Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Line: It Is Fab

The Fantastic Four as the Fab Four.  Found originally on The Line It Is Drawn.

jennjenn76 suggested:
Fantastic 4 in Meet the Beatles, Abbey Road, Rubber Soul, etc…

Sorry I only got to four of them, Jennjenn 76.

Goodnight, House

My most recent piece for Bethesda magazine.  I think it speaks for itself.  The art director described the mood of the piece as being "not so funny."

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Redo 2

The second stage in my digital process is coloring the linework.  One of my favorite parts of the original watercolor was how bright and skittles-hued the stir-fly wave was.  That needed to be duplicated here.  Not everything is getting colored lines, though.  It helps establish range of tone if there's some nice pure black and pure white to draw the eye in.


I'm redoing a few of my portfolio pieces, and for archival purposes, I'll be documenting the process here.

You may remember this as "April" in my Christmas calendar.  It still is, but this time I'm using a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinksy Sable size #4 brush, and it almost works like a dream.  I imagine I'll wear it in pretty fast.  I am impressed.

The Line: It Is Nega

For the Line It Is Drawn, an evil version of Sailor Moon, which I call "Slayer Moon," because I am clever.  Also included, Sailors Mars and Jupiter.  I remember watching this on Saturday morning when I was but a wee boy, waiting for the American cartoons to come on, and being completely mystified as to how these girls were fighting crime or evil or anything in those outfits.  But I appreciated the outfits anyway.

Also J-horror is just a little insane.

In honor of Cyclops and Uncanny X-Men #1, the theme is superheroes gone bad! Pick a superhero that you’d like to see our artists depict as a villain. What would Superman look like if he was a bad guy? Or Captain America? You get the picture. If they feel like it, our artists might even draw a villain as a good guy fighting the villainous hero (if they feel like it, of course).

KeithAlanMorgan suggested:
Sailor Moon

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Turkish Barbers

This piece appears in the March/April issue of Arlington Magazine (available at fine retailers all across Arlington, VA), accompanying a piece about the strangely masculine, yet emasculating two-hour, meditative, nose-hair-burning process of getting a traditional $5 Turkish men's shave and a haircut.

I...I sort of want to get one now.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

The Line: It Is Mushy

 A couple of Valentine's Day-related comic riffs, courtesy of The Line: It Is Drawn.

JaronHataway suggested:
Squirrel Girl and Ambush Bug
One of them is infamous for being based off of the artist's girlfriend, taking down Doctor Doom with squirrel-like reflexes and a small army of squirrels in the pages of Iron Man, and then proceeding to go on as the greatest fighter in the Marvel Universe who becomes a babysitter.  The other is a teleporting, fourth-wall-breaking skinny guy glued into a badly fitting green suit, famous for annoying the hell out of major superheroes and failing to save Batman: The Brave and the Bold.

Of course they'd be perfect for each other.  The red squirrel is Tippy-toe, Squirrel Girl's sidekick.

BigMike20X6 suggested:
Conan & Wonder Woman
One of them is a continent-conquering Cimmerian, notorious for his ruthlessness and savage prowess with women.  The other is Princess of the Amazons, world-class diplomat, feminist, and notoriously distrustful of the "Man's World."  It would never work out.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Saturday, February 9, 2013

The November Holiday

Well, there's one holiday in November, and it happens to be the one that most prominently involves cooking massive quantities of incredibly buttery, filling food, and then covering the entire mess with gravy and polishing it off with pie. 

The original sketch for November had the matron conducting the kitchen like an orchestra.  Thanksgiving is the one time of the year those who have never worked in a kitchen remember why they're thankful someone else usually does that.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Candy Apple

This was probably the hardest piece to color, given the complex shadows, the darkness, and the fact I was working in watercolor on hot press paper.  It turned out to be worth the effort, though.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rosetta Cappuccino

In which I must admit the design in the cup was a digital photograph.  I forgot to make it!  Based off of the coffee shop in which I actually painted most of these calendar pieces.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Greasy Spoon

This little fellow is based off of Guy Fieri, the Food Network guy who opens up terrible restaurants with ingredients like "donkey sauce".  He has a show called "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" and I don't think I've ever once seen him consume a vegetable on said show.  The only thing that could make him more of a chunky, uncultured "Amurican" caricature than he already is would be if he fired a shotgun in the air every time he ate a meat sandwich (three times per show).  So of course I had to use him and his sea urchin haircut to celebrate the Fourth of July.