Archive for Sequential Work

Lords of the Cosmos Page 2 Pencils

So back in October, I did the first page of LORDS OF THE COSMOS while I was in Florida on a medical emergency with my wife- you can see that page here.

After 17 other pages being done out of sequence to introduce 40+ heroes and villains from the project and two big logos, lets get back on track to page 2- a focus on the planet AIDEN, as seen from a close up over the rings of the planet.  This was a challenge to get another exciting and non repetitive view of a planet- I used some NASA photos to get away from another wide shot of the planet- from page one and the logo design. I think this panel works to move the viewer over the rings to help transition into the atmosphere.

The pages shifts to a planet side wide view shot of GEMSPIRE CITY- capitol of the civilized people of the world of AIDEN.

I took visual cues from Alex Raymond’s gorgeous cityscapes from his seminal FLASH GORDON Sunday Comics work in the 1930’s. I also took some reference from 1980’s film version of FLASH GORDON’s version of MINGO City and 1984’s ARAKEEN City from David Lynch’s adaptation of Dune. I also threw some Greek, and Egyptian architectural work into the city and I hid the Penn State University Legal building (which looks weird as hell) into the many levels of the city.  All of these sources build the DNA for Gemspire from a visual sense, but I felt I kept it very original.  At the same time, the city had to look and seem functional and have some items that will be important to the story- the pipeline system and high docking bridges for the small flying vehicles you see around the top of the city.

So without further fanfare- enjoy this fantastic set of visuals from a world a million light years from Earth!

Lords of the Cosmos Page 2 Jason Lenox

 

LORDS OF THE COSMOS: Disciples of Umex Pinup #7 – Pencils

This was a creation as I was making page, no names for the characters, just the flight crew for the Disciples of UMEX VTOL vehicle.

I based everything off the guy in the hazmat suit, which I had a great photo of a guy at an oil rig wearing one for a while I wanted to use as reference for something, then the rpg character and the engorged tick filled out the composition.

Without further fanfare- more villains.

 

Lords of the Cosmos VTOL flight crew Disciples of Umex Jason Lenox

Disciples of Umex- VTOL Transport

This photo just came in from Planet Aiden on the Jade Plateau, A Disciples of Umex transport gunship has been offloading missle platforms to a hidden base to strike at civilian cities and shipping lanes!

It is without a doubt- this is why we need THE LORDS OF THE COSMOS!

Part Command and Conquer (1996 or so) and art David Lynch Harkonnens from Dune (1984), I had to give the bad guys their own aggressive looking transport, and yet another background featuring a menacing base with some radar.  More characters and locations from Lords of the Cosmos are coming soon!

 

Lords of the Cosmos UMEX gunship Jason Lenox

 

LORDS OF THE COSMOS: Aegeus and the Lords of the Cosmos Pinup #7 – Final Pencils

So more Lords of the Cosmos- the final set of heroes as I wind down all the character design/intro pages. This has their two pilots- a Mantis and a flame thrower equipped sparrow with a helmet, and finally, our local hero “Greenman” who passed away in September of 2013. I had met Greenman at Sci-Fi Valley Con in Altoona,PA that year and he was absolutely crazy and a great person to talk to. I found out after he passed away that he had been doing hundreds and hundreds of hours of charity appearances for children all over the place- his motto was “it never hurts to help” and then I realized that he was indeed a true hero.
So the uninitiated can see what Greenman looked like in person- here is a photo of Greenman and I from 2013 when I did a sketch card of him..
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When we started working on the writing end of Lords of the Cosmos one of my scribbled notes actually was “need to shoehorn Greenman into story somehow” that writing process has been chugging along with Jason P. and Dennis for about a year now, and the Greenman “shoehorning” has taken a few twists and turns. Originally we had him as some kind of nature communicator talking to birds and mice, this morphed into flying the Lords of the Cosmos transport plane around as an ace pilot, and then we finally settled on a story arc that we love for his character that places him in a role where he is always helping out- the technician/mechanic for all of the Lords of the Cosmos’s various gadgets, vehicles and automated base fortress- Dragonspine Mountain. I wont reveal more than that, but there is an awesome story arc for Greenman’s character as this project unfolds. I kept his outfit about 99% the same, except I took his logo off the hat, and added his Lords of the Cosmos logo to his chest area for his team “branding”. And to show his mechanic skills, he is of course holding a wrench with his two cohorts and ace pilots – Mr. Mantis, and Senior Sparrow (no we didn’t come up with killer names for those two yet). Anyway, I can imagine if Greenman was here with us, he would totally pose with a wrench with me to act out the scene in this artwork, I can also imagine that he would ask dozens of questions about his two co-stars and why he got stuck with them and not the girl on the dinosaur- which is a fair question. Anyway, Enjoy, and stay green folks!
Lords of the Cosmos Greenman and VTOL Jason Lenox

 

Lords of the Cosmos- VTOL Transport

Well the heroes of LORDS OF THE COSMOS have to get around, so I was inspired by the US Marines OSPREY and the Air Force’s C-17 Transport to make this VTOL transport vehicle for the good guys to get around on Planet Aiden with as they battle the Disciples of Umex- there will be characters in front of this, but I really loved the vehicle design.

 

I drew inspiration from the 1984 film “Dune” for style. The classic Battletech Technical Readout manuals from FASA that I had as a kid in the 1980’s which had some great 2 pt perspective line art of robots and various vehicles gave me a direction for a final look on the page.  Clean and simple, and I really loved the final image, it was fun to draw a some planes for a change!

Jason Lenox Lords of the Cosmos VTOL transport

 

 

LORDS OF THE COSMOS: Aegeus and the Lords of the Cosmos Pinup #6 – Final Pencils

As we wind down the character designs- The LORDS OF THE COSMOS get another female character AMAZONICA, and her Dino Steed, as well as the Cyborg Samurai (as yet, no name chosen!)

The composition on this was simple, yet effective, and I really feel that I am hitting a stride on drawing accurate and attractive women, so I was really pleased with how AMAZONICA turned out.  Full disclosure she was inspired by the old 1980 Flash Gordon Filmation “Princess Aura” character who I loved as a young lad!  You can see a production still from that show here to see what I was getting inspiration from. Does the tiara on Amazonica’s head look similar?

Anyway- This art really sums up what I like in a nutshell… “Girls, Monsters, Robots” … so It was a pleasure to put pencil to paper for this particular page. Below are the final pencils and my Samurai artwork segregated on tracing paper.

 

Final Pencils

 

Lords of the Cosmos Pinup Amazonica Jason Lenox - edit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Samurai layout on tracing paper

 

Lords of the Cosmos Samurai Jason Lenox

 

“This is a Sad Comic” Final Inks

The wrap to the down and dirty high concept snobby project I did with writer Brendan Hykes.  Really fun to see with the India ink!

Enjoy, and look for it in Ugli Studios Presents #3!

This is a sad comic Jason Lenox and Brendan Hykes

 

“This is a Sad Comic” Pencils

“THIS IS A SAD COMIC”
2015
w-Brendan Hykes
a-Jason Lenox

Writer Brendan Hykes and I have been plotting a one page high concept (read snobby) “Zine” style comic for a while now. Brendan is a writer that I met two years ago, and is one of the nicest and cool people I’ve been lucky to meet doing conventions. You can read more about him here .

So, what is this project?

Sort of like an art house film about people smoking cigarettes, doing heroin and suicide, but with wacky characters and product placement.

This is the penciled page and the final comic will be in Ugli Studios Presents #3 as a one pager near the end of the book. Inspired by two particular “artists” that drive me nuts (ask me in person for the dirt- it’s funny) and one head scratching convention that was the apex of this very independent and not easily accessible style.

I’ve been itching to put it to paper for a while with Brendan’s writing magic, and I needed to take a quick break from the “Lords of the Cosmos” to clean my palette with something a little bit lighter and fun as I gear up to tackle the last 10 pages of that particular project.

It was fun to do something that masquerades as “high concept” but really is just juvenile and insulting on several levels to a great many people. Of course, someone may see it and analyze the deep thinking and layers of meaning they see in it, then the joke is on them, this is a SAD comic, not a SERIOUS one!

This is a Sad Comic Pencils Jason Lenox and Brendan Hykes

LORDS OF THE COSMOS: Aegeus and the Lords of the Cosmos Pinup #5 – Final Pencils

Another showcase pinup of the Heroes from the Lords of the Cosmos Team!

Tiedemies the Scientist, The Mighty Man-Tank, & Tenta-Kill the Blackwater Butcher in action on the Planet Aiden!

Notes on this page- I really went for reference on the cloak for Tiedmeies to get the folds as close to accurate as I could make them.  I also used a photo of an old person to get some of the facial wrinkles looking lifelike.

Tenta-Kill was like Belchor, simple and easy to come up with- no idea why, but his entire character came to me in a flash and it looked great.  Basically a “Fightin’ Robo Squid”

Man-Tank- wow.  He has been a main character in my mind’s eye for months, but getting his scale and bulk down correctly has been hard- I had him in a prior pinup (Mechaspring’s page) and then closed him out, I couldn’t get it together.  But using tons of tank reference, and a ruler to keep my lines and proportions correct, I pulled him together- and realized that just like the two headed guy from the last “Disciples of Umex” page- this was in the Transformers art camp again.  Man Tank was hard to do, but I am very happy with his final product- a defensive unit that shoots nets, ropes and has defensive shield generators that is part man, part tank.

I hope you enjoy it as much as I did making it!

Jason Lenox Lords of the Cosmos Team Pinup 5

LORDS OF THE COSMOS: Disciples of Umex Pinup #5 – Pencils

“Golut the Tek Dwarf and two of his monstrous creations lurch across Planet Aiden in search of wanton destruction as they hope to eliminate the LORDS OF THE COSMOS once and for all!”

Thoughts and Notes-

So I managed to get a robotic snake head with needles for teeth injections in next to a butcher knife head on the larger monster- I had a fetish going with snakes after my recent “Gorgon Medusa” Project.  Additionally, I had a pile of reference from my prior snake-centric project, as well as some templates I had made from my own work with tracing paper to make rattlesnake heads- so it was a natural move to use one here.  The twist was to make it not a true snake like my last project, thus the robotic snake look.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    …………The two headed brute ended up channeling that blocky G1-G2 Transformer toy look- esp. with the howitzer/gun on the back- Onslaught the Combaticon comes to mind if you know what that is check him out here.  And I would have never realized how HARD those blocky Transformer type characters are to draw- much respect to anyone working in that world drawing these kinds of characters all the time! Since our goal from day one was to base this whole project on an 80’s toy line that never existed, this keeps the project in line visually with what we wanted.
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A very vague character write up came with the slime character, so I made it slime in a powered suit that gives it a human like shape- in addition to the wires on the suit it has wires coming out of the Umex team logo on his head- communication and control system.  One issue that came up-I had to fight hard to keep him looking like a minion- originally I had one big eye, and I was like “oh sh!t- it’s a minion!” so he got a face full of smaller eyes to break it up.  Totally unintentional, glad I caught it before fellow artist Chris Flick who is always drawing minion mash-ups called me on it!
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We are still working on names for the two monster/creatures, so we’ll get back to you on that one.
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Golut has a World War two era flamethrower and his nuclear backpack- go violent hate dwarf!  I used the basic template from Warhammer 40K and that genre of metal miniature dwarves to get the “look” for Golut down.
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..These three characters have been hard to get on paper, this was actually the third attempt to get them down, and it finally worked- some of my below sketches are from aborted attempts to work out these odd characters in design and composition- an evil dwarf and his evil machinations proved to be a larger challenge than I could have imagined.  Anyway, it made the finished work much sweeter to finally get completed and out of my head and sketchbooks!
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Lords of the Cosmos Disciples of Umex Pinup 4 Jason Lenox
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          My Minion Realization scan…
Not a Damn Minion!
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