Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Soho mannequins

My new favorite day-off (or hour-off) activity: roaming the streets in Soho, sketching the mannequins in the shop windows.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Thursday, March 15, 2012

"The 99"

Last summer some old Marvel buddies asked me to pinch-hit on this superhero strip they produce for the Middle East market. Apart from wanting to help my friends out of a pinch, this represents my first panel-to-panel superhero comics in like fifteen years, so I was jumping up and down to do it. It's not exactly the most dramatic of stories--our heroes basically walk around for awhile and save some scientists from a volcano--but I tried to jazz it up as best I could.

Due to some kind of format issue, they ended up cutting the art apart and moving stuff around when they went to print, as you can see at bottom. But whatevs, it still reads pretty good.

Big thanks to Michael Kraiger and Marie Javins for giving me a chance to shake some of the dust off my limbs.

Here's the color version:

Monday, March 12, 2012

"Last Ringbearer" cover sketch

Messing around with a cover idea for Dr. Kirill Yeskov's unauthorized revisionist-Tolkien novel "The Last Ringbearer." I love the book and I want to help promote it. One of my favorite things about being an artist is that I sometimes get the opportunity to lend a hand to a brilliant under-appreciated talent.

Below is my original rough, and my daughter's take on it. How cute is that?

Jimmy Monday

Source: Jimmy Palmiotti's blog

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Jedi Duel

This is actually what got me started with the Star Wars stuff: Mark McKenna was invited to participate in an art show for the big official SW convention, and asked me to help him come up with something. Typically, I went way overboard on my pencil sketch and added rough inks and colors. The piece has been submitted for review, we'll see if they accept it. I'm grateful Mark asked me to do this, because I don't often get around to doing cool geek stuff like this anymore.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Death Angel

My main man Anthony turned up a copy of an old development sketch of a very minor Valiant character from back in the '90s. As is usual for me, I couldn't resist reworking it and trying to rectify the mistakes of the past. By "mistakes" I'm not referring to the insanely sexist costume--I'm still able to appreciate a woman in skintight leather with her ass hanging out--just the hopeless figure drawing.

Here's a page about "Death Angel" as she appeared in the comics. I remember a bunch of us throwing in ideas, but Sean Chen did the design. My original sketch is below:

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Another Undertaker t-shirt!


They changed the background. I like it though. Here's the original sketch: