Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Here's a portrait of Walter Payton I just completed. It came out much better than I expected, Lately, every time I try and bang out a quickie it ends up evolving into a much more detailed and carefully rendered drawing that required a heck of a lot more time to complete. I'm almost sad I can't try and sell it to some rabid Chicago Bears fan.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Zombie Michael Jackson from Thriller

Too late for halloween, but totally by coincidence this will be posted just in time for the verdict in the Murray trial to be announced.

I started sketching out the underdrawing and since I'd been drawing some quicker portraits in pencil lately wanted to keep it brief and get right to the painting. Then after an hour or two I realized that I'd gotten fairly involved in doing detail and shading and abandoned that plan. So I actually did a tight detailed black and white graphite drawing on watercolor paper and was resolved to trying to lay washes of color over a tight pencil drawing kind of the way I've seen ALAN LEE illustrate.

Again, since this wasn't the original plan and this paper had texture to it, it was a struggle to draw on it and get even tones. Then I didn't know if running a brush over the pencils would smudge the drawing and I also wasn't sure how the paint would lie on the paper if I sealed the drawing down with some kind of spray so I just went for it and after a few light washes of some color decided to stop. It has the feel of a colorized Ted Turner movie or a color tinted black and white photo, but that's OK. It doesn't bother me or feel wrong.

Here's a poor scan of the original pencil drawing before I applied any color.

As you can see the dark graphite areas are highly reflective and distracting when looking at it (AFTER putting down some watercolors). I also was a little worried about the graphite smudging and instead of spraying it, I took some acrylic gloss medium varnish that I had laying around and gave the entire thing a coat. Now the whole thing is slick, shiny and most importantly better protected. It also scans much better for whatever reason.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

More quick portrait sketches

I decided to bang out sketches of these 2 naked ladies today before starting some new paintings.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kicking off the rust, warming-up while sketching naked girls

To no one's surprise the blog post with the most hits is the one with the naked girl paintings in it. I understand internet people, I understand completely. Anyway, the next few posts will be more of the same.

This one was done shortly after the above image was completed and this time I used a ruler to draw the border for the image.

Also, here's another older piece that I had still laying around. I had fun playing with the design of this one where its like she's being zipped out of the page.

Friday, September 16, 2011

"Sailor Moon Day" event poster

Here's the finished image for an event poster/print for Sailor Moon Day at Florida Super Comics that I'll be signing and numbering. I had something more ambitious in mind but time restraints and frustration with the illustration board's unforeseen negative response to the watercolors forced me to simplify things. The finished print is on a 13 X 19 inch glossy page and they will be limited to 50.

And due to several requests, here is the image without the poster text:

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Avengers blank variant cover with a Scarlett Johansson pencil portrait drawing

Its a little bit of a stretch when I don't even bother to change her hair to darker tones to call it a Black Widow piece, but I'm doing just that. I spent a hell of a lot of time getting the skin as smooth as possible without having to smudge/blend. I like to think I have enough control over my drawing to not have to rely on shortcuts and gimmicks.

2 self-criticisms:
  1. I decided after spending countless hours on the face that I was just going to rough in the hair just enough for it to be acceptable. Yes, I was mentally done and just phoned-in the hair.
  2. The shadow under her eye looks a little bit more like a bruise than a shadow. But I'm thinking somewhere along the way she probably asked for it.

Additionally, all of the Avengers blank covers have a subtle outline of an "A" in a light grey tone that is large as life on the front. It was a challenge to try and disguise it with the drawing, but if you look closely at the enlargement you can see it in a few spots.

I'm gonna take a break from these covers to work on an event poster design. Hopefully I'll have the time to get it done in time (crossing fingers and toes).

Click on the image for an enlargement.


Tuesday, August 30, 2011

another Punisher #1 variant cover pencil drawing

I had something else going on in this one that didn't work out so well so I just buried it under the black background. The scan doesn't work nearly so well as seeing it in-person because of all the reflectivity from the heavy black pencil background.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Punisher #1 variant cover detailed pencil drawing of Jigsaw from the Punisher War Zone movie

I decided to spend a few hours a night for a few nights doing a more detailed image. This one seemed like it would keep my interest. I will probably now go on to drawing some hot chicks for my next few images. Click on the image for an enlargement.


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Chris Evans as Captain America...more blank comic cover art

Here's another blank sketch cover done on one of the new Captain America #1 issues that recently came out. I think it pretty much looks like him, which was the goal, so a big "hooray" for that!

I tested watercolor on these, and it seems like a bad idea. So maybe I'll play with some ink drawings and washes on the next few and possibly working my way up to maybe an attempt at an acrylic painting on one, or maybe not. Anywho, remember to click on the image for an enlargement.


Monday, July 18, 2011

Natalie Portman as Jane Foster

I know its been a really long time, but I am finally posting a new entry. This is a Mighty Thor #1 variant sketch cover edition comic book on which I then drew a portrait of Natalie Portman...see, because she was in the Thor movie...get it? got it? good. Click on the image for an enlargement.