Monday, August 27, 2007

Where oh where does the time go?

Well this is going to have to be a real quick one today...I have been so busy the last couple of weeks, with my crazy work schedule my weeks have kind of been thrown out of whack. So today I am posting a sketch I did for Comicboy here on myspace, I really like the way it came out and even though I started something completely different for my blog today I just didn't get the chance to finish it...oh well for another day perphaps... I hope everyone is doing well and I will see you all here again Wednesday!!!!


Dave

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Kazar


Just a quick one for today... I am really looking forward to having the next three days off. Even though working four ten hour days can kind of suck sometimes, the three day weekend more than makes up for it. This character is Kazar from Marvel Comics, I'm not sure why I am so interested in drawing obscure comic book characters, maybe it's because some of them are so out there, or maybe its just the fact that I can't always just draw a picture of Spider-man swinging on a web, or Batman brooding in the shadows, or..... well you get the picture. Kazar himself is not all that obscure of a character infact I think maybe even more than once he has had his own comic book. Anyway, I will try and post a sketch on Friday but if it just can't happen then have a great weekend and I will see all of you back here next Monday.
"by thy side"
Dave

Monday, August 20, 2007

Krypto the Super Dog


Well I have said if before, I really am determined to try and post here every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday but last Friday it proved to be a little difficult. My new work schedule has me working Sunday through Wednesday and since I do most of my scanning and other things at my work it just didn't pan out last Friday. It was a fun filled weekend though I got a lot of drawing time in, went to my Mom's high school reunion (I was really hoping a cougar would try to hit on me, but you can't have everything I guess), and saw a lot of my friends which is always a good time. So I leave you all this Monday with a sketch of Superman's dog Krypto, I don't know why I drew Krypto, I guess it would be something a little different since I hardly ever draw animals. Krypto is really a product of the Golden age of comics, where at times ridicules characters were introduce, and, because everyone figured comics were just funny books for kids it was never given a second thought. Well I hope everyone has a great day.
"by thy side"
Dave

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Still reeling...


The last few days I have been trying very hard to pick up my pencil and draw. Drawing has always brought me so much joy, but since Mike Wieringo's death every time I try and put something on paper my heart is just not in it. Mike Wieringo was such an inspiration too me that I always had his work, his style, his way of things tucked into the back of my mind when I would draw. Mike Wieringo had so much love for comics and the art and wonder that go into them, and I know that he would absolutely hate it if his death diminished the artist in anyone. He was always promoting young artists and trying to do whatever he could to help them. So I have decided that it is important to not let Mike's death deture me from my art, but instead I will work ten times as hard, and do my best to draw and create as often and as passionately as humanly possible. I started working on a drawing today of my favorite character from the comic Tellos. Tellos was co-created by Mike Wieringo and it was a wonderful comic book, but due to my new work schedual I did not have very much time to work on it. So I am posting a picture of the character Koj from Tellos. This picture is special to me because Mike Wieringo saw it on Deviantart.com and commented on it himself. He wrote " David I am thrilled that you did this, great take on Koj, nice work". This was one the highlights of my life so I thought that in honor of Mike Wieirngo I would post it here!!!! I hope everyone has a great day!!!

"By thy side"

Dave

Monday, August 13, 2007

My Hero, Mike Wieringo





Today is a very sad day for me, my favorite artist of all time Mike Wieringo died last night of heart failure, he was only 44 years old. I practically grew up looking to Mike's art for inspiration, it was because of his semi daily blog that inspired me to create this blog. Mike was a wonderful artist, who was know as "the nicest guy in comic books". He was always up for doing a free sketch for a fan, always willing to share what he knew about the biz to those looking to break in. I was fortunate enough to be able to talk to Mike through an email or two, he even gave me some feed back on my work once or twice, but sadly I never got a chance to meet my hero. I was planning on going to the Baltimore Comic Con next year specifically to meet Mike Wieringo, the front page of my sketch book has been reserved for Mike since I started my con sketch book in 2002. Though I never did get to meet Mike, there is an overwhelming sadness in my heart over the death of my artistic hero, and I am finding it hard to just put into words the inspiration that I received from his work. Today may be a sad day, but Mike's work will continue to be an inspiration to me, and to many other people despite his untimely death. There will be no sketch for todays post, not from me. Below I have posted some of my favorite pictures that Mike Wieringo drew.

Also check out Mike's website www.mikewieringo.com

In the words of Mike Wieringo's Tellos

"By thy side"
Dave

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Bold Leonidas and his brave 300


"This is where we hold them! This is where we fight! This is where they die!"

Since 300 came out on DVD last Tuesday I thought it would be fun to draw a picture of Leonidas. 300 is based on a Frank Miller graphic novel of the same name. The graphic novel is based on the historical fight between the Persian King Xerxes and his massive army and Leonidas and his 300 Spartans. It really is a great movie and I have already watched it way too many times, but this movie just doesn't get old for me. The visuals of the movie are definetly the winning achievement of this film, and they stay very true to the artistic look of Frank Millers book. Anyway go watch 300 if you haven't yet, and if you have already seen it...well then go watch it again.

"The world will know that freemen stood against a tyrant, that few stood against many, and that before this battle is done, that even a god king can bleed."
Have a great day everyone!!!!
Dave

Monday, August 6, 2007

Two to Tango


Well, it is Monday again and today I decided to draw out an idea for a drawing that I have had floating around in my head for some time now. I just thought it would be cool to have to people dancing holding guns in their hands. I guess the romantic moment of the tango overshadowed by the lurking guns. Anyway, most everything I post on my blog is usually some random sketch that just worked it's way onto the paper, and very few times those sketches never seem to make it past just that...a sketch. But there is something about this sketch that makes me think that it could be a very cool finished picture, a painting even. Well, we will see. Have a great day everyone.
Dave

Wednesday, August 1, 2007

The Lone Ranger


The Lone Ranger Creed


In every incarnation of the character to date, the Lone Ranger has conducted himself by a strict moral code. This code was put in place by Fran Striker at the inception of the character. Actors Clayton Moore and Jay Silverheels, taking their positions as role models to children very seriously, also tried their best to live by this creed.


"I believe.....
That to have a friend, a man must be one.
That all men are created equal and that everyone has within himself the power to make this a better world.
That God put the firewood there, but that every man must gather and light it himself.
In being prepared physically, mentally, and morally to fight when necessary for that which is right.
That a man should make the most of what equipment he has.
That 'this government of the people, by the people, and for the people' shall live always.
That men should live by the rule of what is best for the greatest number.
That sooner or later...somewhere...somehow...we must settle with the world and make payment for what we have taken.
That all things change but truth, and that truth alone, lives on forever.
In my Creator, my country, my fellow man."