Monday, February 28, 2011

A Knock at a Preview...

I'm working on a short horror comic for an anthology comic. Sadly that’s all the info I have for what this comic is for. Its based on a short story by Jimmy Calabrese called “A knock at the door.” I’ve taken a couple of liberties with the story, but it is essentially the same thing. Here’s a sneak peek at the first two pages of the thing in its rough penciled form. I might post these pages inked later but I will not be posting the full story, but I will tell you how to find it ... unless this doesn’t actually see print.  Enjoy!
page 1

page 2

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Life drawings

Since I spend a lot of time on public transit commuting to work I get bored some times and draw the people sitting around me. here is some of them

I also went to the Royal Winter Fair back in November and drew some of the animals there. Its a fun exercise if you’re and artist and near one of these fair type things or livestock auctions.  Here’s a couple of the better drawings.

Friday, February 18, 2011

T. A. Boatwright’s Zeke Deadwood: zombie lawman.

Zombie cowboys are awesome. This guy’s from a comic by T. A. Boatwright, we were doing a little art trade. This is what I came up with. If you click on the image you’ll get a version big enough to use as desktop wallpaper if you are so inclined. Thanks for looking.
your pal

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Hawt Girl

Hawt Girl is the resident superheroine spokesmodel for Comic Oasis in Las Vegas. She was also pretty fun to draw. She was designed by Charles Holbert Jr. I've drawn her as part of an art trade with Mr. Holbert Jr. I had a lot of fun drawing this so I figured I'd show you the stages this drawing took to be completed.

Step 1. Pencil Drawing
The first stage of drawing anything, at least for me involves using pencils. I tend to use colored pencils from colerase, this time I drew using tuscan red. I usually draw in purple or tuscan red. They seem to be the least smudgy. 

Step 2. Illustrator for inking
Sometimes I like to use markers or brush and ink when I do this stage of a drawing but I felt like having the line part of the drawing be colored too so I went with illustrator. Its easier to have colored ink lines when you start with colored ink lines instead of adapting them in photoshop.

Step 3. Drawing up the background
Since I felt like handling the background slightly differently than the foreground I drew the background in with a minimum of ink style line. You’ll notice there's a weird gap in the dead zombie nazi. You’ll also notice its the same shape as Hawt Girl’s leg. I figured I didn't need to draw what was behind the leg so I didn't.

Step 4. Coloring Hawt Girl
Even though I was planning on bringing the image into photoshop to do the shading and some touch ups, I decided to laydown the base colors in illustrator. I sort of like how it looks at this stage but I really wanted to give a little more form to Hawt Girl so ...

Step 5. PHOTOSHOP painting.
This is the stage where I bring it into Photoshop and paint in some shadows and highlights and stuff. I spent some time tweaking the contrast on some of the line work and stuff like that. 


I hope you enjoyed that little peak into the stages in which I work.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentines or something

Series 1 Monstar Harry Warden
Sure he's an old drawing but I figure its an appropriate image for the day. Next post is going to be a bunch of life drawings, that's always exciting isn't it?
Also: go look at this. Flow chart about flowers at the National Post

Friday, February 4, 2011

Shovelling snow can kill you.

This is the pencilled rough for an illustration I did that was in today’s National Post. If you get a chance to see the final let me know what you think. I was pretty happy with how it turned out.

Thursday, February 3, 2011


Here's a close view of the groundhogs I drew for yesterday’s Groundhog day graphic I did for the National post. No where near as popular as the Starbucks Trenta thing.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Roller derby team mascot / logo

What you're looking at here is the rough drawing of a logo for the B team of a roller derby team in California. I designed their original logo and they asked me to do their B team's logo so how could I say no. There were a few changes in the final inked and colored version but I still kinda liked this original take. 
Check out their other logo at the website for the The Undead Bettys. You can also see the full color version of this logo on that page too. 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MONSTAR: The Secret of the Water Technique

A bunch of my friends and I got together this past weekend and watched the kung fu movie The Secret of the Water Technique. The quality of the DVD was terrible so we don't know what was going on in the movie. During the final battle this thing busts out of the stomach of a zombie looking guy the hero beats up. It was so weird I just had to draw it. Dig the clip below he shows up around 14 mins in.

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