# Hellboy and the Golden Spiral

Another texture heavy piece! Happier with this one I think due in large part to the addition of the Golden ratio as a guide for layouts. How does this differ from Rule of Thirds? Check out Jon Sparkman’s great article here on petapixel.com. In my experience it’s more illustration friendly as I prefer to place moments of interest along diagonal lines and the long looping arm of the spiral does just that while still placing important objects in similar coordinates to the Rule of Thirds. Interestingly, these ratios are both predominantly used in horizontal layouts..as I’m usually working vertically I’m curious if there is a vertical composition guide I’ve missed..

Next up, color schemes

# Head Lopper Fan Art Cover

Whew! It’s been awhile since my last post. I blame lots of cool big projects and toddler chaos. The end result being, this Head lopper mock cover is the first free time project I’ve had since October 2016. I’ll be writing a few longer process posts based on design principles etc.

For this piece I wanted to focus on a composition celebrating the Rule of Thirds. This handy tool for arranging elements in a composition isn’t on its face complicated, the rule states that as you divide your live area into thirds horizontally and vertically, those intersections where the perpendicular lines meet are natural focal points as the eye moves across the live area. In practice however, I found myself bending elements artificially to match those four found focal points that resulted in static oddly symmetrical layouts.

Enter the excellent Creative Bloq article written by Chris Legaspi. (Here). Through a pile of great examples, Mr. Legaspi showcases the importance of the vertical and horizontal lines as well those four intersecting points. Furthermore, He goes into great detail explaining it’s use to establish asymmetrical compositions. With this in mind I stacked my snakes along the left vertical and allowed our viking protagonist to occupy the right with lines showing the vertical snake’s mass and our viking’s interaction , Success? I’m not sure but definitely worthwhile messing with.

Up next, the Golden Spiral!

# The Moth Man Prophesy

An illustration for Astonishing Legends new episode The Mothman Prophecies. This scene depicts a first hand account of a grinning man and his spaceship.

# Dead Bird Brewing's Titan Series

Recently I had the chance to collaborate with The excellent Wisconsin based brewery, Dead Bird Brewing. Their upcoming beer series Titans, imagines four new beers as monsters with characteristics inspired by the individual beer flavors. Reserve orders will be available for this poster at www.deadbirdbrewing.com. this November.

# Skin Walker Ranch part 2!

For the second installment of Astonishing Legends Skin Walker Ranch episode, I tackled the half wolf, half man skin walker creature. In continuation of the mixed media approach to the first wolf illustration, I used india ink wash, and the Pentel brush pen but instead of the dry brush texture used previously, I tried Kyle Webster's halftone brushes.

A variant with a more human snout channeling the great Wolfman

# Skin Walkers Ranch illustration process

Astonishing Legends has a new podcast episode centering on supernatural sightings at Skin Walkers Ranch. ( Listen to it here) One of the cooler creatures to be seen multiple times on the ranch grounds was a huge wolf, described as blue eyed, gigantic and unaffected by gunfire. Because this was a quick turnaround, I focused on traditional media with more expressive line then stitched everything together digitally.

The first image shows the wolf riddled with bullet holes. The second image describes the first sighting of the beast from the interior of a car. In the end the second idea was chosen to better show the scale of the animal.

When inking the wolf fur and car interior, I used a fresh Pentel brush pen for the contours and hard edges and a dry, almost empty Pentel to explore shading on the wolf and interior texture.

For the background I used India ink to do a quick wash with the intention of this information being secondary and set back in space

Digital coloring with special attention paid to the wolf's described bright blue eyes.

# Myths and Legends!

Here is a poster for the excellent podcast Myths and Legends. Because this podcast delves into a new character each week, the poster needed to showcase a group of legends which are commonly talked about. To listen to these podcasts and eventually buy this poster, visit Myths and Legends here.

# Astonishing Legends!

Recently I was lucky enough to contribute to one of my favorite podcasts, Astonishing Legends! Below is an editorial piece centering around the harrowing tale of a young boy's struggle with the supernatural.

# Portrait warmup

In between freelance projects I like to dig into the toolbox and fiddle around with forgotten media. Today I settled on color pencils and tried a self portrait. As an added change of pace, I kept away from chromatic colors and tried layering primary and secondary hues..

# The Leo constellation

Recently I was asked to do a Leo illustration for an editorial piece. Here He is in all his surly glory

With the phases of the moon as an alternate

# John Muir page 7!

Finalizing the pages and putting hand done text in!

# Character Design

Lately I've found myself working on big expansive black and white projects so this quick character design was a nice (colorful) change of pace

# Little Red Riding Hood in Progress

I've been pouring over the great Bernie Wrightson and his phenomenal Frankenstein illustrations. Here is my take on a fairy tale (in process) inspired by the creative size contrast shown in Mr. Wrightson's Frankenstein characters.

# Muir Comic page 6

The end is in sight! Here's another page of Muir's adventures

# Batman, Gargoyles and Rain!

When I look at my heroes in the comic book industry, Arthur Adams and Mike Mignola spring to mind. This is the most recent study of Batman after pouring over their work.

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# HOW Magazine and my workflow

Recently HOW Magazine gave me the chance to talk about comics and my workflow when creating them. Check it out here

Thor's Origin: Comic Art Workflow

Here are my rough layouts, pencil and color for page two of the comic

# City of Worlds book cover

Steven Carroll is finishing up his new young adult book and I was lucky enough to help with the cover.

# My project with Adobe in an awesome short video

I was recently worked on a project with Adobe Students and Marvel to create a custom comic detailing the Avenger's origin stories to be released at Comic-Con, It's done and was a blast. I learned so much working with Adobe and Marvel and am proud of the work we did. Here is  a video and tutorial (scroll down) showcasing everything.