Flashback Friday – Favorite Sketches

Here are some of my all time favorite drawings from my various sketchbooks, done with a pen.

bishop1My first sketch is a design for a character called Bishop, a member of my fictional group Lord Chamberlain’s Men. A line of sight teleporter, I wanted him to have an energetic and surreal effect when he teleports.  At the time I had the inspiration of his teleporting effect I had two ballpoint pens on me, which helps add to the piece for me. This sketch was so influential on my thinking that I abandoned the individual designs for the other characters, and opted for a more uniform look along his design.

makechickAnother drawing from an old sketchbook, is a quick piece of another character from my universe, Makeshift. At the time I was playing around with the gender of the character thinking that he might work better as a woman. After some more playing around with the idea I opted for the character to remain male because I wanted to really bust this character up and put him through the wringer. The exotic sultry look here didn’t lend to that, but the look of this sketch stuck with me way past the design stage.

Loki1The last ballpoint drawing I did during my days as a student (odds are I probably did it during class.) I wanted to create a twisted sinister killer with morphing powers and a very gritty look. Basically a mash-up of Loki and the Joker.

The versatility of a bic pen can never be truly overstated.

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Flashback Friday – In da Begining 1700

Many moons ago (1996) I was beyond fortunate to be an intern at Milestone Media, not familiar shame on you. I had just finished school, had zero idea of what to do next, luckily I listened to my girlfriend at the time and wrote a letter to Milestone looking for work. The moon and stars lined up and I was called into interview for an internship, thank you Felicia for hiring me and starting me down a path that led to me meeting many important friends and professionals.

Milestone was located at 1700 Broadway, 7th floor, they shared space with DC Comics, but more on that later.

FlashbackHardwearBeing an intern was an amazing time for me, I was starting off in a field I’d always dreamed about, learned from some really great minds, had Lightsaber battles for comics and got to see behind the curtain which leads to this sketch. At the time there was talk about Hardwear getting new armor. As interns full of ourselves we’re all we can redo his armor, yeah we were young, dumb and full of it. I remember being so proud of the redesign and couldn’t wait to show the Editor-in-Chief Dwayne McDuffie. Needless to say he ripped it apart, but not in that way that crushes souls, he showed me why it wasn’t right for the character. More important to keep doing my thing.

Unfortunately, Milestone had to close its doors and I have the dubious distinction of being the last of the Milestone Interns. From there I was able to work my way into DC Comics with some of the connections I made while at Milestone and continue on this crazy road of funny books, for a while. Again, I got to meet many people, which to this day I’m still close too. So when I heard that they were finally going to move DC to the west coast I was bummed.

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of catching up with folks before the move, making sure we all stay in touch and walking the halls one last time. Full circle, today the doors of DC Comics at 1700 Broadway shut as they move west to work on its next chapter.

To paraphrase Mr. Spock, “It was the worst of times, it was the best of times.” Thank you.