Monday, July 31, 2017

The Forgotten

Forgotten civilization, forgotten soldiers. I forgot why I painted this. Oh right, this month's Gnomon theme. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

Asteroid Strike

This month's forum theme for Gnomon Workshop. Happy Asteroid Day!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Goodbye old chum

Wanted to make a likeness of Adam West to honor him and will keep trying until I get it right. He was my Batman growing up and then I poo-poo the show later. His one-liners on Family Guy are great and I started rewatching Batman a few years ago and so much comedy gold I missed.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017


This is my entry for the Gnomon forum theme for May: Mayday, mayday, mayday...

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

How can Hydra Captain America lift Thor's hammer, Mjolnir, if he's evil?

There's a lot of questions and comments floating around regarding Marvel's Secret Empire comic that came out on Free Comic Book Day. At the end of a battle where Hydra forces, lead by Captain America, have defeated the Avengers, Cap picks up Mjolnir, Thor's Hammer. How can he do that if he's evil? He has to be worthy in order to be able to lift the hammer.
Mjolnir doesn't define being "worthy" in terms of a good-or-evil judgment call. Being "worthy" means you believe in your convictions. Kobik, the girl formed from cosmic cube fragments, was secretly mentored by the Red Skull. At a point where aged Steve lay dying, Kobik herself, not at the behest of any other, reset him to the best version of himself. This included false information that Kobik learned from the Red Skull, mainly a belief system that revolved around Hydra. Almost all other events and qualities that originally made Steve Rogers Captain America happened or still exist, although slightly altered: his origin story of how he got his powers, being a master strategist, his relationships with Bucky and Sharon Carter, blaming himself for Bucky's death, etc... Lifting Mjolnir wasn't a matter of mind control. Steve Rogers personal history was rewritten, misinformed by faulty information from the Red Skull. Mjolnir would have sensed mind control and Steve wouldn't have been able to lift the hammer. His free will is intact, which he'd need in order to be worthy. The issue of how the Red Skull managed this feat is here.

In Secret Empire #0, Seeds of doubt about Hydra's mission are being planted in Cap's head. He's lost his former partner, Rick Jones, to firing squad. He's on the outs with Sharon Carter; she hates him. I'm sure he'll lose others and discover other crimes perpetrated by Hydra. The crux will be a crisis of conscience and Steve will be left with a decision: Hydra or Avengers. Since he still has freewill, he won't need to break free of the power of the Cosmic Cube; it doesn't hold sway over him. His ability to debate himself and question authority is what Captain America has been missing since Kobik changed his history. This character trait has been demonstrated time and again in numerous Captain America stories. We've seen Cap angst over the death of Bucky, question the government and relinquish his post in the first Secret Empire event, firmly take the side against registering during Civil War and many more examples. And this trait is what Cap will get back as this event wears on, after experiencing doubt from seeing the horrors that Hydra has to offer. Then we'll get our Cap back, but he'll be tainted from this experience.  And gray is the shade of Marvel's heroes in today's comic books.

This is what I hope Nick Spencer is going for. It'd be a real shame if it did come down to another cosmic widget reset or a 'big(ger) bad' brings enemies together.  Or that sentient cosmic cube fragments and Uru are related in the grand scheme of the universe? Nah. I'd like to see Cap prove, once again, that'll he'll be Cap, no matter what the Red Skull throws at him; even if he has to claw his way out of a flawed, alternate belief system.

And then he'll know, while you may have the strongest belief that you are right, only by seeing the truth will you be truly worthy.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sky Castle: Gnomon Forum Theme for April

Here's a Sky Castle for the Gnomon Workshop Art Forum, which was the theme for the month of April. I have the start of a plot for it, some of which I didn't have time to add into the painting. Hopefully part of it is evident. A djinn is forced into service by a sorcerer to push and hold a castle in the sky to protect the citizens from enemies below. From a pencil sketch, drew buildings in Illustrator, using the 3D filter for some of the basic shapes, then composited everything in Photoshop and painted over.

Friday, March 31, 2017

Spidermancer. Spidermancer. Does whatever a Spidermancer can.

I designed a legendary character for the monthly Gnomon art forum theme, Level Up. Kind of based from Diablo III. I thought some spider-based armor might be cool then added some floating tablets that synch with his jewels and the power of blood magic. That way you can add some different horror elements and effects in with this character.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

MODOK + Trump

Here's another Trump/Tweet flavored M.O.D.O.K. for March MODOK Madness. Started out with a couple of pencil sketches, scanned in and redrew and colored in Photoshop on a Cintiq. Comic book font is an old font called Whizbang and the title font is called Destroy Earth. With apologies to M.O.D.O.K.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Creature Crew (Armored Form)

Here's my entry for the February theme of the Gnomon forum, Living Armor.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Presidential painting studies

Here are some isolated head portraits of ex-president Nosferatus for the Lincolnstein digital painting. I redid to get them right. From top, left to right: John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Andrew Johnson, and Franklin Pierce. I got the base how I wanted it and made some shadow and light corrections to get each of the heads to fit on their bodies in the painting a little better. In Photoshop CS with a 21" Cintiq.

Lincoln comic cover

A mockup of cover art for an action/adventure Lincoln-based comic.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Presidents' Day - Washington versus the undead

The Second Coming of the British Undead
November 19, 1787

In "The General Magazine and Historical Chronical", later combined with other entries into the Secret Supernatural History of the America, Benjamin Franklin wrote:

"...George Washington was the only one equipped, with the Axe of Delivery to fight the
British and Hessian undead brought back to life on the battlefield cemetery of Concord by the All Seeing Eye of the Egyptian God SET, an artifact designed by Anubis but made to create chaos in the world of the living. The undead rose in protest by the lords of olde to the basic principles of the United States government as described in the newly written United States Constitution."

Note: the meaning of the All Seeing Eye was subverted and later used on crests and most notably on the back of the one dollar bill to symbolize divine providence.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Gnomon: Monster Hunter

This is my entry for the monthly 2D forum at Gnomon. This month's theme: Monster Hunter.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Prez 'Pocalypse

Lincolnstein battles ex-president nosferatus John Tyler, Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Franklin Pierce, and Millard Fillmore atop the ruins of the Washington Monument in 1892 overlooking the Capitol building and D.C.
On inauguration day, a rift in the timeline erupted causing different anomalies in other eras. In the last century a reanimated Lincoln, or Lincolnstein, fights other ex-presidential nosferatus in a battle of ideologies. Who will win the day?

This is new art, based on older art, I created to get my digital art chops up. It's based on my President Monster post on fanboy thunderdome that Jared Shear and I co-authored. After not looking at the old post artwork for a few years, I knew I could do a better job and the new illustration continued to evolve until this point. -J.