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 incase anyone wondered what my layouts looked like, here's a typical batch - there were unused for Robyn Hood Ongoing issue 2. Script by Pat Shand. 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.
Kyle Baker in his late 80's/early 90's style on the Shadow or the Dick Tracy movie adaptation
Shawn McManus on Dr. Fate 80's
Marshall Rogers on Batman
And I've really enjoyed these messy covers by Frank Terran
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
Well I’ve been away a long time. I’ve been writing up a storm and drawing a bit. The blog was turning into a hyperlink for my Deviantart and I didn’t want that to keep happening. I’ve been feeling less public as I’ve kind of felt the double edged sword of having so much online, had some art stolen/copied and spread around. Which is really kind of disheartening. The sketchblog I was a part of fell off the face of the earth. I needed to rediscover loving drawing and it turns out I love laying stuff out, it’s my favorite stage. Anyway, I thought these pieces were ok,
and I’ve been having a lot of fun doing splash page illustrations for Outcast Angels. heres some of the rough thumbnails.
The ship (not for lack of trying) ended up having to be 4 layers, background, light rays (which I painted black and inverted in photoshop) and ship and splatter texture. This afforded me the luxury to invert the ship layer (making the lines white) and shift the black ones (infront of the white lines) just over to the right and down – making it look like every line had a highlight and stand away from the background.
This other one was just drawn in two parts and composited (much less confusing) – but the black placement worked so easily.
you can find the final versions on my deviantart page here.
Below are some of my designs for atypicalcomic’s Takedown which I did a while back. I liked the motorcycle which I tried to give a batman ’89-eske jet engine. And a very nerf inspired gun.
I was just on the TMNT podcast as part of the Incompetent Comic Cabal Cast (IC3). Which you can listen to, here (summarizing the first 4 tbp’s of the idw series in about 45 mins).
i also got mentioned on episode 145 of Uncanny X-cast for doing a piece of art for one of the hosts and drawing the hosts into issue 2 of decisions for cosmic times comics.
I had fun at Denver comicon and got very fast with drawing portraits, which was fun and I was surprisingly accurate for about a 1-2 min sketch.
I’ve also been trying to cobble together Terra Novus a podcast radio-drama I had written and recorded with a full cast of students back in 08/09. I have a new audio engineer who is doing sound effect and levels but outside of the first few eps the actors were all recorded separately so putting all the lines in order has been somewhat painstaking. My hope, as we approach October is that I will be able to post episode 1 by the end of the year, I have the dialog put together for all of them but that’s only half the battle.
I’ve been plotting & writing a bunch of comics issues to get ready to draw and pitch. The thing is I’ve been working on all of them simultaneously which has been slow to have something to show but at the same time I’m able to work on problems/plotlines subconsciously while I write one’s I’ve figured out. Then when I get it, I switch to that script – in about month binges/segments or so per series. Keeps each fresh and I think that will show in the writing.