Back with more Magic (Magic #5)

Hello Everyone! After and unfortunate very long absence I am back. After a few months of conventions, financial issues, and computer death I finally had time to get back to updating. And ohh the updating I shall have.

First up are some pages for Magic the Gathering: The Spell Thief #1 (or Magic issue 5). This issue in particular had some really interesting settings which really allowed me to go crazy with my coloring. It was quite fun. If you have not already looked into this comic series I highly recommend.


That is all for now I hope you enjoyed it.



Massive Art Update Part 7: Magic #4

We are almost at the end of the Massive Update. Here we have the latest published issue of Magic the Gathering. These are pages from issue #4 where the story has culminated in an epic battle between our protagonist and the person he has been hunting. Because this is the big battle that has been culminating for a few issues there are a lot of really great magic spells that are used and thus leading to some of my favorite pages. I really had so much fun coloring some of my favorite magic card spells brought into the comic. Like you can see in page 16 the summoning of a Sturmgeist.

That is all for this update and the last comic update I will have. I hope you have been enjoying the large influx of posts. Next time we go back to the card art.


Massive Art Update Part 4: Magic #3

On this update as promised is some more comic work. Specifically one of my favorite pages from Magic #3. I really had fun with the different light sources on this page. I especially liked the first panel where Dack is surrounded by vampires.

Next update expect to see some new card art. But this time not from L5R.

Massive Art Update Part 2: Magic #2

Update part 2 is some samples of the coloring work I did for Magic #2. Pages 5, 20, and 21. It has been a pleasure to work on this comic for IDW and especially to color the amazing art of Martin. 

And if you have not been reading this you really should the story is quite fun.

I hope you enjoyed part 2 and stay tuned for some new trading card art in part 3.



Images From Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day was awesome. Got to meet some great fans and had a good time hanging with the staff at Larger Than Life. Since I had so much fun I decided to share some photos from the day including one of me with a quick sketch I did of Ms Marvel for Larger Than Life's owner TJ.

It was a great day and I hope to do it again next year.




Signing Things at Free Comic Book Day

Saturday May 5th is Free Comic Book Day and I will be signing copies of IDW's Magic the Gathereing comic at a local comic shop. I will be at Larger Than Life Toys and Comics from 10 AM - 1 PM. So if you want copies of Magic signed, have any questions for me, or just want to say hi feel free to sop on by.

I will also be selling some signed copies of my printed trading cards, postcards, and possibly even some large prints.
If you are interested in getting some swag.

Hopefully I will see you there.


Larger Than Life is located at the Great Northern Mall
4155 Rt. 31 Clay, NY 13041 
(315) 622-1891  
 


 

MAGIC! The Gathering, the Comic... the Colorist

Well the day is finally here the release of IDW's Magic the Gathering comic and the big news..... I was the colorist for this.


This project has been amazing, not only did I get to work with such talented people, but also with a product I love so much. Even when I first started to read the script for this I was like; "I know what that is and I know this plane" I was geeking out to the fullest extent. And as amazing fantasy illustrator Chris Moeller (who did illustrate a variant cover for this issue) told me "it's through IDW, but you know Magic's got to approve it all, so it does touch hallowed ground at some point.' Which just the thought of that makes me smile.


Getting past all the geeking outness the project itself is amazing, the story by Matt Forbeck is awesome, and the linework by Martin Coccolo is just sublime. I mean the second I saw the way he penciled the comic I was thrilled. Especially the way he lets the texture of the pencil show it allows me to bring the colors through the dark shadow areas which is something I love to do. I just hope I did his fantastic linework justice.


The images attached are one of the covers by illustrator Aleksi Briclot and a few of my favorite pages in this issue. Which include our hero running away from a fight, getting into a fight, and about to get into another fight. Needless to say it is action packed.


This has all been really fantastic and I just wanted to thank my editor Carlos Guzman for being so amazing and bringing me in on this. It is a magic nerd's dream.


I hope everyone likes the comic. But make sure to go out there and buy it make it a best seller.



Jack the Ripper

About a few months ago my friend and fellow artist J. S. Choi and I were talking to author Doug Brode and we were offered a job working on his graphic novel about Jack the Ripper. This is the test image that we did together for the project. J. S. is the line artist while I do the painting.

The company that is publicizing this seemed to really like the work we did for them. Right now we are finishing up the first few pages and then we should finalize the contract.

Once we get confirmation about everything i will let everyone know. The book will take awhile to illustrate being the fact it is over 150 pages, but once it comes out make sure you pick up a copy of it.

Hell Hath No Fury...

This is the sketch to one of the other pieces I am working on that is not part of my pin-up series. It showcases one of the characters I had created for my mythology. Basically she is a lightning goddess and all that fun stuff. I had an old drawing I did of her posted in an old post as well. I actually have a great deal of stories planned out for her since she is one of my favorite characters in my world. Eventually I plan on making a comic about one of her stories and this scene is partially depicting a part of that epic. I know I basically summed her up as a lightning goddess but trust me there is much much more to her than just that. Well once I can get some of the stories fleshed out a bit more I'll get around to posting them as well.

As far as the images go, I attached the original drawing I did as well as a desaturated version. I gave the desaturated version because I feel it tightens up the drawing a bit and can better convey some of what I am trying to get across in the piece.

That is all I have for this update but look for the final drawing and studies to my serpent mistress to be uploaded soon.

Laters.

COMIC WARS RARRRRR

Yes yet again another RARRR. Well not really. However, some other loud unintelligible sound may be appropriate. As I do recall making a few of them as I was working on this. It took me awhile, but now it is done and overall I am quite pleased with my finish.

There's a lot of little areas that I enjoyed painting like the smoke out of the bazooka and Iron Man.

I hope everyone enjoyed seeing my process through this piece. I thought it would be nice to show everyone how I work.

I should get a copy of the magazine when it gets printed. I'll make sure to post it.

Not much time to talk too much work to do. Next up is my Vampire piece which should be finished soon as it is due Thursday. So yeah I will be stressing just a bit the next few days.....joy. Well that's all for now so I will bid you good night and give you my updated project list.

Goth Vampire: Final Painting
Squid vs Shark: On the Back Burner
Mythology Character Designs: On the Back Burner

More Comic Wars in Progress

Well i said I wanted to post more in progress work so here it is. I have the final drawing to the piece as well as a color rough.

After I finished the drawing I scanned it in and started my color rough in Painter. Basically in this stage I just work out all my value and color issues. The lovely thing about working digitally is that i end up just taking the rough and using it as an under painting. So I will go in with more layers and flesh it out for the finish. Saves time when you can seamlessly move from rough to finish.

I really like the color I'm using for this illustration. I wanted to go with a simple orange and blue complimentary color scheme. I usually tend to cooler colors so having such a warm environment feels quite refreshing to me.

And now progress updates:

Comic book heroes (mag cover): Final Painting
Goth Vampire: Color Rough
Squid vs Shark: On the Back Burner
Mythology Character Designs: On the Back Burner


As you can tell I have finished the tight drawing for the goth vampire piece I plan on scanning that in tomorrow so keep a look out for that in the next few days.

Sorry i have no silly rant or random commentary (that is if anyone actually finds that amusing) but i am tired so i shall just bid you all a fond farewell.

................ fish sticks....... sorry I couldn't resist.

ZOMBIE DES

Hooray for zombies. Here is a two page spread from the short comic I was working on that I called Zombie Cannon, which features my friend Sujin (she's the one kicking ass). I know it seems just like crazy fighting, but It does have many humorous moments. I have included my friends as well as myself in it. However, when I'm in it, I am either getting chased by zombies or getting beaten up by Sujin. It's like being stuck between a rock and a hard place.

However, I am not just making this comic for fun, it's also being done for preparation. Preparation for the day when THE ZOMBIES RISE UP AND ATTACK. You know it's gonna happen.

I wanted to get a lot more of this done but this single spread took a lot more time than I anticipated. Although I am very proud with how this turned out.

I think my favorite part is all the inside jokes that are hidden in it. I'd say there about five of them, most in the graffiti. Can you tell which they are? That is if I haven't told you already.

I'm not sure why but zombies seem to be so popular nowadays. Even within my circle of friends. One of my friends Jebus plans on writing a zombie romance novel, which will be amazing. And another friend has started his own zombie comic called Dead Line.

Please check out their stuff.

And now here is an update on my current projects:

Comic book heroes (mag cover): Rough Sketch
Goth Vampire: Rough Sketch
Squid vs Shark: On the Back Burner
Mythology Character Designs: On the Back Burner


Well that is all for now. Hope you enjoyed.

The Great Comic WARS Rough

I was there, I saw the great war. As heroes clashed in the sky and doomsday weapons ran free in the streets. I saw the great powerhouses of DC and Marvel collide. And then...... there was an evil alien squid monster.....or was there? Oh Watchmen.

Well in case you were confused, there was no great war, I know I was sad too, that would have been great though. If you asked me who would win in the end I'd say Dr Doom. Cause really he is DOOM. Anyway this is my rough sketch for the magazine cover I am working on. The article is obviously about graphic novels that have been made into movies, and their great success.

I ended up making this a great battle featuring; Rorschach, The Joker, Leonidas, Dr Manhattan, Iron Man, and V or at least his mask.

I realized I never really show my process on my blog so what better time to than now. I should have the finish for this in a few weeks keep a look out for it.

That's it for tonight or morning, laters.

P.S. a fun little pun the missile in Joker's launcher is a Spartan Missile. The idea made me smile.

Irreidia Sketch

This is a sketch of one of the characters from my mythology. She is Irreidia the goddess of destruction and sister to the character in the last sketch, Korvek. She is the main character that will be in the first comic I will work on. This drawing was originally done for a test comic page. However, the page did not turn out as well as I would like. I did really like this sketch of her though thus I posted.

What really made this drawing work was the reference. The model was excellent at posing, she had a great shift to her hip that added a nice curve to the figure. Also to replicate her outfit I had the model clip a t-shirt around her waist, and to my great benefit the wind picked up. I was able to get a shot of the "skirt" actually billowing up. It was the coolest accident that ever happened during a photo shoot. Which added a great deal of movement to the drawing.

That's all for now I have a new illustration that will be up soon.

Summer Sketches Part 2 - Korvek

This is the other sketch I did over the summer. It's of my character Korvek. He's a god in the world I created Orum-Ah'zra. I have a large painting I did of him but I wanted to make a better drawing, thus I created this. I ended up thinning out his face as well as his overall body frame. All in all the character design stayed the same.

The reference for this piece were the pictures I took for the original. I used my friend Keita as the model for Korvek.

Korvek is the God of the Abyss (Hell), the element of storms, and the Preist of Chaos. The purpose of the stole drapped over his shoulders is to indicate his title as Priest. He also wears a crown of copper colored bones and horns as a way to show how he rules over the Abyss. There is also an eyepatch over his left eye that has a mouth on it which he uses to suck out the souls of his victims. Generally not a nice guy. He's one of my favorite villians from my stories.

I first comic I plan on making has him as the central villian. Currently I am working on a test page for the comic which should be done in a few weeks. The page will depict him fighting the main character of the story, his sister Irreidia.

I think this drawing turned out really well I am quite proud of it. I think I may do similar drawings of all the gods from my mythology as a series. Who knows if I have time maybe I'll paint all of them in Painter. But for now here's the sketch I hope everyone likes it.

Haibane Renmei Collaboration

line work by
JULIA "SUJIN" CHOI
coloring by
JAMES STEVENS
character created by
YOSHITOSHI ABE

Finished my first collaboration with Julia "Sujin". She did the line work and I did the coloring. The drawing is of the character Reki from the anime Haibane Renmei. We did this as a practice piece to see how well we can collab. Thus being the reason we just went with a simple fan art.

The combination of her stylized line work and my painterly coloring style turned out really well. Since this piece ended up looking good we've started to plan our next collab. Sujin is going to start working on a comic book page for me to color. If the finished turns out well we plan on starting on fully finished comic books. We plan on switching off on the stories as well as even writing some together.

Our collabs are still in the early stages but hopefully we'll work well together and soon will be able to start making our own comics.

Outlandish and Fantastic

illustration was created by
JIM CHEUNG

This post is a bit late in relation to its subject matter but unfortunately I've been busy this past week or so. I had just seen Iron Man for the second time and I must say it is still the best damn super hero movie I've seen. It was perfect. The story's build up and continuity was superb. The special effects and designs were amazing. The cast exemplified the characters faultlessly. It was so good that at this point I hold it in a higher regard than the first Spider-man. Although, that may be due to the bad attitude of Toby Maguire and the atrocity that was Spider-man 3. It also helps that I am a big fan of the direction that Marvel is taking with its movies. They are casting actors who care more about the role and less about their ego and also having them sign contracts for multiple movies ahead of time.

Edward Norton is casted as Bruce Banner for the Hulk movie
coming out next month, and when he was signed on for it he actually helped them rewrite the script. This way they were able to sever all ties to the Hulk movie by Ang Lee, which was a very good idea. And hell Iron Man is scheduled to make a cameo in the Hulk movie. I just love how Marvel is now treating its movies like its comics by having crossovers with consistent cast members.

I know this post seems like a tangent from my personal art related posts, but hey I figure I'm in the entertainment business and will start working on comics of my own soon. Thus the adaptations of comics today seems quite relevant to me and my work.