Saturday, December 18, 2010

Eighty Awesome Eighties Action Heroes #6 Marty McFly

Some of you may notice that this is just a port of a recent pic that I did over at the Micks blog. But hey, I'm on holidays and I liked this pic so I wanted to include it in the group.
I watched the trilogy again before drawing this. Such a fun group of movies

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Eighty Awesome Eighties Action Heroes #5 Indiana Jones

Easily one of my favourite movie series of all time. Indiana Jones holds up as a series as much as it does for kids as it does for adults which is a rare thing. I really enjoy drawing Harrison Ford. I drew him recently enough over at the Micks blog as Han Solo.
Luckily while drawing this I was up at Stephen Mooneys studio so I had the full resources of his costume and premium format Sideshow Indy Statue. Roll on Indy 6

Monday, December 13, 2010

Gambit and Rogue Coloured

Up drawing in Moonbase one with Declan Shalvey and Stephen Mooney. Heres that Gambit Pic coloured

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Eighty Awesome Eighties Action Heroes #4 Westley The Princess Bride

I think I need to watch this movie again. My main memories of it are that Andre the Giant in it. This was quite fun to do. its almost like you throw up a skeletal figure then go have fun with draping the really loose clothing over it. This is the first of two commissions, I cannot wait to do the next character, hes one of my favourites, so much so that Im getting a friend to pose for me in his replica costume so that I can get the pic right.
Four down.. Seventy Six to go!

Friday, December 03, 2010

Eclectic Micks Signing

Bit short notice for this one (thats my fault) But a bunch of the Micks will be signing at Forbidden Planet on Friday next the 10th of December from 5 to 7. If you are in the area, and if you can beat your way in through the snow, then I hope you can make it.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Eighty Awesome Eighties Action Heroes #3 Murtough Lethal Weapon

Interesting Fact: I said my first swear word while watching Lethal Weapon. It just came out, there was nothing I could do about it much to the dismay of my Dad.
I can't decide if I'm going to do Riggs or not.
The next two characters have been picked as commissions for the price of, yep, you guessed it, Eighty Dollars!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Monday, November 29, 2010

Eighty Awesome Eighties Action Heroes #1 T-800 Terminator

Easily one of the biggest profile actors of the eighties. The T-800 for me is Arnies ultimate role. The scene in T2 where Sarah Connor first sees him is one of my all time favourite movie moments (I often have to replay the scene as soon as it happens on a rewatch.)
Unfortunately there will be no T2 drawn in this collection as it's 1991. (In my first list I had Sarah Connor and the T-1000 in there after forgetting this fact).
Maybe a lot of people will disagree with me here but I like all four of the movies. The first two are fantastic thrillers, with a real feeling that your never going to escape from the villian. The Third one unfortuneatly lacked that dread but has the best ending (Something I did not see coming at all) and the 4th is a great action movie with another standout fantastic scene which I wont spoil here.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Eighty Awesome Eighties Action Heroes


I've decided to create a new theme for blog postings. Ive come up with the idea to draw 80 movie characters from the 80's. I think it will be fun.
The criteria is that the character has to be from an 80's movie. I'm going to start off this week with the T-800 from Terminator 2.
For certain characters, like say Han Solo, I would have to do a version of him from Empire Strikes back or Return of the Jedi, as A New Hope was released in 79

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Gambit and Rogue

Done for a friend. Starting to mess around with the Manga Studio materials a bit more now. I saw Nick Runge's awesome piece where he used an effect similar to this (traditionally done mind you) so I wanted to try and achieve something close to it.
By the way Im going to be posting here a lot more. I was surprised with the amount of hits I've been getting lately so I better get my act together and post more

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Han Solo Line Art

Line art for an Eclectic Micks Star Wars theme week

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Practicing Colour




And sketching I guess.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Spider-man










I've always wanted to colour up some of my own sample pages so I drew these with this in mind. That way I could choose the colourholds and drop back the buildings where I wanted to. I really enjoyed doing these pages

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Spider-man




Really enjoying colouring lately, and I love drawing this guy whenever I'm in New York

Monday, September 06, 2010

Luke


Really working on my colouring lately so I drew this piece up specifically for practice. Did the whole thing in under two hours which I'm really happy about

Monday, August 23, 2010

Star Wars head sketches

Doodling while watching a New Hope

Monday, July 26, 2010

Luke Sketch


Going through everything Star Wars at the moment, so I did a little luke sketch. Im thinking about working in this style a tad more actually

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Friday, July 16, 2010

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Captain America vs Ben McCool


Did this for the laugh winding down last night.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Monday, June 14, 2010

Wolverine Panel Process




I've been meaning to do this for a while. Heres a drawing of Wolverine attacking some zombie type fellow in an artic lab.


Step 1. Is the thumbnail process where I sketch out a few really really rough panels before deciding on one of them. They're pretty much illegible to anyone else except myself but the idea is to keep them quick and loose

I use the thumbnail and lay out a quick blueline sketch(below), trying to get all of the energy of the thumbnail in there. This way the decision making is made on paper and the hard work is put in then in Manga Studio

Step 2. I create a new layer in and go over the blue line working out and defining the muscles more the build up the body

Step 3. Is the refined line art. Again, a new layer, I take my time and draw what will pretty much be the finished line art of the figure work.

Part of Step 3 can involve some non organic 3D referance. In this instance I used a 3D model I created of Wolverines' claws so I can view them from any angle.

As you can see here I've used a stock 3D hand and that model is in no way used in the actual drawing, its just there to help the 3D positioning of the claws

Step 4. Spot the Blacks.. Pretty self explanitory

Step 5. The Background. Often, when a scene that takes place over a large number of panels, I will spend a night infront of the TV building a model in 3D studio Max. Here I created some complex pylons and desks as I knew they would be featured a lot. This helps me move the camera around the room a lot yet still keep everything in continuity

Here's a model of the room

And here it is drawn into the scene. Again on another layer just to keep things tidy


Lighting can be done in 3d but it tends to look too perfect so I ususally leave the shading choices up to my own brain to give it a more natural, non referanced look. I add a lot of texture at this stage too
And thats pretty much it. Here I added in a stronger Outline to Wolverine to pop him more. If I was colouring this I would dull out the complicated background a bit, that way the detail is all there if you want to look at it but you still remain focused on the characters







Thursday, June 10, 2010

Monday, June 07, 2010

Heroes Con


I had heard a ton about heroes con in the previous years and all reports were always glowing, and I have to say, it really does live up to it. Heroes con was a blast.
My good buddie Duncan Shalev and I left New York on Thursday morning only to be greeted by the Heroes people with a shuttle to the Hotel. We were in pretty early so we got to relax for a bit before joining up with good friends Ben and Heidi, with them, Templesmith (a nice Austrailian..who knew!) and his minion Molly to head out and eat some Seafood.
Was at the Boom booth for pretty much all of the Con signing with KRAD, tons of people came up with long boxes full of the Farscape run which was cool. Got to meet some great people for the first time. Peter Krause was an absolute gent, Mark Waid is most definately not evil, got a great colouring tuturial from Matt Wilson. Hung out with the Zuda crew, The Timmonys, Kevin Colden, David Gallagher and Steve Ellis who were awesome as always and doing great live broadcasted sketches. Went for Sushi with the other fellow New Yorkers Sean Muphy, Rob and Chris (aka Dara), Adam and Bo who provided the dancing. At that stage we like many others had given up on the hotel bar and just stocked our rooms with beer. Saturday night then turned out to be one of the legendary con nights. We started out with team Boom in a asian restauraunt but had to split the group as the restaraunt was over crowded so the Kids all headed off to Dish for a southern family style meal followed by the Thompson bar next door which im going to insist that everyone at the con goes to next year. It was Michael Alan Nelsons birthday so the hard drinks came out and thus hilarity ensued ending up with us arriving into the hotel like a tour de force ending up with me somehow losing my shoes only to have them turn up at the Boom booth the next morning. Thanks Kate!
All in all the show itself was great. Its the most art orientated show ive ever been to, theres no rat race for work and everybody is in good spirits.
Roll on New York con in October where the Irish will invade West side manhattan

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Spidey Pages






So I've loved my time over here in New York. So much so that I think I will come back again later on in the year for another trip after a couple of months in the Irish summer . Heres more Spidey Picks. Im always taken by the architecture in New York. Its mighty

Friday, April 30, 2010

Farscape issue 9.


Just saw that this is solicited so I can throw it up here. Coloured this one myself.

Chiana!


Heres an image of Chiana from Issue 5 that I think came out really well. Props to Zac Atkinson for some great colours on this

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Green Goblin vs Doc Ock


More New York inspired pieces

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Screengrab from this mornning

Farscape Week


Farscape Week has started over at the eclectic micks blog

Heres what Im working on right now for my piece

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Farscape #6 Out Today


This marks marks the beginning of the prelude to "The War for the Uncharted Territories" Which im pretty excited about drawing. There is one scene in particular that I cannot wait to draw as its going to shock Farscape fans in a really big way!

Screen Grab from yesterday

Sunday, March 28, 2010

DESKTOP SCREENSHOT


Doing some drawing for fun, which usually means some Star Wars stuff