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

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! 

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!