Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween everybody! It's also the end of my no-superheroes month experiment, thanks to those who said such nice things while I tried some new stuff, and thanks to those of you who were patient with me for the last month if it wasn't your thing. I had hoped to do a few more sketches this month but it ended up being busier than I expected. I still had a good time doing the ones I got to though.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

By Crom!

A weekend sketch of everybody's favorite Cimmerian, Conan the Barbarian. I'm a big fan of John Buscema's work on the character and that one story Jorge Zaffino drew, but it was the great work being done on the recent Dark Horse title that made me want to try drawing Conan again. I'm looking forward to buddy Declan Shalvey's work on the book coming up in a month or two.

UPDATED: Now in color --

Anyway, boy it's fun to let loose and draw some swords and mayhem now and then. I totally get the appeal of drawing a book like this.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

City Lights

I've been thinking more about Red Clay lately, so today's sketch is another one of my own Detroit detective, Red Clay.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Another quick one for today, here's Cousin Eerie.

Monday, October 15, 2012


A quick sketch as I start the night shift. Please ignore how much this looks like DC's Scalphunter (it's almost like I forgot I said I wouldn't draw any DC characters this month or forgot he was a DC character). If I'm not careful this no-superhero-month will become Doc-draws-a-bunch-of-western-stuff.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Shine Yer Astro-spurs!

...and don yer robot fists! Today's sketch is Sparks Nevada, Marshal on Mars, from the Thrilling Adventure Hour. I based him on buddy Mike Holmes' great take on the character. I'm a big fan of the show, particularly Sparks Nevada's escapades and his great theme song.

If you haven't heard there's a graphic novel version of the show being put together and I'm very excited to be contributing. The book is being funded by Kickstarter, and as of this post is about $11,000 shy of the goal, with 26 days to go no less! There's even a Doc Shaner reward tier on there if that's the sort of thing that would interest you. A lot of awesome folks are involved and I’m sure this is going to be a great package when all is said and done. Go give it a look!

Thursday, October 11, 2012


 ...James Bond. I've been watching James Bond movies while I work for the last week and I figured what better time to do a Bond sketch. This sketch is more of the character himself than a specific actor, though I have a feeling I'll come back to Bond before the month is over. I've never gotten around to reading the books but I'd really like to first chance I get. My dad is a big fan of the Connery movies and I remember watching them with him when I was younger and enjoying those. I never really got into the many of the movies between Connery and Craig, though I know I must have seen some of the Brosnan flicks in the theater. The upcoming Skyfall totally snuck up on me but I'm looking forward to seeing that one.

Here's a detail shot of 007's face since he's a little small in the whole sketch.

Sunday, October 07, 2012


As I mentioned in the first post, part of my goal this month is to just make some things up off the cuff. Another secondary goal is to draw some different types of faces and people. I don't get/take enough chances to draw older people so that's what I wanted to do with today's wake-up sketch. When I was much younger I was really into space and NASA, wanting to be an astronaut, or a professional hockey player if that didn't work out (ha!). There's still a lot of that classic NASA imagery that really appeals to me as an artist.

Thursday, October 04, 2012

Prince of Thule

Today's sketch is Hal Foster's Prince Valiant. I've always had a fondness for Medieval stories and the stuff of Arthurian legend and would like to do more in that arena. Prince Valiant was always in our local newspaper when I was a kid but I didn't really pay it much attention, tearing past it to get to Calvin & Hobbes. I ended up getting into it in sort of a backwards fashion as a big fan of Gary Gianni's work, who had taken over drawing the strip until just recently, then going back and discovering John Cullen Murphy's and (of course) Foster's work on the strip. This panel is hands down one of my favorite drawings in comics.

All for today, thanks folks!

Tuesday, October 02, 2012


So I've decided I'm going to try something different this month with the sketches. I've been feeling like they're getting stale, or just that I'd been in a bit of a rut, so for the month of October I won't be sketching any superheroes or any of the other regulars around here. I like superheroes plenty, but they're not the only characters I like, and yet looking back it's just about all I ever post here. They're an easy solid go-to when I'm trying to start my brain in the morning, but I'd like to challenge myself to do something different. I won't necessarily be posting every day (the first half of the month is a little busy for me) but we'll see.

Basically, none of the regular Marvel or DC folks. I'm not going to make it complicated and set any definite rules for this, just going to try to do something different and explore some other genres. Heck, I'd like to make up some new stuff if possible. Might even take some one-word suggestions from time to time. For instance, the above sketch started with the word Iriquois. I've mentioned I'd happily do westerns forever, right? Okay, moving on.

If you come here looking for the superheroes hopefully you'll stick with me while I try this out. Thanks all!