Started at A-Kon this year, this commission was originally for one figure in black and white. He asked for a superhero. I ended up going just a little bit overboard. (Almost no one ever asks me for superhero art, and all my favorite artists are superhero artists.)
So after the black and white version was done and sent off, I decided to color this as close as I could to one of the early 1980s covers I was thinking of while I worked on it. Turns out the old-school look is harder than you’d think! Hand-cut Rubylith applied directly to camera-ready CMYK separations yields color combinations, layouts and values that are simply not seen any more. I kept having to stop myself from smoothing out blends and correcting bleeds, and from using colors that weren’t bold enough. Maybe someday I’ll be a good enough colorist to make my work really look like it’s from thirty years past.
Commission for the delightful Sasha Darkcloud, who was fully on board with batponies before I was.
Just posting this here too, but there’s a Black Friday weekend sale over at the Radio Comix Online store. 15-50% off all manner of comics and graphic novels, of both the squeaky clean and extremely naughty varieties.
Totally shop this biz, it’s good stuff!
I’m on the Riverwalk for the River Parade!
Commission for DJ Nocte, who performed at Nightmare Nights. Maybe he’ll get his cutie mark in DJing someday. I could totally design that.
A commission. The person it was a gift for is an editor. I felt really clever about coming up with that cutie mark!