Category Archives: Painting
Cody Hagman and I are working on a new project. You’ve seen a few things I’ve been working on for it, but I thought folks might enjoy seeing the steps it takes for us working together.
Issue #3 is just about ready for mass consumption. In this chapter, FR comes face-to-face with the reality of his identity, and both he and Reggie have to make sense of the robot’s truth of existence. What will Clarabelle do? Can they all escape becoming casualties of war?!
I collaborated with the mega-talented Cody Hagman on this one. I did the line work and Cody brought life to the drawing with awesome, digital colors.
So, I’ve decided this is Father Robot during his little-known high school football years. Here we have him executing some deft maneuver before catching the pass to score the winning touchdown, bringing the home team victory over the evil town just to the south…
Anyway, this is FR with a little variation in design. There different elements to him here than in the comic, and the colors are all changed. My favorite are the wings upside the head.
I worked the pencils for this at Emerald City Comicon, the inks at Wondercon, and then added the colors and value with my treasured Copic collection this week at home (and at work). At first, I was sure this drawing was a lost cause, as I didn’t really like where it was going in the sketch phase(s), but I like how it’s turned out. You never know what a piece can turn in to if you give it a little love.
With all the robot-themed work going on these days, I’ve felt very starved for the spacesuit stuff that I was working on earlier in the year. So, here’s a fun one I did to just let my creativity wander around for a bit. Whether it was Ghost Rider, He-Man, BPRD, or an old Scooby-Doo episode, there’s always been something both terrifying and amazingly cool about the floating skull character. I love any design with that particular mystery-feature. I also love the idea of putting it in a spacesuit. Maybe it’s a ghost and the suit keeps the whole thing together, maybe the suit is containing something, keeping it from getting out, or maybe it’s just some awesome piece of technology putting on a show or hiding the real wearer.
When we visited the Monterey Bay aquarium, I was really struck by how amazing certain sea life looked under black light. The krill were by far the coolest. This is another piece I’m producing to sell at my table at BigWOW! next month. I’m trying to produce these fast and efficiently so I can sell them at low prices and not feel sad about it,
Gotta love those watercolors and Copics…