Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Bats, City & Pearls



Panel i did, humbly playing off Miller's classic imagery,

pearls snapping,

the loss of his mother.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Nola mutations



 I've struggled with this one for over a decade.

It's morphed into so many incarnations, combination written word novel, then a wordless comic book, then a stage-play with a few panels decorating the dialogue. But what's cool thing about where i am in my professional life, is i have pretty much total creative freedom (aka: just enough creative rope to hang myself)..

But, outside the risk of pretentiousness or indulgence, this project has the freedom to become Any, or All of these formats.

Maybe it's not 'creative freedom' so much as the publisher's know something this non mainstream probably won't make a nickel.

Which is itself, a very freeing thing. 






Thursday, September 14, 2017

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Missing Nose.

Oops, missed yesterdays' post.

In order to make up for it, here's a goofy little behind-the-scene story:

Feeling rather abstract and artsy, i left off the Eleanor detective's nose in the B&W art.



When Ronda colored it ( below), i noticed she lightly "suggested" the nose shape in color, which makes sense. 



But for some reason, i didn't like it, so I asked Ronda to lighten the face over-all, and leave his nose blank.



Then, when i looked the uncolored nose, i showed to to my wife, who said:

"Looks great, but where is his nose?"



So, i boldly went back to Ronda, asking her to re-color the nose again (probably driving her crazy), but asked her to make it even *more* detailed this time around, which she graciously did, to my great relief.  

There's no right or wrong here, I still like the missing nose in the b&w original, but it's funny what  sometimes works in b&w, can look weirdly unfinished in color.  Below is the finished page.

Which do you like better? 




Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bird in the hand..

You know, the detective in my Eleanor comic looks a lot like Mr Gone, doesn't he?



Also, Sara (from Maxx) looks a lot like like Dana ... and Eleanor, which speaks  to my inability to draw more than a handful of female characters.



Luckily Maxx is original... the only thing he looks like,

is a lamp shade.


Thursday, September 7, 2017

MCP Cover



Dr. Strange and Ghost Rider, obviously. 

Not as many people saw the Marvel Presents back covers online, because Mile High tends to only post the front covers to MCP.

So, in case you missed it.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Art for a friend.



Alex Pardee introduced me to video game creator Edmund McMillen (a very cool guy),

whom i did some ISAAC artwork for.

This, is that.

Just for fun, here's the black and white version too:


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Unfinished Maxx Panel

 Half-finished "Sara's Outback" panel. 

Weird Fact: Anyone else ever make "tunnels" out of quilts and blankets thrown over lawn furniture as a kid?

Well . . . maybe that was just me then. 





Saturday, September 2, 2017

Painted Panels



When I first broke into comics,  most comics had to be black and white pages, which were later colored by a colorist.

I begged to add a few painted panels in between, yet Editors  discouraged having it.

Comics had to be 1) black and white, then colored, or 2) the whole book be a fully painted. Nothing in between. 

By the time i created Maxx, i could do whatever i wanted.  Fans seem to dig it too. 

I dunno why more artists don't try it.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Maxx Animated back ground art.



Here's the other painted background, done for the old MTV series.

I think they added a little movement to the creature.

Ahh, the 90s.




Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

. . . another Outback Tree



Sorry, odds are i *have* posted this sucker before,

but i really kinda dig how this tree extends beyond the square.

Also like the freaky little worm-dude hanging on the branch.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

These two again..



Cover from the old Maxx wildstorm collection.

Another one that probably looks better in black and white.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Simplified



Asian woman from Hollows. 

Sometimes it's the things you don't draw,

that have their own things to say.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

And...



Boring panel of guy on train,

so i tried to at least give him an interesting face.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Another Nemesis Cover


Another one of these covers.  During my "classic" phase.

I have a project in mind that i'd like to draw in this style,  might be cool - just for nostalgia's sake.

But better hurry up, before my ability to make "little lines" disappears altogether. ; )




Thursday, August 10, 2017

Monday, August 7, 2017

Early artwork



Changes in rough pencil vs. inked version, from the old Wandering Star comic.