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! 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hey Hey! It's a Monkees Custom Guitar Neck Plate!

One of the oddest uses of my art has to be this one!

Super Monkees fan (as am I) Scott Murray was commissioned to create another one of his amazing custom Monkees-themed electric guitars, and approached me to ask if he could re-purpose my own Monkees artwork for a nifty neck plate for this new awesome ax!

Click below to view this amazing one-of-a-kind guitar, one I'm proud to be a part of!

Below: My original 1995 artwork!

Below two images: Scott's design for the guitar's rear neck 
plate, using the above artwork, re-formatted into the 
limited plate area!

Below four images: The printed and etched plates are ready 
to be attached to the guitar!

Below: The new custom guitar (bottom) seen with Scott's 
earlier color custom Monkees guitar (top)!

Below: The attached neck plate! This brass plate helps 
attach the neck to the body of the guitar!

Below: Even cool custom picks are created!

Below: New proud owner (Jodi Ritzen) poses next to the 
talented Scott Murray (holding his original custom ax)! 
Scott has also made other themed custom guitars such as 
a "Steve Jobs Apple guitar," and a George Harrison "Magical 
Mystery Tour" guitar! See them (and so much more) here
or at Scott's new site, over here!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Batwoman! A Limited-Color Illustration! Step-By-Step!

Here's a fun illustration I took on recently! Even tho I don't read the new BATWOMAN comics (or any current comics, really), I love the look and costume design of this bold DC Comics crime-fighter! I'm also a sucker for red-and-black used together in any way (on costumes, clothing, vehicles, design), so I just had to see if I could come up with a unique look for this unique character…Click each image below to enlarge! 

Below: This photo really caught my eye! That black 
and red (with no competition from any other 
colors) is just wonderful! This is cosplayer 
Cami Roebuck as Batwoman!

Below: My original quick pencil sketch, trying to 
capture the exactly pose and composition I 
envisioned for this illustration...

Below: A more refined pencil sketch, working with 
symmetry and very graphic design elements...

Below: The final inked artwork!

Below: Adding a bit of texture and atmosphere to the illustration...

Below, Working with the image in black and white, to 
gauge value and contrast, before adding actual color...

Below: Playing with adding the single color (on many b/w 
copies of the art), but how much? Where? Just 
the figure? The background? Both?

Below: Still playing with the color, and finally 
zeroing in on its final placement!

Below: The final, colored, finished artwork!

Friday, January 22, 2016

BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES! More Rare Artwork and Designs!

Here, direct from my voluminous vaults, are more rare images from my work with the 90s BATMAN-THE ANIMATED SERIES properties! Click each to enlarge!

Below: The original cover art for a BATMAN "Mark and See" coloring book!
Notice how the publishing firm reversed the image, and substituted the loom-
ing visage of Killer Croc with an insidious image of the Joker? I wonder where 
they cribbed that Joker image…

Below: That's where that Joker artwork came from! Here 
is a style guide piece that spotlights the daring Dynamic Duo, 
doing their best to thwart an oversized death trap!

Below: Batman makes a leap from his own speeding 
Batmobile, to get the goods on some escaping thugs! I 
love the sense of motion and skewed perspective I was
able to achieve with this one!  A portion of the art was 
even used for the cover of the premiere BATMAN-THE 
ANIMATED SERIES DVD set, as well as a toy racing set!

Below: DC comics was being told that manufacturers wanted more
images of Batman and Robin together, and this was part of answering
that call! Again, lowering the viewer's perspective made for
an exciting layout, one that gets to include the Batmobile, too! 
This design was used for trading cards, package art, even

Below: The original art for a dramatic scene of Robin and 
Batman, just as they complete the capture of their two greatest 
foes! Not sure where this art was re-purposed…T-shirts? 
Posters? Puzzles?

Below: Speaking of puzzles, here are my pencil roughs for a 
series of kid's puzzles that were tied into the 1997 BATMAN & ROBIN 
live-action film! It was interesting trying to depict the movie's 
stars in the "animated style!"

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Superman Sketch Cover! Pencils and Inks!

Here's a quick and fun SUPERMAN cover sketch!

Below: The pencilled rough sketch, of the mighty 
Man of Steel busting some heavy binding chains!

Below: Once I transferred the sketch to the blank 
cover, I inked the pencils, and here's the final product...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

FANTASTIC FOUR Pencilled Pages! Retro Marvel Comics!

Here is a fun find from my fathomless files! This was a three-page pencilled try-out for the then-new (2001) FANTASTIC FOUR: WORLD'S GREATEST COMIC MAGAZINE, from Marvel Comics! That series was a wonderful "retro" comic, created in the style of the original 60s FANTASTIC FOUR comics, so I tried to deliberately channel the art of Jack Kirby (the 60s FF artist supreme), and these were the results! I had a ton of fun creating these! Click each below to enlarge!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

The NEW Superhero Library Card! 2015 Edition!

That's right! I was asked back by a local library, to create another new (see the first one here) superhero-themed library card! Once again, the card was to feature two cavorting costumed characters, in dramatic action, all in an awesome effort to promote reading, and the attractions of the library system! Click below to follow the card's step-by-step creation! Click each image to enlarge!

Below ten images: Rough pencil ideas for the card! Once again, the 
theme was to feature two heroes (one male, one female), and 
the many library offerings!

Below two images: Zeroing in on the final image! It was decided 
to feature the two superheroes exploding from the interior of 
an opened hardback book, so...

Below: The final penciled art for the card! Note the changes 
to the two characters, so as to differentiate them from the 
previous heroes that were seen on the first card!

Below: The final inked art for the finished card!

Below: The colored artwork!

Below: The finished card, complete with text and graphics!

Below: The "key-chain" version of the captivating card!

Below four images: It's me, with the latest colossal card!