Tuesday, December 20, 2011
This is the 4th cover to a four part series called Phoenix on the Sword. I wish i was painting more covers for King Conan but I'm wrapped up tying to finish the 5th Beatle.
Sunday, December 18, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
Monday, December 5, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
This is my third cover for the 4 issue King Conan series "The Phoenix on the Sword." I go to work from a passage by Robert E. Howard and this is what I saw. Acrylics, watercolors, gouache and inks.
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
I'm a part of a new blog called What Not created by Dave Johnson and Dan Panosian. It features the talents of Bill Seinkiewicz, Sean Philips, Mike Oeming, Phil Noto, Eric Canete -just to name a few. There will be new art featured each week. This is my first submission.
Here's the second of 4 King Conan covers I'm painting. Acrylic and colored inks on illustration board. 20" by 30"
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
just finished one page for the image comic, blue estate. it’s the first page of issue 8. only had time to draw one page- still really busy with the 5th beatle graphic novel. it’s a great comic with great artists like toby cypress, robert valley and viktor kalvachev. i'll post the page in a few weeks. don't want to spoil the story.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
just finished a dps for dusty star. this completes nine new pages which will be published in SAGA Illustrated from IDW. as soon as a find out the date it will be shipped i'll post the info here.
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
So I painted King Conan this past weekend at the Heroes Con in Charlotte. It took up most of my day on Saturday. I think I spent about 5 hours on stage painting. Now I did complete the drawing in vine charcoal the night before. It was purchased by Sheldon's daughter at the Heros' art auction held saturday night.
Anyhoo, I have Jason Schachter to thank for all the great photos. Not much else to say about the process. Vine charcoal, crayons and acrylic applied generously.
So I had someone ask if I would share my process for a painting. Well, here it is in 6 stages.
In the first panel is my initial sketch. In this stage I really worked up the nuts and bolts of my final drawing. I did my best to work out all aspects of composition, anatomy and light and shadow. This drawing is on layout paper for use when designing covers, prints and sequential pages. The actual size of this drawing is 3" by 4.5". I scanned it in at 800 dpi so I can use it as a layer later in the process.
In the second panel is my final drawing. I blew up my sketch around 300% and light boxed it onto arches hot press watercolor paper 140 weight. I make a few adjustments to the drawing as well as refining some of the details.
In the third panel I have begun painting. I used Holbein black ink to begin by hitting the darkest areas. Then added more color with watercolors and Dr. Martin inks. Being pressed for time, this was it for actual painting.
In the forth panel I've started the photoshop phase. I work in about 7 layers. 2 layers are of the painting on multiply. And then there is a layer underneath of my initial sketch, which i have enlarged and used the warp tool to make sink up to the painting as best I can. That layer is also on multiply. Then there is a layer for color underneath that layer. It's set to darken. I use the paintbrush, set to lighten or overlay to blow out the line work on the sketch layer with colors that compliment the painted layers above it. This just gives the piece a lot more texture and energy.
In the fifth panel I continue this process and add another color layer underneath for my gradients for the field.
In the sixth panel I decided i needed some red. So I used another layer set to overlay to go over my darken color layers. But this layer is still below the actual painting layers. I also add a darken color layer for the sky. Then a lighten layer for hitting the hi-lights on our characters as well as the poison dust coming from Poison Ivy's hand.The lighten layer is on top. Lastly I added some text in light yellow at the bottom. I forget which font. Anyway after getting it the right size I selected it and expanded the selection and then on another layer underneath the previous. I filled the selection with black. Then blew out the black on the word "poison" with a green, circular gradient on normal. And these last 2 layers are above everything else.
Hope this makes sense.
Here's a pic of me wrapping up a painting of King Conan for the art auction at the 2011 Heroes Con in Charlotte. Had a lot of fun but I was pretty wiped out after 5 hours of painting on stage. Shelton 's daughter bought the painting. It would be really cool if they hung it in the shop.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I'll be in charlotte next weekend for Heroes. I am going to be set up with Essential Sequential. Friday and Sunday I'm available for inked commissions as well as painted watercolor commissions. Most of the day Saturday I'll be painting for the art auction. Looking forward to another great show.
Friday, April 15, 2011
Here's the first of the new Dusty Star pages colored. Just have 23 more to go and I'll have the first volume finished. It will be 46 pages in a full color hard back.