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.