Wednesday, July 27, 2011

On Shelves Now: Doctor Who #7 (UPDATED)

In stores today -- Doctor Who #7 from IDW Publishing. Part two of the "Worlds Collide" story arc by Tony Lee, me, and Charlie Kirchoff.

UPDATE: Courtesy of Denton Tipton and IDW Publishing -- a preview of issue 7.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Sketchbook: Abe Sapien

Another quick sketch, and another character from Mike Mignola's Hellboy -- Abe Sapien.

Sketchbook: Hellboy

A quick Hellboy I did this morning as an experiment. It's been a good 10 years since I used a dip pen for inking and I wanted to give it a try. Now I remember why I stopped using dip pens and brushes to ink... I was never all that good at controlling the line quality. Still, it's always fun to try different art techniques, though I doubt I'll be giving up my PITT art markers any time soon.

Sketchbook: Negative Man

Another in my series of DC relaunch-style redesigns on the characters from the Doom Patrol, this time featuring the second of the three core members -- Negative Man.

Monday, July 11, 2011

SDCC Doctor Who Comic...

I won't be attending San Diego Comic-Con this year, but I will be there in spirit -- if you stop by the BBC America booth at the show, you'll find an exclusive Doctor Who comic book I wrote, with art by Horacio Domingues and colors by the great Phil Elliott. It's a Comic-Con exclusive and only available at the BBC America booth, so this might be your only chance to pick it up!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Sketchbook: Elasti-Girl

And here's the next in my little DC redesign sketchbook series -- Elasti-Girl from the Doom Patrol. The Doom Patrol is a personal favorite of mine, and I've pitched several different takes on them over the years to no avail. But here's my take on a redesign for Rita (aka Elasti-Girl), one of the three core members of the Doom Patrol.

Sketchbook: Blue Devil

And here's the first in a new series of sketches. With the big DC relaunch on the horizon, I thought I'd try something different this time around and take some of my favorite DC characters and redesign them as if they were a part of the relaunch. First up, Blue Devil. Still one of my favorite characters and I was thrilled to do a little redesign on him for the Day of Judgment mini-series years ago. But while I dig the 'big-bruiser' look he'd been sporting for a while now, I wanted to get back to something closer to his original design -- lean, mean, and more acrobatic. Hope you like.

Friday, July 1, 2011

Updates and Other Bits of Business

Well, another story arc for IDW Publishing's DOCTOR WHO is out the door. Thanks, as always to Denton Tipton, Chris Ryall, and the rest of the gang at IDW for having me back. I'll be doing another story arc this year, but I have a little down time to catch up on overdue commissions, shipping original art, and a ever-growing stack of odds and ends that have been building up while I worked on WHO. I'm also already working out my schedule for next year, along with a work schedule for the NIGHT FOLK novel (which we have slated to come out in September).

Along taking the opportunity to get caught up on other things, when I finish a big assignment like this, I like to clear the palette with a pinup or series of sketches that are well outside my comfort zone. After Mirror's Edge, I drew a bunch of photo-referenced WildStorm superheroes as an experiment; after my last stint on WHO, I experimented with a looser style which led to work on the in-development October Girl graphic novel. So when model and actress Zoe Voss mentioned to me on Twitter that she'd love to see herself as a superhero, it sounded so far outside my comfort zone that I pretty much had to give it a try.

So in-between other things, I decided to do a one-off pinup of Ms. Voss as a superhero and doing it up properly with design sketches, layouts, roughs, and all the other stages that I usually skip over in the rush to get a comic book to the printer. It might not be the sort of thing all of you will get a kick out of, but if you are interested, you can view the progress here.

I'll also be back to my color sketches starting Monday. Not sure what I'll be drawing yet, but I'm open to suggestions, so feel free to chime in with requests.