Monday, October 20, 2014

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Nosferatu Finals!

I know it's teeny, but here's a sneak peek at where the Nosferatu finals are going.  It's a pretty tall hurdle to compete with the original black & white.  When I found out Graphic Classics wanted color my first thought was "uh oh!"  
Break out the limited palette & do some noodlin' to age it up a bit, I think there's something at least honest and fresh goin' on.  More to come!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

Bye bye, Summer...

Well, in mercy of the long road to Hallowe'en and all the Nosferatu images that are on the way, I thought I'd brighten up the room with this pick me upper. Courtesy of the aforementioned conceptual gig.

Monday, September 08, 2014

Distracted!

Nosferatu inks are halfway through, but I got sidelined with some board work, and some live-action conceptual work, which was nice.  I don't think my comic booky style sells as well as something more realistic, but I just haven't spent the time learning how to paint properly in Ps... Yet.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?

Nosferatu's up and rolling, though I just got contacted for some visual pitch work for a feature...Interesting stuff coming in these days!

Monday, June 30, 2014

FINDING MY VOICE...

Here's the cover for the upcoming Nosferatu book. The folks at Graphic Classics like it first for promo, but I usually like to get through a book and know how to draw the character beforehand. Something as simple as this took quite a few attempts!

Friday, June 20, 2014

NOSFERATU

Now HERE's a nice gig. A 40 pg adaptation of the classic for Graphic Classics. I'm just in the process of figuring out how to draw him, but I'm hoping to go sketchy with it, even with color. Good times!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

THESE THINGS KIND'VE CREEP UP ON YOU...

Here's the cover for Bloody Hell 2; the art's all done (you've been seeing glimpses of the two stories below), and I'll be finalizing the western horror and full package over the next couple weeks.  In the meantime, I move on to a 40 page adaptation of Nosferatu for Graphic Classics, images to come!

Friday, May 02, 2014

Cons & condos achieved...still living amongst boxes, but it's all hopefully going to be smoother now. Here's a couple pages from the upcoming Bloody Hell 2. 

I've always wanted to do a western horror...any High Plains Drifter fans out there? Not quite a horror, but definitely an influence for the period with macabre overtones!

Monday, April 14, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Bloody Hell #2 On it's WAY!

 
Managed to work the bugs out of my short story "Cursed," which'll round out Bloody Hell #2, and am past half way with the inks...but got hit with a couple dream boards that'll slow the pace down for a few weeks. There's some neat stuff in this one, can't wait to get it out there!

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

ELEKTRA 2014

   Another image from the "I didn't save the original AI files, and had to redo it to make larger prints" file.  Again, a quick sketch from the Jumble days. Even loose, it worked. As a matter of fact, it took me a couple attempts to get it right; the original spontaneity was hard to keep. As soon as I fixed up the anatomy or did anything with the tilt of the head, it just died. It's full of errors, but together they add up to a nice dynamic fluidity.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

CHRYSLER GIRL 2014

Kinda rippin' myself off here, but a LOT of the posts on this blog were from a community blog called Art Jumble.  Every week was a different subject and you just made sure you did a sketch, got it in by Friday. It was great for  keepin' those creative wheels going and I would dedicate about 4 hrs to a piece. Combined with the influence of other styles on the same subject done in the same amount of time (I assume), it was awesome for getting pushed to trying out new things in a set arena. I truly wish the blog would get passed on to parties interested in carrying it, but I suppose they're like myself, and more into creating than managing.
Anyway. 
So. 
It was the other styles I'd seen that made mine feel rustic, and looking to trying new things, this one which you can compare to the banner above. ( It now comes in 3 different colors!) Being that it was a sketch and new to the software, I dumped the original AI files off this and have to redo it (like others to come) for larger repro.
Cheers to you guys at the Jumble. You get interesting bright periods of time in this industry, and you were one.
Rock'n'Roll.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pardon me, but is there something in my throat?

That last post vexed me. Yes. I was incredibly vexed. Out've context, it felt kinda weak. This guy here's got more energy, and still doesn't ruin the "turn" in the short. Bloody Hell 2 
's on the way!

Thursday, January 02, 2014

New 12 Pager...

A new short story "Talons" is on the way; here's the initial brush & inks (w/a ps tweak) , I'll update it as I move along. More death and dismemberment...Happy New Year!

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

B&W vs COLOUR


Here's a sketch I was doing little bits on alongside my storyboarding quota. I didn't really expect to go anywhere with it, but next thing you know the brush & inks' in your hands, and then, well...you just gotta colour it.

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Period Piece(s)

More happy thoughts, brought to you by a local commission. The character is a woman dressed as a man who's a vampire beast/thing. It's a big bright beautiful world!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

HAPPY HALLOWE'EN!

 Greetings from Heathrow Terminal 3!  This turns out to be the first year Vancouver's getting on the Hallowe'en bandwagon and wouldn't you know it, I'll be in the air for 3 count 'em, 3 great parties. All is not a loss however, as I've just been informed "Mary Lou" will be gracing the pages of Heavy Metal in the upcoming months as Asylum Press's Frank Forte will be guest editing for Kevin Eastman.

 Trick? I'll take treat, please....


Saturday, September 14, 2013

TAMMY GUNN REVISITED

Oof. 


 There's some great imagery to my western story, but a few hurdles narrative-wise to jump over before I can get to them. I've been working with longer formats a while, and it's tough axing things down to keep it a short story so it won't take over my life!

While I let things simmer, there's a ton of old images that could use some tweaking to make 'em shine a bit brighter (something I can never get to at the time), including this one.  There's actually a series of these '20s images that could use a pass; we'll see what happens in the next few weeks!

With the Time Machine being an ebook until the new year, I'm left a little unarmed for the upcoming Emily Con, hence the blog info at the bottom of the image. This'll be a bit of a different show for me with some postcards promoting the book and site, I'll have some original pages on display, and of course be firing off sketches until the wrist falls off. Looking forward to seeing you all there!

Monday, September 02, 2013

THE MACHINE HAS LANDED (At an E-Store near you!)

For your perusal, The Time Machine is now up for sale at drivethrucomics,com! 50 pages of Black & White Love for the H.G.Wells' classic, stuffed with steampunk and horror flare! The Graphic Classics edition will be out in Feb, but in the meantime enjoy my own "Extended Cut" for a mere 5 buckaroos. The link'll not only take you to this electronic bundle of gold, but also my previous  books "Jimmy Ricochet," and "Bloody Hell!"

Saturday, July 06, 2013

TIME MACHINE INKS DONE!

Phew!  40 pages is a lot while you're also working for the man! A tweak here and there, some greys & EFX with Photoshop, and it's there!

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Morloks.

Buggers.  They say if you see one, you have a hundred.  

Brush & Ink; I'm actually quite proud.
*Updated w/Photoshop polish*

Sunday, March 03, 2013

CALGARY COMIC EXPO 2013

Dudes, I missed you last year, as I was away hiking the West Highland trail  on this weekend, but am back and looking forward to my favourite con!

It's an interesting year for gigs you can't pas up, though it's cutting my con touring down. This year it looks solely to be Vancouver Fan Expo and Calgary.

That would be all good, but from what I'm hearing, Seattle's going great as I write this, and I actually cancelled my table/flight/hotel on that one.  You can't do everything; I'm getting too mellow and whirly in my old age to let myself get stressed out.

Too the slopes! 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

LIT NOIR

Not my favorite image, though it definitely looks cooler with the title on it. 


This is part of a series of classic noir stories for the Kindle market, and they sell for peanuts. Definitely worth a look  here.


In other news, I'll be doing a 40 page B & W adaptation of H.G. Well's "the Time Machine" for the good folks over at Graphic Classics. I'm in that wonderful zone now of rethinking the components and trying to come up with something fresh and cool... Hey, I know! I'll make Jeremy Irons the Uber-Morlock, and make the Eloi smart enough to build cliff hanging dwellings that-- aw, naaahhhh....

Sunday, January 06, 2013

BLOODY HELL 2 ON THE WAY...


Believe it or not, I've written a tremendously pithey post about the progress of a concept through it's final execution and how it sometimes gains it's own personality and guides you elsewhere, but lost it twice. This is what you get.

Back to work it seems, there's some interesting projects on the horizon, you'll be the first to know!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Christmas Beatings!

Stupid, stupid Hellfire Club soldiers.

Best to you and yours over the Silly Season!

Monday, December 03, 2012

The Wedding Anniversary

 The wife &and I are back from a month off celebrating our 10th, time to get back into the fray. 
I've just heard that I 'm in the Emerald City Comic Con's Monsters & Dames book again this year, looking forward to seeing you all in Seattle! Above is my own take on one of the Hard Case Crime novels that have been pitting out awesome noir the last couple years. The titles are just hilarious.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Madame Deadline

...You can never cheat her.

Yes, by the way, I've removed comments from the blog. Be it through spammers or what, I don't know, but commenting has become a layrinthian route to frustration that no one seems to bother with anymore. That, and I can't be bothered moving over to tumblr for "likes." Should anyone be interested in a commission piece, you can contact me directly at boardguy1@hotmail.com! 

Sunday, September 30, 2012

FREEDOM!!!

Wow, 2 posts in one month, I'm going to fool folks into believing I have a life or something!

Here's a pin up for the the always entertaining Ian Bartolo's book series Brothers, which looks to be coming down the pipe  imminently.

The craziness of an overburdened work schedule loosened with (naturally) the last day of summer. "Course, out here on the northern Pacific coast, winter's kinda the coolest part of the year.

More to come!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Saturday, July 07, 2012

SIMPLICITY


A little brush up on the Illustrator; this was a sketch that'd been sitting next to me over my last board, getting a tweak and a revised sketch over the top of it until I completely lost what I'd set out to do. Whatchagonnado? I'm definitely more an impulsive/brainstorm artist than a polisher. I guess that's what years of boarding do.


A man's GOT to know his limitations.


That being said, if you scoot over to the my comics link, you can now have a peek at "Mary Lou," one of my shorts from Bloody Hell.  the reaction on the books' been great, thanks to everyone on the comic con tour for their support.


Things are about to get board crazy around here, but that's what keeps me in the cheezits, after all. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

CONNORSSSsssssssss

AAaaaahhhh summer... So they say, anyway. 

Here comes the new Spidey flick, Andrew Garfield kinda looks like a Romita Parker, or is it just me? The silver runners have me worried, but man, Gwen's perfect and how can you beat the lizard?

Please please please.

A plug for Colin Lorimer; a local (loco?) board guy now juggling comic work with both Dark Horse and Image, for good reason. Have a look, UXB and Harvest are both great.

I did not get paid for this endorsement in any shape or form of a new toaster.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Okay, the Hulk shook it off, I'm not quite sure where this one came from...or if I even like it. We'll see if it lasts.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Racing Under Fire

An effective sketch if nothing else; there's plenty that drives me crazy here, but some amply nifty stuff, too. (I just know I'll never go back to fix the wing perspective, etc. Dammit Jim, I'm a board artist, not Gustav Freakin' Klimt!)

**BLOODY HELL is now up on Drive Thu Comics for the ebook price of 3 bones! That's a buck per each terrifying tale of torment! Hey, if these stories don't make your flesh crawl, your skin's on too tight!**
My apologies for the lack of posts, the boards are flying fast and furious these days and the conventions are on the way. You'll definitely be seeing me at Seattle's Emerald City, Vancouver's own Fan Expo, Kapow! In London, and the Phoenix Comic Con. I'm still not locked in for Lucca in Tuscany, but have every intent on getting out there too.


I didn't do it last year, but think I might start a from the trenches blog of the tour, I'll let you know when I know/commit!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

My Poor Wife...

...She gives and gives, but STILL becomes victim of her guy's twisted sense of tribute. Love it or hate it, she made the horror book's cover AND complete with super swingin' zombie funbags, no less!
Calgary won't be seeing the likes of me and the hard copy of it too soon, unfortunately. I'll be in Scotland on the Highland Trail over those dates. As folks know from the love letter below, Calgary's pretty much my favorite show so far, but we just couldn't get the guys together otherwise....Next year, I guess.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Horror Fueled Summer

That's the inks done on my horror anthology book; a few pages of color, lettering and a cover, and yours truly is all set for the cons which now apparently include Vancouver itself. See you there!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A Nice Quiet Spot

Aaaaaaaahhh, new digs. No more crazy amplified buskers beat-boxin' it, bongo slapping it, American Pie / Stairway to Heaven (Yeah, STILL!) whining it. Come January 1st I'm moving.... allll the way upstairs in the same building, different side. It ain't much, but it'll sure make a difference to my state of mind. One can never escape the bagpipers, I know...
Here's a spread from across the top of pages 2-3 on Mary Lou. Page 1 splash is down below. Way down below. Funnilly enough, I'm just getting to finishing it the exact week, a year to the week the 1st page was done. It's just about there for my horror anthology, though I still haven't got the name together yet. Tummy Worm Tales? Spew-iri-ffick Stories, Buskers in the Fruit Cellar, what?

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way Over...

Heeeeeerrrreeeee's the color updated pub image; a nod to a haunt back in Montreal. I notice now that there's a trunk up by the carriage I missed; I should retitle this the Blog of Never finished Hell! *REVISED, thankyouverymuch.*

Again, this was a sketch floating around in my desk that I thought I'd clear my mind with a bit. The Cool Air last page wasn't working for me, so I thought I'd go come back to it after I finish up my horror short Mary Lou (the 1st page is a few posts down) and fartin' around a bit.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

COOL AIR

*UPDATED with groovy color. I'm at a loss between the two title fonts. (See following post.)
Wow, tough crowd.

...Okay, okay, uh...sweat, sweat...how 'bout this one?...wipe forehead... here's page 1 of a Lovecraft story for the great folks at Graphic Classics. (Just the inks. ) this, Creature Converets and Mary Lou, and Reflections of a Werewolf'll all be going into a horror compilation. Any Good Name suggestions?

I'll also want some pin ups to put in it, so think old horror books before the code came in if you're interested!

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

MONSTERS & DAMES

Hey all, and apologies for the long wait. I'm back from my globe-trotting, and am diving right back in; there'll be posts coming fast and furious the next little while as it turns out I came home to some fun stuff to do!
First off is this guy: Anyone who knows my blog here'll recognize the image, I've revisited it for Emerald City's Monsters & Dames book which accompanies the convention at the end of March. It sure feels odd seeing this image in a vertical composition, but it's an opportunity to get in a volume with the greats, last year's was a rockin' collection of talent! *UPDATE* The image has been accepted for the book out of 250+ submissions; the originals are auctioned off for charity. With mine being kinda cyber art, I've made it into the above limited edition poster.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Post By a Thousand Nibbles.


Here's one I 've been putting together wilth 1/2 hours over the last few days, Illustrator's a great puzzle-piece program anyway...and it forces one to organize.

Monday, July 18, 2011

A Proper Braining

Here's a B&W to color comparison from the Rook short, which is back up in My Comic Stuff!