Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Flash: the Silver Age Vol. 1

The 3rd image in the series of DC reprint collection covers I've drawn is the Flash.  This one was drawn during an interesting time for me - shortly after the birth of my 2nd child.  Needless to say, our whole family suffering from lack of sleep, so I tried to keep things as simple as possible.

The final art was drawn entirely digitally, from a pencil sketch which you can see below.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Superman: the Golden Age

This was the second in the series of covers I've drawn recently for DC Comics' reprint line.  As you can see, this is for a collection of stories featuring the Golden Age Superman.  I always liked the Simon and Shuster Superman: he was a man of action in those early stories, going after gangsters, crooked developers and war-profiteers among others -- a far cry from the neutered Superman of the 50's and 60's who's biggest concern was trying to stop Lois from guessing his secret identity.

Above you can see the final artwork, which was painted digitally while below you can see a photo of some of my warm-ups and rough sketches as I worked out the concept for this cover.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Justice League of America: the Silver Age Vol. 1

I recently began a series of covers for DC comics, for their line of reprint collections.  I think I'll be doing around 7 or 8 of these.  This cover was for the Justice League of America trade paperback, which collects quite a few stories from the silver age.  I always liked the art from that era, with Mike Sekowsky inked by the excellent Bernard Sachs - such clean lines in that pairing!

Above is the finished cover art, drawn on board in ink and coloured digitally, while below you can see the original ink rough.

Sunday, April 03, 2016

Marvel Variant Covers - Batch 3

And here's the final batch of February 2016 variant covers I drew for Marvel Comics.  As mentioned in the last 2 posts, these were drawn in 3 batches from September to November of 2015.  I drew 7 covers a month,  and Marvel graciously gave me 25 titles to choose from.  I ended up drawing 21 covers in total.

This batch contained 2 of my favourite covers I drew - the Scarlet Witch one and the one for the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.  I thought both turned out nicely.

While working on this last series of illustrations, I was also struck by the fact that all 7 covers featured female characters/superheroes.  It's a nice trend in comics and one that brought a smile to my face.

As with the others, most of these were drawn traditionally, in coloured ink on board, with additional detail and colour added after scanning in photoshop. A couple were drawn completely digitally using a combination of photoshop and Autodesk Sketchbook Pro (my favourite digital drawing software).

Above are the final covers and below you can see some of the process thumbnails, roughs and colour sketches I did on the way to the final image.

And that concludes my 3 part post on these Marvel variant covers.  Thanks for reading and my apologies for the long delay between updates on my blog!

Marvel Variant Covers - Batch 2

Continuing on my posts of the variant covers published in February 2016 by Marvel Comics, here is the 2nd batch of illustrations.

Again, these were mostly drawn traditionally, in coloured ink on board, with additional colour work and details added in photoshop after scanning.  A couple of covers were drawn entirely digitally (the Vision and Spider-Gwen).  As before, I was aided in the type treatment by my wife, the excellent designer and illustration Claudia Davila.

Above are the final covers, and below are a few process images of the thumbnails/roughs/pencils that lead to the final art.

Marvel Variant Covers - Batch 1

Around September 2015, I started work on a series of 21 variant covers for Marvel Comics to be published in February 2016.  They were spread out across their entire line of books, and gave me an opportunity to draw some of my favourite superheroes.  Marvel was great to work for, and gave me an enormous amount of freedom to design and draw the covers as I saw fit.

I thought it'd be a little too much to post all 21 of these covers in one post, so I'll split them into batches, just as I did when drawing them.

I drew about 7 covers a month for 3 months.  Most of these were drawn traditionally, in coloured ink on board and then scanned with final details and colouring done in photoshop.  I was aided in the type treatment for these covers by my wife, Claudia Davila, an award winning designer and illustrator.  We collaborated recently on another series of Marvel covers, which I'll share later.

Above is the first batch of covers I drew, and below you can see some of the prep sketches and roughs that led to the final art.

Wednesday, December 09, 2015

Sports Biographies

I apologize for not posting anything on my blog for a while.  I was tied up with 3 month long project, drawing a lot of comic book covers, which I'll share in a little while.  In the meantime, here are a few sports biography book covers I did for Little Brown and Co.  They're for the "Matt Christopher" series of sports biographies.   Above is Drew Brees, below you can see Babe Ruth and Blake Griffin.

All the artwork was drawn from photo reference, in a combination of traditional and digital art.

Monday, September 28, 2015

University of Toronto Illustrations

I was asked recently by the University of Toronto to draw a few images of their campus for use in fundraising and communications.  I did 5 paintings in all, 3 of which are shown above.

These were fun to do, and allowed me the chance to paint something local.  As they were in Toronto, I also got the chance to visit the campus and shoot some of the reference photos on my own.

All images were painted in watercolour and ink, from reference photos, and were colour corrected using photoshop.  

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The Weeknd

Here's a portrait of R&B singer The Weeknd, drawn for the current issue of the New Yorker.  I was given a lot of conceptual freedom with this piece, and enjoyed layering a variety of mediums in making this one.

Drawn in a combination of digital, watercolour, goauche and ink.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Fantastic Four

Well, Comic-Con is over, and it was a wonderful experience.  Now I'm back at in my studio, trying desperately to catch up on all the emails and work that I neglected during my week away.  I thought it'd be nice to post something comic-related, so here's a painting of the Fantastic Four I did for a friend.  It's an homage of sorts to a classic Jack Kirby cover, featuring the FF and the first appearance of Galactus and the Silver Surfer.

This one was painted in gouache and ink on board.

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

San Diego Comic Con 2015 Schedule

I'll be a guest of the San Diego Comic Con this year, enjoying another trip back to California.  I'll be set up at a table for the first time ever, which should be fun.  Here's some details for those interested:

Table Location:
Artists Alley - table II-16
I'll be set up in Artists' Alley selling prints, copies of my book "Shoplifter" and signing and sketching at the show.  Come by and say hello.

Panels and Appearances:

Cover Design Workshop
Friday, July 10th, 11am - 12:30pm
Room 2
I'll be doing a panel with Chip Kidd discussing cover design for comics.  I'll present images and discuss my working process for making several comic book covers, from concept to finished art.

Signing with CBLDF
Saturday, July 11th, 1pm - 2pm
CBLDF booth, main show floor
I'll be signing books and doing a few sketches at the CBLDF booth, with all proceeds going toward their fundraising.

Will Eisner's The Spirit at 75
Saturday, July 11th, 4pm -5pm
Room 23ABC
As part of the celebration of Will Eisner's the Spirit on it's 75th anniversary, I'll be appearing on a panel discussing Eisner's creation.  Moderated by Dennis Kitchen and featuring Paul Levitz, Dan Didio, Nick Barrucci and Matt Wagner.

You Can't Draw That!  Live Art Jam
Sunday, July 12th, 12:15pm - 1:45pm
Room 5AB
I'll be drawing live and discussing censorship in comics as part of a live drawing and auction event with all proceeds going toward the CBLDF.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

WSJ: Too Much TV

This is an illustration I did for the Wall Street Journal's weekend edition, for a story about the limits of human memory as it relates to TV shows and keeping track of all the various characters and plotlines in them.  It features main characters from Game of Thrones, Orange Is the New Black and from the second Season of True Detective.  I have to plead ignorance on two of those shows, since I'm only familiar with the characters from Game of Thrones, which I drew some quick sketches of a few years ago.

This entire illustration was drawn digitally, from a mountain of photo reference.