Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Cat-LE Drivers #2

Advertising Tryout

Here is a look at a try-out that I did earlier in 2013 for a company that makes those dry erase advertising videos that you have probably seen on YouTube. I didn't get the job but I still kind of like the end result. Rather than have these collect dust on the hard drive, I figured I would share them with y'all.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

What the @#$% happened to the colors!

So, I am going to be going sans color for awhile on Cat-LE Drivers.
It was a tough decision but I need the time to devote to some other projects and I don't want to stop or slow the story because of it.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Monday, September 30, 2013


commission work. All traditional (Pencil, pen, watercolor, acrylic and airbrush)

Sunday, September 15, 2013

work in progress

still doing digital inking and really digging it!

are you reading

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Relative Space

So the last two weekends were absolutely insane! I had to pencil ink and color 10 pages for the awesome Aaron Walther and his anthology Science Hero (available at this year's Wizard World Chicago). I'm pretty happy with the outcome and the process was a revelation for me- going fast is good! Comics aren't about perfection. Its about the story. Tell the story in as pretty of a way as possible as fast as possible so the reader doesn't lose interest. 

Wizard Chicago
This year I decided to take a break from this show. Last year wasn't really all that great for me. The new layout, the lack of organization, my own personal lack of enthusiasm for the show led me to this decision. I couldn't get motivated to commit the time and money to it this year. I will go visit for a day as a spectator but really that's just to catch up with friends. I am thinking about doing it next year but it depends on if this year is any better. There are a lot of shows that I would much rather do (Emerald City, Heroes, New York) and I am starting to make plans to attend them.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sorry for the break in posting.

Its been a bit. I know. I'm sorry. I just wanted to share a few shots of a much larger commission that came out of C2E2. Great group of friends here. SO MUCH FUN TO DRAW! They wanted to be drawn as ancient gods. I couldn't say no!

C2E2 was a blast. I was pretty sick but I mustered through it. I wasn't going to miss a second of it no matter how sick I got. Cat-LE Drivers got a lot of great reviews! People seem to dig it so I guess I gotta keep it going.

Came back from C2E2 and found that our roof was leaking! The carpet was soaked and it ruined a bunch of my comics collection. Very frustrating. Then a failed windows update fried the main computer I use for painting. So long story short I got a new computer and I am finally back in action. I am really excited to share some of the illustrations I am doing for a young adult novel. The drawings are a lot of fun to do and are a huge departure from the comic book stuff. It makes me want to do a cartoony children's book just for fun.

Monday, March 4, 2013

The Bible 2 #3 Exclusive Cover

 Sorry for the burst in posting. It has been awhile... I know... But I've been busy making stuff in order to have stuff to sell at C2E2 (or give away in at C2E2). You understand right?



Cat-LE Drivers #1 coming soooooooooon!


Thursday, December 13, 2012


Trepidation has this teaser up.

Monday, November 19, 2012

The watercolor to digital Method

So while working on  http://catledrivers.com/ , I found that I was being too much of a perfectionist with the value stage of the page. I do a black and white value painting and then paint over that with color adjustments. The problem was that It was taking so long to get through this stage. I decided to give up some control and do this stage in watercolor. I went from having total control to having very little with watercolors. I have been using watercolors for years. Its always been my preferred medium when painting traditionally so I do have a pretty high level of control for a medium that is notoriously hard to control.

The first step in this process was sketching out the page. I don't have the original scan of this but just imagine a really rough bad drawing that is little more than chicken scratch on the page. I take this into Manga Studio and do a really quick inking on the page. Manga Studio is great because I can drop in perspective rulers and get things laid out fairly quick.

I take that inked page to photoshop, drop the value (in HUE/SATURATION>Lightness to maintain the line), Then print it on Bristol. At this point I block in the drawing with a 2h pencil and then start to lay in my values with watercolor. I am constantly trying to refine the drawing and tighten up parts that I want to stand out. 

Once that is done I scan the final watercolor/ink drawing into photoshop at 400dpi. I clean up the paper texture with a few filters to just get the watercolor and the ink in the scan. I then throw in some quick light and shadow to try and bump up the value. The part I enjoy the most in painting is painting people. I spend the bulk of my time on this and it tends to be the focus of my work. I paint out some detail on the figure and try and make it pop. From there I color the piece. My color process is a whole tutorial onto itself. Its totally different than anyone else but it works for me. I will post a color tutorial in the future as well as the Pre-Viz tutorial I promised awhile back.

So there you have a rough look at how a page comes together. The full page can be found at www.catledrivers.com

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

More Bible 2 for Trepidation Comics

More freelance illustration.

Sleepwalker (Marvel Comics) sketch

So over on http://catledrivers.com/ I wrote a little love letter to how great the comic Sleepwalker from marvel was. Bret Blevins art is amazing in this book. I have issues 1 and 2 and 14. Threw together a sketch this afternoon just for fun.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

CAT-LE Drivers

Some cropped panels from Cat-LE Drivers. This is the new book I am working on. I hope to launch a webcomic of it soon. Print editions to follow.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Scarlet Witch and some figure drawings

Hey everyone! Sorry for the lapse in posting. I have been busy with a bunch of freelance and with my next book Cat-LE Drivers. 

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Bible 2

Here is a cover I did for Z.M. Thomas's The Bible 2. As you can see its going to be awesome.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Prom Queen Art Test

Hey sorry for the summer slump! I am working on a new book and it is going great. The story is the best thing I have ever written and I am having the most fun I have ever had drawing the pages for it. I will be posting an Ideation Tutorial that shows how I come up with poses layouts and I will get into some nuts and bolts of process.

The prom queen above was done as an art test for a local video game company. I didn't get the job :( But that's fine. I had fun making this little piece of concept art and a little rest cycle animation. I can see why I didn't get the job. Most of my problems are with the animation. I can see how rusty I am with these. I haven't done pixel art in years. It was a lot of fun to do though.

Look forward to my tutorial.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Captain America

So I have been busy but not productive. I feel like I have a pretty firm grasp on Manga Studio for inking now. I have been working on a previz method that has produced some interesting results. I was drawing right on top of the renders from zbrush but I soon got tired of it. I know a lot of artists are doing this method but it is just too rigid for me. The results look fantastic but I kept questioning the validity of the lines I was making. Was this a line that I decided to make or was the 3d mesh making that decision. My proportions were all predetermined based on the base model. The happy medium I have come to is doing previz in 3d, printing it out to size and using it as a reference for the final art. This way I can be looser with my penciling and still have the safety net of the previz to lightbox if something proves too difficult to just freehand in (for example a tank with treads ripping apart all in perfect perspective. I can light box that and not feel guilty).

I have been writing my next book. I am really excited about this book. I have an interesting distribution plan and a really solid marketing plan for it. I think its the best thing I've ever written. Megan is hard at work on the next HWID. I handed over all writing duties to her so I can focus on the new project.

Expect a lot of updating in the next few months. I have broke free of the slump and have been putting together some cool things that I cant wait to show. In the meantime enjoy this pinup of ol' Captain America posing all deliberately. 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Still alive....

Sorry for the absence. I have been super swamped with shows and with real life (non-comic book related) things. I have been making work. Just nothing terribly impressive. Here is why- I have been learning Manga Studio EX 4 in order to ink my pages digitally. This is an early page I did. I have a whole bunch of reasons that I have made the switch back to digital for interior pages. Most of these reasons include the increased speed and flexibility that digital provides.

Manga Studio is great and the perspective rulers are amazing. This program has really challenged how I think about laying out my pages. Things that worked before are not working now. My little cheats don't work the way they used to. This is a good thing though since it pushes me to get better. I am working on all sorts of problems and finding dynamic new solutions. I am really excited about this.

HWID will have a new color edition out for Wizard Chicago. I am also working on an unrelated webcomic project that I want to launch as soon as possible. The new project is going to have some of the sci-fi and fantasy elements of The Carriers but will be grounded in a reality that is much closer to our reality. I don't want to get too far into it until I have some finished pages to show but I am super pumped about it.

Saturday, April 28, 2012

What I am working on this week...

So one of the things that stood out to me at C2E2 was how important color is to my work. Not for me personally. I could care less if it was black and white or full color. The story and the line art are the most important to me. But seeing people pass over HWID because it was a black and white comic just broke my heart. So I am going back into HWID #1 and coloring the first 14 pages and adding a 6 page backup called The Big Scoop. The Big Scoop is a supporting narrative for HWID it offers a glimpse of what's happening outside the safe zone. That's all I feel comfortable saying right now. Anywho...here is a crop from HWID #1 (THE GLORIOUS COLOR EDITION)-

The second issue of HWID is in production as well. I am working with my lovely and talented wife Megan Bandt again and the second issue allows us to see more of Quinney Williamson and how she arrived at the safe zone.

Friday, April 20, 2012

little late night sketching and process design

Right now I am trying to push the color schemes in my work. To do this I have started to use a color underpainting in my digital work. I really should have gone to bed two hours ago but I really wanted to run this test.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Ms. Marvel Commission

I got a last second commission at C2E2 that had to be finished up at home. Its this girl as Ms. Marvel (Marvel). Watercolor and Noodlers ink.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

C2E2- a crazy weekend

Favorite moment- Hearing someone say (in front of red carpet backdrop) "I'm Tara Reid!" while pulling his shirt down. Oh yeah that was me...
So much fun. So many people to thank for kindness and support. Andrew Pepoy is the nicest guy in the world! Thanks goes out to Franchesco, Chris Mitten, Dirk Manning, Z. M. Thomas (and his smoking hot wife), Jill Thompson, Samantha LaFountaine (thanks for the hand written thank you note! you're too kind!), Mark Taylor, Greg and Fake, Jon Lennon, Ed Lee (and his brother) and anyone I missed! I feel really bad about not getting to enough people to pick up their work. I only gave myself a 30 minute run around on Sunday and I didn't pick up a quarter of the stuff I wanted to get.

Last but not least- the fans who took a chance on HWID, Zurg, The Carriers, Gross Grandpa, and Steve Schnauzer. I know how many times I have picked up a self published book and been disappointed. I know that every time I buy something weird or obscure that it is a gamble so the fact that you guys gave us a chance means a ton to us. We hope we defied your expectations and that you stick with us. See you at Summit City Con May 12th in Fort Wayne, INDIANA. New books will be out soon. I have some commissions to wrap up after the show then on to HWID #2 (full color! Fully Painted!). Here is a Wonder Woman painting that I wrapped up today. I just wanted to see how it would look if I drew her. That's all.
Hit me up on Facebook and Twitter; I want to hear what you thought of the new books we put out.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Friday, March 23, 2012

All the cool kids know about this....

So many cool things are going to be coming out in time for C2e2 this year.
Jake Rueth put together an amazing book called Zurg. Basically it is Alice in Wonderland if Wonderland existed inside an off brand Mp3 player. I can't stress this enough- IT IS AWESOME. Check out Jake and Zurg at our booth L16 at C2e2!

Also cool news-
Josh Filer has a short story in Jon M. Lennon's book Product of Society #5 called Moon Shits. If you know Josh's work then I shouldn't really have to describe it. If you don't know Josh's work... What the heck is wrong with you?

Josh just wrapped up Gross Grandpa #2 and is on a mad dash to get it printed in time for me to bring copies to C2E2. He wont be there because for some reason he thinks that being there for the birth of his first born son is more important. But don't fret... I will be there selling his offensive materials as if they were my own.