Thursday, February 12, 2015

SCOOBY-DOO, WHERE ARE YOU #56 Cover Art

Here's the final cover art for #56 of the Scooby series that DC Comics does. For the story titled "The Secret Of Hush Hotel". That title could change by the way, but it's what was on my script. The ghost of Mrs. Clanger is roaming the hotel.

Actually it was designed all in layers so I could reuse the wall if I wanted for something else but I could also pop in another silhouette behind Scooby. I'm getting ideas...

SCOOBY-DOO Cover Art For Books 9 And 10!

Here's the two covers I did for the last two Scooby-Doo "You Choose" books for Capstone. The Interiors were just finished last week for Book 9 as I did them out of order. I would have posted these covers sooner but I've been busy. I was very happy with how these came out though they may have tweaked the one underwater cover when you see the published version, but you can see my original version here. I think they wanted to make the old ruins in the back more of a blue color so that it wasn't so prominent. I don't exactly remember now as these were done back last August I'm guessing.
These are for Book 9 "The Curse of Atlantis" and Book 10 "The Secret of The Alien Saucer" both written by Laurie Sutton. I'm guessing they will be out this spring or late spring.

With the interior art now turned in this marks a complete ten book series run that I did for it. I've heard they may do two more but can't confirm it yet. I'm guessing I would know in another month or so as they would plan them to come out in the fall of this year. Originally, when I was working on the first four I was told it was an eight book contract with WB and they added another two after that. I was told they are doing quite well so I may get another email to do more. We shall wait and see. I do like seeing the work uncropped and unfettered without all the logos and such. These covers are tricky to do as they only have so much "live area" to work within and I have to leave room for the titles and other things.

Phineas And Ferb Poster

Back in the fall I was out roaming and saw the latest copy of P & F magazine and saw that they re-purposed my art of a comic page into an Agent P poster in the center of the magazine! He's fighting the Rogue Rabbit. Actually that drawing was my 100th comic page for P & F as well. I was offered more P & F work in early fall but declined do to the fact that I had too much Scooby going on. I was told the magazine would be stopping and they were getting the last couple issues done art wise.

The magazine is drawing to a close now though as they stopped production of the show with the end of the 4th season. They produced a lot of shows per season so I think Disney is giving it a break as the show was put into an "extended hiatus" or something. It will be back. Hell, they brought back the PowerPuff Girls all these years later. Everything needs room to breathe and I would expect P & F will return in five to ten years for a new audience.

15 YEARS OF DRAWING SCOOBY!

It's a little belated as an anniversary.

All right, it's a LOT belated (almost 4 months), but for those keeping track, last November 21st marked my 15 year mark for drawing Scooby-Doo. Wow! And I was drawing Scooby as the holidays came and went. Who'da thunk I be doing it this long? I sure didn't and that is a personal record of sorts for me. This dog is certainly a chapter of my life. Back in 1999 when I was doing my audition test I thought it would be a short-lived job. At the time in the late 90's, Scooby didn't have a lot going on publishing wise and once I was approved I did a tremendous amount of work back in 2000 into spring of 2001. It was Scooby all day and night back then. And here we are now in 2015...

Just finished another new Scooby comic and a cover for DC Comics back in January and I just wrapped up Books 9 and 10 for the Scooby-Doo "You Choose" series for Capstone. I did SIX Scooby-Doo books for Capstone in 2014! And I managed to squeeze in a Scooby art commission for a fan which took forever to complete. I remembered why I don't do many commissions as they are hard to fit into the schedule sometimes that is ever-changing. But it all turned out fine in the end and they were happy.

Yes... I am still here

OK, I know I've not posted anything in quite awhile. I've been too spread out here doing too many things at once and not accomplishing any of them like I wanted to so I'm now focusing on one thing at a time to get things more orderly. I now have some open time between things so I can get this blog on track again.

Onwards and upwards!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A MOMENT WITH BUFORD AND BALJEET!

Here's another 1-pager for you to read featuring Buford and Baljeet! This one came out pretty well in the end. I thought it was funny.

TALES OF DRUSELSTEIN Comic!

 
One of many I've drawn... you can click on the page to get to the larger version! Also, since Phineas and Ferb have finished production as a show, the magazine will be coming to a close as well soon.

More SCOOBY-DOO Capstone Book Cover Art!

I just recently finished up the artwork to Books 7 and 8 for the Scooby-Doo "You Choose" series at Capstone! Here are both covers uncropped and uncluttered in original final art form. These should be out in February 2015 as far as I know and are titled "The Fright At Zombie Farm" and "The House On Spooky Street".
As I was finishing these two up I got word that there will be yet ANOTHER two books to do. I just got some light art direction today for Books 9 and 10!

New SCOOBY-DOO Capstone Books Are Out!

I saw that Scooby "You Choose" Books #5 and 6 are now out! Here are the final covers uncropped and uncluttered for you art lovers out there!

Friday, July 4, 2014

SCOOBY-DOO #48 Cover Cover

Here's the cover to Scooby #48 that I did. I think it's a strong cover and was quite happy with it with the inking job I did for it. The original art has a new home as I sold that a while ago and Candace Bell did a superb job coloring it based on some notes I gave her. This issue also features a story I wrote and drew as well. I also think the backup reprint story in it is one of mine as well, so it's a full Scott Neely issue. It should be out in August.

Monday, June 9, 2014

SCOOBY-DOO #47 Comic Cover + San Diego Comic-Con Variant Cover Exclusive

Here's both covers to Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #47! An exciting moment for Scooby comic fans as this is also the first time that Scooby has ever gotten a variant cover! The first cover is the main cover for the book that you would get if you bought it anywhere and then the second cover with Scooby dressed as Batman is a Diamond Previews Exclusive that will be on sale at this year's San Diego Comic-Con! I have no idea what they are charging for it though being that it's an exclusive. I can only hope I get one for free since I drew it. There's a LOT going on in both of these covers and I kept the background details similar so that they looked like two scenarios at the same show. Eagle-eye fans will see that I put another Scooby comic cover I drew into the design. The girl is putting a copy of Scooby #44 in her bag. This variant cover was a bit harder as more people had a say over it, so it went through a few revisions before Scooby colorist, Candace Bell, went and colored both of these based on my notes. Once she was done I dropped the logos on to finalize. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

SCOOBY-DOO #44 Cover Cover


Here's the final cover art I did for Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #44. I posted a pic on the blog of me finishing the art back in January. This first image is a scan of the actual printed cover that came out. Some highlights from the paper it was printed on were picked up by the scanner though. I hate that glossy paper. Anyway...
Here's the original thumbnail that WB chose to go with as a design. I did four designs for this cover on 8.5 x 11 paper. Even at this small size it read really clear. Again I used a 40% Warm Gray marker to make the thumbnail pop.
This is a scan of the final art that was done on DC Comics art board. It came out super clean with little to no white touch up paint to fix any errors on it. Even in black and white this is a strong layout that works.
Then Candace Bell, who was at Heroic Age at the time, did the coloring for it based on the script and any notes I had. Once final approval from DC and WB and it was off to the printers with the rest of the final art for the book!
I included this cover version also as this was the final cover for the digital release of the comic. The store bought one had the UPC symbol on it. All in all, I like this cover a lot! A great shot of the Gang with an air of mystery!

Writing Scooby Is Easier Than Drawing Scooby

I just got back from the dentist and I should be hitting the board inking Scooby final art but I decided to post this pic instead. It was taken back in late February (around the 21st I think) at around 6:30pm. It had a spooky feel with the lighting which is always great when writing Scooby-Doo. Actually, mysteries are always written better when the light are low. I didn't have any music though. I need silence when I do the dialogue.

I sold three story ideas to DC Comics for Scooby and Warner Bros approved them all. So I was tasked to write the first one, which took me a week. Actually, if I just cranked it out instead of taking time to step away to do art, it would have been like three days. It took a full day in my mind of where it went and how it ended. The next two days were working out the panel to panel storytelling and typing it into a script format and then adding the dialogue, which went fast. Actually this one fell into place quite quickly and practically wrote itself and a nice tag at the end that fell into place at the last moment.

I submitted the final script and heard back a week later that it was approved by WB with no changes! Yowza! I guess after 14 years of drawing Scooby, they knew I probably could write it as well. It was a shock when the editor asked if I wanted to draw the story I turned in too. "Really?", I asked. So when it was said to be OK, I said yes. Originally, with DC Comics, you couldn't write and draw your own stories unless you were incorporated as a business. Apparently things have changed in the last few years with the move to California for DC as you now just needed permission from both parties to do it (DC and WB). I know most people think one owns the other and they're really just one company but they aren't. They are working together more now than ever to milk the intellectual properties that DC owns. With Marvel and Disney riding hard off of every success they have, you can see why DC moved from New York to Burbank to be closer to Warner Bros.

Anyway, I'm quite happy with how my story turned out and I have to say that writing it was way easier than drawing it. When I started drawing it, I knew the exact visuals I wanted as I worked it all out in the writing and planning, but when I got to a page with nine panels I fumed, "who's the asshole who wrote nine panels a page???"

Oh... that's right. It was me.

I've said for years that it's easier to write this stuff than draw it. A scene that takes place down by the docks on the seedy side of town with the mist coming in, a ship's horn going off, with a solitary light above a dockside storefront that was lit is a cool scene to see in your mind's eye. Drawing it though is another thing entirely! There's a million ways to interpret the visual.

Writing the Mystery Machine in the middle of a chase scene is exciting, but drawing the Mystery Machine itself over the course of three pages and a lot of panels can be a pain in the ass.

Anyway, in the end, it turned out cool and I was pleased with how it turned out. I'm hoping the coloring turned out ok as well, as the cover I drew for the comic turned out very nice indeed.

I turned in the final art which was approved with no changes the beginning of May and it should be out in August, as it got pushed back a month (due to a comic convention-style story that was squeezed in last minute).

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

SCOOBY'S Lost Cover!

Scooby's lost cover that I did back in....hmmm, January? It was in early 2014 sometime. It was done quick and Heroic Age did the coloring on it. It was meant for issue #42 of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? and there were some problems with the artist getting the interior art getting done on time and WB was rough with approvals and so the issue got pushed back, and then pushed back, and then became an inventory story that will run at some point. I've no idea when though. It's a ghost story that takes place down south. I don't even remember the title of the story now either. Thought I'd post it for you to see.