Monday, June 28, 2010

Resurrection TPB Vol.2 Cover- Roughs and Finish(es)

Here are my roughs for the cover of the upcoming TPB, collecting the Church of the Cosmos storyline. So much of the series is about Spock and his secrets that I really wanted to keep the focus on him, and hint around at some of the other story elements that make this run unique. Right off the bat I hit on the image of Spock sort of hiding his face behind the COC imagery and really wanted to retain it- all of the rest were based around this idea.

All of the compositions are pretty similar, just rotating around which secondary scenes to use and looking at spacial relationships. However, after talking it over with the Res crew, we decided to go with 1B- there is a lot of mystery there and it makes for a great shot. I stayed pretty close to it, but added the descending ship and the space element in the background to make the overall shape more interesting.

All in all, I was pretty happy with how it came out in ink. After looking at it mocked up with the logo and dressing, we found that it could be potentially cluttered around the top and we agreed to adjust the space shape behind the heads and instead use some really cool cosmos coloring that Dan came up with. Again, Dan killed it on the colors and I think the final cover came out great! The final product hits shelves sometime around the end of August...

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Avengers Commission, Part 1

Here is a recent commission of some of the Avengers from different periods. I'm actually gearing up for a second one with a different group of Avengers, so it'll be a set by the time I'm done.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Here's to the Best of Us...

We lost my sister-in-law Lindsey Kessler on Friday morning after a 4 year battle with Brain Cancer. When my wife and I started dating 13 years ago, she was the one who was our constant co-pilot and had one of the warmest, most genuine personalities that you could ever meet. Over the course of her long struggle, she never complained or gave up, and to say that she has been an inspiration to everyone around her would not do her justice- most of us are in awe of her ability to accept and make the best of everything.

After an amazing turnaround last year (her battle had many ups and downs), we held a benefit for Lindz and I designed this logo for her and all of her supporters, of which there were many. It seemed appropriate to post it while I was thinking of her today. She will always be in our hearts, and I will miss her very much.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

New Green Lantern Commission

I just finished my first commission through The Interior Pages and thought I'd post it up for folks to check out. I was asked to do some busts of some of the classic Green Lanterns and wanted to find an interesting composition to present it. I sketched out a very basic version that I thought worked well but decided to change it up a bit at the last minute and try something different.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Original Art for Sale! Commissions!

Thanks to Jason at The Interior Pages, I'm going to be selling my original art on their site- there are a bunch of pages and covers from Resurrection posted up there now just waiting to be held in your hands!

Also, I'm going to start taking on commissions as of this week, so if there is something you've been wanting to see me draw, now is the time. It's a one stop shop over there so go check it out now...

Friday, June 4, 2010

Sketching Away- Wasteland

Here are some sketches I did recently while trying to warm up again to drawing on clayboard. It's a fun medium and offers a lot of versatility for textures. Too bad they don't sell an 11x17 size. Some of the scratchy texture got lost after I laid the wash on, but you know, live and learn I guess.

The characters are from Oni's long running, post apocalyptic comic Wasteland. I've been a big fan of the art for a while now but it wasn't until recently that I sat down and read the whole series up until the current issue- it's a great book! If you're not reading this one, you are definitely missing out.