I was recently asked to contribute to this Kevin Eastman/Joshua Ortega project. It’s wild to say the least and for some reason easy for me to sink my teeth into.
I think I probably put my back into this one a little too much. I ended up doing countless roughs trying to figure out the best composition, villain, pose…you name it. I couldn’t decide! The details are what got me too…I had printed out some reference and while paying attention to some of the smaller details I messed up on easily one of the biggest; the shield.
My brain was caught between the obvious reference elements and seeing the Captain America movie and in the movie he uses the round shield for a large part of it. BUT…the shield in the reference was from the early 40s that Simon and Kirby had come up with. Since I don’t use whiteout on my commissions I would have had to redo the entire thing. I talked it over with the client because I believe it’s important to keep people abreast of the situation. Own your mistakes and move on, right? Anyway, he said while he was happy with the piece I could do it over if I wanted too.
Sometimes you have to know when to throw in the towel and call it good. I liked how it turned out for the most part.
But it’s still gonna bug me to no end. I’m just glad the client was happy with the results…warts and all.
It’s not exactly for Marvel but for a parody site called GUTTERS . From the looks of it they’re big on poking fun at the comic industry and its creators. A talented friend of mine, RUS WOOTON, hooked me up with the gig. It went pretty smooth until I realized the 7pm deadline was EST and not PST. For some reason or another that was not evident from the word go. Luckily I had planned on hitting my PST deadline with no problem but then I felt bad that the other guys down the line got screwed.
Sorry gents. You’ll also notice a difference between the art above and the finished art. I chose to go with a night shot of Spiderman but then it was colored for day. I guess they were sticking to the idea that “comedy” is always bright and cheery.
Oh well, it was a fun challenge.
And now back to inking Braun…only 64 pages to go!
I had great fun putting this commission together for a recent client. He had wanted a steampunk version of Spiderman and since just showing Spiderman wasn’t going to be terribly interesting to me I thought adding the Green Goblin would up the ante. I had him re-engineer an old Mr. Punch mask to give him more goblin appeal as well as decked him out in 19th century privateer garb.
Thanks to those who’ve spread this image around. Seems like a lot people dig it for some reason. And I concur with the few out there, “WHY ISN’T THERE A STEAMPUNK SPIDERMAN BOOK?” They won’t know unless you ask. 🙂
Also for more of my “traditional” Spiderman work check out this.
Finally, I have a sketchbook! 30 years in the making…well if you want to be literal I suppose. The quest started with finding the perfect printer for the right price. Actually it started with friends cajoling me to put something out. Then to find a printer. Ever since Mike Mignola dropped the gauntlet for sketchbooks at San Diego Comicon years ago it’s been a growing part of every comic artist’s arsenal of goods. In that time there’s been a lot of excellent books and a new found collectible market.
Luckily I found a printer who I absolutely love and the books look and feel really expensive. The reality is you get a lot for $10.
They’ll be debuting at Emerald City Comicon but you can order them in my store today. Maybe you know someone who’d like this if so TWEET it LIKE it or do what you have to to get the word out. And for a convincer here’s a small selection of DOUBLE-PAGE spreads to wet your whistle.