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 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
So, my client from Pittsburgh asked to have this small commission inked- I was REALLY happy with how this little one off sketch turned out, especially that Owl. Enjoy your Wizard and Familiar-!
Well the Dr. Who project gets to add a new member to my Time Lords Rogue Gallery. One of the newer show villains- a “Weeping Angel” was commissioned by an awesome fan at Baltimore Comic Con for a gift for his signifigant other’s birthday. While I need to get Lords of the Cosmos rolling again, I am still getting research done for my next team pinup, and with Pittsburgh Comic Con coming up this weekend, this is a perfect time to fit in this artwork, and add it to my print gallery for future shows and as a portfolio piece.
Work notes- this creature has very little context- they are statues with sharp teeth that only move when you can see them, and they love to have odd hand and arm gestures like they are reaching towards you when “locked” in their static stone state. I tried to capture that facial expression and outlandish arm/hand gestures as well. Finally, I added the Tardis for a recognizable background to bring it into the WHOniverse from a graphic sense.
There are two pencils below, the first is a modified photo of the final artwork, I need to ink it very soon, so a full and proper scan is out of the question, I played with the contrast and brightness and it gave the pencils an otherworldly look. The lower penciled piece is a proper scan, but I did some work after it, which is the more completed penciled scan above it.
Just got the final scan back from Blair Smith of the “Living Corpse” Team, lots of Black just highlights that creepy face and wrinkled hand. For a simple composition, I was really happy with the final results of this Baltimore Comic Con commission….Enjoy!
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!
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