Sunday, February 23, 2020

DC Comics Shazam Variant Covers

Here are 2 variant covers for the recent Shazam comics series, for issues #4 and #8, I think.  Whenever I draw Captain Marvel, I always try to give it a little hint of C.C. Beck flavour - he was one of my favourite cartoonists.

DC Comics The Terrifics Issue 25 variant cover

Another nice change of pace, I tried to draw this one in a different style as I had been playing around more and experimenting with digital tools.  About 90% of this cover was drawn in Procreate on my Ipad Pro with the Apple Pencil.

Marvel Comics Spider-man Life Story Issue 2 variant cover

An interesting assignment - I was asked to draw a variant cover for Spider-man: Life Story, for issue 2.  Since the issue was set in the 1970's, I was tasked with trying to give the cover a "70's feel".  Hence, I went all out in that direction.

DC Comics Shazam: The World's Mightiest Mortal HC Cover

This was for a hard cover collection of stories from the Shazam comics revival from DC in the 1970's.  I was enthusiastic about drawing this, as Captain Marvel and those comics were some of the first comics I read as a kid.

Marvel Comics: Champions Issue 1 variant cover

Marvel Comics Presents, Issue 2 variant Cover

Another fun one, featuring the FF (in a way).  This was a variant cover for the anthology series, Marvel Comics Presents.  It featured 2 stories; one starring Dr. Doom and Reed Richards, and another starring Gorilla Man.  I drew it to look evoke an old 50's double-feature movie poster.

Marvels Annotated Issue 2 Variant Cover

Had the chance to check off a bucket-list item: drawing the Fantastic Four for Marvel.  This was a variant cover for the 25th anniversary edition of Marvels, issue #2.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Captain America 701 - 704 Covers

A fun assignment from a year ago, Marvel asked me to draw the main covers for 4 issues of Captain America.  The stories were set in the far future, featuring the descendants of Steve Rogers.  I got to try some interesting palette ideas and design some futuristic storm troopers along the way.

Detective Comics Issue 1000 Variant Cover

I was asked to draw a variant cover for the 1000th anniversary issue of Detective Comics.  Similar to the Action Comics issue 1000 cover, DC asked artists to draw covers based on various decades.  I was assigned the 1950's, which gave me the opportunity to draw all the various zany iterations of Batman that permeated that era.  This cover took a lot of research, but was a lot of fun.

My wife, Claudia Davila, helped me with the typography, and we laid out all the cover elements including the logos and text boxes ourselves.  You can see a version of the art without those elements below.

Sunday, February 03, 2019

The New Yorker: ROMA film review

An illustration for the New Yorker, to accompany a review of Alfonso Cuaron's new film, Roma.  AD: Chris Curry.

Friday, November 02, 2018

Action Comics 1000 Variant Cover

I was given the assignment to draw a cover for Action Comics' 1000th issue.  8 artists were chosen, and each was given an era of Action Comics to depict.  I got lucky and was given the 1940's - easy money, really, as it was an opportunity to draw Superman vs. the Nazis in WW2.  I even threw in a "buy bonds" blurb - something I'd wanted to draw on a cover for years.

Below, you can see the initial thumbnails for the cover as I worked out a couple of ideas.  The concept really came together very quickly.

Thursday, November 01, 2018

More Batwoman Variant Covers

These were my final 4 Batwoman variant covers, and I was sad to see the series end.  I didn't know much about Batwoman before I started the year long run of covers, but I grew to really appreciate the character and her fans.

Batwoman Issue #14 Cover

 Batwoman Issue #16 Cover

 Batwoman Issue #17 Cover

Batwoman Issue #18 Cover

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Columbia University Magazine

A portrait of Doug Morris, a storied music mogul.  Drawn for Columbia University Magazine.

Sunday, February 11, 2018

DC Comics Batwoman Issue 8 Variant Cover

Occidental College Magazine Cover

A cover illustration for Occidental College's magazine, this one was on the theme of female alumni who had been pioneers in space-flight technologies.  The artwork was drawn digitally. 

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.