Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Jingle Hell Rock

Nothing evokes the spirit of the season more than Hellboy beating down a Mecha-Ape.
I hope everyone has a happy holidays--my best wishes to you all!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bat-er Up!

Another recent commission to share with you all. I really like this piece (of course, I really like all my pieces--I'm that in love with myself) and I like it for a few reasons. First, I like the big black shape that is Batman's cape here--I think it worked pretty well as a graphic. This was the first thing I saw in my head before sketching out the piece. Second, I like the dramatic spotlight lighting on Two-Face. This, no surprise, was the second thing that popped into my head before taking pencil to paper. And lastly, I had a lot of fun inking the entire background in wash. This did not pop into my head until I was almost ready to ink the drawing. I thought it would give the piece a great depth of field and I think it turned out pretty good. As always I really like doing these commissions--they are always a lot of fun. I wish time permitted me to do more.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Dancing with the Stars

I really enjoyed doing this more "reflective" super-hero piece. The request was for a kind of "romantic" image of Invincible and Atom Eve. This was the image that popped into my head right away. I love it when that happens--most of the time it isn't that straight forward. I usually do several sketches before landing on a composition that I like. Anyway, I was really happy with how this turned out. I hope you all like it!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Stars and Stripes Forever

A couple weeks ago I opened my schedule for a pre-Holidays commission special. Here is the first of a handful of commissions I did.
I love the WWII Captain America. I've never understood why Marvel doesn't have an ongoing full blown WWII Cap comic. It would be awesome. You could have co-stars like the Invaders, Nick Fury and the Howling Commandos, etc. But I digress...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008


After a few posts of cutesy girls I thought I'd follow up with something that's a bit of the polar opposite. And, no, it's not a self-portrait.
I have a couple interesting posts coming up but things have been a bit hectic of late (holidays and all) so it might be a few days before they're up.
Stay tuned!

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Lady in Grey

I've always liked this color combination of blond hair against a grey outfit. Ever since I saw Hitchcock dress Kim Novak in that grey suit in Vertigo.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Lucky Strike

Another splash of color and a cute pin-up girl. Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Rollerskate Katie's Got a Gun

I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend! Thanksgiving was great for me. The day after was kind of a drag as I ended up sleeping most of it. Saturday and Sunday were mostly work days for me--which I actually kinda enjoy.
Thought I'd start off the week with a pretty smiling girl on roller skates. You can't knock that. I have no idea where the inspiration comes from but it's obvious that she stepped out of the 70's. Kind of has that Charlie's Angels vibe. Also, a very "Summer-y" vibe. Which is nice considering the greyness and snow flurries outside my window.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Holiday Sale!

Help me. Help you.
I need a little X-Mas money. You need an X-Mas gift.
Treat yourself or treat a friend.
I'm gonna run a little deal on my commissions. These pieces you see here are an example of the quality and style in which I do my commissions. They are inked and then toned in a grey wash on 11"x14" Bristol board with a one inch border (actual image size is 9"x12"). I normally charge $150 (plus $8 for shipping). Now, just in time for the holidays, I'm offering to do pieces in this style for $125 a piece (plus shipping). If you've been thinking about getting a piece from me, now's the time. All you do is tell me who you want a drawing of and leave the rest to me. Space is limited--I only plan on doing a handful. Barring any postal mishaps, I guarantee to have these to you in time for X-Mas.

Contact me at

You can see some more examples of commissions in this style by clicking on "commissions" at the bottom of this post.

In the meantime, to all my American friends: Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008


Not the first time I've drawn Captain Marvel and it won't be the last. The "Big Red Cheese" is just such a fun character to work with. Not sure exactly what it is.
Perhaps it's the comically short towel he keeps tied around his neck.

I know that in a recent comment section I'd asked for suggestions of characters you folks would like to see me take a crack at. Fear not, suggestions were noted and I do plan to do several of them. It'll probably be until after the holidays before I get any of those posted--I have a couple other posts already in the queue. Stay tuned!

Monday, November 24, 2008


The above image is not a repost, it's actually a rescan. Got the old scanner hooked back up and found that it does a much better job of scanning color images. Still have a couple kinks to work out (RE: the shadows on the left border of the image) but I'm much more happy with the results. I've included the previous scan for comparison.

And here is the other recent watercolor I did along with it's original scan. I feel like I can breathe a little easier now that this images are being presented in a form that is much, much closer to the original images.
I'm sure it's a weight off your shoulders too.

Friday, November 21, 2008

Marvel's Merry Band of Mutant Misfits

Don't really have anything to say about this one--I just got the bug the other night to draw the classic team in their classic gear. Hope you like!

Have a good weekend all!

Monday, November 17, 2008

"Make Mine Marvel" Monday

Just wanted to shake it up a bit and throw out a drawing from that other superhero universe. No need to tell you who this mean old cuss is.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Green Energy

Because the people demanded it: Alan Scott the Green Lantern.
And, because Ron demanded it, he's in his puffy pirate shirt.

Have a good weekend folks!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Frequent Flyer

Another Man of Steel drawing to share with you. I liked doing the watercolors on this, unfortunately, my scanner is crap at scanning watercolors (as I pointed out in an earlier post). You'll have to take my word for it that this piece looks better in person. :)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

World's Finest or I Make This Cape Work

As promised, some World's Finest (and friends) drawings from my sketchbook. I had a blast doing these--in fact, it's the only time I've ever enjoyed drawing Superman (a character I normally find pretty boring). I would love to see a World's Finest that takes place in the 30's or 40's. Would anyone out there know if DC has already done this?
Hope you all enjoy these!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

The Lady is a Champ

I've never been a giant fan of Wonder Woman--I'm not sure I've ever read a comic of hers--but her costume and design is wonderful and a lot of fun to play with. There are so many different directions that her design can be taken in.
Whenever, I pick up the sketchbook to doodle and I'm at a loss as to what to draw, I end up falling back on super-heroes (or naked ladies). Sooo, the next couple posts are going to be super-heroe themed drawings done in this same style. I hope you like 'em.
Next: World's Finest.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Worst Halloween Ever

I hesitate to even put these images up on the blog. Although I really liked the above piece, my scanner really sucks at scanning color. Anyway, this was done the other night while hanging out with friends. I've been wanting to play with watercolors for a while so I thought I'd do a little practice sketch.
The below image is just the same watercolored image only with the foreground characters colored a little more flat in Photoshop. I was going for a kind of cel animation style--something I've been wanting to try for a while.
So, while not an overwhelming success, I did have a lot of fun with this piece and I intend to do some more pieces like it in the near future.

As always, click on images to big 'em up.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Supes Kitchen

Some grabs from the sketchbook These all revolve around a family (a group of super-heroes I draw from time to time) at breakfast time. I think I must have been hungry when I was drawing these.
P.S. I sure hope you went out and voted today. I was at the polls at 6 this morning and stood in line for over 3 hours. Totally worth it.

Monday, November 03, 2008

Drawing for Funs

To get this week started off on the right foot I'm offering up these cartoon drawings that are colorful, airy and ultimately, optimistic in their character.
The above and below are actually images from two separate story ideas but since they share the same style I thought I'd post them together. Hope you like 'em!

Friday, October 31, 2008

Ladies Night at the Hurtt Locker (Part Two)

Happy Halloween, all! I'm not really operating under the holiday theme here, although I guess some of these images can be construed as being kinda "Halloween-y". Anyway, for your viewing pleasure, another set of drawings of Ladies to send you off into the weekend with. Hope you like them.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Indie Pulp Masthead

This is an older piece that I don't believe I ever posted. My bad. It is a "THE DAMNED" themed masthead for a great comic review and news site called, you guessed it, "IndiePulp". Take some time to pop over and bookmark this site.

In unrelated news, myself and some friends are going to have a horror movie night in recognition of this special time of the year. On the agenda is FRIGHT NIGHT! It's been years since I've seen this--one of my favorite horror films. I can't wait!

"You're sooo cool, Brewster."

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Electro Avenue

The Original Shock Jock. The Prince of Power Lines. The Archangel of Alternating Current. He's the fork in the socket and the knife in the toaster. The one, the only. Electro.
Spider-Man has got to have the coolest Rogues Gallery. Even better than Batman in my opinion.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Stompin' Some Nazis

Here's a recent commission that was a lot of fun to do. This is such a perfect duo it makes me wonder why Dark Horse hasn't done an Indy/Rocketeer crossover (or have they and I just missed it?).

I kept finding myself humming John Williams Indiana Jones score as I was drawing this.

Below is the initial sketch I did.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Keepin' It Simple

Some fun sketches I pulled from the notebook and dropped some color on. There is absolutely no connection here between Black Widow and Thor other than they were drawn on the same page. I think the urge to draw the Widow came just after I finished reading Brubaker's Death of Captain America trades. And Thor is just an old fave of mine.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Third Quarter Posting

It's about time I posted something new up here--it's actually well past time I did so. It's not that I haven't been staying busy, I just haven't had anything I could share with you all. I am in the early stages of a project that has yet to be announced so although it's taking up all my work time I have nothing to share yet. The rest of my time has been spent doodling and making notes in my sketchbooks about future projects (i.e. daydreaming). These pages tend to be indecipherable pencil sketches, spotty dialogue, and random notes. Nothing that I wouldn't be embarrassed to share in public. These images here are some exceptions where I actually finish the sketches in pen. Hope you like them.
I'm currently sitting on a few days worth of posts so stay tuned.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Attack in Black

I think these are the last of the Heroes commissions that have been sent my way (I really need to start taking a camera to the show). Above is the first of two Punishers I did at the show which in turn inspired a conversation of how cool Mike Zeck is. I really like his sequential art but it was his covers in the 80s that hold a special place in my heart: G.I. JOE, PUNISHER, CAPTAIN AMERICA, etc.
Black Adam is always awesome to draw. It's a simple, yet genius, costume design and the only way to do him right is to give the man his sash. It's all about the sash. I'd wear one if I thought I could pull it off.

Monday, June 30, 2008

Archer a Little Old to be Reading Comics?

One more con sketch from Heroes Con.

Guys with bows and arrows have always been a challenge for me to draw. That said, this is probably my favorite attempt to date. Plus, extra cool points for it being Hawkeye in his old costume. Thanks to Shannon for sending along this image so I could post it!

Thanks also for sending me this photo of myself with Laura Samnee (rhymes with Omni) and Chris Samnee (don't call me SAM-knee). I'm the one in the middle, as is appropriate as I tend to like to be the center of attention. Why do are the Samnees smiling so big? I'll answer that with another question: Where are my hands?

If you want to make me jealous go ahead and pop over to Chris' blog to see a bunch of amazing drawings he did for the show.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Night Clubbin'

Another sketch from last weekend's Heroes Con show in Charlotte!
Anytime I get to draw a character from the Bat-verse I'm a happy fella--so, needless to say, I was doubly happy to do this Nightwing and Huntress piece. Thanks to Erica for sending this along!
Hope you all enjoy it.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Storm Warning for Charlotte, NC

Just got back from Charlotte early Monday morning (we drove the 12 hours straight through the night). Just now getting my drawing legs back. Had a great time--got to see old friends and make some new ones and I still had time to do a handful of convention sketches. The above sketch is the first one I did at last weekends show. I've joked with other creators that we should offer a discount for the first sketch of a show as it is usually not very good because we haven't gotten warmed up yet. This drawing is an exception to the rule, I think. I was really happy with the way it turned out. It also sparked lots of discussions about what the Golden Age of the X-Men was for people. I think we all agreed that it was the first couple years that you read the book and for me it started at issue 201 (which coincidentally featured Mohawk Storm on the cover battling Cyclops for leadership of the X-Men). That first year of reading for me had some X-Men losing their powers or injured, they were on the run, the Mutant Massacre happened, Nimrod showed up and Wolverine battled the Reavers in Central Park (the classic Barry Windsor Smith issue).
Anyway, this sketch kicked off the show on the right foot and I'm thankful to Andy for sending it along for me to post. Hope you all enjoy!

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

The Rise of the Euro: Part Deux

Some more drawings from me and Matt Kindt (on watercolors). Again these were tests for me to loosen up as much as possible and just expressive in the line work.

I'm heading out to HeroesCon in Charlotte, NC tomorrow. If you're in the neighborhood be sure to pop in and say hi! Looking forward to seeing a lot of people from last year and meeting some new faces. I'll be set up in Artist's Alley with Cullen Bunn promoting THE DAMNED. We'll be at tables AA-319 and 320.