Archive for Pencil Work

LORDS OF THE COSMOS: Aegeus and the Lords of the Cosmos Pinup – Final Pencils

“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.

 

Lords of the Cosmos Pinup 2 Jason Lenox

 

Stormy Pose Ref. Sketch - Copy

 

Lords of the Cosmos Thumbnail

SMAUG Commission- Final Pencils

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.

Jason Lenox Smaug

Pittsburgh Comic Con 2014 Commissions

Like a game of pictionary for geniuses, the citizens of Pittsburgh put me to the test with no less than 10 commissions last weekend.  Enjoy.

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (7)

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (3)

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (8)

Jason Lenox PCC Commission

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (6)

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (4)

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (5)

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (2)

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (9)

Jason Lenox PCC Commission (10)

“Weeping Angel” from Dr. Who Commission – Pencils

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.

Jason Lenox Angel Dr Who Progress Pencils

Jason Lenox Dr. Who Angel

PREDATOR Vs. ALIEN Commission – Final Inks

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!

Jason Lenox Alien Vs

 

Jason Lenox at Baltimore Comic Con 2014

 

PREDATOR Vs. ALIEN Commission – Pencils

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)

Lenox Alien Vs. Predator Pencils

Jason Lenox Alien Vs. Predator

Jason Lenox Predator

 

 

“LIVING CORPSE” Commission – Pencils

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…

 

Jason Lenox Living Corpse Full

LORDS OF THE COSMOS: Disciples of Umex Pinup – Pencils

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!

 

Lords of the Cosmos - Disciples of Umex Jason Lenox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The original thumbnail composition

Lenox Lords of the Cosmos Thumbnail

LORDS OF THE COSMOS- Character Study: UMEX

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!

Jason Lenox Lord Umex Model Sheet (2)

Jason Lenox Lord Umex Model Sheet

SCI FI VALLEY CON III- 2014 Commissions

From last weekend- some outlandish commissions- Much love to Ashley and her work keeping my friend GREEN MAN’s Memory alive!

 

Jason Lenox Zombie Kim

GREENMAN Lenox - Copy

sci fi 2014 Lenox commission

 

sci fi 2014 Lenox commission (2)

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