Friday, February 26, 2010

You never really know what sort of charcters are going to end up on your commission list. Sure, I'm able to anticipate a slew of Captain Americas to illustrate and respond accordingly although it's just as much fun to draw those comic heroes who've bever made the "A" list, even though they proudly hold their Avengers cards and save the universe alongside the "big" guys.

Currently, there's an aspect of Mantis that's joined forces with The Guardians of the Galaxy (find the most recent run in the collections and I guarantee a fantastic read) - this isn't that one. This is the classic version:


Thursday, February 25, 2010

I have yet to read any of the multiple volumes of Lone Wolf and Cub, but when big-time fan and all-around excellent guy - Jeff - commissioned this from me I knew exactly what to get down on the paper.


Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Captain Jack Sparrow is undoubtebly one of the most endearing - and , time will tell, enduring - characters created in the entertainment medium over the last decade and he's an illustrator's dream to draw.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A pencil image of the X-Men's Storm - in her mid-90's finery. Not my favourite costume. That'd be a close tie with the original Cockrum look and the mohican/leather look she sported for a while.


Monday, February 22, 2010

I've grown up with Doctor Who ; alongside the programme playing on T.V. , reading the books, listening to the sudio presentations or reading the brilliant Dave Gibbons illustrated comic strips in Doctor Who Weekly - so I look forward to any chance I may get of illustrating any incarnation of the character. David Tennant made the Time Lord the most successful he's ever been and I'm looking forward to see in which direction the newly re-generated Dr goes in as he takes up the keys of the T.A.R.D.I.S.


Saturday, February 20, 2010

There I was, thinking I wouldn't be posting anything over the weekend but then I found I had a few minutes to rub together and decided to put something up:


Friday, February 19, 2010

This one's another sketchbook commission - this time of Cloak and Dagger - a dynamic duo whose earlier adventures are now available in a collected hardback edition featuring gorgeous artwork by Mr. Rick Leonardi.


Thursday, February 18, 2010

A change of pace for today. Tony Bedard, master writer of The Great Ten and the just announced Green Lantern Corps, is a huge Aquaman fan and has a sketchbook he takes to conventions in order to coax an illustration of the fishy fella out of his fellow professionals :


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

I love The Inhumans - their other-worldliness, their heirarchy, their family squabbles, their mirrored reflection of our reality and, of course, their wonderful costumes. Black Bolt has to have one of the best costumes in comics - fit for a king, in fact.



Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Not exactly a commission - more of an illustration for someone's birthday - but I thought I'd share it anyway. I've long been a massive fan of Brian Bolland's work and loved Camelot 3000, so it was a joy to re-visit and illustrate some of the ladies of that work:

Monday, February 15, 2010

The red, white and blues... two of my favourite characters who, I hope, one day to return to:

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Here's one for Valentine's day. A Winter Soldier and Black Widow sketch:

Saturday, February 13, 2010

COMMISSIONS

Over the next month or so I'm going to put up a few of the commissions I've completed. It's always a little breath of fresh air to work on a commission - but, in a way, it's nicer to be so busy that it's difficult to squeeze in the time ... and before anyone asks - I don't, currently, have the time to take on any new commissions.



Here's a Black Widow piece :

Thursday, February 4, 2010

A QUESTION OF TASTE


Yes, I'm an artist, but I don't usually buy a comic based on the artwork alone. I follow writers more so than pencillers, and even then I don't pick up everything a certain writer may produce. I'm more inclined to wait for the trade collection on certain titles - and, again, this comes down to the writing. Saying that, though, there has to be a marriage between the writing and the illustration. Poor artwork can seriously drag great writing down.

Anyway..as I was saying... I don't usually buy a comic based on the artwork alone but, as I was flicking through a few new comics yesterday, I came across the Blackest Night tie-in issue of The Question and was simply blown away by Bill Sienkiewicz's inking on the title. I haven't been following the Blackest Night storyline and, although I'm well aware of all the players involved and have the highest respect for all of them, Mr. S's scratchy line-work just made that title sing.

A beautiful book.