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).


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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.



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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!)


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Wednesday, March 14

My First Harry Potter Print

Zapow, the pop culture art gallery in Asheville, is holding a Wizarding World theme show on March 24, and I worked up some art for it.

The Deputy and I are reading Order of the Phoenix, and I wanted to make a piece with Harry and Sirius. I hate Black's departure from the series, and this is my way of immortalizing him while he's still alive and defiant, blasting Death Eaters alongside his godson.

We have Harry Potter costumes for conventions, and we dusted them off for the reference photo.


Problem is, my guy can't quite match the way Harry looks in that book. He's too young, too small. But I got him in the photo for some father-son fun time, and then worked up the sketch with the appropriate Harry.



I drew the background item -- The Veil -- on a separate board. I then scanned in both pieces and smooshed them together with the proper angles. I also added the translucent mist within the archway.



Then I printed the final image and lightboxed it to a third board. Then I inked over that.


Then I scanned the inks and colored them. I removed the hatch lines from the mist and used brushes and blurring to build them in Photoshop.


I'll have prints of this for the March 24-25 SC Comicon and right here!

Harry and Sirius
11 x 17 print for $20, including shipping.

Tuesday, March 6

SC Comicon Commissions





If you're coming to the SC Comicon (March 24 and 25), you can pre-order black-and-white or color commissions with the below PayPal button. Please note the character limits on each price. I'll have the pieces ready for pick up Saturday morning. Let's make some cool art!


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