Friday, October 24, 2014

Penciled Packages

Christmas is coming sooner than I'd like. Not because of any cynicism, but rather because it means I now have a ticking clock when it comes to Christmas themed projects.

One person who seems to be ahead of the game is my neighbor Shannon, who asked if I would draw some characters on the wrapping for some presents she is going to mail her nieces and nephews.

Working on midtone paper and colored pencil was very different from the kind of sketches I've been doing this summer, but it offered a variety of textures and shades I wouldn't have been able to try otherwise.

Doc McStuffins, thats a first

Elsa, I just can't seem to let her go

Hello Kitty waves goodbye
Sketch ya' later!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Geek Fallout: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tribute!

Join Chris Giada, Derek Ash, Brian Farrell and myself as the four of us talk about these heroes in a half-shell!

Something about this seems familiar...

Topics highlights include basketball manga, Spider-Gwen getting her own series and how much I hate the 2007 animated Turtles movie.

Be sure and share your own thoughts in the comments below.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Project Process: Rockwell-ian Romance

While perusing through a book about Norman Rockwell, I came upon an idea for this retro romance scene. Here we have a tall, lanky, bashful boy shortly after receiving a “you did alright” kiss from the girl he escorted to the door as a reward for his chivalry.  He is taken aback by her affectionate approval. The porch light is on right above his head to emphasis how much of a sudden revelation this is to him.

The girl enters inside, pleased with her handiwork while he is still dumbstruck outside, gently touching the part of his face with her lipstick as if try and confirm what just happened.

Much like Party of Two, this is loosely inspired by an event from my life.

Trying the same pose in reverse

Picking a pose for the girl is quite a task. The trick is making her appear flirtatious without losing the innocence of "young love" that I'm looking to capture.

Now I want to hear from you. What do you think of this idea? How do you think I should pursue this project?

Sketch ya' later!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Portraits (Part 2)

I guess this qualifies as my contribution for #Inktober



Beast Boy


World War II Soldier
The John Deere Logo

The Spectacular Spider-Man


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Pumpkin Patch Portraits (Part 1)

I was invited to set up my sketch cards at a place at the edge of town called "Grandma's Pumpkin Patch". Its a farm thats very popular with local families for its many autumn activities.
#mccsketch   #inktober

Captain Jean-Luc Picard of the USS Enterprise

Iron Man

Rocket Raccoon

Wonder Woman

Astonished Elsa

Green Arrow

The Joker


Captain America
 Cap was the last for the day, when the blue and red markers were severely dry, so I tried to use that to create a blur effect on his throwing arm and spinning shield.

Sketch ya' ... tomorrow! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Sketch Spook-tacular!

Just some portraits that I put together for fun this week. Some of them even tie into the Halloween season! 


Frankenstein's Monster

Humphrey Bogart

Freddy Krueger

The Eleventh Doctor
Imhotep the Mummy and the Phantom of the Opera

Lauren Bacall

Vanna White

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Geek Fallout: Top 5 Fights!

As many of you know I am a reoccurring co-host on the Geek Fallout podcast. For our 98th episode about the Top 5 TV and Movie Fights, I thought I'd share clips along with my thoughts about some of these defining moments in pop culture.

Listen to the full episode here and follow along with my picks below.

5. Nada vs Frank, They Live

Expertly paced so that it never becomes excessive or boring.

4. Ripley vs The Alien Queen, Aliens

Just like a slasher movie, when you think the killer is dead, they always pop back up for a final showdown.

3. Superman vs Darkseid, Justice League Unlimited episode “Destroyer

I love how this scene meshes action with character development, raising stakes without being overly excessive. It also shows why Superman is so admirable, its not the measure of his muscles, but its how he chooses to use his strength, even to restrain it that makes him truly powerful.

2. Enterprise vs. Reliant, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

Theres a great deal of tension in the lack of music and the anticipation of just taking a single shot rather than if this were a firefight with unlimited ammo. 

1. The Legendary War, Gokaiger v Goseiger 199 Hero Battle

You’ve got close to two hundred superheroes teaming up to fight an invading army of aliens. That’s just a recipe for awesome!

But if the fanservice isn’t enough its bookended by the little “we are ready to give up our lives to preserve the people of Earth!” What more can you ask of heroes?

Now I want to here from you. What are your Top 5 Pop Culture Fights? And why?

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