Monday, May 15, 2017

Songes Tome 2 Célia Cover Step by Step Part 2 Revised Line Art

The final art for the Songes T2 Cover. And here's a look at how I made the line art for it!

So, after rejecting the first version of the cover as discussed in PART ONE, I decided to make some changes and corrections to the line art.

The first thing I did was to firm up the characters in the reflection.

Next, I redrew the boy.

Then I redrew Coraline's face/hair and corrected bits of the drawing overall.

Most importantly, making sure she caught YOUR eye!

The art was then scanned and cleaned in Photoshop.

So, now I reassembled it all in Photoshop and added in the background digitally - just to give myself something to work off of.

And upside down without all the lilies and background.

The art is converted from Grayscale to Bitmap  (I discuss how I scan and prepare my art for Photoshop ...)

Next time in Part 3, 




Sunday, May 14, 2017

Songes Tome 2 Célia Cover Step by Step Part 1 False Start

So, this is the final art for the Songes T2 Cover. And here's a look at the cover that wasn't.

So, sometimes you draw a cover and know all along it isn't right - here's a look at how that happened!

Here's my initial rough pencils for the Songes T2 cover - I tested the art in the cover template to see how we were doing...

Next, I nailed down the reflection....

Line Art

The lily pads were drawn on a separate piece of paper and dropped in digitally.

Artwork was drawn on 13" x 19" bristol board with HB Lead pencil.


Coloring is done in Photoshop CS3 using an Intous Tablet.

Something is nagging at me about this piece at this point...

Initial colors

One note, this was needed really quickly for solicitation and I think at this point I realized I was going to need a HECK of a lot more time to do this properly.

That nagging is getting stronger and stronger...

Final colors

At this point, I find the nagging problem -   the main figure is NOT looking at the camera... and what I drew is not necessarily wrong but it's just not pulling the viewer in.

Oh, well, the commercial world waits and I will have to fix this problem down the road, as in Bande Dessinée world, it takes a LONGTEMPS before the books ship.

C'est la vie!

Next time, a look at how I made the ACTUAL cover...

Part Two


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

New Career Retrospective Interview (with Chris Thompson of Pop Culture Hound Podcast)

Here's the promotional details -

On this week's podcast I chat with about his amazing career, including , and :

In addition to looking back at past work, Terry Dodson and I look to his future with Matt Fraction on Adventureman!

Ok, I'm back, go take a listen, we cover everything from Mantra to Adventureman! - whooooo! It clocks in at a hour and a half!

Good luck!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Star Wars Day Part 1 Darth Maul #1 Variant Cover

Happy Star Wars Day!

Here's a look at the cover we created for Darth Maul #1 for Marvel Comics.

Cover Sketch


Rachel Dodson's Inks


May the Fourth be with you!


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

When I left you I was just the learner...

Now, I am the master!

Work in progress pencils of Darth Vader...


Col Erase Light Blue
Staedtler HB Lead Pencil
Strathmore 500 Series 2 Ply Vellum Bristol Board
Kneaded Eraser


Monday, May 1, 2017

Watercolor Weekend


The sun returned all weekend to Oregon so I was able to get some outdoor painting time in. 

Saturday's Painting


Col Erase Carmine Red
Blackwing Pencil
Escoda Prado Travel Brush #10
Kremer Pigmente Travel Set Watercolors
Bee Paper Super Deluxe 9" x 9"Sketchbook (93lb paper)
Portable Easel

I painted outside but used a photo from the previous weekend...

Sunday's Painting

Here's a painting I did of the Inker Dodson.

This was executed extremely quickly - less than 20 minutes from sketch to final color as the light was changing quickly (and of course, my sitter's patience)!

So, this was all the information I needed to start painting.

First paint strokes....

Shadows and light...

Here's my brush, Kremer paints, and water... 

Exactly the same as Saturday's set up.

Final painting.

The paper is 9 x 9 inches so pretty small, but it allows my to concentrate on getting something done and not get caught up in details.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #1 Cover Step by Step Part 3 Color

Our variant cover for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #1 from Marvel Comics

Check out how we made it.



The first stage of color is called flats - flatting allows me to choose an area to color at any point throughout the coloring process.

I try to adjust the colors to their medium value or imprimatura - I use this as the starting point for the piece. 


I colored this on my Cintiq 22 HD using Photoshop CS3 .

Here I rough in quickly all the medium lights and darks on the figures and cast initial shadows.

Using the Pencil Tool at 100% to knock those in.

I also used the Gradient tool to give the light to dark orange glow.

And a Custom Cloud Brush to rough in shapes in the background.


I went on the rest of the figure and face and knocked the next lights and darks using the pencils tooling at 70-80%.

I go to the next level of darker darks and lighter lights


This is the icing on the cake step of the process.

I turn the black lines in select places to color line - note Jyn's face and the buildings in the background.


And done!

And for PART 1



Sunday, April 16, 2017

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #1 Cover Step by Step Part 2 Line Art

Our variant cover for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story #1 from Marvel Comics

Check out how we made it.


Rachel Dodson inks directly over my original pencil drawing.

Rachel inks with a Windsor Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #2 Brush and Dr. Martens Hi Carb Ink.

At this point, I grabbed the art and finished up the pencils for Rachel...

And then...

Rachel's finished the inks.

K-2SO Detail 


Check out the variety of grey Rachel creates -

 this is why I haven't gone fully digital!

Jyn Details 

All Brush

Artwork is scanned into Photoshop at 800dpi Gray full size. I then go in and convert to Bitmap and clean to prepare for....

Next time, 


And for PART 1


Spectrum Fantastic Art Live April 21-23, Kansas City Convention Center


I will be at SFAL this weekend, April 21-23.

There is an unbelievable guest list - just at the Flesk Publications booth where I'm sitting -

Lauri Lee Brom
Frank Cho
JAW Cooper
Gary Gianni
James Gurney
Aaron Lopresti
Ian McCaig
Richard & Wendi Pini
Terry Whitlach


I will be seated at the Flesk Booth.

I will be at the table at most of the show but I will update via Twitter more exact schedule.



I will be signing books/comics/statues/etc at my table the whole show and for free for the first 10 items. Then $1 a signature after that.

Guest Signing Flesk Booth Saturday 3:00pm-3:50pm


Comics: Choices Sunday 10:30am-11:20am


I will take sketch requests all day Friday.

I will write down all names however I will be choosing myself who's sketch I'm drawing and if you had a sketch recently I won't be doing you a sketch so I can try to get sketches down for fans who I haven't done sketches for.

Sketches are $300 for 9" x 12" and $200 for Blank Sketch Covers. 

For more info visit -

See you there!