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Inktober 2016 Part 2

And so we came to the second week of Inktober. You can take a look at what I did for Week One, or visit the Inktober Web site to learn more about the concept. I’m continuing to play catch-up as I didn’t get to post this during its intended weekend due to my recent Internet outage.

For Week Two, I continued with the 2.5 x 3.5 inch personal sketch card sized illustrations.

Inktober 2016 Week Two:

sk27-masked-dudeMasked Dude

sk28-human-torchHuman Torch

sk29-the-thingThe Thing

sk30-invisible-womanInvisible Woman

sk31-mr-fantasticMister Fantastic

sk32-flaming-skullFlaming Skull

sk33-man-thingMan-Thing

My easy favorite from this week was the Man-Thing! It was everything I wanted it to be. I probably like the Flaming Skull second best. FYI, the Masked Dude was going to be Green Lantern but I didn’t quite get where I wanted with it… similarly, the Flaming Skull was going to be Ghost Rider until I realized I didn’t leave enough room to draw any of his costume so there’s no way you’d know it was him. I also did a Fantastic Four subset this week. I mostly wanted to draw the Human Torch and the Thing, but felt like I ought to include the other two just to have a complete set! 🙂

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Inktober 2016 Part 1

Inktober is a thing, in October, started by Jake Parker back in 2009. It has grown over the years but the core concept is to complete and share one ink drawing per day for the entire month. I’ll skip the detailed history and origins and leave it to you to visit the Inktober Web site for yourself as he covers it pretty well there on his site.

So, I decided to participate this year… and I have been dutifully completing at least one new drawing per day since the beginning of the month. With the exception of that week where I was without Internet access, I have been sharing my creations every day, as I complete them, on Facebook so please check me out there to see what I’m drawing new each day!

My original plan was to make a weekly post here on the blog, and collect the previous week’s worth of dailies so that I didn’t interrupt my comic strip during the week. My Internet outage killed that plan as it spanned more than a week’s duration and killed what would have been my first two weekly update segments… but finally, I’m going to start catching up today.

I decided to go small, and every drawing for Week One is a 2.5 x 3.5 inch personal sketch card sized illustration.

Inktober 2016 Week One:

sk20-general-leeGeneral Lee

sk21-woman-faceWoman Face

sk22-black-catBlack Cat

sk23-spongebob-squarepantsSpongebob Squarepants

sk24-flashFlash

sk25-green-arrowGreen Arrow

sk26-spider-manSpider-Man

It’s easy to pick my personal favorite from the first week… Spongebob Squarepants! After that I probably like my Spider-Man card second best. Oh, and if you think that black cat looks super creepy, it might be because I gave it intentionally incorrect human-looking eyes just to be weird. 🙂

Please let me know what you think and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Batman Day 2016!

So… last year I was taken by surprise with Batman Day. I didn’t know it was a thing! I whipped up a quick picture for Batman Day 2015 in the eleventh hour so that I didn’t let the day go by without recognition. This year, however, I was able to plan a bit and take the time to come up with something a bit more stylish.

batman-day-2016

This is at its core a fairly simple drawing, but I’m quite happy with the design. It does everything I wanted it to do… highlights and shadow, a little bat-signal shining on the situation, and a traditional grimacing Batman in profile. So… have a happy Batman Day and please let me know what you think of this!

Remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Batman Bust Convention Sketch

Convention sketches are like a box of chocolates… you never know what you’re gonna get! 🙂 With my humble apologies to Forrest Gump, begins the tale of a convention sketch from last weekend at the Raleigh Comic Book Show.

Once I was settled in and had said my hellos to fellow guests and the show organizer, I decided to begin a convention sketch on a blank 7×10 comic backing board. Admittedly, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to draw when I began, but since I had drawn a Spider-Man last December I was at least not going to do that. So, pencil to paper and at some point I decided I wanted to draw Batman.

Had I decided to draw Batman sooner, it would have started out looking less like Orion from the New Gods! I realized I had a little bit of work to do to bring it back to being a Batman drawing and not Orion. Nothing against Orion, incidentally, and I probably should draw him too… but I was going for a more immediately recognizable character for this unsolicited sketch and I figured more people would recognize Batman.

Batman Convention Sketch

I think I managed to save it… but you can be the judge!  Oh, and in case you wonder… I found myself without proper flesh-coloring markers so I improvised with a few different colors and going for the patchwork illusion of skin tone through color overload! It just didn’t look right leaving his face white once I had colored everything else. So, my least favorite part of this one is the faux flesh tone result here, even though the illusion works from a distance… it just doesn’t hold up quite as well to up-close scrutiny.

Remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

08/21/2016 Raleigh Comic Book Show, Epilogue!

It’s the end of a long day, that while the day has ended (in terms of it being night and also the next calendar day already) I have not yet gone to sleep, so it hasn’t entirely ended for me yet! I’m still unwinding after a long but fun day at the Raleigh Comic Book Show. I enjoyed seeing many old friends again, making a few new ones, and even a big surprise.

I was there with fellow guests Michael Eury and Buddy Prince. This was my third time appearing at a show with Buddy Prince, but the first time I was not sitting directly beside him. Sandwiched between us was Michael Eury. While I was familiar with some of his work (writer/editor for Comico, DC, Dark Horse, and Back-Issue Magazine) I had not met him until today. In between mingling with convention attendees, I got to spend a bunch of time talking with Mr Eury. He is a wealth of knowledge and experience, and happens to enjoy many things that I too enjoy… such as old EC comics, like MAD, or the Batman 1960s TV show!

I had a bunch of new prints for sale that I didn’t have for my last convention appearance, and lots of new art that was not a part of my portfolio last December. I also engaged a lot of new comic fans, kids and adults, that I hope to have turned on to my ‘Sects comic strip as I told them about it and handed out more of the promotional character cards I had made for my last convention appearance.

Had it not been for a surprise in the afternoon, getting to meet and talk with Michael Eury would have been the highlight of the day. Meeting new and interesting people is usually the highlight of any convention appearance! But today that was trumped by an unexpected surprise…

I play quite a bit of Words with Friends on my phone. Every once in a while someone asks me about my avatar there and I’ll explain that I drew it and that I have a blog. I try not to be too preachy because I don’t want people to think I’m only playing the game to sneak in self-promotion! But every now and then I connect with someone and we play a lot and they develop a sincere interest in my blog too.

So, imagine my surprise when one such friend surprised me today by driving up with his wife from South Carolina just because he knew I was going to be a guest at the show today! It’s a pretty cool spontaneous thing for someone to do, especially since it marks the first time he and I have actually met outside of the game, though we have been playing for so long now that I’ve lost track of everything except how soundly and often he has been beating me lately! 🙂

Long story short… I met a friend for the first time today, who went out of his way just to come meet me AND he bought a couple of prints from me! I met Michael Eury and he bought a print from me! I connected with a lot of new people who I hope will become regular readers of the blog and my comic strip… and now I am VERY tired and need to sleep because I have a lot of errands to run on Monday.

Thank you to Lyn Anderson for inviting me… thank you to all the comic book fans who came out today… and thank you, in advance, for everyone new to my blog who I hope to see start following me real soon!

Raleigh Comic Book Show, Sunday 08/21/2016

Raleigh Comic Book Show Promotion 2

Here we are, nearly a year since my last appearance at the Raleigh Comic Book Show and I am once again an invited guest this Sunday! I’m looking forward to seeing show runner Lyn Anderson and lots of other friendly dealers and convention regulars.

I’m definitely bringing some original art and sketch cards to sell. I will also have lots of glossy prints of a bunch of different illustrations I have created over the last couple of years. Time permitting, I might even be able to do some commission sketch cards or head/bust sketches during the show as well. I’m still preparing everything for the show, so I could come up with some surprises. You never know!

I hope to see lots of current Facebook and blog followers, and I hope to turn lots of new people over to the dark side as well during the show.. 🙂 For those who cannot attend, I’ll be blogging after the experience on Sunday to let you know what you missed. I hope to see lots of ‘Sects fans there!

Harley Quinn, to the Rescue?

I’ve been meaning to do a really good Harley Quinn drawing for a while. I’m admittedly partial to the more classic Bruce Timm look, from the Batman animated series… but I finally found a few good stills from the new Suicide Squad movie that I liked, depicting actress Margot Robbie in a good pose.

Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn

I like the looking down the “barrel” of the baseball bat pose here, and the movie costume has a lot of nice details to capture. I admittedly burned out a bit and didn’t put all the tattoos she appears to have in the movie, nor did I put all the signatures on the bat, as most of that would be illegible at the size of my drawing anyway.

Being completely honest, I’m actually happiest with how the jacket looks. Her jacket and shorts kind of have a Two-Face design working for them (half one style, half another) which I enjoyed drawing. I wonder what the Joker has to say about that choice in design? 😉 I also think I’m continuing to get better at getting the shading to look as I see in my mind when I’m drawing people.

I haven’t seen the movie yet… maybe by the time it hits satellite I’ll get to catch it. In the meantime, please let me know what you think of this one. Remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

‘Sects Monday 07/11/2016

SECTS 426*He’s a beetle that is blue in color, hence his nickname Blue, which I’ve used since the inception of this strip. But, I’ve always known his actual name was Bailey. This seemed like a good opportunity to reveal his real name for the first time, in the middle of the black widow recurring gag. His name is a (hopefully) obvious nod to the classic Beetle Bailey comic strip by Mort Walker. There’s a secondary nod to the DC Comics character Blue Beetle as well.

Martian Manhunter Dark Secret Finally Exposed?

Still reeling from last week’s Captain America and Hydra conspiracy, the Internet can’t catch a break! Even as I just explained the truth behind Captain America’s revelation, we find ourselves smacked in the face with a conspiracy so deep, I was only able to uncover it late last night at great personal risk. Be warned, the following image is not for the feint of heart…

Hail Hydrox

As you can see, we’ve all been fooled! Martian Manhunter, or J’onn J’onnz as he is sometimes known, has only been feigning love for Oreos all these years. Secretly, he has been a double-agent in support of the insidiously delicious Hydrox corporation! Can you believe it? Oh, the Martianity! Did he even think of the children?

How much more can comics readers take of their favorite characters dirty secrets coming to light? How much more can my blog followers take of my strange and often horrible sense of humor? Only time will tell…

Don’t forget to let me know what you think of this and remember, if you’d like an original commission by me or would like to hire me as an Illustrator, please use the Contact page and let me know as much as you can about your request.

Batman vs Superman Movie Logo Revisited

As I mentioned when I posted my recreation of the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie logo the other day… I went back and made those cutouts around the “S” shield full cutouts so that the logo can be used on any background, and not just a black one as I had originally done.

Batman v Superman Logo RevisitedWith this updated version, on a white background, you can more clearly see how the “S” shield is formed within the bat symbol.

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