Thrillbent and other news

Sorry for the long delays between posts. Still trying to come up for air. October was insane. I know in this industry it’s feast or famine, but it’s been down right glutinous how much work I’ve been offered lately. I am not complaining!

Some news to share, the Trekker/Johnny Zombie project has hit Check out the first part here: I did the first half and Grace Allison did the second half (from where Mercy grabs the rail when falling). It was planned this way. You’ll see why later. The second part should be posted in two weeks.

Speaking of Trekker, Dark Horse has officially picked it up and Ron Randall and I are gearing up for more Mercy St. Clair stories in Dark Horse Presents (DHP) this coming May. I know we’ll be on the cover of one of our issues at least. Also, got a Trekker Omnibus in the works as well as new material beyond DHP, I think. I did another Trekker pic with Ron for the 2013 ECCC Monsters & Dames charity book. Haven’t heard if it was accepted yet, but last years was and I think this is even better.

IDW seems to be my new freelance home lately. Couldn’t be happier. Great set of guys there to work with. Communication is amazing and they run a tight ship–very professional. I can’t announce or show work yet, but they are the reason I’m not sleeping much in Oct and Nov.

Lots of other little gigs, too. Did a few covers for some indie friends and a few more coming as well as some interiors for a book coming in May I think. I like doing these since they enthusiasm is always so high with that crowd. It’s not a job, it’s a passion.

Sorry again for the lapse in posts. I’ll toss up some art in the next week or so after I put my current deadline to bed.

Last One Out page1 v2

Going back into these now to tighten up some things that bugged me in the first versions. Also, I had originally wanted to do black and white, but since I’m mostly a colorist now, I felt compelled to add color. It just brings a bit more to the piece, like a soundtrack to a movie. There’s still at least one more round of revisions to go before I consider it done enough to submit, but I wanted to share where I’m going with it.

Amazing Spider-Man

I was at the Rose City ComiCon in Portland, OR yesterday and ran into a guy who gave me my first boost up to where I am today. Matthew Clark offered me a chance to intern at Mercury Studio where he and other talented comic folk had pooled resources and converted a downtown office into a studio. Mercury has evolved and changed over these past years into Periscope Studio, but I still see Matthew at a lot of shows and he’s always great to talk to.

So, we were chatting about his recent stuff and got onto his work on Spider-Man. Today, I snagged this low res pencil file from an interview online and tossed some colors on it. I think Matthews stuff looks better inked, but I had other work coming in today, so it went straight from pencils this time.

Thanks for everything you’ve done for me, Matthew!

Last One Out pages 1-5

Been toying with this idea I have. Basic set up is here in the first 5 pages. Total project is planned to be around 100 pages. Very loose, very quick art. Just enough to give the impression of story elements without getting bogged down in detail. Maybe too loose, but I’m not sure yet.

Alice no5 pg10 inks

I was the colorist of this page when it was originally published. It was a Zenescope book, so it wasn’t inked. However, I believe Sheldon Goh is an up and coming talent and I wanted to showcase how I envisioned his work presented. He does great with pencil, but I think he would really shine at one of the bigger publishers with a good inker (not claiming to be that inker, just showing my version).

Pencils by Sheldon Goh.
Inks by me.

Invincible no83 pg11 inks

More ink work practice. I figured I played it safe with my last practice, so I decided to tackle a whole page again. Ryan Ottley, on his Deviant Art page, posted this page for inkers to test their metal on, so I took it. Fun stuff to work on. Nice guy, too.

High res is available via the download link on my DA page if you want to see every pixel or are looking for inks to practice your colors. You can snag it here (link in the top right corner):