Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Warm-Up Sketch: Darkseid 08

It's going to be a big year for DC Comics' premiere bastard!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Warm-Up Sketch

For Gene Colan.

Pentel brush pen and PITT pen. Sorry it's not better. Gene's terribly ill at the moment, so if you want to donate a little something, you can click here.

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Warm-Up Sketch: ELKA!

For the excellent Warwick Johnson Cadwell - here's a pic of Elka, Swedish Troll-Slayer par excellence. Another insanely fun character to draw. Warwick, if you're ever looking for pin-ups let me know (and I'll probably have a crack at Gelatina quite soon...)

Pentel brush pen and PITT pen on printer paper.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Warm-Up Sketch: Marshall Law

Here's a sketch of Pat Mills and Kevin O'Neill's seminal (and frankly rather alarming) creation, Marshall Law. I loved/feared the Lawman when I was an impressionable teen, and got into some trouble when my old man found a copy of Strip! (which featured some ML naughtiness) in my room.

Pentel brush pen and PITT pen on printer paper, with photoshop

I really enjoyed drawing this, and I think it shows. Thanks to Mighty Mark Cardwell for the suggestion.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Warm-Up Sketch: Savage Dragon

He's surprisingly tricky to get right! And I think I've messed up slightly here. It was fun, tho. That's just some generic baddy he's smacking up there, by the way. I think he's called Gunhands or something.

Pentel brush pen on printer paper then a bit of photoshop "magic".

Friday, May 16, 2008

Warm-Up Sketches: Hellboy, Mister Miracle and the Shadow

I watched Hellboy last night. Sadly, it's still not very good. Lots of problems, but the main one is that there just isn't enough Jeffrey Tambor. I bent the missus' ear off during the film's dreary, CGI-soaked climax, by continually going "where's Jeffrey Tambor? I hope Jeffrey Tambor's alright. Are they going to cut back to Jeffrey Tambor?" This in spite of having seen the film before. They cut back to JT a little way into the credits as a sort of joke, showing him panicking in the dark as something evil approached, and apparently missing the fact that elsewhere in the film some effort had been made to expand his character beyond the role of comic support, and even to offer him as a kind of replacement father figure for HB (cf. the bit with the cigar). Anyway, this typifies this rather odd, flat, strangely schizophrenic film - a film which should be Die Hard meets the Exorcist, but which too often feels more like Spy Kids 4: Cthulhu Returns.

Anyway, I sketched a movie-ish HB. I hope you like it.

Brush pen on printer paper. Took about ten minutes and it shows.

...aaaand, I also did a slightly wonky Mister Miracle for Wilfredo Torres. Sorry WT - I've got a better one in the works.

Pentel brush pen and photoshop and I watched the most amazing thing on the internet last night. US broadcaster Keith Olbermann - who I hadn't heard of before - attacking GWB in the most erudite, comprehensive, and fantastically rabid way imaginable. Manic, thrilling stuff, and nearly enough to give my bad liberal self a semi. Here's a link, if you're interested. To my US viewers, this is probably ancient news, so sorry about that.

...and lastly but not leastly, I did a Shadow for my pal Mark Cardwell. Hope you like it, chum.

Pentel brush pen on printer paper, with some photoshop colours thrown over it.

More suggestions for Warm-Up Sketches please! I'm spending more time on these than I should, but they are a lot of fun. NB. I'm not prepared to draw Keith Olbermann.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Warm-Up Sketch: Morpheus

I think someone asked for a Sandman, right? Anyway, here's a Sandman...

Warm-Up Sketch: Bozo/Robo

Pentel brush pen and blah blah blah on etc.

For Kyle Latino and Mr Matthew Crap, Bozo the Iron Man VS Atomic Robo!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Doc Savage - Thick and Fast!

I thought this might look a bit nifty with some pulpy colouring on it...

Warm-Up Sketch - Doc Savage

This was done with a Pentel Brush pen and 2B pencil on printer paper, with a little bit of PITT fineline for the fire and sundry details.

I actually did this in the middle of the night on account of being bored and unable to sleep, which means I am already breaking the Warm-Up Sketch rules. Never mind, I hope you like it anyway. Next up... Dream from Sandman, or Atomic Robo, or Mister Miracle (cheers to Kyle Latino, Mattcrap and Wilfredo Torres for the suggestions - keep 'em coming!)


Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Warm-up sketch - Static Shock

As requested by David, a sketch of DC/Milestone character Static. This was a warm-up before starting the business of the day, and jolly good fun it was too. I really enjoyed drawing a character outside my comfort zone - and I aim to do more. Suggestions please!

Monday, May 12, 2008

Unimportant Newsflash!

The first one was done with acrylic black ink and an ink wash. I think I might have posted it before - sorry about that. The second one is a Wacom/PS jobby.

I REALLY like drawing the Thing!

If anyone out there in Internet Land wants me to draw the Thing for them, I will happily draw the Thing for them.

Atcherlly, that reminds me: I am always available for commissions. Get in touch via the email /comment section and let me know what you want.