Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Marvel Cinematic Universe Has Coffee

I wrote a whole post about how I wasn't super happy with the way this turned out, but why would you want to read that?! Instead, judge for yourself. Are you charmed? Confused? Or just indifferent? Let me know ...

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Poster

(click for a closer look)

I created the poster above for a promotion Lucasfilm and HP are running called Art Awakens. The artwork they select will be shown at Gallery 1988 in LA and then auctioned off, with proceeds going to UNICEF Kid Power.

I won't know if my piece really captures the spirit of the movie until "The Force Awakens" comes out in December, but I did a lot of research on the new characters to make my piece as authentic as possible. From the costumes to the hairstyles to the spaceships, I tried to get the details right. I did a matte painting-esque mountain range in the background that I hope harkens back to the original movies. And I even threw in a lens flare for J.J. Abrams (and because it looks cool).

You can see my piece on the Art Awakens website here (it takes a minute to load). Or you can just click on the image above for a good look.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

UDON's Fighting Tribute Artwork

I don't know if you guys know about UDON, but they publish (among other things) "Tribute" art books for videogame franchises. They've done books for Street Fighter, World of Warcraft, Megaman and many others. Earlier this year, they announced they needed art for a "Capcom Fighting Tribute" book (devoted to most of Capcom's fighting franchises). I wanted to do something that incorporated as many of the games as possible, so I crammed all the female characters into one crazy-busy drawing. I’m not super familiar with all of these ladies, but it was fun giving them all little “moments” and personalities.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Transformers Devastator Painting

Hasbro recently released a new toy interpretation of Devastator - a "combiner" Transformer made up of six robots, each of which turns into a construction vehicle. The toy is great, and I love the official box art, but I wanted to take my own stab at it. I wanted mine to evoke the murals on back of the boxes from the 80s, and I wanted to give the impression that this is a moment from a larger story. Here, we see Devastator smashing his way through a power plant with Megatron directing his mayhem. Autobots are crushed underfoot and Decepticon planes rain laser fire from above. Fun times.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Joker - 75th Anniversary

I've done a few of these "anniversary" pieces, and they're always a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. I wanted the current version of the Joker from the comics to be dominant, because I wanted to honor where the character is and not just where he's been. Hopefully after he creeps you out, you notice the Jokers on the playing cards. Cesar Romero (and moustache), Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, two animated Jokers, his first appearance from the comics, and several other incarnations are all represented. This piece was a little rushed, but I'm pretty happy with it.

Monday, July 20, 2015

New Comic Book Pencils

Hey all! Long time no see. Today I thought I'd post some recent comic book pencils I did for fun. I used an old Avengers test script I found, and although I didn't quite get it to the level of finish I would like, I still think it has some good storytelling and energy. Let me know what you think.

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):