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Charles got Kelley Jones to do this Batman drawing and tasked me with adding the backgrounds.

My first "kick at the bat" was to surround him with gargoyles on this quick mock-up:



Charles thought that that was too many gargoyles and he wanted more definition and perceptive to the building.

In order to do that I had to try to figure out what was happening with the Batman's legs and what he was hanging on to.

That led to this bit of silliness and another mock-up:



Here is the way the final inks turned out:



And yet another computer mock-up to use as a colour guide:



While I was working on this, I was contacted by John in Calgary who asked me if I could do a pre-show commission of --- you guessed it --- Batman and a gargoyle.


Stay tuned to see how that one turns out.




Time & Again


I've agreed to contribute to the Calgary Expo Art-book. This year's theme is 'Adventures in Time'.

Here is a quickly Photo-shopped layout for my first idea which I have since rejected.



...still kinda cracks me up, though. Especially the little 'Intel' logo.


Here is one of the few things that you can do to have a little fun when it's minus 30 (again):

Throw a cup of boiling hot water into the air and watch as it turns instantly to ice fog...



... then quickly scamper back inside and pray for spring.




Manhattan on Mars


Charles had Dave Gibbons do this little Dr. Manhattan.

Then he commissioned me to draw the "crystalline clockwork ship" and Martian landscape as seen in "Watchmen".



I don't own a copy of "Watchmen" (I don't know why I don't) but I found this image for reference.

Charles requested that the "ship" be more exposed, rising up out of the soil.



The first step was to figure out what it would look like when it is above ground level. In order to do that, I did a simple "floor plan" of the structure in a "top-down" view. I then used the perspective tool in my graphics program to convert that into an ellipse:



I printed out the ellipse full size and used it to create this view:



I only had to figure out half of it. I transferred down the first half and then---since it is symmetrical---I just flipped the tracing paper and transferred down the other side.



It was right about this time that I discovered a free pdf copy of the book online. I downloaded that and found this image. If I had had this earlier it would have saved me a lot of trouble. It was good to know that I got pretty close on my own, though.



Here is the inked ready for colouring:




... and here's the coloured version (this is a not-very-good pic... I still need to get it scanned):


I used a much darker red than the way it appeared in the book. I didn't want it to end up looking too pink. Red is a tricky colour to work with and this was done on Bristol board; not the most ideal surface for watercolour.


Charles is happy with it and that's what really counts.




Hey! It's another Wedding Invite


Kristina and Justin commissioned me to draw the church and carriage that they will be using for their wedding.

Here's the pencil version:



...and the final inked version:



Here's a mockup of the invite (not real names and dates, etc.):



And here's a weather update:



Forecast for the weekend:

Wind chill temperature of minus 39.

(Minus 40 is the same in Fahrenheit and Celsius.)



"Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation."
- Kin Hubbard

Sittin' & Signin'


Getting the prints ready for shipping as the snow continues to pile up outside.



I should be able to make it the post office soon and the prints will be on their way.


"Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night..." and all that.



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