Thursday, September 5, 2019

New Batman "Rooftop Scene" Color Artwork! Step-by-Step!

Yet another fun fan commission, this one a variation of the old "Batman on a rooftop with gargoyle" scene! Click below to enlarge each of my step-by-step proceedings in creating this fun finished piece!

Below two images: After receiving the assignment, if was time to rough out a sketch. I wanted drama and movement!




Below three images: Once I settled on a rough sketch, it was time to firm up the elements for the final artwork!






Below two images: After transferring the finalized pencil art to colored paper, I put down the stark black areas, then full white areas, to give myself a full value range to work within...





Below: The final color artwork! I also used colored pencils, acrylic, and watercolor, in addition to ink.





Thursday, August 22, 2019

New Batman Color Art! Step-By-Step!

I had a ton of fun creating this color piece of Batman! Click images below to enlarge the step-by-step processes!

Below two images: Starting with rough pencil sketches!





Below two images: Once the finished pencils were transferred to colored paper, the coloring process begins! I try to first apply full whites and blacks, in order to achieve full value contrast in between!





Below: The finished art! Colored pencils, ink, marker, and 
acrylic touches brought this to dramatic life!




Monday, August 6, 2018

TAO BOY AND ENGINE! The Cover Roughs!

The most fun I've had in comics! Drawing three issues of TAO BOY AND ENGINE (written by the talented Bret Bernal) was a real blast, as the fantasy tale involved wonderful characters, imaginative settings, and crazy creatures! It also pushed my artistic boundaries, as any challenging assignment should! Here are a bunch of my sketches done in preparation for creating the captivating covers for the three-issue epic! Click below to enlarge!

Below: The finished cover to TAO BOY #2! 



Below: Rough thumbnail sketched ideas
for the cover, all spotlighting the 
imprisoned Tao Boy, and his
dismantled robot partner.



Below: Zeroing in on the final cover idea,
in this rough ink sketch!



Below: More detailed pencils, as I 
get closer to the final, finished cover!



Below: A separate drawing, uncluttered
by other details, in order to fully develop the
figure!



Below: The finished cover to TAO BOY #3!




Below: Cover sketch ideas for #3, all emphasizing
the final struggle between the lead character and his 
power-hungry evil foe!






Want to read the three-issue TAO BOY comic? Just click here or here!


Friday, August 3, 2018

Power Rangers! 1994 Golden Books Pencil Roughs!

Here are my "splash page" pencils for the front of the famed 1994 Power Rangers workbook, "Morph into Reading!" I pencilled and inked the educational insides of this, and a "Morph into Math workbook, both published by the gargantuan Golden Books folks! Tons of fun! Click below to enlarge images!




Below: The captivating cover for these fun (and ubiquitous) workbooks!



See more of my Power Rangers work here!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

2017 Library Card! Let's "Build a Better World!"

Once again, I've been tasked with creating another fun-filled library card for the fine folks at the Union County Library (see past cards here)! This time, the simple theme given me was "build a better world," and, with that, off I went! Click each image below to enlarge!

Below five images: I submitted these pencilled rough designs, all hinged on the "build a better world" motif! The trick, as always, was to get the scene to be clear and powerful enough to "broadcast" from a tiny library card!








Below: The "puzzle-piece world" idea won out! Here are the final pencils, worked up from the rough sketch!




Below: The final inked drawing....




Below: The final colors, with text and graphic elements added!




Below: The artwork used for the actual library card and key-fob!




Below: It's me, a proud papa, posing with the newly-minted cards!





Monday, September 11, 2017

"Movie Catwoman" Comic Art Commission! Halle Berry!

Sure, lots of folks dislike the 2004 CATWOMAN film, starring the slinky Halle Berry as the famed Batman foe. But, ya gotta admit, the movie sure had striking visuals, including the design of the lead cavortin' character herself! Looks like more than a few fans love the look of this leggy lawbreaker! One commissioned the very artwork you see here! Click below to enlarge images!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

2016 Superhero Library Card! Exercise Your Mind!

Back again with yet another superhero-themed library card (see past card designs here)! The same North Carolina library system tasked me with creating this year's captivating card, and here it is! Click below to see its creation, in a sensational step-by-step process!

Below three images: Some rough ideas I submitted, retaining 
the idea of superhero action, mixed with reading and learning!






Below two images: The above "running profile" pencil 
sketch was chosen, and I began work fleshing out the 
two main superhero stars! It was decided to make the 
female fighter the main star, so, into the spotlight she goes!





Below: Characters are put in place, but the pencil 
sketch still needs some fine-tuning!




Below: The final pencil sketch!




Below: The final inked piece, ready for colors!




Below: The fully-rendered card, complete with 
colors and text in place!




Below: The finished lending card (with key-chain fob-tag)! 
I'll see ya at the library!