Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Woo! Toting a Damaged Q-Mobile

Update: Scroll all the way to the bottom to see the flat-colored cover complete with logo.

Here's a portion of the cover I'm working on for the All-New Megaton Man #1 (a tale in the works for quite some time now), from a thumbnail sketch I made this past December:

Some of the tracing paper overlays used to develop the main figure group next to the original sketchbook page, and the final inked version (top center).

Here's the original thumbnail sketch, no bigger than 3 inches tall. Scanning and blowing up such scribbles allows me to preserve the original energy of the original inspiration while elaborating the concept into finished art.
Here's the final flat-colored cover art with logo. I will probably add some airbrushed highlights and gradations but this should give you a good idea of the basic composition.
The Statue of Liberty background in inked version on Clearprint Design Vellum, and the rough marker refinement on canary yellow tracing paper. Note the pronounced white out!

Half old school and half new-fangled, my process combines the best of both worlds (or centuries)! These separate elements are colored and combined in Photoshop.

Next: We parse the syntax of "Megatropolis" vs. "The Megatropolis"!

Monday, May 25, 2015

No Fly Zone on Me! A Memorial Day Memento

A newly colored panel from the work in progress Megaton Man: Return to Megatropolis, and the original sketchbook page from c. 2002. (I finish what I start! It may take awhile, but...)

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Good Knight, Watchman! A Big Bang Team-Up?!

Here are some sample panels for a proposed team-up between Chris Ecker's Big Bang character The Knight Watchman and our favorite Man of Molecules. But Ms. Megaton Man seems a bit impatient with all the requisite cross-dimensional explication necessary to bring these two imaginary worlds together...

See more recent Ms. Megaton Man art!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Vs. Everybody and Everything! A Stray, Orphaned Pin-Up

Here is a piece of art I generated in relation to War of the Independents #4 (which will include Megaton Man and Yarn Man cameos, and features Ben Edlund's The Tick, Jeff Smith's Bone, and others in the main narrative), but deemed it too Image-centric to submit it to Dave Ryan for consideration as an ersatz pin-up for the issue. Possibility for a separate project?! MM has teamed with Valentino's Captain Everything and Erik Larsen's Savage Dragon before, but no discussions are underway. Still, thought it would be fun to throw some color on it and post to see if I could start any viral rumors!!

The flat-colored linework.

The linework, inked on vellum.
The original sketchbook doodle I blew up and transformed into linework.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Three's a Crowd: Trent Phloog Rooms with Connie Carlyle and the Stella Android!

Here are the roughs to the last 8 pages of The New Megaton Man #3 (part of the Megaton Man: Return to Megatropolis graphic novel, a work in progress). In this sequence, Trent Phloog returns to his bachelor pad to find it has been sublet to Connie Carlyle -- but where is he going to stash the Stella Android -- first seen in Megaton Man: Bombshell #1 (Image Comics, July 1999)? Can one cartoonist possibly dredge up more loose-end storylines from the previous millennium? Stay tuned! We're just getting started!!

(Originally posted in October 14, 2014 with rough pencil layouts; updated May 3-4, 2015 with inked tiers.)

See the origin of Connie here.