From Paper to Pixels

A few years and everything changes...

These are illustrations I created for a novel I wrote. The images were drawn with pencil, then had India ink applied with brushes and pens. The style is conspicuously derived from the comic books I grew up reading; in fact, my fundamentals were formed drawing the webs, shields, and capes of my favorite characters.

"Jail Bars Break Shadows," from the graphic novel Jackson Soulfire (2006, Surprise Attack Productions)

When applying India Ink to a drawing it's easy to overdo it and return a muddy, murky, dirty finish. I’ve included “Jail Bars Break Shadows” because it's a sample of a time when I feel like I achieved balance of light and dark in a piece.

"The Theory of Revolution," from the graphic novel Jackson Soulfire (2006, Surprise Attack Productions)

“The Theory of Revolution” is presented here because drawing in extreme perspective like this is also a continual challenge for an artist. (Where is the camera in this shot? That's right, in the sewer.)

"The Last Guardian," from the graphic novel Jackson Soulfire (2006, Surprise Attack Productions)

The artist to inspire me most is Todd McFarlane. He revolutionized comic art and inspired a generation of copyists before going on to make movies, tv shows, and toys. Oh yeah, he also led a coup against Marvel and bought himself a Major League Baseball team.

Fun Facts

  • Along with Acting, Art is the only class I've ever received a 100% final grade in for a school term. The one term I poured my heart into math and gave it everything I had? I'm talking leave-it-all-on-the-dance-floor determined? 72%.

  • In the ninth grade, I painted a mural on the wall of my junior high art room. It's most likely not there anymore.

  • That same year, my hand drawn, handmade physical portfolio was stolen. I suppose that's a compliment. For the folder's artwork, I drew this (from Jim Lee's awesome multi-cover X-Men #1 art.)

  • I started making money from art in junior high school when a friend regularly paid me to complete his art assignments.