Saturday, May 22, 2010
About a year or so ago, I did a fan fiction cover for a project that will probably never be --
BATMAN VS. ROBOCOP
The cover was Batman in full ambush mode holding a batarang at ready. reflected in the batarang is Robocop. I always liked it, but planned on doing another one day, except in reverse, where we see Batman reflected iun Robocop's helmet.
Then Julia Morena from Club Batman contacted me and told me they were celebrating their 20th anniversery. So I told her I'd donate a sketch for their event. But what to draw....?
Well, why not sketch out an idea for that second cover.
That's what I did.
and here it is
Maybe in a month or 2 I'll do the finished version.
Friday, May 14, 2010
Thursday, May 13, 2010
I must be getting old.
Recently I finished the artwork for an IDW Star Trek issue...
or so I thought.
I have this ritual. Whenever I finish a sequential project, I clean the studio which is usually a wreck after 16+ hours daily use for 30 days. Artwork, bills and random paper tend to accumulate in an unorganized pile at the corner of my desk and/or drafting table during these 30 days. I call this phenomenon "The Pile". While I was going through "The Pile" and putting things away, I found this page.
page 15 of the project I had just "finished" days ago.
How the hell does this happen?
Well then it all came flooding back to me...
I usually try to do a page each day to stay on schedule. I'll come into the studio between 6am and 8am and work until the page is done which is usually between 11pm and 1am. Well, as I was scanning page 14 in, I noticed it was only 2pm. "Wow!" I thought, "I'll have this thing done by 5pm!" Imagine that, a work day ending at 5pm!! That's like something out of a fairy tale!! A 9 hour day! I wouldn't have dared to dream it! YIPEE! But what am I going to do with all my free time? I've become accustomed to long days and other than hitting the bar and getting sloppy, I couldn't think of anything to do that didn't sound dreadfully boring.
So I started on page 15.
I thought I'll get as much of it done as possible and then start on 16 tomorrow so I won't disrupt my page-a-day schedule. If I do my daily page and then I tag on an xtra hour a day for page 15 for the next week, I will have squeezed in an extra page. 22 pages in 21 days!! The thought was appealing to say the least.
16 + hour workdays and only 4-5 hours of sleep a night makes one retarded and I simply forgot about page 15.
So here it is. halfway completed. I'll finish it today(unless I forget)
At the very least it gives me the opportunity to show some finished pencils before it gets all that gouache slapped over it.
I'll post the B&W painting and colourised version later today as it's finished, so if you're interested, check back periodically.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
They did it again! those mutha f@#ing Ink Panthers!
Ink Panthers is an hilarious podcast hosted by Alex Robinson & Mike Dawson, who are actually cartoonists by profession, though it is not a comic book podcast.
Occasionally, I get inspired to do sketches based on the imagery inspired by their podcast tomfoolery. It's actually becoming an unhealthy compulsion, because though I have an impending deadline in 2 days, I was still driven to take a 20 minute Ink Panther sketch break after hearing episode 44.
It's based on an old Beach Blanket Bingo poster. (Mike Dawson's favourite movie series)
Monday, May 3, 2010
Those who know me, probably know that I do some pro bono work for either charities or new creators who I think might be on to something. Many months ago I had done a pin-up of a character called Wolalina for a creator called Daniel Karhunen.
It was one of my favourite peices and the original still hangs on my studio bulletin board.
Also, here is a link to the Daniel's Wolalina site and an explanation from him about the project:
"My 2 Wolalina graphic novels have been split into 5 bi-monthly comics in color with 40 sequential/comic pages in each comic and Wolalina: The 52 Weeks Gallery is a 52 pages long pin-up gallery book to show where is Wolalina during each week in her busiest year that has 2 Eisner award winners, a Russ Manning award winner and tons of artists, who have drawn comic books like 52, 2000 A.D., Action Comics, Army of Darkness: Ashes 2 Ashes, Astro Boy Movie Prequel, Authority, Batgirl, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, Cable & Deadpool, Caliber, Captain Planet & the Planeteers, Castlevania: The Belmont Legacy, Crecy, Criminal, Darkness, Dark Tower: The Gunslinger, Deathlok: The Demolisher, Dynamo 5, Elmer, Emma Frost, Excalibur, Fables, Fallen Angel, Fantastic Four, Fathom, Fear Agent, Forgotten Realms, Galaxy Rangers, G.I. Joe, Gravel, Grimm Fairy Tales, Hack/Slash, Hellblazer, He-Man & the Masters of the Universe: Icons of Evil, Immortal Iron Fist, Incognito, Incredible Hulk, Jungle Girl, Justice League of America, Lady Death: Dark Horizons, Lockjaw & the Pet Avengers, The Losers, Marvel Adventures: the Avengers, Marvel Zombies, Micronauts, Nightwing, Noble Causes, Northlanders, Nova, Peter Parker: Spider-Man, Power Rangers, The Punisher MAX, The Real Ghostbusters, Red Sonja, Robotech, She-Hulk, Silver Surfer, Sleeper, Spawn, The Star Trek Manga, Star Wars, Street Fighter, Supergirl, Superman/Batman, Tales of T.M.N.T., Teen Titans, Texas Chainsaw: Massacre: The Grind, Thunderbolts, Thundercats, Tomb Raider, Transformers, Uncanny X-Men, Voltron: Defender of the Universe, War of Kings: Warriors, Wetworks, WildCats, Witchblade, Wonder Woman, X-Factor, X-Force, Y: The Last Man and many more. "