Sunday, April 27, 2014

Ninja Turtles Poster - Process

As promised, here's a post on the process for the Ninja Turtles poster I put together. Before I drew anything, I settled on which incarnations were my favorites. Seven groups of four turtles (+ Master Splinter, April and Casey) added up to close to 50 characters in one composition.

From there, I started organizing the figures, sketching them digitally:

Then I moved on to drawing more finished lines:

I added the basic colors:

And I added the final rendering:

And just for fun, here's an animated gif, showing the whole process (click for a larger view):

30th Anniversary of the Ninja Turtles!

Did you know the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles turn 30 this year? I guess that makes them the Middle-Aged Mutant Ninja Turtles, but that really doesn't have the same ring.

To celebrate, I created a giant poster featuring some of the best incarnations of the turtles yet, from the original black and white comic, to the the big-budget movie due out later this year. The process was a blast, and I'm really happy with the result. I'll talk about the process in another post, so for now, I hope you enjoy the final illustration (click for a better look):

And for those wondering, here's a key to the characters (click for a better look):

Friday, April 5, 2013

Concept Art - NVIDIA Annual Report Cover

For those who don't know (and why would you?) I have a staff job at NVIDIA. It's a great place to work: The creative team is talented, passionate and professional, and I get to try on a variety of creative roles. Recently, I developed some concepts for the cover of our annual report, which was released today. As if that wasn't enough, staff blogger Brian Caulfield (the nicest blogger alive), wrote an article about my work on the report cover ... which I am now blogging about. Meta.

Anyway, I thought I would share my concept sketches here. Happy Friday!

NVIDIA GRID, providing graphics horsepower to compact devices

In the future, all glass surfaces will be touchscreens. 
These glass screens are driven by the NVIDIA GRID

GPUs break down complex graphics into triangles.
I sort of did the reverse to create a mosaic version of NVIDIA's logo

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

MAD (Magazine) Batwoman Cover Colors

I don't know if you've heard, but the folks at MAD Magazine are celebrating MAD's 60th anniversary in 2013. Somebody owes Alfred E. Neuman a diamond. Anyway, as part of their celebration, the "usual gang of idiots" are having MAD artists illustrate variant covers for DC Comics. And that is where I come in! I regularly do coloring for MAD, and this time they tapped me to color artist Rick Tulka's lines for the variant cover of Batwoman. It'll be on the stands (if you can find it) in April.

Mr. Tulka's art is on the left, and my colored version is on the right:

and check out the final version (with the logo and everything) at NewNowNext:

Friday, March 1, 2013

There's a Storm A' Comin'

... and she is not pleased with Wolverine. I'm not sure exactly why they're fighting, but I thought the metal in Wolverine's skeleton would make him an ideal target for some lighting.

Anyway, there are 28 days in February, and I posted 28 drawings. Woohoo! I have vacation plans this weekend, but starting Monday, I'm going to shift my attention to my other resolution, to finish my pages by SDCC! I'll still try to post something regularly to the blog (once a week at least), so stay tuned!

Thursday, February 28, 2013

This Superman Doesn't Run on Gas (He's Electric)

In 1998, Superman briefly traded in his standard tights for an electricity-themed suit ... then he split into two electric Supermen. As I've discussed before, a costume redesign is a good way to drum up interest in a character and sell some comic books. But alas, this redesign (like so many) was never as popular as the original, and was retired shortly after being introduced. I still enjoy it as an oddity. Please note Clark Kent's plain undershirt (the electric suit formed around his body when he transformed from Clark to Superman):

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Death of a (Super) Salesman

In 1992 the "Death of Superman" storyline sold a LOT of comics. The media coverage snowballed and somehow it became major news. I remember Jay Leno wearing one of the black arm-bands that came with the "death" issue. Of course this was not the first time a superhero (or even Superman) had died, but this death was somehow different. It tapped into the public's interest in comics as an investment, and I think people were intrigued by the idea that the indestructible man was going to die. Unfortunately, there was such demand for the issue in which Superman died, that it's still not worth much more than the cover price, and Superman returned to the land of the living about a year later.

20 years later, some comic fans feel like it created a bubble of investors/collectors that hurt the industry when it burst, but I can't feel anything but love for it. Besides, that argument doesn't make much sense to me. Anything that brings attention to the comic medium seems like a good thing. The current state of sales declines is sad but inevitable. But fear not comic fans; comics will survive in some form for many, many years to come. Superman circa 1992 on the other hand: