Friday, January 30, 2015

Edward Scissorhands on the Toilet

MCC Weekly Sketch #8: Edward Scissorhands. The situation itself was inspired from an episode of Seinfeld.

Sketch you later!

MCC Weekly 9: Timon and Pumbaa

Hakuna Matata... It means no worries.

Sketch you later!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Geek Fallout: X-Men Movies (Part 1)

This tagline perfectly describes the series as a whole

Join Chris Lockhart, Miss M, Richard Rehder and myself as we discuss the heresy of an Indiana Jones reboot, dissect the new Fantastic Four trailer and dive into a nostalgic look at the 90s X-Men cartoon and the film franchise that followed!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Let it Go! (Elsa Step by Step Process)

This past Christmas I received several markers as gifts that I've been itching to test out, especially since some of them were very specific shades.

I wanted to do an illustration of Elsa since I had requested many of these colors with her in mind. I worked from this promotional image. While I would have liked to have made something original, I was more concerned with coloring rather than composing at the time.

Roughs with a mechanical pencil on 6 x 8 Bristol Board

Spot Blacks with a Faber-Castell Pitt Pen and technical pens for the small details

I bought an "Eggshell" Prismacolor marker to better match her platinum blonde hair. I also finally got my chance to try out Copics with a new "Skin White" marker that looked to match her pale tone more so than the "Light Peach" Prismacolor I had been using previously. 

Add in some classic comic book Kirby Krackle!

Snowflakes courtesy of a Uniball brand White Gel Pen 
(I don't know how I ever lived without this!)

And the final, with some blues over certain snowflakes, a few grayscale touch ups, trim the excess around the edges and I'm done. Whew!

Sketch you later!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Geek Fallout 113: Geek Bucket List

With Death looming over all of us, its high time for Chris Giada, Evan Hanson, Jason Roberts, Miss M and myself to talk about the things we want to do before we kick the bucket!

Monday, January 19, 2015

Geek Fallout 112: Five Favorite Futures

RIP Rod Taylor

Join Derek Ash, Chris Giada, Richard Rehder, Brian Farrell and myself as we reminisce about our favorite futures in pop culture!

And remember my friends, future events such as these will effect you in the future!

Friday, January 16, 2015

MCC Weekly 7: Ash Splash

Who's Laughing Now?

Originally I was going to go for a more humorous set up involving Ash's possessed hand teaming up with Thing from The Addams Family, but instead I opted for a more rubbery representation of Bruce Campbell's face so that I could experiment with my new red paint pen and blend it with some grayscale markers to create a more realistic shade of blood.

In retrospect, if I was going to distort the face as much as did, a bright red poster paint blood probably would have worked better and come off as funnier.

Sketch ya' later! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Creating a Character (featuring Inspirational Illustrations)

Its a few weeks late to be talking about New Year's resolutions, but I'm going to give it a 

For 2015 I'd like to create a reoccurring character to help develop consistency in my illustrations rather than continuing to create entirely new and unrelated ideas from scratch. I figure this could help to better define my own brand of work.

I've brought a few examples to demonstrate what I'm after.

Norman Rockwell's Willie Gillis appeared throughout the war.

Des Taylor's secret agent Scarlett Couture started as the star of several stand alone illustrations before she eventually scored her own comic book series.

Brandy and company are practically the mascots for comic artist Frank Cho.

The Spirit is immediately identifiable with Will Eisner.

This woman in white appears frequently in Chris Reccardi's work before finally manifesting as Agent Xero in his short film "The Modifyers".

As for myself, I'm working to identify some common denominators in what I like to draw, sifting through various genres and archetypes.

Now I want to hear from you. What kinds of elements in my work would you like to see more of? Also, is there a reoccurring character you admire in the arts?

Friday, January 9, 2015

MCC Weekly 6: Sun Maid Parade

The Michigan Comics Collective Weekly Sketch is back! This week's theme was The California Raisins. 

To shake things up I added the Sun Maid Raisin Girl into the mix, inspired by by the covers of Frank Cho's Liberty Meadows. Another shake up was the the raisins, which let me work with colors I rarely get to use like Mulberry and Rhodamine.

Sketch ya' later!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Geek Fallout 111: Nerd Year Resolutions

Forget hoverboards, I want that shirt Doc is wearing!

Its 2015 and its time for the Geek Fallout Crew to make our New Year's Resolutions!

Join Miss M, Chris Lockhart, Chris Giada, Richard Rehder and myself as we discuss our plans to make this the nerdiest year ever.

See you in... THE FUTURE!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Hail Caesar!

This was my last finished project of 2014. I got some new markers for Christmas along with a movie rental gift card that let me to catch up on "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes". The combination of the two was quite inspiring.

Now I want to hear from you. What do you want to see from me in 2015?

Geek Fallout: 2014 Wrap-Up!

RIP Bob Hastings

It's our year in review episode of Geek Fallout. Join Chris Lockhart, Miss M, Chris Giada and myself as we discuss the best movies, comics, TV and toys of 2014!

Also, listen to me describe "Amazing Spider-Man 2" as "like chugging Satan's septic tank."

See you next year!

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