All New X-Men #25 I got the invite and couldn’t believe my lucky stars. Illyana Rasputin and Kitty Pryde. Can I do it like a movie poster? Heck, YEAH?! I want to make it like a Lee Marvin bombs-a’-bursting, car chase extravaganza with ninjas and monsters. I was running a fever on the days I was completing it and crossed my fingers as I sent it off. And here it is finally. I had to block out the fact that there are all these amazing artists who are in the same book (terror). I would have just froze.
Gratitude and much respect goes out to the great Brian Michael Bendis for tailoring this to give me so much room to play and Nick Lowe for tremendous support and encouragement. I hope I can do more in the future.
"Alice Rocks" is my contribution to Haiyan typhoon relief fund. We’ve been working on staging this concert and art auction for a few months now and it’s almost here. If you’re in Oakland this Friday come down to the Uptown Nightclub. Great bands from folks at Pixar, raffles for rare merchandize and original art of varying price ranges from your fave artists. All for good cause to help those who can really use it. Check us out here.
March 21, 2014
The Uptown in Oakland, CA.
1928 Telegraph Avenue
$20 cover (Ages 21+)
7:30pm - 11:30pm
Art to Heart: Philippine Typhoon Relief Fund is a group from the Bay Area art, animation, film, and video game industries focused on long-term aid in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.
I met Tyrus Wong at the Disney Family Museum opening of "Water to Paper, Paint to Sky: The Art of Tyrus Wong this past week. It was an amazing honor to finally meet this man who’ve inspired so many of us in animation. Being from the Philippines I feel a special gratitude for his role in Bambi. Nothing will be hard to face up to after he’d done his stint at Disney.
"He was asking about that illustration, did you do that?" One of his minders had approached me to say, "he was asking who made it." It was a drawing I had done of Carl Fredriksen’s house for "UP". She introduced me and I did my best not to embarrass myself. I managed to thank him for his life’s work. I’m sure he didn’t quite hear me and he smiled sweetly throughout. I shook his hand again and motioned to go and someone said I should take a picture with him. This is a treasured moment captured in photograph. Live long and keep on flying, Tyrus!
First official image of the Wolverine Through the Ages variant cover I did for Uncanny X-men available this week. Extra perk is to see the numbering, 007. Lucky! My thanks to Marvel for the invite and hope to do more.
Jamie Baker, illustrator, storyteller & Pixar storyman fights on! We think the world of Jamie and now the world has a chance to even the score.
On December 26th, 2012, Jamie had a hemorrhagic stroke causing paralysis and loss of sensation on the entire right side of his body.
Please take a moment to visit Team Jamie for the full story and help the font of stories who is our friend get back to doing what he does best.
Note: Above drawing is of Seph, Jamie’s delightful creation who I’ve had the pleasure to draw before. This was my chance to do a better version with actual paints! We are holding a private auction at work for Jamie and this water babe is participating.
What’s a Sorcerer Supreme got to do around here?
Magik misdirection. A study of Illyana’s face and demeanor done in Odosketch. I’ve a soft spot for Magik because of the raw deal that was her life. I say “was” because since she was six she’s been kidnapped twice, raised in hell ( might as well, this limbo/otherplace), finally returned to her family as a child again only to contract the Legacy Virus—and she dies.
Yes, this Illyana we’re following is not the real one. Belasco couldn’t let her go.
The spell managed to pull forth the remaining essence and memories of Illyana still held within Limbo’s dimension. The essence took shape but was the Darkchilde, the semi-demonic version of Illyana corrupted and transformed by dark magic. —Wikipedia entry on Magik
What gives?! My tumblr just reblogged all by itself?! Double post just happened, not sure how. Oh, well. Dear followers: Sorry for the inconvenience. Don’t be mad but I’m about to kill that double post. I want to keep an orderly blog.
Image above was a sketch I did for Vatine’s copy of Three Trees Make a Forest a long time ago.
Wolverine costume variant cover is done. After all the prep work and getting up to speed it is finally away to Marvel. I had documented the steps as I was going. Check them out in ye olde blog, Tirade. It was a blast making and I learned a lot. Hope I get to do another. Check out the posts below:
Logan Study. Got a gig to do a cover for Ye Olde Marvel! They gave me a long lead time because, well, I’m slow. And there’s the day job. But I’ve been a big fan of the old gumshoe paperback covers by Robert McGinnis, Mitchell Hooks and Robert Maguire since my Batman Animated series days when I’d follow Bruce Timm into used bookstores as he collected Carter Brown paperbacks. Been meaning to test if my fascination translates into a real cover.
I know from experience that my excitement to get going can be dangerous. It can mask how unprepared I am. If you’re not painting everyday you’re in for a lot of trouble. I needed the time to limber up and get my research done for all aspects of the job. This image is an attempt to keep my mind on the game.