Saturday, July 13, 2013

MIGHTY AVENGERS #1 Cover


I recently had the opportunity to provide the art for a variant cover of Mighty Avengers #1 for Marvel Comics. It was a great opportunity to work on some characters I have never drawn before. Digital painting done in Photoshop.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

NEW AVENGERS #4


New Avengers #4 is out today from Marvel Comics in print and digital.The Illuminati have learned that Earth is the center point for the death of the Universe. If this is true, doesn't that mean destroying it might save everything else? Enter the World Eater, Galactus.

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

NEW AVENGERS #3


New Avengers #3 is out today! From the solicitations:

JONATHAN HICKMAN (W) • STEVE EPTING (A)
Cover by JOCK
Variant Cover by DALE KEOWN
“INFINITY”
• The Illuminati experience their first incursion since reforming.
• Can the loose brotherhood of end times trust each other enough to use the Infinity Gems in unison?
• And a new member joins the Illuminati!

Also - Black Swan eats french fries.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

NEW AVENGERS #2


Today, a mere two weeks after issue one was released, NEW AVENGERS #2 hits the stands. The Illuminati gather to plan for the death of everything. Infinity gems, old wounds, lies, agendas and universal incursions are all on the agenda! By Jonathan Hickman, Me, Rick Magyar, and Frank D'Armata. Cover by Jock.

Monday, January 14, 2013

Wednesday, January 02, 2013

NEW AVENGERS #1 out today!


A new year and a new series. New Avengers #1 comes out today with the usual host of variant covers (mine can be seen in my previous post). As seen on the cover and in the panel mashup above, the Black Panther figures prominently in this series, which as you may know reassembles the Illuminati of the Marvel Universe. Check it out!

Monday, December 03, 2012

NEW AVENGERS #1 Variant Cover


Here's the variant cover I did for the first issue of New Avengers. The always amazing Jock is doing the regular covers and I, along with a few others, have provided variants. New Avengers #1 ships January 2, 2013 - written by Jonathan Hickman with art by me.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The Fantastic Four 100 project AUCTION




Well that was quick. No sooner than I posted the link to the Hero Initiative Fantastic Four 100 project the auction for my cover has gone live. If interested (in my cover or any of the others) please go HERE and bid!

The Fantastic Four 100 Project



Similar to last year's New Avengers sketch covers, the Hero Initiative will soon begin auctioning off Fantastic Four #600 sketch covers by 100 different different artists. My humble contribution is posted above and I will be updating when the auction goes live in case any of you are interested in bidding (and supporting a worthy cause in the bargain). Head on over to the gallery at the Hero's Initiative site and check out all of the amazing work HERE.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

WINTER SOLDIER #12 Cover


Winter Soldier #12 is out today featuring Wolverine (or so I would assume given what they asked me to put on the cover). One thing is certain - the interior art by Butch Guice is incredible. Check it the preview HERE.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

CAPTAIN AMERICA #19



Captain America #19 came out today, marking the end of Ed Brubaker's 8 year run on the book. I'm proud to have been the primary artist for the first half of that run and just as proud to come back for the issue that brings it all to a close. Frank D'Armata also returned to color it for us just like the good old days.

A few reviews have started turning up:

Here's one

Here's another one

Here's another

and yet another.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

WINTER SOLDIER #9 Cover


From Marvel's August 2012 solicitations:

WINTER SOLDIER #9
ED BRUBAKER (w) • MICHAEL LARK (a)
Cover by STEVE EPTING
• Black Widow’s past has caught up to her! Can Bucky save her? And what happens if he can’t?
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

This was done much the same way as the cover for issue #8. Primarily standard colored line art but with some areas painted on top. And if you're thinking that the guy on the cover doesn't look like Bucky, you are correct. It's not Bucky. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Lichtensteined!!

Sleeping Girl by Roy Lichtenstein

You may have heard about Roy Lichtenstein's painting Sleeping Girl fetching $44.8 million in a Sotheby's auction this week. I always find news about Lichtenstein's art interesting, not only because I am primarily a comic book artist, but also because I have the distinction of being one of the comic book artists that he swiped.

If you've ever taken an art history class (and probably even if you haven't) you most likely know the work of Roy Lichtenstein. He was one of a number of artists who rose to fame during the 60's pop art movement. As his Wikipedia entry says - "Roy Lichtenstein (October 27, 1923 – September 29, 1997) was a prominent American pop artist... his work was heavily influenced by both popular advertising and the comic book style".

Lichtenstein's most famous paintings were based on comic book panels drawn by such giants as Jack Kirby, John Romita Sr., Russ Heath, and many others, almost always without attribution. Though these pieces were not exact copies, they were undeniably based specifically on work that other artists had created. This practice made him a highly controversial figure among the fine art world as well as comic book fandom. Lichtenstein had pretty much given up copying comic book panels by the time the 60s had come to end, though later in his career he did return to the practice somewhat by incorporating comic panels into larger works.

This brings us 1994 and a piece by Lichtenstein called Large Interior With Three Reflections. Lichtenstein used an image from an issue of The Avengers that I drew early in my career and incorporated it into part of the large mural. Let's start with his original preliminary sketch for that portion of the image:



... and here's a detail of the panel from Avengers #358 (January 1993) from which it was taken (penciled by me and inked by Tom Palmer):



Notice that the headpiece does not appear in the sketch. Lichtenstein also made other changes to the source material as he progressed to the drawing stage, most notably the direction of the strands of hair:



Up to this point I think it could have been debatable whether my image was the inspiration for that section of the mural, but in the finished painting the headpiece is back in place, leaving little doubt:



More on the creation of this piece, including the confirmation of my Avengers art as the source material (for that small portion of it) can be found HERE.

This was all brought to my attention originally by David Barsalou, who has an ongoing project identifying the source material for all of Lichtenstein's pieces. The comparison image below is from Barsalou's Flickr photostream.



In school when I was studying Lichtenstein in Art History classes, I could have never dreamed that in a few short years he would actually be swiping some of my art. The whole thing is surreal to me and I'm not even really sure how I feel about it, but I've got to admit that part of me enjoys the notoriety of being able to say I was one of Lichtenstein's "victims". Would I be more outraged if the entire piece consisted of a single panel based on my work (like Sleeping Girl) and he had made millions from it? Probably.

The issue of how Lichtenstein produced his art and the money he made by appropriating the work of other artists without credit or compensation can become complex when looked at from various points of view - or, it can be as simple as black and white. I'll leave it for others to sort out.

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

WINTER SOLDIER #8 Cover


This cover is a departure from my usual painted covers, in that it is primarily a traditional ink drawing that I colored in Photoshop (as opposed to using it as the basis for a painting). There are a few places where I did paint over the black and white art, but not many. I'll be doing a bit more of this on future Winter Soldier covers, and possibly elsewhere as well.

As you can see in the line art below I forgot to draw Black Widow's belt, so I added it in while coloring.

Monday, May 07, 2012

Sketches from Boston Comic Con

I had a great time at the Boston Comic Con a couple of weekends back. Thanks to everyone who came by! I only have a few pics of some of the sketches I did at the show and unfortunately they were all taken with a crappy phone camera. Better than nothing I suppose!





Thursday, May 03, 2012

CAPTAIN AMERICA #15 Cover


Marvel's July solicitations have been up for awhile and included in them are CAPTAIN AMERICA #15 and WINTER SOLDIER #8 - both of which I did the covers for. I really enjoyed designing the mock tabloid covers for the background of the Captain America cover. Below are each of the front pages of the papers that I created in photoshop, as well as the painted figures on their own. All of these elements were then combined (along with some visual effects) for the final image.





Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Boston Comic Con


Hey people - I will be in Boston for the Boston Comic Con this weekend. This will be my first time at this particular show and I am looking forward to it. If you are in the area please come by and say hello!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

WINTER SOLDIER COVERS: #6 AND #7



Marvel's June 2012 solicitations have begun to leak out and among them are issues #6 and #7 of Winter Soldier - both of which I'm happy to say I did the covers for. I really enjoyed drawing and painting the character again and hopefully there will be more to come.

Here are the solicitations from Marvel:

WINTER SOLDIER #6
ED BRUBAKER (w) • MICHAEL LARK (a)
Cover by STEVE EPTING
ASM IN MOTION VARIANT ALSO AVAILIBLE
• Ed Brubaker is reunited with famed artist Michael Lark (DAREDEVIL) who joins for the Winter Soldier’s second arc “Broken Arrow” with original Winter Soldier artist Steve Epting taking the reins on covers!
• Winter Soldier finds himself on a twisted trail from coast to coast and past to present...
• ...chasing the insane man who will become his worst enemy.
• And an inciting incident you won’t forget!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99


WINTER SOLDIER #7 
ED BRUBAKER (w) • MICHAEL LARK (a)
Cover by STEVE EPTING
• Part Two of “Broken Arrow” - The aftermath of a tragic and savage murder.
• A villain who knows Bucky is really alive.
• Winter Soldier and Black Widow on a hunt that gets personal!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$2.99

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

FANTASTIC FOUR #604

In stores this week - the EXTRA SIZED Fantastic Four #604 by Jonathan Hickman, Me, Rick Magyar, Paul Mounts, and Clayton Cowles. The epic conclusion of a three year storyline and more Kirby Krackle per square inch than any other comic this month!


Thursday, March 08, 2012

Creeper


Not sure what it is, other than the result of playing around in Photoshop for an hour or so. Obviously the title does not refer to the DC Comics character of the same name. I am happy with the color palette, which is a bit more desaturated than usual.