Sunday 27 February 2011

Transmetropolitan Art Book - Colours

And this is how I coloured the piece.

Hope it's to your liking and all of you grab a copy of the book when it's available.


Saturday 26 February 2011

Transmetropolitan Art Book -- Inks

Ink on 2-ply Strathmore Plate Bristol.

I still don't do enough of the "traditional" colours under inks so I always end up trying to paint where most everything was already handled by the rendering.  Need more practice!

Also - -didn't like the signature on this one do I deleted it and redid it digitally.

Friday 25 February 2011

Transmetropolitan Art Book -- pencils

Just got the go ahead to post my contribution for the Transmetropolitan Art Book.

There was a moratorium on posting finished art prior to the fundraising ending, so I was good to post everything earlier.  No biggie.

I've decided to stretch it out a bit anyway.  Above are the pencils for the piece.  I reread all my Transmet issues prior to starting and the issue that really stuck with me was #9 with Spider (literally) stomping around a series of Reservations that not only preserve culture but history as well.  I scribbled off a list of different historical periods and places and decided on Classical Rome.  While digging up reference Frank Frazetta's great Seven Romans painting showed up and that was that.

I drew the pencils on 14x17" bond paper -- they're looser that my usual pencils as I'm trying to draw more while inking to make things more spontaneous and energetic.

Transmetropolitan Art Book Sneak Peek - Colours

It's all done -- nearly had to pull two all-nighters.

Soon as I get the word that it's okay I'll post the whole thing.

Thursday 24 February 2011

Transmetropolitan Art Book Sneak Peek - Inks

Just have colours to wrap later today and she's done!


Transmetropolitan Art Book Sneak Peek

Here's a peek at a small portion of the piece on my table I'm working on for the TRANSMETROPOLITAN art book.  Actually -- it's a pic from quite a bit earlier in the process from where I'm at now.

It's turned into a bit of a Frank Frazetta tribute as well as a bit of a tip on which was one of my favourite issues of the series.

It's all for a good cause(s) -- read more about it here.

Not sure when it would be best to show the whole finished piece, so i might string along a few more in progress shots well after it's all done.


Tuesday 22 February 2011


I'm certain everyone reading this blog knows there's a Thor movie coming.  Heck, the reason Upperdeck (the company I've done all those sketch cards for) is even doing a card set is merchandising for the film.  Thor will look like this in the movie:
Damn -- this boy's pretty!

I really doubt the Vikings saw Thor like that.  In the stories he was a furious brawler and drinker.  He championed the stuff that people in polite society would tut-tut over and decry as the habits of the lower classes.

I dunno that a real Viking would have been impressed if Thor showed up and looked like Chris Hemsworth.  In fact, I think he'd be downright disappointed.

To paraphrase Mickey from ROCKY, they'd want a guy who looks like he could eat lightning and crap thunder, drink a whole village under the table and lay the smack down on a swarm of frost giants.  All at the same time.

A little more like the warm-up drawing I did earlier -- but taller and smells more like goats.

Saturday 19 February 2011

Drawing The 12-point Ellipse

Below is one of the sets of handouts I gave my games students yesterday as a supplement to the perspective they learned in another class last semester.  Like the line-weight documents I shared last week, I'm presenting these without the attendant lecture and white board demonstration so it's best for people who already know enough about 1,2 and 3-perspective to draw a square on any plane.

I know several people who can easily freehand ellipses while sketching and that's often good enough, but this method has served me well when the ellipses have to be accurate or freehand drawing isn't working well.

Wednesday 16 February 2011

Warren Ellis is. . . .

. . .older today.

Celebratory speed painting to start my workday.
Photoshop/Painter around 1 hour.

Friday 11 February 2011

Simplified Line Weight for Drawing

I made the following handout for my 1st year students.  It supplements a lecture and white board demonstration of a few elements, but I thought there's enough info on its own to make it worth sharing as is.  In many ways it's LINE WEIGHT FOR DUMMIES as it doesn't come with the full theory and explanation behind it.  It's kind of a Mister Miyagi approach;  do this and eventually you'll know Karate.  Or something like that.

Thursday 10 February 2011

Cthulhu Commission

Private commission.

ink on 11x14" 2-ply Bristol

Not Thor, but still a god.

I was going to render this in Copics, but decided pen and ink were more appropriate to the subject.

 "Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh wgah'nagl fhtagn"

Wednesday 9 February 2011

Thor and Marvel Beginnings Artist Proofs

As with every other set, Upper Deck provides a number of limited Artist Proof sketch cards to those contributing to a new set.  I've got nine each from the Thor and Marvel Beginnings set; five portrait and four landscape format, each with a foil-stamped AP in the bottom right corner.

I'm offering these as commissions these full colour limited edition cards for 75.00 each with the Marvel Universe character of your choice.  These cards do have to be approved by Marvel; no smoking, drinking, gore, nudity, Nazis, zombie versions of the characters, or characters only licensed by Marvel.


99 Thor Heads 02

I drew all of these with a .7 HB mechanical pencil, inked with a .7 V7 Pilot pen and the grey was a C5 Copic Ciao marker.  Occasionally a broader tip black marker or a C3 Ciao Copic would get picked up and used.
With so little time to get these done I ended up with a real pressure to get at least 6 of these done every time I had a spare hour, which meant things like erasing had to go unless really needed. Or kneaded -- I used a kneaded eraser to lighten the pencil lines a few times as well.

Bad pun, there -- sorry.