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M.O.D.O.K. The Mic!

I had the privileged of catching a wicked awesome Adam Warrock show when he came to Dallas about a month back. I was severly impressed (and dumbfounded that I'd never heard of MC Router before!) so afterwards I hit him up to offer my services for one of his gig posters.

Turns out he was already in need, so we talked a bit and agreed on M.O.D.O.K, the Mental Organism Designed Only for Killing... The Mic!


Progress with a process. Or, How I Make Comics.

I've always enjoyed a look behind the process of my favorite artists and thought I'd share my current process with anyone who might be interested. Below is a 6 view cross-section of how I currently work on comic art and pinups.

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Step 1: Roughs

I usually do super small roughs in a sketchbook or on printer paper. I've found working small in the beginning helps me keep my proportions in check and focus more on the shape, flow and composition of the piece. For this I wanted a classic action pose for Powerman and Iron Fist, so I did stand-alone figure shots and composited them for penciling.

Step 2: Pencils

Here I print out blue lines, again on copy paper, and do the detail work. Having a solid base helps me keep the pencils tighter without worrying about the figures.

Step 3: Inks

Here's where the magic happens! I print out blue lines on smooth bristol and go to town with various pens and brushes. My favorites at the moment are a variety of Kurutake disposable brush pens.

Step 4: Flats

A pretty simple but fundamental step is doing color flats. I lay down a layer of solid color selections to use later for rendering. I tend to use this step to work out the overall color scheme and mood of the piece as well.

Step 5: Renders

The fun part of coloring comics! I break out custom Photoshop brushes and go to town. For this piece I went with a classic cell shaded look for the renders.

Step 6: Effects

My favorite part of the process! referred to by my studio mates as my "Marvel glow" this is where I use glows, effects and color holds to make the piece pop. I often will spot bright whites as well to help highlights really stand out.

Powerman & Iron Fist

So I did this little ditty of the always funky-fresh Powerman and Iron Fist for my boy Samax of GhettoManga fame.

It'll appear in the upcoming issue of Ghetto Manga Quarterly.

Commission Giveaway

To kick off the commissions and add another cool prize to my #followme4freeart twitter contest I've decided to give away the following piece of original art.

Thor: 11 x 17, ink on bristol.

How to Win

Retweet this (or any other #followme4freeart tweet) and you'r entered, it's that easy.  I'll pick a winner at random at the end of the week and announce in on my twitspace.

Happy contesting!