Thursday 29 December 2011

Burning Itch: Gutter Talk

A day delayed due to illness -- sorry!

The B&W page was done on time yesterday, but I didn't want to run another strip without colour due to deadline issues right after last week.

Doubly disappointed to be a day late with this one since I really wanted it to run on Stan Lee's actual birthday.

Hoping everyone has a Happy New Year!

I know I can't wait for this year to end!


Saturday 24 December 2011


Wrapping up (get it?) a few commissions while doing the usual seasonal chores.

The countdown toward the end of the year will probably just have one more Burning Itch, a charcoal drawing and perhaps another, more seasonal piece.

Happy Pagan Gift-Giving everyone!

Wednesday 21 December 2011

Burning Itch: Claus and Affect

Had no time for colour or to properly letter, but it's still Wednesday and it's up!

Half-assed and harried does seem appropriate for the time of the year!

Have a wonderful re-branded pagan holiday everyone!


Tuesday 20 December 2011

Original Bettie Page Art Auction

 I just saw one of the printed Bettie Page cards I did for this set:

And it turned out great!  The printing was sharp and true to the original and the lovely touch of the card logo just being spot varnish turned out brilliantly!  Very happy to be doing more cards for these fine people!

Now that the cards are out, I thought it was time to offer the original artwork for interested buyers, starting with this piece:

Full auction details are available here:

Note:  I had to re-list this item due to Ebay's nude imagery policy -- sorry for any confusion.

Thanks for taking the time to look!

Wednesday 7 December 2011

Burning Itch: Class Warfare

Was going to skip over the whole UC Davis pepper spray incident until I saw people spreading a longer version of the video in an attempt to excuse the sadistic behaviour of the police in the incident.

Just for comparison, if I warm someone a number of times before I hit them with a hammer, it doesn't make hitting them with a hammer okay.

Wednesday 30 November 2011

Burning Itch: Skyrimshot

Love everything about this game.

Drawing this makes me wonder why I'm not already drawing a fantasy series.

Monday 28 November 2011

Madelyne Pryor - The Goblin Queen

 I was about to draw Jean Grey as The Black Queen, then realised I hadn't seen anyone take a turn at Madelyne Pryor as the Goblin Queen in ages.  It's one of my favourite arcs if only for the art.

It's up over at ebay: here!


Thursday 24 November 2011

Spider-Woman Sketch Card

I really enjoyed the Bendis/Maleev Spider-Woman series and was a little sad to see it end.

Just put this card up for auction on ebay.


Burning Itch: Count, Down

No idea why I'm thinking about vampires this far past Halloween . . . .

Friday 18 November 2011

Dick Knight Fundraising

The auction has already ended - -thanks everyone who took a look!

I'm auctioning off the original art and an 11x17" print of the completed Burning Itch strip in hopes of raising money to give to the Occupy Toronto organization

The auction is here.

My response to Frank Miller's bizarre anti-protest rant seems quite popular, being featured on a number of comics news sites and is hosted here.

Considering the day-to-day nature of such a movement my alternative would be to give all monies to my local food bank (St. Paul's On the Hill -- I'm not a Christian, but I don't think the hungry would care) where it can do some immediate good considering we're getting right into the holiday season.

The original art is pen and ink on 11x17" 300 Smooth Strathmore Bristol.  I'll sign the piece per the winning bidder's preference.  Lettering and corrections were made digitally, so there is no white paint on the paper.

The print will be 5-colour on Ilford Galerie pearl finish 290 gsm photo paper (heavy weight lustrous higher-end paper).

If the bidding goes above 500.00 I'll add an 11x17" Batman drawing for the winning bidder.

The shipping fees will cover regular delivery anywhere in North America.  Buyer may choose other delivery options at their discretion.

Considering the nature of the piece and the intended use of the funds I think it's only proper to limit the bidding to North American buyers only.

Feel free to ask any questions about the piece.


~Richard Pace

Wednesday 16 November 2011

Burning Itch: Miller Time-Out

I'd prefer to remember Frank Miller as the sometimes brilliant, long-haired nerd glaring from his back-cover photo on The Dark Knight Returns trade rather than the fedora-wearing, incoherent lightweight hack he's become.

Thursday 10 November 2011

Burning Itch!

Yesterday I was really bothered by what I was coming up with for my Wednesday strip;  it just wasn't funny and I found myself doing something I didn't really want to do.  I had a great conversation with Ty Templeton and it put my head on right about this.

Starting next Wednesday, come hell or high water I'm putting up whatever the hell I want to about whatever the hell I want to go on about..

The Last Vampirella Art Return Card

I really didn't think I'd be selling the last of them a day after I started listing these art return cards, but I am.
This one is my favourite as I think it gets closest to Frazetta's model of Vampirella with her cute little belly!

The auction is here: ebay.


Wednesday 9 November 2011

Bettie and Vampirella Sketch Cards

The Vampirella auction I listed earlier went much quicker than I expected with Buy It Now, so I'm putting up another of the remaining two cards on ebay.

And I also put up another of the oversized 4.5"x 6.25"  Bettie cards to replace the one sold yesterday on ebay.

It looks like I'll be doing a fair bit of ebay-ing into the future, so I popped a link to my ebay ID page so anyone can easily see what I may be selling at any given point.

Vampirella Artist Returns!

So I did a number (four) of Vampirella Artist Return Cards a little while back, then completely forgot about them.  I found them while working on some new cards and decided to start sharing them here:

Here's the first of them:

I think I learned a great deal about making sketch cards and working with Copics while doing the Bettie Page cards and it's paying off here.

The above card has already been sold, but you can check out the auction for one of the remaining cards - -this one:

Over at ebay here.
In case you're interested, this is what the backs of the cards look like.

Thursday 3 November 2011

Panosian's Conan

The Urban Barbarian, Dan Panosian, let me take a stab at coloring one of the pages from his Conan stint!

You can see the original inks here.

Deathlok! Sketch Card Auction

Deathlok, Baby!  What's not to love.  At the time I drew this it looked like there was a bit of a revival of the character happening at Marvel.  Might be something still in the works.  I dunno . . . 

I still think Deathlok is cool, though!

I put this card up for auction yesterday. You can find the listing here: ebay

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Canadian Discontent

This week was a hard one.  The biggest news, as far as I was concerned, was the uncalled for lay-offs at Marvel, and I didn't see anything funny there.  I looked a little harder and decided the rumoured cancellation of ALPHA FLIGHT making yet another failed attempt of Marvel to relaunch the Canadian super-team with American writers had some mock to be made.

To view the image full-size, right-click and open the image in a new window.


Tuesday 1 November 2011

Bettie Page Artist Proof Auction

After the last 2.5x3.5  Bettie card went so quickly I felt I had no choice but to put up another tonight.  This is one of the huge 4.5x6.25 Artist Proof cards I was given by Versicolor.  I love how they printed my name on the back of the cards!

To view the auction, go here.  This time there will be an auction as bidding has already started.

Take care,


New Bettie Page Auction

The last and my favourite of the four 2.5x3.5"  Bettie Page Artist Return  cards I did is now up for auction over at eBay!

This is another auction that sold while I was typing up notices it was for sale.


International Self-Portrait Day 2011

About 6-7 hours, going from pencil sketch to digital finish.

Go see all the great work over at!

Monday 31 October 2011

How're tricks . . . .

So many reports of scary teenagers showing up for Halloween candy without wearing any costumes . . . .

(Was sick all day -- still sick, actually -- but I had to do something to commemorate the day -- about two hours in Photoshop).

Wednesday 26 October 2011

Burning Itch: Who Watches the Watchmen

I think it should be pretty clear how I reacted to the news that DC was, again, moving to do new Watchmen comics without the participation of Alan Moore by reading the above strip.

(It seems blogger recently changed the code so images open in some sort of size-restricted window.  The work-around I use is to right click on the thumbnail and open in a new tab.  Some browsers still reduce the image to fit the screen, but I know Chrome allows me to click on the image and view it full size and scroll around to read it all)

Thursday 20 October 2011

Conan Commission

Conan Commission in warm and cool Copic greys.

10x15" on 11x17" 300 series Strathmore Bristol.

Wednesday 19 October 2011

Burning Itch: Tangled Spider-Man

Decided to leave DC alone for a week and took a recently overheard conversation at a comic shop about recent developments in the Ultimate Spider-Man book as inspiration.

Wednesday 12 October 2011

Burning Itch: So, How Did the New 52 Affect You?

We're a little over a month in and I thought we could reflect a little on what's transpired.

And yes, there's an homage to the Miller/Lee All Star Batman and Robin in there.

Sunday 9 October 2011

Sometimes Things Aren't Meant to Be

 C├ęst la vie.

This is a project I think the universe didn't want coming out right now -- it was suspended once already this past summer, but it was put down for good two days ago.  Luckily I was wasn't too deep into it before this happened.

Friday 7 October 2011

Thursday 6 October 2011

Jenny Greenteeth

Stole some time to contribute the the weekly Remake/Remodel over at Whitechapel.

So, my most recent pieces both have green monster-women in them.  It must be October and the countdown to Halloween!

Saturday 1 October 2011

Monday 26 September 2011

Introduction to Proportion and the Mannikin

This blog entry is for my students since I'm home, sick today, but I think there should be some drive by merit  for the regulars.  

Today's class was going to cover two things in some depth: proportion and the Loomis Mannikin.

The Loomis Mannikin as well as a wealth of other drawing information can be found in the recently reprinted Figure Drawing for All it's Worth:
 Being Canadian I would prefer to just list the Chapters.Indigo link, but they're sold out. has it in stock here.  For the longest time you either had to pay a small fortune for one of the long out of print editions or download one of the pirate PDFs online.  I'm really happy Titan has brought this and other Loomis books back into print.
One of the class handouts will be a copy of the page below showing the male and female skeleton with a head-height ruler.

Another handout is from another favourite book of mine, Jack Hamm's Drawing the Head and Figure.  It's readily available at most bookstores and online at both and  

This one really gets the whole relationship between the head as a unit of measurement for drawing the figure.  I should see about getting shares in the sales of this book as I go for the hard-sell every time I teach anything from this book as it has a wealth of well presented good information in a small and affordable package. 
 After a discussion and some examples of how the artist can use head measurements to improve their drawings we'd move on to the next part of the class where I'd introduce the student's to using Loomis' mannikin.  Below is another excerpt from the book, but not the first page of the handout I'm giving out for this.
And I'd demonstrate how this works as a good developmental too for constructing the figure as well as show a few other approaches to the mannikin tying in some material I've picked up from Buscema, Reilly and Bridgman.

The homework for the week would build on the previous week's line of action exercises, but involve the students constructing mannikins based on photos.

I'm crawling back to bed to hopefully recover quickly enough to teach tomorrow!


Saturday 24 September 2011

Burning Itch: The Bat and the Cat

After wrapping the day drawing comics I felt I had to get this out of my head.

The new DC actually managed to hook me with a few books (which is a few books more than I was reading before this), but their mistakes have been many and the aggressive mishandling of most of their slate of female characters right from the start on the heels of the controversy over having so few female creators involved in the reboot merely reinforces the issue.


Thursday 22 September 2011

Bettie Page Artist Proof 1

One of the perks of this new Bettie Page card set is the sketch card artists getting both regular sized sketch cards (2.5x3.5") as art returns to sell but some over-sized artist proof cards (4.5x6.25").

Above is the first of the four artist proofs I did.  I spent far more time on these than I anticipated and was a little exhausted after finishing the lot.

One of the four is already on hold, but the one above and the next two I'll be sharing (Friday and Monday) are still available for $200 each.

Friday 16 September 2011

Bettie Page Trading Card

A follow-up to yesterday's posting of the black and white and coloured cards for the Bettie Page set from Versicolor.  I chose to do the second piece in grey tones prior to colouring in Photoshop.

Thursday 15 September 2011

Bettie Page 1

 I did two non-sketch cards in the Bettie Page set from Versicolor.   The first I drew in pen and ink and colored in Photoshop using the usual comics coloring approach.

The original is on 11x14" Bristol board. I'll be putting it up for sale over at comicartfans .

Versicolor was happy enough with my previous work to ask me to do more cards for them.  More Bettie makes me happy, hope it does the same for you!

Wednesday 14 September 2011

Hulk Sketch

Found a scan of a Hulk sketch I did at the recent Fanexpo over at!