Here is, in part, the description I received for this commission:
“Perhaps the best way to describe my project is a modern-day Dracula meets Arkham Asylum, but done in a way that represents people with mental illnesses, particularly those who have been found by the courts to be Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity. The main setting of my story is “Monkshood,” a forensic psychiatric hospital complex comprised of neighboring buildings from Dracula lore: Seward Sanitarium and Carfax Abbey, and influenced by real-world Broadmoor Hospital in the UK. Monkshood… should be a character in and of itself.”
So with that in mind I came up with this layout:
This seemed too wide and panoramic, so I cropped it down a bit:
This didn’t look sinister enough, so I changed the angle and moved some buildings around:
Then I did a mock-up on the computer of the shading:
And then it was a matter of drawing it full size:
This is as far as I got before Christmas (so close!):
Here is the completed piece:
Here are some close-ups:
Here’s a little movie compiling all of the con and commissions from 2016:
Wishing all of you the best for 2017.
Here is our schedule so far for this year:
March 2 – 5… Emerald City Comicon… Seattle WA
March 17 – 19… Toronto ComiCon… Canada
April 14 – 16… Indiana Comic Con… Indianapolis
April 29 – 30… East Coast Comicon… Secaucus NJ
May 19 – 21… Motor City Comic Con… Novi MI
June 16 – 18… Heroes Convention… Charlotte NC
September 8 – 10… Wizard World… Nashville TN
September 22 – 24 – Hal-Con… Halifax NS Canada
I’ve been working on a large, complicated piece lately; more on that later.
In he meantime, here’s a piece I did for the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle March 2-5, 2017
for their art book and auction to benefit the Children’s Hospital.
The theme of the book is ‘Monsters and Dames’.
This is the pen and ink on paper original which will be auctioned off at the show…
…and the computer coloured limited edition artist-proof print to be submitted as well.
Stay tuned for a list of upcoming shows for 2017.
And here a photo Joseph sent of his proudly displayed Regency print:
You can order your prints at My Store.
Here’s a pencil drawing I did for Mike: Here’s a couple of the shots Dean sent me of his awesome office featuring an impressive array of Cerebus art including the originals of the Regency, Church & State, Jaka scene and Melmoth street that I did for him:
This is the cover of an upcoming Penguin Random House book by Mary Gaitskill
that uses the image from Church & State vol II:
And finally, just a cool shot looking straight up in the lobby of the hotel in Pittsburgh:
To all our American friends, Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
I got me a copy of Heavy Metal #283
from my local comic shop: Retro Rocket Comics (thanks again, Chris!).
Not sure when—or even if—I’ll get my contributor copies and I was very curious to see how it printed.
Not too bad!
You know… if someone had told my teen-aged self that I’d be published in Heavy Metal someday, I’d have freaked out. If they then told me it wouldn’t be until I was 57, I’d have been dubious. And if they then said that it’ll be a story about anthropomorphic cats, I’d have had a good laugh and gone back to drawing my dragons and spaceships; the stuff that’s SUPPOSED to be in Heavy Metal.
This story, ‘The Smile of the Absent Cat’, is Grant Morrison’s 25-years-in-the-making heart-felt tribute to mad cat artist Louis Wain.
The complete story will be released as a 48-page hard-back volume some time after I get the rest of the script.
From cats to dogs…
…Sun Dogs, that is.
As seen the other day from the field next to our tree-house.
I received a commission request to have a family pictured on the patio at Dino’s Cafe from the Melmoth Street Scene.
He even sent me a sketch he had done to help illustrate his idea:
That sketch, along with his rather detailed instructions, helped me to produce this layout:
Which led to this finished inked drawing:
We’re off to Wizard World Pittsburgh on Friday and will be at table B-18:
Our last show of the year!
Come on down!
The colours out back of Pride Stables during our fall session:
The colourful sprinkles on Shelley’s birthday doughnut:
The sketch covers I did for Charles:
The issue of Heavy Metal magazine with my art for ‘The Smile of the Absent Cat’ story should be on the shelves.
Now I just have to find me one of those shelves.
My first eight pages of Grant Morrison’s ‘Smile of the Absent Cat’ will be in issue 283 of Heavy Metal Magazine.
On the stands October 26 or for pre-order here.
Here’s a look at the pencils/computer mock-up/inks/colour
for one of the pages:
I hope people like it.