Monday, July 17, 2017

Caddies & Dino cover Question?

Drew three different Cadillacs & Dinosaurs covers for a reprint my old friend Mark Shultz's excellent Xenozoic Tales comic. Few artists do justice to the Williamson/Frazetta tradition as well as Mark.

I'll throw up my other two Dino covers over the next few weeks.



Dug out a the colors i hand painted on what they called a "blue-line", meaning all the black art is in light blue so you know where to paint.

Kinda interesting to see the colored art minus the blacks.

And here's the printed comic cover.

So which do you like better?

The colored version,

. . . or black and white original art version at the top? 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Abstracts again?

Yeah, i need to balance out all those popular "animal on brown paper" posts . . .

with a few annoying abstracts ones, just to keep you on your toes.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Every notice this . . . ?

Seems i have a continuing habit of drawing weird creatures with hunched-over backs.

What's up with that?

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Two Fingers

As a little girl Nola remembers had dad having two missing fingers.

I added this from real life, as a kid my grand-dad had a couple fingers missing from an work related accident.  May sound weird, but since i grew up with it, i never gave it a second thought.

Funny the unusual things you associate with affection and nostalgia. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Prehistoric Gone

Came across this half-finished drawing on the back of some paper. 

Early doodles of Mr. Gone.

The blue pencil's a giveaway it was drawn well before i started drawing Maxx.  I notice he had a smaller beard,  ugly polk-a-dot shirt, several double chins.

No clue what the little electronic devise is on the ground was supposed to be.

Funny the old crap you find while digging through your studio.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Eleanor 5 Cover

Wanted to try something subtle for the last cover, so i drew a more detailed image of Eleanor, (with a little extra weight added, since she gains a few pounds in the book)

I decided to draw her from the back on a separate piece of bristol board, so i wouldn't cover the original abstract image. 

I could have cut her out by hand and pasted her in, but instead i added her digitally over the abstract painting that i drew so many years ago.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Z- Girl cover

IDW's reprinting the Four Woman & Zero-Girl trades, so thought I'd throw this Zero-Girl reprint cover, without the logo . .  and a new 'sidebar' image, just for fun.


Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Disturbing painting

I always found this one kinda unsettling,

which - given how weird my stuff usually is - says a lot.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Bribing Charon

It's usually those lucky dead folks who are granted passage to the underworld.

But it seems a few coins can usually change Charon's mind.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Bats for CBLDF Charity

. . unpublished Batman sketch for an IDW auction for the fine folks at comic book legal defense fund.

Funny books are a surprisingly small industry,

we need to take care of our own.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

a cat named Hercules

Some rough studies of the Farnese Hercules statue, which all kick ass.  Here's the original version i was inspired by.

Yet another version of Herc also appeared in the Inner Bimbo comic. Since there's several versions this famous statue, there's probably room for my own modest stab at it too.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Maybe it's just me . .

. . but isn't it all these R's . . .

that are actually the coolest thing about this panel?  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Something different

Paint doesn't accept leather very easily,  but it was interesting experiment to try. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Moms & Mars

There's a lot of comic book adaptations of Mars Attacks out there. 

But you know if Sam Kieth did it,

he'd find a way to sneak a few Mom's in there.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eleanor: Blue vs. White ?

Here's a variant Eleanor 1 Cover with Blue background

. . . vs. the original 1 background in White.

Any preference?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Way$hak collaboration

Just for fun, jon did the black and white, i added the strip of color down the middle.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Maxx: It's the little things.

You know what i'd forgotten i'd drawn here: 

check out those tiny little toes.

: )

Monday, June 19, 2017

Couple from Nola

The Nola project, style wise, is all over the place.  I wanted to stretch myself,  sometimes shifting from elaborate painted pages...

... to stripped-down pencil panels like this.

Not trying to be pretentious, just to push myself out of drawing the same old crap.  Even if it doesn't work creatively, i still think it's worth a try.  

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Maxx: Negitive Slug

Found a negative film strip of an old Yellow Slug Maxx page. It's weird though, because it's only of this one page, but i sometimes come across vintage production crap lying around the studio. Sorry if it's a little blurry.

Prehistoric artifacts - from about twenty years ago. 

Years before we artists started scanning our own work.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nola Issue Logos?

Here's something i don't think i've posted before. Like other comic artists i often draw mind maps in my sketchbook, to brainstorm ideas.

I also keep drawing "logos" for small thumb-nails for each page of an issue. (I skipped issues 10, 11 and 13, also almost ditched 5 & 6, but the story stops at issue 21.)

The logos have become more ornate over time - kinda stupid as it's doubtful anyone, other than me, will ever see it.

Until now. 

So here's a question: Should i work the Logos into the actual Nola story itself?

Or not?

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mixed media Maxx Cover 34

This Maxx background was made from pouring Acrylic paints on some post cards from the Comic Art Museum retrospective from a few years back.

You can actually see the cards sticking out from the cover's edges.

I figured since had a bunch of extra post cards lying around the studio, i may as well use 'em up.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hulk Panel

My old buddy Kelly Jones helped me ink this sucker. 

I remember Kelly helped with the brushwork on Hyde's coat.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

All this over a duck?

A duck?

That's what Joker asks, when Batman waits on a blackened night for a police van to pick up Joker. 

Most of my stories are about people who have some childhood incident that causes them to be somewhat developmentally stunted.

I was going to hand-paint some panels of the series, so here's a color image of grass -  a panel which i never used in the story.

Here's that: 

In Batman Secrets, i tried to talk about the after effects of grief,  without dwelling on Batman's parents being killed, which other writers had already handled much better than me. 

My editor said  you can't have Batman reveal his origin to the Joker.  True. So what i tried to explore, was another simpler trauma that happened a few months after the murder, young Bruce was involved in a friend's accidental shooting of a duck. Since Bruce couldn't even begin to deal with such a profound loss, this duck accident amplified an otherwise ordinary incident, thus Batman sublimated his previous grief into a more acceptable form. 

Batman does tells Joker a deeper, more personal truth than the details of his parents’ murder.

Batman just left out *who* the duck, reminded him of.

Thus batman had revealed his secret,  he just left out the worst memories: the robber's gun, his mother, the pearls, streetlight, blood, etc.