Thursday, December 01, 2011

Palmiotti's Sexy Monday

I'm still sitting here filling up a sketch pad way into the night, so I wanted to throw up a bunch more crappy-ass phone pics. After my brief flurry of drawing wrestlers, I reverted to my default of just wall-to-wall naked women. And what better source for naked women than Jimmy Palmiotti's blog and his "Sexy Monday" feature, where once a week he curates the very finest of what the internet does best. Jimmy has a great, discerning, tasteful eye, so go check it out right away you pervert.

WWE: Daniel Bryan & others

My laptop is being repaired today, if you define "repairing" as "shoving a new hard drive into a borderline-unrecognizeable shell." The guy at TekServe all but begged me to not hire them to service the thing. But I digress.

I got nothing to do today but draw with pencil and paper, so I thought I'd just throw down, my first subject being a WWE magazine I took home from the office. FYI Daniel Bryan doesn't actually have a dragon growing out of his spine, that was sort of a flourish.

Thursday, November 17, 2011


Said by lead singer Oderus Urungus, from the stage at one of Gwar's first shows following the sudden death of guitarist Cory Smoot (Flattus Maximus). Oderus was also quoted as saying, "Fuck you death, you're a fucking asshole," but somehow that didn't have the poetic resonance I was looking for.

(Image source)

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Golfin' Beanbots

I hauled the "Beanbots" characters out of the mothballs for my older daughter's mini-golf birthday party invitation. I gotta start drawing that strip again!

In related news, I tabled at NYCC again this year, even though I didn't have anything to sell but the same old book, and had a really rockin' time. The table rates at that con are way too steep for me to really do anything other than lose my @$$, but gosh do I love watching people leaf through my book and laugh their butts off. Better yet I got to share space with the brilliant artist (and sparkling conversationalist) Jennifer Hayden, whose "Underwire" book has gotten nice writeups in the Onion AVClub, among others. Good times.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Laptop Girl

Inspired by a patron sitting at Berkli Parc Cafe one day last summer. (Yeah, I know, I can't imagine what it was about her that I found interesting either.) I made the interior design of the cafe into a design element. I've been on a mission lately to incorporate type into my drawings, but I couldn't figure out what to do with this one until I thought of mocking it up like a poster for the cafe. I created the title lettering freehand in Illustrator -- it seemed easier than trying to find a font that looked like what I had in mind.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Footloose (2011)

A silly idea inspired by a delightfully savage review of the "Footloose" remake on It occurred to me that this blistering sentence could be excerpted out of context to make the most misleading pull-quote in history. Once I thought of it, I couldn't resist the idea of making a fake poster out of it.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher!

A pinup I did awhile back for Bill Presing and Matt Peters' "Rex Steele: Nazi Smasher" graphic novel. I was thrilled to do it, as I admire their work and I'm hugely indebted to both those guys: they basically taught me animation character construction on the fly, when they were at Jumbo Pictures and someone who wasn't paying attention hired me to work on the "Disney's Doug" childrens' books. Thanks to them I went on to fuck up the character designs of many, many animated cartoon shows. Matt and Bill absolutely rule.

"Rex" is one of those strips that manages to be hilariously over-the-top while being played completely straight, and I tried to come up with a funny twist on the premise. The gag is that Rex's evil Nazi nemesis has secretly taken a Bettie Page-style stag reel of Rex's pure-hearted sidekick in the vile clutches of the femme fatale, and Rex is all too happy to kick back and watch it over beers. It probably makes no sense in the explanation, but the guys seemed to get a kick out of it.

Rex was eventually turned into an awesome short animated film by director Alex Woo:

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Lonely Girls

The results of an evening misspent sketching the bar crowds on 2nd Ave near the U.N. Lots of businessmen, lots of diplomat types, lots of women in heels they could barely walk in. Funniest moment was when a passing guy briefly took an interest in what I was doing, only to realize with some disappointment that my pencil sharpener wasn't drug paraphernalia.

Friday, September 09, 2011

jogger studies

I love doing studies from stock photography. I thought it might be fun in this instance to take some related images and mash them together into a montage to form a more completed illustration. (Photographer: Tim Tadder via Corbis)

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

WrestleMania posters

Some rejected poster concepts for WrestleMania 27, which took place in Atlanta earlier this year. Fans may notice that The Rock is nowhere to be seen, because these were done when his hosting was still a closely-guarded secret.

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Rebekah Brooks

This story is already old news, but I did a sketch of Rupert Murdoch's disgraced editor last month and only now had a minute to color it.

cat study

Sunday, September 04, 2011

Atoms, Motion & the Void: "The Radio Ghost"

The last in the current cycle of Sleeves CD illustrations.

Picasso and son

I just ran across this photo randomly and had to draw it. It strikes me as an amazing composition, almost like circles within circles. Every fiber of Picasso's body seems to be orbiting around his kid. All the lines in his face and those tendons on his neck are converging on that perfect, circular blob of baby boy. I may have failed to convey any of this in the drawing, because I was having too much fun covering every square inch with tiny lines.

Friday, August 26, 2011

character studies

Character studies I did from photographs, in preparation for today's ad job.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

"The Last Ringbearer"

I haven't done any Tolkien fan art in maybe 30 years. But I started reading an amazing unauthorized novel called "The Last Ringbearer", by a Russian paleantologist named Kirill Yeskov, and when I'm not doing real work I'm having a hell of a time putting it down.

By "unauthorized" I guess I mean fan fiction, but it's fan fiction in the same sense that Gregory Maguire is fan fiction--a beautiful exploration of a well-known fictional universe from a fresh angle, rife with grown-up considerations like economics, relationships, and the moral ambiguity of war. (The only real difference is that Maguire picks subjects that have passed into public domain.) No publisher has dared to try to publish Yeskov's novel in English, but a pdf of a full translation can be downloaded from the translator's blog here. If you're a fan I really recommend it.

Yeskov takes the tack that Tolkien's invented history reads an awful lot like a romanticized, sanitized account written by the victors, involving as it does a war of extermination against the Orcs. It's a surprising take on the material, but Yeskov pulls you right in. The action picks up shortly after the climactic battle in Return of the King, as two Orc soldiers, a scout sergeant and a wounded medic, pick their way home into Mordor as the allies are mopping up the last of the resistance. Yeskov actually makes no mention of the Orcs having their traditional monstrous appearance--he seems to be saying that they're more or less human-looking, the victims of a campaign of literal demonization. Nonetheless, I couldn't resist drawing the two lead characters as traditional Orcs, but perhaps with a more noble bearing.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Painter exercise

While I was in Seattle I crashed a painting class that my mom takes at night. I didn't have any paints, but I've been wanting to learn Corel Painter better so I just brought along my computer gear. I didn't do justice to the model at all, partly because I'm as nearsighted as a bug, but the instructor said nice things anyway.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Facebook Pose

This is Faith's favored position for relaxing and looking at the internet. She just stands at the bar looking at her laptop for hours on end. If she needs to get more comfortable she throws a foot up on a stool. This counts as a resting position for her. She is such a weirdo! Not that I'm complaining mind you.

Sketchiness in Seattle

Atoms, Motion & the Void: "The Book of Privy Council"

I can officially allow myself to post to the blog again, since I finally got the next Sleeves piece done, months late!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

MITB art

Original artwork for the "Money in the Bank" spot, much of which didn't make it into the final cut.

Kofi Kingston and John Morrison

Sheamus and Randy Orton

CM Punk

Rey Mysterio

Saturday, June 25, 2011

WWE: Money in the Bank

More WWE stuff: The commercial for their next Pay-Per-View, featuring some (very limited) animation.

Friday, June 24, 2011