As you may have read here a few weeks ago, I’m participating in a fund raising event for  John “The Cran” Randall. Mr. Randall had to close his comic shop, Land of Cran Comics, after being diagnosed with lymphoma. To help pay his mounting medical expenses family, friends, and patrons organized a benefit auction. That auction starts today Friday, March 25th. Remember though, they are also auctioning off artwork by…

  • Robert Atkins (GI Joe)
  • Darryl Banks (Green Lantern)
  • Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Skyward, Absolute Zeros)
  • Todd Dezago (Tellos, Perhapanauts, Super Hero Squad)
  • Tom Feister (GI Joe Origins, Ex Machina)
  • Gene Gonzales (Pin-Up Artist)
  • Scott James (Mutants and Masterminds)
  • Comfort Love and Adam Withers (Mutants and Masterminds, the Uniques)
  • Todd Nauck (Young Justice, Wild Guard and Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Joe Pekar (Pin-Up artist)
  • Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts, X-Men First Class)
  • Neil Gaiman (Stardust, American Gods, Anansi, Sandman, Black Orchid)

Additionally Dark Horse, IDW, DC Comics have donated items, and there are even some movie props.

You can still read more about what’s going on, and being done for John, at the blog Cran Man. I hope you all will check out the items available, and remember that your purchase goes to help out a guy who has served, and is loved by, his community. The auction they organized in his honor attests to that.

CLICK HERE to jump to the ebay auction for my image.

If you forgot, here’s what it looks like…

Hubba hubba

My thanks to everyone who bids, and passes this post along those who might.

 

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Something for the Dads-

March 21, 2011

Double whammy this week-

Here’s the envelope art that went along with my charity sketch for the recently mentioned “Cran the Man” auction. Don’t know if they saved it, but perhaps the winning purchase will get it as a bonus? If not- sorry- I have no control over that.

Pencils

Inks

Finals

This was about 3″ tall, so you’re seeing it slightly larger than actual size.

Also, here’s the first cover I’ve done for the classic series. I wanted to give it a classic “pulp” feel, I hope it worked to some extent. If it makes fans happy to know– this is a BWS-free issue! 🙂

Hubba hubba

Here it is, sans text –

Who dat?

Here are the original pencils from that cover…

The first draft was a slightly more risqué version. Uh- I need a minute... alone.

As some of you may or may not know, the little “x”s that you see in the cover are indications for inkers to fill those areas in with solid black. It’s partly a time saver for me, but traditionally it also helped to keep brushes/quills from getting clogged with graphite while trying to ink over shaded pencils. The last bit doesn’t apply to us, since Gary is in Scotland where he prints out a copy of the image onto a board then inks that. He never sees the actual pencil in person, so there’s no risk of ruining his pens with graphite gunk, no possibility of losing the image in transit, or of it getting damaged in the journey. That’s the benefit and loss of modern comic making.

I don’t know how apparent it is, maybe I missed the mark, but the cobra sigil is supposed to be visible in the flames of the fireplace. I thought is was worth a shot. Gary and James worked really hard on this with me, for as with most covers, this was on a tight deadline. Hope everyone enjoys it.

Have a great week everyone.

Here’s a preview of issue 164 hitting stands today- enjoy!

UPDATE: Apparently it’s shipping late, so look for it next week- D’oh!

Naw- I didn't do the cover

Cran the Man

March 10, 2011

Recently I was contacted to participate in a fundraising event for John “The Cran” Randall, who owned a comic shop called Land of Cran Comics in Canton, Ohio before the store closed in October, 2010, after 20 years of business. Mr. Randall was diagnosed with a rare form of lymphoma, so family, friends, and patrons are putting together a benefit auction to help with his medical expenses.

There will also be a 3-day eBay auctions beginning on Friday, March 25th. This auction will include artwork by…

  • Robert Atkins (GI Joe)
  • Darryl Banks (Green Lantern)
  • Jeremy Dale (GI Joe, Skyward, Absolute Zeros)
  • Todd Dezago (Tellos, Perhapanauts, Super Hero Squad)
  • Tom Feister (GI Joe Origins, Ex Machina)
  • Gene Gonzales (Pin-Up Artist)
  • Scott James (Mutants and Masterminds)
  • Comfort Love and Adam Withers (Mutants and Masterminds, the Uniques)
  • Todd Nauck (Young Justice, Wild Guard and Amazing Spider-Man)
  • Joe Pekar (Pin-Up artist)
  • Craig Rousseau (Perhapanauts, X-Men First Class)
  • Neil Gaiman (Stardust, American Gods, Anansi, Sandman, Black Orchid)

Plus items donated by Dark Horse, IDW, DC Comics, and even some movie props.

To read more about what’s going on, and being done for John, check out the Cran Man blog.

To wet a few appetites, below is the evolution of the image I’ll be donating to the cause. What is more appealing than the wicked, yet alluring, Baroness.

Pencils

Inks

and finally…

Luscious color

Remember, this is for a good cause. A guy who has given his best to his community for almost a quarter century, and the devotion shown by those around him is only testament to that. If you have the interest and can help out, please check out their website, and make a bid. You get art, John gets a helping hand.

Thanks for reading.

Figure that?

March 5, 2011

Ok- so all I’ve been doing, for what seems like forever, is GI Joe or other cartooning images. Recently, I found out that a local drawing group had switched nights which works better with my schedule, so for the first time in a while I got to do a little life drawing. Nothing fancy, but here are my latest efforts. The first is a 10 minute pose.

Ok- that needs a little work, but the next one was a 40 minute pose, with a 5 min. break at the 20 min. mark – that’s really for the model rather than the artists. What’s so hard about sitting? Try not moving at all that long, and see if your legs don’t lock up, fall asleep, and cramp up… as she said they did. Poor girl- but she was a good model.