Thursday, February 26, 2009

Comics samples for Wondercon

These are some penciling and inking samples I've been working on for Wondercon (comic book convention). The first eight are from a sample script off the Dark Horse website. They provide it for would be comics pencil artists to complete as a demonstration of skills. The 5 pages after that are inking examples that I didn't draw, also provided by Dark Horse. The pencils aren't really pencils, you might have noticed, this is because I don't care for drawing with pencils. I rough my drawings out in pencil, but they're pretty messy and don't come together until I ink them. I completed these all very quickly. I was more concerned about keeping up the fast pace needed to be a monthly artist, and telling the story, than making the best pencils ever created. I'm hoping to find gainful employment in the comic book world this weekend, but if I don't I'll be back in the studio working on a series to pitch to publishers. Wish me luck!

Monday, February 16, 2009

11 portraits

I did 11 portraits for the new Graf Orlock record. Quick and dirty, but they still seem to have come out pretty good. The band wrote a screenplay, and it's about a time traveling assassin. On the cover there will be a cross hair, and you can put whichever person you want into it. Reagan obviously was not assassinated, but they felt he should have been, so he's in there as well. All members:
Julius Caesar
Abraham Lincoln
Franz Ferdinand
Lee Harvey Oswald
Ronald Reagan
Leon Trotsky
Malcolm X
Jesse James
John Lennon
Robert Kennedy

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Valentines Day present

Yeah, I do cute sometimes. Umm, what else to say....Oh! Technical stuff. This is on a piece of multimedia paper (get some from Moses at the artist and craftsman supply, it's cheap and rad) mounted to a pre-made art board (from the same store). It was a good way to work. I got the joy of working on paper, but it was presentable without a frame, which is always a plus. I used orange and violet. I wrote those colors off in 2002 after an illustration went terribly wrong in Randy Chavez's class, but I decided to try again. It was troublesome, but in the end I overcame their powerful vibrancy and unpredictable tinting strengths. I wanted to make something cute, but not cliche, no hearts and such. I actually have lots of fun drawing things like this, but metal bands don't usually request it. Whatchagonnado. Oh, and I think I'm going to start putting my name of things, not with one of those awful watermarks, but as I did here. I know my images get distributed all over the world, and usually in blogs and such they link to my site, but I wonder if sometimes they don't. Any thoughts on this are welcome.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Punk and Dishonesty

I had a new assignment to make an illustration for a small article about how in the early days of Punk, there was a lot of songs about liars. I did tons of sketches, trying to stay away from cliche's and such (pants on fire, long noses) and ultimately decided that I just wanted to stay away from things being too literal. So that's the first illustration I did. Turned out that they wanted something more literal, so I did the second one.