Wednesday, May 14, 2008
a page from a short story I illustrated for my pals Sean & Mary. It will be appearing in an anothology that is being hammered out by folks that post on Mike Oeming's jinxworld forum. a great bunch of people that will undoubtedly produce an entertaining volume. a good example of my "dirty water" technique.
what excuse can I come up with to justify not updating this wonderful (and very free) blog? none... I mean, I'm busy! don't get me wrong. my days are filled with freelance goodness. Also, pimping my book "Wicked Samurai" around to find it a proper home (more on that later), and also working towards other new goals related to storytelling of one sort or another. anyway, here is a drawing I did in response to a jackass in the "sports entertainment" industry that I had dealings with recently. The likeness and demeanor are spot on...
Thursday, January 31, 2008
the hope is that Wicked Samurai will be made up of mini-series and one-shots, similar to how Hellboy and the Goon are handled at Dark Horse. my first proposed 5 issue mini will consist of an oversized origin story in the first issue, 2nd issue will be made up of 2 short stories, and then finishing off the last 3 issues will be an epic story between the Wicked Samurai and a brood of ninja vampires. These pages here are from that story, but yes, they will not be apart of the finished product.
hey all, a bunch of stuff I just scanned from my portfolio of upcoming WS stories. the thing is, none of these images will appear in any upcoming issues of the book. I am retooling the stories, and will tackle the art chores once again on both tales. There are aspects that I like with the stuff I'm showing you here, but I am making slight changes in how I approach both stories, that now require me to redo pages. for now, enjoy what could have been.
Friday, January 25, 2008
another drawing from my sketchbook. a combination of faber-castell markers and mars 3000 duo markers (red & black). photo of my dear friend Keri used as reference. don't let the "scary quality" of this image fool you; Keri is actually a very attractive young lady. She will also be the model for the main character on a sci-fi mini I hope to do this year along with Wicked Samurai. more on that hopefully soonish. for now, enjoy!
hey all, something from my most recent sketchbook. I usually do not use my faber-castell markers in my sketchbooks, instead preferring to use something more "immediate" like a felt tip or brush marker. anyway, here is an exception to the Quinn rule. marker and some dry brush in my moleskine book. head over to Barnes & Noble and buy up these books. you get 3 lineless notebooks for $15. they make perfect notebooks now that I cannot find a9 lineless blueline books.
Monday, December 17, 2007
hey all, check out this year's holiday card! this is probably the fifth or sixth year I have done my own card. I went with a more "father Christmas" look this time instead of the Coca Cola version of Santa.
Have a great Holiday Season and a very safe and happy New Year!
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
here is a unique series of images resulting in a pinup done for Oeming's book "Hammer of the Gods." at some point there should be a trade coming out at Image. This headshot was turned down for a more dynamic image that I created later.
I wanted to share these images however, since it gives a rare glimpse into my process of creating an image. Loose pencil sketch, a marker sketch, and then of course the finished pen/ink version.
At some point soon I hope to show how I actually do a finished ink drawing; either by shooting a short video or by posting photos of me working and different stages of completion.
A full page image from book I "Reminisce."
I am working on a few one-issue stories right now for Wicked Samurai. Trying to train my "comic muscle" to create an interesting story in just 22 pages. I am finding out just how difficult it can be to create an interesting tale with the limitation of that page count. Either not enough space or the story is swimming with way too many pages. It's important to me to do this exercise a few times; not only to flesh out the main character of the story, but to also work within the accepted confines of a standard comic book format.
Regarding where I am getting some story ideas right now, I have looked no further than two books I have that were written by Lafcadio Hearn ("Kwaidan" and "In Ghostly Japan"). Lafcadio, a westerner whom spent the last 20 years or so of his life as a resident in Japan, was one of the first writers to bring Japanese folklore to the rest of the world. He got most of his material from books that he obtained in Japan during the late 19th century, and re-wrote them into stories for a western audience. So perhaps it's appropriate that I have farmed a few goodies from his book to now translate into comics. I'm certainly not the first, assuming some of you are familiar with Mignola's famous "Heads" story from Hellboy. but anyway, check out Lafcadio on Wiki, and buy some of his books too.
hey all, it's been a while once again since last I posted. I have had some medical issues that I am now addressing (started physical therapy today. hoo hooo!). I will start scanning in alot of new stuff soon, so expect some illustrations from Wicked Samurai and some other "things" real soon. For now, enjoy a pic of my pals Mike Oeming (center), Sean McManus (right), my chest hair (below my carefully hidden double chin), and well of course, me (leftish). Cheers!
Saturday, October 13, 2007
I can't believe I have not posted this on here yet. Cover image for Book I issue 1 of Wicked Samurai. We are still pitching it around to publishers so hopefully I have good news about it soon. For now, enjoy my original b&w image and then the lovely color version brought to life by Nick "f***ing" Filardi.
Mike Oeming and Bryan Glass invited me to do a spot illustration for their latest series "Mice Templar." I provided an image of the "Salmon of Wisdom." This should be in issue 2 out sometime in Nov.
I will also have a pinup in a future issue; either 3 or 4 from what Bryan told me.
If you have not done so already, go and check out the first issue of this book. It is something alot of us on the "inside" have been waiting a long time to see Bryan and Mike produce, and could not be happier now that it is starting to come out bi-monthly.