Friday, May 31, 2019

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Venus de Mommy/Nola/FOM Thumbs







This second page is a visual blue print, guiding me for the last twenty years on the 'Venus/Nola/Friends of Maxx' saga.

Each pink 'box' is a 20 page issue/chapter.

Lots of artists do do thumbnails to layout their stories, but mine tends to look like messy color-filled 'mind maps'.

Not to be morbid, but it's ironic to think that, if i die unexpectedly, this page would be meaningless to anyone else.

All those years of sweat and toil, for nothing.

Good reason to get off my ass and finish the sucker, eh?


Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Pitch Art . .



 . . . for yet another unpublished project.


. . everybody's sketchbooks are full of this stuff.

. . little seeds which never fully sprouted. 

Monday, May 27, 2019

Everyone has a pet . . .


. .  even the baddies,

Eleanor has her bird,

The Detective (not on this page) has his cat,

By the way, that worm-like creature is supposed to be a pet 'Lamprey eel'.


Sunday, May 26, 2019

Watercolor Tree


With all the stress in the world these days, isn't it funny that something as simple as


this . . .




can help.   

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Friday, May 24, 2019

One of my faves..




"Mysteries of the Twout-a-verse"

Someday . . . before I croak . . I'll have to publish this sucker.

It won't make a dime, but it'll be a total labor of love. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Airboy Cover




Early eighties cover I did for the Chuck Dixon's 'Airboy' comic, published by Eclipse.

My art here was influenced by Dave Steve's Rocketeer series.  Knowing my grasps of clothing texture which were still pretty clumsy,  I tried to distract from that with shadows and a lush forest foliage background.


Sunday, May 19, 2019

Uncle Artie...


 - in his yellow outfit.

from Batman-Maxx issue 4.

yes, I know its way late,

and yes I *promise* it'll be finished a.s.a.p. ... !


Saturday, May 18, 2019

Early Sample Page . .



. . . done in my twenties, while trying to look 'mainstream' and break into drawing for Marvel. 

Friday, May 17, 2019

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Distorted Batman Fix


I'd like to say I behaved myself and drew Batman less distorted/goofy in these older books,

But truth is, older or new,

I deliberately *enjoy* drawing Batman looking a little distorted and goofy.  

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Batman-Maxx ~ Finished Page


Wanted to thank everyone for their patience on the last two issues of Batman-Maxx which I'm *finally* finishing now . . . at the same time.

In this page, the Outback critter Maxx thinks he's attacking,

is instead, really a couch on a public sidewalk.

Same old Maxx.

You can compare the Half Finished Version HERE too.


Saturday, May 11, 2019

Worth a second look . . .

I usually don't plug my own books, and I''m not saying this just because I drew it . .

. . but 'Eleanor & The Egret' is a book really worth checking out.

Plus my old pal John Layman (of 'Chew' fame) really out did himself in writing this one.


Friday, May 10, 2019

Old Maxx piece.


Though my fans were very cool about commissions,  I quit drawing them because I didn't like the pressure I put on myself of trying to please others.

So now I just draw Maxx stuff just to please myself.

Much better that way.




Thursday, May 9, 2019

Spidey


One of the few times I drew Spider-man.

This was done as a DVD extra for the Sam Raimi movie.

Drawn during my vintage 'duck tape' phase. 

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Many Thanks


I just wanted to say big *Thank You* all the cool folks who dropped in and said 'hey' to me during this last batch of signings I did a few years back.  

And even if you didn't get a chance to see me at a signing, just know that all the warm supportive words/thoughts/feelings you've shared with me . .

way from the MCP & Maxx days . .

all the way up til now. . .

they really DO help keep me going.

- Sam


Monday, May 6, 2019

Eleanor . . . eggs !



Wow, even though it looked pretty, it drove me *nuts* hand coloring all these eggs.


Sunday, May 5, 2019

Stormy Tree


Not sure if it comes across or not -

but was going for a windy chaotic feeling with the leaves,

with a calming golden planter pot at the bottom.  

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Painted Maxx Panel


Sometimes it's just fun to paint a single panel, then let the colorist color the rest.  Kinda goofy fun.

 I dunno why more artists do try it.