All Part of the Process

Go get a drink. I’ll wait.

Cool. One of my favorite pieces that I’ve worked on recently is this Wonder Woman I drew up for my Aunt Janet. If you didn’t see me mention it on my FB page originally, my Aunt is a massive Wonder Woman fan, specifically the Lynda Carter show. I’ve drawn a few things for her in the past, but I really wanted to knock it out of the park for her when I sat down to start drawing.

For the most part, all of my “finished” art starts off as a sketch in my sketchbook. I don’t spend a ton of time at this stage since I’m just trying out the pose or composition. Sometimes I’ll spend a little bit of time tightening it up like I did here on this sketch. In fact, if you look closely, you can see that when I scanned in the sketch, I placed the stars on her briefs and tiara as a guide for later.

See my process

Out of My System

Sketch cards are like an art palette cleanser. They’re the ginger of comic book art. At first I enjoyed them because of the novelty factor of having a small drawing that you could hand off to people easily. More and more, I’m enjoying the ability to draw something quickly that’s rattling around in my mind that I can’t put on the schedule or don’t want to necessarily lock up in a sketch book.

When I saw Guardians of the Galaxy with my son, I couldn’t wait to go home and draw them. The only problem was that I already had an assignment that couldn’t be put on hold while I stretched my legs on something just for the fun of it. Enter: sketch cards. With these little guys, I’m not overly concerned with composing a scene or creating cover quality work. Sometimes it’s nice to be able to draw something quickly and hope that maybe someone else will like it as well.

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So, What’s New?

Besides this brand new, fancy-shmancy site, you mean? Well, you’re reading the newest of the new with this blog. Hopefully it’ll quickly turn into the straw that stirs the drink around here. Talking or writing about art always seems kind of weird to me, but it’ll be a great way to see what I’m up to, catch my latest art, or anything that fits roughly between those two points.

Here’s a peek at the piece that I’m currently finishing up:

I can’t wait to share the entire piece as soon as the new owner receives it. Every once in awhile, I get a commission that’s for something that I’ve thought about drawing for a long time, either because of the character or the scene. This one has both going for it. I couldn’t believe my luck when the request came in. It was like someone had gone through my diary and read “What I’ve Always Wanted to Draw”. The only downside to that is that I’ve noticed I tend to take a little longer on those pieces than normal. Hopefully the extra love and attention shows through on the final page.