War Of The Rocketmen

Here’s a character design illustration for Schuyler “Sky” King, lead character of the War Of The Rocketmen project. I was asked to follow a certain retro style, so I looked to the Fleischer Superman for inspiration for this particular layout.

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More Storyboard Samples

I did these some time ago, but for those who haven’t seen them, here is a short sequence from an animated short I storyboarded called, “The Piñata”.

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Storyboard Sample

Quite a few years ago, Doug McHenry, the director/producer of the film, New Jack City, commissioned me to do storyboards for New Jack City 2. These are one a few of the handful I rendered just to give you an idea of the kinds of storyboards I did for this project. These were never meant for public consumption, so it’s not finished artwork. It’s only a rough concept of the story to show how the shots work out. NewJackCity2

He Had It Coming…

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A bit of dark humor, I suppose.

War of the Rocketmen – Another Round

Another poster I did for the War of the Rocketmen project.

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Panda Power

When I’m asked to design a character, there’s no end to how different a character can be conceptualized. One of my clients had asked me to design a panda, and I thought I’d share a few styles I went with (there were others I did as well).

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IDW Artist Editions – The Sequal

I was never a big Will Eisner fan, but he garnered so much industry respect that I thought I must be missing something. I really wanted to go back and study his work on The Spirit, but any trade reprints just didn’t seem to be of great quality. Let’s face it, the production quality of comics has come a long way from the off-register-colored stuff printed on newsprint which made up the comics of my childhood. Frankly, I preferred the DC series which were done by Darwyn Cooke several years ago. So I never purchased any of the series by Eisner. TheSpirit_IDW_1st And then came the IDW Artist Editions. I watched a YouTube video of someone flipping through one of The Spirit editions, and it just didn’t impress me. And then I saw one in person and flipped through it – Wow! Seeing the work up close made all of the difference in the world. Naturally I bought both volumes. The first thing I have to say is that I now understand why everyone has such great respect for Eisner. His work on these Spirit comics is amazing. And seeing the original-quality inking without the distraction of coloring really highlights what’s best about this work. Eisner wasn’t just a great sequential story-teller (which is what I thought was his claim to fame). He was really a great artist as well. I would recommend any fan of good, traditionally inked work to run out and get themselves a copy of these editions. An artist can learn a lot from studying these. TheSpirit_IDW_2nd The IDW Artist Edition on EC comics is my least favorite of the ones I’ve reviewed, though, that Frazetta cover is an amazing work of art which one could study endlessly (it’s easily one of my favorite Frazetta pieces). I was really hoping this edition contained mostly collaborative work by The Fleagles, but that wasn’t the case. It’s still a top-notch volume where quality is concerned, but if you’re looking for lots of Williamson, Frazetta, and Krenkel, don’t look here. I think there was only one such collaborative story, but that isn’t really much in a volume this large. Wally Wood also isn’t represented here because his work was saved for another Artist Edition devoted entirely to him. Still, as I said, it’s a well-produced book. EC_IDW Regarding future IDW Artist Editions, what I’d really like to see is some work from Marvel’s Savage Sword of Conan magazine (from the 70’s) reproduced in this format. I really want to see Big John’s penciling with Alfredo Alcala’s beautiful pen and ink work. Can you imagine seeing the following pages reproduced in their original size in all of their splendor? alcalaconan5 Perhaps someone at IDW is already on to these and has plans for reproducing them in a future Artist Edition. One can only hope.

It was a rainy night…

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Zooming In

One thing I liked about IDW’s Artist Editions is the fact that I could study what was essentially the original work up close. There’s something to be said for zooming in and getting a closer look. Anyway, someone had asked me about pencil drawings, so I had enlarged a detail of a rough sketch to show what was going on there.

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A rushed Monday morning doodle (hey, you get what you pay for).

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