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.
This is a Red Sonja commission I did. It was my first sketch card and it was fun. The images above are the sketch and then the final inked version. The sketch is the standard non-repro blue pencil and the finished inks were done with brush for the most part. The chain mail and a few other details were done with a tech pen.
The subject matter is a little grim, but hey… she’s a barbarian!
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