Finished up the artwork for this Roger Rabbit poster and sent the final layout off to the client this morning. I tried to mimic the technique detailed in this tutorial by Chris Wahl.
Overall, I'm happy with the shading and the coloring, though I wish the shading had gone more quickly - toward the end I felt I was rushing through a couple of the characters. It's an interesting technique, and bears more study and practice.
I'm hoping to have digital prints of this event poster available at the screening, though I don't know how much they'll cost.
This week I'm working on a poster for an upcoming screening of Who Framed Roger Rabbit. I just finished the inks for the main element of the poster, featuring Eddie Valiant, Judge Doom, and a whole bunch of animated cameos. I'm really anxious to share it, so here you go!
A couple months ago, my internet-pal Jon Morris invited me to take part in a super-secret blog-project (blogject?) he was creating inspired by DC Comics' announcement to reboot their entire universe of comics with fifty-two new #1 issues, redesigned costumes, and modified origins. These 'New 52' titles were announced over the following couple weeks, and Jon got this idea:
Once DC started releasing the cover images of what the New DC Universe would look like, it got me wondering what the New DC Universe would look like ... if it were out of DC's hands.
I contacted a plethora of very talented - and very different - cartoonists with a simple challenge: If DC approached you and offered you any DC property - past or present - of your choice to be your own new ongoing part of the DC Universe, what would the cover to the first issue look like?
When I got the email from Jon asking me to participate, and asking which character I'd like to do, there was only one answer:
As a huge fan of the original run of the character, with his down-on-his-luck reluctant super-hero ways, and goofy adventures that always felt a little like super-heroing but often had him dealing with magic and leaving him out-of-his-league, I was for years disappointed with attempts in the '90s and later to reinvent the character as a full-on demon, a magical 'tough' with a chip on his shoulder. So, with this opportunity to revamp the character in a form which I would actually read and enjoy, I absolutely had to bring him back to his roots:
Here's Dan Cassidy, 20-year old electronics expert and special effects artist supreme, hired to design a prosthetic suit with some pyrotechnic bells and whistles, the main 'hero' suit for the reboot of the classic 'Blue Devil' monster movie franchise. The elongated legs of this demonic warrior give Dan extra jumping strength, and the gauntlets contain electronic circuits that allow him to control the 'Flames of Hell' that erupt on cue from his trident! But a mishap during filming opens a gateway to a REAL demon dimension, and Dan is exposed to a demonic curse that forever traps him inside his costume!
I'm really happy to be part of Jon's imaginary reboot, and thrilled to be the one to launch the site! I know there's some amazing artists lined up for the remaining 51 covers, and some fantastic characters that are getting the Fifty-Too! treatment! Go check it out today, and every day, for a glimpse at what SHOULD have been!
This pair of studies is me trying to design a character for a new project I'm working on. It's not for a comic, just a kind of art exercise, really. I did manage to channel my inner Rick Geary on this one, which is about the style I keep imagining this project working in. Does anyone else do that? Where you think of a project and then start trying to figure out what style of artwork you want to try to do it in? I do that with every project I do, which i think is a big part of why I have such a hard time defining a 'signature style' for myself. Ah, well.
Bonus points if you can figure out who this character is!