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.
On the phone, I doodled as I talked. Ellen showed up and she sounded upset. Maybe it’s time to watch “Alien” again. Drew this here.
Illyana Rasputin, Magik My take on her. The Demon Bear Saga, illustrated by the great Bill Sienkiewicz, was my first intro to her and the New Mutants team. Fondly remembered and I still have to stop from buying issues of this run each time I find it. CBR noted this run as Comics You should Own. I wholeheartedly agree.
I stopped following the NM after Bill left the series and really stayed away after Illyana went missing. Also been on this kick of visualizing superhero costumes without the spandex or capes. She’s a teen trying to have a normal life. Except she can mess you up by bringing you to a corner of hell or vice versa. Pen, pencil, watercolor on ye olde sketchbook that should really have been filled up a month ago.
Color. A sketchbook entry. Color is not part of my day usually and I’m feeling like my muscles will atrophy. Even worse, not improve. At some stopping point I take a photo and take time to see it—it’s just a momentary hold. I’ll have to see it completed. The exercise was fun, which is the whole point. I may have to do a couple more. Inspired by Sadamitsu Neil Fujita, needed to walk myself through it to understand. Such an amazing artist and designer.
Art Auction Philippine Red Cross for Flood relief. LIved this when I was growing up. It is not a joke to have your community inundated with torrents of rushing water and carry the town, lives and dreams away. You can help get clean water to those in need, food to keep them going and maybe just another day’s hope. No donation is too small, please consider donating.
I always imagine Ellie to have donned on flight gear and learned to fly along with Carl. They’ve prepared for the Venezuela trip but life threw them a curve ball each time. They kept dreaming. You can bid on this and other amazing art from stellar artists who are donating their art to this cause. You could be the one to own one-of-kind, top tier work and help the victims of the floods.