Sunday, April 25, 2010

Storm W.I.P - Step 1 - Drawing

How appropriate that it rained this entire weekend in Chicago! It ties in perfectly to my latest comic book portrait.....Storm of the X-Men! The mutant able to manipulate the weather!

When I finished my Cyclops painting, a potential buyer requested I do Storm next, specifically wearing her original costume. Though this is mostly a head shot, you know it's the original outfit by the headband and the yellow-rimmed collar on her neck.

Storm's first and best costume!

Out of all her costume changes I prefer the original as well. God forbid I do a painting of her punk look as seen below:

Uggh! What was she thinking?!

This was a pure joy to draw! It took just a few hours and was relatively effortless. I was totally in the zone for this one.

And I needed this BAD. Lately I've been disconnected with my comic book blog, debating whether to delete it altogether. Feeling defeated, like I wasn't really doing much to foster the goal of becoming a comic book illustrator.

But this drawing turned out so well it sort of re-energized the dream. It gave me hope again!

The concept really excited me too. Normally you always see Storm behind streaks of lightning. *yawn*

I wanted something a bit more subtle and harder to capture. So wind seemed like the best choice. I had so much fun penciling in all that hair! When this is done she's going to look F-A-B-U-L-O-U-S!

Things are off to a great start! The next step is to add paint and lay in the color!

Monday, April 5, 2010

A blast from the past!

"10 Days Cover" (July 2007)
Watercolor with ink on watercolor paper - 8" x 10" (NFS)

This was my first real comic book commission. Even though I didn't get paid for it, it was an honor to do.

I used to write comic book fan-fiction and another writer from the site I belonged to asked me to do a cover for his series at the time.

It was titled, "10 Days".

The story was about a man who had done terrible things in his lifetime and was on the verge of death. An angel appeared and offered him the ability to not die from his wounds. In essence, a chance for him to right his wrongs before dying. The catch was his "invulnerability" would only last a set amount of time. The series chronicled his last 10 days on earth.

The two series I wrote were: Wonder Woman Beyond and Legends of Wonder Woman (click on the hyperlinks to read them). My favorite issue was Wonder Woman Beyond #3.

Looking back over my writing a few years later, I do cringe at some of those stories yet I was proud of all I had written. I went from writing every once in a while to churning out a new full-length story every month! And I met some AMAZING people along the way.

Unfortunately the fan-fiction site disbanded shortly after that, much like the Avengers (I'm a dork, I know!). A newer, more condensed site was started last year and the administrator asked me to continue writing again. But I declined. I guess my heart wasn't into it or maybe I was resisting too much. *shrugs shoulders*

Perhaps I'll go back and start writing fan-fiction again. Who knows. It was terribly FUN and the closest thing I'd ever gotten to writing actual comic books!