Tax season hit me harder than expected this year, and now I'm scrambling to get extra funds before the 15th to pay off what I owe.
So I've reduced prices by half or lower for everything in my Etsy store from now till April 15th.
If you've ever wanted an original piece from me, now would be the ideal (and most helpful) time to buy.
And if you email me any character you like, I'll throw in a quick 3x5 sketch of them with any order.
I make a lot of book covers as I'm sure you've seen, but few are as meaningful to me as this one. I
was thrilled to be able to work on it with Chris White, as its a
fantastic and coherent explanation of Sleep Paralysis that answers the
questions on what it is and provides a solution that actually works,
even though Science teaches there is no solution.
If you experience any form of sleep paralysis and are like me having
read all the explanations on whats going on and why it happens etc. but
felt like the answers are mixed, contradictory, unhelpful or don’t even
apply to you, then you should read this book. It details the only answer
Drew this pin up for the Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man comic.
They are running a Kickstarter right now to raise funds for future issues of the comic, which as an added bonus to generate interest they've provided issue #1 for free to give people a taste of the world.
I love how he doesn't really have a name to go along with his origin story, he was just always known as The Joker. I went the literally insane route with him, picturing him escaped from Arkham Asylum but actually embracing his insanity and wearing it like a badge with his slung-over-the-shoulders-straight-jacket-I'm-a-handsome-fellow look. He wants to look dapper and there is a purposeful nod to Buster Keaton here if you can see it.
Personally I've never been a fan of him having clown make-up on (though I do like his bleached-by-chemicals skin color) so I wanted to avoid what we normally see, yet still have the signature red 'lips' look. So I thought, instead of an exaggerated smile or weird scars or whatever, lets just get rid of his lips entirely (boy, he'd have some fun enunciating) resulting in a perpetually ghoulish grin. I'd love to see cosplay of him if it were possible to recreate his face like I've done here.
Freeze was the first idea I had for this whole thing and he may or may not be my favorite because of it. Since I thought about him so longer before I started drawing I ended up fleshing him out more in my head than any of the other characters. Even figuring out what he looks like under this armor (which you can see a bit of in the concepts) though I knew that wouldn't be shown in the final piece.
In my version his accident obviously caused a lot more damage than just lowering his body temperature to where he always needs to be in a cryogenic suit. He's almost more machine than human now with a fading mind and cold heart (literally?). But by wearing his old overcoat and Nora's scarf it makes him feel attached to his former life and not be lost completely.
Ivy was one of the original ideas I had for a redesign. I spent some time reading each characters bio and did my best avoiding the normal interpretations of the villains so that I could (hopefully) come at it as fresh as possible. With the way Ivy goes about killing her victims, often by a kiss, made it hard to avoid the seductress route. But instead of the normal one piece bathing suit or "strategically placed leaves" for her outfit I thought what if I tried to make her (slightly) higher class looking but still seductive.
I love high fashion runway clothing, where they sport really crazy clothes that no one would actually wear on the street, but we all can admire as a form of art. And with that in mind the fly trap just seemed like a great idea visually and symbolically. Pair that with her not being fully human anymore but mixed genetically with plants in a alluringly grotesque way, and—voilà. My Poison Ivy.
I almost didn't draw Two-face because I didn't think I could make something different than how he is always represented. But then I had the idea of what if I didn't stick with the story of him being disfigured with acid, but say, the chemical splashed on him had a reaction similar to how elephantitis looks/works, and so here we are.
The leg braces I just couldn't shake from my head, I like that he has to use them and that he went ahead and had them made of gold. I assume the weight of his right arm/face now is so heavy his legs can't support him properly.. OR perhaps his legs shriveled a bit with the chemical reaction. Who knows! You figure it out.
All this week I'll be posting some redesigned Batman Villains.
Check back each day this week to see a new one.
Scarecrow has always been a favorite of mine. His design started with the plague mask idea, to protect him from his fear toxin (even though he's apparently immune to it) but also to up his creepy factor. At least I think those masks are creepy looking... And then I built out from there, I kept a few of the traditional things we always see on Scarecrow but tried to reinterpret them a new way.
Cover I made for the collection of new Carnacki stories, out now on Amazon.
If you've followed me for a bit and have snooped around my site you know that Carnacki is an important character to me and I have my own little something-something in the works for him. So I was honored when Sam Gafford of the William Hope Hodgson blog reached out to me for commissioning this cover.
If your a fan of Carnacki or Hodgson you should pick this up, great way to carry on the legacy of a great character that is just over 100 years old.
This is the fifth year of doing a Christmas card for this veterinary clinic.
Its always fun drawing out all their animals.
And yeah these are all their hospital animals, I imagine the halls are just filled with the dogs and cats running around. Perhaps some of them are even doctors? That one dog over there looks like he knows his way around a stethoscope...
The second in a series that I've worked on, though this is actually the first book in the series. After I had designed Book 2's cover the author asked me to update Book 1 to match. You can see the other here.