Tuesday, September 22

Nightcrawler and Storm

 Two more X-Men people.

And this one turned out right nice.

Saturday, September 19


 The unofficial week of X-Men artwork continues.

rogue of the X-men

Thursday, September 17

The Rasputin Mutants

Drawing me some X-men for a week or so, and here's the first two.



Saturday, September 12

Fanfic of Thrones

My son and I and I cosplayed as Littlefinger and Tommen at Dragoncon, and he will not abide by their deaths (He knows very little details of the series, just basic plot points as filtered by Mom and Dad. Honest. He’s ten.). He's writing a Game of Thrones fanfic to bring them back, enlisting You Know Who. He asked for a cover. I can do that.

I thought I finished the pencils, but he asked for a dragon. Right at the last second too. I made a new bottom edge on the pencils, measured the amount I “cut away.” and added that same amount of new board at the top. I could then add his dragon and keep my original art dimensions.

 I started off with some Alan Davis cover style sketches. He does great "standing people" compositions.




Thursday, September 10

Doctor Strange

I wasn't a big fan of the character until recent runs by some big-time creators. Jason Aaron, Donny Cates, Mark Waid, Kev Walker, Chris Bachalo -- these are names that lure you in. 

 They did some big fun work with small tweaks. Magic has a cost, but Strange figured out how to cheat that. Strange has to make a deal with the devil to save a life, but he regains his fine motor skills. A ghost dog. Librarian interns. An assistant who can only ask one hero-related question a day. Fun comics stuff. 

So I drew the dude. Still getting the hang of markers.

Thursday, September 3

A Plateau

 I started writing the OUTSKIRTS graphic novel almost as soon as I wrote a certain panel in the anthology series. That was 2018. It was a vague suggestion that I thought would only be caught by a subgroup of a subgroup of readers. But I thought it had potential as a larger story.

So I started the GN. The thumbnails began in November, and the page pencils began Dec. 24. In late August I finished the first round of pencils and inks.

That's roughly two inches of art boards, and I know there will be more.

I'll scan and letter atop them and see how the story works. Writing is rewriting. I have the advantage of lettering my own script so I can revise on the fly.

Here's the GN's first panel:

And here's the last:

A lot happens in between. Almost a whole century.

As a bonus, here's my Eddie Campbell From Hell homage panel.