Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"I'm Batman!"

I recently got Michael Keaton's Batman movies on DVD. I had them on VHS years ago but never seemed to get the upgrade. A friend of mine had duplicates and I was able to snag them. As I had not been feeling well, I was spending lots of nights on the couch as to not infect or disturb my wife as she slept. I finally watched both movies as well as all the bonus features and then stared in total disbelief that the first movie came out way back in 1989!! Seems like yesterday. I remember the excitement of it all in those pre-internet days. The magazine articles, the newspaper clippings. I even saved most of them as I did for Superman:The Movie. It was finally Batman's turn. I went out on my lunch break from my job at the bank and bought movie tickets on the day that it opened. We ordered pizza and screened the 1960's movie as a large group of my friends ate before heading back out to the theatre. It was a great night.

So recently Michael Keaton was asked his thoughts on the comments made by Christian Bale about being envious now of Ben Affleck being the new Batman. Keaton quickly responded that he never felt that way about other being cast after him in the role and boldly stated "I'm Batman!". Classic!

So with all this Batman on my brain, I naturally turn to my sketchbook and have been doodling the Caped Crusader but mostly sticking to the classic comic version, Adam West, and of course Michael Keaton's. I drew this in car line waiting to pick up my son from school and finished it during his violin lesson.

So naturally, I got bored one late night and decided to scan this in and see what I could quickly do in Photoshop with it. I got this.


Monday, December 8, 2014


It seems that I am not alone in thinking that the "dark and gritty" version needs to be the only one out there. The love-hate relationship with the Adam West version seems to be back in the "love" mode once again and it could not come at a better time with the (finally!) release of the '66 series on disc! I know I am going to have to wait on that one as it's a hefty price. Maybe I can pick up a used one in a few months or a year. Heck, I waited this long.

So with a bit of free time I wanted to take a small break from all my other artistic commitments and just do a simple sketch and I thought it was high time for another Batman.


Tuesday, December 2, 2014


The most requests I ever get since I started doing conventions has been for the long running TV show, Supernatural. I have always known about the show but mostly because my wife and I were huge fans of Gilmore Girls and of course, Dean from Gilmore Girls became Sam on Supernatural. Why didn't we watch it? I really don't know. Maybe because I have a fear of demonic things and my wife is terrified of vampires. But the show just kept going!! And people kept asking me about drawing the Winchester brothers. So finally, we relented and decided to check it out as most of the series is available on Netflix. We love it!! Granted, as of this writing we are only on season two so far but I don't think we will be stopping at any point and hope to catch up. Granted, I am still a wuss and won't watch it right before I head off to bed! Have to follow an episode with a comedy. House rules!

So I finally sat down and committed myself to doing a Supernatural piece and it was a lot of fun. I tried to keep it vague with the icons and such so it is not tied to any one storyline or season. Other than that, I just wanted to do the show justice. I have already posted about the process over on Facebook but I did just find the original thumbnails for the piece in my sketchbook and scanned them in to share with you all here for the first time. They were really tiny so I had to blow them up a bit. I hope you all like it.


Sketchbook thumbnails!

Finished Pencil Drawing!

The Final!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hurricane Who 5 and the 5th Doctor!

So I just completed being at Hurricane Who here in Orlando once again and it was really wonderful to see so many people that I have met over the years be there all once again to catch up and have some fun. Plus I really love Doctor Who. Once again the always great Terry Malloy (Davros) was there as well as my first Doctor, Peter Davison. Now you might remember that Mr. Davison was there a few years ago and I found it ironic that the first Doctor that I discovered on screen would be the first one for me to meet in person as well. He was polite and seemed very nice, if not reserved.

So, since I had some free time after updating my multi-Doctor piece, I thought of doing another 5th Doctor picture as well. Always fun finding bits of photos from here and there and "frankenstiening" them together to make a new pose and then painting it! Here is my 5th Doctor!!

And now an amusing story of what happened Saturday night at the event. Seated next to me was Ingrid Oliver, who played Osgood in the 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who. She didn't sit there much, but when she came out to sign autographs, that was her spot. So, a little while after she had been sitting to sign and take pictures, who but Peter Davison himself comes walking up to say hello to her and give her a big hug and a kiss. They obviously had met before and here I was sitting not three feet from this exchange. I then catch Peter Davison's eye and I ask him "No hug and kiss for me??" He smiled and quickly responded "You are not pretty enough." and went right back to his conversation. I was stunned. My Doctor had shot me down! Not pretty enough. So the next morning I had thoughts of printing out this picture and bringing it with me for Peter Davison to sign just to show him that Paul McGann, the 8th Doctor, thought I was pretty enough to hug and kiss. I didn't tho. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Twelve Doctors!

So here it is. I don't know if it was "long awaited", but it had to be done. One of my most viewed posts here at my blog as been for my 11 Doctors piece several years ago and since then people have been looking at it pretty regularly. I guess you could say that it is the picture that I have become known for. If you consider that I am known. And I am not.

So not only did I finally add Peter Capaldi as the 12th Doctor into the foreground as he should be, but I have also changed the art for the 2nd, 5th and 6th Doctors as well!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

12th Doctor. 'Toon Style!

It's been a while now since I have drawn in my "toon style" look but I knew that it was inevitable that I would again as I enjoy it so much even if it is more work than people think it is. Oddly enough, the realistic paintings are MUCH easier and faster to do. The reason is that I know ahead of time what they are supposed to look like. Simple as that. There is no designing phase and endless trial and error in my sketchbook about the shape of the head or the nose. But what I do love about the cartoon versions is the complete freedom it gives me. I am not bound by my reference! The other reason that it was inevitable to do this was that I just had to update my Doctor Who picture that features all the actors in the role (well, all except Peter Cushing and John Hurt). The drawings leading up to the final are scattered among many pages in my sketchbook and you may be able to spot a few here and there from my Facebook posts. Straight up, I am far too lazy to hunt them all down and re-scan and post them here. But I am posting the working drawings as well as the final so you really do get the "meat and potatoes" of this one!

Ok. ONE early sketchbook doodle!

Digital sketch and color.

Final Pencil.

Digital Inking.

Flat Colors.

Final Art.


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Most Interesting Man in the World is.............Bill Murray!

Well of course it is! Who doesn't like Bill Murray?? Groundhog Day? Ghostbusters?? Meatballs?? Caddyshack??? The list goes on and on and I am sure that everyone out there has a favorite Bill Murray movie. If not, you probably stopped reading this one already. I have seriously NO clue as to what motivated me to paint this. None! I didn't have a fever or anything at the time, but oddly enough, I am just getting better from having one since painting it. Maybe I time traveled and did this out of order?? Doing "mash-ups" is not really my thing as my brain just doesn't work that way so as to why I suddenly felt the urge to depict Bill as the Dos Equis guy and add a nod to the "Stripes" poster was something of a shock for me. It just seemed natural and it helped narrow down the type of reference I needed of Bill as I wanted him to have his beard. The piece came together quite quickly and I was pretty please in the end, even if it didn't look like him to me at times during the painting process.

Ladies and Germs, .....Bill F@#*ing Murray!