Friday, December 4, 2009

Cabal Week

With 'Cabal week' completed, here's the complete image of the 6 last sketches.

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 026

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Cabal week, day 6: The Iron Patriot!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 025

Cabal week, day 5! Loki!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 024

Cabal week, day 4! The Hood.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 023

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Cabal week, Day 3: Doctor Doom!

Monday, November 30, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 022

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Cabal week, day 02: Namor the Submariner!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 021

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CABAL WEEK! First up, Emma Frost.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 020

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Kang the Conqueror.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Daily Sketchblog: Day 019

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In honor of Black Friday....BLACK LANTERNS!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 018

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ARES! God of War. Currently starring in a spin-off mini-series written by Kieron Gillen. A really, really entertaining book. Ares also appears in Dark Avengers every month, and is currently guest-starring in Secret Warriors.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 017

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Daken Akihiro. Son of Wolverine. I have to admit, I didn't care for the guy at all when he first appeared, but he's starting to grow on me ever since the Original Sin storyline last year. What's also great is Dark Wolverine, which he stars in. Daniel Way and Marjorie Liu are turning this stone cold killer into a real character. He's already involved himself in other circles of the Marvel Universe as one of Norman Osborn's Avengers, and made allies out of the Fantastic Four. His best moment, of course, is in the Dark Reign - The List: Punisher special, where he takes on the Punisher that only one of them got to walk away from.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 016

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Kalibak! Son of Darkseid. Ugly-ass dude.

Monday, November 23, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 015

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Starscream. Decepticon air commander. Ambitious. Treacherous. Awesome. 'Nuff said.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 014

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Cobra Commander and Destro. Together, they run Cobra, a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world. Also, the most extravagant. They have ridiculous hideouts that probably cost billions to build. They also come up with some of the most ridiculous schemes to seize control of the planet. I mean, if they didn't bother spending all their overhead on ridiculous bases and weaponry, they wouldn't have to demand billions of dollars from the government. Just saying...

Saturday, November 21, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 013

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Mongul. Rather, Mongul Jr. This guy just asks for trouble. He killed his sister, Mongal. (yes, he has a sister named Mongal) He's fought Superman far too many times, and he even tried to usurp control of the Sinestro Corps from Sinestro.

That didn't end well for old Mongul here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Daily sketchblog: Day 012

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The Punisher! As seen in Rick Remender's Punisher series, set firmly in the Marvel universe.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Daily Sketchblog: Day 011

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Kamandi! Last boy on Earth! Nuff said!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Daily Sketchblog day 010!

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Devastator is a giant Decepticon comprised of the six Constructicons. I have fond memories of collecting the original toys, and finally building the giant robot out of the six construction vehicles. I never understood the lime green color scheme these guys had, though.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Daily Sketchblog Day 009

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Kids, this is what happens when you draw from memory. Major Bludd here wears an eyepatch. I drew it on the wrong eye. I realized this AFTER I finished coloring. Oh well. Still, it came out looking fine. The purists will kill me for the mistake, though.

Monday, November 16, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 08

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The Iron Patriot! Norman Osborn, formerly known as the murdering psychopath Green, America's top law-man and superhero. Director of H.A.M.M.E.R. and leader of the Avengers. Of course, it's only a matter of time before he makes an idiot of himself again. He's clearly one of the most fascinating characters of the last couple of years. Also a lot of fun to draw.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 07

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Psycho Mantis, Sniper Wolf, Revolver Ocelot, and Liquid Snake they are Special Forces Unit Foxhound. These are characters from the video game Metal Gear Solid, and some of the most fascinating characters in the medium.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

The Sanctum Sanctorum

I took new photos of my bookcases. Enjoy.

You can see more by checking out my Flickr feed.

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 06

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Galactus. Devourer of worlds. Looking VERY hungry.

Friday, November 13, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 05

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Kraven the Hunter. A classic Spider-Man villain that ended up taking his own life at the end of the great 'Kraven's Last Hunt' storyline. Since then we were introduced to the rest of his family in Amazing Spider-Man.

Fun little piece. Turned out better than I thought it would.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 04

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Darkseid. Lord of Apokolips. Enemy of all that is life!

I tried my best to do some Kirby-tech for this piece, and I think I'm fairly successful at it. As far as Darkseid goes, I always enjoyed drawing the character, so I had no doubt this piece would turn out well. I threw in the firepit in the background, because it really tied it all together. Don't you agree?

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 03

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Dr. Strange. Master of the mystic arts, former sorceror supreme, snappy dresser, and a really fun character to draw, among other things. He is also starring in a brand new limited series written by Mark Waid, aptly titled 'Strange.' Issue 1 is in stores today.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 02

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Megatron! Leader of the Decepticons! As a kid, I always preferred the bad guys over the good guys. Megatron was one of the first villains I really got into, after all, he transforms into a gun! How badass was that?

Done with pen and marker on a 4 x 6 board.

Monday, November 9, 2009

DAILY Sketchblog, Day 01

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Heeeere's Deadpool! And he's going to shoot a boot at you.

Today marks the beginning of the daily sketchblog challenge. And dammit, I intend to make it a full year. I expect you all to shame me to keep it going. Ha ha ha.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Plugging away...

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Been working on mini-sketches and holiday cards. Here's a sampling. Of course, I'll be scanning these in hi-res and turning them into sketchblog fodder VERY soon.

I'm a little over halfway done inking Blacklisted, working out layouts for two other stories, and also, a webcomic. The webcomic has no schedule, most likely going to be weekly. No particular subject for that, its just randomness from any given day of the week. You'll see soon enough.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Sketchblog: Day 08!

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Xorn! One of the greatest things to come out of Grant Morrison's X-Men. Xorn! Completely misunderstood and loved by many! Xorn! He's really Magneto-- but he's not! Or was he?! Xorn! My sketch for today.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sketchblog: Day 07

Cyclops and Emma Frost
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Cyclops and Emma Frost. Originally, I was planning to ink and color this piece. But my pal David Price liked it and I offered him a chance to ink this with his new tablet, so I did a full pencil rendering.

The funny thing is, I got carried away. REALLY carried away. The piece ended up in a position where it shouldn't be inked or colored, and a bunch of twitter buddies helped me keep it in its current state.

So thanks, and enjoy this sketch!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Sketchblog: Day 06

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Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu! I've always enjoyed this character. I continue to hold Doug Moench and Paul Gulacy's work on this character as some of the best action comics ever. It's depressing to think that the rights over the Fu-Manchu character is preventing Marvel from putting out collections of this classic run.

I drew this for a friend of mine over in the UK. Hope he enjoys it!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sketchblog: Day 05

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From the pages of Iron Man: War Machine.

This was a fun piece. The limited amount of colors needed was also a great challenge. I wanted to keep with the gray tones and stray away from putting in bright colors, which I would normally use to fill the background with. Thankfully the negative white space worked well, and made the figure, and the foreground smoke pop out.

Comic you SHOULD be reading.

Nothing makes me happier in any given month than seeing the next issue of Criminal in my pile of new books. Criminal, for those who don't know, is a crime-noir comic created by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. The book is basically a series of mini-series, featuring a different protagonist in each storyline, and is very easily accessible for new readers.

The first issue of the new storyline 'The Sinners', just shipped last week, and it features the return of Tracy Lawless (last seen in book 2, Lawless). The good news is that you needn't have to have read Lawless to get into this story. It tells you all you need to know about Tracy, and why he's in the position he's in right now.

Criminal: The Sinners is monthly, and costs $3.50. Aside from the comic story, there are articles included as well. Ed Brubaker writes, Sean Phillips illustrates, and Val Staples colors. Buy this book!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sketchblog: Day 04

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Scrap-Iron, Cobra anti-armor specialist. Done on a 4x6 piece of art board. Confession: I never had this figure growing up. Always wanted him, too.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Daily Sketchblog: Day 3

Wolverine and Shadowcat
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Fun sketch. Trying to do the phasing effect for Kitty was tough. Turned out a little better than I thought it would, though.

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Sketchblog: Day 02

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Today's sketch is Magneto, as he appeared in Excalibur vol. 2. The challenge in this piece is the fact that the costume is meant to be black. Of course, doing the piece in full black inks would just come out looking boring and lazy. I ended up using one of the darker grays that I had and re-inked the muscles and the form over it. I was pretty satisfied with the results.

This piece, like yesterday's, was done for our family sketch drive. For more info, follow this link:

Saturday, October 10, 2009

War Machine and Shang Chi sketches

What I'm currently working on. See? I'm blogging!

Sketchblog: Day 01

This is a jam piece that my brother and I had done for our sketch-drive. My brother drew the Grey Gargoyle, I drew Thor. This was done in less than two hours, and the only thing difficult about it is figuring out a good pose to put the characters in, knowing that its a jam piece.

I'm pretty satisfied with how it turned out. I was also surprised that the buyer preferred to keep the piece in black & white, considering how much he had donated.

We're still accepting donations for sketches, see this entry for more details.

What are you looking at?

Well, this blog is basically, well, a blog. There's no specific purpose to it, except that I intend to use this to post content. Whether it be a review, new artwork, a's my sounding board on the internet. This will also be accompanied by a podcast that I vow to put out whenever I feel like I really have something worth saying. Basically, it's all about ME.

I'll be phasing out the old sketchblog in favor of this, and I hope to eventually resume posting the daily sketches, but through here.

Anyways, welcome to the new blog. This should be fun.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Infinity Gauntlet statue.

Infinity Gauntlet statue.
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One of the comics that hooked me into the medium when I was younger was the Infinity Gauntlet. It was a big Marvel event that had all their major characters banding together against a common foe...and they lost.

The book continues to be one of my favorites, and when I heard that Kotobukiya was putting out a diorama based on it, I was worried that my broke ass couldn't afford it. Thankfully my brother wasn't. He got this for me as an advanced Christmas and birthday present.

Coming soon...

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New blog, a podcast, and all kinds of nonsense. Stay tuned.