Friday, December 30, 2011

AlphaBeasts - K is for KONG

Another entry that fell victim to time. I had high hopes for this piece, but in an effort to get one turned in on time and not fall two weeks behind, I had to scrap a lot of the aspirations I had for it. Maybe it'll be something I revisit down the road.
I was hoping to throw in silhouettes of the jungle and NYC on either side of the bust integrating them into the fur. I also went black happy with my copic wide marker and left little-to-no room for blending via cross hatching, so I feel like I missed a few opportunities here in the name of completion. Ah well, it was fun!
Anyway, here he is...KONG!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Charlotte Comicon sketches.

I did a couple of sketches today at Charlotte Comicon in between selling stuff. Thanks to Herc, Jonathan, Brandon, and Henry for a fun day.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Charlotte Comicon - Sunday, Dec. 18th 10am - 4pm

Looking for something to do this weekend? Still have shopping to do before the holidays? Well look no further! The Charlotte Comicon will be held this Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown Charlotte from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. There will be great deals on comics, books, art, toys, movies, sci-fi & fantasy memorabilia and much more! And if that's not enough, a ton of local artists will be on hand selling their books and art!

Swing by and say hello, I'll be set up with Henry Eudy selling our 11 x 17 Darkwing Duck print (see attached pic) and sketchbooks. Henry will have a selection of his mini comics and I'll have all of the Big Dog's Studio sketchbooks and the Sketch Charlotte Anthology. We'll both have original art for sell and will be sketching at the show.

Along for the ride we'll be sitting next to fellow Sketch Charlotteans Herc Petmezas, Stan Ford and Jonathan Rosenbaum! They'll al have something special for sale along with original art, comics and trading cards!

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Monday, December 12, 2011

AlphaBeasts - I is for Ithorians

Always did like ol' Hammerhead from the original Star Wars trilogy. As I was searching for some references I found some really cool concept art from which I used for the basis of the head (it's about 1/2 down on the SW wiki page).

I went nuts on the hatching at Sketch Charlotte on Thursday night and was going to submit just the head. But the guys talked me into fleshing it out a bit more, so last night I had some extra time and I drew the rest as I watched a movie with my wife.

Copic markers on 70# tab stock - 8 x 10

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Let's Get Dangerous!

This is a piece I was commissioned for a few months back. They wanted a Darkwing Duck/Captain Carrot team up. As the thumbnail stage progressed I started adding characters. Pretty soon I was up to my ears in cartoon characters!The left piece is a bad scan of the pencils and the right side is the finished piece inked beautifully by my incredibly talented friend Henry Eudy! The guy waited a while for it, so I figured why not take it up a notch with Henry's inks? It was so worth the wait! If you haven't seen Henry's work you really owe it to yourself to spend all day looking at all those wonderful little lines he conjurs, not to mention the sense of humor and storytelling ability he notch!I hope you enjoy this 1/2 as much as I do! :)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

AlphaBeasts Catch Up: F & G

Time for some #AlphaBeasts catch up! :)

F is for Fomorians - #AlphaBeasts

I was out of town for Thanksgiving so I was unable to get an F in on time, so it stands to reason my G will be late as well! About the Fomorians (from wikipedia of course)In Irish mythology, the Fomoire (or Fomorians) are a semi-divine race said to have inhabited Ireland in ancient times. They may have once been believed to be the beings who preceded the gods, similar to the Greek Titans. It has been suggested[by whom?] that they represent the gods of chaos and wild nature, as opposed to the Tuatha Dé Danann who represent the gods of human civilization. Alternatively, they may represent the gods of a proposed pre-Goidelic population of Ireland.They are sometimes said to have had the body of a man and the head of a goat, according to an 11th century text in Lebor na hUidre (the Book of the Dun Cow), or to have had one eye, one arm and one leg, but some, for example Elatha, the father of Bres, were very beautiful. Bres himself carries the epithet "the Beautiful."

I opted for the goat headed man for this excercise! Done in two parts (the head and the body) then photoshopped together. I added the font and printed out the assembled piece to do some last minute touch ups. I scanned the finished piece in and was going to do more photoshop, but found some really neat half tone dots from scanning a printed piece. I think they go well with this, so I left them in!

Actual piece is 6.5 x 9 - copic pens on 70# tab stock

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G is for Gamorrean Guard - #AlphaBeasts

Did this one over lunch yesterday. Only it wasn't detailed at all. Once I had a look at all the outlines it begged for some more lines! So I took it home and did my best Henry Eudy+ impersonation! ;)

The Gamorrean Guard was always one of my favorite figures growing up. Sure I'd play with Vader and Boba Fett, but ol' pighead woudl be right there with them!

Actual piece is 7 x 10 - copic pens on 70# tab stock

More info about the Gamorrean Guards can be found here:

Feels good to be all caught onto H! :)