|one of the best me and nei have done together and i think this image is now a classic in the zenescope universe|
my current pride and joy. since this is for me, i'd like u all to meet "The Elements". what started out as the "Mojo girls" is now Passion and Lust. i spent a lot of time designing these girls (even though they dont look like much) and it was nerve racking, i even switched their hair the day i started drawing them. i felt their personalities fit the others better.
read on if ur bored or aspiring:
now, as bizarre as this sounds its "art". for these nude type covers i need a gimmick to sell, unfortunately its the nature of the beast. so i was like, how do i get a 69, tongue, literal tits and GO ASS action on this cover and make it tasteful??? its harder than it sounds, i went through SEVERAL layouts b4 this one was chosen. and freeze framing this one in my mind was harder than most i've ever done. i sat with my eyes closed for hours and moved the camera around every angle to get this right. i had the pose 80% right, but the story telling was off and i had to redo the whole thing again. the hardest part is that there is NO way to use reference for this type of shot. even if i were to ask my cosplay friends to help with the poses, it would just be too difficult. art advise here is STUDY the human figure all day, all the time. its the only way im able to move the figure around and not "need" ref, buts it is necessary.
the top girl has white tiger stripes and shes one of my favorite designs ever, and i cant wait to play with her, shes been fun so far. (wait till u see the other cover) Her name is "Lust" and has a gold tongue and its the source of her power. i aimed for a tasteful image that still tingled the senses and i think it worked. i love drawing women in a "serene" setting more than sexy, sultry or anything else. i feel its when woman are closest to being "art" without being naked. i feel that its most powerful and can literally make it seem like time itself has stopped, when u look at the image.
i'd like to introduce "Passion" (i just realized there's ass in pASSion. what are the odds) she is the source, and what started the whole universe around it all. her hair is made of gold and she breathes passion into anything she wants. i feel shes an extension of me and wish passion was in everything everyone did at all times.
if u look at Lust's hands being placed on passion, u will notice only finger tips connect, this touch is not aggressive or lustful, a "grazed" touch against her skin is more passion. this can be more effective than a handful of breast. story telling with every body part (even hair) is very important to me. i feel it brings one into the image.
take out the cape like sash they have and u will notice the serene feel immediately disappears. u need "flow" to fully accomplish this look and that's why long hair is so important. Nei will be drawing the top figure on the regular version of this, and i have a few other artist wanting to team up as well, so be excited.
oh man, this was a pain to do. u all know how much i hate drawing faces and its cause i have not studied them like i have the figure. so its frustrating, because when i know something is "off", i don't know "exactly" how to fix it. eventually i get it right, but its with a lot of trial and error. i can fake anything in the comic medium and thats why u all think i can draw faces well, its because i've learned the comic way to draw them.
i find that my biggest strength is being able to walk away from the piece even though its not finished. i never ever rush the layout stage cause that's the most important. even though this is just a head sketch i'm very happy with the way it turned up.
my first time drawing this version of the white queen, and i enjoyed it. i think she is now my fav looking female character. i had a hard time coming up with a pose that hasn't been done before, and i dodnt succeeded cause i rather show her full frontal and more iconic than go with the story telling pose. oh well.
there are NO digital enhancements on this at all, this is exactly what it looks like in real life, and is %100 copic marker. if any of u have this blank, its my fav to work on (for future ref)
the metal was a pain, like always. it takes massive mojoing for me to get it just right which i never seem to do, but i try. i really like the sassiness in her hair and eyes, along with her shoulders.
this is me at a draw-off auction at wizard world texas 09|
there is a big room where all these other artist gather and mount up at an easel, and do there stuff....
i know im known for my hot chick drawings, but when holding up a piece of art for a crowd to look at u want to go with something that has more punch....this wolvie and batt piece scored the third highest bid after lee bermejo and marko dejurjovic.... which feels pretty good....and a local radio station that does comics and art interviewed me on this piece...which also feels pretty good...
Current Residence: LA baby!!
Favourite genre of music: i litterally like everything, rap, country, rock, pop...all expressions of ones self
Favourite photographer: me
Favourite style of art: dynamic art...
Operating System: i dont know squat about computers except how to break them
MP3 player of choice: ipod and itouch...yes i two, i keep losing them
Shell of choice: i dont know what this means
Wallpaper of choice: either a hot chick or art and my friends
Skin of choice: ??
Favourite cartoon character: hmm...prob He-Man
Personal Quote: give me music and i'll build u a house...take away my music and i'll build u a mail box