Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Maybe it's just me . .





. . but isn't it all these R's . . .

that are actually the coolest thing about this panel?  

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Something different



Paint doesn't accept leather very easily,  but it was interesting experiment to try. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Moms & Mars



There's a lot of comic book adaptations of Mars Attacks out there. 

But you know if Sam Kieth did it,

he'd find a way to sneak a few Mom's in there.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Eleanor: Blue vs. White ?



Here's a variant Eleanor 1 Cover with Blue background

. . . vs. the original 1 background in White.

Any preference?

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Way$hak collaboration



Just for fun, jon did the black and white, i added the strip of color down the middle.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Maxx: It's the little things.



You know what i'd forgotten i'd drawn here: 

check out those tiny little toes.

: )

Monday, June 19, 2017

Couple from Nola



The Nola project, style wise, is all over the place.  I wanted to stretch myself,  sometimes shifting from elaborate painted pages...



... to stripped-down pencil panels like this.


Not trying to be pretentious, just to push myself out of drawing the same old crap.  Even if it doesn't work creatively, i still think it's worth a try.  


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Maxx: Negitive Slug



Found a negative film strip of an old Yellow Slug Maxx page. It's weird though, because it's only of this one page, but i sometimes come across vintage production crap lying around the studio. Sorry if it's a little blurry.

Prehistoric artifacts - from about twenty years ago. 

Years before we artists started scanning our own work.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Nola Issue Logos?



Here's something i don't think i've posted before. Like other comic artists i often draw mind maps in my sketchbook, to brainstorm ideas.

I also keep drawing "logos" for small thumb-nails for each page of an issue. (I skipped issues 10, 11 and 13, also almost ditched 5 & 6, but the story stops at issue 21.)

The logos have become more ornate over time - kinda stupid as it's doubtful anyone, other than me, will ever see it.

Until now. 

So here's a question: Should i work the Logos into the actual Nola story itself?

Or not?




Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Mixed media Maxx Cover 34

This Maxx background was made from pouring Acrylic paints on some post cards from the Comic Art Museum retrospective from a few years back.

You can actually see the cards sticking out from the cover's edges.



I figured since had a bunch of extra post cards lying around the studio, i may as well use 'em up.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Monday, June 12, 2017

Hulk Panel



My old buddy Kelly Jones helped me ink this sucker. 

I remember Kelly helped with the brushwork on Hyde's coat.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

All this over a duck?



A duck?

That's what Joker asks, when Batman waits on a blackened night for a police van to pick up Joker. 

Most of my stories are about people who have some childhood incident that causes them to be somewhat developmentally stunted.

I was going to hand-paint some panels of the series, so here's a color image of grass -  a panel which i never used in the story.

Here's that: 





In Batman Secrets, i tried to talk about the after effects of grief,  without dwelling on Batman's parents being killed, which other writers had already handled much better than me. 

My editor said  you can't have Batman reveal his origin to the Joker.  True. So what i tried to explore, was another simpler trauma that happened a few months after the murder, young Bruce was involved in a friend's accidental shooting of a duck. Since Bruce couldn't even begin to deal with such a profound loss, this duck accident amplified an otherwise ordinary incident, thus Batman sublimated his previous grief into a more acceptable form. 





Batman does tells Joker a deeper, more personal truth than the details of his parents’ murder.

Batman just left out *who* the duck, reminded him of.

Thus batman had revealed his secret,  he just left out the worst memories: the robber's gun, his mother, the pearls, streetlight, blood, etc. 





Saturday, June 10, 2017

Inverted Tree



By accident i inverted this tree painting in Photoshop, kinda interesting to see it in blue.



You may remember original green version. 



Which do you prefer... and why? 

Friday, June 9, 2017

Annie, Nola & Mommy Issues.

In Ojo, Annie had her dead mom mixed up with a red eyed monster in a drain pipe.




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Nola has different Mommy issues.  Nola has her mother confused with her own red eyed childhood flaws, which Nola refers to as "the Mote in her eye".




Grown up Annie meet and Nola meet in the new Nola graphic novel, to talk about pipes,  red eyed creatures, and other convoluted issues.

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You know, it even strikes me sometimes . . .

. . how friggin' *weird* my stories are.





Thursday, June 8, 2017

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Epicurus Spread, Pencils & Inks



Always love looking at  rough pencils to see whatever changes happen after the inks.  In the pencils, Socrates is leaning against a wood pile, which became a wooden barrel in the inked version.

Added a basket of fish next to the pig. 

Also changed Socrates 'profile' to 'three-quarter' to show him off better, then added the other philosophers - in the penciled version, i was lazy and tried to keep the philosophers 'off panel' so i wouldn't have to draw them.

I was a very lazy artist back then.

Still am.




Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Batman Panel



Hand colored panel from a rarely seen short Batman story i did a few years back.

It'll be collected for the first time in the Graphitti Batman Gallery Edition. But remember, not everyone wants to pop for pricey original art sized book, so feel zero-guilt if you prefer to stick to the smaller, usual comic book sized reprints instead.

I hate plugging crap on the blog, but how else will you know it's *out* there . . . if i don't mention it every once in a while? Okay this has been three times already so far, so promise to shut my yap from  here on out.  : )






Monday, June 5, 2017

Abstract Monday



This almost looks digital in places, but it's actually hand painted, acrylic, watercolor and sand.

Just feeling a little abstract this Monday for some reason.

Not in a bad way.


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Eleanor panels



For some odd reason, Eleanor's "Nooooo" balloon edges kinda turned into weird kinda graffiti.


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Follow up Post:

Here's Ronda Pattison's colored version of the same page, which makes it look even better.






Friday, June 2, 2017

Maxx 32 Cover/Poster.



I did this as a Maxx cover 20 years ago, but wound up using it as a poster instead but not many people saw it.

 A few years back, I came across the art again, and wound up hand-coloring it and using it as Maxximized  cover, so it finally got the fate it deserved.

Here's the before and after, color wise.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

More critters..



Thanks to everybody for the box feedback.

Here's some hyper-looking Possum sketches to tide you over.


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Choice Between 2 Magic Boxes: Brown or Sepia?



Here's Two versions of something I imagined, designed & drew, then glued together out of clay and antique type-writer parts, then photographed, printed out, drew and painted over the photo of it, one more time. Yeah. i know. Over-worked much?

Regardless of the fact there's no right or wrong answer, I get a lot of help from the insightful feed back you guys provide.

So . . . which one do you prefer, and why?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Treeple



Once upon a time, many years ago, my old friend the amazing Alex Pardee, asked me to draw something he called "treeple" - Half-tree - Half-people. 


I added the kitty.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Alamo . . . & Neurotic Little Jullie.

 Just back from the fine folks at Alamo City comic con, also wanted to thank all the cool, patient lines of super supportive fans who stopped by!!! 


 I'm a few days behind in posting,

so here's a neurotic looking little julie to make up for it.


Thursday, May 25, 2017

Variant Batman Secrets, Joker Cover

I've posted this image before, but Graphitti's doing a variant cover for the Batman Gallery edition.

The original art for this cover is pretty small, maybe 8 x 10, so i'm surprised it holds up to being blown up to original art sized. Images blown up bigger than their normal size, usually look much worse.

So . . .  just throwing it up here for fun.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Post Modern Maxx



Here's the second Maxx cover i drew after a nearly 20 year break from the original series.

A few differences: Inuit inspired Red-Black symbols are one things I hadn't discovered yet 20 years ago, but the surreal plants are straight out of the old classic Outback plant fora-fauna.

So what about the Maxx himself? Do you think how i draw him lately, style wise, has changes much from the old days? 


Monday, May 22, 2017

My Studio, right now.

Had to merge two pics to catch everything. Nothing magical about it. Biggest change is the sheer amount of crap has grown, more acrylic paint, black india ink, pastels, ink pads, clock gears, fabric, Cheese cloth, various mixed media stuff, brush-pens, - all the usual stuff studios' have.



Probably the biggest difference is how, (unlike the majority of artists now-a-days), is how little i use digital tablets to draw with.  Nothing against them, digital art is awesome and way more versatile.

I hear lots of digital comic artists don't even have original art to sell anymore.  I wonder if buying original art will totally disappear someday?

Also weird how the old comic companies used to throw out Original Comic Art to make room for office space.  I wonder if we 'hand drawn' comic artists are almost like dinosaurs? 



Still have that same shelf i posted two days ago... getting a little messier. Funny how the more tools you have to draw with,

doesn't necessarily make your art any better of an artists. 

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Rejected Hellboy



Here's a drawing i scanned for a charity, but i didn't really like - so i destroyed it. 

So why bother to post it here?

Mainly because, however embarrassed i am by my "bad drawings", they sometimes leads to "not-so-bad-drawings".

And on a good day, my artistic screw ups become mulch and compost for ...

something else.   




Saturday, May 20, 2017

Old Studio



This is where i worked in my last studio. Kinda messy.

'Yellow Sponges' wrapped around pens are to lessen hand pain - which i used to have lots of.

I'm much better about not gripping my pencil/brushes as hard as i used too. Sorta a literal, and figurative, "letting go" idea.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Epicurus snow



Back when i used to cross-hatched over my brush lines with white paint.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Abstract



Thought i'd throw up a few abstracts every once in a while, just for fun.

And yeah, that is a little sand sprinkled in there too.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Additional Tues. Post



Sorry, i have to do a second post today, feels like my posting that Hellboy piece ( below) robs you of your daily dose, which is kinda dumb because some of the images i post, i have posted before.

But, whatever . . . so, anyway,

for what it's worth:

Lobo.