Monday, November 30, 2009

Black Gate Magazine

The Black Gate Magazine blog has a nice little write up on Spectrum 16 and the cover. I did for them. John O'Neil, the big cheese over there is a great guy and always such a pleasure to work for.

And speeking of Black Gate below is an illustration I just finished for issue 14 for a story written by Ron Roth. One of the more challenging aspects of illustration is illustrating for a quite story with out a lot of action. Ron's story, " La Senoro Del Oro" is told through a series of letters and the suspense was built through the slow changes in the personality of the main character through his letters....... I think my goal, as an illustrator is to create an image that makes the viewer wonder what is going on, to create some kind of intrigue. A story illustration should be an open question that can only be answered by reading the story.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

when the dead rise leave it to the professionals

This is a concept piece done for Condition Dead. It was conceived and written by Dave Davis (of C.H.U.D. fame) and is currently in the works as both a movie and graphic novel to be released some time in 2010. I came into the project pretty early (back in 2008 when it seemed all I was doing was illustrating zombies) and it looks like much has changed since I did my illustrations for the project so I don't think I would be giving too much away with one little sneak preview.........

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hiram Grange is in the House

its been a long time comin'. Ive been talking about this project for well over a year and a half and now, at last, the first book in the Hiram Grange series is on its way. As I have said before some projects are just jobs that I can pay the mortgage, put food on the table, but their are other project that I feel privileged to be involved with and Hiram Grange has been such a project. The stories are very visual, very raw, blending humor and horror, supernatural monsters, hot chicks, and secret conspiracies into an action packed ride...... Hang on 'cause it gonna be a bumpy ride!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Well boys and girls

this is it, and it's been a long time coming, But DK2G has finally released the second image I did for them. DK2G is a high end clothing company based in Brooklyn better known as Deth Killers of New Brunswick (You can get the whole back-story here, here, and here). This is probably the most complex image I have ever done. With well over 300+layers, composing the image was kind of like stage blocking a play.... I was constantly moving elements around the canvas, pulling them forward, pushing them into the background, shifting them from stage left to stage right. taking some out and creating new ones to add in. This did create some problems with the lighting and perspective, but overall I am very happy with the results. There are all kinds of little ester eggs hidden in the image including tributes to Don Lawrence, Normal Rockwell, Star wars, the avengers and even Akira Kurosawa.

While working on this image I was constantly listening to the music of Ozomatli. In particular their song "Saturday Night". If you want to get the full impact of the image I would suggest playing the tune while viewing.....

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Neptune City Narratives

Here is a little taste of the stuff for D3 games. Based on Elliott Davis' superhero world of Neptune City Narratives. while most comic book worlds seem to assume all heroes are stationed in New York, Neptune City Narratives explores a super hero universe where each state of the USA has a dedicated super-hero. This image is of Arizona.

I haven't done much in the way of super hero illustration. Just a few fan commission here and there.... I grew up reading comics and I really enjoyed creating the images for Neptune City Narratives.