I've rescently been flying threw a ton of comics as I'm drawing - here are some of the guys that are making me excited to draw.
Brian Stefleeze - always helps me find directionin my own color work when I'm stuck.
Claudio Castellini - Amazing hands, faces and angles. Very dynamic and interesting focus on ribcages.
Rodolfo Damaggio - went on to do storyboards but if you're lucky enough to find his comics they read so easily and feel like a film without feeling slavish imitations of another artform.
Eduardo Barreto - reminds me quite a bit of Jose Luise Garcia Lopez.
Steve Epting - 90's Avengers is great stuff - amazing team shot splash pages.
Alan Davis - couldn't stand him when I first saw his work but I think his stuff from the last decade is about as good as it gets. Amazing layouts, awesome smooth rendering - with help from his inker Mark Farmer - and it all has a certain texture - like pre-Bryan Hytch.
Tom Raney - on Avengers Academy has been pretty good.
The ones I've mentioned before but can't stop going back to - Lee Weeks, Ron Garney - can't beat their layouts and solid figure construction - and Andy/Adam Kubert.
Butch Guice - his work on dc/marvel all access seems to be my favorite stuff of his. So much acting with hands and faces in every panel. I tried resurection man which came right after but it doesn't look like they could keep an inker on him and it didn't quite work for me.
Al Wiliamson - seems to improve and make me love anything he touches - besides Spider-girl.
Paul Neary - Can't stand his vertigo/dc work but can't get enough of the cover art he did for Marvel video games and comics, even Ninja Turtles.
I finally got about 15pgs of sequentials and a color cover up on Deviantart to show. More to come.
These were not used but are kind of cool to see anyway.
I'm about 1/3 of the way through penciling a 120pg graphic novel. Which is going well and I'll be posting pictures soon. Just finished first new Outcast Angels work as well - first color images for that series. More to come, stay tuned.
Pages 3-5 of the actual pages (from comixology's preview) turned out like this, just to compare.
Here's my thumbs for the Red Sonja contest. Lots of diving into battle behind a shield. The one similar to the one I chose, I abandoned because I think I saw one like it in a Conan mag by Simonson or Frank Thorne. Sonja looks so much like the girl from New Teen Titans.
I ended up having to add her scales, change her boots and gloves etc. I was inspired to try this full pencil shaded version after seeing the process for Jenny Frison of Revival. Red Sonja Cover Entry by xaqBazit on deviantART and this was a design for a mural at a local gym that I was supposed to do. But I landed a big penciling gig today, so I wanted to get these odds and ends up before I got busy again. Also posted a handful of unused/wip art on the From Blood facebook group.
I remember as a young boy the first artist I knew by name was a painter named John Gurche because I liked his paintings of dinosaurs and they were featured in a Kids magazine I was reading. Then the Hildibrant brothers as I was collecting their Marvel Cards and the Shadows of the Empire cards they did.
Some artist I've really loved over the last few years I don't think I've mentioned yet are listed below. In fact most of my collecting these days have been centered around these artists now and anything and everything they've done.
Danijel Zezelj - I haave no idea how this artist goes about their work. It almost looks like sillhouettes that are cut back into with whiteout - very distinct and interesting.
Kyle Baker in his late 80's/early 90's style on the Shadow or the Dick Tracy movie adaptation - his more cartoony stuff and new Tank Girl does nothing for me.
Shawn McManus on Dr. Fate 80's
Marshall Rogers on Batman
And I've really enjoyed these messy covers by Frank Terran
Hugh Flemming - I find him even more interesting than Dave Doorman/Drew Struzan - he has a much more ground level approach to his angles that make even the most photoreferenced Star Wars cover seem like a brand new deleted scene etc.
And for some reason I've come to learn that while I've known his work all my life from art in the Chris Hart how to books Gray Marrow's art is so flat it drives me nuts. I saw a story he did for Dark Horse for the Aliens franchise that was just not his thing.
Some work in progress images I don't usually remember to take as I ink. I usually work all my pages at once and use one tool/technique at a time. Here it's mostly only the brush work that's been done. Usually go fat to fine.
Also just got invited to a Wizard World show and have a lot of original pages from the last few years I'm looking to sell. So I hope to see you guys at one of the shows. Been working behind the scenes this last year, doing a lot of plotting and writing. And trying to find peace in the chaos that is an artist's life. Changed day jobs and moved too. Check out my DA page for the finished versions of these pages.
It's been a while but I thought I'd show how I'm working on some of my larger more complex pieces since doing the ship.
Sharknado 2 poster
Oops issue 3 cover
I even ended up doing another layer to add the Clydesdale's hair around it's hooves but don't have that pictured here. The final version looks like this
Oopsish3 Cover by xaqBazit on deviantART
I also got to be on some podcasts this year that I'll be posting links to shortly.
Here's thumbnails and some of the works in progress for my most rescent illustartions for the Outcast Angels book promotions that you can read more on at outcastangels.com or on my deviantart at xaqbazit.deviantart.com