Wednesday, April 30, 2008

It's About Damn Time

I finally had a chance to finish the last page to the little story I started a long while back. It was frustrating because the drawings took no time at all, it was just a matter of finding time to draw them. Changing jobs, getting a new puppy and a million other little things got in the way.

Also, since I was just making the story up as I went along I didn't have any real burn to get back to it. I'm sure it reads very disjointedly (is that a word? I don't think so. "Blog" isn't a real word either, but here we are.)

Thanks for sticking around.

Monday, April 28, 2008


Some cartoony studies based on Simon Pegg from Shaun of the Dead & Hot Fuzz:

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Indiana Who?

Some pulp type stuff that I never bothered to post before:

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Process #4

Here's the final version of my Charlton Heston sketch:

I laid the wash down pretty loosely - I didn't want this to feel stiff as a lot of photo referenced drawings tend to feel. The paper got too wet when I was putting in the background so it's kind of messed up. That's what I get for doing this on a piece of scrap paper.

Oh well, it was a fun change of pace.

Monday, April 21, 2008

The Mars Volta

I saw The Mars Volta in concert last night with my friend Jack:

I felt like an old fart, but having grown up on Yes, King Crimson and Genesis it's good to see the kids don't all listen to top 40 dreck.

FYI - Charlton Heston needs a few more washes of ink, but should be done tomorrow.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Process #3

Got a chance to finish off the inks tonight:
Since I'm going to lay in some ink wash, I left a lot of medium & darker values undefined in the inks, especially towards the bottom of the figure. We'll see how it goes this weekend.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Process #2

Not quite done with the inks tonight, but it's getting there:

I don't ink with a brush very much anymore, so I'm feeling my way through this one. I had hoped I'd pull off some crazy new way of doing things as a result, but I'm not confident enough to let that happen. As usual, I've fallen back onto the same old crutches I've always used.

Maybe I'll redo this one when it's done and force myself to ink it differently. I'd like to get away from any and all feathering and find more varied ways of laying in texture and shadow. Why? I just think it time for an overhaul. I'll never be Wally Wood so I might as well explore some other approaches.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Process #1

I'd been wanting to draw Charlton Heston since I'd heard that he'd passed away. As a kid, we didn't have big budget CG extravaganza superhero movies coming out every week so Charlton Heston was as close to a superhero as we had. On any given weekend, you could catch a re-run of Planet of the Apes or The Omega Man on TV and of course, every Easter we got to watch The Ten Commandments and Ben Hur. I certainly didn't agree with the man's politics, but he could play bigger than life heroes like few others.

I just had time to do some rough pencils today, so I thought I'd post each step of the process. I'm thinking this is going to be pen & ink with some ink wash laid in when it's done. We'll see:

Edited to add the reference photo I'm using (a still from Ben Hur):

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Creature Concept

A while back, a friend from work was planning on making a short film and asked me to design the creature for it. He wanted something that was both organic and crystaline and, as part of the story, had a female scientist fused to it. Here was the initial sketch I gave him of the full creature and a close up of the scientist:

and the final concept rendering layered on top of a photo background:

Unfortunately, the project didn't get past the planning stage, so I never got to see the design realized. I'm not normally a monster guy, so it was fun doing it anyway.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008


Going through more old stuff - some John Carter of Mars doodles:

Monday, April 7, 2008

Spaghetti Sketchin'

When I watch a favorite movie for the umpteenth time I like to pause on interesting shots and sketch. This is a page I doodled a while back while watching Once Upon a Time in the West:

There are some amazing faces in that movie - Woody Strode looked like he was carved from stone and of course Charles Bronson was Moebius's model for his Lt. Blueberry character.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

Still in a Marvel mood

Here's a Captain America from a while back with some color thrown on:

He looks kind of bummed out, but hey, he's dead. I'd be bummed out too.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Mea Culpa

The Thor sketch I posted yesterday sucked. Here's another pass at Goldilocks (still not 100% happy with it, but it's better):

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

God of Thunder

After a recent discussion on the heavy metal credentials of Thor, I drew this quick sketch:

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Papal Shotgun Gladiator

Someone sent me a link to an online video game name generator. One of the names it gave me was "Papal Shotgun Gladiator" - that seemed like a good idea for a quick sketch: