Saturday, June 30, 2012


This is another illustration for a roleplaying game that I've been commissioned to illustrate. In the game, this is Medusa, but I stick with the idea that Medusa was slain by Perseus. I've named her Eurayale, who was one of Medusa's two immortal sisters (Medusa was the only mortal gorgon, the other sister was Stheno). This is brush and ink and Pitt pens on Bristol board, with some corrections in Photoshop.

There's prints and magnets and mugs and such available in my Deviant Art print shop if you might like to own this image.

Friday, June 29, 2012


This is another drawing for commission. Your standard gillman a la The Creature from the Black Lagoon. Mostly brush and ink on Bristol Board, with the tone added with a can of spray paint after I masked the main figure (mostly) with frisket. The frisket lifted some of the ink, unfortunately, so I had to go back in and do a bunch of touch ups. Live and learn, I guess.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Hockey Goon

This is a commissioned illustration for a role playing game. I'll probably be posting a bunch of these over the next few weeks. The description I was given was "hockey goon." So here it is. I'm pretty pleased with this. Hopefully, my client will be equally pleased.

Pitt pens and brush and sumi-e ink on bristol board.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Luchador 1

This is a work in progress for a commission job I got this week. Of all the things I ever expected to draw, a luchador in an Elmer Fudd hat is not one of them. Ah, the glorious life of an illustrator...

Pitt pen over red col-erase Prismacolor.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Kate Kane

So I'm trying to decide if I want to draw my upcoming comic digitally or on paper. I'm leaning toward paper. This is a test to see how comfortable I am drawing in Adobe Illustrator with my tablet. I'm not used to using a tablet, and I need to force myself to use it. This is basically a doodle.

Anyway, this is Kate Kane, of course. I love Batwoman.

(crossposted from my Deviant Art account)

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Still More Character Concepting

Another preliminary sketch for “The Transsexuals” This is was drawn with Pitt pens in my sketchbook. As I've said before, I’m trying REALLY hard to make my characters individuals. Nothing bothers me more than seeing an otherwise well drawn comic with characters who all have the same face. Seriously, where’s the fun in that? This is a first run through and my final character designs probably won’t look anything like this. Anyway, I’ll start drawing the comic proper next month when the first script comes in. I’m really looking forward to this

Sunday, June 10, 2012

More Character Concepting

This is another concept for the comics project I've taken on. This was drawn in Photoshop with my spanking new Wacom tablet, so it looks a little rough. I'm still not used to the tablet. Give me time. I'm probably drawing the comic itself with pen and ink, so it'll be a LOT cleaner when I actually draw it in the book. This is mainly to get the idea down on, er,  paper. The pose is very consciously John Buscema-ish.

Basically, the idea behind this is that this is a knight of mirrors, who reflects your weakest secret self back at you, whatever that may be. So Batman would see a ten year old boy crying over his murdered parents, for one example. The way Natalie described him to me was interesting, but I couldn't get the image of a guy dressed up like a disco ball out of my head. I've tried to avoid that. Instead, I wanted something jagged and weird. Probably hard to draw long term, but I'll burn that bridge after I cross it.

This is another of the lead characters. Headshot. Not fully developed, yet. Pitt pen over red col-erase pencil. I've been looking at a lot of Ross Campbell's stuff lately and it's seeping into the way I draw women. I feel like a piece of silly putty, taking impressions. It still looks like my work, but the influence seems obvious to me. Ah well.

I'm bound and determined to avoid the kind of same-face look that even some amazing artists indulge in. My characters will be individuals. This means models sheets, which means lots of work before I even draw a page of cartoon (and I even know what the first page looks like already, but I need to be scrupulous about this and not dive into drawing it yet). Anyway, I'm excited about the project.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

A Comics Prelim

So I've been having a conversation about drawing a comic with skeptic and trans blogger Natalie Reed about a group of transsexual superheroes. This is the first character concept drawing for that project, which seriously looks as if it is going to happen (I'll keep you posted). Anyway, this is our lead character, Jess, a geeky trans girl with a secret life.

Pitt pen over red col-erase pencils in my sketchbook.

Edit: Revised to include a revision of her face. She looks too confident in the first go. This is also a bit more femme, which I was trying to avoid.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Gini's Big Date WIP

This is for Tenebrous Kate. What I'm working on in process. This is the first page of a long narrative (probably about forty pages). A graphic novella, as it were. This is a vector created with Adobe Illustrator. This will be color when I'm done. I'm being slow with this, actually.