Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Northern Guard #1 hits shelves TODAY!

Pencils and inks by myself, colours by KT Smith.

Today's the day, peoples of the world! I wanted to share a few pages with you before you all go out and buy 20 copies, but not being sure what I could and couldn't show I went with the two pages that were for sure on line before now, pages 3-5, where Nanook of the North lays siege to a clandestine drilling operation in northern BC, and runs afoul of our villain, the Red Rogue. By now you're hooked beyond all capacity for rational thought, so I'll leave you to rush out and get your copy, dear reader!

The Northern Guard is a 3-issue mini series published by Moonstone Books, written by Ty Templeton, illustrated by myself, coloured and lettered by KT Smith, with interlocking covers by Jason Edmiston. It'll make your eyes rain!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Northern Guard #1 in stores December 15th!

Very sorry for the short notice but after a delay at the printers I'm told The Northern Guard #1 will be in comic shops across the continent this Wednesday, the 15th. Pictured above is 1:5 my variant cover, showcasing the comic's stars, revamped 1940s Canadian comic icons Johnny Canuck, Freelance, and original  creation Nanook of the North!

Northern Guard is a 3 issue mini series from Moonstone Books written by Ty Templeton, coloured and lettered by KT Smith, with covers by Jason Edmiston and interior art by this guy right here. Back up features include reprints of the original comics some of these characters featured in, never seen since their original publication over half a century ago! It's everywhere you want to be!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

"The Pro" Sketch Card

Did this last summer for 5Finity's sketch card series of Garth Ennis and Amanda Connor's superhero spoof comic The Pro, which is full of great art and designs. For my cards I decided to concentrate more on the Pro's supporting cast of heroes than the Pro herself--here's the Saint and the Speedo for example. Some of these were pretty cool, but unfortunately, this is the only one I got a scan of. These were done in pigment pens and Copic markers.

Northern Guard #1: Yes, it seems to be quite late. It was supposed to hit stores on the 24th of November, and it still hasn't. It's been printed and everything, we're all trying to figure out what the holdup is. I'll post here as soon as I know which of the coming Wednesdays it'll be arriving in comic shops (we already know it's going to be later than the 15th). In the meantime, we're all super sorry for the delay, but the book is coming--I promise!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Hack/Slash Baseball Styles

Another of my Hack/Slash sketch cards for 5Finity Inc, my favorite of the bunch. I really hope whoever out there has it likes it, it was another one I wanted to pocket for myself. Wish I still had it, but it's out in the world now. God speed, little doodle.

Updated Commission Information:

1 Character, Full body B&W: $50
$15 each additional character
1 Character, Full body color: $75
$20 each additional character

All prices are for pencil and ink drawings and for private commissions only--nothing for commercial use or publication. 

Original characters are fine, with reference. I might take more complicated requests as well, with the price to be negotiated. I may post the piece on the internet, or in a sketchbook or something (in the case of original characters, you'll be mentioned and credited).

Single character drawings are 8x11 or 9x12, multiple characters usually end up on 11x17 boards, and prices don't include shipping which I try to make close to cost depending on where you live. Rates are the same for US or Canadian funds--you just have to deposit it upfront through Paypal before I can get to it. After payment's received it'll be a week to a month for me to finish, depending on my schedule.

You can send your requests via email or note me on deviantArt. If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask!


Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2nd Omega Guardians Commission

This is my second outting doing a commission piece for Ursa Magnus and friends, interpreting their original superhero characters the Omega Guardians. Tried to mix things up a bit this time and do more of a poster shot of the group--Jetleg and Inker Guy are especially really neat designs. Check them out on deviantART

Monday, November 1, 2010

"Very Very" Illustrations

This sequence was done for the short story "Very Very" by Sandy Navaro, published in the Fall 2010 edition of R.E.A.L The Canadian Kids' Magazine, an educational mag for kids K-3. The finished art's slightly different in the published version (gone are the Coraline-esque button eyes) but I really wanted the originals for my online portfolio, so here they are. Mostly really happy with these.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

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Something monstery from the sketch book--Gill-man from Creature From the Black Lagoon, easily the coolest of the old Universal monsters. Freaks the hell out of me.

Saturday, October 30, 2010


Youse wants a drawing of Bebop on All Hallow's Eve Eve? Duuh, sure thing, boss! This is kind of a Halloween post, right? I mean, Bebop's a monster of sorts. You decide!

As always, click images to embiggen.

Friday, October 29, 2010

One final Hack/Slash sketch card

Last one I'll throw up, for now--a nice blood splattery one, because 'tis the season. This one was a lot of fun, layered red acrylic paint on over an ink and copic drawing, then used a toothbrush for the spatters of blood-rain or what have you. Almost didn't want to give this one up.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Another Halloween Hack/Slash sketch card

Another of my recent sketch cards for 5finity's series of Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash in finer comic shops just in time for Halloween. Pigment pens, copic markers, white out pens, love of the game.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Hack/Slash sketch card

Just in time for Halloween, 5Finity productions have released a sketch card series of Tim Seeley's Hack/Slash. I have 16 in the mix this time around. Lots of fun to do--the most fun came from covering everything in blood with copious use of red copics.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Real Magazine cover work

Here's the cover for volume 5 of the Elementary Edition of REAL: The Canadian Kids' Magazine, out later this month I believe. One of my interior illustrations was appropriated for the cover as well, which is awesome. I'll probably end up posting some of the interiors weeks from now, too.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Leonardo Leads

After a brief turtle-break I decided to come back to the Ninja Turtles and finish off the quartet with Leonardo. Somewhat unfortunately, I did this right after finishing up a kind of big and rather cartoony illustration job, so I think the inking style especially is kind of different from the ones that came before it.

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A big part of the reason I ever started drawing as a little kid was to try and be able to draw a really good Ninja Turtle. Getting there.

Friday, October 1, 2010

No Bad Dogs

Piece I did for the short story "No Bad Dogs" written by Laura Best, appearing in volume 4 of the grades 4 to 8 edition of REAL Kids Magazine. Wanted to stick this in my portfolio eventually so I figured I'd share it here as well.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Omega Guardians OC commission

Commission piece I did for Ursa Magnus and his cohorts of their original superhero characters, the Omega Guardians. Check them out on deviantART!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

The Northern Guard #3, January 2011

Holy shirt, it's that time again and Northern Guard #3 has been solicited. It's by the same people it's always by--Ty, myself, KT, and Jason on covers. Out in January 2011, the not too distant future. It's everywhere you wanna be, baby.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Charity Sketchcards

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Did these four interlocking sketch cards for a charity auction deal with March of Dimes and 5Finity Inc. Looks much better in person, these marker drawings never can right for me.  I realized too late that I should have stuck to three cards side by side as that's all those card holder things will fit. Maybe they were auctioned off individually? I'm not sure. Fun, though.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Another turtle for reasons I can't begin to imagine--Raphael this time. My version's more in line with the Raph of the original comic books or the first couple movies--the angry, scrappy Raphael more than the sarcastic 'funny' one he was on the cartoon series. So he's like a battle damaged tank, less concerned with finesse and accuracy in a fight and more with inflicting damage.

No pencil version this time around as this started out as Leonardo until I re-thought what I wanted to do with them.

Friday, September 10, 2010


Donatello, probably the turtle I have the most affection for nowadays. I did this much quicker on the heels of the last one than I intended, but they're fairly fun exercises and I tend to need to remind myself drawing is fun every couple of days haha... It's fun to try and make the turtles look physically distinct from one another, and communicate some of their personality in their face and build. I gave Donny more of a nerdy unassuming face, big beak, lankier, taller build than Mike. He's a thinker.

Dunno if I'll keep this up for these but thought it might be interesting to show the pencils and inks again, especially since it changed so much between the two. Wanted to make his face a little more likable, as well as get rid of the tool belt I was originally giving him. Didn't want to cheat the geting-personality-across-in-the-design thing with too many props. He ended up with bicycle gloves for some reason? Maybe this Don drives the turtle cycle exclusively, I dunno.

Thursday, September 9, 2010


Michelangelo, the turtle no kid can do without and no adult can stand. Started as a rough sketch from months back, but I liked the face enough to want to see it through. The other three may be coming in the future, similar motif. 

Figured I'd post the process stuff, too, seeing as how I actually had it all scanned for a change. These are the DVD extras to which you've become accustomed.

Drink and Draw 08/09/2010

Ocean Master sketch from last night at the kind-of-weekly Toronto Drink & Draw. Always surprised how few people know Orn, seeing as how he was a villain on Brave and the Bold as well as JLU and featured on the Injustice Gang in Grant Morrison's 90s JLA book.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Snikkety Snikt, dingoes!

I always think of brown costume Wolverine as Australian Wolverine, due to his inexplicable accent in the 80s Pryde of the X-Men cartoon, which I watched again just this morning. The accent I remembered, but I was seriously surprised to hear him call people "dingo" instead of "bub". Dunno whose idea that was.

Monday, August 30, 2010

New Avengers sample pages

Script from New Avengers vol. 1 #56, written by Brian Michael Bendis and provided by Marvel. These were a part of my FanExpo 2010 con portfolio.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

He-Man and the Masters in color

Final colours on the Masters of the Universe Print, a Cutler Metcalfe joint. Forgot to include Evil-Lynn and Moss Man and as such I've failed you all.

Briefly: FanExpo was a blast, thanks so much to everyone who came by and said hello--can't wait for next year. I did a lot of commissions but I always forget to ask people if they'd be so kind as to email me a scan of them or, you know, bring a camera myself. There's a Deadpool or two floating around out there that I was pretty happy with. If any show up, I'll post 'em!

Friday, August 27, 2010

Riddle Me This Shiz Right Here

Questions, Mr. Wayne? My work raises too many questions?

Then why not come down to FanExpo Canada this very day and ask me them in person! Commissions, sketches, prints, idle chit chat--I got what you need.

Did this very quick Riddler job for love of the game. Love the Riddler in all his incarnations (even Jim Carrey's), but I especially have a soft spot for Frank Gorshin's brilliant turn as the prince of puzzles in the 60s tv series. Tried to capture some of Gorshin's performance in the face, but like Jim Carrey's attempts at copying him, I fell short. 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Mr. Miracle and Big Barda colours

Banged out some colours on the previously posted First Couple of New Genesis pic, for no good reason at all. Taking a break from penciling, I guess. 

Monday, August 23, 2010

Bizarro hate FanExpo!

Finished colours on the Bizarro pencil drawing I'd posted earlier this month. I'll have prints of these on hand at FanExpo this very weekend and you should come along and bring your jukebox money!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Toronto Drink & Draw 18/08/2010

Legion of Superheroes villain Validus. Drawing in bar lighting is not an easy thing.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Down, Down and Near!

A Bizarro boy and his Bizarro dog. They am best enemies. Another warm up drawing that got away from me and became a full thing. All my warm ups get away from me and become full things.

A friendly reminder that I'll be at FanExpo Canada in artist alley, table p65B with hometown heroes Ty Templeton and Jason Edmiston to my left and right. Prints, high fives, and commissions on demand are the order of the weekend. Come say hello!

In comic shops December 2010...

So it has been solicited, so it shall be sold: The Northern Guard #2 and the Voltron: Defender of the Universe Official Art Book hardcover.

The Northern Guard, of course, stars Johnny Canuck and the heroes of the Canadian golden age in a story by Ty Templeton, with art by me, colours and letters by KT Smith, and a cover by Jason Edmiston. The Official Voltron Art Book features tributes and such by all kinds of very fine folks, but perhaps most earth-shatteringly, it has a pinup of Princess Alura and the blue lion penciled and inked by me with colours by intercontinental tag team champion Adam Metcalfe.  

Yes, December just became the most important month in your whole year.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Mr. Miracle and Big Barda

My favorite of Jack Kirby's New Gods and one of my favorite comic book couples (one of like two I'd like to see stay together as long as there are superhero comics). Bottom's a little faded--my scanner's on its last legs and it does what it feels like.

Saturday, August 7, 2010

He-Man and the Masters print preview

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Pencils for my main print I'll be trying to push on people at the con, my favorite characters from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (minus Evil-Lynn and Mossman, who I somehow neglected). I guess I'm running on an action figures nostalgia theme? Now it just awaits inks and colours from your hero and mine, Adam Metcalfe. This is just a preview, the final piece won't be cropped as tight around the edges. The print and the original will be on hand at FanExpo at the end of the month. 

Somewhat a labour of love on this one--He-Man was my first passion as a kid, predating Spider-Man, Ghostbusters, TMNT, Bucky O'Hare and Aquaman. I had He-Man and Skeletor as early as my first Christmas; More cautious parents wouldn't have let these choking hazards into such small hands, but mom and dad were wise enough to know sometimes the coolness of space barbarians supersedes the survival of their first born past infancy.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Let's croak us some Toads!

Does anyone remember Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Wars? It was kind of the jam in 1991. Looks at first glance like a Star Fox knock off or Ninja Turtles cash in, but the original comic it was based on predated both (okay, it was in stores the same month as TMNT #1, but still). The cartoon was canceled too quickly but it managed to spawn an awesome toyline and an even better NES game before it died. Drawing these guys is insanely fun.

Likely going to have a few prints of this available at FanExpo at the end of the month. Sort of a niche thing, but I figure if a couple Bucky fans do pass by--who are they to resist it?

Friday, July 23, 2010

Slash, the Evil Turtle from Dimension X lineart

One of my favorite characters from the 80s Ninja Turtles toyline. Did this for fun some weeks ago with every intention of colouring it but, again, it never happened. Maybe later this summer.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Generation X pinup

I did this pinup of the angsty 90s mutated grunge kids from Marvel's Generation X a while back and intended to do it as a print for the fan appreciation con back in June... things got busy though and I didn't like how the colouring was going, so I eventually abandoned it and moved on to something else. I kinda forgot that I'd done it until I came across it this morning looking for something else. Figured I'd post it so it doesn't go to complete waste.

If you've never read or even heard of Generation X you should really check it out. One of the diamond in the rough superhero gems of the terrible 90s, especially the first 30 issues or so.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

The Northern Guard #1, November 2010

At long last it has been solicited--The Northern Guard #1 from Moonstone Books. Written by Ty Templeton with pencils and inks by myself, colors by KT Smith, and a cover by Jason Edmiston, it'll be in finer comic shops November of this year, and continuing for 3 issues monthly thereafter. It's also got a variant retailer incentive "O Canada" cover by me, pictured above, which should be hard to get your hands on but whoever manages gets a free high five from me, guaranteed.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Drink and Draw 2

Electric Boogaloo.  These are from the June 30th drink and draw, which was a lot of fun and very well attended by all the cool cats (the bad dogs couldn't make it). Karaoke afterwards. Good times.  I've mostly (entirely) been working on things I can't post here any time soon so I figured I'd just update with these doodles to keep in the habit.


Cyclops and friend Dean, primed for adventure.

Cosmic love on the rocks with no ice.