Thursday, September 30, 2010

The Enchantress and...Sif?

Another commission, where the request was Marvel's Enchantress and Sif, as a frog. Believe you me, finding a version of Sif's get-up that would translate well to frogs is not easy.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Intrepid Reporter


Another commission, this time of Superman's favorite lady, Lois Lane. Lois is a tough one for me, because I always go directly to one of my favorite renditions of her by Ming Doyle. She is one of my favorite DC characters though.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

COMIC the Sailor TWART

Instead of just posting a clip of it like usual, here's the entirety of my final piece for the COMIC TWART featuring Popeye and friends. This took a long while because I had trouble figuring out exactly what I wanted to do until Friday of last week, and then there was a lot of digging through the cartoons to be done. I really wanted to do something that would fit in a bunch of the little things I like about the character's history so I went with something akin to the old 12 panel Thimble Theatre Sunday page grid. As far as all those little things:

- Castor: In discovering the strip I was really taken with Olive's brother, Castor. He basically brings Popeye into the strip after all and he's got a great face for cartoons. I'm a little disappointed now that he and the rest of the Oyl family were never in any of the cartoons. My favorite part in this piece is watching his face as the strip goes along.
- That's Brutus in the 2nd, 3rd, and final panels, not Bluto. Frankly, Brutus is a heck of a lot funnier to me. It's probably the crossed eyes and uni-brow.
- The 5th panel has got Poopdeck Pappy, who I've never drawn before, but I have drawn Popeye and plenty of beards.
- The 6th panel is a reference to the inital story where Jack Snork shot Popeye while at sea and Bernice the Whiffle Hen basically saved his life.
- Eugene the Jeep is hanging out on the gutters between the panels, as creatures who can pass into the fourth dimension tend to do. This is a reference to what I think is one of the funniest gags ever.
- The 7th panel is from Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp.
- The 8th panel is from the short Goonland.
- The 9th panel is from Popeye the Sailor meets Sindbad the Sailor. The giant buzzard from that cartoon is my stand-in for Bernard, the Sea Hag's buzzard, both of which I wanted to put in here but didn't get to. There's Bluto in the back as Sindbad.
- The 10th panel is a reference to the last scene in the 1980 live-action movie featuring Robin Williams. Olive and Wimpy are in there if you look real close.
- And the rest of it is just me foolishly trying to be Segar.

Thanks for coming back and checking out the Popeye sketches all week folks, this was a lot of fun for me. If you've got a little time make sure to check out my tumblr account - Wait a Minute, Doc - where I was posting various Popeye related art and such throughout the week.

toot toot!

Monday, September 27, 2010

Popeye and Company

I drew this a week or so ago as an ink and color test when I was trying to decide on what I wanted to pick for the Twart.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Whiffle

The third and final Popeye team-up before I post the piece for the Twart, featuring my favorite boy detective, Encyclopedia Brown.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Funny Frenz

Another day in Popeye week and this time he's helping out Captain Marvel fight...a bunch of animal people. I'm sure the Sea Hag is behind it somewhere.

Monday, September 20, 2010

It'sk Clobburshkum Time!

The first of what will probably be a couple Popeye sketches this week, this time with everybody's favorite blue-eyed clobberin' machine, the Thing. And yes they're hanging out at Jimmy's, from Darwyn Cooke's issue of Solo, where I assume all fictional characters hang out and grab a drink.

COMIC TWART Decided

With last week's piece for the COMIC TWART I challenged you guys to find the clues to who I was picking for my week. What I didn't tell you was that the three clues were to three different characters, because as of posting this last Wednesday, I hadn't decided. I've pointed them out above, but I'll also post some clips that have each face colored differently so it's easier to see.
3. Blueberry
Charlier and Giraud's western character ended up being a bit of a backup if I'd decided I couldn't pick between the other two. I love these books, but was mostly a little surprised that we haven't picked a western character on the Twart, and that was a large part of why I was considering him.
2. Plastic Man
It was really tough not to pick Plas. I love the Jack Cole comics and he's in my DC trinity, and as I've mentioned before here, I love drawing the guy. Don't be surprised if I pick him the next time around.1. Popeye
Finally, I ended up deciding on Popeye. I've been a huge fan of the character since I was a kid and thought the idea of the rest of the guys on the Twart drawing him could be really interesting. I've told a couple folks that one of my goals is to get everybody I know to draw Popeye for me. The anchor tattoo on the pirate's arm in the background is completely coincidental, I'd totally forgotten I put that in there. A lot of people also guessed Terry and the Pirates, which is one of my favorite strips and a completely understandable guess.

This was a tough pick because I had planned on picking Captain Marvel this round, but I'm actually glad Ron picked him because now I get to see two of my favorite characters this round. Over at my tumblr account, which I try my best to keep just to stuff I like, I'll be putting up Popeye stuff all week. So welcome to Popeye week.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Elementary

Here's another commission from the last batch, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's famous duo, Holmes and Watson.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A COMIC TWART Stalks the Swamp

This week's theme at the COMIC TWART is Marvel Comics' the Man-Thing, as picked by Declan Shalvey. Above is the title I cobbled together but you can click here to see the full piece. Make sure to pick up Thunderbolts #148 this week to see Declan's work with Man-Thing and the rest of the team.

Also, as I mention over on the Twart, since my pick is next week I've hidden three clues as to who I'm picking in the full piece. See if you can figure it out!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

ChewDOCca

Here's a rare Star Wars commission of everybody's favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca. I haven't drawn much Star Wars stuff since I was in 6th grade when they re-released the movies in theaters, and was surprised at how much fun this was. I'm hoping the snow planet (Hoth?) is appropriate, it gave me an excuse to ink those Caniff-type snow-capped mountains.

I realized it's been a while since I've shown much progress work, so here are the pencils.
And here are the inks before I added the zip-a-tone pattern.Thanks for checking in. If I knew how to type out that noise Chewy makes I'd do it right here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Folks Without Fear

Another commission from the current batch, this time of Marvel's Daredevil and Black Widow. I never seem to get requests for Daredevil, but he's on my list of favorite Marvels folks and I really get a kick out of drawing him. Black Widow's a first though, and maybe it's just me but every cover I've seen with her swooping down from a building she always seems to be hanging from a piece of dental floss.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

EXTERMINATE the COMIC TWART

This week's theme at the COMIC TWART is Doctor Who, as picked by Chris Samnee. Above is the clip of incarnation #11 as played by Matt Smith, but to see the whole piece go here. I mention it on the blog, but I've only started watching the show within the last year thanks to the terrible, terrible influence of Kyle and Mitch. The last season especially was a lot of fun.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Jonny and Jessie

Today's commission is actually a new version of a commission from over two years ago, which you can see here. Nothing shows you what you've learned better than redoing something from before you learned how to use black. This one features Jonny Quest and Jessie Bannon (who first appeared in The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, but the request was that she look as if she debuted in the original series). And hey, skull caves are pretty cool.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

I'm gonna blog you all kinds of blog

Here's a Spirit commission from this month's stack. Been too long since I drew the guy.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Cat in Snow

More commissions from the last batch, this time of the classic green and purple suit Catwoman.

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

With One Magic COMIC TWART

A day late, I've finally posted my piece for last week's theme on the COMIC TWART, Captain Marvel! Above is just one panel of ten, click here to see the full piece. The piece basically became, if I were in a position to pitch a Captain Marvel page for Wednesday Comics, this would have been the first page. I tried to fit in as many characters as possible, leaving some off the list that I really would have liked to include like Shazam, Sabbac, Oggar, King Kull, and Mr. Atom. Much to my surprise, I realized halfway through drawing the thing that I've never drawn Sivana or Mr. Mind.

Make sure you go over to the Twart and check out the rest of the GREAT work from the guys.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Ceci n'est pas une blog

Here's an extremely fun commission idea that came up in the last batch. Chris Murrin asked for a take on René Magritte's The Treachery of Images, with a twist of Plastic Man. Chris said I could make Plas look like anything I wanted, but I had to hit the joke on the head and do a pipe.

But then I felt bad because I didn't feel like this is worth a whole commission, so I did another. This one says (in terrible grammar) "This is not a bagpipes"
I've said it before but it bears repeating, I have an absolute blast drawing Plastic Man. I won't say I'm going to keep doing more of these, but I thought of at least a dozen others while working on them. Thanks again Chris for commissioning a brilliant idea!

And thanks to you folks who have written about commissions. I've got about 5 more spots left on this month's list, so make sure to write in soon if you're interested!

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Commissions - September

Hey ladies and gents, it's the beginning of a new month and that means it's time to take new commissions. If you've ordered previously and have not received it yet, please know that they are on their way or just nearly finished (I was short-sighted and ran out of ink, had to order a new batch, and it just got in today). If I haven't posted it yet here feel free to e-mail me and ask about a scan.
While I'm at it, I'd forgotten last month to mention that I've added a bunch of new stuff to the Doc Shop and would invite you to go take a look over there. I'll be adding more new work in the days to come.

Anyway, this month's commissions! We finally closed on the house two weeks ago, so this monthly commission thing will be ongoing for the near future. Plus Carla and I were rear-ended tonight, and the rear-ender decided to take off once we asked about her insurance. I promise I'm not getting in car accidents just to ask for commissions.

I'll be taking somewhere between 10-15 commissions near the beginning of each month, so if you don't get in right away you'll always have a chance the next month.

Below you'll find some examples of what the above categories might look like.

1 Mugshot
1 Figure2 figures

This is only a rough idea of what your commission might look like. I will most likely add some kind of background to each, just something simple.

I will keep adding any pertinent information as it comes up to this post. Please feel free to leave any questions in the comments. If you're interested in a piece, e-mail me at evantshaner@gmail.com. Thanks!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Clark and Bill

This week's theme over at the Comic Twart is That Guy in the Cape I'm always talking about, and here's the big surprise: I'm not the one who forced the rest of the guys to draw him. Here's an even bigger shocker, this is not my piece for the Twart this week. This is for something else. More on that later.

Of course I start every day by drawing Captain Marvel 200 times, but it's been a very long time since I drew Superman. And I missed it.

UPDATE:
I'm told now that it's cool to let everybody know what this is for. This is the cover to this December's issue of Fawcett Collectors of America, which appears in Alter Ego magazine. Here's a link where you can get ordering info. Check out that Ordway cover! To see my piece as it will appear click here. I'm really excited about the issue and I appreciate P.C. Hamerlinck giving me the chance to contribute to this great publication.