Showing posts with label Marvel Comics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Marvel Comics. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Blast from the Past: Ghost Rider Pencils

 Here are a few pages from one of the issues of Ghost Rider that I worked on back in the 90's. It doesn't seem that long ago, but it's pushing 20 years now. The stories were kinda' fluff but he was a fun character to draw. I inked this issue myself but I did the pencils pretty tight anyway---and I still like some of this work, though I have changed and grown as an artist and would approach some of this work differently these days. I did this after leaving work on Batman, which was really not that much fun to work on with the whole Knightfall storyline and that horrible costume Azreal wore. But that was the way it was back then and financially it was a great time to do the book.

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Darkhawk Process

While going through the huge pile of old folders of my art I came across there two copies from my work back on Darkhawk for Marvel, these are circa 1991. DH was still a fresh experience for me and I was still pretty stoked to be doing my own book at Marvel from the start where I was the main creative artistic force. That feeling waned as I worked on the book as at that time the book didn't get much love from fans or even at Marvel. Those were the X-men days and anything NOT X-men was basically not cool. But I the decades following my run I constantly get people telling me how much they loved what I did, so maybe people just didn't write a lot, and this was the pre-internet days. I was inking with a combo of radiograph, Hunt 108 pen nib and # 3 or 4 Langnickle brushes, man, this were the BEST brushes.

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Blast from The Past--First Marvel Job: Transformers

While going through the archives here I came across copies of my pencils for my first Marvel Comics Job circa 1984. It's ironic in a way, that my first job at Marvel would be a robot comic as the first job I was offered at Marvel on my first trip to the offices in 1983 was a comic to be inserted into a toy, but since I was still living in Ann Arbor at the time the editor didn't feel comfortable giving me the job. The next summer I landed a gig helping out on Robotech for DC and this lead me (samples in hand) back to Marvel to try and land work.
I ended up getting an issue of the Transformer to do since the samples were of that type of work, yet I really didn't like the show or want to draw tat stuff. but a job is a job, especially in the beginning so I said yes, then struggled to draw the robots between using the toys ( which I bought) and the model sheets for the show--which really had nothing in common. I had just turned 23 at the time I did this job and had just moved to Philly.
The job was hack inked by just about anybody in the bullpen who could hold a brush, so suffice to say my first job at Marvel left a kinda' bitter taste when it hit the stands. I was happy to have my first job but sad that the job was given the "Marvel Hands" ink treatment. But that was how comics were done then,I was luckier than my buddy Bret Blevins who had his first several jobs ruined by having them inked by Vince Coletta. Comics was a simpler and maybe more fun business then, less pressure to earn a zillion bucks an a lot more opportunity and variety of books for an artist, especially those trying to break in. these days it seems those types of books don't exist at the big two so now you have to go the independent way, maybe an Image book and probably plan on not making much if any money for a while. I've know a few guys who are now at the big two who came in just like that.

Friday, January 27, 2012


These are two pages from a fill-in issue of Powerline I did around 1988-89 and I was sharing Al Williamson's studio along with Bret Blevins at the time. I think my issue was between issues by Grey Morrow. I was so pumped because Al inked this job and because of that I drew it at the old large size 12 x 18 which Marvel was doing for that line of books. that was a great time for me in my career and getting to work with Al was the best. he really slung that Hunt 108 pen at the time which was his pen of choice then. I learned a lot about how he worked by watching him ink these pages.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Something Old

While cleaning up my archives ( or piles as some call them) I came across this old piece I did in highs school. This thing is almost 32 years old! I think the assignment was to illustrate a word. Each figure is draw on a separate piece of paper and then it was pasted down and the work Comix was cut out of a sheet of yellow illustration board. I kinda' remember donig it and coloring this with those old Design markers, the kid that would get you high and give you cancer because of all of the bestine in them. The were inked with rapidographs and I think a 00 brush---what I was using at the time. I think you can see all of my big main comic influences at the time from Kirby to Adams and Buscema, I even put in a Captain Canuck head as I really like the book at the time. Looking on the back I bot a B+ I think because it's hard to read the word, which is really true.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Captain America

Here are a few penciled illustrations that I did for Disney for a Captain America storybook retelling his origin. The illustration above is from Steve Rogers being rejected as 4F in the recruiting office and meeting the doctor who will introduce him to Project rebirth.

I did the drawing and then Disney hired someone else to digitally paint the book, which I hear is out in stores now, but I haven't seen yet. Stylistically the job went through many changes as it went through both Disney and marvel and many hands. its started out as being more of a retro-feel, then they wanted a Ron Garney feel, then---who knows. one of the gig issues you deal with at times on licensing jobs like this, which all storybooks or any art featuring any character for kids books, bed sheets or toys, etc., is that you often deal with people who are in charge of making decisions on stylistic choices who have no real understanding of the characters, their history or what makes then cool in the first place.

This was a fun job overall, really the big issue on this was doing a lot of research on locations and historical reference as this also covered a lot about immigration, Ellis island and NYC history, it just wasn't Cap punching Nazi's. In fact that had to be played down. I have great fondness for this character and the work Jack Kirby did along with a lot of work by Colan, Romita and Buscema, so I had that to keep the flames high despite a few bumps in the road on the editorial end.
This is the scene after the saboteur blew up the lab fatally wounding the Doctor who invented the super soldier serum.
I loved doing this one and drawing all the Kirby machines, some of the illustrations like this one were based on panels from old issue of Cap, but I had to do a lot redrawing and changes to a accommodate the script, book layout and some of these illustrations had a dozen or more layers as every figure and every foreground or background element had to be done on a separate layer so the painters could split the work up.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Last Marvel Cards

Here is my last batch of cards for this current Upper Deck set.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

More Marvel Sketch Cards

While Old Man Winter buries us here on the east coast I have been taking breaks between shoveling to keep at the drawing board. here is another batch of marvel cards for Upper Deck, i have a few left to do and they'll be done in another day or so. In the meantime it's back to the board and the shovel!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

More Marvel Sketch Cards

here's another batch of sketch cards for the Upper Deck set.

Thursday, February 04, 2010

More Marvel Sketch Cards

Here is another batch of Marvel Sketch Cards, I'm more than halfway done and have a bunch more penciled out. It's a fun job and I'm getting better painting Ironman's head with each one.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Marvel Sketch Cards

Here are bunch of sketch cards I am doing for the Marvel Ironman 2 Upper Deck set, they are mostly executed in gouache. I'm doing 100 cards in all for this set.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Marvel U Cover Color

Here is the final color version of the Marvel U handbook for Twomorrow's Publishing.
This was a fun cover to do mainly because I got Tom Palmer to ink it.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Marvel U handbook Pencils and Inks

A little while ago I penciled this cover for one of Twomorrow's Publishing upcoming books, a field guide to the marvel Universe. And since it was covering the classic Silverage Marvel years John Morrow and I though it would be awesome to get Tom Palmer to ink the cover. I've known Tom for many years, and he is not only one of the best inker/artists ever in the biz, but he's is one of the nicest men I have ever met in comics. I know, it's a bit cliche to say that, but Tom is really a great guy, very much they type of person you'd hope he would be when you meet him. I worked with Tom before on Spirits of Vengeance, and even got him to ink a few pages on Darkhawk once, so this is pure heaven for me. It makes me feel like a REAL comic artist when I get one of my art heroes to work with me. Tom's inks are above and my pencils below.