Friday, April 30, 2010

Strikeforce Morituri #21 cover inks over Mignola

The pencils for this piece were lost, even before I was asked to ink it, so Marvel had me work over an 11x17" copy.  I really like the way Mike drew the dead guy in the lower left corner.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Jack B. Quick "A Brief Geography of Time", page 3

After I lettered this page and pencilled the first panel I made a small copy of the board and started working out the rest of the layouts.  I don't know what happened with Mary Lincoln's "sob"... looks like someone in production removed it, leaving an odd, empty balloon.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

BPRD: The Warning #3 cover inks over Mignola

I sure do like inking Mike Mignola's pencils. This series was published in 2008.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Jack B. Quick "The Unbearableness of Being Light", page 5

Not much "drawing" on this page, but working out the best way to show the big block of darkness was a challenge. Since so much of the page would be large areas of solid black, I did a marker rough after I pencilled in the lettering.

Monday, April 26, 2010

New Mutants #51 page 15

Another page from the controversial 1987 fill-in issue. Looks like I changed the lighting when I inked the last panel.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Batman card art

Another piece from the Upper Deck series. They asked for a "1970's" Batman so I tried to draw the costume details a little like the Neal Adams and Irv Novick versions.

Star Sapphire card sketch

I posted the pencils and finished art for this last summer but only recently found this preliminary sketch. You can see the later stages here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Superman 613 cover

I started out thinking that this one would be fun:  The idea was to show Funky Flashman hawking a bunch of Superman merchandise. Funky first appeared in Jack Kirby's Mister Miracle series and was allegedly inspired by Stan Lee. I sent in this rough sketch and had the following conversation with the editor: "We'd like Funky to look less like Stan."  "But isn't he SUPPOSED to look like Stan!?" "Yeah, but we LIKE Stan now so we don't want to make him mad." So I dug out my copy of Mister Miracle #6 and did my best to draw Funky as Kirby drew him, sans sunglasses, with the 1970's hairpiece and beard.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Museum of Oddities, page three

Rough layouts, pencils, inks and colors. You gotta love a guy who packs a roast chicken in his lunch bag.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

WildC.A.T.S. 26, page 1 with Travis Charest

For some reason, they asked me to ink one page of this comic.  Travis pencils so tight that an inker really isn't needed.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Outsiders Annual: Page one

The first scan isn't a prelim or a layout, it's my first version of the pencils, before I went in and made a few small changes like George's hair and eye color.  It's also worth noting that this was drawn before I stumbled on my secret trick for drawing footwear.  Nice lettering by the amazing Todd Klein.  This was published back in 1986.

Superman 623 cover sketch

As you can see, the ocean liner was changed into Santa's sleigh. The background colors were also changed a bit. The final version was also made into a T-shirt.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Superman & Bizarro painting

Years ago, I inked a Bernie Wrightson Batman vs. Solomon Grundy 22-page story for DC. Bernie had already done a cover painting and there was some talk of doing another story to go with it and publishing them as a flip book, You know, the kind with two stories and two covers, both starting at opposite ends so that depending on which side of the book you begin with, you're reading a different story. Then when you finish the first story, you flip it over and start reading the other story from the opposite end. I always wondered if retailers liked them because they could display two copies -- side-by-side -- one with the A-side showing and one with the B-side. If a customer grabbed them quickly enough, he might think that he was getting two different comics instead of two copies of the same book. Anyway, Bernie didn't have time to do the second 22-page story but I was up for it. Various ideas were tossed around... maybe Superman and Bizarro? Hmmmm... that seemed to have some nice symmetry...
I got inspired and did this pen and ink piece, totally on spec, thinking the drawing would be fun to do, even if it was rejected by DC. Later, a DC editor said we absolutely could not use Bizarro in our story so it all just died right there. But I liked the drawing anyway. Nick Morgan, the fellow who bought it from me, suggested that I do a painted version, which I was finally able to pull together a couple of years ago.  I like the piece in black and white, but this it really seemed to benefit from color so I'm grateful to Nick for giving me the chance to do it up right. The painting is acrylic on gessoed masonite, roughly 13" x 17".

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Saturday, April 17, 2010

X-Men: First Class Giant-Size Special #1

Page 22, finishes over Jeff Parker's layouts.  From 2008.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Fantastic Four cards

I think these were drawn for Upper Deck.