Friday, June 13, 2014

The Amazing SPIDER-MAN! 60s-Style Marvel Comics Artwork!

Another colorful illo, done just for fun! Click images to enlarge and enjoy!

Below: I took a fabulous early-70s pencil sketch (left) of Spider-Man, as drawn by John Romita, Sr. (Marvel Comics' main Spidey artist of the period), and inked over it (right), trying to retain that slick and exciting "Romita feel!"

Below: I added gradated pencil shading to a copy of the inked art...

Below: Taking the b/w art into Photoshop, I added color tones atop, creating this unique Spider-Man image!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

The Creation of--The Superhero Library Card! Video!

Take a gander below at a very fun and delightful recent assignment--a unique "superhero-themed" library card for my local Union Country library! Click below to see its step-by-step creation!

I was approached by Nina Meadows (and the fine folks at my local library) to come up with some ideas for the card, and below are a few very rough ideas…

Below: After several sketches, we zeroed in on this vertical design that features not only the two superhero characters, but also books, e-readers, electronic devices, DVDs, all the items libraries are now known for….

Below: It was soon decided that this image was just too crowded to reproduce nicely in a tiny card size, so it was back to (literally) the drawing board! Below are some stabs at a much simpler version, still spotlighting the above items, but in a "flip card" format..

Below: An even more simplified pencil rough...

Below: Getting closer! The finished pencil sketch…

Below: the inked card design!

Below: The computer-colored card design!

Below: The library, in conjunction with Marvel Comics itself, staged a literacy-promoting "Show Your Shield" event! Tons of kids (as well as a very handsome "Captain America") came out, many obtaining a library card for the first time!

BONUS! Click below to see a local news report on the making of this exciting card!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Michael Keaton is--BATMAN! 2103 Fan Commission Piece!

Here is a recent ink commission for a big fan of the 80s/90s BATMAN movies! It's actor Michael Keaton in his memorable role as Batman! I wanted to capture the sense of "dark weirdness" the film evoked, with a touch of Art Deco "posterized" design added! Lots of mood and mystery really flow from this piece! Click to enlarge!

Click below to see the Photoshop-colored illustration!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

1997 DRAGONFLYZ Kid's Book Artwork!

Below are a few uncolored interior pages from a series of children's books featuring the DRAGONFLYZ characters! DRAGONFLYZ was a popular late-90s kid's show that was co-created by Marty Abrams, one of the founders of the famed MEGO toy firm in the 70s! Lots of action, drama, movement, and animals (well, flying dragons, anyway) in this series, making it a fun and exciting assignment! Click each image to enlarge!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Josie and the Pussycats! 2013 Original Art Commission!

Here is a fun new commission, featuring those darlings of 70s Saturday-morning TV, JOSIE AND THE PUSSYCATS! Click images below to enlarge!

 Below: My very rough pencilled lay-out design for the piece...

Below: Firming up the pencils...I wanted the girls grouped fairly close together, even tho it meant the drum would be obscured. I had another idea for a way to include the famous JOSIE logo..

Below:The logo is placed on the front of the bandstand! Once reducing the overall size of Valerie (far right), the finished pencils are now ready to go!

Below: The finished inked illustration! I used variations of the girl's famous "leopard skin" outfits, trying to give each band member a bit of individuality!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Michael Nesmith "Concert Poster" Artwork!

Produced for a website hyping upcoming Monkees-related events, here is my design for a site link for a round of solo Michael Nesmith (or "Nez," as he's known to hardcore fans) concerts! I used Photoshop to produce the "1800s wanted poster" look, along with several "western" borders, bits of clip art, and type! Click to enlarge!

Below: My inspirations used in creating the above poster image!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Spider-Man and Friend! 2013 Color Commission!

Here was a fun recent commission! An acquaintance on FaceBook wanted a unique gift for a friend who was a major Spidey fan, and, once she sent a few pics of said friend, I whipped up this colorful original piece! Click below to enlarge each step!

Below: My initial pencil sketch to get started! I wanted the gal to be the main subject of the piece, with Spidey doing a friendly "fly-by!"

Below: The final inked version! I adjusted Spider-Man's anatomy, and slimmed down the gal a bit...

Below: The finished color print, which I delivered with the b/w illustration! I tried to keep things simple and striking, with an eye toward using color to bring the gal's drawn likeness even closer to its real-life counterpart!