(you definitely need to click on image and enlarge it!)
I was really glad to get the chance to do this illustration. I’ve had some variation of this image in my head for years (ever since my 3-issue run on Queen & Country) so, when someone asked me to do an illustration inside their hardback edition of the aforementioned story arc I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I was doubly nervous about this commission as it was in someone’s personal copy of the book and I was attempting to do a little watercolor for the first time in a commission. No room for mistakes! All said I think it turned out all right!
Note: Do not adjust your monitors–the paper inside the hard back has a marbled effect printed on it.
These Marvel sketch covers have been popping up a lot lately–I’ve done a few in the last couple of months and they’ve all been a blast to do! This one was especially fun because it’s a breath of fresh air to do a comic character who isn’t all grim and determined looking. I really dug Wonder Man as a kid but I came to him after this “safari jacket” phase–I was reading him in West Coast Avengers and his mini-series. That said, I always loved this costume and was more than happy to do this version of him (note: I will always prefer to draw the 70’s version of any Marvel character).
Issue #6 of the Sixth Gun is solicited right now in the most recent Previews. What the solicitation doesn’t tell you is that there are 10 EXTRA PAGES of art and story for the same price as the standard issue. This is a really cool thing that Oni is doing for a really cool issue (if I do say so myself)! This is the big finale of the first story arc and we’re celebrating it in a big way! Get the word out!
“General Hume is at the gates of the Maw … and he’s brought Hell with him! It’s the final showdown between the forces of good and evil, and no-one is safe. If Drake survives the undead battalion … if he defeats Hume’s malevolent henchmen … he’s still gazing down the barrel of a shoot-out with the Confederate general not even death could stop!”
There has been a change in my schedule–unfortunately, I will NOT be attending the New York Comic Con this year. The timing of the show conflicted with some looming deadlines. The cost of the show conflicted with my wallet.
I hope to be there next year!