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. ;)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Disney Kingdoms: Seekers of the Weird #1

So here's one of my current projects. This is a weird one (HA!)-- it's actually a comic based on a Disney attraction that never saw completion. I think it was supposed to be an addition to the Haunted Mansion. Anyway, this truly is a fun project, with lots of bizarre stuff going on, and a chance to go a bit crazy with the colors. This is another book where I used a lot of the stuff I picked up on Integer City, and I really tried to tell the story with meaningful palette choices. I also tried to go for a more classic or pulpy feel. Don't know if I succeeded, but I had a blast doing it!

Art by the masterful Karl Moline. Enjoy!

Monday, February 10, 2014

Dark Horse Presents: Integer City chapter 1

Here's a fun little gig I worked on a while back. This was the first of a six part mini series featured in the Dark Horse Presents #30 anthology, each part being only 8 pages. It was strange working on such bite-sized "issues", but still great fun and a perfect opportunity to try out some new things (I've come to adopt a lot of the techniques used in this series for other work-- like in The Rise, for example).

The story was a retro sci-fi noire crime story with some Lovecraftian elements. Basically, it's awesome. Throw in some masterful artwork by Brent Schoonover (LOVE his old-school style) and you've got something worth checking out!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Emerald City of Oz

How time flies. It's hard to imagine that I started work on the first issue of Oz way back in 2008. It sure doesn't feel like it, and while I was slacking off not updating my blog, I also happened to color the very last issue. The Emerald City of Oz #5 marked the end of the line for Skottie and the bunch as Marvel stopped translating Baum's novels into comics (at least for now. No telling what the future might hold).

I have to say it was one of those bittersweet situations. On the one hand, it's quite sad to see all those  characters go and move on, but on the other it's also exciting to look forward to other, new projects. Oz had become a very familiar and comfortable place for me, and I truly did love my time working on these books. I really can't thank Skottie enough for getting me on board with what has been one of the most defining projects in my career.

Anyway, in an attempt to catch up with more current work, I've decided to post pages from the rest of the series (being issues 2 to 5). As always, it was hard picking pages from such a large pool, but I hope you'll still enjoy!