Sunday, February 28, 2010

Empire Strikes Back Reference Material

Here's a look at all the Empire Strikes Back reference materials I've been using to work on the sketch cards. The DVD of the movie, of course. The New Essential Guide to Characters that I picked up at Half Price Books the other day. My original 1980 copy of the official book of the film. My original 1980 copy of the Marvel Comics official adaption of the film. My original 1980 copy of the storybook of the film. My original 1980 trading cards, also produced by Topps. I think I have about 150 of those. Too much? Maybe. It does speak volumes about how much I was into this as a kid. Anyway, I did 20 full color cards this weekend. Once (if) I get them approved, I'll post them here.

Friday, February 26, 2010

The Empire Strikes Back 3D Trading Cards

I'm really excited to announce that I will be illustrating 100 sketch cards for the upcoming Empire Strikes Back 3D Trading Cards set from Topps. As I mentioned in my post about my 2010 goals, not only did I want to get into some sketch card sets (did that with the Dead@17 set) but I specifically wanted to get into an officially-licensed DC, Marvel or Star Wars set. And I'm happy to say that I can check that off my list.

I just received my blanks from Topps and now the work begins. Most people that come to this blog probably already know about the whole sketch card scene, but if you don't, it works like this. The packs contain regular cards that are mass produced, like baseball cards, but they're all scenes from ESB. The cards in this set in are "widescreen", so they're longer than the typical trading card and they are also 3D. But randomly inserted into the packs are one of a kind original sketch cards done by a bunch of different artists. So I'll physically draw on a blank card, they'll insert it into a pack and some collector will get an original sketch that I did. Pretty cool.

For a guy who grew up with both Topps and Star Wars as a big part of his life, this is a little dream come true. Obviously, Star Wars was huge for any kid my age, but I was also so into Topps baseball and football cards it was crazy. I still have full Yankees team sets from 1978 through 1980, as you can see here. I'm psyched to work on these and I hope I can create some cards that Star Wars fans will really want to collect. Once I get a few of them approved, I can post them here, so stay tuned.

Big thanks to Brent Schoonover.

ETA: Actually I'll be doing 106 cards. I get 6 of them back as "Artist Return" cards.

Monday, February 22, 2010

New book with my illustrations in stores now

The book that I worked on, "She's Crazy, He's a Liar-Now What: A Single Girl's Guide to Understanding the Sexes" by Cecily Knobler is in stores now. I have over 100 illustrations throughout the book. I think they commissioned 135 and wound up using 120. It was (obviously) a TON of work, but at least they were fun images to do. I think it came out really nice. I'm proud of it at least.
The official website.
Preview the book.

Old School Batman

There is a little boy that goes to church with my mom and he's really into Batman. My mom asked if I would send him a drawing. I went a little old school style for Bats on this one.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

New Logo Illustration

Here's a new logo illustration I recently completed. I'm scheduled to create a lot of illustrations for this client, so hopefully there will be a bunch to share as we go along. I feel like I've done a lot of bride illustrations lately.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Spookytown Pin-up by Brock Rizy

"Holy Crap!"

I believe that's what I said when I opened my email and saw this piece. Brock Rizy of "Emily Edison" and "¡Bike_Gang!" fame agreed to a Spookytown pin-up swap with me and sent this to me tonight. Man, oh, man, oh, man is it awesome. He does his finished work in Illustrator (I believe) but he does pencils first, which I've also attached below. To quote Brock's email...

"I got a little carried away with this, and it turned into one of the best things I've ever illustrated."

And that is saying a LOT. If you aren't familiar with his work, do yourself a favor. Brock, thanks again man.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Comic Book Girl Pin-up

Here is a new commission piece I did for someone who will be giving it as a Valentine's Day gift. They requested a girl with glasses wearing button up shirt and panties reading comics. I hope I delivered. They ask for the original in black and white but I scanned and colored a copy for my own amusement. Forgive the hack 20 minutes coloring job.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Spookytown Pin-up by Mark Murphy

Here's Mark Murphy's contribution to my Spookytown pin-up collection. Mark is the creator of Tiki Joe Mysteries and I love this great retro paperback book cover style. Here's the piece I did in trade for this one. Thanks again Mark!

Friday, February 05, 2010

Comic Book Style Ads

Here are some ads that David Hopkins and I collaborated on (his words, my art) for a company up in Alaska called Design PT. These were a lot of fun. Comic fans will stop nods to some classic Spider-Man scenes. I'm currently working on the next ten.

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Dead@17 Sketch Card Preview

I was given permission to preview one of the cards I did for the Dead@17 Sketch Card Series being produced by 5finity Productions. I finished all of them and sent them off. They were a lot of fun to work on. I hope those people who get my cards dig 'em. I get two of them back from the company, which is cool.

Postcard Illustration

New piece that is going to be used on a postcard promoting a book.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Rock The Runway Tote Bag

I was recently contacted by the Junior League of Dallas and asked if I would be willing to donate artwork to one of their upcoming charity events entitled "Rock the Runway". They sent out blank canvas tote bags all over the U.S. - to designers, artists, tattoo artists, calligraphers, car painters, illustrators and comic book artists - asking them to add any kind of artwork they'd like to the bags and send them back. They'll be up for auction at the event, which is Thursday, April 8 at 6:30 p.m. at the Fashion Industry Gallery. It was a lot harder to draw on a canvas bag than I thought it would be, but I was happy to do it. Here is what I came up with. BTW, I didn't catch the name of the girl modeling the bag for me. I really should have, she was cute.

Two More Spookytown Pin-ups

Two great pieces I traded for that I picked up at the convention. First up is Paul Milligan. I really dig the monster a lot in this one.Secondly is the great Todd Nauck. He even gave me the pencil sketch he did first. Emma looks particularly cute in this piece. You can the pieces I did for them several posts back. Thanks again guys.