Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Seekers of the Weird 4 & 5

Holy falling behind, Batman. I've been so busy lately that I've completely neglected my little corner of the internet. So much has happened since my last post that I don't even know how to begin catching up.

I suppose I could start with the last two issues of Seekers of the Weird. I was pretty sad to see this one go, actually-- I had a lot of fun on this series. I know my weird color choices didn't agree with everyone, but there's just something about a drastic monochromatic shift that gets me going. ;)

Anyway, on to the pages (all of which feature art by series-standard Karl Moline)! First, a few from issue 4, which is probably my favourite of the run.

 And some choice pages from #5. Thanks to all who supported this book, and I hope you enjoyed it! Or at least, the colours. ;)

Friday, May 23, 2014

Avengers Undercover #1

So, apparently I'm falling behind on these posts again. Work as been completely crazy lately, so please try to forgive. ;) Anyway, here are a few pages from Avengers Undercover, the follow-up to Avengers Arena. Kev Walker is back on pencil duty, and really blew this one out of the water. I'm starting to be a huge fan of his work.

I tried to do some different things for this book, especially compared to Arena, but I'm still not sure it's paying off. I went back-and-forth with Kev on the style after he voiced that he preferred cleaner, less intrusive rendering that doesn't "fight" with the lineart. I totally agree with that, so I went with a simpler cell-shaded look. I have to admit that I'm still working out the kinks, but some times I can get behind it (currently on issue 6). Oh, and I also love how those purples completely disappear in print... Curses to CMYK!

Anyway, enjoy!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Disney Kingoms: Seekers of the Weird #3

And here we go again with Seekers of the Weird! In order to give series regular Karl Moline a bit of a break, this issue was drawn by the talented Filipe Andrade. I have to say I was very much pleased with how these pages turned out. The faux-watercolour style blended perfectly with Filipe's dynamic and almost surreal artwork to create something truly special. I think so, at least.

Interestingly enough, I'm colouring Filipe's artwork once again on the next Disney Kingdom series, Figment, which is coming out in June. Be sure to check that out! 

For now, enjoy a few choice pages from this issue.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Rocket Raccoon #1 cover

So I'm currently colouring Skottie Young's upcoming Rocket Raccoon book, but that's still far from ready for release. For now though, here's the cover for the first issue. When Skottie told me wanted a classic fantasy painting like something by Frazetta, I nearly crapped myself. That's stuff I love to do, so it all fell into place naturally. I've never felt more comfortable working over his art, and I think it came out pretty good, though it's somewhat lacking in scantily-clad women...

Pencils by the unmistakable Skottie Young.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #2

And now a few choice pages from issue 2 of the Seekers of the Weird mini. Lately, I've been making it a point to work with a limited palette. I find it's good exercise, and makes me think carefully about colour choices. That said, I think it started working against me in this issue (perhaps even the series as a whole). Perhaps I need to rethink this approach.

Anyway, not much to say beyond that, really-- much of the same we got from issue 1. ;)


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Dark Horse Presents: Integer City Chapter 2

And here's the second part of the immensely fun Integer City. This one was great; had a lot of different locations and opportunities to play around with the color palette. An impressive feat for an 8-pager!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

What If: Age of Ultron covers

A while back I was asked to color a series of covers for Marvel's upcoming What If: Age of Ultron mini, which starts in April. The mind-blowing covers were done by the insanely talented Chris Stevens, and I have to say I was nervous that I couldn't possibly do them justice. The good thing was that his work was already so masterfully rendered that I didn't have to do much. All in all, I'm pretty happy with the results (minus a few revisions-- more on that later).

The five covers are meant to sit side-by-side creating a giant image, and they just screamed old pulp novel to me. So I ran with that (truth be told, I'm kind of addicted to the whole pulp, noire, vintage, classic look...). Note that the images I'm posting here are slightly different than the ones floating on the internets-- and indeed the ones that will be printed. The editor felt that Ultron and the backgrounds were too colorful and drowned out the characters (Marvel usually has hang-ups with wanting their characters to really pop and be prominent). Personally, I prefer the more vibrant colors (pulp, remember?) so those are the ones I want to show. Enjoy!

Oh, and incidentally I was also asked to color one of the issues in the series. It'll be the third one (with Thor), so make sure to check it out and buy lots and lots of copies. ;)