Just in time for Halloween, October sees the release of Crooked Hills, a novel for middle readers (and those of us who never quite grow up) from my frequent collaborator Cullen Bunn. It’s a wonderful and perfectly spooky book that hit that sweet spot creepiness and fun where Cullen and I find our common ground. I liked the book so much that I petitioned to be the cover artist (and if everything goes to plan, a few interior illos as well). Here is the finished piece (which I’m awfully fond of) as well as the original line art and initial sketch.
Read Evileye Books official announcement of the upcoming
novel here and keep an eye out for it this fall!
If you read Marvel comics anytime in the late 70’s or early 80’s then you are familiar with this kind of scene. Couple Marvel guys having a night out and playing a friendly game of poker. This was back in the days when smoking cigars was still prohibited in Marvel books (I mean, what kind of world are we living in where Ares can be ripped in half, guts everywhere, but Wolverine can’t smoke a stogy?). Anyway, this was a real fun piece for an old 80’s Marvel Zombie to bathe in the nostalgia of.
Below is the original drawing I did in advance of the larger piece. As I’ve stated before, I always work small for the initial drawing and then blow it up and lightbox it. In this case my original drawing is more detailed and worked out than usual due to all the components of this commission.
as I’ve stated before, it was Walt Simonson’s run on Thor that made me a comic nerd. I remember the Thor Frog issues fondly and when I describe them to folks they just laugh and say that it sounds stupid. Nay. Verily, I say thee nay.
Below is the rough preliminary sketch done for this commission.
This time around we have Harley Quinn, Mistress of Mayhem. This is part two in a theoretical triptych I’m working on for someone. The first piece being Poison Ivy. Harley here was fun to draw–her costume is great and it was fun to try and capture that manic personality in her eyes.