Wednesday, October 3

Inktober 2018

Gonna try to make it the whole month with these sketches, and then hopefully selling them at November's ACE.

Also, I will be at November's ACE. The plan is to cosplay as J Jonah and bedevil all the Spideys. Venoms will get a raucous "attaboy."

One of my ACE offerings will be a new OUTSKIRTS issue featuring a story with the first posted image below.

Monday, June 11

Heading to HeroesCon 2018

Come find me on the other side of the floor this year.

I have copies of the first issue of OUTSKIRTS and trades for HEROES OF SINCLAIR and eMMA.I'm on the main aisle of traffic and on a corner to boot; I'm enthusiastic for this new location and hope to see you there. I wanna see your cosplay!

Wednesday, May 2

Outskirts on Comixology

My new anthology title makes its digital debut today via Comixology.

It includes Arthurian western, noir comedy,  silent horror based on Radiohead, and questionable parenting.

This is my first work outside of superheroes, and it's surprisingly invigorating. Playing with different genres is more fun than I expected. I think that's helped by being familiar with the various rules of those genres and then slapping them aside. I'm working on the next issue now.

Tuesday, April 10

Flash Commission

That's two CW series commissions in a row, and this one was a group shot of the current Flashes. Here's how I put it together.

Because we have four figures in a letter-sized space, I had to make sure they were large enough to be recognizable without too many body parts bleeding off the page.

I eventually traded Jay Garrick's visible foot for Kid Flash's disappearing hand. I also changed the position of movie Flash's hands.

I didn't fill in the heavy black areas until after the colors. Even with a day's worth of drying, alcohol markers can pick up and smear that ink. Also a layer of color atop blacks can dilute the intensity, making them gray. I needed them to pop with this much red on multiple costumes. I needed them to be distinct fields. Ultimately, I cheated on that by adding a thick white border around Barry Allen Flash after setting down the colors and inks.

I used a correction ink pen for that border and Movie Flash's costume wires.

I don't use markers a lot, but this one came out OK. I shaded the red areas by first coloring with gray markers. I only had so many different shades of red to use. The Jay Garrick Flash's shaded reds turned purple (!) so I went over his costume again with another red marker. His deep-red belt is actually a shade of brown.

You can order your own commission here (shipping included in each size/color price).

4 characters max.

Tuesday, April 3

Sara Lance/White Canary Commission

Gotta commission placed online right after the SC Comicon. Luckily I knew the character, and the patron provided reference material, which is always appreciated.

I worked up the poses in sketches before working full-size. I gave myself extra time to ink and told the patron upfront it would take slightly longer to get it, but the polish would hopefully make it worthwhile. Also it was Easter weekend, and things could quickly get hectic.

And if you get a chance to see the big CW Crisis crossover, which features Sara Lance and everybody else, you gotta.

You can also order your commission (shipping included!):

4 characters max.

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Monday, March 26

SC Comicon: I Am Old

That was a busy two days.

I keep notes of every con appearance-- the sales, the costumes, my schedule. As I look back at my 2017 notes for this show, the Saturdays are comparable in sales, but this year's Sunday felt more like a Saturday. I drew the whole dang day. I drew almost all of both days. I drew in my hotel room.

Ive had busy cons before. This is the rare two-day show in my rotation. Most start on Fridays. But I tell you on Monday that I am shot. Maybe I need to get in better shape. I have a few months before HeroesCon. I should run more. Let's try that before my ancient limbs pop off and flee to the hills.

The show is so much bigger its 2014 debut. It's a testament to the organizers and the attendees. I sold a Wonder Woman print to a woman with Wonder Woman clothing, attending her first show. "These are your people, I told her." Her husband turned to her and said, "that's what I told you!" She was delighted with it all. It's a party, y'all. They're all parties.

Here's some stuff I drew and some folks I saw.

Thursday, March 22

SC Comicon and My New Stuff

At the end of last year's convention season, I hunkered down to have new stuff for this season. My version of artist hibernation. It resulted in OUTSKIRTS, a multi-genre anthology that debuts this weekend at SC Comicon. It has Arthurian western, comic noir, and a silent horror story based on Radiohead's "You And Whose Army?" This is my effort to level up across the board with my comic skills.

I also have eMMA: CHAMPION, a trade of my origin story for the robot cage fighter trying to be a superhero. But she's programmed to want that championship belt, and that leads her astray sometimes.

AND I have two new prints, Squirrel Girl and Harry Potter!

It's always a good show, so come on by and see me at table 628.

Tuesday, March 20

New Squirrel Girl Print

I needed to make new prints for last year's convention season, and because I love me the Squirrel Girl ...

And it's OK. For my work anyway. But I realized Doreen's book is a group title, and I wanted her gang in there. The Legion of Squirrel. The Squirrel World Order.

So I started sketching.

Then I moved to 10 x 15 space before realizing I wanted to draw on the reverse, giving me the full 11 x 17 area. It's a good thing I'm pretty.

And then I lightboxed it and inked it.

And slapped on the colors with my barely competent flair.

And this print debuts at this weekend's SC Comicon show. Come by and see me!

And yes Loki is looking at Nancy. Wouldn't you?

Can't make it to the show? You can buy an 11x17 print for $20 (includes shipping!)

Want it signed?