Monday, October 24, 2011

This and That

Variant cover for 'la Marvel'. Also, for anyone interested in my blabbering, here is a nice interview over at Newsarama by Vaneta Rogers. They have a new Noel page in black and white as well. Might give folks a bit better of an idea what the book is about.

Not sure if there are any Jeff Buckley fans out there, but literally can't stop listening to his duo with Elizabeth Frazer (God made the world in seven days... and then made the Cocteau Twins ;) ) "All Flowers in Time Bend Toward the Sun". Might be one of the most beautiful, haunting things I've ever heard. Buckley was a genius. R.I.P.

More music stuff coming this week.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Page 19

Hopefully by now people have seen the Noel preview. Here's a page in black and white. I'll be doing this quite a bit after the book is released, but we'll start slow. Every page was done fairly traditionally: pencil, ink, and more pencil. Some wash over areas to push certain values a bit darker and some sepia and red colored pencil for skin tones. An important change I wanted to make in the style of this project was to push the cartooning a bit more. Will Eisner was a huge influence, as was the insurmountable Norman Rockwell. I find that a bit of exaggeration here and there adds an element of playfulness that fully rendered, stark realism just can't provide. Rockwell was the master of that.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Fear Itself

Variant cover. You all know the drill...

Wetness is hard to draw.

Monday, October 3, 2011


Cue Interpol song. Going to be back in the States attending the New York Comicon next week and it seems there'll be a special little Batman: Noel goody for those attending. New York Comicon magazine will be featuring a five page preview of the book, which is pretty damn nifty. For those attending, I'll be camped out most of the show at the Splashpage Art booth as well as doing a Batman panel Friday as well as signing at the DC booth on Saturday. Looking forward to drinking lots of coffee and seeing friends and family.

In book news, I've just seen an actual copy and am REALLY pleased with the way the thing printed. Pretty classy looking packaging as well so hopefully people will dig it when it comes out in a month. I'm going to be filling this blog with black and white pages after the thing is released, as well as some other covers and illustrations I've been working on for the past few months. If this blog is a crime scene (sometimes it feels that way), get ready for an orgy of evidence... To keep you tied over 'till then, the DC blog has unveiled a few pages to wet the appetite.