Green Arrow - Mischief Warm-Up Sketch

Green Arrow © DC Comics

A warm up sketch I did in the Mischief art application. Anyone who knows me from when I was in grade school knows was an impact Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams run on Green Lantern/Green Arrow had on me. I didn't discover it until it was cancelled, but before the relaunch happened with O'Neil and Grell. The first issue I read was where Ollie finds out his ward, Roy, is a junkie. I was blown away. Just blown away. I reread that book so many times. I still have some copies of the run, along with the reissue comics, the two paperback versions, the hardcover omnibus thing and then the digital versions. Great run.

Poison Ivy

Poison Ivy © DC Comics

This is a digital sketch done in MangaStudio. I have been using MangaStudio for penciling and inking but never really tried doing anything in color. Really nice brushes in the program that I will be playing with more and more.

Digital color sketch done in MangaStudio EX5

This is Post #2036


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

Sketchbook Wednesday

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Just the rough for todays piece over at the 2-Point Perspective blog. Doing this and the final piece this afternoon took a bit out of me.

Back to bed.

This is Post #1650

Harley Quinn - Digital Rough

Harley © DC Comics

Just a digital rough for an inked piece I will be doing this week in between other stuff. After I am done inking I will decide if I will add color or not.

This is Post #1599

Lady Blackhawk - Digital sketch

Lady Blackhawk © DC Comics

I started this idea about a month ago, sketching it out in Photoshop. I just put in some work on it this morning. I don't know if I will ever finish it though. This kind of complicated piece requires a lot of time, and a patron. :)

Personally I would like to see this kind high flying adventure comic. One of my favorite comics in the 1970s was Super-Team Family when it featured the Challengers of the Unknown. That was my first introduction to them. The art by Jim Sherman blew me away. (I own several original pages from that run.) The point is the stories were pretty cool. They are adventurers, they have a cool base, cool gadgets and they were the best in their particular fields. Fun stuff. We need more of that in my opinion: Fun stuff.

This is Post #1595

Batgirl (Stephanie Brown) - Digital Sketch

Batgirl © DC Comics

So I've got Batgirl on the mind. The Stephanie Brown version of Batgirl is another one I've never read. But I did hear a lot about her on Twitter today when I asked about her. So I did this little digital sketch in Photoshop. I might just finish this one.

This is Post #1594

Batgirl - Digital Rough

Batgirl © DC Comics

Tomorrow's subject on the 2-Point Perspective blog is Batgirl. I normally draw the Barbara Gordon Batgirl but someone (I don't remember who, sorry) said they would like to see the Cassandra Cain Batgirl.  Visually I don't find the character that interesting with her cowl on. At least the one where her eyes and mouth are covered. But I do like her face under the mask. Though I have no idea why she would be out and about without a mask.

I've been doodling the basic structure of this figure since last night. I wanted to do something different. All of this was done in Photoshop, so when I posted this, I thought it would be cool to show the layers. The purple lines are where I started. As you can see I was undecided about her arms. Should she be holding a rope, a staff? I didn't know. I refined some areas in red. And added the rough indication of hair. When I went to black, I had the idea of her forward arm holding the cape. After that I thought the other arm should be holding the other side of the cape. Okay, at this point I'm liking the sweeping motion of this image. It's a classic shot but looking at it from a different angle. Normally you would probably see this straight on, coming at you. But I am still not sure if it's Barbara or Cassandra. And this is why I like working digitally...their body types are different but I can adjust that easily. No erasing, tearing up the board and redrawing. I can just redraw what needs adjusting on a different layer. Also, I copied the head of the figure and pasted it right next to it. Working on the layer above it, I use it as a guide for the structure of the head and sketch my take on Cassandra without her mask. Now I have options to piece together for the final rough. Which I would print out and light table onto the final board.

Now, black and white or color? Hmmmm.

This is Post #1593

Supergirl - Digital Sketchbook

Supergirl © DC Comics
Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Supergirl is the theme over on the 2-Point Perspective Blog I share with Joe Pekar. I had finished my Supergirl art yesterday, early for a change. Since I never get tired of drawing Kara, I started roughing this out in Photoshop after I quit working yesterday. I have no plans to finish this piece. This was just a digital sketchbook type of exercise. I plan most of my work digitally. Much easier to make corrections and try different things. If I am going to finish a piece traditionally, I print it out and light table the image onto the final board. It's a clean way to work.

For this post, I left the structure layer visible. It's a scribble mess but it's always fun to see how it all fits. There isn't much of the structure work in the face though, somehow I nailed that in the rough and just refined it a bit. :)

This is Post #1579