Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 360

MADMAN. 2017.
Gouache and Acryla Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.

The reference used below is from Anatomy 360, a series of apps with 3D models that you can light and rotate. It's great for quick mock-ups of lighting situations. I mostly use the "clay" option for reference, but you can create photo effects as well.


Madman reference by Mike Allred


underpainting in Payne's Gray gouache


pencil sketch


detail of raw scan

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 359

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955 #3. 2017.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Out today: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 #3, full credits here. Below are the many little details that went into making this cover. The figure on the lower left is the design I came up with for a character, Moravec, that made his first appearance in Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953.

I usually do tiny sketches in the (often digital) margins to get a feel for characters, poses, or props. If nothing else, it helps me rule things out. I find it's always better to just get something on the page before you start overthinking it or, heaven forbid, erasing.


Not much posing, but lots of details


inks by my Pops


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital sketch


sketch in Photoshop


flats by Aladdin Collar


digital layouts

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Captain America Poster Charity Auction

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. 2011.
Gouache and acrylic on illustration board, 16 × 24″.

I receive one question more than any other: "Do you have any Cap movie posters to sell?" For once, the answer is yes.

You can bid on it here. All proceeds will go to Fundos Unidos de Puerto Rico (Charity Navigator rating).

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 358

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955 #2. 2017.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

This issue is already out, I just never got the chance to post. Full details at Dark Horse. (Can't wait to show you the next turtle cover I did.)


1:1 Airsoft Colt 1911 and 1:6 M3 "grease gun"


inks by my Pops


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital sketch


sketch in Photoshop


layouts in Photoshop


work in progress (Photoshop coloring)


tech usually require blue pencil first


another work in progress shot

Monday, October 30, 2017

Doctor Strange Commission

DOCTOR STRANGE. 2017.
Gouache & Acryla Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.

This commission from earlier in the year took 11 hours, prep to scan. I had great reference (thanks to my previous work for the movie) and basically just copied a single photo. If only it were always that easy. Typically, I end up trying to interpolate 2 or more different photos into something new (typically a bad idea).


detail of raw scan

At the bottom, you can see how I try to lock down the drawing in a single wash — Sepia Holbein Gouache, in this case. The face is always toughest, so I saved it for last. I must've done okay, though, since my Photos App now thinks I know Mr. Cumberbatch.


detail of raw scan


work in progress snapshot

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 357

Amazing Spider-Man #638, Pages 11-12. 2010. Ink on Marvel board, 22 × 17.25″.

(This was originally posted as WRW No. 164. I couldn't find any other art with a 357 Magnum)

Sometimes the reference isn't a photo, but a panel or sequence from another story. Such was the case in this spread from One Moment in Time. My task was to recompose a small panel from Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 into a double-page splash (with ample room for title and credits).





Additional reference was needed to "beef up" various architectural details, so Google Sketchup models were incorporated directly into my digital composite, where things like perspective and composition are refined. The generic man flying in the background served as a placeholder—something that could give me a sense of relative scale. As often happens, I followed my gut and just made the high-strung criminal as big as I wanted.



And this is where it all starts, an 8 × 6″ layout that hits all the major notes. You can view the final colored art here. There's even more behind-the-scenes planning that went into the following page, but I'll have to save that for another post.




AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #638, Pages 11-12. 2010.
Ink with digital color on Marvel board, 21.5 x 17.25"

Monday, October 23, 2017

Planet of the Apes: Ursus #1

PLANET OF THE APES: URSUS #1. 2017.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

In case you missed this on social media, here is the first of 6 covers for PLANET OF THE APES: URSUS. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the landmark film, so don't be shocked if you see more simian work from me (and my Pops).

Press Release:
LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (October 11, 2017) – BOOM! Studios and Twentieth Century Consumer Products are excited to announce PLANET OF THE APES: URSUS, a comic book series launching in January 2018 about the classic franchise’s most notorious villain. Written by David F. Walker (Power Man & Iron Fist, War for the Planet of the Apes) and illustrated by Christopher Mooneyham (Five Ghosts)—both longtime fans of the franchise—the series will follow the rise through the ranks of the ape who has hated (and feared) mankind the most, including what first brought him to the Forbidden Zone. This is the first project from BOOM! Studios in 2018 as part of their yearlong celebration of the franchise’s 50th anniversary.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 356

TINTIN AND SNOWY. 2017.
Gouache & Acryla Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.


Destination Moooooooon!


detail of raw scan


pencils

Monday, October 16, 2017

Hellboy '55

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955 #3. 2017.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Here's the 3rd of 3 covers for Hellboy and the B.P.R.D., full details here. I've still got a couple more in the pipeline as well, plus I'm working on a Hellboy one-shot that should be out around February. In the meantime, I'm trying to get some larger sequential projects planned for next year.

NYCC was an amazing success, so thank you to everyone who stopped by and made my day/week!

Monday, October 2, 2017

NYCC 2017 (Artist Alley N28)

THE SINISTER SIXTEEN. 2017.
Gouache on illustration board, 19 × 25″.

It's almost here! The New York Comic Con begins this Thursday and I will, Odin willing, be there all 4 days. My commission list is beyond full, but I'll be happy to sign your books, prints, shields, and hammers. Autographs are free, but I'll be accepting donations for Hero Initiative.

Big news of the show (at least for me): Grey Matter Art will be debuting my limited edition print of The Sinister Sixteen. Privately commissioned in 2008(?) as a Sinister Six pin-up, I didn't start painting until 2013... and it just kept getting bigger. Now the officially licensed, limited edition print can be yours, just stop by booth 3064. (For those not going to NYCC, I will have artist proofs to sell online, but not for a while.)

Artist Alley N28 (I'll be here most of the time with Splash Page)

Grey Matter Art — Sinister Sixteen Signing
Thursday, 10/5
3:00 p.m.
Booth 3064

Marvel Signing
Friday, 10/6
10:00 a.m. -10:45 a.m.
Booth 1354

Valiant Signing
Booth 1635
Friday, 10/6
2:15-3:00

Grey Matter Art — *might have a second signing, if needed
Sunday 10/8
3:00 p.m.
Booth 3064


THE DEMOGORGON. 2017. Ink & watercolor on paper, 9 × 12″.

Lastly, this Stranger Things piece is my contribution to the St. Jude's Charity Auction. It could be yours (and you'd be helping a great cause). Details below.

Charity Auction
Saturday, 10/7
6:30 p.m.
Room 1A18

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 355

GENERATIONS: CAPTAIN AMERICA #1. 2017.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Out today! Long title! Generations: Sam Wilson Captain America & Steve Rogers Captain America — full info at the Marvel site.


Mostly out of my head, but I need help with that hand.


tried out a muted color version


flats by Aladdin Collar


inks by my Pops!


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital sketch


digital layouts and sketches


plenty of reference for costumes and motorcycle