Thursday, December 29, 2011

Learning Zbrush

I'm learning Zbrush at work. This was my first attempt to do something in 3d.

Monday, December 26, 2011


This is a 2 page spread from my med Moleskin sketchbook. I don't always like my own art, but I LOVE the drawing of the girl with stripes on the lower left. I think I nailed the attitude I wanted her to have

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thanks you for visiting my blog. No matter how you celebrate it, I hope the holiday season was happy and that 2012 will be a better year for all of us and that you have a prosperous year both presonally and professionally!

The Process:

Step 1: I wanted to experiment a little with drawing in the computer, so I drew a rough in Autodesk Sketchbook express. At this point my goal was just to be loose, I was literally 'making it upa as I went along.
Step 2: I took my sketch into Photoshop and added it to a layer and traced over it. I did this step in Photoshop because I am more comfortable with the layers and sizing the print in Photoshop since I am just lerning Sketchbook. Once I got something I felt I could work with, I turned it light blue and printed it out at 11x 14.
Step 3: I inked directly on the light blue print. This was the most enjoyable step, becasue all the 'work' had already been done and I just focused on line weights and texture.
Step 4: I scanned the inks into Photoshop, dropped the light blue, then added colors.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

More sketchbook stuff

Here's a few more sketches from the last month or so...

Drawing of a co-worker

Working on figures

Trying to capture a likeness of The Hulk

The Scarlet Witch!

Book Cover, part 2

Well, after everything was approved on the book cover and after I got paid, the writer wrote me. Basically he had decided that he wanted something a little more cartoony and he asked if I'd like another shot, so this is what I did:
The funny thing was I had thought he wanted something more realistic, so I steered my first version that way. Now I think everybody is happy and that's the most important thing.


It's been too long since I updated my blog. My cover below didn't go as smooth as I had hoped (more on that in another post) but here's a few sketches for now.

My wife has an iphone and is checking her email while we are waiting for food. I would be annoyed, but I was drawing, so what can I say..

I had to go to the doctor recently to get chacked out after having some vertigo. Luckily, it just an infection. Also luckily, I didn't have to sit on this table!

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Thumbnails for book cover

As mentioned in my perious post, I've hired to draw a book cover. The author, Aaron Pogue loved the chacter sketches so I did a series of thumbnails. Of the half dozen I drew I liked these three and sent them to Aaron.

I had met face to face with Aaron and he gave me the big picture of his book and the entire series. This cover was described by him as a girl thief, in a balcony garden.

(Incidentially, I asked f it was okay for me to use the art in my portfolio, blog, etc. and Aaron kindly gave me premission. You should always ask, not every client feels the same way.)

I haven't heard back what Aaron thinks, but I'll continue to post my steps in this process.

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Character Sketches

I was hired to draw a book cover for a book called 'Notes from a Thief" by Aaron Pogue. As part of the deal, I did some sketches for Aaron, just to make sure we are on the same page.

Sunday, October 02, 2011

The Thing

While getting art ready to take to the New York Comic-con, I have been looking through old art and I found this sample of a Thing story I created to take to the con a few years ago.

I think my Thing is a little small for current Marvel continuity & I guess they weren't blown away by a story about Ben not being able to sign an autograph, but I kinda like it.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

New Comic book Pages

3 pages from a pitch I am creating for NYCC.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New art

A couple of animal drawings and a sketchbook page of figure construction.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Critiqued by ComixTribe

My Avengers samples were critiqued at by Tommy Patterson and you can watch the video below. Someone commented to me they felt he was overly harsh, but I pointed out an editor has never sugar coated their opinion also he said he felt my work was professional level, so what more could I ask for.

The critique is pretty informative and worth watching.

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Zoo Drawings

I went to the Oklahoma City Zoo recently and did some animal drawings. Funny thing about drawing animals is they won't sit still for you so part of the challenge is to capture the animal in motion. These are roughly in order they were drawn.

The big new attraction at the Okc Zoo is the baby elephant and i was told to make many drawings of him. Also, this summer Okc has had record heat and so I was only at the zoo for a couple of hours.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Blog broke!

Oh man! I guess my update didn't work too well with blogger, so i haven't been updating. Now I figured it out and I'll be back to posting more frequently.

Web page update

I just updated my website: with a new design and lots of new art.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

It's been awhile...

Sorry it's been awhile since I updated my blog. I was assigned to draw a story for Viper Comics. I drew Caged a story written by Ross May for Crytophobia, Viper's online webcomic devoted to cryptozoology.

This was my first professional job drawing comics. Now that it is done, I am searching for my next gig.

Sunday, June 05, 2011

SoonerCon '11

I am at SoonerCon in Oklahoma City (my hometown) this weekend and I am doing free sketches. Here are some of the ones I thought were extra cool!

Big News!

Sorry I've been super busy, but I got some HUGE news.

Last Sunday, I got an e-mail with my first comic book script assigned to me to draw from a big time publisher!

It's only 14 pages and it's for their online anthology, but this is a huge step for my career. I can't give any more details now, but I'll post more soon!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

FCBD sketches

Some of the around 50 free sketches I did for people for Free Comic Book Day! It was a blast and I love drawing sketches for people. I've not really done a whole lot of that sort of thing and so I was pretty intimidated at first, but I got pretty comfortable. I'm not sure the quality was always the best possible, but I know the price was always right!

Friday, May 06, 2011

Thor sketch for FCBD!

Practice sketch since I don't normally draw with sharpies on a backing board!

Saturday, April 16, 2011


I've been so absorbed in trying to get "The Big Easy Score", my comic with writer Brian Tanner done and to a publisher that I've neglected my blog. The book is done and we are submitting it to publishers. Anytime you create something you pour a little of your own soul into it and the submission process can be discouraging because art meets commerce and often its a fight to the death and since commerce holds the gold it seems often to win. However, art is truth and in the end, truth always wins! Mario Wytch & I are meeting at lunch and having a 'pin-up' battle, where we pick a character and both draw it. Thursday was Thor and I wasn't happy with my entry, so today I drew this.

1952 VW

'52 Volkswagen Beetle drawn for a car show.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Warrior Chick

I'm going to be at Planet Comicon in Kansas City on March 26-27 and I wanted to do a few pin-ups to put in my portfolio.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

St. Anthony Hospital - Power of Prayer

I was on Youtube and I found this commercial I did Storyboards for.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

It's been too long...

I just realized it's been almost 2 months since I updated my blog. I have been hard at work on my comic book, The Big Easy Score and will post pages here soon. Also, I have been doing some work for a game company. The only downside to that is I cannot share any work I do for them. We are still nailing down some of the details and so at this point I am not officially working for them, but they are paying me for my work so far and have expressed enthusiasm for having me do more work for them, so hopefully soon.