Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Benjamin - Grifter/Midnighter #1

[Ryan]

I'm excited to be working on this book for WildStorm. When I had a chance to work on a Grifter title again, I jumped at the opportunity to flex my pencils on it. Midnighter is a badass character and someone told me he's finally drawn like he should be!

After a couple weeks of thinking about the cover, I decided to go with my ink wash technique. It turned out great on a Vagabond cover I did, so I decided to go with that again...Just on the cover, or else it would be really late. I'm doing the same style for each cover too, hoping to outdo the previous one as I go.

One day I'll do an entire book in this style. Maybe on the secret book (shhh!) Sean Ruffner and I are planning.

Hopefully you guys n gals will like it. Peace!

22 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've been waiting for you to announce what you were up to and I am floored to see you working on two of Wildstorm's finest. I can't wait to see the interior. Hopefully you can tease us with some penciled pages cause I can't get enough of looking at linework in the raw form.

And that cover is SICK!

Grant Gould said...

that is one KICK ASS cover, man. i'll buy the book for the cover alone. :)

Anonymous said...

This cover is ridiculously cool, I don't think I have read any of your books before but you have definitely sold me on this one.

Anonymous said...

This is an absolute gorgeous piece. I'd love to see the pencils for this and a description on how you laid the colors down. Beautiful work!

raph said...

very cool

Anonymous said...

I'm with KGD, that cover is AWESOME. It brings me back to WildCATs vol 3 for some reason (cover wise).

Keep it up man, I'm definitely going to pick this book up just for the cover alone! Hopefully the interior will be just as amazing.

Neo said...

Ryan
That is true art! Up there with Alex Ross and Travis Charest.
Absolutely incrediblo :-) Is there somewhere on line we can view more of your work??
Regards
Neo
www.LaptopDaVinci.com

Gabe_Eltaeb said...

Secret Book by You and Sean Ruffner?


hmmmmm... PHANTOM GUARD 2.0 Perhaps?

chamba said...

the cover looks gorgeous. and mate, an entire book in inkwash would be boss!

seban said...

very nice!!!
s.

Winterbourne said...

Amazing, amazing cover. Great composition, fabulous use of colour, awesome use of texture.

Awesome!

Anonymous said...

Kinda cool and very dinamic composition. Is there a little of digital coulour too or only inks? I like Grifter a lot, but I always thought that Midnighter was a violent version of Batman.

So, why not a Grifter/Batman? I'd love to see the Dark Knight in a war zone action with a guy that have... well... a different affection with guns!

Ciao!

hxero said...

this is great... can't wait to see the book...

Anonymous said...

great image! i really dig the style.

Andrea said...

Guy,you have a natural talent for the compositions.The bullets in left...the opposite faces...the hot light in the background...all is balanced.Good,good,good.
Ciao ragazzo,
Mene.

meek? said...

Easily a favorite cover from the March solicits for me.

Tru Sickness.

Peace...

THEdave said...

This is leaps and bounds from your other stuff. Nice work.

Ambra said...

That's a cool shot! Wow! The colours fit very well with the composition. Good Work!!!

nohoohboy said...

Nice stuff man! Can't wait till it comes out! And give us updates on your spread page on the bad girls! :)

Cray said...

Ryan, beautiful cover, probably the best I've seen from you. I'm just curious why it was decided to release this as mini-series as opposed a OGN? The reason ask is because I know your not a speedy penciler, and there's always a risk of not getting the individual issues out on time. I really wish Wildstorm would do OGNs because the majority of its readership tends to hold out for the trade.

Gelatomettista said...

Thanks for all the comments. The cover for issue 2 will be out soon. I'm trying to show more of me in the the covers.

I'm going with the ink wash monochromatic motif for all the covers. Keep the comments coming even if its negative.

Ryan

Anonymous said...

Hey Ryan,
just checking to see how many issues this Grifter/Midnighter mini is going to be. I understand that you want to get into movie medium, why? Is drawing comics not rewarding enough in the sense of accomplishment and money? Can you actually make a good living drawing comics? Well anyways, just wanted to let you know that the preview for the new book looks really good so far. Best comic work yet, that I've seen, from you. Keep it fluid.

~Michael