Thursday, December 23, 2010

Superman: Blood of My Ancestors, page 24

I think this page is a good example of Gil Kane's talent for composition. If you've ever tried to coordinate the movement of dozens of characters in one drawing you'll probably appreciate what he did with the layout in that bottom panel.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hellboy cover: thumbnail sketch to inks

For me, the challenge on this cover was coming up with an interesting image that didn't spoil any of the surprises in the story. I'll try to post some images from the interior pages later.

Friday, December 17, 2010


The cat's out of the bag so I might as well link to the news story. It goes on sale in April. Script by Mike Mignola, pencils, inks, lettering and colors by yours truly. A terrific, weird, sad and funny 24 page Hellboy story plus this cover. Yippee!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Monsters in the Closet: page three

These pencils are incomplete. After inking the lettering, I inked the portions of the art that looked okay, then finished up the background, pencilling and inking in more or less one step. It would have been better to finish all the pencils at once but I often resort to this tentative, wishy washy approach to keep things moving and avoid getting hung up on the details that I'm not sure about.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Batman and Solomon Grundy: page 17

Bernie Wrightson pencils, my inks, Ron Marz script. Drawn in the late '90's and published earlier this year in Batman Hidden Treasures #1. Sincere thanks to Mark Chiarello for rescuing this story from the DC flat files.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Cow inks

The pencils for this panel can be seen back here...

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Batman Confidential #28, page one

This third issue in the "King Tut" series was a delight to work on. José did full, finished pencils and spotted the blacks. As you can see here, those strong shadows in the last two panels all came from José. I was just along for the ride.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Quesada Sleepwalker cover

Drawn in 1991, published in 1993, this was for the cover of Sleepwalker Holiday Special #1.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Authority: Lost Year #12, page 4

Pencils by Jerry Ordway. I think I was reasonably faithful to the pencils throughout the story but the editor warned me that the smoking female character in panel two is very young – maybe even a teenager? – so I tried to youthify her in a couple of places.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dr. Doom art for Marvel Card

Another piece for the old Upper Deck VS series. By the way, it's not my auction, but the sketch is being sold here on eBay.

Monday, November 29, 2010

"Despair" bust designs

Not the prettiest of the series, but she's charming in her own way...

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Wednesday Comics: Metal Men page 6 pencils and inks

Pencils by the incomparable José Luis Garcia-Lopez.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Superman Red Son commission

This was done several years ago for Dave Johnson, who drew the amazing Superman: Red Son series for DC.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Happy Birthday, William Henry Pratt!

It may not be a national holiday, but I'm celebrating!

Monday, November 22, 2010

My "Alan Weiss" panel

Slightly edited so that I don't reveal too much too soon...

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Monday, November 15, 2010

A pig

My secret trick for drawing shoes didn't help with this panel at all. More on this later... I promise.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A shoe

Remember my secret trick for drawing footwear? I used it on this panel:

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Legends of the DCU #10: Batgirl, pg 21

Another of the Terry Dodson layouts I finished for the two-part Batgirl series.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Atomic Age #3 cover inks

From 1991. Pencils by the very talented and criminally under-rated Mr. Mike Okamoto.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Old Punisher commission

I think this was drawn around 1987 or '88. 

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Legends of the DCU #11: Batgirl, pg 22

Terry Dodson did full pencils on some of the pages and layouts or breakdowns on the others. This is one of the layout pages.

Script by Kelley Puckett, edits by Scott Peterson, lettering by the late, great Bill Oakley.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Batman Confidential #26 cover

Pencils by the supremely talented José Luis Garcia-Lopez.

Thursday, November 4, 2010