Sketch-a-Day

So, over the summer I got super busy and had a nervous breakdown. I promised that I’d start updating the blog with new art in 2011 on a more regular basis. I’m announcing for everyone now that I have ensured my next nervous breakdown:

I will be posting a new sketch/drawing every day of this year.

Starting on February 1st, 2011, I will post a sketch or drawing for (what I intend) the next 365 days.

I have a list of requests I still need to get through, plus all the stuff I’ve been working on in secret for the past six months or so, and I’m also still taking new requests to cut down on the thought I need to put into this project.

I have set up some ground rules for myself:

1) I will spend a minimum of 10 minutes on any sketch or drawing posted.

2) There will at least one color piece a week

3) Do it!

So, if you have any requests, or need to remind me of unfulfilled requests, please post ’em here!

Satan is Coming

This is a follow-up to my last post, the second cover I did for the Dr. Creep/New Shock Theater DVD covers project. The movie is called “The Devil’s Wedding Night”. I wanted to go in a completely different direction and style with this cover, but I still had to stick with the parameters of putting Dr. Creep on it somehow. Not too happy with the placement of the text, it looks more like the movie is called “Satan is Coming”. Oh well, we’ll get ’em next time, Champ.

Dr. Creep’s Assignment Terror

This is a recreation of a movie poster. The original title of the film is called Los Monstruos del Terror, renamed in the U.S.A. as Assignment Terror (sometimes Dracula vs. Frankenstein) and is written by and features Spanish horror star Paul Naschy.

My friend Matt Brassfield is putting together a sort of tribute/charity drive for local Dayton, Ohio television icon Dr. Creep. I think every Dayton artist is contributing a piece of art for each episode of Dr. Creep’s New Shock Theater, a revised version of his old late-night horror show. This is the first of two I’m doing for Matt and Dr. Creep (in case you’re wondering he’s the leering gentleman in the beard and hat at the bottom of the drawing).

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I traditionally post something here on my birthday each year. The first year was an emotionally heartfelt couple of paragraphs and some art. Last year was a fun breakdown of my cartooning process.

This year has no art whatsoever. If you haven’t heard yet, Adam Hughes ruined my life and I’ve stopped drawing for my own fulfillment. For the time being, anyway. Also this year my depression has been spiraling deeper and deeper out of control. I am getting worse, mentally, physically, psychologically, socially and as a human being in general. This is not a cry for help. This is not a pity party. There is no party at all.

I just got back from a sneak preview of the movie Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Movies like this always make me feel terrible when I get home, which probably explains the previous paragraph. By no means was the movie terrible. The movie is in fact one of the most amazing times I’ve ever had watching a film. I’ll properly review it in a second. But the reason I feel terrible afterwards is because movies like this – movies about dipshit, selfish misfits who find love and strengthen true friendships – make me realize what I no longer have in my life and make me realize that there is no way I’ll ever get back to that place again. Or get better again. I’m too far away now.

I don’t like my reflection.

That said, Scott Pilgrim was a fantastic movie and I recommend this to anyone. Michael Cera is truly at his least Michael Cera-y, yet still retaining all the Michael Cera-ness that made people love him on Arrested Development. Edgar Wright proves that he can do a film without Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, and still be amazing. Bear in mind, I have not read a single panel of the Scott Pilgrim graphic novels and dislike most everything hipsterish and indie rock. Scott Pilgrim the movie should not appeal to me in any way whatsoever outside of my love of Edgar Wright, and not only was I sold, I pretty much ignored the ******** redneck fuckcunts who sat behind me and talked the entire time.

It was that great.

Goodnight.

Dazzler Cover Recreation

The reasoning behind this is three-fold.

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Daredevil

My favorite Marvel character is Daredevil. When you’re a kid, you discover the big characters and grab onto those for a while. Your Spider-Men, Batmen, Supermen. Even both of my nephews loved Spider-Man and Batman when they were younger kids. Then there sort of comes a time where you decide “do I want to be a comic book fan or not?” My nephews chose “not” and found God and other things, and that’s awesome. Perhaps if I had found God when I was their age, I wouldn’t be a socially ******** and emotionally stunted fuck-off. But we play the cards we’re dealt, and right now I’m holding all the nerd aces.

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Power Girl

This is another piece that I had drawn before, but was completely unhappy with how it turned out, stylistically. It’s also an attempt to draw more female characters, and in a style similar to some other drawings on the blog.

Anyway, Power Girl. She’s a huge hit, a massive fan favorite. The size of her popularity is immeasurable.

This week on Gutter Trash: Tideland.

Action Comics No. 1146

I drew this as a Christmas gift for a friend. The idea for it popped in my head and I couldn’t shake it loose. My friend had stated many times in the past how much he loved old Silver-Age Superman covers where he was eating, and for some reason I just kept thinking “Superman vs. Stay-Puft”. It had to be done. I made it an Action Comics cover because I love the logo.

I’m putting this up this week to coincide with the new Ok, PANIC! theme, which is Superman. Check it out!

This week on Gutter Trash: Weathercraft.

This week at Ok, PANIC!: Superman.

Deadpo- I mean – Deathstroke!

I was a fan of the Marv Wolfman/George Perez Teen Titans late in life. I wound up picking up a bundle of issues that included the “Judas Contract” storyline from a used bookstore when I was 18 or 19. I was aware of Deathstroke from his own series, but had assumed he was just a Punisher rip-off. He’s more like Captain America gone bad. In my mind, anyway. Anyhoo, he’s a little overexposed at the moment, but he’s a great villain with a great look and design. Whenever they changed his costume, it was a crime against humanity.

I drew a Deathstroke sketch about a year ago for the purposes of putting it on here at some time. I found it while digging around looking for stuff to update the blog with, but it was not something I felt good about. I feel like I’m striving toward a more cartoony style, and the old drawing wasn’t bombastic enough (not that this is, either). But I think this new drawing is more where I’d like to head to, stylistically.

I dunno. I’m full of it.

This week on Gutter Trash: Demolition Man.

Juggernaut

More Marvel villains. This was, I believe, my fifth attempt at drawing The Juggernaut. I drew him a few times in his normal Marvel Universe look, but I could get past the damn helmet. I know it’s comics, I know it’s supposed to be ridiculous, but my mind couldn’t wrap around the physics of it. Then I tried the Ultimate Universe version, and still had the same problem.

So I jumped onto the old Internets and looked at how other artists have drawn him. None of it helped. But then I saw a statue made for X-Men 3. Apparently it was the original design for the character, and I thought “Wow, that’s fucking awesome.” It’s too bad they didn’t use it in the actual movie, and it’s too bad no one took it to the comics. Because I think it’s bad ass, and it “makes sense” to me. So that’s the variation I went with, and finally did a semi-successful Juggernaut drawing.

This week on Gutter Trash: Umbrella Academy Vol. 2.

This week at Ok, PANIC!: Rock Gig Posters.