Jan 172013
 

Looking back at 2012… well, I haven’t been around much on the blog, have I? A technical problem with what I wanted to do with the next blog post led to me putting it aside until I had time to work out what was up. Then I got busier.

Unfortunately two projects I was involved with look to be dead. One was an app which I did some graphic design work for, and the other was a charity art book similar in vein to the Transmetropolitan one I worked on back in 2011. It required copyright clearance from a licensee before we could proceed. We got the clearance and started on gearing up a very cool book only to have the licensee rescind the permission three months later, with zero explanation. One part of me just shrugs and says “them’s the breaks”, but another part thinks the licensee can bite me. Sorry, but it’s not worth the trouble to give specifics.

There was some CCG art for an app. Unfortunately, that’s not out yet so I can’t share that with you either. Sheesh.

Shedu_EPI did a cover for a local metal band called Shedu. Portions of the cover can be seen at the top of their webpage – which you can find right here. Give them a listen.

The image on the right is a quick something I whipped together for their EP. I should mention that the monster is my doing, not the band name treatment which is a friend’s handiwork.

Looking ahead into 2013, a couple of things that have been eating up my time these past few months are almost ready for prime time. Both are Kickstarter projects and both are books…

The first of these is a puzzle book that I’m illustrating. It should be launching on Kickstarter before January is out. More news on that soon.

The second Kickstarter project is an art book celebrating the original artists of Magic: the Gathering and commemorating the 20th anniversary of the game. It includes new art from 30+ of the original artists done especially for the book, along with anecdotes and insights into their art and their experiences with the game. It’ll be on Kickstarter very soon – hopefully February. When the launch is near, you will know. Trust me.

But for now, I’ll just leave you with a couple of links -

There’s now a site dedicated to Magic original art. They interviewed me and you can find that here at the Original Magic Art site.

iO9 ran an article on their favorite Magic art of the last twenty years. Alas, no mention of any of my pieces. Humph. Pitchforks in 3… 2… 1…

Anyway, that’s it for now. I’ll be back soon with more info about my first Kickstarter project.

Apr 142011
 

After the five previous sneak peeks of my pieces for the upcoming Transmet Art Book, I discovered a number of people thought the final images were going to remain black & white.

Not so! Here’s a portion of the left half of my double page image from the book…

Transmet Sneak Peek 6 - Spider & The Wife.

You’re getting just a portion of the page for two reasons –
1) Because I’d like to save the full image for those of you who bought the book.
2) The full image is OMG NSFW! Seriously.

If you’ve read Transmetropolitan, you may recognize that this is the younger version of Spider from several years before issue #1. The other person is his wife, better known brusquely as The Wife. Their relationship could be described as ‘troubled’ in much the same way as the void of space could be described as ‘nippy’.

This image is entirely conjecture extrapolated from a few scraps of info from the comic book, but that’s what made it so much fun. I knew a lot of artists were going to be focusing on events or people from within the timespan of the series, so I decided to set mine outside of that period. That might give you a clue as to the nature of the other half of my double page image.

I had a blast with these pieces and it was great returning to comic book work after all these years. Also, having read the Transmet series a number of times I took a little bit of fiendish joy filling the images with Easter eggs.

And somewhere in my double page spread, I hid one of the hallmark three-eyed smiley face symbols. It won’t be easy to find. Have fun hunting for it, the book should be with you soon. I’m looking forward to getting my copy!

Feb 112011
 

Man, that was a fast week. So it’s the last of my Transmet Art Book previews and I figured we’d end where we began, with Spider Jerusalem, this time accompanied by Yelena. Spider seems to have exchanged his furious expression for… well, what is that expression? Annoyed? Repulsed? You tell me.

Transmet Sneak Peek 5 - Spider & Yelena.

All will become clear when you see the final piece. Hopefully you’ve got a copy preordered. And since I mentioned it, you have until early evening on Valentines Day to make your preorder. This book is not going to be distributed normally so unless your comic store went and did the exact same thing I’m suggesting you do now, you won’t be able to find a copy, except maybe for an outrageously inflated price on eBay…

So, follow this link to the Transmet Art Book on Kickstarter.
It’s for Charity! Hurry, time is running out.

Feb 082011
 

Firstly, many thanks to Warren Ellis for showing yesterday’s sneak peek on his blog! And yes, we totally met doing vampire graphic novels for Tundra UK.

So, here’s your second sneak peak, this time featuring a ‘lovely’ ‘lady’ that appeared in a massive four panels in the book’s run, if you don’t include the head in a jar shots…

Transmet Sneak Peek 2 - The Wife.

She’s a charmer.

Feb 072011
 

Buckle yourself in because this week you’re gonna get daily previews of the linework from my pieces (yes, plural) in the Transmetropolitan Art Book. Don’t know what that is? Well, Transmetropolitan was a comic book set in the not too distant future and it’s lead character is Spider Jerusalem, an honest-to-god investigative journalist living in a world where news is just the pap that the newscorps want you to see (sound familiar?). The comic – created by Warren Ellis & Darick Robertson – ran from 97 to 02 and if you’ve never read it you owe yourself this treat. Trust me. It has a brutally wicked sense of humor. I love it.

Anyway, this art book is not only a celebration of Transmetropolitan, it’s also for a damn good cause. The proceeds from the book go to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (who protect comics-related first amendment rights) and the Hero Initiative (which “creates a financial safety net for yesterdays’ creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It’s a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment”).

And it’s all being funded through Kickstarter, a brilliant new way for creatives to fund their projects. Here’s the link to the Kickstarter page for the Transmet book. And you don’t have to give them any of your credit card info as checkout is actually run through Amzon’s checkout system so if you already have an Amazon account, it’s just a matter of registering at Kickstarter to get your copy. And remember, your donation (of $55+) is your preorder.

So, after that much lengthier sales pitch than I was expecting, here’s is your Transmet moment of the day –

Transmet Sneak Peek 1.

Feel free to throw out some guesses as to what the hell is going on!

Dec 202010
 

While I’m busy scanning and collating a large pile of images for a series of blog updates in the not-too-distant future, here’s a quick sketch of everyone’s favorite misanthropic journalist – Spider Jerusalem.

This isn’t an image from the upcoming Transmetropolitan Art Book , it’s just me warming up and getting used to drawing the character’s face.

Dec 152010
 

One of the things I’m working on currently is a page or two for the commemorative Transmetropolitan Art Book Hardcover. This is a project for the great Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and I am jazzed at being involved. Just take a look at the collected talent listed in the link below –

Transmet Art Book

Transmetropolitan Art Book Flyer

Transmetropolitan Art Book Flyer

The production of the book is being funded by using Kickstarter. Check out the right column on the Kickstarter page to see how you can donate and ensure yourself a copy of this very limited edition book.