gregorydickens asked: Do you look at certain comics to gear up for a new drawing or comic project?
I actually try to avoid reading anything in particular before I start drawing unless I need some sort of reference. Part of that is because I’m always trying to make my own voice unique and am very motivated by trying to tell stories in comics that few others are telling. That said I am always reading comics and studying what the artists do so I can figure out how to do it in my own way. I’m in constant awe of how artists like Samnee and Mignola use black and white to really define their work, or how dynamic a Rios or Buscema page will look. I’m mostly self taught and so I like to consider myself always a student and class is never not in session.
tdro asked: What is your favorite character from pop culture to draw? Also, is it more fun for you to draw that, or an original character design?
I tend to draw Wolverine and Hellboy a lot, although my favorite right now is the Thing because I finally figured out a way to draw him and have him look right. I definitely prefer to draw my own characters. They always look “right” to me. :)
Wolverine sketch from Eastside last Monday. I did a decent Thing sketch too but for some reason my phone isn’t letting it upload. Weird.
New sketches I did while waiting to sing “Hungry Like The Wolf” at karaoke at Eastside Tavern last night.
Sneak peak at the main character of my latest mini comic, BETTY BEATDOWN. Aiming to have it available for Midwest Geekfest on April 26th in Columbia, MO. Go to midwestgeekfest.com for more details.
The Soloist was supposed to be my first project after Ninjas. I have this problem where I come up with an idea and charge ahead without much forethought or planning. The result is a lot of unfinished comic stories. This unfortunately is one of them. I stopped after 11 pages because I had a hard time really figuring out of where to go with the story. But in terms of storytelling and art I like some of the things I did here, and this is a reminder that i need to sit down and better plan ahead if I want a more satisfying finished product. Still pretty proud of those first four pages, though.
Feels like I’m on to something here…
STEELHEART SKETCHES: So I’m going back to square one with Owen Steelheart. Steelheart 2.0 if you will. Basically I was reading Stan Sakai’s amazing Usagi Yojimbo and thinking “Man, I wish I had a character like this that I could tell these kind of stories with.” Then I realized “Oh, wait. I already have a character like that.” So I’m rededicating myself to doing some Steelheart stories this year but I’m starting all over with him. The first four pictures are the latest ones with me playing with the character design. I really like the third one if I can find a way to unsulk/un-frankmillerize it. The last three are the “traditional” Owen Steelheart sketches I’m posting for comparisons sake. Any feedback or opinions is appreciated. Thanks!