Sunday, May 31, 2009

Boba Fett

Here is another technique study with the inks and charcoal on gessoed board. This time the victim is Boba Fett, yeah, it's Boba Fett. I know what you're thinking, "Dude, I saw Empire and Jedi and Boba Fett's get up is green." Two words: Holiday Special. I like how some of this came out. In retrospect I don't think I would have used the charcoal to render in the dark areas on the fabric, gloves or the wrist guard. Those areas look real muddy and after the art was shrunk down a lot of the textures from the charcoal and gesso got lost. Originally I was going to paint him up in his classic getup, but I thought I'd do something different.

On an unrelated note, I found this video of Mitch Breitweiser working on a Captain America piece. I really dig his work and was glad to see this. You may like this video if you're a cat enthusiast.

Friday, May 29, 2009


Here is todays, tonights, whatever... submission. I am only responsible for the coloring on this piece. The original Brush/Pen and ink drawing was done by my friend Dirk Shearer. You can see the final inked piece along with the sketches and thumbnails at his blogspot address:

I don't think I've ever colored someone else's pencils before, so this was a first for me. The color palette was influenced by the palette currently being used in the Wolverine: Old Man Logan story arc. (On a side note, I think Wolverine is a lame over used character, but even I think the Old Man Logan story is good.)

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Bar, Pub, Tavern, A Place To Get Blitzed

Once again I played with the inks and charcoal on gessoed board. I kind of dug how this came out, though, I wish I would have made the grooves deeper in the gesso to get some of the textures I was able to get similar to the second Daredevil head. I like applying the inks to a gessoed surface because if I make a mark I don't care for I can scratch it away (like scratch board). As far as subject matter goes I went downtown and took a picture of a bar I went to a few times when I lived in that area. I could not remember the last time I drew a building. Colored in Photoshop. I will continue to play with this process.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mike Watt

Aaron Andrews and I drove up to Cleveland the other night to see Mike Watt and the Missingmen. There are not enough positive words to express how amazing the evening was. We were lucky to see him since he usually sticks close to his home turf out in California. If I had the cash, I would honestly see him again in Detroit, Chicago and Minneapolis.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Bleh on inks

Well, I inked my pencils and was completely disappointed with how the inks came out. Some of the subtleties in the pencils got lost in inking... so... I will scan the pencils and just "dink" it. But, as promised, here is another tease. I will not be able to get back to this for a couple days. Tonight I have a real gig to work on and tomorrow I will be in Cleveland seeing Mike Watt so once again, this piece will get put on the back burner. This piece is turning out to be like Chinese Democracy cause when it's eventually done, I'm sure it will suck.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

The Horror

I originally got this idea in my head way back in September. Since then there were a lot of hick-ups that prevented me from following through. Finally, I got the pencils down last night. I plan on inking it tonight followed by colors this weekend ( if time permits me). Anyways, I'll give progress shots along the way, with a catch. I'm going to be a total boner about it and will only show a small segment at a time. So... here's some pencil work.

Monday, May 4, 2009

so, you wanna be on t.v.?

Well, Daisy of Love has started on VH1 and I got hooked, (sigh). For those that don't remember Daisy, the chick that looks like the real life version of Janice from the Dr. Teeth Band, finished runner up on Rock of Love with Bret Michaels a couple seasons ago. Now she is back with her own show. It's the same format except this time it's a bunch of dudes trying to end up with Daisy.

Here's the deal, anyone who's anyone knows that this show is going to go on at least one more season, so for my male friends out there I have created a guide on how to dress for this show.

1. Dye you hair jet black and faux-hawk it
2. Wear a lot of eyeliner
3. piercings, specifically the stud above the lip and below the nose. You want the viewer to constantly think you have a shiny booger on your face.
4. Tats. A couple sleeves worth. Don't forget to put musical notes on there somewhere because music is undoubtedly your first love. Also a few Chinese symbols and a couple barbwires around the arms. You should also have something across your neck that is hard to read until the fifth episode when the viewer realizes that your neck tat says "livin life".
5. A $200 shirt that says "Punk Rock" because everyone knows you aren't punk rock unless you buy an expensive shirt that says so. That is actually my favorite Minutemen song. I think the lyrics go, "Me and Mike Watt just bought some expensive Punk Rock shirts."
6. A studded belt that serves no purpose because...
7. ... the pants you'll be wearing are so tight, no belt is necessary.
8. Black bandana in the back pocket.
9. An impractical biker chain for your wallet.
10. Big ass skater shoes in a bright color.
11. Drink a lot of beer and yell out "Whooooo!" as much as possible. If you can somersault into a pool, that will also be beneficial for you. Oh, and have a tragic story, like your favorite parent died of some terminal illness. This will show Daisy that you have a soft side beneath your gruff "punk rock" exterior.