September 24, 2013

Pre Con Post?

Hard at work trying to get as many prints done for the Edmonton Expo as I can. As such this is likely to be my last post until at least next week... But I've got a tone of art to share, so hopefully you won't mind too much :)

September 13, 2013

Pencils are Amazing!

I picked up a light table recently, and have found that it's really changed my workflow. Now, instead of scribbling down some rough marks, scanning them, and then trying to decipher (read redraw it basically from scratch) the scribble digitally I'm adding in a step or two with the light table to ensure that I can get some clean pencils before I move to inking or painting. This also means that I can doodle away on cheap copy paper, and if I come up with something cool I just transfer it over to a piece of bristol so that I can ink it and color it up with my copics without having to worry about the paper falling apart on me. All in all a super handy purchase. 

I'm finally working up a proper TMNT print, and these are some of the sketches I went through as I was working out the characters and poses. I'll post again later when this piece is further along.

Then there's Thor. This turned out a little too like an old sketch I did quite a while ago, so I'm currently debating the value in finishing it. Might go back in and make some changes to see if I can give it a different feel.

And the rest are for the super secret, super amazing project that Dan Markin and I are currently working on. Unfortunately it's taking a lot longer than originally expected to get it to a point where I'm comfortable making any kind of announcement, but I'm happy to share some development sketches.

September 11, 2013

Where Have You Been?

Man oh man has it ever been a long time!

Gonna dive in with some art updates, and then we'll see where we go from there.

Coulson and Fury were commissions that I picked up at the Calgary Expo. They were a ton of fun to do, and I'm really happy that someone wanted them enough to get me to do them. When I first developed my run of Avengers pics back in 2012 I had intended to create something like this as part of the set. Then time got away from me and I had to prioritize, it seemed like the capital "H" heroes should come first and once the con was over it didn't really seem worthwhile to spend the time. Soon after I moved into a more painterly style (the Black Background series) and have been pretty focused on pushing that forward as best I can. So I'd just like to take a moment to say thank you to Daz for commissioning me to complete the set. It was a bit of a struggle to return to the old ways, but I'm really happy to have them sitting in my portfolio along side the rest of the team.

I guess it's not surprising, but I get a fair amount of requests for Deadpool, so I thought I'd take a bit of time this month to see if I could work up a composition that was worth bringing to my table at Edmonton. I'm quite happy with the idea here (though there's still work to be done) and I'm hoping you guys will like it once I'm done with it. As for Black Cat, my 2011 print of her is still my best selling piece, so I thought I'd see if I can recapture that magic with something a little more challenging. It's in a really rough state right now, but again, pretty happy with the base. Then there's Nightcrawler. I have a folder full of ideas for Black Background paintings, and this has been sitting in there for close to a year now. I was really happy with the rough sketch, but when I tried to add some color it fell apart on me, so I left it alone for a few months. Now, I'm a little more experienced, and I think I understand where it was going wrong. I've still got some experimenting to go, but it's got a cool vibe, and doesn't look like every other BB that I've done (which is something that's becoming a problem... that skinny frame really restricts composition options).

Last, but not least, Wolverine. Or Weapon X as he is here. This is actually my most recent WIP, and the one I've put the most time into. I'm really pleased with the progress that I've made so far, and am looking forward to the reactions at Ed Expo. Gonna be a few more nights until it's done, but I've been making solid progress on it every day for a while now, and I have yet to hit a wall (knock on wood). Assuming I can keep that up I should have it wrapped by the end of the week.

Next up, sketches!