Monday, May 25, 2015

Remembering



Sunday, May 24, 2015

COMIC BOOKS FOR SALE

I've been updating my comic books for sale blog and thought I'd highlight it in a post.

Check it out.

comicbookstobuy.blogspot.com

Thursday, May 21, 2015

NOT A KIRBY CHARACTER: Batman!

Just for fun....

....and to get some inking practice with a Pitt Artist Brush Pen.

This is me inking over a Jack Kirby illustration. I wanted to do a character that, as far as I know, Kirby never did. I was going to just do Batman in Kirby's style, but then I thought it'd be cool if it really looked like Kirby drew it. I got the idea from a drawing Darwyn Cooke did:


So, I found an illustration of Captain America, Bucky, and the Red Skull:


Then, I converted the drawing to blueline, redrew some parts to make it look like Batman, Robin, and the Joker, then inked it. 


I read that Cooke used the Pitt Artist pens and then saw some videos of him using them to great success. He manages to make them look like real brushwork. I feel like it was mostly successful. Some areas could have used a little more care. I feel like my scanner isn't working as well anymorre also. (Can anyone recommend a scanner that holds up over time and makes crisp clean scans?)

It was a lot of fun. I may do more of these for more inking practice.

Thanks for looking.
Mike






Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Star Wars Wednesday #43: MARA JADE

Mara Jade. India ink on bristol board, 6x9. 

Here's the second one for today. 

I'm planning to focus on classic characters on Star Wars Wednesdays, but here is one of two characters from Legends that I really wanted to draw. Mara Jade is a fan favorite created by Timothy Zahn. This drawing is based on a scene from The Last Command, the final book in his trilogy that started the Expanded Universe (there were other novels prior to Zahn's, but his book really got the EU going). 

There are a lot of pictures of Mara Jade out there, usually dressed in a skin tight black outfit. I used the cover of The Last Command as a reference for Jade's look here. 

I read somewhere that Mara Jade will not be part of Luke Skywalker's future. In Legends, they are married. I'm okay with the change, but it would be cool if the story group brought the character into the New Canon in some way. 

They'll probably change that other Legends character I plan to draw as well, but I'm hoping they bring him back and just revise him. Who is it? You'll just have to tune in next week to see.

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For commissions or requests: lynchmikew@gmail.com






Star Wars Wednesday #42: I'D WANT TO CHANGE MY NAME TOO

Count Dooku. Ink on cardstock

Star Wars fans, ever wonder if Dooku went to the Dark Side just so he could change his name? Seriously, Darth Tyranus sounds way cooler.

Anyway. I'm going to use this platform to really experiment stylistically, so I hope you stick with me and see where things go. 

Since I missed last week, I'm going to attempt to get another drawing up today. 

I also need to start making Star Wars Wednesdays a little more beefed up. This week I'll share the scene that inspired today's illustration. 



Thanks for looking,
Mike
For commissions or requests: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Star Wars Art by Other People

I had something ready for today, but decided I wanted to redo it. So I'll share someone else's Star Wars art that I came across this week.

Freelance artist Joe Hogan has started a webcomic called Star Wars: Clone Wars Resolutions, and for a fan project, it's quality stuff. In the first post from last year, he describes it this way:

This is a blog dedicated to the production of a massive collaborative fan project, Clone Wars Resolutions. The idea is to create a collection of web comic vignettes done by some of the best unknown artists the internet has to offer, which will, in our hearts, resolve the stories of the characters we've come to love from the canceled series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

It's good stuff. I find it a little hard to read, so I'm hoping it gets converted to a better platform for reading webcomics. Although I use Blogger, it's not very good for reading webcomics unless you publish the pages at a large size. However, you do have the option to download a pdf of each comic at the end of each post, which makes it easier to read. Check it out: http://clonewarsresolutions.blogspot.com/

While looking at some other stuff that Hogan did, I came across a motion comic he made a few years back. This guy is dedicated!



Thanks for looking,
Mike

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Star Wars Wednesday #40: ANOTHER COPILOT OF THE FALCON

Nien Nunb. India ink on paper.
After LFL

To see more Star Wars Wednesdays as well as other Star Wars art, check out the archives or my Star Wars fan art page.

Thanks for looking,
Mike
For commissions: lynchmikew@gmail.com

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Star Wars Wednesday #39: CHEWIE LIVES!

Chewie Lives. India ink on bristol board, 6x9.
After LFL (based on Chewbacca's first appearance)

I almost didn't get this one up. It was a busy week and I just sketched it this morning! I was planning to have a Chewbacca drawing up this week anyway, but it's even more significant after the release of the new trailer. You can see the trailer and my brief explanation why "Chewie Lives" is such a big deal here. I wondered if "Chewie Lives" would become a thing among Star Wars fans, then someone sent me this photo: 


Just kidding. It's a Photoshop quickie. "Chewie Lives" hasn't caught on yet. Also, I don't endorse graffiti. 

Thanks for looking,
Mike

Friday, April 17, 2015

The Force Awakens Trailer #2

I'm sure most of you saw this already, but it should be posted on this blog:


Also, I'm wondering if this will become a thing:


Chewbacca died in the Expanded Universe novel The New Jedi Order: Vector Prime. I have a feeling that the last shot in the trailer brought a big smile to everyone, even fans of the Expanded Universe like myself.
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