Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Death

Simple title for this post, really.  That's because I'm currently working on a commission of Death, as in "of the Endless," elder sister to Morpheous, the Sandman, and created by Neil Gaiman.

When I first encountered Death in the Books of Magic, she just sort of captured my imagination.  And she continued to do so in her own mini-series that followed.  I don't know what the appeal is but perhaps it's because she seems to have a more mischievous, capricious appearance.

This piece is a commission in progress. The details of the request are to make her 'naughty'.  How could I resist?

I'll have a few prints of her in this black and white ink format available during the Calgary Comic Expo 2014! I'm also open for commissions of whatever you can think up. You'll find me in the Artist Alley at table G-07.


Friday, April 11, 2014

The Black Widow

It may not be my usual Fanny Friday fare, but it is a twist on it. 

I took the idea of a Black Widow and threw her into a more Gothic setting.  She'll be available as a print at the Calgary Comic Expo, and anywhere else you may see me.


Friday, April 4, 2014

Fanny Friday!

It's been far too long since last I uploaded on Fanny Friday!

So I'm back today with a double shot of characters.  They're in black and white, too. :)

I'm pretty sure anyone who knows me understands my love for the G.I.Joe cartoons and toy lines.  One of the more interesting lineage characters to come out of it is Zartan's daughter, Zanya. 

Then there was the occasional appearance of Cobra's female troops.  Usually they were the Baroness' personal guard, or maybe assisting Cobra Commander with something or another.  They always seemed to be far more capable than their male counterparts.  I wonder why that was?


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Danaerys in Black & White

Have you been watching HBO's Game of Thrones? Or have you read George R.R. Martin's book series?  Perhaps you're like me and enjoy both.  Though I'll admit that I'm a bit late to reading this particular series and just now starting to read A Clash of Kings, so no spoilers please!  

Naturally I'm drawn to the character of Daenerys Targaryen.  And who wouldn't be?  She is the Mother of Dragons!  

Alphonse Mucha, the Czech artist of the Art Nouveau period is a big inspiration to my own artwork.  I can look at his lithographs and murals for hours, lost in the swirls and patterns, and fine draftsmanship.  I drafted on the board long before I used the computer aided software, and I thoroughly enjoy doing so. 

Using these influences of Mucha, Art Nouveau, drafting, and the character of Daenerys, I created this piece.  For the moment it is in black and white ink, the colour version is set to come soon.

I'll have this available as a print at the Calgary Comic Expo later this month.  It will be available in limited numbers.  

Monday, March 24, 2014

Not Under The Sea

This piece was intensely amusing to create.  Do you remember the old pulp mags like Weird Fantasy Tales, Astonishing Adventures and the like?  Well, I've taken a cue from those magazines of old to create this painting of a new sort of sea monster.

Poor guys really have no hope.  At the very least, she may have an octopus forming part of her head, and seaweed for hair, but she isn't terribly unattractive.  

I'll have prints of this piece available at the Calgary Comic Expo.  


Thursday, March 20, 2014

TMNT!

I love comics!  That statement is not likely to be any sort of a revelation to anyone...  But, once in a while I need to mention it.  Part of that love of comics is having an affection or at least an admiration for all sorts of characters and comic universes.  

One such that I both admire and love is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Whether it is the old cartoon, the original comics by Eastman and Laird, the first TMNT movie, or even the few episodes of the current show that I've caught, I really enjoy it.  They do manage to keep the core concept intact throughout each incarnation.

An old friend, and a very good one at that, asked me to create an illustration for his daughter with Donatello, Michaelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael.  Couldn't have been more pleased to do this, either!  Been waiting a while to post this one. 

Presenting the Heroes on the Half Shell, with an extra partner...


I am open to commissions.  A piece like this takes a little more time than what I can do at a convention.  But, I'm happy to create it and mail it, or bring it along to any show that I'm setting up at.  My next show is the 2014 Calgary Comic Expo, which is fast approaching!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monsters Are All Grabby

It's Wednesday, the hump day of the week, so to speak.  

A little while back I was commissioned to create a single comic book panel of an ongoing webcomic by multiple artists: http://worldofhexx.com/ which is a neat concept.  

Did some crazy inking on it.  And why not?  I love playing with inks and this just sort of demanded that bit of finesse.  The panel should be able to speak for itself:



I'm open to commissions by the way!