Sunday 29 April 2007

It isn't Easy Being Green Lama

Well, decided to end April on a lighter note. Here's the second version of The Green Lama for Warren Ellis' remake/remodel thread; Kermit dressed as the Dalai Lama.

Saturday 28 April 2007

The Green Lama

Another pulp character remodel suggested by Warren Ellis at his The Engine. The Green Lama was an American who gained mystic powers after spending ten years in Tibet. He also drinks a potion of radioactive salts to give him lightning powers. I thought a cancer-ridden, 110 year old mystic would be the logical result of that.
Didn't have time to do anything with this until today (I think he started this one on Monday), but I was sick as a dog today and started playing with this instead of doing more serious work. This is still essentially a sketch since there's piles of errors and sloppy work, so I think it's fair game for the sketch-blog. That's the Emaciated Bhudda in the background - -thought it was an appropriate element for my take on this character.
Still sick, so I'm off to bed!

Thursday 19 April 2007

Thursday Nude

I belong to a yahoogroup, pinup_heaven, and every Thursday is Sketch day. I get to see quite a lot of really nice art.
The above is what I did for today's sketch day.


Did the above as a sample for Boom Studio's upcoming Warhammer comics series. I decided not to do any more on this for various situational reasons, but thought it'd be nice to share it. This was pencilled for reproduction, so it's way, way darker than I'd draw for an inker. This isn't even actually finished, since this would be a licensed project and revisions could be expected I didn't do some of the finishing elements like rain falling in the foreground and splashing off the armour. For that I would have gotten busy with my electric eraser much in the same way I would have used white paint over a traditionally inked comics page.

Tuesday 17 April 2007

Miss Masque

Latest redesign prompt from The Engine ( for the full info).

I essentially ended up with Catwoman Red here. The original character had a weird sideways MM motif on her costume, so i decided to pop them on her sleeves and on the (unseen) fasteners along the front of her. . .um, pants?. Nice side benefit: when she gives somebody the finger her sleeve Ms become Ws -- latex fetish Wonder Woman!


Monday 16 April 2007


Another thing from my sketchbook:

Graphite (fancy artist-speak fer pencil) and black watercolour pencil crayon. I guess it could be labelled a Fafhrd drawing, but I wasn't really thinking of any specific character when doing this.
I had a meeting with the lovely and talented Goran Delic ( ) last week about some Max the Mutt business and we touched on using watercolour pencil crayons during a digression. I hadn't used them in years, even though I actually have a few sets laying around the studio. Started drawing this on Saturday in the book, realised I wanted to play with the black pencil crayon I packed up with my sketching gear. After scribbling a bit more I realised I didn't pack a brush.
So I swooshed the colour around with a napkin dipped in water. Was fun, but I dunno if I can recommend the technique!
Red Sonja auction update:
I got a few off-ebay questions, but the offers made that way had to be declined -- sorry! There's just over a day left before it's over! Remember, you're not just getting a nice drawing out of this, but you're helping to alleviate my overwhelming desire to own every art tool I see!

Sunday 15 April 2007

Sketch Dump 1

Been doing a pile of drawing that's client-based, so the more time-consuming sketches I've done previously haven't coming out of my hands as much as before, but I have been hitting my sketchbook as hard. If you evet meet one of my students, you can ask them how important I think keeping a sketchbook is.
Here's a few things I decided to scan from the book:

This was actually a quick sketch during my Beginning Life Drawing class at Max the Mutt. The students were about to spend two hours over two classes doing one study, so we'd need more than just the student's work to make sure that the model could take the same pose, so I did a few really quick doodles of her, focusing on her placement on the stage.
Of course, I've also spent some time on my recent Red Sonja addiction:
I did the above while thinking about what I'd want to do with a more finished piece of RS art -- I ended up with the Red Sonja/Lizardmen drawing posted a little while back.

This are little more than warm-up doodles - -I do things like this every day before starting work -- more often than not they are on scrap paper from around my drawing table and end up in the recycle bin. My sketch book was at hand that morning, so I actually have a few to share.

Hulk -- it's fun to draw the big guys. I should probably do a Pitt again -- THAT was a fun character to draw.
I got the new collection of Chaykin and Mignola's adaptations of Lieber's Fafhrd and Grey Mouser stories from Dark Horse -- I really loved those comics when they came out so I'm really happy to have them in a new book. The only original artwork by someone else hanging in my studio is a Mignola page from the first issue of that series.
Random creepy sorcerer.
Drew this from a newspaper photo of a mine rescuer in Russia, the look on the man's worn face was just something I had to try to capture -- the doodle below was a quick sketch at turning the head in space from the photo.
Hope you all liked the peek into the broader range of what I do in my sketchbook.

Thursday 12 April 2007


This week, Warren called for a new model Sherlock Holmes.
I ended up with a near-future version: here he's either directly stimulating his brain's pleasure centers or some VR-supported detective work. I decided Watson would be a biomechanical construct within Holmes to maintain his health and sanity -- kinda like a real imaginary friend.

Tuesday 10 April 2007

Scanning for Red!

I saw a new scanner the other day -- a nice 11x17" Mustek.

I've always wanted an 11x17" scanner, since using my 8.5x11" scanner is a pain to use when trying to input oversized art to my computer. Comics pages are 11x17", so you can see the immediate gratification to be had by swapping for one of this bigger puppies.

I almost made it an impulse buy; it's reasonably priced and the place is more than willing to ship to Canada, but, I really don't need an 11x17" scanner at this particular moment.

That doesn't stop me from still wanting it now!

So, instead of trying to justify the expense I thought I'd try to do something directly related to paying for this new scanner. I thought about just doing an open call for commissions, but there are some characters I'd rather not draw or are actually too much effort to add on top of my current workload. SO I decided to do this:

This is a sketch of another Red Sonja piece I was planning to do reasonably soon. I've decided to do an auction for the finished version of this drawing. It'll be completed on 11x17" 2-ply bristol board (see , I tied that plus-size scanner measurement into this!)

Here's the Ebay listing:

(Auction is over, so I deleted the link)

More details on payment and shipping and scheduling can be found at that link. If this works out, I'll make this weekly thing -- so feel free to make suggestions for other sketch-to-final art auctions.
And - -just for the heck of it, here's a quick funky colour version of the sketch:

The Sonora Kid

Damon Sasser asked me to do a Sonora Kid sketch for an upcoming issue of one of his REH fanzines (look at
Now, I read one of the REH collections that had Sonora Kid stories in it years ago, but wasn't able to find it, so Damon kindly passed along the tale Knife, Bullet and Noose. It's a typical Howard yarn; smart, tough guy in the wrong sort of situation -- a real good read, but it didn't really give me a hook into the character. So I ended up doing a bunch of other things to get inspired: watched Once Upon a Time in the West again, flipped through my Frank Schoonover and Time/Life Old West books.
At the end, I realised that I had to play towards what I didn't feel with the character. Hence the heavy shadows, vague features and fluttering duster.
Hope y'all like it despite my limitations. . . .

Thursday 5 April 2007

Black and White and Red

More Red Sonja.
What's not to love about a bikini made out of quarters? I wanted to do something more elaborate with Sonja since my last coloured sketch of her, so this is a tighter drawing on 11x17" plate bristol (DC Comics paper), done as if it were a cover by leaving room for logo, trade dress and credits. I've been doing non-comics stuff for so long it felt great doing something along these lines again. I'll prolly colour it when I get a spare few hours.
Next up will probably be another Howard character I've been fiddling with for a little while.

Tuesday 3 April 2007


I know it doesn't look like it, but I've been drawing like mad, but none of it either allowable to show yet or blog-worthy (that's a concept, isn't it?).
Did get inspired to divert my attentions to something else by a thread on redoing (as opposed to re-imagining, I guess) other characters. Warren Ellis started this at his forum, The Engine .
This is my attempt -- thought her armour and weapons would essentially be the same thing -- all blades - -and they would erupt to varying sizes as needed. I started sketching in wings, but decided that it was starting to become too much like work.