This is the finished page and the best send off to 2012 I can think of; at my drawing table working. A Happy New Year to all of you. 2012 was a year of growth and challenges. I end this year older ,wiser , healthy and happy.
Monday, December 31, 2012
Hello everyone. I hope 2012 was a good year for you all. May 2013 find you happy, healthy and prosperous. As you can see I'm inking my way through this page using a Utrecht #4 brush, Hunt 102 pen and Micron .001 and "S" markers. I'm using Liquitex Black Ink because it's easy on my brushes and pen nibs. Onwards and upwards...
Sunday, December 30, 2012
I wasn't satisfied with my first pass at this page, (which is under the entry "Previously") so I took another approach. There are still some work to be done here but the composition is where I want it and the figures look a bit more dynamic. The large disembodied head is a Gil Kane-ism and one he used quite often and always effectively.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Hello everyone. I'm starting the third issue of Wrestler Zero with a recap of events from my recently published second issue called "Wrestler Zero Must Die". I'm opening the in the works issue with a recap for three important and inter-related reasons: it's good storytelling which is the goal of comic book creation, it provides an "action opener" and it allows me to provide myself and the readers a fresh look at previous events. Because I self publish a mini-comic I don't have widespread distribution other than my convincing store managers to stock the book in their small press/mini comics section. So recapping previous stories is important for new and returning readers. On the technical side of things I did my poor man's impression of Reed Crandall style pen and ink in the second panel using crow quill and my trusty Micron and Pitt pens and a bit of brush.
Sunday, November 18, 2012
As I prepare for the next issue of Wrestler Zero I like to do a lot of sketches. I have so much to learn I only hope I have the time to learn it well. This image was produced on 8 1/2 by 11 cardstock paper ( regular copy paper would curl up from all the inking) and was inked exclusively with Pitt Pens and brush. The white lines coming from the moon were done with a gel pen. On to the next one...
Monday, November 5, 2012
I was in Artist's Alley at the RI Comic Con this past weekend and I had a great time. I met quite a few cool people, received a thorough and inspiring critque from Walt Simonson and sold quite a few issues of Wrestler Zero and pin ups. I did inked sketches for the people who purchased a comic and pin up. The above is a sample of the inked sketches I did. The entire experience of writing/drawing Wrestler Zero and the Con was an education in and of itself. A big "thanks" to everyone who was at the show.
Friday, October 26, 2012
If you've ever seen a MexiLucha film (masked Mexican wrestler film) you'll see that the ring announcer addresses an arena full of rabid Lucha fans without using a microphone and I homaged that here. Also, I wanted the look of the old black and white night time scenes from those movies.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The match against The Heretic continues. I'm trying to transition away from the "superhero look" but the old tropes can be hard to shake off at times. I pencilled this with a HB and 2B graphite sticks and inked with brush and Micron Pigma markers .001 and .01 sizes.
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Hello everyone. As summer transitions into Autumn I've been working on a transition of my own. For some time now I've wanted to move away from trying to duplicate the look of the superhero comics I grew up with and love to this day into something different for Wrestler Zero. I've been slowly working towards getting away from the "superhero look" when depicting my characters. I want the figures to be more barrel chested, less defined and rendered. If you look at the physiques of the old school of pro wrestlers and Luchadores you'll see powerful men but not bodybuilder physiques. I'm slowly incorpoarting this into the in progress issue of Wrestler Zero.
Monday, September 3, 2012
This is the finished page. I wasn't planning suggesting a crowd on this page. I was going to give the crowd it's own panel on the next page but I think it was called for in this page to at least suggest the crowd. I was stumped for a background in panel two but I ultimately went with drybrush and some 2H pencil. On to the next one...
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
I'm a devotee of black and white artwork but I enjoy an occasional foray into coloring my work. The red is FW "scarlet" and "flame" inks and the blue is a Prismacolor "Copenhagen Blue" marker. I'm going to need to purchase some more colored inks and/or some Copic markers. I've heard a lot of good things about Copic markers but they are expensive. The paper I'm using here is a rag vellum finish 11x14 sheet of Bristol. It's a good paper but it's tough on my brushes so I may save it for pieces that will be pencil only.
Sunday, August 19, 2012
The above is a pin up that's going into the next issue of Wrestler Zero. At this point all the elements in the picture are in place but there's still some refining left. After that it's on to inking. I don't have a lightbox yet so I draw right on the board lightly with an HB graphite stick. I'm pencilling a bit more tightly but still leaving room for improvisation in the inking.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Hello everyone. The above is the early stages of a Wrestler Zero page. Although there's still much to do the basic storytelling and poses are in place. Obviously there is still work to be done but I don't pencil too tightly so as to leave some room for spontaneity in the inks.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Saturday, May 12, 2012
This is an in progress view of a reworking of an earlier post titled "Blue Demon vs The Blind Dead". I wasn't satisfied with the first version so I wanted to revist the idea with a better and more dynamic composition. Every drawing is a lesson in how much I still have to learn. The Blind Dead are the intellectual property of whoever owns them and of course Blue Demon is the intellectual property of his estate. This is purely the fan in me at work.
Friday, May 4, 2012
Saturday, April 28, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Mano Negra (Black Hand) is one of my favorite Mexican Luchadores and one of my all time favorite masks. He lost his mask in a mask versus mask match against Atlantis in 1993 and has wrestled mainly in undercard and independent promotions in and around Mexico. His son Mano Negra Jr currently wears the black glove and the mask his father made famous.