Sketches for Justice League Commission
February 6, 2013


So the image above was my first attempt at a JL layout for a commission…
However, the client wanted less Batman and more Superman, so I did some quick photoshopping in order to come up with a new layout…


Obviously there are some issues, I’m thinking they look a little too separate, blocked off…I might have to overlay some of the characters a little more, I don’t know. And Superman’s foward-most hand is a little iffy…and the Flash is looking a little weird…but hey, she really liked the second layout more, so I’ll be proceeding with that one.

Thumbnail sketch for RoTLD poster
October 19, 2012


Wonder Woman Commission
October 5, 2011

I got hired by a father to do a Wonder Woman commission piece for his 5 year old daughter.
I started out by sketching this in my 8.5 x 11 sketchbook, but wasn’t happy with the face and some of the hair.

So on a separate page, I sketch, like 5 more faces until I created one I was happy with. I’m particularly happy with the very Greek nose, and the look in her eyes, which I wanted to say “Really?? You’re shooting at me with bullets? You’s a dummy!”

I then took that face and the body sketch and merged them together in Photoshop, then printed that out and lightboxed the whole image onto a sheet of 11×17 Bristol Board.

I then inked over those pencils with Windsor Newton Series 7 brushes and some Micron pens until I got this:

About 3 hours and change of coloring in Photoshop, I was done!

Now I just hope the client is happy with it!!

MovieSketch Monday!
October 3, 2011

So my buddy Zach Trover (over at Too-Hecticand I decided to start doing a sketch every Monday, and here be the firstest!
Snake MotherLovin’ Plissken, y’all!
Check out Zach’s version here!



April 17, 2011

Took a page from the Chris Samnee book of inking with this one.. He has a tendency with his sketches to only draw the shadows and blacks. Thought I would try it here!



Spider-Man (Black) Process
December 5, 2010

I did this thumbnail sketch at about 2″ x 1″, just to get the positioning and composition down, and was pretty happy with it, so I went directly into drawing the full size version in my sketch book:

In retrospect, now that the project is over, I think I like the more extreme angle of the thumbnail better than the actual sketch..better luck next time! After I finished this sketch, I took a picture of it with my iPhone and just used that pic to start the finished drawing in Photoshop with my Wacom tablet. I found a color photo of a brick wall and converted it to black and white and upped the contrast significantly, to create the final piece:Done and done!

Scott Pilgrim Progress – Pt 1
July 19, 2010

So I decided that I wanted to do a Scott Pilgrim print for the upcoming Punk Rock Flea Market this weekend. This is the first of several prints I have to do and complete by this weekend! ARRGH.

So while at the comic shop awhile ago, I had done this sketch on a random piece of paper. I went against my nature and made big ole manga eyes to try to keep the look of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s characters. And as for the pose, I wanted to get across the love and the cartoon-y violence that the series has in spades..So I have Ramona and Scott walking hand-in-hand, all lovey dovey, while Scott casually deflects an off-panel attack punch!So then I just took a pic of it with my iPhone, which is so much easier and quicker then using my actual scanner! It’s ridiculous! God, I love my phone.

So anyhoo, I brought it into Photoshop CS5 and redrew the whole thing. There were some things I wanted to change about the sketch and this was the time to do it. 1. I wanted to make Ramona look less chunky so I made her much taller and gave her a different body type. 2. I wasn’t comfortable with the giant Manga eyes, so I went with MY style eyes. It just didn’t feel right. I drew each character on their own layer, and thank god I did, because in order to make Ramona taller, I just stretched her up and repositioned her. I also had to adjust the size of her forearm which was super-long. (Thanks for the heads-up, Slai!) and that was also really easy since her sketch wasn’t attached to Scott’s.

So then it was time to start adding the color. I decided to again go against my own grain and color the linework as well. Usually I keep the linework black, but thought I’d try something different. The way I did this was to just redraw all the line work using the different colors and then create another layer and add the fill colors one part at a time, then create a new layer and start adding in the shadows for each color. Some tricks I thought of was for the seams in the pants and the zipper on the jacket, create a new layer, use a thick brush size, then draw a single line, say..for the seam. Then I just used the STROKE effect on that layer, which gave the impression of two parallel lines. A bit of a cheat, I know. But I’m stoked that I figured that out, cause I hate having to draw zigzag-y parallel lines. They never match. They always wind up thinner in certain parts and thicker in others, which looks sloppy.

So here’s where I am so far!

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