Commercial work and redraws

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

Another piece for the job. This one was killed. No fault of mine, the publisher changed their mind about the activity the person in the art would be doing. No biggie, these things happen. And it made for a better piece. You have to learn to go with the flow. :)

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Commercial Art - Roughs

Art © 2012 Gene Gonzales

From the "cheesecake" yesterday to veggies today, you never know what I will be drawing next but it is a well rounded diet. :)

These are roughs for a very large commercial job I am doing.

Pencil in my sketchbook.

This is Post #1865

THE ROUGHS - Conventionless Convention Sketches

Though I started two CCSs, I didn't get a chance to finish either. So I thought I would show these roughs for some previous pieces. These show the big difference between my convention sketches and my Conventionless Convention Sketches. I don't have the opportunity to work out ideas in my sketchbook at a convention like I do when I work on these at home.

I was asked recently if I would be doing an advance list for HeroesCon. I will, but that will be near the end of May. Just thought I would share that now. :)

Back with a CCS (or two) tomorrow.

This is Post #1673

Eskimo (Cutie) Pie - Conventionless Convention Sketch

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

Keeping with the "bare midriff"theme of his requests, Vincent asked for something completely different from the super-hero fare: A pin-up of an Eskimo cutie. He left it wide open for me to come up with whatever I wanted. I hope you like her Vincent, and thanks for the commissions!

Below is the rough sketch idea for this piece.

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

Ink on 11" x 17" Strathmore Bristol Board

This is Post #1520

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

Sketchbook Wednesday

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

It has been a loooooong day. I didn't start anything for this blog until 6pm. It was a Conventionless Convention Sketch that I finished but I'm not sure about it yet. I'm going to sit on that one to see if I like it later. My eyes were just too tired. I also had to do a piece for the blog I do with Joe Pekar So no rest for the wicked.

Instead of the CCS, I am posting the ideas I had for the piece for the other blog. The theme this week was Sword and Sorcery. After your done here, drop by and see what we did over there.

Pencil in sketchbook.

This is Post #1488

Shrinking Violet - Commission Roughs

Another commission I am working on features Shrinking Violet of the Legion of Super-Heroes. As always, I tried to present a variety of poses and/or situations to choose from. Once I showed them, I was told all of them are great and it was being left up to me to choose which one to paint. How cool is that?

I went back and forth on it. Sought the opinion of friends and a higher source (my lovely wife of course) and ultimately it came down to my favorite of the three, "C". I've done other variation of Shrinking Violet in Colossal Boy's hand before but this one fits so well. The costume she is wearing is from the time that they were actually a couple. Around issue number 305 of the Legion of Super-Heroes. Oh, and can anyone guess the inspiration for "B". That is if you can figure out what the heck I drew there. :)

Shrinking Violet © DC Comics

I reworked the hand a bit and then transferred this image to the final art board. I will try to take photos and or scans of the process and share them with the final piece.

This is Post #1394

Sketchbook Sunday - Roughs

Baroness & Scarlet © Hasbro

Just a couple of roughs I worked on today.

I am heading into an extremely busy week. Several things I am working on have all come back at the same time demanding my attention. This is going to be fun. :)

This is Post #1322

Sketchbook Thursday - Roughs

Artwork © 2011 Gene Gonzales

I'm just showing a some roughs today. While I have finished a couple of pieces from the list, I haven't heard the "okay" about showing them. Since they are paid for, I feel I should try my best to have the persons that purchase the art, see it first. That is unless you have given me the okay in advance like Brian and Carlos. And you can do that too. If you have paid in advance and would like to see the artwork when it is finished, just let me know.

I won't be showing any art not purchased. I used to just accept payment at the show and that's when you would see your commission. But I did get requests from some folks that wanted to pay in advance with PayPal. But I am still handling the "pay at the show" art the same way as I did before. I will post them here while I am at the convention, after they are picked up.

Okay, I've got to get back to work. I have one more commercial project to finish by tomorrow morning and then I will be committing the weekend to convention pieces. I'm having such a good time with this list. :)

This is Post #1279

Shadow Lass - Canson Cutie Roughs

Shadow Lass © DC Comics

This will be the last of the five Legion Canson Cuties I am doing for Michael. This one features Shadow Lass. As her name suggests, she can cast shadows. Sometimes so dense she could block out sunlight. I'll go into the character more as this piece progresses. For now, these are the three poses for Michael to consider for the final art.

Today I finished up the last page for my contribution to Free Comic Book Day. In case I didn't mention it before, I am doing some artwork again for Gemstone Publishing's Overstreet Guide to Comic Book Collecting, the freebie for FCBD, May 7th 2011. It's looking like I will be appearing at a store on FCBD doing a little signing and doing head sketches. I'm pretty excited about it. More details later.

This is Post #1206

Canson Cutie - White Witch (rough)

White Witch © DC Comics

I have been commissioned to do five Canson pieces featuring Legionnaires from the Curt Swan/Adventure Comics era. Yeah, I jumped all over that one. :) Above are the sketch ideas for the White Witch. I don't know if any of these ideas will be used, but it is a jumping off point.

In other news, earlier today I finished the first round art for a large project. It's not due until tomorrow but I like being ahead of schedule. Tomorrow morning I will give it one more look and send it to all of the people that need to see it. Then I will be out of town discussing the art in person on Tuesday and Wednesday. Since I will be flying I will have to choose between the nude photo booth or getting felt up. Friendly skies, eh? ;)

And lastly I had a bit of a scare. I went to my site and it wasn't there. Just a parked under construction page. Seems my domain registrar was using an email address I haven't used in about 10 years to notify me that my fees were due. It's pretty dumb because when I logged on to their site, my account information is up to date with my Florida contact info. I quickly paid the renew fee, contacted them and managed to get the site back up in a few hours. I know there are several other people that would like to have that domain and I'm lucky no one noticed it was available over the last five days. So my original site is back up and running and all is well. Except that I need to change registrars and need to do it soon.

This is Post #1149

Smallville - Old School!

Superboy and related characters © DC Comics

Today I had an email exchange with Royce about Superman Family characters and it sparked an idea. I had to put it to paper otherwise I would forget. Between the emails and the excellent SMALLVILLE episode last night, I was inspired with the idea of doing a "movie poster" piece that reflects Smallville from the comics I grew up reading. I don't know when I will get around to it, but I will. :)

This is Post #1107

Little Heroes Mix Bag

I have a full day of work ahead of me and I don't have time to color the two pieces I finished inking this morning. Instead I thought I would attempt overwhelm you with both inked pieces and two pieces that never made it past the rough stages. This was a fun theme that I may revisit in the future. Even though these are lacking in color, I hope they let us end this theme with a bang.

Lady Blackhawk © DC Comics
Swamp Thing © DC Comics
Green Lantern, Sinestro, Carol Ferris © DC Comics
Justice League of America © DC Comics

This is Post #1053

Shrinking Violet - Canson Cutie - Roughs

Shrinking Violet © DC Comics

I am starting on another Canson Cutie. This one is for Travis and he asked for Shrinking Violet of the Legion of Super-Heroes in her green and black Dave Cockrum designed costume. (Yeah, he knows what Legion time period to bring up to get me extra interested).

For the three ideas I wanted to involve different body language and attitude. I hope they look that way in the roughs. After much consideration, we are going with idea #1. I think this really is the best representation of Violet, her abilities and her Legion membership. More to come. :)

This is Post #1037

Harley Quinn - Canson Cutie Roughs

Harley Quinn © DC Comics

I have started a Canson Cutie of Harley and these are the three ideas I submitted for the commission. #1 was the selection and I think this is going to be a good one. :) I still like the other two and will file those away for another day.

This is Post #1028

Captain Action & Dr. Eville - Roughs

For the last several years I have been providing artwork for some of the introductions in the yearly OFFICIAL OVERSTREET COMIC BOOK PRICE GUIDE from Gemstone Publishing. This year Gemstone Publishing is participating in FREE COMIC BOOK DAY with the OVERSTREET GUIDE TO COLLECTING COMICS. I am happy to say that I had been contracted to produce artwork for this book as well. I am doing complete art and lettering duties for my pages.

Here are a couple of roughs from one of the pages. We are using different characters to explain how the comic grading process works and how you can learn it. Captain Action (above) will explain one part while his mortal enemy, Dr Eville (below) will explain another.

There are other characters I will be drawing for one panel shots. It's fun stuff and informative. I hope you will pick up a copy.

This is Post #862

Captain Action and Dr. Eville ©2010 Captain Action Enterprises. All Rights Reserved.