Quick morning sketch of Grave! Focused on speed and creating a sense of movement.
Stars in the Crowd on Page 16! In the third panel on Page 16 you might recognize some familiar faces. If you don’t you should go check them out! Here are the big names in the crowd.
Let’s start off with Darrin Stephens’s slugs in the upper right corner. These guys are from Darrin’s comic strip that now goes by the name LabBugs, a great strip that manages to make me laugh with it’s humor and Darrin’s ability to create some great facial expressions for his characters. If the style of his work and his name look familiar, Darrin also did some pretty great fan art of Nightmare Pro Wrestling’s protagonist, Grave!
The sinister taco headed individual to the left is none other than the tragically mutated villain… Taco Head! Who wishes to free all fast food from the evil of humanity. I love the design of this character. Taco Head is the villain in Jeff Crowther’s webcomic Yeti 4 Hire, I discovered this webcomic while back and it quickly made it to the top of my list. Jeff also manages to put out a great page every time. It’s always fun and has an amazing color to it.
The three felines down at the bottom of the panel are from a mini-comic I pick up a while back called Cap’n Cat: Former Shark Hunter by Anne and Jerzy Drozd. Jerzy is one of my favorite creators, always putting out some great work, full of fun and imagination. Cap’n Cat: Former Shark Hunter is no different. Need proof, here’s the synopsis for the mini-comic: “Retired shark hunter Cap’n Lao’s only desire is to spend his twilight years catching delicious fish. But the Shark World has sworn vengeance, and they hunt him across the seas!” How cool is that?!
The group of vampires right by the gang of Cap’n Cat are from Fright Night. I have yet to see the remake but the 1985 movie is probably one of my all time favorite horror movies and definitely my favorite vampire movie. How can you not love a movie with Chris Sarandon as an evil vampire?
Finally, the two individuals dressed in black, right above the cats, are from the horrible 80’s movie ‘Soultaker.’ I mean ‘horrible’ in a great way. I’ve only seen the Mystery Science Theatre 3000 version and is on of my preferred episodes. It’s ridiculous. It’s over the top. It’s unintentionally hilarious. The MST3K riffing only adds to how funny it is. I went ahead and included a MST3K ‘Best of’ vid instead of the trailer.
NPW Page 17 Pencils and Inks. Digital Pencils and inks are done for page 17 of issue 4. The page finished up a lot quicker than I thought it would…and I’m glad it did! Still trying to hit my deadline of finishing this issue by April 18th. I inked this page using Manga Studio 5 this time around. It took some getting use to but I managed to get through it. I don’t think I’ll be using it again for inking Nightmare Pro Wrestling though. It doesn’t quite have the look I’m going for, which I definitely get out of inking in Adobe Illustrator. Not to say I won’t use Manga Studio at all. I’ve been testing it out with another comic I’ve been working on and it seems perfect for that one.
Check out the site next week to see the finished Page 17!
Starting Daniel Bryan art print! Last week I posted up a poll on the Nightmare Pro Wrestling Facebook page and asked which two Pro Wrestling would people like to see me turn into art prints. The final results were Daniel Bryan and Rey Mysterio. Those two are going to be a blast to draw! Started off with designing the art print for Daniel Bryan, one of my favorite current wrestlers.
I’m planning on debuting the two prints at Comicpalooza this year. I’ll make sure to post up progress as I get more done.
Geek Bombast Podcast! Had a great time at Staple! Met a lot of really cool people that made my weekend. One of them being John Sittion from the Geek Bombast Podcast, a cool dude who picked up some comics and some art prints. Always nice to talk to somebody that knows who CM Punk and Undertaker are. John was kind enough to interview us for his podcast, take a listen.