Archive for Pen & Ink

Wizard World Philadelphia 2014 Commissions

Some fun commissions from last week in the City of Brotherly Love!

Special Note-Daleks are a PAIN to draw on the fly!  I used a dime and nickel on all the circles!!

Ghost Rider Lenox

Lenox Dalek Commission

Lenox Cheshire Cat


LORDS OF THE COSMOS: “Lords of the Cosmos” Logo – Final Inks

The final inks on this logo, the black contrasting back ground to the light rings showcase the sword and planet.  The stippling gave a great texture to the planet Aiden, and the sword hilt really popped with those simple shapes.

I also made a few corrections on the ring dimensions as well from the pencil phase.

Now that the UMEX and LOTC logos are done, they really have that opposing visual style that I liked from Command and Conquer’s NOD and GDI insignias.  Similar, but diametrically different!

On to some character designs now from the story bible!

Jason Lenox Lords of the Cosmos Logo

LORDS OF THE COSMOS: “Disciples of Umex” Logo – Final Inks

Extreme contrasts from black to white really made this insignia stand out.  The plain flesh of the hand with the obsidian background are offset by the high contrast micro details in the circuit wrist and electrical eye.  I really think when this graphic is plugged into some characters costumes it will all come together as I am laying the graphic arts groundwork on the new “LORDS OF THE COSMOS” Project with the most basic of components- the logos for our villains, and next the heroes!

Lords of the Cosmos Umex Logo - Jason Lenox 2

Awesome Con 2014 Commissions

Four Commissions from Clients from AwesomeCon in Washington D.C. – Two in Ink, and Two in Pencil.  Always fun and a challenge doing artwork onsite with little to no reference, a time limit and tons of lively people!

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THEY LIVE Pinup – Final Inks

This piece seemed like it took FOREVER, and yeah back to work, family, home shows for my regular job, comic shows etc. etc. all got in the way.  However the end result turned out to be, well outstanding.  Yes I called my own work outstanding, because I really like this piece.

Took the CONFORM sign out, it started to make a tangent, really worked the crazy textures on the ghoul’s skin and veins, and just really took my time to deliver the artwork that I wanted to see from this classic movie.

Not much else to say except…

“I’ve got one that can see…. 
He’s a tall, Caucasian male….
Unarmed, wearing sunglasses….”


THEY LIVE Jason Lenox Low Res

Vampire Lich King – Final Inks

I think the inks just killed it here with the large black negative spaces contrasted against the white energy coming out of the eyesockets.  The skull texture and hair parallel contoured lines really sell the viewer on the image as having weight and depth- this turned out so old school Dungeons and Dragons, I’m ready to roll that D20 now!


Vampire Lich King Jason Lenox

Aliens: Overrun Colonial Marine Checkpoint Pinup – Final Inks

So the Aliens/Colonial Marine project comes to a close- and I think I threw out my ALIENS rants and raves in my pencil post here, so I’ll focus on what challenges the inks brought me as I brought this piece to completion this week.

#1- I had to correct the 2 pt perspective on the UA571-C gun and 1 pt on the hallway in relationship to the hexagonal wall system, it was incorrect in the pencil stage.

#2- The Aliens “Blackness” I had them too black and used some white paint to rebuild some contrasts in the overlapping black on black areas. Then inked over them to bring them back to a more stippled gradation to match the rest of the inked rendering.  The Aliens are dark creatures in dark spaces, so it was a tight balance to bring to a proper level with the Aliens unique look and style in a low lighting environment.

#3- The spinning emergency lights (in every Aliens film) they were a bugger to get “right” in the inking process.

#4- the pipes and wires in the background- ugh, so cool to see, but so annoying to do!

Overall, I think this artwork ended up being the Aliens artwork that I wanted to see, and I have not encountered as an Aliens fan.  I geeked out on the final product, which is just a fun place to be as a creator and fan simultaneously to generate the content you want to see.  I look forward to seeing the response from others as this piece gets out to the public.

Aliens Colonial Marine Check Point Overrun  - Jason Lenox

THE THING 1982 : Dog-Thing Pinup – Final Inks

I was very pleased with what the inks did to this piece- from the striking use of black to silhouette out Kurt Russell’s character “MacReady” in the foreground to the background textures of the wood walls and hay on the floor that all outline “THE THING”.  I made it a point to work to keep all of the objects in totally different inking styles so whether this piece was black and white, or in color it still strikes you with all the different materials and lighting.  Speaking of light- I was also happy with how I used a compass to make bigger circles emanating from the central light source to use different levels of line work and stippling to show the flashlight as a light source.  The heavy line work on the large hands from the THING and the dogs that are being absorbed also gave all of the primary objects a real 3-D feel that you can almost reach in and feel the textures unfolding at the scene.  Finally, I felt that the THING’s dog-face was an awesome focal point with the chiaroscuro really bringing out the melted and malformed features on the dogs unbalanced and angry face.

The awesome employee at JARU Inc. that does my large scale scanning, Miss Megan, who scanned this today, told me the image was upsetting and made her uncomfortable- all I can say is- Mission Accomplished!

Another Killer pinup under my belt and onto the next one-hope you enjoy this one as much as I did making it!



Jason Lenox - THE THING - DOG

Barron the Demon and Hydra Pinup- Final Inks

Here is the final inked version of this pinup- the biggest insight I can give is there was an old fake leather product my Grandmother had on a purse that I didn’t care for- it looked and felt weird- so I tried to mimic that on the Hydra’s heads for an otherworldly texture that also offset the  lifeless eyes.  I also gave Barron’s skull head a tweak to make it more 3 dimensional- it seemed off in the pencils with the head more a straight profile and the jaw on an angle- so I balanced it out.  His right hand was altered as well in the inking phase to make it more realistic as well as creepy, It seemed to go from a weak element in the pencils to a strong one in the ink phase.  Enjoy – and check out Joe’s book here- it got funded at over 100%

Really pleased and proud of how this turned out, and another Lenox Dragon is always a good thing to see…. Enjoy!

Jason Lenox -Barron and Hydra Pinup for UGLI STUDIOS web


Conan and the Tower of the Elephant Pinup- Final Inks

These are the final inks for my Conan pinup based off the Robert E. Howard short story- THE TOWER OF THE ELEPHANT.

I think the inks really brought out the magic tower element with the crystal walls and embedded gems.  Overall the inks really made this piece pop, the Spider and Conan elements ended up being the lighter elements on top of the intricate background.

I think I succeeded in making a high quality Conan piece, accurate to the book, and also was a unique take on the subject.


Conan Tower of the Elephant - small file Jason Lenox

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