Wednesday, April 16, 2014

From the Archives: Shadowed Face

Here we have an overworked sharpie sketch.  I think the original inspiration for this was an image of Robert Plant from back in the day.  I enjoy the shadows here, but I feel like it would have been more successful if it were a bit looser.

{8.5x11,  Sharpie}






Saturday, April 12, 2014

Saturday Sketch: Limbo Colossus

 
Here is another of the set from the Marvel Comics Magik limited series.  To me, this was one of the most horrific elements of the origin of Magik.  Frightened and lost, young Illyana Rasputin comes face to face with the corpse of her older brother Peter Rasputin, the X-men's Colossus.  Killed by the demon S'ym, his body was left imbedded in the walls of Belasco's fortress.

{2.5x3.5,  created in Adobe Photoshop}


I claim no copyright for the properties represented in the Saturday Sketches.  All copyrights and trademarks are retained by their respective owners.  I make no money from what I am presenting here.  It is presented for portfolio and appreciation purposes only.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

From the Archives: Burning Stone Face

I do not recall the inspiration for this image, but I do enjoy the striation patterns in the face.  Perhaps this is some powered henchman of a super villain.

{8.5x11,  Graphite}

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Featured Creature: Reunion at the Merrimon Library Part VIII, The Blue Chasm

Reunion at the 
Merrimon Library:
Part VIII,
The Blue Chasm


The large truck careened toward Alan.  It crushed the bookshelves and scattered books into the air as it plowed forward.  The edge of a shelf hit one of the smaller jellyfish and the thing exploded in a burst of slimy luminescence.  He turned quickly and pushed hard with his legs.  The last thing he saw as he leapt away was the creature entwined with Tim's body pressed flat against the truck's front end.  He jumped.

 
The world twisted around him and a lightning bolt of pain shot up his leg.  The library became a blur as Alan was tossed about.  He landed hard against a shelf and it fell to the ground.  The truck front flattened against the wall with a metallic grinding thud.  There was a bright flash of bluish light and the entire building shook violently.

Saturday, April 05, 2014

Saturday Sketch: Limbo Shadowcat

Here we are continuing the set of the Marvel Comics characters in the Magik limited series.  This is the Shadowcat who was left behind in Limbo and initially saves Illyana Raputin from Belasco, but in the end meets a terrible fate.  I placed her in the landscape where we see her most in the limited series, the warped desert wastelands of Limbo.

{2.5x3.5,  created in Adobe Photoshop}



I claim no copyright for the properties represented in the Saturday Sketches.  All copyrights and trademarks are retained by their respective owners.  I make no money from what I am presenting here.  It is presented for portfolio and appreciation purposes only. 

Friday, April 04, 2014

Exhumed: The Storm


Here we have an image of an incoming storm.  With the color reinvestigation I wanted to try to capture the weight and ominousness of an approaching storm.  I also tried to simulate the odd twilight that accompanies such storms.  With such heavy cloud cover it becomes neither night nor day, but instead some dim other light.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Sorry about all the Spam

I discovered recently in my attempt to increase my traffic and draw attention to my artwork, I have inadvertently become a spammer.  During all of the updates I have been working on since December, I noticed a drop in my number of views.  Upon investigation I discovered that I've been doing some things that Google penalizes.  I had been reposting some of my work over at my tumblr, Wind of the Gods and duplicating thumbnails for monthly review posts at ARS JWCSEO rules are kind of nebulous as to what is effective and what is detrimental.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

UPDATE: Writing Gallery

I just added a fresh set of links to the Writing Gallery, including, in the Serials section, the links so far for the ongoing Reunion at the Merrimon LibraryCheck them out and let me know what you think!  I hope you enjoy!

From the Archives: Thauros


This is a character design sketch for an ongoing dark comic series I've had for some time.  I'm not sure if it will ever see print, but here's a taste at least.  This is the dark prince of Unter, Thauros.  I couldn't seem to get a good scan without the mark making showing up.  My scanner just sees right through the sharpie on that particular kind of paper.  I tweaked the scanned image in Photoshop to get it a bit closer to what the original image looks like.

{8.5x11,  Sharpie}


Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Featured Creature: Reunion at the Merrimon Library Part VII, The Rune of Banishment


Reunion at the 
Merrimon Library:
Part VII, 
The Rune of Banishment 


Alan quickly stacked the books again in the circle formation Tim had originally created.  The things behind the wall had begun emitting a sickening blue light that vibrated like the light from the jellyfish creatures but it gave him more than enough illumination to find Die Tür Des Bösen amongst the scattered volumes.  He frantically flipped the pages until he found the illustration with the banishing rune.  To draw the rune, Alan chose a spot on the wall adjacent to the bulging shapes.  He ran over the banishing ritual in his head adding the name of the rune, Eisott Mudulica.  He took a deep breath.

Just then the wall beside him bowed out about two feet.  It pulsed barely inches from from his face.  Thick drops of jelly dripped from it.  Alan's breath came in sharp short gasps.  As the wall stretched thin he could see a massive shape beyond , another creature like the others, but as large as a truck.  It pushed hard against the skin of the wall, but luckily the barrier held.  The monstrous shape on the other side retracted and the wall fell back into place.  However, the skin of the wall sagged slightly this time, like an empty balloon.

Saturday, March 29, 2014