Saturday, June 28, 2008

Michael Turner

I started my career as a comicbook artist at Top Cow Productions..assisting various artists on background duty to help maintain the ever-dreaded deadline. I was fortunate to be working in such a creative capacity, and even luckier to have known several superstars of the artform, including Michael Turner. I remember when I assisted him on TombRaider was huge deal at the time, as Mike was returning to draw Lara Croft for the first time in a long time since his smokin' hot TombRaider/Witchblade crossovers.The book was a huge crossover event for TopCow...featuring new characters, a triple team-up of Witchblade, Fathom, and Tomb Raider, all drawn by the company's top dogs. A good number of us from the studio were planning a trip to Hawaii around the same time TombRaider #25 was to be done, including Mike and myself.Needless to say orchestrating such a crossover event with the multitude of artists and storylines....well, it was no surprise that 4 days before we were to enjoy our vacation there were 10 pages left to draw. Mike comes by my desk with this goofy grin..."Dude, let's put this puppy to bed! I think we could really kick ass on this book and cool our heels in Hawaii...whatta you say?".I was thinking"wow, how are we gonna do it?" Of course I said yes. Mike says"Sweet....hey, round up the guys...lets do a couple a rounds of Halo." We of course finished the book in the nick of time,Mike and I were up for two days straight working from his apartment till the 11th hour.We chatted about what ridiculous drinks with umbrellas we would by for one another just to keep us going...and of course there we were ,the very next day, cooling our heels on the beach. I look over at Mike and he gives me a nod and hang loose gesture as we toast our drinks, saying" you just gotta enjoy the ride, dude!" That was Mike...through and through he always found a way to rise to the challenge...find the positive in every was part of his charisma. And it was what I will miss most about him... JOEL

Friday, June 20, 2008

Thought to Pop!


The blog's been a little quiet lately, but that's only because we've all been super busy getting ready for our first gallery show at the Athenaeum, here in La Jolla. The show's up from June 21 - July 26 and to help add a personal touch to the event, the guys from the studio are even drawing on the walls themselves!

Keep checking back for more pics of the event and be sure to stop by next Friday, June 27 from 6:30 - 8:30pm for the Opening Reception!

And once it ends, who knows what'll happen to these walls?

Sunday, June 15, 2008

El Cazador Implacable

entry ricH

not sure why these names sound so much more dramatic in Spanish? (It translates cool too...."The Remorseless/Relentless Hunter" In English: Blade Runner.

art is; on 11X17 bristol board/ penciled pretty tight first/ and then inked with koh i noor tech pens. Done just for fun, and personal torment.


Friday, June 13, 2008

Kentucky Waterfall


Hey all, Lost Boys #2 came out on Wednesday and I wanted to take the chance to remind you all to check it out...some familiar characters from the movie make their appearances in issue two and fans will be surprised at some of the twists that take place; setting up some interesting storylines building up to the Lost Boys:Tribes movie. I'm curious to see what you guys think so don't forget to hit me up at and a Kentucky waterfall is a nice way of saying mullet


Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Girls Night Out

That's Batgirl in the first panel followed by Black Canary unwinding after a fun night out with the guys.

The next bi-monthly issue of ALL STAR BATMAN AND ROBIN #10 ships Wednesday, July 16th--that's the Wednesday right before the San Diego Comic-Con.

Hope you guys dig the page.

Friday, June 06, 2008

Blast from the past!


Hey there everyone, a long time ago I penciled this Wildcats pin-up for the Wildstorm sourcebook and was lucky enough to have Alex Garner ink this thing. Needless to say, Alex knocked it out of the park. I realize the piece is old, but I still think it holds up pretty well today so I thought I would share this one with you again.

Check out those INKS!

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Heart of Ice


It took the Batman Animated series to really get me to appreciate Mr. Freeze, and I think it was a stroke of Bruce Timm/Paul Dini fueled genius to add the tragic story of a lost wife to this villain’s motivation. I always liked the cartoon’s visual of a literal ice man holding a snow globe that reminded him of his lost love. And as we all know, this moving backstory was later portrayed/destroyed horribly in a live action version starring our current governor here in sunny California!

This image actually started as a small, looser acrylic painting I did on canvas board a while back. But I recently found that board, scanned it in and digitally painted over the entire thing. You’ve gotta love Painter IX’s glow effect, which makes painting shiny glass and ice much easier than doing it with traditional paint.

And thanks to Mike Lopez, who posed as a photo reference for Freeze’s facial shadows here. Though if you’ve met Mike in person, you know he’s far more handsome than the craggly, grandpa-ish face I put on the good doctor here. Mike also has hair.

Until next time!


Tuesday, June 03, 2008

a few for e bay

I added up 7 e bay auctions last night...and I thought some people here might be interested. It's all either Wildstorm or DC comics related and they are all great auctions for people on a budget or new to collecting art. When I first started collecting comic art one I was blown away at just the idea...that you could own pages from your favorite comics. I was so naive I didn't even know that artists sometimes sold their work...And two I was on a tight budget. I would normally only have $40-$80 to spend and I remember buying that first $80 page and this is a lot of money. All of these auctions start at between $29 and $ it's really affordable stuff. Collecting art is a very fun hobby and I still have a small collection. Here's the booty available:

There's 2 Whilce Portacio Wetworks pages, a great page from Skyerunner by Ale Garza and myself, a few licensing things I did a few years back, and two very cool Dustin Nguyen pages. One from The Authority and one from Wild Cats 3.0

I added a link check em out... All the auctions end this Thursday~!


e bay ricH


Monday, June 02, 2008

Summer Fun!


Hello everyone, June is here, yeah! Hope the summer is going great for y'all so far. I just saw "Sex and the City," my most anticipated film of the year, so everything else this summer is all down hill from here, except Comic-Con, of course. :)

Anyhoo, in between everything else I'm working on, I did this "Resident Evil" piece last weekend for fun. My roommate was playing the games all weekend and I sat and watched and was inspired to draw some creepy creatures and sexy people with guns. It was fun and a nice change of pace from all the superhero stuff I've been doing.

Hope u like. :)