Category Archives: Art

Posts showcasing art (including sketches and finished pieces)

Hulk Portfolio Piece

I’m now in danger of overdrawing/overthinking this, but here’s an 8 page portfolio piece. It’s from the same script, part one (pages 1-5) are Banner gets abducted sequence and meets the Monster. The remaining three pages are pure Hulk action!

I figure a good portfolio piece should show range, and I hope this does, but you know… it’s also got to show you can draw the thing you want to draw (in this case the Hulk) and I hope it does that to.

Taking this with me to Dice, wish me luck!Hulk_001

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Hulk Portfolio Piece pencils page 2

Here’s the second page.

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I rarely go against the script, and anytime I do I find that either I’ve misread the script OR I’m just not good enough to do what the script is asking.

Panel 1 was a savagly difficult panel to get right – dragging a drugged individual into a car is probably something that looks half comical, and that’s not what was required.

Panel 2 was supposed to be a closeup of Bruce’s head, drugged and bowed, but it meant that, aside from the first and last panel every panel was going to be the back of someone’s head. So I went for a dramatic closeup of the bad guy here, and bruce in the bg.

Then we cut to

Panel 3 from Bruce’s POV, hence the skewed pencils. Normally I skew the inks and leave the pencils, but since I’m doing the pencils at the end, I wanted to see how this looked. I’m pleased with the clever* fix to the problem of showing the back of someone’s head as they smile (check the mirror).

(*two clever things: one I dropped a white van into this panel, and a red light – now skewed off the page, to give a reason to stop the car and the mirror with smiling driver – but I’d be amazed if this isn’t exactly what was done by the original artist)

Panel 4 Strange monkey hands grab the bad guy.

Panel 5 Other strange monkey man type guy grabs him into the back (in the script this is described as so abstract it may be impossible to tell what’s going on).

Panel 6 leering face of the new bad guy, distorted by Bruce’s drugged up state.

I’m happy with the rhythm here, mid-shoot, closeup, reverse shot (panel 3 : this by the way, is a breaking of the 180deg rule, a rule that is pretty much essential in clean story telling, but totally breakable when you want to change the pull a surprise on the reader) the next two shots are a little too similar, but the weirded druggy haze may be saving me. Then creepy close up.

It’s not a clever-clever layout, but it works.

Incidentally, I started this yesterday after finishing the first page. Then abandoned it this morning and chipped away at it all day while looking after the kids. I am heroic in my dedication to unpaid sample work…

(Oh couple of notes: panel 1 is still a little goofy looking to my eyes, not quiet in the merry marvel manner – so I’ll fix that.. somehow… and the panel borders with the drugged out sequence may get a little rougher or disappear altogether…)

 

PROJECT: Hulk Portfolio Piece

I’m doing a Hulk Sample- before we all get too excited, this is simply me doing this off my own bat. Hopefully should have a good 10 pages worth of inked Hulk for DICE.

Here’s the pencils for page 1 and the layouts for same, the script I’m using is by Jeff Parker – Hulk vs Frankenstein (can you guess why I wanted to do this one?) Jeff has a bunch of great scripts if you’re similarly looking to do a sample, here.

Unusually, I suppose, for a Hulk sample, there’s precious little Hulk in the first 5 pages of the story – but I like them, and I think they’ll do a good job of showing my story telling abilities (and, if you’re gonna do a Hulk sample it’s a given you can draw the Hulk, right?)

Then I’ll skip a few pages and go to a three page sequence where Banner Hulks out and faces Frankenstein’s monster, should be enormo fun.

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You can follow along by following me on twitter or instagram.

Let me talk you through the page.

Panel 1 “Military Men with metal vests and sci-fi gear jogging through the streets of Lyon” Jeff adds in his script, this could be happening at “La Place des Terreaux”. I’ve mostly kept to that. This is the big establishing shot, and I’m conscious there’s no Hulk yet, so I wanted a big imposing opening shot. I’m less convinced by the other military men, and I may yet add another soldier in mid foreground (this is my blueline pencils, which I’ve scanned from a pencil page and rejigged a bit with cut and paste and added panel borders).

Panel 2, when I originally sketched this page out I had panel 2,3 and 4 all being roughly the same distance from bruce, but it was a pretty boring rhythm. Going from the distance shot to a super closeup of bruce watching the action. Pretty much as scripted, but I like the view of Bruce I’ve got here.

Panel 3 – Bruce is supposed to be nearly bumping into this guy, but I’m not really selling this, so I may rejig bruce a little, make him more turning than he is here.

Panel 4 – Bruce’s face took bloody ages, it’s a surprisingly tough angle, but I think it works. I suspect I’ve drawn the other guys head too large (in both panels) so I may yet adjust this.

Plan is to pencil the next page before inking this, so there may be yet more revisions before I’m entirely done. But I’ll happily listen to any sage advice you’re prepared to offer! (even if it’s just “that’s awesome!” – sod it, ESPECIALLY if it’s that)

 

 

Hulk

Here’s a hulk sample I did for the 2006 New York comic con. It’s very cartoony. I don’t think it’s ever been seen by anyone (script written by Rob Williams). Maybe I’ll give it another go at some point (maybe not make it so clearly goofy the next time around).

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Dept of Monsterology Trade Collection

PREORDER CODE  AUG141645

Available to preorder in previews right now, the collection of Dept Of Monsterology “Monsterology 101″ collects the first miniseries, plus a new one-off called “The Trouble With Harry” where we explore some of the origins of Brain in a jar in a giant Diving Suit Robot Harry Wilmington.

If you’ve already read the series, hopefully the collection adds enough to the pot that it’s worth your while picking it up, and if you haven’t read it, man-oh-man are you missing something…

Stuff like: Hopping Chinese Vampires, Undersea Monster-men, Giant, ancient technology, Body-Swapping-deadly twins and more. Much more.

Here’s the cover (in pencils and colours)

 

Ape Shall Not Kill Ape

Was pleasantly surprised by Rise of the Planet of the Apes – I loved Planet of the Apes (and every slightly lesser, but in my eyes no less diminished, sequel in the “franchise” – ugh that word). Burton’s Planet of the Apes was… just… well, I’m sure you saw it. It was very Tim Burton does Planet of the Apes.

Have high hopes for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, and hope they get to cycle all the way through somehow to some rebooted planet of the apes.

Anyway, here’s picture.

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This piece is A3 and for sale. I’ll be colouring it up too, and if you subscribe to my mailing list you’ll be among the first to see it.

 

Doctor Who

Tom (5) has gone dolally for Doctor Who. So I revisited this colour drawing I did, to fix it up an bit and give him a poster for his room for his birthday (Tom is six on Friday).  Here’s a Matt Smith Doctor.

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Art Dump: Box

Written by John Freeman, Box was one of the first comic strips in the potentially awesome new monthly comic “Strip Magazine”. Strip had something of a troubled gestation period, difficult birth and unlucky childhood. I’m glad I had the opportunity to do it, and John was great fun to work with.

Here’s some of the art.