In celebration of Aliens Day (4/26, as in LV-426… c’mon, people!), I thought it’d be nice to finish the Colonial Marine spacesuit from earlier. This is based on a Tony Akins design from 1993’s Aliens: Colonial Marines comic. I added some sweet modifications…
I should have a color version to share soon, as well.
I’ve been working on a superhero commission all weekend. While the design we went with was ultimately different, I thought this unused design was pretty damn fun:
I showed it to my buddy/fellow artist Cody, and he liked it too. Enough so, that he took his mad digital coloring skills to it. If you’d like to see the color version, by the talented Mr. Hagman, check it out here.
There were some very pivotal encounters in my childhood that set the tone for much of the rest of my life. Seeing the movie Aliens was definitely one of those encounters. Finding out, a few years later, that there were also comic books based on the Alien Franchise, was just as profound but in a slightly different way. At that point, I felt that I could not only enjoy the world those stories were set in, I could participate!
I started drawing the space (Colonial) Marines from the world of the Alien/Aliens movies. Back then, in the late 80’s/early 90’s, references were hard to come by. So, when I series like Aliens: Colonial Marines came out in 1993, I was ecstatic. The first three issues, drawn by Tony Akins, inked by Paul Guinan, and colored by Matt Hollingsworth, were just… phenomenal! The first three issues were chock-full of new spacesuit designs, space guns, star ships, and dynamic action scenes.
Having gotten a new lease on my drawing-life recently, I’ve been inspired to start drawing some of those designs myself. Here’s a pencil sketch of the security from the Sungun station:
I’ll clean it up in the near future. In the meantime, here’s a taste of one of the wonderful treats that series offered up:
Every freelance artist knows the pain of trying to be a business person when all they really want to do is make art. The whole “getting paid” part is more about a desire for spending all your time getting to create instead of having another job to pay the bills. It’s a tough proposition. Either you spend more time ( a LOT more) operating the business-side of freelancing than one would want, or, like me, you end up getting another job so that the art-making doesn’t become just amount the money. There’s many pitfalls with either, and the one I have fallen into for the past few years is spending so much time working elsewhere that my freelance efforts have suffered.
Recently, however, a series of events have coinciding in my life, giving me a second wind, and I feel a powerful push to do more freelancing. One of those events have been an inexplicable upswing in commissions, encouraging me to keep going as well as giving me a good reason to draw more!
So, I’ve been in my studio a lot more lately, and I feel the desire to finish old projects as well as really dig into new ones. In keeping with that, I want to start making available the long-awaited issue #3 of Father Robot:
Want one? Well, you certainly can right here!
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.
I’m feeling spacesuits that are too heavy. Remember that movie Deadman? These cowboy-types are out in the wild, being cold, and one guy says, “don’t worry about your arms, they’ll take care of themselves. Keep you body warm.” I’ve always felt that way about spacesuits. The armor has gotta be on top.
I was recently told by someone that they are tired of spacesuits with domed, or bubble-helmets. For some reason, those have always appealed to me. I want to say it’s because you can see the expression of the person inside, or maybe I always thought that mask-like helmets are better suited for combat armor or robots. It’s also possible that I add them to my spacesuits so often because they’re easier to draw…
Whatever the reason, I’m trying something different.
I used Copic pens on tracing paper, taped over my sketchbook for this lil’ guy or gal.
I don’t know what happened to this one. Chalk it up to just getting some practice in, or maybe to being a little rusty.
I was just watching Alien Covenant and thinking that I didn’t like the spacesuits they used to repair their “solar sail,” but the more that time went on, the more I felt inspired by them. They look like modified, hardshell, deep sea diving suits.
This was my swing at that inspiration. I think it was a swing and a miss…
Yes, the days slip by, becoming weeks and months. There’s so many things I want to draw and stories I want to share, but my minutes of free time are few and I’m tired. Nevertheless, it’s impossible to ignore desire , as nagging and vicious as it can be, and once in a while I still manage to get a little something on paper.
Here’s my little friend. I thought he came out looking neat. Someone else told me he’s scary, and one other said he was cute.
The longer I go between drawings, the more it starts to really bug me.
2016 was the most-unproductive year, artistically-speaking, that I can remember. It had a lot to do with where I am in life, what’s going on, and a reevaluation of what I want to do with my art.
All you can do is keep working, though, right? Here’s to a new year, with new plans, ambitions, and new drawings. Gotta work out those demons before they eat you up from the inside…