Ralph Dibny - The Elongated Man

Elongated Man © DC Comics

Just a warm up sketch done in Manga Studio EX5. I have some brushes created by Frenden that I really like. They mimic the way I would ink with a brush. More warm ups to come. I am also doing these in Manga Studio to become better at navigating around the program. Right now for Perils on Planet X, I am doing about 75% of my pencils digital and then inking traditionally. I plan to do all my  future work at 100% digital pencils and mix up the inks between digital and traditional.

This is Post #1998

Zatanna - Video Process

Just a little process video today. I have had more than a few requests to show how I build the structure of a piece so here you go. I didn't think to record until I was about 2 minutes into it. Sorry about that. :) Click on YouTube logo or Full Screen to get to a full screen mode.

Zatanna © DC Comics

You can check out my YouTube channel for more process vids. And I promise to get back to Ralph and Sue real soon. :)

This is Post #1974

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.

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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

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

Damian Wayne (Robin) - Sketchbook Pro 6 Test

Damian (Robin) Wayne © DC Comics

I love computer stuff. And gadgets and software. I'm always wanting to find the next art tool/supply that will do everything I want it to. Which brings me to today's post.

Autodesk released a new version of Sketchbook Pro. Version 6, to be exact. I read a few things about it online and found that most people like the new interface. Honestly, I hated the old one. It wasn't very intuitive and I found myself getting bog down just trying to make something simple happen.

I downloaded the 15-day trial version of the app to see if it really is different. After playing around a bit, I found it is different. It's much better. Still a bit clunky around the edges but I managed to open it and start right out with some sketching. Making custom brushes and a bunch of other things. I recorded the first real sketch I did in the app. I will keep playing with it over the next several days and I may just plunk down the $30 bucks for it. Yeah, only $30. I do have to say that it is really cool of Autodesk to have a full version 15 day trial available. Very cool, indeed.

Today's post was done in Sketchbook Pro 6 and recorded with Quicktime.

This is Post #1814

Happy Birthday, Mister Kirby

Prince Tuftan created by Jack Kirby
© DC Comics

I woke up this morning to a number of Tweets on Twitter that stated today is Jack Kirby's birthday. I understand there is some big "Wake up and draw" deal going on with 100 artist and the Hero Initiative to celebrate "The King's" birthday. I'm not part of it, but I wanted to do something anyway. With all the big, main characters being drawn today by so many outstanding artists, I opted to go with a supporting character. This is my take on Prince Tuftan from KAMANDI. Happy Birthday, Mister Kirby!

Created in Adobe Photoshop

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Fairy - work in progress 3

Artwork © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Amazing how a hair style can change the look of a face. I didn't do too much to her today except play with her hair.

Love working digital in that I can do stuff like this on a whim. Hate working digital in that I can do stuff like this on a whim. :)

More later.

This is Post #1763

Fairy - work in progress

Art © Gene Gonzales

This is a piece I started playing with today. I will be working on it bit by bit this week in between two commissions. The pencil sketch was done in a sketchbook and I am using that for the digital creation. More later.

This is Post #1760

Sketchbook Friday

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

I did this piece in my sketchbook and added all the tones in Photoshop CS5. The vehicle behind her is inspired by an electric vehicle I saw in the Consumer Electronics Expo coverage. I follow quite a few tech podcasts and that two wheeled/two person vehicle really stood out. I believe GM made it as a concept vehicle using the same type of gyroscope/balancing as the single rider Segway. If you are interested in seeing it in action I'm sure you can find footage on the web.

Today I made all the final changes to the art that is included in the Canson sketchbook. I'm considering calling the book "Canson Cuties and Heroes. But that is just a working title right now. I only have to create the title page and the cover now. If I have time over the weekend, I will create a new image for the cover. If I don't have time, the cover will be a collage much like the one on my at www.gonzoartstudio.com. After the weekend I will begin sorting images for the other sketchbook.

Have a good weekend everyone!

This is Post #1217

Princess Projectra - Canson Cutie digital pencils

Princess Projectra & Validus © DC Comics

This is the digital sketch for the Princess Projectra Canson Cutie. I wanted her using her illusion casting powers but the question was what to have her cast. I remembered her connection to Validus in one of her earlier appearances. Validus saved Jeckie twice, once from the Sun Eater and again when Tharok commanded him to kill Jeckie and the other Legionnaires. Validus wouldn't do it and instead turned on Tharok and the other members of the Fatal Five. So I thought this was a nice call back to that story. By the way, that was the story that introduced the Fatal Five to the Legion mythos. It was also the story where Legionnaire Ferro Lad saved the universe by delivering a bomb into the "heart" of the Sun Eater and in the process sacrificing his life. Story and layouts by teenager Jim Shooter and art by Curt Swan and George Klein. Doesn't get much better than that! One of my favorite Legion stories.

This image was printed out and transferred to the final Canson paper via my light table. More tomorrow.

This is Post #1204

Space Jungle Girl - Final

Space Jungle Girl © Gene Gonzales

I toned down the background, letting it fade out as it extends into the distance. Probably could have lightened up the line art to match the color but I didn't. I think this works well. The nice thing about, and sometimes the curse of, working digital is that you can always go back and tweak much easier than you can with traditional mediums. :)

Thanks for sticking with me though the process.

This is Post #1076

Space Jungle Girl - Progress

Space Jungle Girl © Gene Gonzales

I didn't get a lot of time to play with this today, but I like what I did do. If compared to the last post of this piece you will see I added more line art and finished up the background. Sorry for the slow progress on this. More tomorrow. (I hope).

This is Post #1074