Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Lady in the lake... sketchin'.

This is from out artist's challenge... I didn't get very far on it, but it's a start.
Sorry I've not posted in a bit. Have a great day!

Monday, March 12, 2007

Banshee Boo!

This is my imagine learning artists challenge completed.
Nothing too flashy, but a bit of fun for a Friday afternoon.

Friday, March 9, 2007

A Celtic Beach?

If you're following the imagine learning artist blog challenge... You know what will soon be haunting this moody beach in the north brittish isles...

I think I hear something, something beautiful, and horrific at the same time...

Tuesday, March 6, 2007

At the end... and Angellic Queen.

At the end of this MotU fan art memory lane. I put up my redesign of Queen Angella. Never would I have ever guessed I would ever paint such a barbie, pink and purple character that looks like she should be slapped right onto a Barbie box. And if anyone knows me personally, they probably never would've guessed that I'd illustrate such a piece either. But truth be told the reason I saved this for last and why it IS one of my favorite pieces I've done, is the fact that I'm the proud daddy of two beautiful daughters. This one is for them. In fact, I've redesigned a handful of the Princess of Power characters, you saw some earlier with Scorpia and Catra. I did that for them. Because simply put I love my kids, and as a parent I take interest in their interests, and if I can paint something that they will enjoy, and gain imagination and inspiration from? I won't say no. I have a good stack of ideas that are barely past the sketch stage for the Princess of Power characters, someday, I will complete that stack as a series of stand alone character images like this one. Heck, even this one isn't complete, you can see it's still pretty rough and sketchy in spots. But it conveys very well the look I would give PoP were I in charge of a redesign on the property.

Thanks for following these various MotU and PoP pieces from the past. From here out if I do anything MotU or PoP related it will be either for my kids, or a commission that I still have on my plate that I need to finish... and trust me, there's still a small handful of them to do. (That battle in front of Castle Grayskull for one.)
Thank you for your comments! A la prochaine!

Monday, March 5, 2007

Another Tribute piece.

This is my cover to the Masters of the Universe Volume 3 #1 exclusive cover.

Wow that's a mouthful. Even if it uses the modern designs on the characters, and Skeletor isn't flying the Talon fighter over both He-Man and Teela... This is still a tribute to Alfredo P. Alcala's cover for the record book that came with the vintage Point Dread and the Talon Fighter vehichle/playset for the classic MotU line. This is probably my favorite comic cover I ever did for the He-Man comic run. MVCreations owns this image. You can even still buy this comic from the good folks over at Grahamcrackers Comics. Check it out!

Sunday, March 4, 2007

The Green Goddess

This is the Green Goddess. If you're asking yourself, this is just a green Teela with the Snake Head Dress on... You're pretty much right. A long time ago... years even, I did a sketch of her, and colored her too quickly. And then later, I painted over top of that. There are a lot of things I wish to change about this piece, and the biggest thing would be to pull back a little so we can see her feet. It's just a bad crop there where it is right now. There are also a handfull of anatomy issues and costue tweeks I would like to do. For instance I'd like to push the design closer to what my good friend Tom Tolman (Royalt1us) did for the mini bust that he sculpted of her, also pictured below.

This "Green Teela" appeared only once in the very first minicomic "He-Man and the Power Sword" (Click the link to flip through and read this silly old book!) where she was more or less just an early concept of the Sorceress character.

I was always amazed whenever anyone would reference this image on the forums.
After a while I would make a joke of it and post it over and over myself for the silliest of reasons.
She's pretty much become her own character, being drawn by many other great fan artists, and she also has been known to appear in a fan fic or two or five. Some see her as the first sorceress, some see her as some kind of Snake men queen, others as her name would indicate, simply a Goddess diety to the world of Eternia. It would be interesting to think of what would become of her if we gave her an actual name other than "The Green Goddess". LOL!
Below is a picutre of Tom's Green Goddess bust, he sculpted it, as well as created molds and cast it. I then painted it. She comes complete with removable Head Dress and Pony Tail with the use of Magnets. She's a very very cool bust. And now the Four Horsemen own a painted cast of this bust for their own collection. Way to go Tom! :)

Saturday, March 3, 2007

Minicomic Madness!

I loved that the old figures came with little minicomics. These were my first introduction into the world of He-Man way back in late 1981. And my all time favorite minicomics were the very first four illustrated by Alfredo P. Alcala. There was no silly little Orko. No Cringer, the concept that Adam, a silly little prince was the alter ego of He-Man, NONE of that nonsense existed on Eternia, that all came from the cartoon. The first few minicomics showed a world that was maybe a little more edgy, a little more barbaric, mind you it was all still completely safe for kids, I quite enjoyed them. There also existed in these stories the concept of why He-Man and Skeletor have two halves of the same sword. And when that sword was whole, the possessor of the complete Power Sword could enter Castle Grayskull. (A feature found in the toys) Instead of being a prince, He-Man was a great warrior from a primitive jungle tribe that went forth to protect Castle Grayskull from any evils that might wish to overtake the mysterious, sacred Fortress of Power. A little while back a board member named "Jafari Stew" threw out a challenge to do an old minicomic cover using the new updated look designed by the Four Horsemen. I did a combo. The designs of the characters are the Four Horsemen's and I kept the classic color schemes. This particular cover echo's my favorite minicomic "He-Man and the Power Sword". The only MotU story ever to portray the Sorceress as a mysterious Green Goddess... I bet you can guess what my next post will be... :)

Friday, March 2, 2007


I like drawing big cats. This one was done in painter. Not much to say about it other than it's one of my personal favs amonst my MotU art. I tend to like my more loose n' sketchy stuff. This one definately fits into that category. Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, March 1, 2007

Here kitty kitty kitty...

This one started out as a mindless sketch in a horrific, boring meeting. I remember the meeting was headed by some big jumbo wumbo who wanted to completely change the management of where I used to work. Basically, force creatives to be more coorporate... BAD idea in my opinion. So in retaliation, I didn't pay attention at all and just got lost in this little sketch. I later brought it into photoshop to color as it seemed to have potential, and became what it is. No that meeting is not why I left that company for where I work now... In case you were wondering. Is there something subconscious about that sketch? I wouldn't doubt it. Nor deny it.