White Rabbit - Pencils

White Rabbit © DC Comics

One of two ideas for a couple of White Rabbit pin-ups I have penciled on watercolor paper. Colors to come some time soon.

Currently I am working on digital coloring for two recent commissions. And I am doing roughs for a painted pin-up piece. After that I'm done with my current commission list. In November, I may be opening up the last round of Conventionless Convention Sketches for 2012. I will probably announce it here and on eBay. But that won't be until the first of November at the soonest. Stay tuned if you think you will be interested.

This is pencil on 11" x 16" watercolor paper.

This is Post #1863

Space Girl, 1968

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

This is the pencils for the piece I am working on for the 2-Point Perspective blog. Space girl is the theme and naturally I went retro. See the finished piece tomorrow on the 2-Point Perspective blog.

This is Post #1657

Harley Quinn - Pencils

Harley Quinn © DC Comics

I took a bit of time this afternoon to transfer the digital sketch of Harley to the final Bristol Board. I should have a bit of time tomorrow to finish her up. Baby steps gets it done. :)

This is pencil on 9" x 12" Strathmore Bristol Board.

This is Post #1601 

DCnU Harley Quinn

Harley Quinn © DC Comics

My day was filled with commissions today. Putting in a few hours on each. Then I started tightening up this piece. It started as a little sketch in my sketchbook. I will be inking it and probably paint it with watercolors. Then it will be Ebay bound. :)

Pencils on 11"x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.

This is Post #1588

Work in Progress - Pencils Complete

Characters © DC Comics

If you have been following me on Twitter or come here regularly, you have seen bits and pieces of this commission for Royce as I have worked on it. And now Royce has graciously allowed me to share the completed pencils as a whole.

This piece is measuring in at 14" x 17" and it is on Strathmore 400 series Bristol Board. The idea was Royce's. One that he has toyed around with for quite and while and when he mentioned it to me, I had to make this happen. There are some areas that are still pretty rough to the casual viewer but it's enough information for me to begin inking. (This was scanned in three sections so there is some variation in lights and darks) There are a lot of silver age references, a couple of bronze age ones too. I know I didn't hit every Superman Family landmark or supporting character, but I think Royce and I captured some of the best loved. Thanks again Royce. Onward to the inks!

This is Post #1570

Work In Progress Sunday - Commission

Perry White © DC Comics

I finished the pencils today for the EVEN BIGGER Commission today and thought I would share another area. If you follow my on Twitter, you would have seen a rougher version of the shot above. I have tightened it up a bit since then. And don't call him "Chief"!

This is Post #1569

The Mr. Mind / Lex Luthor Team-Up

Lex Luthor & Mr. Mind © DC Comics

Way back in Shazam #15, (100 Pages for only 60¢, baby!) Lex Luthor teamed up with Mr. Mind to defeat Captain Marvel. Had they won, they would have turned their attention towards the Man of Steel. So instead of just drawing Mr. Mind, I thought I would represent this villain team-up.

This is pencil on 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1428

Sivana - Worlds Wickedest Scientist

Shazam/Captain Marvel/Sivana © DC Comics

This started off as a sketch of Captain Marvel villain, Doctor Sivana, in my sketchbook. Then I thought I would ink it on bristol board, so I enlarged it and light boxed it to the 11" x 17" board. I decided to add the good Captain and the ray gun. Then noticed that the big shadow that was filling the top right would be a good place for logos. So a bit of scanning and light boxing again and I had the logos penciled in. But what about the issue number? Thanks to a Google search I found that #35 was the last published issue of SHAZAM and that it was bi-monthly. So this is now the pencils for the "lost" issue of SHAZAM #36, (Aug). Inks? Maybe later. Hope you enjoy this!

This is Post #1427

Shadow Lass - Rough

Shadow Lass © DC Comics

I'm in a Legion state of mind. I did some work for a client today, moved on to the final pencil art for a Karate Kid/Princess Projectra painting, moved on to doodling some ideas for a Shrinking Violet painting, and then pulled out a sheet of 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board and whipped up this rough of Shadow Lass. I'm not sure if I will ink or paint it. I love days like this. Long Live the Legion! :)

This is Post #1390

Batgirl - rough

Batgirl © DC Comics

There has been so much talk about Barbara Gordon lately on the comic sites, I felt inspired to draw her in her more traditional Batgirl outfit. I didn't feel like doing some action shot, I just wanted to get back to that joy she had when I first started reading her adventures. So I put her on a roof top overlooking the city she protects.

If or when I get around to finishing her, it will be inked.

This is pencil on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board.

This is Post #1383

Sketchbook Wednesday - Doodle

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

Just a pose I had in my head that I had to get down on paper. Then a bigger idea was hatched for it and well, I will have to put it on the back burner for a while. Kinda busy right now. :)

This is pencil on 9" x 12" Canson drawing paper.

This is Post #1317

Shadow Lass - Canson Cutie Pencils

Shadow Lass © DC Comics

Today was/is a busy day. I had to drop everything to take care of some illustrations. Somehow the approval of the roughs feel through the cracks and now it's a rush. These things happen and are just part of the business. I did get quite a few done and will finish it up tonight or tomorrow.

The bad part is it cut into the Canson Cutie time I had set aside for today. All I managed to do today was the pencils. This will be transferred to a sheet of Canson Mi-Teintes Royal Blue paper tomorrow.

Okay, back to work.

This is Post #1207

The Flying Nun - Rough

The Flying Nun © Sony Pictures

Another suggestion from Royce. You can tell how old we are by the shows he suggested and the fact I remember them fondly. I sketched this today but it looks like I will not get to the color yet. Too much work to do tonight. Oy!

I remember watching Sally Field starring as Sister Bertrille on the tv show THE FLYING NUN. She starred as a novice nun in Puerto Rico who could fly because of the aerodynamic nature of the heavily starched cornette she wore on her head and she weighed 90lbs. When she explained her ability to fly as "When lift plus thrust is greater than load plus drag, anything can fly", I believed it. But hey, I was 4 years old when the show started and 7 when it ended. One of the cool supporting characters on the show was Carlos Ramirez (played by Alejandro Rey). Carlos was a ladies man, a casino owner and the only one I knew of on television that shared my (middle) name. Except back then it was my first name. Well, legally I didn't have a first or middle name until I was 13. But I digress. I hope to add some color to this tomorrow.

And let's take a moment to wish Little John a speedy recovery. It was a Little John vs. The Ice grudge rematch today and the ice won again. Get well soon John!

This is Post #1196

Grandpa Munster

Grampa Munster © Universal Studios

Today's practice piece was suggested by Gary. This was sketched by pencil first and placed in Photoshop for color. I also added the watercolor paper scan for texture. Overall I am happy with this one. I learned a few new things and tried some approaches I haven't tried before. Learning is fun.

Looks like I am heading to Arkansas again on Monday. Should be the last time as the projects I am doing are coming to an end. I am hoping that more work comes my way from this client. I have a great time working with them and we always produce some great products together. Because of the short notice of the trip, I am scrambling to get my other work ahead of schedule. So I might have some sketch days here on the blog. I had hoped to finish another Canson Cutie this weekend but that will have to wait another week.

And as I type this, I just got an email that more art is needed for the series of Grammar books I am working on. It's good to be busy. :)

This is Post #1195