Here’s an ooooooooollllldddd illustration I did. It’s acrylic and some airbrush (mostly the sky). So, this is an illustration for the concept of “Hunter” and “Prey”. Not for a specific title or story. Just the concept. This took a ton of hours (which was tough considering I was in Art School and working part-time at the time).
Perhaps the biggest compliment I received from this piece came from the frontman of the band GWAR. Me and some of my friends decided to rent a table at a comic book show in NYC ( it was a smaller one in an old church). Well, the band GWAR happened to be there promoting there comic book stuff. My friends and I were trying to get our work out there and looking for gigs, but mostly ended up talking to each other rather than prospective clients. At least until the giant, perverse puppet-like creature, Oderus Urungus walked up to our table. He looked over our table and all the works, paused, pointed to the little fuzzy guy in the foreground of this illustration and proclaimed a sexual interest in it. He moved on and me and my friends looked at each other in disbelief and laughed.
One of my proudest moments, to say the least.
Here are a couple of pieces I did for a pitch to a Health & Beauty client. The big piece is called a “technical”. Used to show stylists a new…style. It includes a bunch of pencil sketches I did (from photo reference). Also included are a couple of flare pieces. They are sketches that I brought into PhotoShop to add some color and “attitude”. This stuff is not really my forte, but it’s always fun trying out some new stuff and stretching those unused fashion muscles.
Sometimes I do some concept sketches for companies that get used and made into the actual thing (like the toy packaging for Spider-man 3 for Hasbro)…don’t blame me for the movie stuff though.
Anyway, sometimes I do sketches and they don’t get used. The nerve right? I still get paid, which is nice, but I thought instead of this going to waste I could share some of those things here.
These concepts were for a Arts & Crafts company (which will rename nameless) that was considering doing some kid’s science kits for making soda. Sounds like fun. These sketches were fun, but alas this project died before it had a chance to give any overzealous kid a bellyache.
So, from time to time people contact me through this site to do some work. Well, here is a cover and a how-to-panel-by-panel thing I did for one such project. The panel-by-panel shows the pencil stage, ink stage, and the color stage. Basic stuff. And the cover? Well, it’s a cover. Everything was done in blue pencil first, then inked by brush (mostly) and colors were done in Photoshop. Oh, and text was done in Illustrator.
Here is one of those blank comic book covers, that you are suppose to wait in line for 3 hours to get your favorite artist to draw something really cool on (Wonder Woman tying up Black Canary….you know you were thinking about it).
Well, in this case my brother said, “Hey, why don’t you draw something on here for me?”. To which I replied, “Alright. Hulk, Cap and Iron Man good for you? Good!”
I did a few thumb nail sketches first to try and figure out a cool, action-pose-filled layout and then I sketched (with the non-repo blue pencil) it out on the cover. The surface is pretty good for drawing (makes sense right? But apparently it took the industry a few tries to get that right). I then inked it with tech pens (.02 and .05… I think). And then…Violin! a custom comic book cover.
Commissions are available upon request. Unless you’re my brother… you already got one, so move on!
My portfolio section is now back up and updated.
I’ll be adding more pieces to the blog soon… I promise.
You can now purchase the children’s book I did illustration work for.
Here’s a sketch of the Marvel comics character Ghost Rider.
It’s done in black ball point pen with some spatters from a tooth brush… and a little bit of black sharpie for the solid black area. You might notice a few “breaks” in the artwork. That’s because I made some adjustments to the artwork after I scanned it in. I am currently working on this piece in Photoshop and digitally painting it. Should be fun!
When it’s all done, I’ll tell you what it’s for… but not until then.