Wednesday, November 22, 2017

DC Comics Batwoman Issue 4 Variant Cover



I've been doing a run of variant covers for DC Comics Batwoman comic.  This was the first, for issue 4.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

the New Yorker: Portrait of Taylor Swift


Blonde, attractive celebrities are hard to draw a likeness of since they tend to be a bit generic.  One missed line and you've gone from drawing Charlize Theron to Margot Robbie.   Luckily, Taylor Swift has a few more signature characteristics - like her bright red lipstick.  

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

the New Yorker: Portrait of Rex Tillerson



A fun assignment, drawn digitally.  This illustration accompanied an article on current US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in the New Yorker.  You can read the article here

Monday, November 06, 2017

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Marvel Comics Inhumans vs X-men Variant Covers

I drew 6 variant covers for Marvel's 2017 cross-over event, "Inhumans Vs X-men".  Editorial was gracious enough to give me complete freedom to design all the elements as I saw fit, so I approached these as if I was making film posters not comic covers.  All in all, a very fun assignment.







Thursday, February 23, 2017

Civil War 2 Variant Covers - Part 2






These comprise the remaining 4 variant covers I drew for Marvel for their Civil War 2 crossover event.  Again, they loosely follow a "boxing poster" theme, with issues 5 and 7 being slightly different in concept.  The cover for issue 5 was inspired by propaganda posters from the 40's and 50's in keeping with the issue's themes of alienation and identity.  

I think the final issue, Issue 8 had my favourite cover of the batch, as I wanted to go out with a bang and go all out on the boxing angle.

These were all drawn in a mix of traditional and digital mediums.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Civil War 2 Variant Covers - Part 1







Last year, I asked to provide variant covers for Marvel's big crossover series, Civil War 2.  The editor suggested I might do them as an homage to classic boxing posters, with Marvel super-heroes squaring off against each other.  I thought it was a great idea, and decided to go all out on the concept, turning each of the covers into a fight poster design, complete with typography and other details.  My wife Claudia Davila, an award winning art director and designer, collaborated with me on the type treatment, and we shared credit on these covers.  I gotta say it was fun seeing both our names on the cover of a Marvel comic.

Here you can see the first 4 covers in the series.  There were 8 covers in all, and below you can see some of the rough sketches and layouts that lead to the final art.  Most of the covers were drawn in a mix of digital and traditional.  In some cases, even the lettering was done by hand and composited.









Monday, December 19, 2016

Darth Vader 25 Variant Cover



I was honoured to be asked to contribute a variant cover for Marvel's final issue of their Darth Vader comic series.  This was the first time I did a published Star Wars illustration (not counting the endless amounts of unpublished X-wing fighters and Han Solos I drew as a kid).  Marvel was very generous and gave me a lot of freedom with the art.  In keeping with Lucasfilm's policy, I was asked to submit 2 different roughs which you can see below.

The final art was drawn in ink, coloured dyes and wax crayon, and was purchased by Lucasfilm for their Star Wars archives.



Justice League of America: The Silver Age Vol. 2



Yet another in my continuing series of covers for DC's reprint collections, this is for the 2nd volume of JLA stories from the silver age.  DC's art directors suggested that I should feature Wonder Woman prominently, since she was the smallest figure in the previous cover.  Again, I enjoyed the opportunity to draw the "classic" versions of these heroes, especially Martian Manhunter, who is quickly becoming a a favourite to draw.

This was drawn in ink on board, with colours added digitally.  You can check out the initial pencil rough below.


Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Golden Age Superman Vol. 2



This is the 2nd cover illustration of Superman I did recently for DC, this time for the 2nd volume of Golden Age Superman reprints.  You can see the cover for volume 1 here.  Once again, I enjoyed trying to come up with another iconic image for my favourite era of Superman stories.

The final art for this was drawn traditionally with ink on board, with colour and effects added digitally.  You can see the rough below.




Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Handmaiden



This one was drawn for the New Yorker, to accompany a review of Park Chan-wook's film "The Handmaiden."  It was a pretty fast turnaround time, but I had fun with the assignment.  Any time you get to watch a movie (especially a good one) as part of your job, that's a win.

All the art for this was drawn digitally from an initial pencil sketch.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Silver Age Adam Strange



The next cover in my year long series of DC reprints is the Silver Age Adam Strange.  It was a delight to work on this as Adam Strange is one of my favourite comics characters.  For me, the central theme of the series was the romance between Adam and his love, Alanna.  I was always struck by how the early stories usually ended with Adam alone, light years away from Alanna and dreaming of a way back to her.  I've actually drawn him once before, lost a similar reverie.

The final art for this was drawn in ink, with colours and effects added digitally.  You can see the colour rough below.




Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Silver Age Green Lantern



Continuing on with the series of covers I drew for DC's reprint collections, here is the one for Green Lantern the Silver Age Vol 1.  The final art for this was drawn completely digitally using Sketchbook Pro and Photoshop.  You can see the initial rough sketch below.



Monday, October 03, 2016

Golden Age Batman



Still another cover for DC's reprint collections, this is for the Golden Age Batman Volume 1.  Clever Batman fans will note that this is an homage to one of the best Batman covers of all time (and my personal favourite Batman cover).

The art for this was drawn in coloured inks with small colour tweaks via photoshop.  You can see the pencil sketch below.




Tuesday, May 10, 2016

The Silver Age Suicide Squad



Another in my series of cover illustrations for DC Comics reprint collections - this one is the Silver Age Suicide Squad, or Task Force X as I think the group was originally called.  I have to admit I'm mostly unfamiliar with this title or cast of characters, so it took a bit of research to come up with the image.  Still, anything that involves drawing dinosaurs is a fun assignment!

The art for this was drawn traditionally in ink then scanned and coloured digitally.  You can see the final art above and the pencil sketch below.


Wednesday, May 04, 2016

The New Yorker: Kanye West



I had fun with this one.  I was assigned to do a portrait of Kanye West for the New Yorker, to accompany a review of his album "The Life of Pablo".  As I was given a lot of freedom for this, I thought it'd be nice to paint it up traditionally on paper.   It's always nice when I get the chance to paint something with this much freedom.

The art here was drawn on paper and painted with gouache and ink with some colour manipulation and tweaking in photoshop.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

The Flash: the Silver Age Vol. 1



The 3rd image in the series of DC reprint collection covers I've drawn is the Flash.  This one was drawn during an interesting time for me - shortly after the birth of my 2nd child.  Needless to say, our whole family suffering from lack of sleep, so I tried to keep things as simple as possible.

The final art was drawn entirely digitally, from a pencil sketch which you can see below.