Monday, January 26, 2015

2014 Year in Review



I always like to look back on the previous year and pick out some of my favorites pieces I drew.

I was lucky to stay busy year-round doing commissions for people. And I want to thank everyone who decided to throw some work my way, it was and will always be extremely appreciated.

Here's to a great 2015 which is already off to an amazing start.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

20 in 2014 Book Challenge


The challenge my wife and I take to read at least 20 books within a year hit year five in 2014 and this was our best year yet.

Since I read a lot of comic collections and art books (which don’t take long to read), I allow myself to count one book to my list for every 10 of those types of books. It wouldn’t be fair to Heather who actually reads nothing but prose books.

I read 32 books and 31 comic type books. So that makes my adjusted total 35. And Heather got at least 20 in too. Not too shabby for a couple that’s busy with work, a 6 year old, freelance work, etc.

Here is my list:
  • Alien by Alan Dean Foster (Took me like 35 years but I finally read this novelization of the film. It held true to the source material and fleshed it a out a little more.)
  • X-Men, Vol. 1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Chris Bachalo and others (I've actually been enjoying these new X-Men books. I kinda like Cyclops as the jerk revolutionary.)
  • VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV's First Wave by Nina Blackwood, Mark Goodman, Martha Quinn, and Alan Hunter (I was the perfect age when MTV first debuted so I enjoyed this book, nice look behind the curtain)
  • The Crow by James O'Barr (This was a reread, still as cool as ever.)
  • All Star Superman Vol 1. by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely (I liked it but not as much as people led me to believe I would)
  • Captain America: Red Menace Ultimate Collection,The Death of Captain America, Vol. 1, 2,  and 3 by Ed Brubaker, Steve Epting and others (Really enjoying these stories, art is fantastic)
  • Dark Places by Gillian Flynn (Liked Gone Girl more)
  • Winter Soldier, Vol. 1: The Longest Winter, Vol. 2: Broken Arrow and Vol. 3: Black Widow Hunt by Ed Brubaker , Butch Guice, and Michael Lark (Very cool series. Favorite "new" character in a  long time)
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell (Not the typical book I'd read but my wife recommended and I trust her opinion. It was really good)
  • Saga, Vol. 1, 2 and 3 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (Wow, I loved these. Hooked me right away.)
  • A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin (Can't really say much, except awesome.)
  • Beneath The Planet of The Apes by Michael Avallone (I'm a POTA freak, so I liked this.)
  • The Wes Anderson Collection by Matt Zoller Seitz (Really interesting look at the making of his films. A must read for any fan of his)
  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie (I'd had never gotten around to reading any of her books before. I liked this one a lot and plan to read more)
  • Glamour Girls of Don Flowers by Don Flowers (Really nice book of retro one panel gags, amazing art)
  • New Ultimates: Thor Reborn by Jeph Loeb (Author), Frank Cho (Got it strictly for the Cho art, which did not disappoint)
  • Shanna, the She-Devil by Frank Cho  (Same as above)
  • Mr. Murder Is Dead by Victor Quinaz and Brent Schoonover (Bought this because my friend Brent drew, really enjoyed the Dick Tracy throwback feel of it)
  • Willie and Joe: Back Home by Bill Mauldin (I got this because I loved the Wille and Joe collection where they were in the War. I didn't enjoy this as much due to my ignorance of a lot of the political and social stories of the time. I'm sure if I was reading back then, a lot of it wouldn't have been over my head)
  • The Judas Apocalypse by Dan McNeil (Decent book. World War II, Cathars, Religious Mystery, good stuff)
  • Conan, Conan of Cimmeria, Conan the Freebooter by Robert E. Howard and Others (I'd never read any prose stories of Conan, only comics. I really liked them, Freebooter was the weaker of the three.)
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie (I enjoyed it but preferred And Then There Were None)
  • Jaws by Peter Benchley (First time reading this, it was interesting to see what they changed in making the movie)
  • The Jaws Log by Carl Gottlieb (Fascinating look into the making of the movie)
  • Night Without End by Alistair MacLean (First Alistair MacLean I've read. Will be reading more, good book)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind by Steven Spielberg (Never read it before, it was enjoyable. Very economical writing)
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells (Started reading this but then realized I had already read it. Finished it anyway)
  • Parker: Slayground by Darwyn Cooke (Awesome as always. These never disappoint)
  • The Revolution Was Televised: The Cops, Crooks, Slingers, and Slayers Who Changed TV Drama Forever by Alan Sepinwall (Great book about some great shows. I enjoy Sepinwall's writing online and it was nice to see it in longform)
  • High Lonesome by Louis L'Amour (Continuing my efforts to read more Westerns, liked it a lot)
  • The Terminator by Randall Frakes and Bill Wisher. (Most movie adaptations are kinda lame but I was surprised at how much I like this. It also kept in the deleted scenes)
  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind Diary by Bob Balaban (interesting read about the making of the movie)
  • Morning Glories Vols 1-6 by Nick Spencer and Joe Eisma (Fun read, dark at times. A lot of times)
  • Pure Drivel by Steve Martin (This one was a bit of a letdown. I love Steve Martin but this just wasn't as good as I wanted it to be)
  • Alien: The Illustrated Story by Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson (Very cool but condensed comic book version of the film)
  • FF - Vol.1: Fantastic Faux by Matt Fraction, Mike Allred, Joe Quinones (Read this solely for the Allred art, never disappointing.)
  • iZombie Vol 1-3  by Chris Roberson and Michael Allred (see above)
  • Crash and Burn by Artie Lange, Anthony Bozza (Man, if you've ever thought about taking hardcore drugs, read this and you won't)
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth (Yes, sometimes I read like a teenage girl. I'de it well enough. It's no Hunger Games)
  • Bowdrie by Louis L'Amour (I liked that this one was a collection of short stories featuring a central character)
  • First Blood by David Morrell (Really different tone fro the film, but I liked it.)
  • Double Dexter by Jeff Lindsey (Dexter novels are always good. Kinda sad that the next might be the last one)
  • Now You See Me by S. J. Bolton (First book I read of hers. I liked it enough that I'll probably read others)
  • Awakenings by S. J. Bolton (And so I did. It was good as well)
  • The Bellweather Rhapsody by Kate Racculia (I liked this one a lot)
  • Legion of Super-Heroes: The Great Darkness Saga by Paul Levitz, Keith Giffen and others (Mostly a re-read for nostalgia sake.)
  • Storm of Swords by George R. R. Martin (Always great, always at the top of the list)
My favors of the year? Well, if there is a Game of Thrones book in the year it'll be up there and read two this year. I also really liked The Bellweather Rhapsody.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

New Sketch Covers

Here a a few sketch covers I did recently. Both the Community/Gi Joe one and the Harley Quinn one were commissions. The My Little Pony/Gotham Girls one I did for fun. It's available for purchase. Drop me a line if you are interested in buying it. contact [at] calslayton [dot] com.






Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Customized Guardians of the Galaxy Sketch Cover

Custom sketch cover. A guy and his daughter with Drax the Destroyer from Guardians of the Galaxy.


Sunday, October 05, 2014

Two New Commission Pieces

Just wrapped up these commissions. A lot of fun to draw. I like it when I have the opportunity to draw characters I've never done before or obscure characters. Judomaster, Big Barda, Manhunter, Killer Moth, Red Hood and Firefly.



Friday, October 03, 2014

Illustration Rush Job

Bunch of illustrations I had to turn around super fast. Since it was such a rush, the quality is not as good as I wanted but they were happy with them.


Monday, September 29, 2014

Rocket Raccoon and Groot Sketch Cover

FOR SALE $65 shipped.

Rocket Raccoon and Groot as Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

"In Fear Of" TV Series Poster


Poster design for a new tv series "In Fear Of". I don't often get to do horror stuff and I like doing it. Any horror fans out there wanting a commission, hit me up!
Check these guys out...

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Batman and Harley Quinn Selfie Sketch Cover

Just finished this sketch cover commission. Originally they wanted Harley just leaning on Batman's shoulder.  I suggested her trying to get a selfie with him.


Monday, September 01, 2014

Lil "Battle of the Planets"

It's Mark from "Battle of the Planets". Or "Gatchaman". Or "G-Force". Just wanted to draw something cartoony and in a different style than I usually do, just to stretch my skills.  I drew this by hand and then completed it in Adobe Illustrator.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Handful of Art

Trying to catch up by posting all the art I've been making over the past few months.






Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Walking Dead Pieces

Some Walking Dead commissions. I love doing the custom sketch covers turning someone into either a zombie or a part of Team Prison.






Tuesday, August 12, 2014

New Batman Art

Here are some commission pieces I did. Bunch of Batman related ones.They were all a lot of fun, but I really loved the "Double Date" one.'






Saturday, August 09, 2014

Recent commissions

I've been pretty bad about updating this blog with art. Fortunately, it's because I've been too busy making said art. Here is a bunch of commissions I've done recently. I'll try to be better.