Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 360

MADMAN. 2017.
Gouache and Acryla Gouache on paper, 9 × 12″.

The reference used below is from Anatomy 360, a series of apps with 3D models that you can light and rotate. It's great for quick mock-ups of lighting situations. I mostly use the "clay" option for reference, but you can create photo effects as well.


Madman reference by Mike Allred


underpainting in Payne's Gray gouache


pencil sketch


detail of raw scan

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 359

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955 #3. 2017.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

Out today: Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1955 #3, full credits here. Below are the many little details that went into making this cover. The figure on the lower left is the design I came up with for a character, Moravec, that made his first appearance in Hellboy and the B.P.R.D.: 1953.

I usually do tiny sketches in the (often digital) margins to get a feel for characters, poses, or props. If nothing else, it helps me rule things out. I find it's always better to just get something on the page before you start overthinking it or, heaven forbid, erasing.


Not much posing, but lots of details


inks by my Pops


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital sketch


sketch in Photoshop


flats by Aladdin Collar


digital layouts

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Captain America Poster Charity Auction

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER. 2011.
Gouache and acrylic on illustration board, 16 × 24″.

I receive one question more than any other: "Do you have any Cap movie posters to sell?" For once, the answer is yes.

You can bid on it here. All proceeds will go to Fundos Unidos de Puerto Rico (Charity Navigator rating).

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Wacky Reference Wednesdays, No. 358

HELLBOY AND THE B.P.R.D.: 1955 #2. 2017.
Ink(ed by Joe Rivera) on bristol board with digital color, 11 × 17″.

This issue is already out, I just never got the chance to post. Full details at Dark Horse. (Can't wait to show you the next turtle cover I did.)


1:1 Airsoft Colt 1911 and 1:6 M3 "grease gun"


inks by my Pops


blue-line print of pencils


pencils over digital sketch


sketch in Photoshop


layouts in Photoshop


work in progress (Photoshop coloring)


tech usually require blue pencil first


another work in progress shot