Thursday, 31 March 2011

99 Thor Heads Thorsday Threesome - Three Times the Head

Some might say calling this blog entry "Thorsday Threesome - Three Times the Head" sexually suggestive and inappropriate and I would respond "Uh-huh."

Monday, 28 March 2011

Massive Marvel Beginnings Monday!- Mephisto & FIN FANG FOOM!

It's another Massive Marvel Beginnings Monday, which means I'm posting one of the complete sketch card puzzle sets I did for the upcoming set from fine folks at Upper Deck.

First up, though, I wanted to wrap up a sort-of puzzle with Marvel's most famous home-wrecker, Mephisto:

I say sort-of puzzle because this, like many of the cards I did for this set, were done in batches and I started to treat all the cards taped together as if they were one complete surface allowing elements from one image to bleed over into the others adjacent.

So you can get individual cards of Mephisto, Dracula, The Red Skull and Doctor Doom or assemble all of the and get one picture like this:

I really indulged myself with this next puzzle;  there's 16 cards in it and they're all dedicated to my favourite Kirby Monster, FIN FANG FOOM!

 It was a great deal more work than I thought it would be, but when the idea came to me I didn't have much of a choice but to do it because I don't think it had been done before.

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings -- Dracula

Yup -- Dracula was a character in the Marvel Universe.

Or is.  He might be dead again -- well, more dead than usual -- but no one really dies forever in corporate comics.

Saturday, 26 March 2011

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Thor looking a little pensive.

What, thunder gods can't be pensive occasionally?

Yeah.  You're right.  He's faking being pensive to attract that hot sensitive-looking girl at the end of the bar.

If it works it's HAMMER-TIME!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings - Doctor Doom

Tried to get the eyes to look as if they're illuminated by red lights inside the mask -- oh, well. . . .

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

WizardWorld Toronto Sketches

Some people are great at taking photos of their con sketches;  I'm not one of them.  I usually end up never seeing the sketches again, however, at times, I get scans sent to me or end up finishing the work outside of the con hours and can get a scan made before I give it to the fan (like the Green Lantern/Sinestro sketch I posted over the weekend).

I met Marc Wolfe at the Toronto Fan Expo last year. He's a helluva great guy and a damn fine artist -- as you can see here. He started a sketchbook for his very young son, Ronin, and I got to be among the first to contribute to it!

Did this one in the studio Sunday morning before heading in for the final day.  I think I hit all the usual Conan expectations with this one.


Marvel Beginnings - The Red Skull

Doing this card for the Marvel Beginnings set helped me decide to make another go at drawing the same character 99 times for the upcoming Captain America set.

Yup -- I'm drawing the Red Skull 99 times.  Thankfully my Copic markers are refillable and I have a nice supply of red.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Massive Marvel Beginnings: Ghost Rider 8-card puzzle

One of the perks of the Wizard show this past weekend was sitting next to Andy Belanger and both of us going on about how much we both love this Marvel character, so it was a no-brainer to decide this was the puzzle set from the upcoming Marvel Beginnings card set to share today.

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings - Wolverine Rahr!


Green Lantern and Sinestro Sketch

Sketch from Wizard World Toronto Saturday.
Penciled it at the show and finished it at home -- so much calmer in the studio even though I'm really enjoying being at the show sitting with the likes of Dale Keown, Agnes Grabowska and Andy Belanger.

Copics on 11x14" Bristol


Saturday, 19 March 2011

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It's Saturday and I'm getting ready to head out to the second day of Wizard World Toronto, but I'd never forget to drop another sketch card on the blog!

Friday, 18 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings - Wolverine, Again

Almost forgot to post a Marvel Beginnings sketch card today!

He's either angry or Beast farted.

You decide!

Tired and a little under the weather, but heading in to WWT in a few minutes.

Devil Reef, Innsmouth

I've finished the first piece of promotional artwork for my adaptation of H. P. Lovecraft's The Shadow Over Innsmouth.

I'll have prints of this available at Wizard World Toronto this weekend.


Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings - Yet Another Wolverine

I treated the surface of a few cards with various concoctions of matte or gloss acrylic mediums and transparent gesso.  This is one of them.

I eventually got the colour to stay put, but it floated above the surface a little too much for my liking, which left me with a choice to either have the colour want to jump off the card surface or just not sink in in various spots making the colour look overly textured..  The sheer amount of time required meant that prepping each card like this wouldn't work.

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

New Blog Header

Finally got around to finishing up a new header for the blog.  This is only the third one since I started it a few years back and, considering the idea was to do a new header every month or so, I'm only around 33 headers behind schedule.

I've actually got an idea file for headers, just not enough time to execute them.  The above is based on a crocodile, but as I didn't bother digging up any reference and made some odd choices here and there, I think it would be unfair to crocodiles to consider this monster among them.

Wish I was able to finish it a few weeks earlier as I've a mind to use this as the basis for a business card (which I never seem to get round to printing).

This weekend I'll be a guest at Wizard World Toronto along with fine folks like Dale Keown, Ty Templeton, Keiren Smith, Sam Agro, Ken Lashley and host of other awesome people.

I've been asked to bring along prints of the recent Transmetropolitan piece I did (which I will) and maybe a few other things.

Hope to see you there!


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There's an old story about Picasso that starts with him sitting in a Paris café when an admirer approached and asked if he would do a quick sketch on a paper napkin. Picasso agreed, quickly sketched on the napkin, and, as he handed back the napkin, he asked for 1000.00.

The admirer was shocked: “How can you ask for so much? It took you a minute to draw this!” 

“No”, Picasso said, “It took me 40 years to be able to draw that”.


Monday, 14 March 2011

Massive Marvel Beginnings: X-Women 8-card puzzle

Rogue, Storm, Kitty, and Emma.

I did a large number of puzzle-sets for Upper Deck's Marvel Beginnings and I was torn between putting them up a piece a day or all at once.  Since I'm rotating in Thor sketch cards as well, some of these puzzle sets could end up being strung out for weeks, so I decided I'd pop up a complete puzzle set every Monday until I run out.

I'm  saving the big 16-card puzzle for the last Monday I'll do this.


Sunday, 13 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings - Another Wolverine

Another card where I just applied Copics to the untouched surface.  I found it strange that some of the colours actually shifted after being applied in addition to being resisted in spots.

Friday, 11 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings - RED HULK

Red Hulk!
 Copics with no card surface tinkering.  Had to lay in some pencil crayon to layer in additional reds with more markers.

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings - Wolverine

This was a card on the stock using Copics and the rest in the same way I use on regular Strathmore stock.  The larger image you see when you click through shows the areas of color resistance creating a mottled appearance. It gets worse the more you layer colors and in darker areas.  I ended up experimenting with a variety of methods to get the best colour I could (short of switching to opaque media like gouache, acrylics or oils and spending hours on each card -- not feasible).

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Hey -- got a fair bit of media for my Marvel Beginnings sketch cards at Bleeding Cool after The Sketchcard Saloon shared all of my scans from the Scoundrel Sketch Card forum.

Feels pretty good to get any attention -- maybe I can get some of my Artist Proofs commissioned now?

Tomorrow's Thorsday!


Monday, 7 March 2011

Marvel Beginnings - HULK

All done my sketch cards for the upcoming Marvel Beginnings set from Upper Deck.  I ended up doing most of these in batches of 8 cards and some of them are puzzles like the 9-card set above.

I'm gonna start alternating the Thor cards with the Marvel Beginnings cards, though I like the idea of keeping Thursdays as 2-card Thorsdays until I run out and plan to post the few puzzles like the one above all at once instead of dropping pieces here one at a time.  I did a number of cards for the MB set that will look fine going up one at a time (I think).

I had to rush a few, but they're all in colour!

Now to do all my Captain America cards. . . .


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I'm certain this isn't a surprise to anyone by now.

It's Thor.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

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Have to wonder how well Thor can hear with his ears under all that hair and the wings on the sides of his helmet.

Although, being the god of thunder you'd have to think he actually needs that sort of sound protection to do his job and I don't think the frost giants would take him as seriously in those ear mufflers the runway workers at airports wear.

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Sometimes, as I pull sequential late nights while working under deadlines you can lose a day.  I looked up and saw it was suddenly the second day of March and I hadn't posted my Thor head.

With so many to go through I really can't be skipping days.  So, better late than never; the 25th Thor sketch card.