Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Generation X #1 Cover

Here's a look at my new cover assignment, Generation X from Marvel Comics!

Begins May 17, 2017!


Monday, November 28, 2016

Bombshells Sketch Charity Auction

Bombshells Sketch in my Bombshells Two Sketchbook up for Charity Auction now!

Drawn with Col Erase Red Pencils Pitt Pens and Copic Warm Grey Markers

Up for Charity Auction

Drawn with Col Erase Red Pencils Pitt Pens and Copic Warm Grey Markers



This charity auction is for a copy of Terry Dodson's latest art book collection Bombshell's Sketchbook Collection Two with an original drawing by Terry on the front endpaper of the book. The drawing is roughly 9" tall. The yellow background and white flowers are printed. The image of the woman and signature is original.  

This 48 page collection gathers the out of print Bombshells Sketchbooks #4-7 and new material--all rescanned and in a gorgeous 7.75 x 10.25 inch hardcover format!
The book is in excellent condition. It's a new copy that has only been opened by Terry to make the drawing inside.
Flesk Fundraiser Event to Support Stoke Out Santa Cruz!
100% of the proceeds from this series of Flesk auctions will benefit our local youth in need here in Santa Cruz, California. This money will provide shoes, sweatshirts, food, and hope to these kids who can use a helping hand. The amazing people at Santa Cruz Hope are making this happen and I'm proud to play a small part in the fundraising efforts. The Live Oak School District has asked for help for 300+ kids in the most need. More than half are families in transition (need housing).

This fundraiser is very personal to me. Life was challenging for me growing up and I can relate to these kids. It's my goal to raise as much funds as possible to get these kids Stoked! Please see our other auctions that are running. We have a whole series of books with drawings available by many of today's top artists.
Full details and other ways to offer your support can be found here:

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Star Wars #23 Cover Making of Step by Step

Here's a look at how we made this Star Wars 23 Cover - out in stores now!

Get it here from MILE HIGH COMICS



Final Colors



Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Spider-Gwen #14 Out Today

Rachel Dodson and I did the variant cover for Spider-Gwen #14.

Out today from Marvel Comics!

Step by Step coming soon!


Tuesday, November 22, 2016

RED ONE Book 2: Undercover out in January!

The 64 page Hardcover collection for Red One Book 2: Undercover is available for Pre Order. It contains the 52 pages of story from Red One #3 and #4 plus 8 pages of extras - all collected in an oversized European style hardcover the way the story was meant to be read!

Ships January 17th from Image Comics!

Contact your local retailer to have them PRE ORDER Red One Book 2

Diamond ID -NOV160722

That's all I got for now!


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Star Wars #25 Variant Cover

Out now from Mile High Comics

"Aren't you a little short for a Stormtrooper?"

Step by Step making of the cover coming soon!


Saturday, November 12, 2016

Star Wars #24 Step by Step Part 2 Line Art

Here's a look at how we made this Star Wars 24 Cover - out in stores now!

Get it here from MILE HIGH COMICS

Now, here's a look of the Line Art is made- 

Rachel Dodson inks directly over my pencils.

 Rachel inks with a Winsor Newton Series 7 #2 Finest Sable Brush and Higgins Black Magic Ink.


Rachel then focused on Chewbacca.

I love how she handled Chewie's hair -nailed it!

Final Inks



Once Rachel is done inking, I scan the artwork on my EPSON Expression 11000XL Scanner and then  clean up and prepare the art for color in PHOTOSHOP.

Next time, COLORS


See the how I made the pencils  in 

Friday, November 11, 2016

Black Bolt Work in Progress

A look at putting the final touches on this Black Bolt image. Using Photoshop CS3 and Wacom Cintiq 22HD to color this image digitally.

Pencils and colors by me, inks by Rachel Dodson.


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Star Wars #24 Step by Step Part 1 Pencils

Here's a look at how we made this Star Wars 24 Cover - out in stores now!

Get it here from MILE HIGH COMICS

First step is the cover sketch-


The cover concepts I sent into Marvel Comics Editors Heather Antos and Jordan White and Lucasfilm for approval.

Roughs were drawn at 2" x 3" in my sketchbook using Warm Grey Copics then colored in Photoshop CS3.


Drawn in Light Blue and HB lead on 12" x 18" Bristol Board 

At this point just quickly roughed in the drawing making sure the composition still help.

Now I started to refine the figures and concentrated on getting Han "right".

At this point I found 3 or 4 pics of Han that were either similar angles or expression and used to correct.

Sometimes you just gotta make the donuts - and that is THIS- drawing the nuts and bolts of the Stormtrooper outfit.

Refining Han and moving my way down the outfit.

Detail of Han

Back to finishing up Han's head.

Switched to working on Chewbacca a bit. Did the same thing, found 3 pics of Chewie either at that angle or screaming to get right.

I find with Chewie, getting the eyes correct is most important!

Nailed down Chewie, not time to get that gun just right - if you have good reference, USE IT!

Just about done - just need to draw in that background.

And done!


Next up, INKS in 


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Superwoman #3 Cover Step by Step Part 2 Color

Here's a look at how we made the Superwoman #3 cover.




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

Here I adjusted the colors slightly to make them blend together bit better.

Initial Rough In

I colored this on my Cintiq 13 HD using Photoshop CS3 .

Using the Pencil Tool on the figure and a customized brush for texture on the clouds.

I used the Gradient Tool for the Background.


Intermediate Stage

Added more lights and darks with the Pencil tool. And began adding variation in the shadows to show the environment. Lassoing and using the Gradient in the background.

Coloring Line Art

At this point I like to color the line art... especially the interior edges and the edges facing the strongest light. 

 Of course, I lose as much of the line as possible - especially as I move away from the "camera".

Almost final colors

Finished coloring Line Art and added "fiery" highlights on head!


All done, this is the version I sent to DC Comics!


See how we made the Line Art in