost in the back corners of your local shops.  I couldn't have been more and these two gentlemen were smart enough to see otherwise.

Furthermore, I'd like to thank everyone up at Marvel for allowing Eric and I go run off to our corner and do whatever we thought the project needed.  No one ever messed with us, changed anything, or tried to steer the ship in their own direction.  I've never felt more free as an artist and it's a credit to our Marvel team for giving us that space to create. You all are awesome.  Nate Cosby, especially you for being our voice up at the office. You're always there to make sure we have what we need, when we need it, and a break when that's needed to. I love you crazy ass.

Jean-Francois Beaulieu, you are one of the most important parts of your puzzle. You take my work and make it more than I could on my own. You preform magic with your colors and take us too another world. I am glad to call you my partner and here is to another million years of creating fun art together. Thank you for working with me for so many years.

Eric, your love of the project and the world of Baum's Oz is the foundation of this thing. It gives me the confidence to step outside the box because I know you're always there with the connection to the material that we need.  Together we strike an amazing balance and I look forward to many more!

Last, thank you to all the fans for supporting us out there in the stores.  You're buying the books, reading the books, and telling people about the books.  I can't thank you enough.  Without you we would have never made it this far, let alone won 2 Eisner awards. So, thank you for your support over the last few years.

I'll be back to posting Video Journals later in the week, right now I still have no voice left after SDCC.  Thanks, and I'll see you all later.

Monday, July 19, 2010

SDCC Info

I'll be taking a week off from my journals to attend San Diego Comic Con.  It's been about 4 years since I've been out there and it's nice to be returning.  I'll have a few prints and copies of JUNK ONE for sale. I'm not sure what my situation with sketches will as i can never tell how busy things will be until I get there.  Once I get a hold of how the week will be going I'll decide how i'm handling them.

Below is a view of the floor and our booth #4601.  Yup, I've joined forces with NFR.  For those of you who don't know that is a group of artists including J. Scott Campbell, Arthur Adams, Phil Noto, David Finch, Amanda Conner, Michael Golden, Joyce Chin, Bruce Timm... and now Myself.  Pack a lunch, you'll be at our booth awhile.

Below is view of the SDCC floor map and where our booth is. Walk in the door, there we are. You can't bet better than that.

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Making of My Graphic Novel: Video Journal 1

I've been enjoying giving you updates on the progress of my graphic novel but filling out these blogs are going to get time consuming if I don't watch it.  So I decided that I'd add some video journals into the mix. This will allow me to add a few quick thoughts every now and then with out babbling all over my keyboard.

Oh, and I changed the name. I was already tired of looking at the title. I felt like I was 8 years old trying to give myself a nickname. ( which I tried.) So it's pretty basic and too the point.

The Project Chronicles 2

I wanted to do a little drawing before I started writing today and decides to watch my friend Francis Vallejo new inking demo. (Which you should download via the link on his blog.)  He did a the same drawing using a few different tools each time. Once with nib, once with brush finally, one combining the two. Very inspiring stuff.

I've never really used a nib for anything other than a few drawings here and there.  But I never really felt a connection with the tool enough to use it for an entire book or project.  In fact, I used to ink everything with those terrible, dead to the world Micron pens.  Nothing felt more lifeless.  About 3 years back I picked  up a brush and started scribbling around and really liked what came out of that and have been using that style since.  After watching Francis mess around with ink, I think it's time for me to step back out onto that ledge again and try out a new style for The Project.

Enter the nib.  While watching Francis's demo a second time thru, I pulled out an old junky nib from my drawer and did a little doodling.  I used a col-erase pencil to throw down some very loose shapes and then just went to town with the nib and ink.  I started to get very excited by outcome and began to see the seeds of a different look to apply to The Project.

I love using the brush.  I'm very proud of the years I've put in on the OZ books and the style that I've crafted for that world.  I proud of the covers I've been doing at Marvel over the last few years.  But this is my first creator owned project and I want it to stand out from my other work.  It needs to have it's own unique voice, not only to set itself apart from my other books visually, but to help elevate the tone I'm going for in the writing.  i think it can also inform the tone of the writing as well.  

From the few tests I've done so far, illustrating from loosely with a nib is allowing me to creating a bit harsher, jagged line that gives you a sense of unease.  This definitely matches the tone of the Projects subject matter which will have a large cast of very questionable characters.  But it's also an all ages book that I want to feel very whimsical and youthful but not in the exact same ways OZ does. 

So, I'm going to play around with the nib a bit more with as I get closer to the illustration stage.  For now, back to the writing.  

Saturday, July 10, 2010

The Project Chronicles 1

I've decided to start a series of journal entries chronicling the creation of my graphic novel.  I'm doing this partly for you to follow along side me while I work on my first creator owned graphic novel, but mostly for me to have some sort of documented chain of events in the creation of this great white whale. I figure it will help me learn from what I'm sure will many mistakes along the way.  

For now the book is going to be referred to as simply "Project".  I apologize for the teaser like nature of it and assure you that I'm not trying to be all secretive for build-up sake.  There is an actual reason behind it.  I read that when you start telling people your story then you are less likely to create it. Write it, don't share it.  This makes sense and I've learned the hard way that it's very true.  In fact, I think you most of you have learned that it's true on this very blog.   I've posted about various ideas I've had and how this or that was going to be my first book, or webcomic... well, you get the point.  None of them have come to life.  For whatever reason, I've never got my #@%* together and just did it.  So until I'm closer to the finish line I will just be calling it the "Project".

So far I've finished the outline of the book.  I've broken down into 3 acts with anywhere from 9 to 11 scenes per act.  The next step is the writing and drawing, two things that I was going to attempt to do at the same time.  I talked to a few friends and liked their process of breaking the story down visually and scripting to that as you go.  I tried it and it's not sitting that well with me.  I thought I would dig it but it just doesn't have the flow that I was looking for.  I like breaking an issue down all at once, penciling it all at once, inking it all at once.  This lets me sink my teeth into that one aspect of the process and stay in the frame of mind.  Once I find the grove I start moving much faster which improves the odds of me finishing the project.

After a day of thumbnailing and scripting along side one another I've decided to step back and take care of the scripting first.  I won't be fully scripting it, panel 1, panel 2 style.  All I need is a very general beat sheet with dialog for each scene. This will allow me to keep my thoughts on the flow of story and dialog and not get distracted by the angels, character designs and page layouts that cloud my mind when drawing.  Hopefully this will make for a more clever, snappy script.

Just like my day job of drawing the OZ novels, once the script is in place the art duties become second nature.  I'll be back in my comfort zone and things will start to progress very nicely.  (Let's hope so, anyway.)

Like the title of my book, I will be keeping a lot of the art to myself at the beginning.  I'll show you so doodles here and there but nothing that will give too much away.  Again, once I see that I'm making good progress and that this won't be another thing I bring up on a blog but never do, I'll start sharing more on the details of the project.  Until then, I'll keep you in the loop on the process and progress of The Project.

Thanks.

Sunday, July 04, 2010

A bit of a break

Just a quick note to let everyone know that it may be a few weeks before I'm back posting regular art updates.  I'm going to be spending this month writing and working on my personal project. I'll be taking a quick trip out to SDCC to push JUNK ONE and cross my fingers that we bring home at least one Eisner that we're nominated for.

So, thanks for all the support over this year.  I'll be back to regular posting in August.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

My 1st Father's Day

I always thought I new what being a parent would feel like, but like most things I thought I knew... I didn't.  It's so much better than you ever think it's going to be.  Baxter is 7 months old on my first Father's Day and all I can say is that I can't wait to see what kind of person he becomes.  Everyday it's something new and he becomes more of his own person.  It's amazing to watch and be apart of.

I would like to send out a happy Fathers Day to my dad and my friends Nathan Fox, Ryan Ottley, J. Scott Campbell, Humberto Ramos, Robert Kirkman, Brion Salazar, Brian Bendis, Jason Aaron, Billy Martin Jay Torres, Josh Flanagan, Mike Hawthorne, Jeff Lemire, Rick Remender, Jonathan Hickman, Mark Brooks, Doug Tennapel, Tony Moore, Tom Fowler, Dave Guertin, Greg Baldwin, Jake Parker, Chris Yost, Jason Wood, Vince B., Kevin Harden, and the rest of you that I may have left out.  Here's to many more years!

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Heroes Con Badges: X-Baby Style

Shetlon, the owner and show runner of Heroes Con was kind enough to ask me to do the badges for this years con.  Sadly, I had to cancel the show but I still managed to get the badge art done.

Shelton loved the X-Baby covers I did so he requested an X-Baby line up.

And for those of you who showed their support for my brother and family, I thank you.  His heart transplant was on Sunday and everything is working great now.  He's healing nicely and on his way to joining us again in the real world!  So, thanks for all the kind words, thoughts and support.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Heroes Con trip Canceled

My little brother Landon's health has seen better days and he has been added to the donor list for a heart transplant.  Thank you to all who have sent their thoughts and kind words. My family and I appreciate it and hope that this will all be over soon.

Due to this, I have canceled my trip to this years Heroes Con in NC.  I'm terribly sorry to those that were heading out to say and hi. I will be making it up next year.

Thanks again for your support.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Warm Up: Inking Someone Else

I've never really tried this. Inking over someone else.  After doing today's warm-up, it turns out, pretty fun.  Mike Hawthorne decided to ink a Thing sketch by our buddy, Ramon Perez, and it was really cool.  Inspired me to print one out and try my hand at it as well.  Very interesting exercise, especially over a great cartoonist like Ramon.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Update

Well, a few things have changed since my last post.  Due to a family medical emergency I've had to cancel my trip to Maine for the MeC.A.F. and my trip to New York for BEA and the signing at Books of Wonder.

I do apologize to those that already had plans to attend any of these events but my brothers health issues took a turn for the worse the morning of my flight and I had to cancel. I will be rescheduling an appearance in Portland, Maine sometime in the near future.

I will be back and forth from the hospital over the next few weeks so if I owe you art, books, or an email reply, there may be delays.  I will do my best to stay on top of things but will be focusing on my family for the few weeks.

Thanks for all the wonderful support from both my friends and fans, you all are the best.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Maine Comic Arts Festival

Heads up everyone, I'll be a guest along with Brian Wood and Jeff Lemire at this years Maine Comics Arts Festival in Portland Maine. Sunday, May 23.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Missle Mouse Tribute


Jake Parker (Agent 44) has been drawing his character Missile Mouse for as long as I've known him and recently had his creation published with Scholastic. I love this little guy and thought I'd take a swing at it. Very fun warm-up subject.

I had this on my old site and someone mentioned moving it over here. Enjoy.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Sense & Sensibility


My editor dropped me a line this week and asked if I'd like to do a cover for Sense & Sensibility. I didn't even think, I just said yes. I knew it would be a great chance to experiment with mood and a feel that doesn't translate to superhero or fantasy style comics I'm used to doing. It was a nice challenge and very fun to play with a new technique. Or at least new to me. Sergio Toppi inspired me to try and use a more illustrative style of line work and hatching. I like the way it came out, even though I don't see myself using this style much. But it works for the mood and character of this piece.

Enjoy.

Don't forget to order your copy of JUNK ONE, my new 104 page artbook.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY

Friday, May 07, 2010

Warm Up: Ugly Monster


I've had a crazy few months and my warm-ups have suffered. I'm trying to get back in the swing of things.

Today is pretty simple. A dumb looking monster and a kid who agrees.

Brush and ink, digital tones.

And you can tell that I'm back on my Blogspot. I'm going to be using my squarespace as my main site but moving my blog back to Blogger. The security settings on the SquareSpace blog are not my favorite so I'll once again come back to blogger.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

JUNK ONE Now Available


After all the trials, tests, and most of all...drawing my butt off. The first volume of my new series of art books is available to order now.

JUNK ONE is 104 pages filled with full color and black and white art ranging from sketches and doodles all the way down the line to digital art and traditional paintings. You won't find any Marvel or DC characters in this bad boy. It's original from front cover to back and gives you a fresh look at what I do with my free time. Well, it's not really free time, it's more stolen time from working.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR COPY

Monday, March 22, 2010

Adventures of Bernard now on sale

I figured I'll try to double up posts here for while until everyone finds the new SKOTTIEYOUNG.COM

THE ADVENTURES OF BERNARD THE WORLD DESTROYER is now available to buy in one book with bonus a bonus art gallery from some of my friends...who happen to be AWESOME.

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

All Growed Up

I've out grown the limits of blogger and have moved shop. I'll leave this here for a bit to let people drift over. All new blog posts will be at the new site and blog. No new posts will show up here. This is now an abandoned amusement park.

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE NEW OFFICIAL SKOTTIEYOUNG.COM

Sunday, February 14, 2010

junk ONE


My art journey has been interesting this year. I wanted to give Print On Demand (P.O.D.) a try and see how that system worked and if it would meet the standards that I have for the books I want to produce for you. While I was satisfied with the quality, the production cost of a color book was too high to make the price affordable for everyone. There are about 130 copies of the LuLu edition of JUNK (we'll call that JUNK BETA) out there and that's all there will be.

I have decided to go back to the same printer that I worked with on B-SIDES and officially start my new series of art books. I'll be keeping the name JUNK for the entire series and running them in volume numbers. JUNK ONE, JUNK TWO, etc.

With JUNK I'll be trying something new. Unlike my previous sketchbooks, this will be 100% original material. No Spider-Man covers, No Batman commissions, No X-Men character designs. I want to start the tradition of providing you with art books that contain work that you can't see anywhere else outside of my books or site. You will get the chance to see my sketches, doodles, paintings, scribbles, experiments, successes and failures. It will be a wide range of the artwork I produce outside of my comic book pages and covers.

JUNK ONE will be 100 page of full color and black & white images. 8.5x11, softcover with a beautiful Spot Varnish treatment applied to the cover seen above. The price will be $30 (a giant leap down from the $100) and each copy ordered online will be signed.

If you were one of the few people that picked up JUNK Beta then there's a surprise. Over 60 pages are brand new images not see in the previous P.O.D. version.

I am very proud of this book and can't wait to get them in my studio to start shipping out. When I get a bit closer to the ship date, I will open things up for pre-orders. Thank you all for your support and enthusiasm over the years. Hopefully you'll enjoy the book as much as I did making it!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Warm Up: Junk Yard Bot


I'm going to get back to posting some of my daily warm ups. I won't be posting them daily but a few a week. My warm ups used to be me drawing Catwoman, or Grifter, or whatever. That was fun but I did find that challenging or educational. Meaning that I was just doing my version of other peoples creations and that didn't push me to think to try new things. So I've shifted to doing more original ideas and concepts. I'm really just trying to capture ideas into quick sketches and not trying to do a pretty piece. If it comes out looking more thought out and final, then great but I'm not pushing for it. This is where experiments happen and learning is the goal. These sketches and doodles will fill the pages of my annual art books coming soon.

Junk Yard Bot. I love showing scale and that was the goal of this sketch. to show the size of the robot compared to the kid. That's it, it was a study in scale. Nothing deep, nothing poetic. Just a doodle to keep my head in the world of scale.

More later.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Fallen


Todays image was done for my live draw session at ustream. It's odd drawing something live, on the spot and hoping it comes out ok. This one didn't quite capture the mood I was going for but I'm still happy with it.

-this was drawn all in Manga Studio.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Hi


Something about a murderous little girl holding a blood covered chainsaw simply greeting you with "Hi." is so cute. And by cute I mean it's creepy as #%@!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Books and options


First, here's a piece I did for my friends Nic Klein and Ivan Brandon and their book VIKING. Fun stuff!

Now onto business.

I want to thank everyone who purchased copies of JUNK and CHEAP JUNK. I'm taking the books off the market for a bit while I look into a few more printing options. I'm happy with JUNK but was never pleased charging so much for it due to the production costs of print on demand. So, i'm going to be hunting down a few more options and see if I can't come up with a better solution to the make the book more affordable for everyone. It will most likely mean trimming the size down from 300 pages but I'd still like to keep it in color.

I know none of you are probably interested in any of what I'm talking about here but I like to keep you all in the loop. You're all fantastic with the support and I'd like to give you a great product. Talking with you about the product makes it easier for me to create it and a product that you all want.

So to the few of you who have the 300 page version of JUNK and CHEAP JUNK, you may be the only ones ever. Thanks, and I'll keep you in the loop in the coming weeks.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

CHEAP JUNK is Cheaper

CHEAP JUNK just got cheaper. I'm dropping the price from $25 to $15. Go get yours!

100 pages
6x9
Perfect Bound
$15

CLICK HERE TO BUY YOUR COPY

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

CHEAP JUNK for you cheap s.o.b's


Hey everyone,

For those of you who were sitting outside my house with pitchforks and torches because my art book JUNK was way too expensive... I'm here to hook you up.

I selected 100 pages out of the 300 page JUNK book and collected them into a smaller, black and white paperback titled CHEAP JUNK. Oh yeah, it's also a fraction of the price you cheap m f'ers! :)

Go get your copy today!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOU COPY OF CHEAP JUNK

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Adventures of Bernard the World Destroyer 24


... Bernard destroys the world.



Thank you all very much for sticking around and checking out my daily gags. It's been a very fun experiment. I will be collecting these into a small book with a few extras and guest drawing. I'll give you more details on that later this month.

Thanks again.

Monday, January 04, 2010