Lords of the Cosmos… ASSEMBLE!!- Four new heroes get their debut into our new universe….Aviteus, Mechaspring, Shar-dor the Ice Assassin and (one as yet to be named, go go writing team!) Watch them swing into action against the evil of Umex and his Disciples!
Aviteus- a roughly humanoid hero with a bird head, arms with extended wings attached and two powerful legs ending in vicious bird claws. Descended from the great man-Rocs of old, Aviteus soars the skies of Aiden searching for the stain of Umex upon the land. Along with Green Man’s animal spies, Aviteus serves as scout and first striker for the Disciples of Umex. His massive talons can tear flesh and rend metal when their diamond tips are exposed, but by Aegeus’s order Aviteus keeps them shod in dragon-hide leathers. Though he respects Aegeus’s ethos and stalwart resolve he longs to feel the flesh of his foes rent asunder under the might of his magnificent talons
Mechaspring: An injured and escaped Slave who fled to the mysterious RUST MOUNTAINS, where he fashioned ancient Tek-Dwarf technology to make himself a new pair of legs and arms. Now he leaps from hiding to free other slaves, making him the bane of the slavers and Umex’s agents in the harsh RUST MOUNTAINS.
Shar-Dor – The Ice Assassin From the Frozen South, where the temperature never climbs above freezing, this jagged prince can form his body into icicles of death. He can melt himself down and reform into whatever shape meets his needs. He rides his great Polar Bear, GRAUL, and swings his ice scimitar.
(Un-Named Character still under construction)
So I did a full character study of my main hero- the nearly invincible Aegeus, and it was a challenge- I learned the pain of drawing a roman helmet, folded arms and did some retro work on his original pinup appearance from a few weeks ago to get his image in line in both works. I placed Aegeus at the bottom of Mount Dragonspine, the location of the Lords of the Cosmos’s base of operations.
Two items of note- my son drew a brown crayon mark over the moon, and I really was happy with his sword belt and scabbard with links to the belt, my drafting tools and some reference really knocked this one detail out of the park. And for a behind the scenes here is my son and I drawing below the artwork right before he got me with that damn crayon!
The Villains of LORDS OF THE COSMOS in their third pinup- the pencils were wrapped on this last night, so it’s exciting to share since Decaptor was discussed with Jason Palmatier and Dennis Fallon in early 2014.
“THE DISCIPLES OF UMEX”
DECAPTOR leads the cold evil of CYBER-CRAB, the dangerous MUTANT FLYER and the feline fury of HEXALOR-7 against the heroes of the planet Aiden!
Decaptor held the whole composition hostage until I could get that head made up- he has Laser, Mutation, Monster and Fire as head units, like light bulbs. I channeled 19982′s THE THING and made a mouth with no eyes- and that set the entire piece to a fruitful ending- one day start to finish. I had scraps on notepads of the MUTANT FLYER from the Umex Pinup with Bonesaw, but Belchor filled that area before I could come up with the flying creature for the bad guys- I just had to use it!
Enjoy these villains before they get you!
So this was a personal milestone- the first time I got paid to do a commission of one of my own characters- one of the villains from LORDS OF THE COSMOS- the living acid tank… Mordantix.
I forgot how complex his design was- so I tried to give it all to my client at the Hershey Comic Con in his sketch book, which was filled with other sketches from amazing artists! Check out your first LORDS OF THE COSMOS Commission- hopefully one of many!
The Villains of LORDS OF THE COSMOS in their second pinup- the pencils were wrapped on this last night, so it’s exciting to share since Bonesaw entered my unconscious mind in 2013.
“THE DISCIPLES OF UMEX”
BONESAW leads the vile BELCHOR, the treacherous SILT STALKER and the mental powers of MINDOZER against the heroes of the planet Aiden!
As I flesh out these characters, I made some rough outlines for Bonesaw, as well as a sketch from months ago, this led to the main part of the composition- the living saw man. And in the spirit of the other two Lords of the Cosmos Pinup, I placed other characters going from side to side- Belchor in the background, Mindozer in the foreground and Silt Stalker just weaving around to really build depth- a fun piece to compose and pencil- so I will enjoy this for a minute- and them move on to the next Lords of the Cosmos page/pinup/character study!
Below are the original 2013 Bonesaw Sketch (which I think I did at a meeting at work based on the paper it is on!), character study of Bonesaw and Mindozer, and final pencils for this artwork.
So a broad establishing shot- the Planet Aiden- home of the action for the LORDS OF THE COSMOS and THE DISCIPLES OF UMEX.
Oddly this was harder than it looked to do, and I had to push myself to make a good composition, my original sketches were very narrow and small, just the kind of thing you would scold someone for in a basic composition class. I think the simplicity of planets, orbits and circles tended to just blind me to how hard this was to do. I was inspired by the old Flash Gordon comics from the 1930′s to add the “energy lines” coming in to give the idea that you the viewer are “swooping” into the action.
The moons helped build some much needed depth in conjunction with the “energy lines”
For an intro page, I think I got the point across. Welcome to Planet Aiden!
This was a really fun commission to ink, having Smaug coming out of those rich dark shadows, and the great texture on the bony ridges on the bottom jaw and the scaled texture just built out those two clear eyes as the main focal points- unlike my Hydra with the lifeless clear blank eyes from earlier this year- this is a highly intelligent creature from The Hobbit and to viewer, that aspect should be told via those evil eyes!
“Lord Aegeus and Queen Prizm leading the Wasp Soldier Vespulan, Cybernetic Elk Soldier Ant-Lor and their loyal Sargent at Arms the Savage Felinex! as they prepare to fight the evil UMEX and his legions of biologically and mechanically enhanced henchmen on the planet Aiden!”
LORDS OF THE COSMOS… ASSEMBLE!!!
So the flip side of the villains from the first LORDS OF THE COSMOS pinup here now we see the heroes assembling!
It the other side of a coin, reversed direction, but a similar layout/composition to the first pinup of Umex and company. The hero’s logo worked out well and the demeanor and posture of these characters stand in stark contrast to the villains- this was a really fun piece that drew on my love for Greek Mythology- enjoy, I look forward to inking this in the next few days! Thanks to my friends Stormy and Anna for giving me some great reference for Queen Prizm!
Below is my initial thumbnail and a design for Queen Prizm that gave me the initial idea for her pose and costume.
** Edited with new pencils after edits on the cat’s head- really needs some actual cat reference after I made the head for Hexalor 7 so realistic, see that artwork here for what I made after this on the evil cat character that made me go back and change this cat character .. and switched the main helmeted hero’s head to a profile- there were some fundamental errors on getting that helmet done correctly on an angle, and the female being a pure profile threw me off. When I did the pure character study on Aegeus (see above from 11/26/2014) I really had to go back and get this one correct. Since that newer art had his head on a slight angle, I could go and do this as a side profile and not duplicate myself- so below are the final pencils (top) and the one proceeding it below – internal monologue over!**
Pencils before final edits
A fun commission for a client- the Peter Jackson Hobbit film version of the Great Dragon- SMAUG! I really didn’t like the film design, but I think I was able to pull something good out of their design. Full disclosure, I love the Rankin Bass version of Smaug from 1977 better. I used the same square edge composition I did on “Skull King” for this one, and It had a really cool graphic design result to the final pencils.
Really loved how the background of the Darkened Tardis worked out to highlight the Angel’s face- and the muted pointilism gave that slight stone shade to the whole project-and that face- just gorgeous twisted love in those inks, I had to pull back to not over-do the inks, and hopefully, I got it just right!
Enjoy- the WEEPING ANGEL!!