Comic Art for Business

© Daily Planet Marketing

Been a long while since I showed some commercial work. I know most visitors are looking for comic book art and that's okay. But today I have something that overlaps both. These pieces were done for a marketing company in Los Angeles. I have done work for them in the past and they are great to work with on any project. As they have added people to the company, I have been doing these head shots for the website. Last week I finished these two.

And on a side note, I have changed the layout of the blog back to the classic style. I hope it isn't too jarring. :)

Both pieces were drawn in Adobe Photoshop CS5 using my Wacom Cintiq 24HD. Colored and finished in Adobe Illustrator CS5.

This is Post #2026


Batman © DC Comics

This is a color sketch piece I was working on over a couple of lunch breaks. This is as far as I plan to take it. Just trying out a different technique for fun.

Done in Photoshop using Cintiq 24HD.

This is Post #1954

Hulk Smash!

The Hulk © Marvel Entertainment

This was done quickly and for fun. Wanted to just cut loose, sketch and see where it would take me. There are at least a dozen things wrong with this piece but I like the rawness of it. I even recorded the process. It should be posted shortly at

This was done in Photoshop CS5 using a Wacom Cintiq 24HD.

This is Post #1952

Perils On Planet X - Odyri

Artwork © 2013 Gene Gonzales
Perils on Planet X © Christopher Mills & Gene Gonzales

I have been extremely busy the last week or so. Which is good. But it has slowed down many personal projects and commissions I am finishing up. But every so often I just have to play a bit and draw something for fun. Odyri is a main character in Perils on Planet X. If you follow the free webcomic, you will meet her in a few weeks. If you don't follow the strip, why not?

This was done digitally on a Wacom Cintiq in Photoshop CS5.

This is Post #1951


Catwoman © DC Comics
Artwork © 2013 Gene Gonzales

More playing with working in a digital medium. This was done completely in Photoshop on my Cintiq 24HD.

No worries about me still working in traditional mediums. Perils On Planet X is being done the good old fashion way: Pencil and ink on board. :) And don't forget to check out this weeks page tomorrow!

Work has been extremely busy lately. Commercial work has started stacking up. That's a good thing. But it has put me behind on a few inked commissions. And they are Legion requests, so you know for me not to get to them is killing me. With any luck I will get a few things under control in the next week or so. Then it will be POPX and commissions for a while.

This was done entirely in Photoshop CS5.

This is Post #1949

AYA - Green Lantern Animated Series

Aya © Warner Bros/DC Comics
Art © 2013 Gene Gonzales

This is one of those "happy accidents". I have just started catching up on the Green Lantern Animated Series and love the show. I had worked on some of the package art for the so-far non-existant toy line so I knew some of the characters. But I didn't know of the a.i. character of Aya. I love the character and her design. So I had to take a shot at drawing her. Avoiding details and storyline spoilers, I thought "love" would be a good theme. And Valentine's Day just happened to fall on posting day. See, happy accident.

This was done entirely in Photoshop CS5.

This is Post #1948

The Pirate Queen - Perils on Planet X

Perils on Planet X © Christopher Mills & Gene Gonzales
Artwork © 2013 Gene Gonzales

I didn't mean for this blog to be so Planet X-centric but it has lately. Sorry about that. Next week I will shoot for something different. :)

I had a fun morning creating this piece. I had finished some commercial work and sent it for revisions/approval and had some time to kill. Not as much time as I put into this piece though. The Pirate Queen in POPX is a lot of fun to draw and I had this idea in my head that I had to put down on paper pixels. This was completely done in Photoshop, from rough idea to finished piece, on my Cintiq. Fun stuff!

Please join us tomorrow for a new page of Perils on Planet X. And tell your friends! Thanks!

This is Post #1947

Fun with a (digital) Pencil

Art © 2013 Gene Gonzales

Last weeks post about the cover process for the Perils on Planet X cover got me thinking. The process I used to paint years ago involved doing full pencils drawings. Developing the values with the pencil, blocking in color with an airbrush and then defining with color pencils and paint. So for a warmup today I wanted to try and mimic drawing with a pencil digitally.

I had a photo on one screen and was using it as a reference while I drew on my Cintiq. I had to play with the brush/pencil settings a bit before I got to a line quality I liked. Color of the pencil was another factor. Finding that right shade of graphite was tricky. The other interesting thing was not changing the pencil size to cover big areas. Something I could do digitally but certainly couldn't using a real pencil. Over all I think this worked for a quickie.

Digital drawing in Photoshop CS5

This is Post #1946