Thursday, February 23, 2012

The Black Wraith!

Greetings, all!

In my quest to improve myself by doing challenging piece after challenging piece, I got a commission from indy comic creator, Jamie Gambell, creator of The Hero Code.  He asked me to do a cover piece for his future/pulp character The Black Wraith, so I took a stab at it.


There's the grayscale and the computer colorized version.  BW is a cross between Batman Beyond and Bladerunner, so I wanted to have the city be a big part of the image.  In the end, I thought that it would be interesting if the city actually could be seen through him...almost like he's wearing a cloaking...er...cloak.  Anyway, it's one of my pictures, so I couldn't help but throw in a skull.  You know me... :)

Next piece will contain.....wait for it....
...a FEMALE!  *Gasp!*

Then, maybe I'll be able to squeeze that King Kong/ Rocketeer pic I've been thinking about.
More later!

-D

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Where...where was I?

Happy Belated New Year, everyone!

So let's see..it was October since I was here last?  Right.  That seems to be how I do things, when I'm on, I'm on, every single day for months.  And when I'm off....I'm off.  No blog, no art, no Twitter, no Facebook...nothing.
One of the reasons this happened is that sequentials...especially a long story like Doc Monster...is pretty draining.  Plus, I wasn't sure what the point of the whole thing was.  Did people even read it?  Did I need people to read it?  Where was it going?  Did I need it to go anywhere? 
Yeah.
Pretty circular.
So, anyway, after I got the "Ghost Zero and the Radio Wraith" published in Ka-Blam's "Dark Mischief" anthology...which you can pick up here....

...I decided to step away and think a bit.

I dabbled with watercolor a bit, and decided that, while sequentials are fun, they don't give me the time to explore and grow artistically.  I needed to do some larger, more thoughtful pieces.
It just so happens that I group I'm a member of called Planet Pulp was doing an Indiana Jones theme this month.  Who could resist that?  So, my mind started churning up an idea I could do for Indiana Jones.  Well, since Indy runs around in the 1930's, and so does a favorite pulp hero of mine..the Shadow...I thought...wouldn't it be cool if they met?  And thus, "Indiana Jones and the Shadow of the Colossus" was born.

(Click to see it bigger)

I thought it was pretty good.  Not great, mind you, but good. I'm sure I could have thought out a better composition, and my coloring isn't that exciting...but it works.  I'll be putting the original up for sale soon...if you're interested, send me an email.

So, what's next?

Well, I've been thinking about a couple of things.  I'd like to do another Ghost Zero short...I've got something in mind for a pre-Eddie scenario that is pretty cool.  It features dogfighting action in World War I.
I've also read a very interesting article about pulp storytelling from Nancy Hanson of the New Pulp blog, that talks about how we should think about moving out of the past and into the present to capture more reader's interests. I'm a devoted retro-phile, but I have to say that I thought the idea was interesting to me.  Set a story in...gasp...the present? Could I do such a thing? Should I?
...Maybe. I mean, someone has to be Ghost Zero in the present day....doesn't she? :)

So, anyway, I'm exploring and figure things out. The best news is that I'm drawing again (I fell into an awful funk when I wasn't).

I'll share the good stuff with you guys.

-Dave