Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Fan Expo Toronto Pre-Con Commission List

I will be appearing this year at the 2014 Toronto Fan Expo from Friday August 29 to Sunday August 31.  I am not planning on doing sketches while I am at the table, but I am going to open up a very very small list of pre-con commissions.  These commissions will be higher quality than a sketch, and inked in microns.  These will also be a higher price than a normal sketch.  You also MUST be at fan Expo Toronto this year and pick them up at the show.  I will not mail these out.

If interested, please email me below for prices.  I will only be doing 3 or 4 tops.  I don't do commissions at all so this may be your only chance at getting something from me this year.

Email Here for info

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Batman Eternal 22 Cover: Spoiler!

Comic Book Resources showed off the first of the next batch of covers for Batman Eternal that I illustrated.

Check it out HERE!

First it starts with the layouts.  The editors told me they wanted an image with Spoiler jumping her motorbike off of a bridge.  I thought it might be cool to have a silhouette of the bike and a cool color action pose of Spoiler in all her glory.

I knew what I wanted with the bike, it was just getting the inside to work.

We decided on this layout in the end.  Something with some action showing off her entire look.

The inks done on 11x17 bristol

Digital touch ups.  I added some rain and more smoke

I also did a color template to show Brad Anderson what I was thinking.  I wanted the character in purple and the background in a yellow so it really poped.

Final AMAZING colors by Brad Anderson

Art is for sale HERE

Batman: A Visual History Announced

 Batman: A Visual History Announced!
For about 3 months, I worked on a wraparound cover for a new DK Publishing book called "Batman: A Visual History".  Here's the description of the book:

Batman Year by Year follows the DC Comics Super Hero from his 1939 beginnings as a crime-fighting vigilante to his present status as a worldwide cultural icon approaching his 75th anniversary.
The book celebrates Batman's greatest stories and the writers and artists that created them. It also charts the careers of the Super Heroes and super-villains — Robin, the Justice League, the Joker, Catwoman — associated with Gotham City's Dark Knight. The debuts of every key Batman character are featured, as well as some details of Batman movie and TV series, both live-action and animated.
Perfect for any comic book fan, this visually stunning, definitive guide arrives in a slipcase featuring specially commissioned artwork by a top DC Comics artist plus two original prints.

I'll post the full artwork once DK reveals the entire cover!
Wrap around cover by Myself with colors by Tomeu Morey.

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Batman Pinup

Batman pinup I forgot that I had laying around.  Illustrated this piece to play around with some inking techniques.

Piece is for sale here: Comic Art Fans


Monday, May 19, 2014

Future's End 3d Month Covers

In September, DC Comics is doing another month of 3D lenticular covers.  I was asked to do a number of covers but could only do 2 because of scheduling.  So I chose the cover for BATMAN and DETECTIVE COMICS.  Here is a look at the digital line art.

For this cover, I was asked to do a take on the classic Carmine Infantino Batman and Robin cover, but this time, Robin would be replaced by the RIDDLER!

Carmine Infantino's Classic Batman and Robin image that has been homaged 1000 times by other artists.

My idea was to take the basic layout, but give a few little changes to make it my own.  I decided I wanted a little more "twist" to Batman and to make the cape a bit more epic and large.

Here is the final image with just Batman.  In order to make the image look 3D, I needed to draw everything on separate layers.  So the foreground is one layer, the chimney, The characters, even the cape, and the background.

Here is the final image with the Riddler added.  The clouds are all hand drawn with my fingers on scrap paper and then scanned into the image.

Awesome Colors by Brad Anderson

Here is the final 3D'd mockup for the cover! Looks great!

Rough Layout of Slide 1.  Batman with Cape in batcave

Slide 2: Batman with back brace and Army of Batmen!

Finished Inks

Finished Inks

Final colors by Brad Anderson!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Batman Eternal Issue 3 line Art

Here is the final blog post from my initial Batman Eternal run.  Issue 3 line art!

I stressed over these few pages when I read the script.  I could just foresee a vast crowd of Stephanie Brown fans calling for my head to be on the chopping block if I didn't draw her correct enough.  So I just went with my instincts and tried to draw a girl who looked much like she did in the past, but added some more modern things like skinny jeans and cool shoes.  In the end, the response was well received and I still have my head.

This was a fun page.  Getting to draw those cheese ball villains sitting around a table was a change in things, but fun.  It's also really hard to draw an entire scene with a character that needs to be 100% blacked out, with no silhouette so no one can guess who it is.  A reviewer online made a comment about how it felt awkward, and personally, It did for me as well, but needed to be done so it doesn't spoil the story.

Notice the Batman suit is the one from Batman '89?  Well, sort of.  I used the logo and belt.

This page was funny.  I slipped in some advertising for my buddy Chris Rupps comic store, but in the final edition, they changed the name of the store!  Also, I put a poster up for one of my fav bands, Transatlantic, and they took that out as well....

The marker board was a cool idea we had, where Katie Kubert, our editor, actually wrote out everything on a marker board and then took a picture of it.  I then placed it into the artwork.
Another reviewer commented on the fact that Forbes' Bat symbol was drawn to perfect.  I understand this complaint perfectly, but...it's comics and it's make believe!  I tried it with a more loose looking logo and I didn't like it.  I felt the more recognizable symbol would work well for the final image.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Batman Eternal 2 Inks!

Here is a look behind the scenes of issue 2 of Batman Eternal!  Not much commentary to give because Im really busy, but take a look at the black and white art and enjoy!

Here's an example of a change that needed to be made after the pages were finished and colored.  Falcone's design was updated with a great design by Tim Seeley.  I had to go back and make changes here and in issue 3.