Valentine's Day Cupid - Patreon

Artwork © 2016 Gene Gonzales

As an early Valentines present I am sharing this piece with everyone. If you enjoy it I hope you will share it with others. This was done on my iPad Pro in Procreate.

This is one example of the process videos I share, and make downloadable, on Patreon. If you would like to see more please visit my Patreon page take a look at the different patron tiers on the page and join us.

Even if you don't pick a tier with process videos, you can still see new artwork almost everyday from me and help towards the goal of me posting one of my own comic creations.



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

Tigra - Rough

Tigra © Marvel Entertainment

This is the working sketch for a Canson Cutie Tigra piece I did for the weekly blog I share with Joe Pekar. This piece started life as a series of quick sketches done in Photoshop. Once I got the pose I liked, I started tightening up the figure. I don't like to erase much on the final Canson paper, so I try to get this part of the process down as much as I need. The I print it out on 11" x 17" copy paper, with the opacity down to about 20%, making a light gray image. I then pencil on top of that print out to tighten it up a bit farther. Slap it on the light table, transfer to the final paper, ink it, color it and scan it. You know, 5-10 minutes from rough to finish, tops. ;)

If you would like to see the finished piece you can find it at 2-Point Perspective blog. 

This is Post #1503

Saturn Girl 2 - Pittsburgh ComiCon Advance Sketch

Saturn Girl © DC Comics

We have Saturn Girl making another appearance on my Pittsburgh ComicCon Advance Sketch List. This one is for Anthony and this time Saturn Girl is in her pink "bikini" outfit from the 1970s. I will not presume to say who designed this costume. Learned my lesson. :) Thanks again Anthony. I hope she is a welcome addition to your collection.

This was done in ink on an 11" x 17" sheet of bristol board.

Now for the update...


Riddler (Female version) Canson Cutie

On Deck (in various stages of completion):

Dani Moonstar as a valkyrie - Canson Cutie
Psylocke (British version) - Canson Cutie
Enchantress - Canson Cutie

There are two more Canson Cuties after that and one more painting. Still time to get on the list.

And the beat goes on. Have a good weekend everyone!

This is Post #1280

Saturn Girl - Pittsburgh ComiCon Advance Sketch

Saturn Girl © DC Comics

This is the second of two pieces for Royce. Not only has Royce started up a Legion theme, he picked the first two female members. Maybe we should call this series "Legion Lovelies" :) This is ink on a sheet of 11" x 17" bristol board. Thanks again Royce!

There is still room on the list for anyone coming to the Pittsburgh ComiCon. Info is here.

Here's an update of what is done:

Sue Storm (Future Foundation black costume) ink
One-Eyed Jacquie (Marvel) ink
Saturn Girl (Silver Age) ink
Phantom Girl (Silver Age) ink
Saturn Girl (1970s pink costume) ink
Power Girl - painting

On deck:

Riddler (female version) Canson Cutie

I will update this each day.

This is Post #1278

Black Cat - Finish

Black Cat © Marvel Entertainment

I got a lot of work done today. Even worked while watching The Rays lose. Oy.

In addition to finishing the Black Cat piece posted above, I also finished pencils on three pieces from my Pittsburgh ComiCon Advance Sketch List. Fun stuff today. If anyone is interested in purchasing this Black Cat piece, just send me an email.

This piece was done in ink, white fluid acrylic paint and Copic markers on an 11" x 17" sheet of Bristol board.


This is Post #1275

Black Cat! - Work in Progress

Black Cat © Marvel Entertainment

Still feeling a little out of sorts today, but I am getting some work done. Got the okay on the art of the first fifteen chapters for another in a series of grammar books I am working on, so I had to put some time into that. Also started doodling ideas for the Pittsburgh ComiCon Advance Sketch List. Thanks to everyone who has signed up. Still more room if anyone is interested. :)

I also managed to rough out the background for the Black Cat piece posted above. Still more to do but I like how it is shaping up.

I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend.

This is Post #1274

Gwen Stacy

Gwen Stacy © Marvel Entertainment

Todays post of Gwen Stacy was a suggestion that I just had to do. I've got soft spot for turtle neck sweaters, short skirts, headbands and bangs. Blondes too for that matter. :)

This Gwen Stacy pin-up was done in ink on a sheet of 11" x 17" bristol board.


This is Post #1257

The Enchantress

The Enchantress © Marvel Entertainment

After the Batgirl piece yesterday, I thought I would look to the Marvel Universe for someone to draw. And the Enchantress came to mind. I have always liked the wacky leggings on this version of the character.

This was done in ink on a sheet of 11" x 17" bristol board.

This is Post #1256

Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)

Batgirl © DC Comics

Barbara Gordon, the only Batgirl for me. Yup, I'm that old. :)

This was done for fun in ink on a sheet of 11" x 17" bristol board.

I am going to do a series of these finished pin-ups and placing them for sale. Maybe a few a week. All will be priced at $50.00 plus 12.00 shipping in the US.

If you are interested in this piece, or any future ones, let me know.

This is Post #1255

Happy Halloween!

The Daughter of Frank © Gene Gonzales

I hope everyone has a fun and safe Halloween. Get lots of candy and don't "TP" anyone's house. As for us, we are going to have about a dozen 9th graders here for a little party. Talk about Halloween Terror!!!

This piece was done in mix media on a 10" x 15" sheet of 140# Canson Montval cold press watercolor paper.

This is Post #1122

French Maid

Artwork © Gene Gonzales

Today's post was inspired by my lovely wife's costume for Halloween. This was inked using my new Pentel Brush Pen. The graphic element behind the maid was the only thing not done with using a brush pen. I used a ruler and a Copic Multiliner pen for that. Still some adjustments I need to make when using the brush pen, but I'm sure I will get the feel for it pretty quick.

This is done on a 11"x 17" sheet of Strathmore Smooth Finish Bristol Board.

This is Post #1121

Sundress - Vector Art 2

I didn't have much time today to work on this. I am very busy with commercial work and still trying to get ahead so I can travel to the Pittsburgh ComiCon on Friday. But here is what I did:

A) I did a little bit of lights and darks on her skin. Nothing I am satisfied with so I started working on the background. Having a color background really helps to see contrasts in color. What looked to light in value now looks better with a dark background. For the background I am going with a cruise ship. I started with a basic sky color, added the water line and the area for the deck of the ship. The deck is made of different sized and color rectangles. 

B) I found a reference online for a ship railing that I used here. The only thing I really needed was the base and how it connects the rails to the deck. I don't have to have a completely realistic base, just a suggestion of it is good enough for what I am doing.

C) While researching the rail, I noticed life preservers and decided to include one. Having a reference helped me to see how the life preserver is attached to the railing.

D) I added the background clouds. They may stay, they may go. That is the nice thing about working digitally, you can change your mind at almost any point of the process.

All of this is being done in Adobe Illustrator CS3. More to come.

This is Post #914