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.
Just messing around with Adobe Illustrator.
I was trying to come up with a new logo for the “bad guys” in Father Robot, and someone pointed out to me how near I was to making up a new surfboard company.
So, here you go…
Sometimes weeks go by and I haven’t returned phone calls or messages. I feel like all I do is go to work and draw. On good days I also sleep, but there’s not much more than those few things.
All in the name of comics.
The good news is that I’m really happy with the results I’m getting from my work on issue #3. I’ll try and put some previews up soon, but I’ve found that posting is one of those things that slip away in the temporal blackhole that is comic page-production. For those of you who follow my work, I’m sorry not to post more. I look forward to putting up more, regular updates soon.
In the meantime, here’s a quick, digital, color sketch from work on Father Robot.
This soldier from the future is supposed to be one of the “bad guys”. I thought it interesting that when designing villains, I right away went to harsh angles and cool colors (in an earlier version). I then started over, thinking about all those poor schmucks who just needed a job and ended up being on the wrong side of inevitability in stories like Cobra in GI Joe and Imperial Stormtroopers. My uniform for those unknowing evil-doers is hopefully a little ambiguous as far as archetypes go, I hope. He could be fixing his spaceship on his way to trade foodstuffs or burning villages of Care Bears, but you would never guess by looking…
Convention-season is upon me, and I’m eagerly awaiting the finished proof of issue #2, ready to go to print as soon as the final version is in my hands. In the meantime, there’s lots to do on issue #3, as well as an overload of promotional material I’d like to have ready for my first table of the year. It’s going to be back in my favorite city, Seattle, for the Emerald City Comicon. I’m looking forward to seeing some old friends, showing my girlfriend my favorite haunts (and rainy tourist spots), and introducing the denizens of that wonderful area to Father Robot.
The above image is from the cover of issue #2. The book has a cropped version, and I plan to make high-res prints of the full shot available at the convention table next month. I really like it, and I wish I could spend as much time and attention to every panel of the book as I did this one image. It was hand-drawn, then cleaned up and colored in Photoshop.
This was just done for fun, while I should have been acting much more seriously.
What can I say, FR loves Skittles.
Today saw another great day at Alternative Press Expo. Thanks to everyone who came by the table. I had a fantastic time meeting new folks and reuniting with fans. I hope everyone got as much cools stuff as I did (my favorite is the evil, stuffed bunny I got my girlfriend… yes, its face comes off) and are reading some great new comics.
As another great year at APE ends, I thought everyone might like to enjoy this updated group shot of all the Father Robot character from issue 1.