Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The Silver Surfer

The Silver Surfer is very powerful yet always bemoaning his servitude to Galactus. This was done in photoshop, drawn directly on the cintiq.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Animation class

There is a kickstarter for a new animation class starting up soon. It will be conducted by Mike Polvani and Wayne Carlisi. They worked for Disney and Chuck Jones productions and many others. For info, the link is:

Creating a finished illustration for a client

This a an illustration done recently for a comic book to be released later this year by a company called in Australia. It will be used as a splash page type poster to go along with a story called "Wrestlers in Space"

 When asked to do an illustration for hire, the first step is a rough pencil sketch from the client's reference material (if provided).
 When the rough pencil is approved by the client, I will do the finished drawing and get that approved.
 Next, a rough color comp is done using markers. This can be a small thumbnail size sketch indicating the basic color scheme.  
 After getting approval of the rough color, the finished drawing is scanned into the computer and transferred into photoshop. Using the Cintiq, I trace over the scan on a new layer with a brush tip that tapers giving the thick and thin look, much like old comic book style.
 Then on a new layer under the ink layer, the flat colors are painted. As you can see, I mistakenly started shading on the flat color layer. It wasn't a problem so I left it instead of doing that part over.
 After the flat color is done, the background is drawn with color brush and paint is filled in. As a final touch, I used a marker brush in photoshop to shade the characters and when all the layers are put together, the result is the finished piece you see at the top.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Loki Cap revised

This piece was done as a birthday card for a friend of a friend, same set up in a slightly different drawing style.
 Happy birthday Tawny!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Comic book style illustration

 This is the thumbnail sketch for a character combining Loki and Captain America.
Then a drawing was done in a sorta Jack Kirby style.
This is the final art done with markers on Bristol heavy smooth board. Thanks to Derek and Wade for the idea.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Ren & Stimpy Stories Never Made

The top 2 are story sketches for another Untamed World episode. 3 & 4 are for another army story. Next is a doodle of Mr. Horse and the idiots. At bottom Sgt. Hoek and private Stimpy ride into hell.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

George Pal composition for groups shots in storyboard and layout

When composing group shots, add variation to the characters placement and body angles to make it more interesting. In this first shot, the group is composed around one central figure. The foreground figure a bit separate. As a side theory, the eye lines are focused on several different places. 

 In this shot the group is again composed nicely, the lines of action are varied, and there is also a single focus for the characters eye lines: they are all focused on the same thing.

In this shot, there is the variation in placement and line of action, plus the same single focal point.

Many of the movies produced by George Pal have this quality, here in "When Worlds Collide" (1951) and also in "War of the Worlds" from 1953. Although Pal did not direct these pictures, his influence as an artist is clearly displayed.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Ren Hoek layouts

These are from "Robin Hoek" season 1, some of the few I have left.