Sunday, October 23, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Saturday, October 1, 2011
Spitballin' Comics here. First is my attempt at making the New 52 revamped DC universe Red Robin costume work. With a few small adjustments, I actually really like it. I still don't like the version they've gone with though...
Sunday, September 25, 2011
Happy birthday, Aquaman!
Sunday, July 31, 2011
It's been a good long while since I remembered to update this blog. Truth told, Spitballin' and worky work I can't really show off take up most of my time, and double posting work I do for Spitballin' here doesn't always seem worth the effort. But here are a few recent Spitball sketches I was happy enough with to share twice, starting with Grunge Josie and the Pussycats, above.
Next is M.O.D.O.K., the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing, villainous mastermind and butt of many jokes in the Avengers comics. M.O.D.O.K. week ended up being one of our better ones overall, lots of fun stuff and a cool guest post.
Finally, what I assume/hope will be a traffic-puller-inner, this week's Spitball--Marvel Zombies, featuring X-Men mainstays Cyclops and Wolverine. Everybody's doing someone different as a zombie, so it should be cool to see once they're all up. I've got some other zombie-related work coming up this fall in Moonstone's Zombies Versus Cheerleaders, so this was a nice warm up for that.
Monday, May 23, 2011
(Click to Embiggen)
Kind of a fun commission--this guy and his friends play some Marvel Comics Magic the Gathering-type card game that's no longer in production, so they make their own cards for private use and wanted some original art for them. The background was misappropriated and edited, but a BG wasn't part of the commission price, and it's not a commercial card so everybody be cool.
I have a soft spot for the Wrecking Crew. None of their designs are very inspired, but I kinda like the idea that some people who get super powers at Marvel just don't have a flare for names or costumes and just kind of wear whatever. Almost invariably these types of characters are villains, but Kitty Pryde and Cannonball have worn some hard-looking disasters, too. They can't all be Dr. Doom.
Sunday, May 22, 2011
It's gonna be a different kettle of fish at Spitballin' Comics this week. Instead of us all just doing one character, we're each taking on a member of the Umbrella Academy, from the titular comic by Gabriel Ba and Gerard Way. As always with these Spitballin' things, click the link above for a better look at my entry, and check out below for the black and white line art. This marks our sixth week doing the group sketch blog thing. We've got some great characters yet to come, too, so here's to six more.
Friday, May 20, 2011
Starfire Week at Spitballin' Comics, courtesy of Gerard De La Costa and Gerard De La Costa's libido (I kid--we'd asked him to pick a woman haha). Click the image to head on over to the Spitballin', and see below for the lineart!
Monday, May 9, 2011
This week at Spitballin' Comics we're doing Mike Mignola's Hellboy, and it's shaping up to be the best week on the blog so far. Click the image to head over to my contribution where you can enlarge it and what have you. Gonna include the lineart here for behind the scenes bonus goodness.
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Captain America and the Invaders plus Wolverine--Captain America week is almost wrapped up over at Spitballin' Comics. So far we've seen awesome work up from Ken House, Michael Walsh and Selena Goulding so far, with Neil Tavares and Meaghan Carter still to come! Check it out!
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Over at Spitballin' Comics the crunch crew and I have been doing a week devoted to Atom/Astro Boy in all his various forms (uh, two, I suppose). I figured I'd feature a different version of my Astro Boy piece here, with a simplified mouth I couldn't decide if I liked better or not. It's really hard sometimes to go with the simpler version of something when you put more time into the other version, so I'm presenting them both to pussyfoot around making a decision..
If you haven't yet, do please check out Spitballin'--tons of cool art posted there every week by awesome up and coming illustrators here in the Toronto scene. Astro Boy week wraps up this Sunday, and there's more cool stuff to come!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The lineart from my first post over at Spitballin' Comics, the artists collective sketch blog I formed with some fellow Toronto illustrators for love of the game. A character a week is the goal--let's see how we do! Check out Spitballin' Comics for the finished colour sketch and more of my rambling!
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Sunday, myself and some of my fellow GTA* illustrators launched Spitballin' Comics, a brand new artists collective sketch blog. Every week we'll pick a different character from the wide world of comics and nerd-dom and draw up our takes on the characters. We're rolling alphabetically, so first choice is mine--Todd McFarlane's SPAWN! Michael Walsh is a human dynamo, and he gets us started with the awesome piece previewed above. Check it out and give us a follow!
*Greater Toronto Area, not grand theft auto, for out of towners and non-Canadians.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Slow day today but managed to snag a few fun commissions--first is Living Lightning, who I thought I only vaguely had a notion of, but it turns out I was thinking of Living Laser anyway. I love the goofy, obscure guys so this was one of my favorite commissions ever. Kinda wish I hadn't looked through the book before hand, though--Marcio Takara, Francis Manapul, Marcus To, Leonard Kirk, Dan Parent, Agnes Garbowska, J. Bone, on and on and on, and all awesome work. Did my best to live up to the standard (Leonard Kirk "sketches" like most people draw diligently for 8 hours).
And another Deadpool! I brought my markers and totally managed to kill my deep red. Had to switch it up to do the job--the contrast between reds seems harsher on camera than it did in person. Did this in a mad rush in the con's closing minutes--came out alright.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Some sketches from the Fan Appreciation con today. Forgot to take pictures of some of them (it slips my mind I have this capability). I was super excited to get to do a sketch on this blank Wolverine #1 sketch over--my first time ever being asked to do something like this. Deadpool as Wolverine. Bummed I forgot to bring some markers.
Electro, for some cool dude.
Deadpool in the army. The guy that got the Deadpool sketches (and often gets Deadpool sketches) is always super enthusiastic and complimentary--I count him as one of my two fans. Yep, two, baby. The big leagues.
More tomorrow, if I remember.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Monday, April 4, 2011
Had a couple blank sketch cards lying around from last Halloween's Hack/Slash set, ended up being commissioned to do these by a nice guy in the UK--one of Vlad, one of Cassie. I tend to use pretty simple colouring when I do these, both because I'm a sucky colourist and it's fun to see how far you can make the simple application go. Given that, I was really pleased with the way the chalkboard came out--neat effect, I think.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Lineart preview of the print I'll have on hand at the Toronto Comic-Con Fan Appreciation event, April 9th-10th in the north building of the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (gods willing). Managed to squeeze in nine of Spider-Man's sinister foes, including the original Sinister Six, Goblin, Rhino and Venom. The two-day con is completely FREE and cartoon heroes like Manapul, Sprouse, Darrow, Van Sciver and To will be there (as well as the whole Northern Guard team) so come by and say hello if you're cool.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Scanning marker is merciless, I have no idea how to do it at all--but these are some sketch card size sketches of Marvel superheroes I did the other day, in chronological order. I think I got the hang of it better as I went through.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
One final Sheena sketch card--I know she's the queen of the jungle and that's not where ostriches live, but ostriches are cool and leggy dames are cool so there you have it.
You almost wouldn't believe how dramatically different the colours are from the original, to the scan, to the upload. This stuff gets frustrating.
Tuesday, March 1, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
One half of everyone's favorite comic book bromance, I used to think Danny Rand was the lamest guy ever when I was a stupid kid. Now I've grown to love his Spider-Man dew-rag and little yellow slippers. Proportions on this are a bit silly (bit of a running theme with me lately) but I figured I'd post it anyway.
Click to embiggen!
Sunday, February 27, 2011
So according to publisher Moonstone Books, The Northern Guard #2 is available in finer comic shops next Wednesday, March 9th, at the crack of whenever your comic shop opens. In anticipation of this momentous occasion I'm posting some of the inked pages for the issue, sans colour or whatever to give you humans a look at the process.
As always, click to embiggen! Hope you guys like it!
[Edited to adjust shipping date.--DJC]
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Voltron: United and Drawn, the official Voltron art book, came out early this month and is in stores now, as well as being available for purchase on the official website. This the piece I illustrated for it, line work by me with Adam Metcalfe on colours. It's full of great art and history and such so if you grew up on Voltron and you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up. It is so choice.
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Done to submit to Superhero Cocoa, a superhero redesign blog that's taking part in a redesign Aquaman month crossover with a few other sites. Their theme is to re-imagine Aquaman as he'd appear in a different culture/time, so I went with a turn of the century British Aquagent, protecting the waterways and the lost city of Atlantis' magics and riches from his rogue admiral half-brother Ocean Master and the deep sea plunderer Black Manta. Aquaman's pretty much my favorite superhero so I took the redesign to his supporting cast as well. Topo's still an octopus.
Sunday, January 30, 2011
The Official Voltron Art Book is out this coming Wednesday from 5Finity Productions and Moonstone books. It's got a pinup by myself with incomparable Adam Metcalfe on colours. You can get it through most comic shops or online at www.voltron.com. I'm pretty sure owning one will finally make you popular.