John Constantine, the quintessential occult detective. It has been a long time since I’ve read Hellblazer and doing this commission really brought back memories of how much I liked the book back in the day. I’m talking 15 year ago, maybe. I read the entire Ennis/Dillon run as well as some before and some after but when they left the title I more or less left with them. I really should go back and pick up some of the later runs.
When I received this request I was actually kind of struck that no one had ever asked me to do a Constantine drawing before. It seemed right down my alley but I can honestly say that I had the hardest time of any commission ever to come up with a composition that I liked. In the end I think it all worked out though. The second hardest commissions? Oddly enough, the ones that feature characters from THE DAMNED (my creator owned series). Can’t explain it…
I love the classic Spider-Man rogues gallery so it was a lot of fun to do this drawing of old web-head going up against Sandman. The biggest challenge was the all grey wash background–it took forever to build up!
This recent commission called on me to do a version of the classic Hawkman cover where he battles a winged ape (see the original below). Winged characters now join my list of most challenging super-heroes to draw (along with archers and speedsters)–the images are hard to compose because you have to make room for those big ‘ol wings! But don’t think that that means I didn’t enjoy doing this piece! I’m always up for a challenge!
Hope you all like it!
There’s a little bit of news on the Sixth Gun front including the newly revealed, official logo! Instead of me regurgitating it all for you here why not pop over to the Oni Press blog and read about what’s in store for the month of December–click here
Happy Thanksgiving everyone! And to my non-American readers–Happy Thursday!
Another recent commission to share with you all. I braced myself when I got this request because I feel that speedsters are some of the hardest characters to draw (and make interesting compositions with). You might say that they’re my Achilles Heel (groan). But as I lay in bed one night mulling this over (this is a my most tried and true method of brainstorming) this image just popped in my head and the final result is about as close as I ever get to creating what’s in my mind’s eye. I’m very happy with the final result and I hope you all like it too.