A Superman Family Christmas - The Big Commission

Superman Family © DC Comics

This is the final art for what has been referred to as the BIG commission. This was commissioned by Royce, who is as big a fan as I am of the Superman Family of characters. One of the ideas behind this was creating something like those bonus pin-up pages in the 80 page giants and some regular issues. You know, the page that would have a "snap shot" of the character(s) and maybe a "Best wishes from your pal, Superman" signed in the corner. I love those pages. When Royce approached me with this idea for a Christmas get together, I knew we had to make it happen.

Even after I presented the pencil version to Royce for approval, the piece took on a life of it's own. Demanding that extra things and people needed to be added, even if it wasn't in the original scope of the project. It was the right thing to do, as it adds to the depth of the history and the characters. At the risk of mixing my holidays, those little "easter eggs" that were added just made the piece more fun for me and I hope for Royce. And I hope for anyone who sees it.

Thanks again Royce for coming to me with this. It was a dream project.

This is ink on 14" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.

This is Post #1600

Work In Progress The BIG Commission

Supergirl © DC Comics

Another quick update of the BIG commission. I am down to just the little details now. Putting it away for a day so I can look at it with fresh eyes. I think the reveal will be on Tuesday. That would be post #1600. Pretty cool to be on a milestone like that. :)

This is Post #1598

Work in Progress - The Big Commission Inks

The Kents © DC Comics

Anybody else remember this family? I sure miss them.

They were an older couple who adopted the boy and they ran a general store in a small town. Very kind hearted parents who taught their son the difference between right and wrong, how to help others in need, and to protect all life to the best of his ability. The boy had some close friends that he could always depend on. A cute red head who's curiosity sometimes got the best of her. A blond boy who could be trusted with the boy's biggest secrets and a faithful dog that would do anything in the universe for him. Sometimes there was trouble. People from way out of town would drop by and make a mess of things. Or that poor kid who lost all his hair. He was a troubled one. But the boy was always there to put things right.

Sometimes the boy had friends that came from way out of town. They wore colorful clothes that were in fashion where they were from. Sometimes the boy went to visit them. Adventures were had. Those friends always looked up to the boy because they knew his heart and knew he was destined for great things. And they were right.

Luckily I have many albums with images of this family and their friends. So when I really long to see all of them, I can still visit. And adventures are had. 

(This is a detail of the Big Commission inks. Big thanks to Royce for letting me share the progress of this piece I am doing for him.)

This is Post #1589