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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
DINO DAY 24!
It's DINO DAY again!
They boys have been hanging out with me in the studio today. It's been all about movies, fun lunch, and drawing.
Today's piece was another quick continuous line drawing if a Parasaurolophus-- you know, the one with the weird cone head thing. It was done on a 7x7in piece of bristol board using the first thing I grabbed out of my pen holder...an orange Sharpie. I don't know how happy I am with this one. 7x7in is kind of a tight space and that stupid Sharpie wasn't doing me any favors at all with it's giant dull point. I probably should have tossed the marker and picked another pen, but I'm a bonehead like that.
As an extra treat today, we've got a special piece of art from Ethan. He drew this great Brachiosaurus piece in pen and crayon. I love the extra detail of the Pteranodons flying in the background. So much fun.
I don't want to get into it too much, but I've been thinking about a couple of fun things to do with all of this Dino Day stuff once it's done. It's going to end up being a heck of a collection of dinosaur goofiness.
Okay, that's it for now. See you again next week!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Early this morning I finished the last page of my BATWOMAN run. I'm not going to lie, I did so with a bit of a broken heart.
It was officially announced last night that after nearly a year on the book, I would be leaving BATWOMAN and moving to take over the art on CONSTANTINE with #18 in October.
I've said it a lot-- I love working on Batwoman. It's been easily one of the best experiences of my career. Working with Marc Andreyko on such a strong, iconic character was just a joy. I've been truly proud of the work we did together. It wasn't easy. Marc and I came onto the book after "the" run. We were following in the deepest of footsteps. It was daunting. After a few issues though, something changed-- fans began to really stand behind us and what we were doing with the book. We love Kate Kane and people got that. The support from fans-- from the community has been outstanding.
When I got the call offering CONSTANTINE I really didn't know how to feel-- what to do. I hung up the phone and kind of just sat there for a while.
I need to stress, I wasn't being tossed off the book. There was none of that. Things were shifting. Creative teams were moving around. They offered me something that I was a good fit on-- something they needed me on.
I always thought I'd end up at VERTIGO. I love superheroes. Love them. But if you asked 21 year old me what I wanted to draw, without hesitation I would have said HELLBLAZER. John Constantine is just the best kind of bastard. Somehow along the way, I never got the opportunity to work at VERTIGO (yet...). I got to work in the other dream office. I got to work with the Bat Family. Still, as much as I hated seeing HELLBLAZER end at VERTIGO, the moment they announced the CONSTANTINE book at DC, I found myself muttering "I kind of want to do that..." And yeah-- it's not HELLBLAZER. Sure. I get that. We don't see an article or review that doesn't use that as a quantifier. You know what though? It's good. Ray Fawkes is writing John Constantine as exactly the same bastard he's always been. Okay, so maybe he can't say "fuck"...but c'mon. Besides, it's kind of fun, for all intents and purposes, to basically still be doing a VERTIGO book with the added bonus of the DCU.
In the end, I couldn't say no. I took the gig.
So yeah...back to the broken heart. As much as I look forward to the next thing, I do hate to leave Batwoman. Gigs come and gigs go, but this one was special to me. Kate Kane-- Batwoman is a character to admire. She's amazing-- strong, charming, brilliant, loving, flawed. She's the kind of character this industry needs. She's important as a role model to female readers, to the LGBT community, to all of us. I'm proud to have worked on the book.
For me Batwoman is a love story. It is a story about Kate Kane and Maggie Sawyer. I got to tell that story and it means the world to me.
Thank you all for your support. Thanks for letting me grow as an artist on the book. Thank you for coming up at shows and talking to me-- letting me know that the work I did with the characters, relationships, and fashion shined through. Thanks for making it special.
I hope that you can follow me on to the next things. In spite of it all, I'm looking forward to Constantine. And there's even more coming after that. It's an exciting time to be working in comics.
I'm going to keep at it.
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
DINO DAY 23!
It's DINO DAY again! This week I'm back at the drawing table and done with convention travel for a bit. It's good to be home.
While I was at Florida Supercon in Miami last week, I had the chance to chat with my buddy Shawn Crystal about process. He's a fantastic artist and one of the best inkers working in comics-- one of those guys who knows his stuff. I've talked about it before, but I'm a little gun shy when it comes to using the brush. I'm comfortable with my crow quills and pens. Maybe too comfortable. I think I ink well. I'm pretty good at it. The things that I've been wanting though, is just a bit more life to things-- a little less controlled. At the show, Shawn let me mess around with his amazing Raphael 8404 #2 brush and I kind of fell in love with it. The line variation is just amazing-- ultra fine to nice expressive chunky strokes. I've never worked with a brush like this. Silly, I know. Unfortunately due to some silliness these brushes are kind of hard to find right now-- and when you do they're a little expensive. I managed to find one for $35.00 and was happy to pay it. I'm going to mess with it for a while here on Dino Day and see what I can do with it.
Today's piece features a Guanlong. We found it in one of Owen's dinosaur books and I thought it would be fun to draw. I did the piece using brush and ink on a piece of Bristol board that was a little too smooth for my tastes. I did it pretty quick and loose and had fun with it. Even got a little splatter happy there at the end.
Okay, after all of the travel, I need to get back to these Batwoman pages. It's emotional stuff and I need to get into the zone.
See you next week!
Thursday, July 3, 2014
DINO DAY 22!
Crap. It's DINO DAY again! This week I'm a day late. I'm in Miami for FLORIDA SUPERCON and being on the road yesterday wiped me out.
Today's piece was done on the show floor this morning and is based the Lego T-Rex-- probably the coolest combination of things ever. It was done on a 4x4in piece of bristol board in Copic Marker.
So yeah...sorry about the late. I'll do better next time.
Okay, I need to get back to signing and sketching. It's a great show so far.
See you next week!
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
DINO DAY 21!
It's DINO DAY again!
I'm just back from my two week long trip to New York for Special Edition NYC and then to Charlotte, NC for Heroes Con. I had a great time at both shows, but I've got to admit, I'm really glad to be home.
This week's Dino Day piece is another take on the Carnotaurus-- the derpiest predator. The sketch was done on a sheet of 6x6in bristol board using a Deleter Comic Pen nib pen and Yasutomo sumi ink.
Alright-- short and sweet today. Ethan and I are going to snag a bit of brunch before I get back to work.
See you next week!
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
DINO DAY 20!
It's DINO DAY again! This one was tricky. I've been out of town for the past week, in New York for the new Special Edition Con. Today, I left NYC for Charlotte, NC to attend one of my favorite shows, Heroes Con. Doing that meant that this piece was done on the road. You'll have to forgive the quick, rough nature of the piece and the poor picture quality. I usually have my studio, desk, and scanner for such things. This was completely on the fly. Still-- really adds to the fun, doesn't it.
Today's piece was based on one of Owen's plastic dinosaurs. It was done in about twenty minutes on a Strathmore Bristol vellum surface pad in brush pen and Copic Marker.
In spite of being quick and done on the run, it was another fun Dino Day, piece. I hope you dig it.
By the way, I'll put up a proper scan of this when I get back home in a few days.
Now I'm going to relax a bit in the hotel room and watch a little Orange is the New Black on the Ipad.
Until next week!
Monday, June 16, 2014
HEROES CON 2014! (AA 821-822)
I will be heading from the Big Apple directly to Charlotte for HeroesCon this week. The convention is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. For more information, check out their site http://www.heroesonline.com/heroescon/
I will have lots of goodies on the table--single issues of Batwoman, trades, t-shirts, and lots of Batwoman original art. Also, I'd be happy to sign any books for you that you already have, just stop by!
This is will be the first time I have Bad Karma Volume One at this show. Come by and check it out. We will also have some of those great Kraken tees as well as several Bad Karma prints.
I only have a few pre-order commission spaces left. These 9x12 full color bust of the character of your choice are $60. Above is a sample Batwoman commission I did this weekend at Special Edition NYC. If you would like to get on my list, email me ASAP at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Looking forward to seeing you all.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
DINO DAY 19!
It's DINO DAY AGAIN! Well...more Dino Night, really.
This has been one long hard week. On the good side of things, I finished up work on Batwoman #33 late this afternoon. On the better side of things, I'm heading out for New York on Friday for Special Edition. After so much work lately, I could use a nice break.
Today's Dino Day piece was done on a 10x10in sheet of rough(ish) bristol board, using Deleter 1.0 and 2.0mm pens. It was another quick piece, done in about 25 minutes. It was pretty much all scribble. I loved that.
Okay, I need to get going on thumbnailing this next issue of Batwoman. Busy bee, mee.
See you next week!
Wednesday, June 4, 2014
DINO DAY 18!
It's DINO DAY again!
Today's piece was a quick fun little watercolor based on a fossil study I did at the Natural History Museum in New York. The piece was done in about twenty minutes on a nice 7x7in sheet of Arches 140lb cold pressed watercolor paper, using Windsor Newton yellow ochre and burnt umber watercolors.
Alright, short and sweet today! Ethan's home for Summer vacation, so we're off to have some fun!
See you next week!
Friday, May 30, 2014
NYC–SPECIAL EDITION COMMISSION PRE-ORDER!
This June there is a new convention in New York City. I love NYCC in October, and this convention is put on by the same good people at Reed. It's slated to be art-centric with only the North Pavilion Artist Alley instead of the entire suite of rooms they have in the fall. Looking forward to the show and spending some time in the city! Here is a link for more info on the convention--
That being said, I’m opening up my commission list! The only way to get a commission piece from me is at a show. Unfortunately, it's gotten to where constant looming deadlines have made it impossible to take requests other than at conventions. Fortunately for you, convention season is here!
For my standard commissions, I'll be doing 9x12 bust shots of the character of your choice, in ink and Copic Marker on Strathmore drawing board or in your sketchbook of similar size for $60.
I'll also take THREE 9x12 full figure commissions of the character of your choice for $150. Full figures will ONLY be accepted as pre-orders. I won't be able to take full figure commissions at the show.
Since this is only a two day show, openings for commissions will be very limited. Decide what you would like to add to your collection--then email email@example.com with questions or to get on the list!
Here are some full figure commissions from previous shows.
A couple standard bust commissions--