I was very pleased with the fast pace I turned this commission from Baltimore Comic Con around, lots of energy, and I used large areas of black to get it done fast, and the effect of the chiaroscuro really served to highlight the figures in the artwork. Gotta admit, Im still rooting for Alien!!
A nice bookend piece to my Colonial Marines Vs. Aliens from this winter. Thanks to my Client Eric who paid me to make this awesome pinup for his collection!
Final Inks, and a photo of Eric with his Dad and I below!
More commission mash up fun from Baltimore Comic Con. Supergirl’s blood fed by kryptonite sword to Vampirella by a fan. Who says a blood fetish with a tortured super-heroine from the fans can’t be cool? Thanks to my amazing helper Skittlez in D.C. for introducing me to Marco!!
This was a fairly complicated piece to pull off with limited time, no reference, and a very tired (3rd day of the con!) artist that had been drawing non stop to get “The Living Corpse” and “Alien Vs. Predator” done that weekend as well.
I really liked how Vampi’s face and hair turned out with the dripping blood- the artwork below is from photos of the pencils before the client took it away, so the quality is sort of sketchy – no pun intended. Enjoy!
So this commission for Baltimore Comic Con turned around so fast, I barely had time to get a partial scan of the pencils, and an effects laden shot from an ipad of the final pencils. Overall, a really fun piece. Why didn’t Dark Horse have art this good all the time? One can wonder…. Enjoy, inks coming soon. When I get the scan from the client I will post it up, this piece was completed at the BCC show last weekend.
Update on 9/15/2014 got a semi decent look at the final pencils (cleaned up from a photograph at the convention)
The Disciples of UMEX in their first completed inked pinup from LORDS OF THE COSMOS . Soak up the 80′s toy inspired crew of killers… UMEX THE LEADER- “Poisoner of Worlds”, an organic lifeform designed to kill merged with a constantly adapting mechanized chassis designed to take over living creatures in close quarters combat….his entire body is in constant conflict while is tentacles infect any he touches with a slow agonizing death from his internal poison reservoirs.. .he oversees his personal cult/army “THE DISCIPLES OF UMEX” with unwavering devotion to the his ultimate goal the destruction of planet AIDEN… MORDANTIX- “The Living Vat of Acid” mostly machine barely human, this infernal machine fuels his internal engines by taking and engulfing his victims inside the large acid filled cistern his twisted cybernetic body is merged to for eternity, he moves along on large mechanical spider legs considered heavy armor support to the Disciples of Umex… MISTRESS ZEMBA “Murderous Seductress” Dominatrix Soldier to the Disciples of Umex, she laughs at the screams of the dying, waiting to skin the survivors alive. Zemba will use her Flesh Whip to flay her victims to death after she seduces them for any and all information to increase her Leader UMEX’s foothold on the power struggle he faces against the LORDS OF THE COSMOS…. SHREDTOOTH Soldier to the Disciples of UMEX Defilier of the oceans of AIDEN Shredtooth is dangerous underwater, or on land. His teeth are razor sharp and equally as dangerous his claws, dont let his odd body put you at ease, he is frightfully fast in close quarters in any environment. His head appendage is a natural light to lure victims in dark places to their ultimate end…. WE ARE THE DISCIPLES OF UMEX
A fan favorite from the convention scene- “THE LIVING CORPSE” Im working on for Joe Perry as a commission for the 2014 Baltimore Comic Con- a fun character to draw, sort of a new wave Crypt Keeper. The guys that make this comic are rockstars in the comic book world so it has been fun to play with their creation…
So without much fanfare, I have been learning how to use Manga Studios 5 and GIMP to create show posters for my comic conventions. I have to give Brian Allen www.flylanddesigns.com credit for pushing me to learn more than I was used to. Brian held my hand on the Setsucon poster, and then just turned me loose, and I’ve been learning and experimenting for a few hours per week all year since January. Using my existing artwork, and then adding backgrounds, effects and text has been a great way to explore a more “graphic arts” angle to my work. I have been trying to keep each one unique and fun at the same time. Here are my current posters, oldest at the bottom, newest at the top…
After over two years of service, I am retiring my “Demon Cat” Banner for my new color “Death’s Head” as a show backdrop. “Demon Cat” been an awesome way to attract people to my art world, but that illustration is over three years old, and it is time to update and upgrade to some newer work, and show off a bit in the process.
Here is the new art as a banner, old retired banner….and a photo of the old banner in action!
So a project that I initiated 12 months ago finally paid off when a conversation with Dark Horse writer Tim Truman turned into my “Tower of the Elephant” pinup this winter and Dark Horse Editor Philip Simon put my artwork of Conan The Barbarian into KING CONAN Issue #5 of #6 “Conan the Conqueror” that came out in June 2014, I just got my copy last weekend, so I’m playing catch up here on it.
Thanks to Dani Kaulakis for the awesome job coloring it.
So here is the art as it appeared in a 1/4 page shot of glory in the book, the full sized artwork with colors from Dani Kaulakis, and the cover to the issue that it appears in.
You can read my write ups on the original art pencils here and inks here.
Now I am a “Dark Horse Art Contributor” .. so get out there and get a copy so I can sign it for you!
The Villains of LORDS OF THE COSMOS in their first pinup- the pencils were wrapped on this last night, so it’s exciting to share this finally since the layout for this project has been in my head for the last five months or so waiting to get out.
“THE DISCIPLES OF UMEX”
The artwork features the Evil Leader UMEX- part machine and part biological weapon he leads his henchmen to their goal of world wide anarchy and destruction….. The Flesh Eating Acid Vat MORDANTIX, The Pain Worshipping MISTRESS ZEMBA, and the Aquatic Killer SHREDTOOTH are just some of his followers- ready to kill or be killed at his command!
The original idea and composition is in the lower image which is just a basic layout of the overlapping characters moving from side to side. I ended up changing the direction, the middle character went from a henchman to the main villain, and I reversed direction from right to left, to left to right. I had been working on Umex’s complex design so much (see prior post here about his character) that I felt he needed to be the centerpiece of the entire layout. Also the Umex Logo was featured everywhere on the characters, so you can see why I took the time here to get the all seeing eye inside the mechanical hand done before I started any of the pinups. The Umex logo artwork is here in inks, and here in pencils. Now that the relationship between the graphic design element of the insignia is with the actual villains, I am glad I took the time to really get that basic visual touchstone correct.
It was fun to take some of the artistic lessons I’ve learned in the last 10 months and put them to use on my first original characters since I wrapped “The Painted Ladies of San Quentin” around this time last summer. I look forward to working with the rest of the LORDS OF THE COSMOS universe in the coming months! For those of you that have talked with me about this project,I think you can see the vision just starting, and if you have no idea what this is about, talk to me about it sometime…
So Enjoy, and spread the word, and keep an eye out for the inked version of the artwork coming soon!
The original thumbnail composition
Spent some time the last few weeks on this study of UMEX the main villain from “Lords of the Cosmos”. UMEX is Part machine, part biological warfare organism with both parts of his body in constant conflict. I need to keep refining him as a principal image and main character, but I think I’m on the right path, disgusting flesh and angular metal always makes a nice contrast!